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Community Rights Lane County educates citizens about our rights to local community governance. We believe decisions affecting communities must be made by community residents – the people affected by these decisions and laws. We believe corporate structures should not have privileges that elevate corporate interests above community rights.

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Back in the Courtroom!

Stan Long, an “old boy” Oregon lawyer, who has clear ties to the timber industry, has cooked up another theory based on a different “requirement” called the separate-vote rule; he alleges this rule must be applied to proposed charter amendments before they can be approved for circulation. This rule has never been applied in Lane County before and should not apply to the pre-election review process at all. While Long is asking for this rule to apply specifically to our three initiatives, the potential application of this “new” rule could affect all proposed charter amendments, and be another significant impediment to the people’s exercise of their initiative powers in Lane County.

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Check out our Events page for updates on dates, times and locations!
December 15: We the People 2.0 film – Bijou, 492 E. 13th, 6 p.m.
January 12: Rights of Nature presentation and discussion with Mari Margil, Director of the International Center for Rights of Nature
Mar 2-5: Rights of Nature panel discussion at UO Law School, PIELC

Be the Change - Join the Action!

CRLC STILL 1Please join us for our monthly Community Rights Action, our general meeting of community rights supporters in Lane County.  These gatherings advance our work challenging corporate practices that threaten our health, environment and economy. Join us in learning about Community Rights and the latest developments in local, state, and national Community Rights efforts.

Each month’s agenda is different, and we features speakers, videos, and engaging group activities. We discuss and help shape the local lawmaking that we are developing to protect the well-being of our community. And we have opportunities for everyone to participate in and advance our work. And we have fun!  Please join us!

Third Monday of each month
6:00 – 8:00 pm

First United Methodist Church
1376 Olive St, Eugene.

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Eugene Showing – We the People 2.0

Encircle Film Series, along with Community Rights Lane County. WHEN: Thursday, December 15th, 6:00pm WHERE: Bijou Art Cinemas, 13th Ave, Eugene Discussion and Q&A with our own Ann Kneeland, Attorney at Law ...Read More

Call to Action – Rally at the Army Corps of Engineers

DEC 5TH - GATHER AT NOON Rally at the Army Corps of Engineers : Speakers, music and Rally in the Federal Plaza -  Then march to the banks funding the pipelines! BRING YOUR SIGNS AND YOUR VOICE!  211 E 7TH AVE, EUGENE ...Read More

Candle Light Vigil and Canupa Prayer Ceremony

December 4th - 6:00pm KESEY SQUARE, 10 E BROADWAY, EUGENE EVERYONE BRING A CANDLE AND YOUR INTENTIONS FOR PEACE ...Read More

Community Rights Lane County stands in unified support

Community Right Lane County  stands in unified support with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the many tribes represented in North Dakota in their on-going stance to protect the water and cultural sites in North  Dakota. "We believe that Standing Rock is a stark example of the perilous situation in our country as a whole. Multi-national corporations that are militarized by our government, seek to overpower and silence peaceful human beings—historically some of the most disenfranchised—in order to advance unsustainable and toxic, fossil fuel infrastructure, that threatens to contaminate life-sustaining water.” —Ann Kneeland, Community Rights Lane County We support: 1. The rights of the Standing Rock and all First Nations people to clean water, soil, and air. 2. Protection from toxic threat. 3. Sustainability: The right of Nature to live and flourish. 4. The uncontested right to sacred sites, without threat of harm or disturbance to The People’s cultural past, present and future. 5. The right to peaceful protest, free from physical threat. Furthermore, we see the large numbers of poorly trained military-style contractors and police as a threat to peace in North Dakota and everywhere. We demand a halt of aggressive militarization and construction in the area of the DAPL and the beginning of mediations to diffuse an ...Read More

Rights of Nature

Thank you for helping us start the conversation! Community Rights Lane County is excited to continue this important conversation here in Lane County, and we thank you for contributing. Please visit the site often to stay up-to-date on the continuing conversation, as we start recognizing Nature's Right to exist, and flourish! You can continue the conversation through our Rights of Nature listserv. To sign-up, please email:  [email protected]   More on Rights of Nature: A fundamentally different relationship between humankind and nature is necessary, one that reflects our dependence on nature and need to live in harmony with the natural world. This requires providing the highest legal protection, one that recognizes the rights of both humankind and nature to health and well-being. CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) is a pioneering leader in the effort to secure the rights of ecosystems – or the “rights of nature” – working to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment. CELDF has assisted communities in the U.S. and Ecuador in establishing the first rights of nature laws in the world, and is now working in the U.S., Nepal, India, and elsewhere to build on these successes.   Mari Margil -Associate Director CELDF. Mari runs the ...Read More
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Eugene Showing – We the People 2.0

Encircle Film Series, along with Community Rights Lane County. WHEN: Thursday, December 15th, 6:00pm WHERE: Bijou Art Cinemas, 13th Ave, Eugene Discussion and Q&A with our own Ann Kneeland, Attorney at Law ...Read More

Call to Action – Rally at the Army Corps of Engineers

DEC 5TH - GATHER AT NOON Rally at the Army Corps of Engineers : Speakers, music and Rally in the Federal Plaza -  Then march to the banks funding the pipelines! BRING YOUR SIGNS AND YOUR VOICE!  211 E 7TH AVE, EUGENE ...Read More

Candle Light Vigil and Canupa Prayer Ceremony

December 4th - 6:00pm KESEY SQUARE, 10 E BROADWAY, EUGENE EVERYONE BRING A CANDLE AND YOUR INTENTIONS FOR PEACE ...Read More

Community Rights Lane County stands in unified support

Community Right Lane County  stands in unified support with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the many tribes represented in North Dakota in their on-going stance to protect the water and cultural sites in North  Dakota. "We believe that Standing Rock is a stark example of the perilous situation in our country as a whole. Multi-national corporations that are militarized by our government, seek to overpower and silence peaceful human beings—historically some of the most disenfranchised—in order to advance unsustainable and toxic, fossil fuel infrastructure, that threatens to contaminate life-sustaining water.” —Ann Kneeland, Community Rights Lane County We support: 1. The rights of the Standing Rock and all First Nations people to clean water, soil, and air. 2. Protection from toxic threat. 3. Sustainability: The right of Nature to live and flourish. 4. The uncontested right to sacred sites, without threat of harm or disturbance to The People’s cultural past, present and future. 5. The right to peaceful protest, free from physical threat. Furthermore, we see the large numbers of poorly trained military-style contractors and police as a threat to peace in North Dakota and everywhere. We demand a halt of aggressive militarization and construction in the area of the DAPL and the beginning of mediations to diffuse an ...Read More

Rights of Nature

Thank you for helping us start the conversation! Community Rights Lane County is excited to continue this important conversation here in Lane County, and we thank you for contributing. Please visit the site often to stay up-to-date on the continuing conversation, as we start recognizing Nature's Right to exist, and flourish! You can continue the conversation through our Rights of Nature listserv. To sign-up, please email:  [email protected]   More on Rights of Nature: A fundamentally different relationship between humankind and nature is necessary, one that reflects our dependence on nature and need to live in harmony with the natural world. This requires providing the highest legal protection, one that recognizes the rights of both humankind and nature to health and well-being. CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) is a pioneering leader in the effort to secure the rights of ecosystems – or the “rights of nature” – working to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment. CELDF has assisted communities in the U.S. and Ecuador in establishing the first rights of nature laws in the world, and is now working in the U.S., Nepal, India, and elsewhere to build on these successes.   Mari Margil -Associate Director CELDF. Mari runs the ...Read More
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Eugene Showing – We the People 2.0

Encircle Film Series, along with Community Rights Lane County. WHEN: Thursday, December 15th, 6:00pm WHERE: Bijou Art Cinemas, 13th Ave, Eugene Discussion and Q&A with our own Ann Kneeland, Attorney at Law ...Read More

Legal Action at the Ready to Protect People’s Constitutional Rights in Lane County

On August 23rd Lane County attorney and Community Rights activist Ann Kneeland sent a letter to Lane County officials informing them that the initiative change proposal would violate both Oregon and federal constitutional rights and that the county can expect a lawsuit if the proposal is adopted into law. The letter makes it known that adopting such changes would not only violate Federal free speech rights and Oregon state initiative rights, but that procedurally any issues regarding “matters of county concern” can only be addressed after an initiative is voted in by the people.  Not only has a Lane County judge upheld that opinion but the county’s own attorney made that argument in court, asserting that “matters of county concern” are addressed only after an initiative becomes law. Ms. Kneeland’s legal letter is being supported by separate letters submitted to the county by national community and civil rights law firms the CommunityEnvironmental Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Let's Keep Applying the Pressure The County Commissioners are still considering doing the bidding of timber corporations to place a chokehold on the democratic rights of the people of Lane County by granting themselves de facto veto power ...Read More

We were Victorious in Court!!

On June 3, Judge Charles Carlson ruled in favor of the Chief Petitioners for the Right of Local Self-government Charter Amendment, writing, "Just as, on the state level, a statute’s constitutionality is evaluated after its enactment, so too, on the county level, an initiative measure’s constitutionality is evaluated only after it has been adopted." On May 24th, Ann Kneeland, lead attorney for the Chief Petitioners, successfully argued the case for protection and preservation of our initiative process. She maintained that, "Historically, once a ballot initiative passes the County Clerk's requirements (which this Initiative has), it is left to the voters to decide. The courts may be used to challenge the law after the majority of voters have decided to pass it. Bringing this ballot Initiative into a hearing before any signatures have even been gathered is an attack on our rights and an obstacle to the democratic process.” And the judge Agreed! This decision authorizes Lane County voters to assert our right to write and pass laws to protect our community from corporate interference and influence; exactly what we are fighting for!!! Such great news!!!!! And thanks to all of you who attended the court proceedings and to those of you who have supported this effort in so ...Read More

GMOs Have More Rights Than the People of Josephine County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary Geddry 541-551-1492 [email protected] Judge overturns ban on GMOs; state preemption used once again to deny right of local self-government Corvallis, Oregon — May 17, 2016 Yesterday a Josephine County Circuit Court judge denied the will of the people of Josephine County by ruling that their prohibition on GMO crops, adopted at the ballot in May 2014, is unenforceable because a conflict with state law. The basis of the judge’s decision was SB863, adopted by the state legislature in the fall of 2013 which places all authority over GMO seed in the hands of the state and prohibits local governments from interfering with that state authority. SB863, modeled after similar laws adopted in other states, is intended to protect corporate industrial agricultural practices over that of local, sustainable agriculture. “It hurts to say so but yesterday’s decision is not surprising”, says Dana Allen, board member of the Oregon Community Rights Network. “So long as we allow the laws that favor corporate interests over people and nature we can expect our communities to be treated as wards of the state.” “State preemption is but one of a number of corporate powers, privileges, and “rights” used to keep communities in a subordinate position to both state government ...Read More

Let the People Decide

Submitted by Lincoln County Community Rights, March 8th, 2016 Right now, the right of the people of Lincoln County to decide is under attack. A judge of the Lincoln County Circuit Court will soon determine whether or not to allow gathering signatures for an initiative petition, based on arguments heard in court, representing the profit-driven interests of industry invested in aerial spraying of pesticides in our county on the one hand, vs. the right of the people to use the initiative petition process to propose new law to protect their safety and that of the environment on the other. The answer should be clear – let the people decide. The initiative petition in question is titled “Freedom from Aerially Sprayed Pesticides of Lincoln County” and has been put forward by Citizens for a Healthy County. It asks the people of Lincoln County if they want to ban the practice of aerial spraying of pesticides (a practice that has already been banned in federal forests for 30 years) in order to protect our right to clean air, water, and soil and to stop our continued exposure to toxic chemicals. The judge is not considering whether aerial spraying of pesticides should or should not be banned, ...Read More
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Eugene Showing – We the People 2.0

Encircle Film Series, along with Community Rights Lane County. WHEN: Thursday, December 15th, 6:00pm WHERE: Bijou Art Cinemas, 13th Ave, Eugene Discussion and Q&A with our own Ann Kneeland, Attorney at Law ...Read More
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Call to Action – Rally at the Army Corps of Engineers

DEC 5TH - GATHER AT NOON Rally at the Army Corps of Engineers : Speakers, music and Rally in the Federal Plaza -  Then march to the banks funding the pipelines! BRING YOUR SIGNS AND YOUR VOICE!  211 E 7TH AVE, EUGENE ...Read More
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Candle Light Vigil and Canupa Prayer Ceremony

December 4th - 6:00pm KESEY SQUARE, 10 E BROADWAY, EUGENE EVERYONE BRING A CANDLE AND YOUR INTENTIONS FOR PEACE ...Read More
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Community Rights Lane County stands in unified support

Community Right Lane County  stands in unified support with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the many tribes represented in North Dakota in their on-going stance to protect the water and cultural sites in North  Dakota. "We believe that Standing Rock is a stark example of the perilous situation in our country as a whole. Multi-national corporations that are militarized by our government, seek to overpower and silence peaceful human beings—historically some of the most disenfranchised—in order to advance unsustainable and toxic, fossil fuel infrastructure, that threatens to contaminate life-sustaining water.” —Ann Kneeland, Community Rights Lane County We support: 1. The rights of the Standing Rock and all First Nations people to clean water, soil, and air. 2. Protection from toxic threat. 3. Sustainability: The right of Nature to live and flourish. 4. The uncontested right to sacred sites, without threat of harm or disturbance to The People’s cultural past, present and future. 5. The right to peaceful protest, free from physical threat. Furthermore, we see the large numbers of poorly trained military-style contractors and police as a threat to peace in North Dakota and everywhere. We demand a halt of aggressive militarization and construction in the area of the DAPL and the beginning of mediations to diffuse an ...Read More
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Rights of Nature

Thank you for helping us start the conversation! Community Rights Lane County is excited to continue this important conversation here in Lane County, and we thank you for contributing. Please visit the site often to stay up-to-date on the continuing conversation, as we start recognizing Nature's Right to exist, and flourish! You can continue the conversation through our Rights of Nature listserv. To sign-up, please email:  [email protected]   More on Rights of Nature: A fundamentally different relationship between humankind and nature is necessary, one that reflects our dependence on nature and need to live in harmony with the natural world. This requires providing the highest legal protection, one that recognizes the rights of both humankind and nature to health and well-being. CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) is a pioneering leader in the effort to secure the rights of ecosystems – or the “rights of nature” – working to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment. CELDF has assisted communities in the U.S. and Ecuador in establishing the first rights of nature laws in the world, and is now working in the U.S., Nepal, India, and elsewhere to build on these successes.   Mari Margil -Associate Director CELDF. Mari runs the ...Read More
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Impact of our Consumption

When we think about global warming many of us immediately think about cars and industry ruining the planet, but does this tell the whole story? While transportation, including travel by road, sea and air, contributes over 13% of our annual CO2 emissions there is another factor, which we may not initially consider, but which has a bigger impact. Figures highlighted by Farm Machinery Locator show that there are nearly 8.3 million cows in the UK alone; cattle which provide us with hundreds of thousands of litres of milk and thousands of pounds worth of beef every day. We often assume that agriculture is natural and therefore can’t be damaging to the environment, but that assessment is wrong. - See more at: https://www.farmmachinerylocator.co.uk/impact-of-our-consumption/#sthash.9qDMD4ts.dpuf Thanks James Smith for pointing this insightful page out! ...Read More

Mendocino County, CA. Makes History and Passes Law Establishing Local Self-Governance

November 5, 2014 “The sacred rights of mankind, are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records.  They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”   ~ Alexander Hamilton Mendocino County, Ca Makes History by Jamie Lee Mendocino County, in the pristine northern lands of California, where the magnificent ancient coastal Redwood trees meet the inland California Oaks, has voted itself into the constitution writing (righting) business. Yesterday, by a significant margin, they became the first county in California, and only the second county in the country to pass into law a very powerful local ordinance that declares local self-governing rights in their communities over state and federal jurisdiction. Over 67% of the votes cast were in favor of the measure. The ordinance provides for waters free from toxic trespass; preemptively bans all fracking activities countywide with heavy fines and penalties for violation of the ordinance; and establishes a Community Bill of Rights to, for, and by the residents of Mendocino County while checking corporate powers as well. In addition, the newly created law gives the Rights of Nature to exist and flourish without toxic ...Read More

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Secretary Of State

Decides in favor of communities’ right to initiative; bars chief elections officer from keeping duly qualified initiatives off the ballot – even those involving fracking COLUMBUS, OH:  Today, the people’s constitutional right to vote on local County Charter initiatives was upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Court ruled that Ohio Secretary of State John Husted – who claimed “unfettered authority” to keep Home Rule county charter initiatives off the ballot – has no such prerogative. On August 13th, Mr. Husted blocked citizens from voting on Home Rule Charter initiatives in three counties, declaring, “I find nothing to materially limit the scope of my legal review,” including ruling on the substance of the initiatives. The measures included provisions on fracking infrastructure development, alarming the oil and gas industry. Mr. Husted handed them a victory in his decision to remove the measures from the ballot. In doing so, he trampled on the rights of the people. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Secretary of State on behalf of community members in Athens, Medina, and Fulton Counties, seeking to restore the initiatives to the November ballot. In addition to barring Mr. Husted from keeping community measures off the ballot ...Read More

Putting corporate power in perspective

Before America’s colonists declared themselves independent from British domination in 1776, the motherland’s corporations dominated their trade. It took a revolution to end British control and the settlers’ fear of corporate power. Ever since, corporations have played a major role in business, but they could not influence elections. As the states began curbing big government, the privilege of incorporation was granted selectively for activities that benefited the public, such as construction of roads or canals. Corporate charters (licenses to exist) were granted for a limited time and could be revoked promptly if laws were violated. Corporations could pursue only the activities needed to fulfill their chartered purpose. They could not own stock in other corporations or own property not essential to their chartered purpose. Corporations were often terminated if they exceeded their authority or caused public harm. Owners and managers of corporations were held responsible for criminal acts they committed on the job. Corporations were not allowed to make political or charitable contributions nor could they spend money to influence legislation. For a century after the American Revolution, legislatures maintained tight control of the process of chartering corporations. Early on, lawmakers granted few corporate charters, and that only after extensive debate. Not only ...Read More

Your View: Kudos from the other end of the LNG pipe

From the State of Colorado, we would like to take this time to thank you for your coverage of the people fighting for community rights, and against the dangerous and inherently undemocratic Jordan Cove LNG facility. We write this as people in daily struggle with the production side of this issue, which here in Colorado has become widely known as a statewide battle against fracking. We see your efforts to protect your communities as an extension of our own, and would like to extend our gratitude and support in every way. The latest communications Oregon press and government may have received from politicians and industry representatives in Colorado do not convey the sentiment of our people fighting the fossil fuel industry. And because all congratulations you receive on the Jordan Cove facility can be tied to oil and gas money, we would advise you regard these words with the credibility of any infomercial. Here in Colorado we know what it means to fight an industry with seemingly all power, politicians and legal privilege on its side. Our conflict with the fossil fuel industry is drawn along parallel lines as your own. Communities, faced with a nonstop assault of oil and gas drilling ...Read More