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"Who Decides? Our Communities or Big Corporations?"

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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Learn how others in Oregon are using community rights-based lawmaking to end corporate harms in their communities. Stay up to date on the latest campaigns!

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Local lawmaking is the heart of Community Rights work. Learn about our local efforts to protect the food system and statewide efforts to empower local self government.

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Learn more about why we are not allowed to govern ourselves, why corporations enjoy constitutional “rights”, and why it seems that corporations have more power to decide what goes on in our communities  than the people who live there.

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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.

Dismantling Corporate Control Isn’t a Spectator Sport: An Interview with Thomas Linzey

By Simon Davis-Cohen Editor’s Note: Thomas Linzey is no stranger to Rural America readers. His Community Rights Papers are a staple on the site. In fact, his essay, "The Spirit of 1773 and the Right to Local Self-Government," was the very first story this project published one year ago. In the months since, we’ve featured seven other of his essays, but until now we have never interviewed the man behind America’s “community rights movement.” For 20 years, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) has been taking a stand against the long-held—though rarely discussed—assumption that corporations in the United States have the power to override a community when the locality passes a law that compromises profitability. To date, the Pennsylvania-based, non-profit law firm has advised almost 200 municipalities in 10 states in drafting and defending “Community Bills of Rights.” These documents are often adopted to stop harmful corporate projects by elevating local governments’ authority above anti-democratic state preemption and the legal protections corporations enjoy as “persons” under the U.S. Constitution (and international trade agreements). CELDF has spearheaded the introduction of legally enforceable rights for ecosystems; over three dozen of the communities they work with have enshrined such “rights of nature” into local law ...Read More

Let the People Decide

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, but whether the people of Lincoln County can ...Read More
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Community Rights Action – March

WHEN: March 21st, 6pm WHERE: First United Methodist Church - 1376 Olive st., Eugene ...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

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
CRA poster March 2016.pub

Community Rights Action – March

WHEN: March 21st, 6pm WHERE: First United Methodist Church - 1376 Olive st., Eugene ...Read More

Join Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance at PIELC 2016!

Sunday March 6th (panel 11) Banning Aerial Herbicide Spraying: Time to End this Unjust and Toxic Assault on Our Communities and Environment (LAW 242) 10:35am - 11:50am Over forty years, Oregonians have fought back against unjust corporate aerial spraying of toxic herbicides drifting onto adjacent properties that severely impacts the health of families, livestock, food crops, wildlife and watersheds. Despite tireless efforts, within the regulatory and legislative process, little has changed while chemical trespass continues unabated with few protections. Panelists will address the Community Bill of Rights vs. conventional legislative process, the risks to forest ecology, why timber companies get away with this practice and our new initiative to ban aerial spraying here in Lane County. Panelists: Roy Keene, Forest Consultant and Private Timber Broker Eron King, Co-Founding Organizer, Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance Tao Orion, Permaculturist Teacher and Consultant Rob Dickinson, Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance Organizer ...Read More

Join CRLC and ORCRN at PIELC 2016!

2016 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference “A Legacy Worth Leaving” is a response to the drastic need of daily, direct action of individuals in their communities. Cohesive leadership models must acknowledge that individual participation directs society’s impact on interdependent community and global systems. Diversity of cultures, talents, and specialties must converge to guide community initiatives in a balanced system. Each has a unique role that can no longer be hindered by the complacent passive-participation models of traditional leadership schemes. Building community means being community.   Join Oregon Community Rights Network on Saturday March 5th  for this panel.... Following Nature’s Lead for Civil Disobedience: Building a New Direct Action Movement Community by Community (LAW 142) 2:20 - 3:35 As nature goes on the offense with ever increasing catastrophic climatic events, our activism stays stuck in the 1970s. Our organizing has refused to confront a structure of law that protects environmentally destructive corporate behavior.This panel is about the growing Community Rights movement and how communities are “occupying the law” to dismantle the corporate state, legalize sustainability and secure nature’s rights, and the convergence of community rights with direct action aimed at physically stopping harmful corporate projects. Panelists: Kai Huschke, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Organizer Rob ...Read More

Join the Community Rights Action – Civil Disobedience through lawmaking

WHEN: Monday February 15th, 6pm WHERE: First United Methodist Church - 1376 Olive St., Eugene OR Get updates on all the local campaigns! We'll also watch a video in preparation for our discussion on CELDF's book, "On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability" - There are books available for a donation! Watch Chris Hedges interview with Thomas Linzey: "The Revolution will be Local"! Don't miss the excitement! Click to enlarge ...Read More

Community Rights Action welcomes the New Year!

January's meeting is on Monday the 25th! We're having a Potluck Party! Bring your favorite dish to the Community Room upstairs in the Stellaria Building in Eugene!! WHEN: Monday January 25thWHERE: 150 Shelton Mcmurphey Blvd., Eugene TIME: 6pm to 9pm ...Read More
CRA poster March 2016.pub

Community Rights Action – March

WHEN: March 21st, 6pm WHERE: First United Methodist Church - 1376 Olive st., Eugene ...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

Join Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance at PIELC 2016!

Sunday March 6th (panel 11) Banning Aerial Herbicide Spraying: Time to End this Unjust and Toxic Assault on Our Communities and Environment (LAW 242) 10:35am - 11:50am Over forty years, Oregonians have fought back against unjust corporate aerial spraying of toxic herbicides drifting onto adjacent properties that severely impacts the health of families, livestock, food crops, wildlife and watersheds. Despite tireless efforts, within the regulatory and legislative process, little has changed while chemical trespass continues unabated with few protections. Panelists will address the Community Bill of Rights vs. conventional legislative process, the risks to forest ecology, why timber companies get away with this practice and our new initiative to ban aerial spraying here in Lane County. Panelists: Roy Keene, Forest Consultant and Private Timber Broker Eron King, Co-Founding Organizer, Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance Tao Orion, Permaculturist Teacher and Consultant Rob Dickinson, Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance Organizer ...Read More

Join CRLC and ORCRN at PIELC 2016!

2016 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference “A Legacy Worth Leaving” is a response to the drastic need of daily, direct action of individuals in their communities. Cohesive leadership models must acknowledge that individual participation directs society’s impact on interdependent community and global systems. Diversity of cultures, talents, and specialties must converge to guide community initiatives in a balanced system. Each has a unique role that can no longer be hindered by the complacent passive-participation models of traditional leadership schemes. Building community means being community.   Join Oregon Community Rights Network on Saturday March 5th  for this panel.... Following Nature’s Lead for Civil Disobedience: Building a New Direct Action Movement Community by Community (LAW 142) 2:20 - 3:35 As nature goes on the offense with ever increasing catastrophic climatic events, our activism stays stuck in the 1970s. Our organizing has refused to confront a structure of law that protects environmentally destructive corporate behavior.This panel is about the growing Community Rights movement and how communities are “occupying the law” to dismantle the corporate state, legalize sustainability and secure nature’s rights, and the convergence of community rights with direct action aimed at physically stopping harmful corporate projects. Panelists: Kai Huschke, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Organizer Rob ...Read More

Join the Community Rights Action – Civil Disobedience through lawmaking

WHEN: Monday February 15th, 6pm WHERE: First United Methodist Church - 1376 Olive St., Eugene OR Get updates on all the local campaigns! We'll also watch a video in preparation for our discussion on CELDF's book, "On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability" - There are books available for a donation! Watch Chris Hedges interview with Thomas Linzey: "The Revolution will be Local"! Don't miss the excitement! Click to enlarge ...Read More

Let the People Decide

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, but whether the people of Lincoln County can ...Read More
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CRA poster March 2016.pub

Community Rights Action – March

WHEN: March 21st, 6pm WHERE: First United Methodist Church - 1376 Olive st., Eugene ...Read More
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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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Join Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance at PIELC 2016!

Sunday March 6th (panel 11) Banning Aerial Herbicide Spraying: Time to End this Unjust and Toxic Assault on Our Communities and Environment (LAW 242) 10:35am - 11:50am Over forty years, Oregonians have fought back against unjust corporate aerial spraying of toxic herbicides drifting onto adjacent properties that severely impacts the health of families, livestock, food crops, wildlife and watersheds. Despite tireless efforts, within the regulatory and legislative process, little has changed while chemical trespass continues unabated with few protections. Panelists will address the Community Bill of Rights vs. conventional legislative process, the risks to forest ecology, why timber companies get away with this practice and our new initiative to ban aerial spraying here in Lane County. Panelists: Roy Keene, Forest Consultant and Private Timber Broker Eron King, Co-Founding Organizer, Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance Tao Orion, Permaculturist Teacher and Consultant Rob Dickinson, Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance Organizer ...Read More
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Join CRLC and ORCRN at PIELC 2016!

2016 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference “A Legacy Worth Leaving” is a response to the drastic need of daily, direct action of individuals in their communities. Cohesive leadership models must acknowledge that individual participation directs society’s impact on interdependent community and global systems. Diversity of cultures, talents, and specialties must converge to guide community initiatives in a balanced system. Each has a unique role that can no longer be hindered by the complacent passive-participation models of traditional leadership schemes. Building community means being community.   Join Oregon Community Rights Network on Saturday March 5th  for this panel.... Following Nature’s Lead for Civil Disobedience: Building a New Direct Action Movement Community by Community (LAW 142) 2:20 - 3:35 As nature goes on the offense with ever increasing catastrophic climatic events, our activism stays stuck in the 1970s. Our organizing has refused to confront a structure of law that protects environmentally destructive corporate behavior.This panel is about the growing Community Rights movement and how communities are “occupying the law” to dismantle the corporate state, legalize sustainability and secure nature’s rights, and the convergence of community rights with direct action aimed at physically stopping harmful corporate projects. Panelists: Kai Huschke, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Organizer Rob ...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