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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 Community Rights Ordinances

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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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Resources

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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.

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

Ann Kneeland of CRLC on The Jefferson Exchange

Community Rights Lane County is urging people within Lane County to exercise their rights to determine local policies.  Attorney and activist Ann Kneeland drops in to talk about the concept and its execution.  Listen Here! ...Read More

Live Stream Recording of Thomas Linzey in Eugene

The Live Streaming event from Eugene Oregon, October 7th, 2015 The 2 hour event was co-sponsored by Lane Community College's Peace Center and Community Rights Lane County. Watch the event and become inspired! Click Here ...Read More

Holiday Market

Community Rights Lane County and Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance will be at the Holiday Market collecting signatures! Stop by the table in the Holiday Hall all three day! November 27th, 28th and 29th 10am - 6pm ...Read More

Kai Huschke of CELDF – Building a New Economy Founded on Worker Rights

Don't miss your chance to hear the news from Spokane Washington. Envision Spokane has brought measures to the ballot 3 times, with this latest coming from a different angle. Kai Huschke is the Pacific Northwest Organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. When: November 19th, 7:00pm Where: LCC Downtown (101 w.10th) RM312 (upstairs) ...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

Holiday Market

Community Rights Lane County and Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance will be at the Holiday Market collecting signatures! Stop by the table in the Holiday Hall all three day! November 27th, 28th and 29th 10am - 6pm ...Read More

Kai Huschke of CELDF – Building a New Economy Founded on Worker Rights

Don't miss your chance to hear the news from Spokane Washington. Envision Spokane has brought measures to the ballot 3 times, with this latest coming from a different angle. Kai Huschke is the Pacific Northwest Organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. When: November 19th, 7:00pm Where: LCC Downtown (101 w.10th) RM312 (upstairs) ...Read More

Friday November 13th, 7pm

Luz Rivera Martinez, of the Consejo National Urbano Campesino, will speak on state-sponsored political violence in Mexico and how corn is a symbol for autonomy and the dignified struggle for a better world. Luz has 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. Her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in human rights, GMOs and labor movements. WHEN: Friday November 13th @ 7pm WHERE: First Christian Church Chapel - 1166 Oak st. Eugene (free parking across the street) Cosponsored by:   ...Read More

Monday November 16th, 6pm

Community Rights Action in November! Bring a new friend and get a free t-shirt! That's right! Bring someone new to Community Rights to our Community Rights Action meeting and get a free t-shirt of your choice. Let's grow our movement! Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance has been cleared to collect signatures! So we'll be viewing "Drift: A Community Seeking Justice" a film by U of O environmental law students, followed by a discussion with members of that group. Elections happened in many states, so we'll have updates on those Community Rights campaigns also! Where: First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene When: Monday, Nov. 16th, 6:00–8:00 pm ...Read More

Ann Kneeland of CRLC on The Jefferson Exchange

Community Rights Lane County is urging people within Lane County to exercise their rights to determine local policies.  Attorney and activist Ann Kneeland drops in to talk about the concept and its execution.  Listen Here! ...Read More

Live Stream Recording of Thomas Linzey in Eugene

The Live Streaming event from Eugene Oregon, October 7th, 2015 The 2 hour event was co-sponsored by Lane Community College's Peace Center and Community Rights Lane County. Watch the event and become inspired! Click Here ...Read More

Holiday Market

Community Rights Lane County and Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance will be at the Holiday Market collecting signatures! Stop by the table in the Holiday Hall all three day! November 27th, 28th and 29th 10am - 6pm ...Read More

CRLC T-Shirts for sale!

Have you seen us in the stylish new CRLC t-shirts and wondered where you can get one? Wait no further! Not only are they for sale at the monthly Community Rights Action meetings, you can now purchase them online! Buy a Shirt!   ...Read More

What are Community Rights? Where did they come from? Why do we need them?

In a series of Community Rights Papers, CELDF explores the roots of Community Rights in our history, and how they’ve emerged as rights movements – including our own American Revolution. CELDF also explores how communities across the United States are defining Community Rights – and why we need Community Rights today, as evidenced by environmental catastrophes such as Love Canal.   ...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
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Ann Kneeland of CRLC on The Jefferson Exchange

Community Rights Lane County is urging people within Lane County to exercise their rights to determine local policies.  Attorney and activist Ann Kneeland drops in to talk about the concept and its execution.  Listen Here! ...Read More
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Holiday Market

Community Rights Lane County and Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance will be at the Holiday Market collecting signatures! Stop by the table in the Holiday Hall all three day! November 27th, 28th and 29th 10am - 6pm ...Read More
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Kai Huschke of CELDF – Building a New Economy Founded on Worker Rights

Don't miss your chance to hear the news from Spokane Washington. Envision Spokane has brought measures to the ballot 3 times, with this latest coming from a different angle. Kai Huschke is the Pacific Northwest Organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. When: November 19th, 7:00pm Where: LCC Downtown (101 w.10th) RM312 (upstairs) ...Read More
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Friday November 13th, 7pm

Luz Rivera Martinez, of the Consejo National Urbano Campesino, will speak on state-sponsored political violence in Mexico and how corn is a symbol for autonomy and the dignified struggle for a better world. Luz has 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. Her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in human rights, GMOs and labor movements. WHEN: Friday November 13th @ 7pm WHERE: First Christian Church Chapel - 1166 Oak st. Eugene (free parking across the street) Cosponsored by:   ...Read More
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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

Guest Column: Douglas County residents won’t benefit from pipeline

Douglas County residents face the threat of eminent domain by a foreign corporate partnership. Canada’s Veresen, Inc., and Williams Companies strategized to construct the Pacific Connector Pipeline, a 36-inch high-pressure pipe carrying non-odorized fracked gas across rural properties. If approved, that gas will be transported to the proposed Jordan Cove facility in Coos Bay, converted to LNG and exported to Asia for competing economic interests to the U.S. If built, Jordan Cove will become the top polluter in Oregon. These companies know well the rural scenario: dangle the “job carrot” in front of vulnerable communities, promise politicians and the Chamber of Commerce streets paved in gold and <snap> they’re in! Private citizens and property owners speak against these projects and point to places like Malin, Oregon, where promised prosperity from construction of the Ruby Pipeline was, as we predict here, more boom and bust economics. Boost Southwest Oregon organized as a nonprofit specifically to advocate for Jordan Cove and the pipeline projects. They are well funded. You see their ads and hear their commercials all the time now, likely underwritten by those who stand to benefit such as unionized labor and the companies themselves. If they are willing to spend $7.2 billion dollars ...Read More