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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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Democracy in the Courtroom!

…This rule has never been applied in Lane County before and should not apply to the pre-election review process at all.

Judge Rasmussen ruled in our favor, dropping Stan Long’s case against the County. However, the judge did say that our initiatives will have to be reviewed for the Single Vote Rule after we submit our signatures. This is a short-term win for us, and we’re really stepping up our efforts to collect signatures. You Can Help!

Democracy has dodged another bullet, but we still hold the Bill!!

You can help by contributing to our Legal Fund!

Upcoming Events

Check out our Events page for dates, times and locations!

April 22nd: leafleting in Coos Bay in support of Measure 6-162
April 29th:
March for a Climate of Safety – Eugene
May 1st:
ESSN/Resist Eugene – Disrupt the Circus
June 2nd and 3rd:
Democracy School

Be the Change - Join the Action!

Please 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.

Democracy School in Eugene

Community Rights Lane County along with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund are bringing Democracy School to Eugene! Lane County residents are threatened with a handful of corporate harms (aerial spraying), and are organizing to stop the toxic poisoning of their community. As part of our work, we are holding CELDF’s Democracy School – a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches residents and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing fossil fuel extraction/transportation, aerial spraying, GMOs, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control and state preemption on a powerful single front: people’s inalienable rights. WHERE: First United Methodist Church / 1376 Olive St. Eugene WHEN: Friday, June 2nd, 6:00 - 9:00p.m / Saturday, June 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m You Must register for this 2 day event. Loading.. ...Read More

Action YOU Can Take!

Do you want to help (and really don't want to collect signatures), but aren't sure what to do? As an organization working towards a better place to live, we feel everyone must work towards that goal in their own way. So while some organizations are...
  • writing more protective laws in the places they live,
  • others are driving to Salem to talk with elected officials,
  • while others are out there standing in front of trucks!
We all do what we can, and we want to help YOU do your part by sharing this Action. Ultimately we'd like to ban aerial spraying in all of Oregon. Working towards that goal, we'll write letters of support for the legislative bills being introduced this session. And while we don't hold our breathe that the legislature will save the day (give the people what they really want), we do want to support the efforts of those that work towards reforming the Forest Practices Act in any way. Below is information on bills that were introduced. We've also provided a sample letter for you to send your elected official in Salem. If you don't know who that is, find your Oregon legislator. The Timber Aerial Spray Right to Know ...Read More

We the People 2.0 – The Second American rEvolution!

Oregon Community Rights Network, along with Community Rights Lane County co-sponsor We the People 2.0. Tuesday March 21st - Florence - City Lights Cinema, dinner @5pm, film @6pm Thursday March 23rd - Cottage Grove - Healing Matrix, film @7pm Friday March 24th - Eugene - First United Methodist Church, film @7pm. There are more locations throughout Oregon! Click Here to learn more! ...Read More

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC)

Community Rights Lane County will be at PIELC again. Find our table in the hallway, we'll be next to other Community Rights Chapters from around Oregon! There are two opportunities to learn more about Community Rights. CELDF is showing We the People 2.0 in the EMU Redwood Auditorium at 2:20 – 3:50pm. Kai Huschke the Pacific Northwest Organizer for CELDF will be conducting a workshop - Growing Democracy with Community Rights in the EMU Room 146: Crater Lake North at 3:30-5:30. Check HERE to see a list of recommended panels! ...Read More

Street Theater by Community Rights Lane County

Group holds rally against court case restricting ballot initiative rights Before court on Friday, members of and supporters of CRLC gathered in front of the Courthouse to show voters what's at stake - All in good humor!! Read the Story Here! Check out this video of Community Rights Lane County folks doing some street theater outside the Lane County Courthouse today! Letting our community know that We the People intend to stay strong in defense of our constitutional right to the initiative power! Judge Karsten Rasmussen heard over 2 hours of argument, and will decide the outcome of the case in a few weeks. Stay tuned! Thanks to everyone who performed and those that joined in to raise the voices of the We the People Choir! ...Read More

Democracy School in Eugene

Community Rights Lane County along with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund are bringing Democracy School to Eugene! Lane County residents are threatened with a handful of corporate harms (aerial spraying), and are organizing to stop the toxic poisoning of their community. As part of our work, we are holding CELDF’s Democracy School – a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches residents and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing fossil fuel extraction/transportation, aerial spraying, GMOs, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control and state preemption on a powerful single front: people’s inalienable rights. WHERE: First United Methodist Church / 1376 Olive St. Eugene WHEN: Friday, June 2nd, 6:00 - 9:00p.m / Saturday, June 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m You Must register for this 2 day event. Loading.. ...Read More

Action YOU Can Take!

Do you want to help (and really don't want to collect signatures), but aren't sure what to do? As an organization working towards a better place to live, we feel everyone must work towards that goal in their own way. So while some organizations are...
  • writing more protective laws in the places they live,
  • others are driving to Salem to talk with elected officials,
  • while others are out there standing in front of trucks!
We all do what we can, and we want to help YOU do your part by sharing this Action. Ultimately we'd like to ban aerial spraying in all of Oregon. Working towards that goal, we'll write letters of support for the legislative bills being introduced this session. And while we don't hold our breathe that the legislature will save the day (give the people what they really want), we do want to support the efforts of those that work towards reforming the Forest Practices Act in any way. Below is information on bills that were introduced. We've also provided a sample letter for you to send your elected official in Salem. If you don't know who that is, find your Oregon legislator. The Timber Aerial Spray Right to Know ...Read More

We the People 2.0 – The Second American rEvolution!

Oregon Community Rights Network, along with Community Rights Lane County co-sponsor We the People 2.0. Tuesday March 21st - Florence - City Lights Cinema, dinner @5pm, film @6pm Thursday March 23rd - Cottage Grove - Healing Matrix, film @7pm Friday March 24th - Eugene - First United Methodist Church, film @7pm. There are more locations throughout Oregon! Click Here to learn more! ...Read More

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC)

Community Rights Lane County will be at PIELC again. Find our table in the hallway, we'll be next to other Community Rights Chapters from around Oregon! There are two opportunities to learn more about Community Rights. CELDF is showing We the People 2.0 in the EMU Redwood Auditorium at 2:20 – 3:50pm. Kai Huschke the Pacific Northwest Organizer for CELDF will be conducting a workshop - Growing Democracy with Community Rights in the EMU Room 146: Crater Lake North at 3:30-5:30. Check HERE to see a list of recommended panels! ...Read More

Street Theater by Community Rights Lane County

Group holds rally against court case restricting ballot initiative rights Before court on Friday, members of and supporters of CRLC gathered in front of the Courthouse to show voters what's at stake - All in good humor!! Read the Story Here! Check out this video of Community Rights Lane County folks doing some street theater outside the Lane County Courthouse today! Letting our community know that We the People intend to stay strong in defense of our constitutional right to the initiative power! Judge Karsten Rasmussen heard over 2 hours of argument, and will decide the outcome of the case in a few weeks. Stay tuned! Thanks to everyone who performed and those that joined in to raise the voices of the We the People Choir! ...Read More

Democracy School in Eugene

Community Rights Lane County along with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund are bringing Democracy School to Eugene! Lane County residents are threatened with a handful of corporate harms (aerial spraying), and are organizing to stop the toxic poisoning of their community. As part of our work, we are holding CELDF’s Democracy School – a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches residents and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing fossil fuel extraction/transportation, aerial spraying, GMOs, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control and state preemption on a powerful single front: people’s inalienable rights. WHERE: First United Methodist Church / 1376 Olive St. Eugene WHEN: Friday, June 2nd, 6:00 - 9:00p.m / Saturday, June 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m You Must register for this 2 day event. Loading.. ...Read More

Action YOU Can Take!

Do you want to help (and really don't want to collect signatures), but aren't sure what to do? As an organization working towards a better place to live, we feel everyone must work towards that goal in their own way. So while some organizations are...
  • writing more protective laws in the places they live,
  • others are driving to Salem to talk with elected officials,
  • while others are out there standing in front of trucks!
We all do what we can, and we want to help YOU do your part by sharing this Action. Ultimately we'd like to ban aerial spraying in all of Oregon. Working towards that goal, we'll write letters of support for the legislative bills being introduced this session. And while we don't hold our breathe that the legislature will save the day (give the people what they really want), we do want to support the efforts of those that work towards reforming the Forest Practices Act in any way. Below is information on bills that were introduced. We've also provided a sample letter for you to send your elected official in Salem. If you don't know who that is, find your Oregon legislator. The Timber Aerial Spray Right to Know ...Read More

We the People 2.0 – The Second American rEvolution!

Oregon Community Rights Network, along with Community Rights Lane County co-sponsor We the People 2.0. Tuesday March 21st - Florence - City Lights Cinema, dinner @5pm, film @6pm Thursday March 23rd - Cottage Grove - Healing Matrix, film @7pm Friday March 24th - Eugene - First United Methodist Church, film @7pm. There are more locations throughout Oregon! Click Here to learn more! ...Read More

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC)

Community Rights Lane County will be at PIELC again. Find our table in the hallway, we'll be next to other Community Rights Chapters from around Oregon! There are two opportunities to learn more about Community Rights. CELDF is showing We the People 2.0 in the EMU Redwood Auditorium at 2:20 – 3:50pm. Kai Huschke the Pacific Northwest Organizer for CELDF will be conducting a workshop - Growing Democracy with Community Rights in the EMU Room 146: Crater Lake North at 3:30-5:30. Check HERE to see a list of recommended panels! ...Read More

Street Theater by Community Rights Lane County

Group holds rally against court case restricting ballot initiative rights Before court on Friday, members of and supporters of CRLC gathered in front of the Courthouse to show voters what's at stake - All in good humor!! Read the Story Here! Check out this video of Community Rights Lane County folks doing some street theater outside the Lane County Courthouse today! Letting our community know that We the People intend to stay strong in defense of our constitutional right to the initiative power! Judge Karsten Rasmussen heard over 2 hours of argument, and will decide the outcome of the case in a few weeks. Stay tuned! Thanks to everyone who performed and those that joined in to raise the voices of the We the People Choir! ...Read More

Democracy School in Eugene

Community Rights Lane County along with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund are bringing Democracy School to Eugene! Lane County residents are threatened with a handful of corporate harms (aerial spraying), and are organizing to stop the toxic poisoning of their community. As part of our work, we are holding CELDF’s Democracy School – a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches residents and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing fossil fuel extraction/transportation, aerial spraying, GMOs, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control and state preemption on a powerful single front: people’s inalienable rights. WHERE: First United Methodist Church / 1376 Olive St. Eugene WHEN: Friday, June 2nd, 6:00 - 9:00p.m / Saturday, June 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m You Must register for this 2 day event. Loading.. ...Read More
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Action YOU Can Take!

Do you want to help (and really don't want to collect signatures), but aren't sure what to do? As an organization working towards a better place to live, we feel everyone must work towards that goal in their own way. So while some organizations are...
  • writing more protective laws in the places they live,
  • others are driving to Salem to talk with elected officials,
  • while others are out there standing in front of trucks!
We all do what we can, and we want to help YOU do your part by sharing this Action. Ultimately we'd like to ban aerial spraying in all of Oregon. Working towards that goal, we'll write letters of support for the legislative bills being introduced this session. And while we don't hold our breathe that the legislature will save the day (give the people what they really want), we do want to support the efforts of those that work towards reforming the Forest Practices Act in any way. Below is information on bills that were introduced. We've also provided a sample letter for you to send your elected official in Salem. If you don't know who that is, find your Oregon legislator. The Timber Aerial Spray Right to Know ...Read More
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We the People 2.0 – The Second American rEvolution!

Oregon Community Rights Network, along with Community Rights Lane County co-sponsor We the People 2.0. Tuesday March 21st - Florence - City Lights Cinema, dinner @5pm, film @6pm Thursday March 23rd - Cottage Grove - Healing Matrix, film @7pm Friday March 24th - Eugene - First United Methodist Church, film @7pm. There are more locations throughout Oregon! Click Here to learn more! ...Read More
/ by / in Blog, Events, Local

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC)

Community Rights Lane County will be at PIELC again. Find our table in the hallway, we'll be next to other Community Rights Chapters from around Oregon! There are two opportunities to learn more about Community Rights. CELDF is showing We the People 2.0 in the EMU Redwood Auditorium at 2:20 – 3:50pm. Kai Huschke the Pacific Northwest Organizer for CELDF will be conducting a workshop - Growing Democracy with Community Rights in the EMU Room 146: Crater Lake North at 3:30-5:30. Check HERE to see a list of recommended panels! ...Read More
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Street Theater by Community Rights Lane County

Group holds rally against court case restricting ballot initiative rights Before court on Friday, members of and supporters of CRLC gathered in front of the Courthouse to show voters what's at stake - All in good humor!! Read the Story Here! Check out this video of Community Rights Lane County folks doing some street theater outside the Lane County Courthouse today! Letting our community know that We the People intend to stay strong in defense of our constitutional right to the initiative power! Judge Karsten Rasmussen heard over 2 hours of argument, and will decide the outcome of the case in a few weeks. Stay tuned! Thanks to everyone who performed and those that joined in to raise the voices of the We the People Choir! ...Read More
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A Powerful Trio

Community Rights Lane County Our Community Our Rights and Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance have been very lucky to co-host three amazing women. If you weren't able to see them in person, we now have video of all three. Follow the links below and enjoy a wealth of knowledge related to the Rights of Nature! ...Read More

Lafayette Community Members Introduce Climate Bill of Rights and Protections

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: January 2, 2016 Contacts: East Boulder County United Email: [email protected] Kristin McLean: [email protected] 303 641-8901 Merrily Mazza, [email protected] 720 556-1286 Legal: Thomas Linzey, Esq, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, 717 498-0054 Lafayette Community Members Introduce Climate Bill of Rights and Protections What: Lafayette Community Members Introduce Climate Bill of Rights and Protections to City Council, Pledge Environmental Defense of Boulder County When: Lafayette City Council meeting Tuesday, January 3, approximately 7pm depending on meeting agenda. Where: 1290 S. Public Road, Lafayette Colorado The people of Lafayette, Colorado have introduced an ordinance for formal adoption to the Lafayette City Council. The measure titled, “Climate Bill of Rights and Protections” is a law that will codify the right to a healthy climate and community member’s ability to enforce this right through community led, nonviolent direct action.  It is based on the First Nation principle of protecting the environment for seven generations. The measure will be introduced by two Lafayette City Councilors, Councilor Gustavo Reyna and Councilor Merrily Mazza, at the January 3rd meeting. If the measure is approved Lafayette will become the second community nationally to adopt such a measure. Grant Township Pennsylvania legalized the defense of their community through nonviolent civil disobedience earlier this year when it was faced with ...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

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