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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.

Oregon Community Rights Network

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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

Democracy School 331-2-1170331

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!

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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.

GMO/Monsanto video

This new 5 minute humorous, entertaining, and chilling video gives an overview of the issues involved with GMOs and Monsanto’s business tactics. Check it out!

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Green group’s unconventional fight against fracking

The residents of Grant Township, Pennsylvania, were worried about Little Mahoning Creek, a picturesque trout stream best fished in the spring when the water runs fast.

The Pennsylvania General Energy Company had acquired a federal permit to drill an injection well down 7,000 feet about seven miles from the creek to dispose of wastewater from its natural gas hydraulic fracturing operations.

Fearing the operation would harm the Little Mahoning watershed, the town’s supervisors last year passed a “community bill of rights” that blocked the well, stripped the company of its right to inject wastewater underground, and declared that the state had no jurisdiction in the matter.

The ordinance, they openly acknowledged, was likely to be challenged, and defending its legality would be difficult.

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June Community Rights Action

Join us for our monthly Community Rights Action gathering on Monday, June 15th, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Methodist Church (1376 Olive St, Eugene).

This week we will be reading and discussing inspiring Community Rights stories from other communities in Thomas Linzey’s book Be the Change.

We’ll watch a great video from Columbia County who are fighting oil trains in their community.

And we’ll get updates from local, state, and national community rights work. 

We hope to see you there!

CRA poster June 2015

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Despite drought, California is still bottling water for export

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There is an old saying “as goes California, so goes the nation.” If that is true, I would say that the nation had best strap on its seat-belt for some hard-times ahead — and some battles over resources between ordinary citizens and big corporations.

… Lacking a cohesive statewide groundwater policy, California is wide open for multinational corporations to legally obtain water rights to the groundwater on their privately owned properties. And, they are not inclined to be particularly considerate neighbors…

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Colorado Communities Battle Energy Industry to Build Community Rights

Saturday, 18 April 2015 | By Cliff Willmeng, Truthout | Op-Ed

On the Wattenberg shale of Colorado, it was recently reported that the Larimer Energy Action Project, an extension of the Colorado oil and gas industry, contributed $20,000 to the Fort Collins City Council campaign of Ray Martinez. With this contribution and the electoral victory of Martinez, the industry successfully extended its influence over a community defending a democratically mandated five-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling.

The industry knows that its control of the state legislature, legal system and courts is not sufficient. Community members standing up to the inherently dangerous oil and gas industry aren’t entering the effort from high political office. The movement against fracking comes from below, from the real grassroots, making local councils the logical next battleground between corporate power and community and environmental rights.

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June Community Rights Action

Join us for our monthly Community Rights Action gathering on Monday, June 15th, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the First Methodist Church (1376 Olive St, Eugene).

This week we will be reading and discussing inspiring Community Rights stories from other communities in Thomas Linzey’s book Be the Change.

We’ll watch a great video from Columbia County who are fighting oil trains in their community.

And we’ll get updates from local, state, and national community rights work. 

We hope to see you there!

CRA poster June 2015

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2015 PIELC

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2015

We’ll have a table in the main lobby! Many panels to choose from, come educate yourself!!

 

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Community Rights Action!

IT’S TIME TO TRANSFORM

CONVERSATION INTO ACTION!!

We introduced community rights concepts locally through a series of

Community Rights Conversations (CRCs).

We very much appreciate the interest of all of you who participated, but now its time to transform conversation into actionTo that end, we’ll be shifting the format and purpose of what were CRCs into Read More

Economics & Happiness

Join CRLC in Portland this year!

Community Rights in Action: Examining the Legal Tools of Civil Disobedience through Local Law-making

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Green group’s unconventional fight against fracking

The residents of Grant Township, Pennsylvania, were worried about Little Mahoning Creek, a picturesque trout stream best fished in the spring when the water runs fast.

The Pennsylvania General Energy Company had acquired a federal permit to drill an injection well down 7,000 feet about seven miles from the creek to dispose of wastewater from its natural gas hydraulic fracturing operations.

Fearing the operation would harm the Little Mahoning watershed, the town’s supervisors last year passed a “community bill of rights” that blocked the well, stripped the company of its right to inject wastewater underground, and declared that the state had no jurisdiction in the matter.

The ordinance, they openly acknowledged, was likely to be challenged, and defending its legality would be difficult.

Full Article

Read More

Despite drought, California is still bottling water for export

by

There is an old saying “as goes California, so goes the nation.” If that is true, I would say that the nation had best strap on its seat-belt for some hard-times ahead — and some battles over resources between ordinary citizens and big corporations.

… Lacking a cohesive statewide groundwater policy, California is wide open for multinational corporations to legally obtain water rights to the groundwater on their privately owned properties. And, they are not inclined to be particularly considerate neighbors…

Full Article

Read More

Colorado Communities Battle Energy Industry to Build Community Rights

Saturday, 18 April 2015 | By Cliff Willmeng, Truthout | Op-Ed

On the Wattenberg shale of Colorado, it was recently reported that the Larimer Energy Action Project, an extension of the Colorado oil and gas industry, contributed $20,000 to the Fort Collins City Council campaign of Ray Martinez. With this contribution and the electoral victory of Martinez, the industry successfully extended its influence over a community defending a democratically mandated five-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling.

The industry knows that its control of the state legislature, legal system and courts is not sufficient. Community members standing up to the inherently dangerous oil and gas industry aren’t entering the effort from high political office. The movement against fracking comes from below, from the real grassroots, making local councils the logical next battleground between corporate power and community and environmental rights.

Full Article

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Fighting Fossils, Letting Go of Regulatory Law

by Simon Davis-Cohen – April 28, 2015

Oregon county embraces a community rights approach to challenge local liquefied natural gas terminal

US fossil fuel exports are on the rise. The fall in global oil prices has bolstered already determined efforts to lift the 1975 ban on US crude oil exports. And as hydrofracking operations continue to expand, the industry is scrambling for regulatory approval to build a network of pipelines and terminals to transport natural gas around the country and worldwide.

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Local GMO Ban on May Ballot: Full Analysis

The Corvallis Advocate |

So, what does local GMO measure 2-89 do? What are the pros and cons?

Ballots will be mailed April 30, and due back on May 19. Measure 2-89 mandates that all genetically modified organisms in Benton County be harvested, removed, or destroyed within 90 days if it passes; it makes use of these organisms illegal after that. The measure envisions  an enforcement regime decided by county supervisors, as well as standing for individual residents to bring legal actions.

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