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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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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!

June 2nd and 3rd: Democracy School
June 19th:
Community Rights Action – Location TBA
June 22nd:
Craig Kaufman, Eugene Garden Club

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.

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

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

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

Phone Banking for Lincoln County

Yes on 21-177 campaign needs Your help! This is your chance to make a difference in the campaign for Lincoln County's right to choose what is acceptable behavior for logging practices in Lincoln County. It is a first step that will seed other successful actions across the state and further afield.  It is also a wake up call to our local and state governing bodies that we will no longer be ignored or placated through non-action - legislation to protect water and fish habitat being killed in committee -while extraction of our resources continues without balance. Phone calls to Lincoln Co. voters can be done by any willing volunteers over this last week by emailing Debra<[email protected] or Rebecca <[email protected]> and they will send you a pdf file by email that you may print out and use to call voters urging them to vote and stand up with county residents for our health, protection of our natural resources, and the vital role healthy forests play in a habitable earth by voting YES! to ban aerial (aircraft) spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County!  It's easy to do, we'll be available to answer questions. A YES ...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 AND PAY 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

Press Release: Lincoln County Votes to BAN aerial spraying of pesticides!

Monday, May 23, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Dickinson [email protected] 541-543-5735 In a monumental vote, the people of Lincoln County asserted their right to clean air and water as well as healthy communities and ecosystems. With 6,928 votes, Measure 21-177, Freedom from Aerial Sprayed Pesticides of Lincoln County ordinance, is passing by 27 votes. About one hundred ballots are in question (mostly due to lack of voter signatures), and once those issues are resolved there will be a final ballot count by the end of May. With 99% of the vote counted, and the results running 51% for the ordinance and 49% against, the remaining votes would have to deviate markedly from current returns to prevent the ordinance, which prohibits the aerial spray of pesticides, from becoming law. “Though we have our fingers crossed that we will prevail, this campaign has already been a win because we raised not only the health issue of aerial spraying in the public’s consciousness but also the lengths the corporate timber and chemical industry will go to cover up the truth”, says Maria Kraus of Citizens for a Healthy County, proponents of Measure 21-177. “Something has shifted in this community and people really feel like they need a larger ...Read More

Phone Banking for Lincoln County

Yes on 21-177 campaign needs Your help! This is your chance to make a difference in the campaign for Lincoln County's right to choose what is acceptable behavior for logging practices in Lincoln County. It is a first step that will seed other successful actions across the state and further afield.  It is also a wake up call to our local and state governing bodies that we will no longer be ignored or placated through non-action - legislation to protect water and fish habitat being killed in committee -while extraction of our resources continues without balance. Phone calls to Lincoln Co. voters can be done by any willing volunteers over this last week by emailing Debra<[email protected] or Rebecca <[email protected]> and they will send you a pdf file by email that you may print out and use to call voters urging them to vote and stand up with county residents for our health, protection of our natural resources, and the vital role healthy forests play in a habitable earth by voting YES! to ban aerial (aircraft) spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County!  It's easy to do, we'll be available to answer questions. A YES ...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 AND PAY 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

Press Release: Lincoln County Votes to BAN aerial spraying of pesticides!

Monday, May 23, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Dickinson [email protected] 541-543-5735 In a monumental vote, the people of Lincoln County asserted their right to clean air and water as well as healthy communities and ecosystems. With 6,928 votes, Measure 21-177, Freedom from Aerial Sprayed Pesticides of Lincoln County ordinance, is passing by 27 votes. About one hundred ballots are in question (mostly due to lack of voter signatures), and once those issues are resolved there will be a final ballot count by the end of May. With 99% of the vote counted, and the results running 51% for the ordinance and 49% against, the remaining votes would have to deviate markedly from current returns to prevent the ordinance, which prohibits the aerial spray of pesticides, from becoming law. “Though we have our fingers crossed that we will prevail, this campaign has already been a win because we raised not only the health issue of aerial spraying in the public’s consciousness but also the lengths the corporate timber and chemical industry will go to cover up the truth”, says Maria Kraus of Citizens for a Healthy County, proponents of Measure 21-177. “Something has shifted in this community and people really feel like they need a larger ...Read More
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Phone Banking for Lincoln County

Yes on 21-177 campaign needs Your help! This is your chance to make a difference in the campaign for Lincoln County's right to choose what is acceptable behavior for logging practices in Lincoln County. It is a first step that will seed other successful actions across the state and further afield.  It is also a wake up call to our local and state governing bodies that we will no longer be ignored or placated through non-action - legislation to protect water and fish habitat being killed in committee -while extraction of our resources continues without balance. Phone calls to Lincoln Co. voters can be done by any willing volunteers over this last week by emailing Debra<[email protected] or Rebecca <[email protected]> and they will send you a pdf file by email that you may print out and use to call voters urging them to vote and stand up with county residents for our health, protection of our natural resources, and the vital role healthy forests play in a habitable earth by voting YES! to ban aerial (aircraft) spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County!  It's easy to do, we'll be available to answer questions. A YES ...Read More
/ by / in Blog, Events, Local

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 AND PAY for this 2 day event. Loading.. ...Read More
/ by / in Blog, Events, Local

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
/ by / in Blog, CRA, Local

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
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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