History

“Our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past, while we silence the rebels of the present.”
–Henry Steele Commager

“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
– Harriet Tubman

 

We are a growing community of activists who grew weary of traditional activism after years negligible results. We followed the well-worn path that we were expected to follow: writing letters, testifying at hearings, attending protests, and making our voices known to those with decision making authority, only to learn that the game was rigged and that the outcome pre-determined to favor those corporate interests that seek to maximize profits at the expense of our communities. 

We formed Community Rights Lane County (CRLC) after attending the 2012 Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund’s (CELDF) Democracy School. The school explained why we had not been able to stop corporate harms from occurring in our communities. Democracy School demonstrates, in depth, the history/workings of corporate control and outlines a fundamental solution to corporate harms and threats. Understanding that true power and decision-making, decreed by our State Constitution, rests with the People spurred us into action.

Since that time we have crafted rights-based initiatives that address our right to a healthy local food system and the right to be free from aerial toxic sprays. We are working on two other charter amendments to the Lane County Charter, as well. One addresses our communities right to local self-government and another focuses on the rights of Nature. CRLC actively builds the local Community Rights movement through educational events like monthly Community Rights Action gatherings.