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Community Rights Lane County educates and mobilizes citizens about our rights to local community self-governance. We believe decisions affecting communities must be made by community residents – the people directly impacted by these decisions and laws that authorize harmful corporate activities. We believe corporate structures should not have privileges that elevate corporate interests above those of the local community.

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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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May 18th – Virtual Community Rights Action meeting! Sign up for our newsletter to get call details.

Rights of Nature Campaign

Rights of Nature Campaign

Protect Our Watersheds is taking the lead in getting the Rights of Nature initiative on the ballot in 2021.

Please visit their website to learn more and volunteer.

Be the Change - Join the Action!

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Our monthly general meeting of community rights supporters in Lane County.  Learn more about our work and stay updated on the latest developments in local, state, and national Community Rights efforts.

Each month’s agenda is different, and we feature speakers, videos, and engaging group activities. We have opportunities for everyone to participate in!
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Third Monday of each month
6:00 – 8:00 pm

First United Methodist Church
1376 Olive St, Eugene.

Will Falk – Oregon Book Tour

Will Falk - Author, Lawyer, Environmental Activist Poetry is a tool to be used in resistance. For those of us who have forgotten, poetry leads us back to our natural heritage. Poetry teaches us to listen to a world filled with voices. WHEN: Friday, March 13th @6pm WHERE: Eugene Garden Club (1645 High St. / Parking across street) How Dams Fall With brutal honesty and an unflinching commitment to witnessing the river’s wounds in all their painful detail, How Dams Fall is an intimate conversation between a human and a river. In a time when the Colorado River is at record low levels and water shortages look inevitable, this essay is a must-read for outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, water advocates, and anyone who has ever fallen in love with the natural world ...Read More

Join us at PIELC 2020 – Sunday @9am

We know it's early - But Exciting it will be! Date: Sunday March 8, 2020 Time: 9:00-10:15am Where: UO Campus (Exact location TBA) Panel: Establishing the Rights of Nature It is neither acceptable nor is it necessary to poison the environment to engage in commerce. In fact, it is the antithesis of a sustainable and responsible economy. But to stop harmful unsustainable developments like Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, determined environmental activists must first acknowledge that working within an "environmental protection" system, complicit with industry, is activism’s failure, not the system's failure. Rather than pledging obedience to an unjust, dead-end system, activists across the country and around the world must become civilly disobedient in the name of justice, true sustainability, climate and a viable doorway into the future. Establishing the rights of nature, giving ecosystems standing, may be the single most effective means of reversing the Earth-wide trend of habitat destruction. We have focused on a panel of individuals assembled from three geographic areas from around the United States: 1.) Will Falk—Author “How Dams Fall”; Lawyer who represented the Colorado River in Rights of Nature case. 2.) Markie Miller—Representative from Toledo, Ohio Community Rights whose CR group ...Read More

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Move: Migration on a Changing Planet March 05-08, 2020 This year, PIELC will host a conversation about migration on a changing planet. Changes to the environment have always affected the movement of humans and other life on earth. Recently, global awareness has shifted to issues of migration as the impacts of land use and resource extraction accelerate climate change and ecological crises. Conflicts and environmental disruptions force humans to leave their homes and face untold tribulation. Entire ecosystems creep toward the poles, and species climb to higher elevations. Climate, animal, and plant cycles fall out of sync with alarming consequences. Many species dwindle while others quietly wink out of existence. No place on earth is free from these changes. The new Rights of Nature campaign ties right into this year's theme. Stay tuned for more information as we do have a panel! We'll have special guests from the LEBOR effort in Toledo Ohio, along with a guest from the Rights of the Salish Sea efforts. We are so excited about this year's conference - we hope to see you at our table in the hallway! ...Read More

Upcoming Important Film Showings

We have some exciting film showings coming your way. A perfect way to educate yourself as the weather gets colder outside. Both showings include Q&A's with people involved! Stay warm inside and cozy up for these: Community Rights Lane County is excited to be cosponsors along with Encircle Films, Eugene PeaceWorks/KEPW Community Radio 97.3FM for: Thursday, Nov. 7th @6:30pm Corporate Coup D'etat Followed by Q&A with producer Jeff Cohen Broadway Metro - 888 Willamette Community Rights Lane County, Wisdom of the Elders, along with Native American Studies present: Sunday, Nov. 10th @7pm The Peoples of Western Oregon Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers UO Many Nations Longhouse ...Read More

Film Showing in Florence Oregon – Invisible Hand

Community Rights Lane County  City Lights Cinema Invisible Hand When: Tuesday, Sept. 17th Where: City Lights Cinema Florence, Oregon (1930 Highway 101) Check back often as the event gets closer for more details. In the fall of 2014, for the first time in United States history, an ecosystem filed to defend itself in a lawsuit claiming its ‘right to exist' in Grant Township, Pennsylvania. For attempting such a radical act, Grant’s rural community of 700 people were sued by a corporation, then by the state government, and are now locked in a battle to defend the watershed they call home, the water they drink, and enforce the local laws they enacted that gave legal Rights to Nature. Half a continent away in Standing Rock, North Dakota, the same industry threatening Grant Twp. is using militarized force against indigenous tribes and allies fighting to protect Mother Earth. The two, Grant Township and Standing Rock, are joined in an international fight to protect more than just water. They fight for their community, democracy, and for Nature as a living entity unto itself. Produced by award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo, INVISIBLE HAND takes you behind the curtain of the global ...Read More

Will Falk – Oregon Book Tour

Will Falk - Author, Lawyer, Environmental Activist Poetry is a tool to be used in resistance. For those of us who have forgotten, poetry leads us back to our natural heritage. Poetry teaches us to listen to a world filled with voices. WHEN: Friday, March 13th @6pm WHERE: Eugene Garden Club (1645 High St. / Parking across street) How Dams Fall With brutal honesty and an unflinching commitment to witnessing the river’s wounds in all their painful detail, How Dams Fall is an intimate conversation between a human and a river. In a time when the Colorado River is at record low levels and water shortages look inevitable, this essay is a must-read for outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, water advocates, and anyone who has ever fallen in love with the natural world ...Read More

Join us at PIELC 2020 – Sunday @9am

We know it's early - But Exciting it will be! Date: Sunday March 8, 2020 Time: 9:00-10:15am Where: UO Campus (Exact location TBA) Panel: Establishing the Rights of Nature It is neither acceptable nor is it necessary to poison the environment to engage in commerce. In fact, it is the antithesis of a sustainable and responsible economy. But to stop harmful unsustainable developments like Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, determined environmental activists must first acknowledge that working within an "environmental protection" system, complicit with industry, is activism’s failure, not the system's failure. Rather than pledging obedience to an unjust, dead-end system, activists across the country and around the world must become civilly disobedient in the name of justice, true sustainability, climate and a viable doorway into the future. Establishing the rights of nature, giving ecosystems standing, may be the single most effective means of reversing the Earth-wide trend of habitat destruction. We have focused on a panel of individuals assembled from three geographic areas from around the United States: 1.) Will Falk—Author “How Dams Fall”; Lawyer who represented the Colorado River in Rights of Nature case. 2.) Markie Miller—Representative from Toledo, Ohio Community Rights whose CR group ...Read More

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Move: Migration on a Changing Planet March 05-08, 2020 This year, PIELC will host a conversation about migration on a changing planet. Changes to the environment have always affected the movement of humans and other life on earth. Recently, global awareness has shifted to issues of migration as the impacts of land use and resource extraction accelerate climate change and ecological crises. Conflicts and environmental disruptions force humans to leave their homes and face untold tribulation. Entire ecosystems creep toward the poles, and species climb to higher elevations. Climate, animal, and plant cycles fall out of sync with alarming consequences. Many species dwindle while others quietly wink out of existence. No place on earth is free from these changes. The new Rights of Nature campaign ties right into this year's theme. Stay tuned for more information as we do have a panel! We'll have special guests from the LEBOR effort in Toledo Ohio, along with a guest from the Rights of the Salish Sea efforts. We are so excited about this year's conference - we hope to see you at our table in the hallway! ...Read More

Upcoming Important Film Showings

We have some exciting film showings coming your way. A perfect way to educate yourself as the weather gets colder outside. Both showings include Q&A's with people involved! Stay warm inside and cozy up for these: Community Rights Lane County is excited to be cosponsors along with Encircle Films, Eugene PeaceWorks/KEPW Community Radio 97.3FM for: Thursday, Nov. 7th @6:30pm Corporate Coup D'etat Followed by Q&A with producer Jeff Cohen Broadway Metro - 888 Willamette Community Rights Lane County, Wisdom of the Elders, along with Native American Studies present: Sunday, Nov. 10th @7pm The Peoples of Western Oregon Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers UO Many Nations Longhouse ...Read More

Film Showing in Florence Oregon – Invisible Hand

Community Rights Lane County  City Lights Cinema Invisible Hand When: Tuesday, Sept. 17th Where: City Lights Cinema Florence, Oregon (1930 Highway 101) Check back often as the event gets closer for more details. In the fall of 2014, for the first time in United States history, an ecosystem filed to defend itself in a lawsuit claiming its ‘right to exist' in Grant Township, Pennsylvania. For attempting such a radical act, Grant’s rural community of 700 people were sued by a corporation, then by the state government, and are now locked in a battle to defend the watershed they call home, the water they drink, and enforce the local laws they enacted that gave legal Rights to Nature. Half a continent away in Standing Rock, North Dakota, the same industry threatening Grant Twp. is using militarized force against indigenous tribes and allies fighting to protect Mother Earth. The two, Grant Township and Standing Rock, are joined in an international fight to protect more than just water. They fight for their community, democracy, and for Nature as a living entity unto itself. Produced by award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo, INVISIBLE HAND takes you behind the curtain of the global ...Read More

Will Falk – Oregon Book Tour

Will Falk - Author, Lawyer, Environmental Activist Poetry is a tool to be used in resistance. For those of us who have forgotten, poetry leads us back to our natural heritage. Poetry teaches us to listen to a world filled with voices. WHEN: Friday, March 13th @6pm WHERE: Eugene Garden Club (1645 High St. / Parking across street) How Dams Fall With brutal honesty and an unflinching commitment to witnessing the river’s wounds in all their painful detail, How Dams Fall is an intimate conversation between a human and a river. In a time when the Colorado River is at record low levels and water shortages look inevitable, this essay is a must-read for outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, water advocates, and anyone who has ever fallen in love with the natural world ...Read More
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Join us at PIELC 2020 – Sunday @9am

We know it's early - But Exciting it will be! Date: Sunday March 8, 2020 Time: 9:00-10:15am Where: UO Campus (Exact location TBA) Panel: Establishing the Rights of Nature It is neither acceptable nor is it necessary to poison the environment to engage in commerce. In fact, it is the antithesis of a sustainable and responsible economy. But to stop harmful unsustainable developments like Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, determined environmental activists must first acknowledge that working within an "environmental protection" system, complicit with industry, is activism’s failure, not the system's failure. Rather than pledging obedience to an unjust, dead-end system, activists across the country and around the world must become civilly disobedient in the name of justice, true sustainability, climate and a viable doorway into the future. Establishing the rights of nature, giving ecosystems standing, may be the single most effective means of reversing the Earth-wide trend of habitat destruction. We have focused on a panel of individuals assembled from three geographic areas from around the United States: 1.) Will Falk—Author “How Dams Fall”; Lawyer who represented the Colorado River in Rights of Nature case. 2.) Markie Miller—Representative from Toledo, Ohio Community Rights whose CR group ...Read More
/ / Events, Local

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

Move: Migration on a Changing Planet March 05-08, 2020 This year, PIELC will host a conversation about migration on a changing planet. Changes to the environment have always affected the movement of humans and other life on earth. Recently, global awareness has shifted to issues of migration as the impacts of land use and resource extraction accelerate climate change and ecological crises. Conflicts and environmental disruptions force humans to leave their homes and face untold tribulation. Entire ecosystems creep toward the poles, and species climb to higher elevations. Climate, animal, and plant cycles fall out of sync with alarming consequences. Many species dwindle while others quietly wink out of existence. No place on earth is free from these changes. The new Rights of Nature campaign ties right into this year's theme. Stay tuned for more information as we do have a panel! We'll have special guests from the LEBOR effort in Toledo Ohio, along with a guest from the Rights of the Salish Sea efforts. We are so excited about this year's conference - we hope to see you at our table in the hallway! ...Read More
/ / Events, Local

Upcoming Important Film Showings

We have some exciting film showings coming your way. A perfect way to educate yourself as the weather gets colder outside. Both showings include Q&A's with people involved! Stay warm inside and cozy up for these: Community Rights Lane County is excited to be cosponsors along with Encircle Films, Eugene PeaceWorks/KEPW Community Radio 97.3FM for: Thursday, Nov. 7th @6:30pm Corporate Coup D'etat Followed by Q&A with producer Jeff Cohen Broadway Metro - 888 Willamette Community Rights Lane County, Wisdom of the Elders, along with Native American Studies present: Sunday, Nov. 10th @7pm The Peoples of Western Oregon Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers UO Many Nations Longhouse ...Read More
/ / Events, Local

Film Showing in Florence Oregon – Invisible Hand

Community Rights Lane County  City Lights Cinema Invisible Hand When: Tuesday, Sept. 17th Where: City Lights Cinema Florence, Oregon (1930 Highway 101) Check back often as the event gets closer for more details. In the fall of 2014, for the first time in United States history, an ecosystem filed to defend itself in a lawsuit claiming its ‘right to exist' in Grant Township, Pennsylvania. For attempting such a radical act, Grant’s rural community of 700 people were sued by a corporation, then by the state government, and are now locked in a battle to defend the watershed they call home, the water they drink, and enforce the local laws they enacted that gave legal Rights to Nature. Half a continent away in Standing Rock, North Dakota, the same industry threatening Grant Twp. is using militarized force against indigenous tribes and allies fighting to protect Mother Earth. The two, Grant Township and Standing Rock, are joined in an international fight to protect more than just water. They fight for their community, democracy, and for Nature as a living entity unto itself. Produced by award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo, INVISIBLE HAND takes you behind the curtain of the global ...Read More
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Frank Bibeau on the Rights of Nature

Community Rights Lane County is privileged to announce that Executive Director of the 1855 Treaty Authority and Tribal Attorney, Frank Bibeau will present to the Eugene community on Friday, March 8, 7pm. at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High Street. Mr. Bibeau represented Winona LaDuke’s Honor the Earth organization in the Embridge Baaken pipeline disputes. He most recently secured the Rights of Wild Rice for the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, the first Rights of Nature law to recognize the rights of a plant species. ...Read More

Lincoln County: Siletz River Takes Legal Action to Defend Its Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Maria Sause [email protected] 541 574 2961; cell 541 961 6385 Newport, Oregon:  This afternoon the Siletz River Ecosystem filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit Rex Capri and Wakefield Farms, LLC v. Dana W. Jenkins and Lincoln County, and Lincoln County Community Rights. This is the third ecosystem in the United States to take legal action to protect its rights, secured in this case by Measure 21-177, which was adopted by Lincoln County voters in the May 2017 election. The two plaintiffs – Rex Capri of Newport and Wakefield Farms of Eddyville – claim that their “right” to spray toxic pesticides aerially is greater than the right of the people of Lincoln County to protect public health, clean water, and the rights of ecosystems and natural communities not to be poisoned from the air. Lincoln County Community Rights (LCCR) was granted intervention in the case on July 2, 2017, after the county made it clear that their interest lies merely in getting an opinion from the court and not in actively defending the law adopted by voters in May. “I have lived in Lincoln County for 43 years in a home surrounded by river and ...Read More

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 ...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