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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!

Upcoming Events

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


May 24th –
Merrily Mazza – Claim Our Power
First United Methodist Church @7pm
June 2nd – Winona LaDuke – Honor the Earth
First United Methodist Church @7pm
October 3rd – Chris Hedges


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.

Restoring Democracy in the Fight Against Fracking

From Ecowatch.com Same story. Different day. People are threatened by an activity that will injure them, and they work overtime to pass a law that bans the activity. An affected corporation—or industry association—then sues the municipality, contending that the community can’t prohibit what the state allows, and that the ban violates the “rights” of the corporation. Read More ...Read More

Barnstead, NH: Establishing the Community Right to Water and Self-Governance

From ReadTheDirt.org If you were to drive through Barnstead, NH you would not suspect that there was anything special about the people who live here. It’s a typical small town in New Hampshire, with a country store with a “guns for sale” billboard, a post office, a fire station and a community church that line both sides of Route 126 as the road quickly takes you through and out of the town’s center. The community looks much like many others in our small state. If you attended a selectmen’s meeting—of our local elected officials—you’d hear all of the same conversations you might hear in any small town in New England—discussions on which roads to pave, how to appropriate town funds, and appeals from taxpayers who need a break on their tax bills. Our population hovers around 4,000 and we are almost equally divided, politically. We’re almost all of European decent, with some welcome exceptions to that rule. Read More ...Read More

The Right to Self-Govern

by: Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, Kai Huschke Posted on: March 29, 2012 http://readthedirt.org/the-right-to-self-govern   By Kai Huschke, Washington organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Campaign Director for Envision Spokane – working to pass a Community Bill of Rights that recognizes the rights of neighborhoods, the environment, and workers as superior to corporate rights in the City of Spokane. Editor’s Note: This piece by Kai Huschke speaks for itself and gets at the root of our reality. It’s election night 2011, 8:45 in the evening in a small neighborhood situated along the Spokane River near downtown Spokane. An excited roar erupts from around the kitchen table. Fifteen seconds later an even larger explosion of cheers booms from the basement. Delayed as it was (the difference between website and television election results), what each group saw was that local Proposition 1 – A Community Bill of Rights was deadlocked at 50:50 against corporate rights. Quite stunning, considering at that same time in that same house on virtually the same date two years earlier many of those same people watched a similar measure to elevate community rights over corporate rights being torched by the influence of corporate powerbrokers 3 to 1. The citizen-lead coalition that is ...Read More

Statement on Efforts to Amend the U.S. Constitution following Citizens United

CELDF January 2012 http://www.celdf.org/citizens-united-v-fec---celdf-statement A great deal of activism has emerged in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC.  In that case, the Court declared that corporate First Amendment “free speech” rights were violated by federal law which limited corporate spending in elections. Following the ruling, several groups began working to propose amendments to the U.S.  Constitution to overturn Citizens United. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund was invited to participate in those efforts based on our ongoing legislative work on corporate “rights.”  For nearly a decade, we have taken the lead, assisting several dozen municipal governments and communities – in Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Virginia – to adopt first-in-the-nation local laws which refuse to recognize the legal privileges erroneously bestowed by the courts as “corporate rights.”  The first such ordinances were adopted into law by two municipalities in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, in 2002 – making those communities the first in the country to elevate the rights of people above the claimed “rights” of corporations. Municipalities are now coalescing at the grassroots level to begin to envision what state and federal constitutional changes are necessary to liberate them from corporate powers that ...Read More

You Haven’t Missed a Thing- We record most presentations!

Did you know we strive to record every presentation that we sponsor/co-sponsor? We know people are busy and might not have the time drop everything for our schedule. So we've compiled our videos into one place for your easy viewing. You can always hover over the Resources tab and you'll find our link to the Audio/Visual page, where you'll find strong presenters such as Winona LaDuke, Mari Margill and local UO professor Craig Kauffman. Learn more about the effects of Corporate Rights on communities around the world, Rights of Nature inserted into constitutions and Community Rights work in general all on one page! Grab a cup of tea and wrap yourself in a warm blanket and learn more! Michelle Holman explains Community Rights before Jacqueline Patterson's presentation...  ...Read More

Coming this Month…

We have a lot of great presentations coming your way, and did I hear someone say Campaign? Don't miss this month's Community Rights Action as we have so many things to talk about. And we just can't get enough of Chuck Willer! We are also thrilled to have Evaggelos Vallianatos, author of Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, speaking not only on our PIELC panel, but several times along the coast! Don't miss the action! But First... Thursday Feb. 15th 7:00pm Lillis Hall 182 UO Campus     And then...   We're due to hear from the judge any day now. We'll be discussing the possibility of running a successful campaign.       And one more time... He's educating citizens on a different aspect of forestry, one that is very tied to aerial spraying. Don't miss another chance to see the Director of the Coast Range Association... Chuck Willer in Cottage Grove WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 27th @7pm WHERE: The Healing Matrix ...Read More

CRLC at PIELC

We've got a panel at this year's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference! There's also a Rights of Nature panel - don't miss out! The art of chemical warfare: Oregon community democracy vs. industrial timber and state government in the battle to end aerial spraying  Friday, March 2 – 3:50 p.m.-5:05 p.m. Law room 142. Sponsored by Community Rights Lane County The aerial spraying of toxic pesticides is part of Oregon’s logging legacy. This panel will discuss the challenges communities have faced in their efforts to protect people and ecosystems from aerial spraying, as well as the state’s role in providing legal protection. From Carol Van Strum’s efforts against the federal government in the 80s and the widespread corruption in the EPA, to the community rights movement of the last five years, the panel will discuss the ups and downs of the battle to abolish aerial spraying. Panelists will highlight the lengths that corporations and government have taken to stop local democracy. Panelists:
  • Rio Davidson – Lincoln County Community Rights
  • TBA member of Community Rights Lane County
  • Evaggelos Vallianatos EPA whistle blower and author of Poison Spring
  • Carol Van Strum author of Bitter Fog and chief person behind the Poison ...Read More

Natural Resource Economist Ernie Niemi

Thursday October 19th at 7pm Eugene Garden Club - parking across the street   Ernie Niemi is a scientist and natural resource economist trained at the University of Oregon and Harvard. As President of Natural Resource Economics, Inc., he specializes in economic-impact analysis to understand the economic importance of natural resources. He has been active on numerous advisory boards, including the Citizen’s Task Force for Developing a Strategic Plan for the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and the Technical Advisory Committee on Land Use and Economic Development for the Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development.   ...Read More

The Signatures are being Delivered to the County Clerk!

Join Us! Friday, Sept. 29th @10am As we deliver the petitions for certification to the Lane County Elections office at 275 W10th Ave. in Eugene. Thanks to your hard work, we have collected more than 15,000 signatures calling for a BAN on the aerial spraying of herbicides by timber corporations! The amendment requires 11,500 signatures of registered Lane County voters, but public support has been so strong the final tally has far exceeded our goal. WE NEED A BIG TURNOUT Help us generate press coverage and send a message to corporations that The People Are United! Bring your friends, family, and neighbors, and we will see you there! ...Read More

You Haven’t Missed a Thing- We record most presentations!

Did you know we strive to record every presentation that we sponsor/co-sponsor? We know people are busy and might not have the time drop everything for our schedule. So we've compiled our videos into one place for your easy viewing. You can always hover over the Resources tab and you'll find our link to the Audio/Visual page, where you'll find strong presenters such as Winona LaDuke, Mari Margill and local UO professor Craig Kauffman. Learn more about the effects of Corporate Rights on communities around the world, Rights of Nature inserted into constitutions and Community Rights work in general all on one page! Grab a cup of tea and wrap yourself in a warm blanket and learn more! Michelle Holman explains Community Rights before Jacqueline Patterson's presentation...  ...Read More

Coming this Month…

We have a lot of great presentations coming your way, and did I hear someone say Campaign? Don't miss this month's Community Rights Action as we have so many things to talk about. And we just can't get enough of Chuck Willer! We are also thrilled to have Evaggelos Vallianatos, author of Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, speaking not only on our PIELC panel, but several times along the coast! Don't miss the action! But First... Thursday Feb. 15th 7:00pm Lillis Hall 182 UO Campus     And then...   We're due to hear from the judge any day now. We'll be discussing the possibility of running a successful campaign.       And one more time... He's educating citizens on a different aspect of forestry, one that is very tied to aerial spraying. Don't miss another chance to see the Director of the Coast Range Association... Chuck Willer in Cottage Grove WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 27th @7pm WHERE: The Healing Matrix ...Read More

CRLC at PIELC

We've got a panel at this year's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference! There's also a Rights of Nature panel - don't miss out! The art of chemical warfare: Oregon community democracy vs. industrial timber and state government in the battle to end aerial spraying  Friday, March 2 – 3:50 p.m.-5:05 p.m. Law room 142. Sponsored by Community Rights Lane County The aerial spraying of toxic pesticides is part of Oregon’s logging legacy. This panel will discuss the challenges communities have faced in their efforts to protect people and ecosystems from aerial spraying, as well as the state’s role in providing legal protection. From Carol Van Strum’s efforts against the federal government in the 80s and the widespread corruption in the EPA, to the community rights movement of the last five years, the panel will discuss the ups and downs of the battle to abolish aerial spraying. Panelists will highlight the lengths that corporations and government have taken to stop local democracy. Panelists:
  • Rio Davidson – Lincoln County Community Rights
  • TBA member of Community Rights Lane County
  • Evaggelos Vallianatos EPA whistle blower and author of Poison Spring
  • Carol Van Strum author of Bitter Fog and chief person behind the Poison ...Read More

Natural Resource Economist Ernie Niemi

Thursday October 19th at 7pm Eugene Garden Club - parking across the street   Ernie Niemi is a scientist and natural resource economist trained at the University of Oregon and Harvard. As President of Natural Resource Economics, Inc., he specializes in economic-impact analysis to understand the economic importance of natural resources. He has been active on numerous advisory boards, including the Citizen’s Task Force for Developing a Strategic Plan for the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and the Technical Advisory Committee on Land Use and Economic Development for the Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development.   ...Read More

The Signatures are being Delivered to the County Clerk!

Join Us! Friday, Sept. 29th @10am As we deliver the petitions for certification to the Lane County Elections office at 275 W10th Ave. in Eugene. Thanks to your hard work, we have collected more than 15,000 signatures calling for a BAN on the aerial spraying of herbicides by timber corporations! The amendment requires 11,500 signatures of registered Lane County voters, but public support has been so strong the final tally has far exceeded our goal. WE NEED A BIG TURNOUT Help us generate press coverage and send a message to corporations that The People Are United! Bring your friends, family, and neighbors, and we will see you there! ...Read More

You Haven’t Missed a Thing- We record most presentations!

Did you know we strive to record every presentation that we sponsor/co-sponsor? We know people are busy and might not have the time drop everything for our schedule. So we've compiled our videos into one place for your easy viewing. You can always hover over the Resources tab and you'll find our link to the Audio/Visual page, where you'll find strong presenters such as Winona LaDuke, Mari Margill and local UO professor Craig Kauffman. Learn more about the effects of Corporate Rights on communities around the world, Rights of Nature inserted into constitutions and Community Rights work in general all on one page! Grab a cup of tea and wrap yourself in a warm blanket and learn more! Michelle Holman explains Community Rights before Jacqueline Patterson's presentation...  ...Read More
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Coming this Month…

We have a lot of great presentations coming your way, and did I hear someone say Campaign? Don't miss this month's Community Rights Action as we have so many things to talk about. And we just can't get enough of Chuck Willer! We are also thrilled to have Evaggelos Vallianatos, author of Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA, speaking not only on our PIELC panel, but several times along the coast! Don't miss the action! But First... Thursday Feb. 15th 7:00pm Lillis Hall 182 UO Campus     And then...   We're due to hear from the judge any day now. We'll be discussing the possibility of running a successful campaign.       And one more time... He's educating citizens on a different aspect of forestry, one that is very tied to aerial spraying. Don't miss another chance to see the Director of the Coast Range Association... Chuck Willer in Cottage Grove WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 27th @7pm WHERE: The Healing Matrix ...Read More
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CRLC at PIELC

We've got a panel at this year's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference! There's also a Rights of Nature panel - don't miss out! The art of chemical warfare: Oregon community democracy vs. industrial timber and state government in the battle to end aerial spraying  Friday, March 2 – 3:50 p.m.-5:05 p.m. Law room 142. Sponsored by Community Rights Lane County The aerial spraying of toxic pesticides is part of Oregon’s logging legacy. This panel will discuss the challenges communities have faced in their efforts to protect people and ecosystems from aerial spraying, as well as the state’s role in providing legal protection. From Carol Van Strum’s efforts against the federal government in the 80s and the widespread corruption in the EPA, to the community rights movement of the last five years, the panel will discuss the ups and downs of the battle to abolish aerial spraying. Panelists will highlight the lengths that corporations and government have taken to stop local democracy. Panelists:
  • Rio Davidson – Lincoln County Community Rights
  • TBA member of Community Rights Lane County
  • Evaggelos Vallianatos EPA whistle blower and author of Poison Spring
  • Carol Van Strum author of Bitter Fog and chief person behind the Poison ...Read More
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Natural Resource Economist Ernie Niemi

Thursday October 19th at 7pm Eugene Garden Club - parking across the street   Ernie Niemi is a scientist and natural resource economist trained at the University of Oregon and Harvard. As President of Natural Resource Economics, Inc., he specializes in economic-impact analysis to understand the economic importance of natural resources. He has been active on numerous advisory boards, including the Citizen’s Task Force for Developing a Strategic Plan for the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and the Technical Advisory Committee on Land Use and Economic Development for the Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development.   ...Read More
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The Signatures are being Delivered to the County Clerk!

Join Us! Friday, Sept. 29th @10am As we deliver the petitions for certification to the Lane County Elections office at 275 W10th Ave. in Eugene. Thanks to your hard work, we have collected more than 15,000 signatures calling for a BAN on the aerial spraying of herbicides by timber corporations! The amendment requires 11,500 signatures of registered Lane County voters, but public support has been so strong the final tally has far exceeded our goal. WE NEED A BIG TURNOUT Help us generate press coverage and send a message to corporations that The People Are United! Bring your friends, family, and neighbors, and we will see you there! ...Read More
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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 forest. I am part of the ecosystems of ...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 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