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Community Rights Lane County educates and mobilizes citizens about our rights to local community 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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October 19th – 2oth – Democracy School
October 3rd – 5pm- meet Chris Hedges – Ticket-holders Only
7pm Free Hedge’s speaking event
 

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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.

Rights of Nature on the Santa Monica City Council Agenda

By Global Alliance | Friday, March 8th, 2013  http://therightsofnature.org/general/rights-of-nature-on-the-santa-monica-city-council-agenda/ Rights of Nature is included the City of Santa Monica, California’s proposed Sustainability Rights Ordinance that recognizes “Natural communities and ecosystems possess fundamental and inalienable rights to exist and flourish in the City Of Santa Monica.”  The Introduction and First Reading of the ordinance is on the Santa Monica City Council Meeting Agenda for March 12, 2013. The rights described in the Ordinance will be advanced in part by Santa Monica’s model Sustainable City Plan, which is being updated now and which sets out specific sustainability actions and goals. The Executive Summary introducing the Ordinance Establishing Sustainable Rights for Santa Monica residents and the natural environment states “Following previous direction by Council, staff has prepared an ordinance that codifies the commitments made in the Sustainable City Plan and asserts the fundamental rights of all Santa Monica residents regarding sustainability. The ordinance also establishes the rights of natural communities and ecosystems to exist and flourish in Santa Monica and asserts the rights of residents to enforce those rights on behalf of the environment.  The ordinance establishes that corporate entities do not possess special privileges or powers under the law that subordinate ...Read More

Rights of Nature on the Santa Monica City Council Agenda

From therightsofnature.org Rights of Nature is included the City of Santa Monica, California’s proposed Sustainability Rights Ordinance that recognizes “Natural communities and ecosystems possess fundamental and inalienable rights to exist and flourish in the City Of Santa Monica.”  The Introduction and First Reading of the ordinance is on the Santa Monica City Council Meeting Agenda for March 12, 2013. Read More ...Read More

How communities can fight corporations

Article | February 28, 2013 - 1:00am | By Camilla Mortensen http://www.eugeneweekly.com/article/local-laws “We are screwed in all kinds of senses if we keep doing what we’re doing and don’t change course,” says Thomas Linzey, executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). Linzey, an attorney, says that he had to be persuaded to come give a keynote talk at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) because “we don’t see lawyers as change agents.” He adds, “I let them know up front that my talk would be based on why environmental law has failed.” Linzey says that the environment is worse by every statistic than it was 40 years go. “We rarely look in the mirror and say that to ourselves,” he says. “Rivers don’t catch on fire anymore. Well if that’s our standard then we have real problems.” CELDF, which started off as a free and affordable public interest law firm in Pennsylvania but now works across the U.S. and abroad, believes that a right to self-government has to be asserted in the local communities that are facing the environmental impacts, such as counties in the Willamette Valley facing genetically modified crops. Local governments should be able to ...Read More

Rebel Towns

From TheNation.com The 600 residents of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, have done a laudable job of keeping the vulgarities of modern life at bay. There are no fast-food restaurants, no neon signs. Instead, the former iron-mining town has rambling country inns and a main road lined with Victorian and Arts and Crafts houses. Locals gather for breakfast, as they have since 1938, at Polly’s Pancake Parlor, which grinds its own corn and wheat and uses syrup from the sugar maples that give the town its name. With tourism driving the economy, the village’s biggest assets are its fall foliage, fields of lupines and uninterrupted views of the snow-capped White Mountains. Read More ...Read More

Rebel Towns

Barry Yeoman | January 16, 2013   |    This article appeared in the February 4, 2013 edition of The Nation. http://www.thenation.com/article/172266/rebel-towns#axzz2Wd3IDjlg Call it municipal disobedience: communities like Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, are defying laws they deem illegitimate. The 600 residents of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, have done a laudable job of keeping the vulgarities of modern life at bay. There are no fast-food restaurants, no neon signs. Instead, the former iron-mining town has rambling country inns and a main road lined with Victorian and Arts and Crafts houses. Locals gather for breakfast, as they have since 1938, at Polly’s Pancake Parlor, which grinds its own corn and wheat and uses syrup from the sugar maples that give the town its name. With tourism driving the economy, the village’s biggest assets are its fall foliage, fields of lupines and uninterrupted views of the snow-capped White Mountains. About the Author Barry Yeoman Barry Yeoman is a freelance journalist living in Durham, North Carolina. His work has appeared in The New York Times,... Also by the Author Putting Science in the Dock (Science, Lawsuits, The Courts, Society) Judges' ability to discriminate against expert witnesses has ended up empowering large corporations. Barry Yeoman Each March, ...Read More

Meet Chris Hedges – Tickets on Sale ONLINE ONLY Now!

Before the free speaking event: Tickets ONLINE only! Meet Chris Hedges from 5pm - 6pm at the Eugene Garden Club, Enjoy Local wine and Hor d'oeuvres-$50,  with a signed copy of his book-$60 Limited number of tickets available - Don't wait! Get Tickets Here ...Read More

Rights of Nature Panel

What if Nature had Rights? Panel Discussion Sept 20th (Thursday), 6:00 – 7:30 pm Many Nations Longhouse, UO (1630 Columbia St.)
  • Cameron LaFollette: Independent Researcher & Author
  • Craig Kauffman: Associate Professor of Poli Sci & Env Studies
  • Chris Maser: Ecologist, Author, International Lecturer & Consultant
Our current laws are simply incapable of stopping the wide-scale environmental destruction that the world is experiencing. Rather than treating nature as property, rights of nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, evolve, and flourish. And we, the people, have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce these rights. Join us for a discussion on how such rights are being acknowledged and turned into law worldwide.  We will discuss how we can learn from what’s happening elsewhere to make Rights of Nature a reality here. Learn More Here! ...Read More

Eugene’s Democracy School

We're happy to announce another Eugene Democracy School time and location! → Friday, October 19 @6:00-9:00pm → Saturday, October 20 @9:00am-5:00pm Eugene Garden Club – 1645 High Street (Parking across the street) Please fill out the registration form and send in payment:Loading... You MUST send in payment or pay online in order to save your seat in class! ...Read More

Chris Hedges Oregon Tour

Chris Hedges is coming to Eugene - October 3rd  for 2 separate events: FIRST... Meet Chris Hedges! > 5-6pm @Eugene Garden Club BUY TICKETS HERE. Limited number available, don't wait. $50 to meet Chris, $60 gets you a signed copy of the book. Join us as we enjoy local wine and hor d'oeuvres while schmoozing with members of your community. THEN... After the meet&greet, we'll head on over to FUMC... → @7-8pm > Free Event First United Methodist Church Fundraiser for the Oregon Community Rights Network. Donations Gladly Accepted! Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. Author of:  America: The Farewell Tour Event on Facebook ...Read More

Winona LaDuke Saturday, June 2nd

  Join us for this Honor the Earth Fundraiser on June 2nd. Presentation begins at 7pm at the First United Methodist Church. Get there early! ...Read More

Meet Chris Hedges – Tickets on Sale ONLINE ONLY Now!

Before the free speaking event: Tickets ONLINE only! Meet Chris Hedges from 5pm - 6pm at the Eugene Garden Club, Enjoy Local wine and Hor d'oeuvres-$50,  with a signed copy of his book-$60 Limited number of tickets available - Don't wait! Get Tickets Here ...Read More

Rights of Nature Panel

What if Nature had Rights? Panel Discussion Sept 20th (Thursday), 6:00 – 7:30 pm Many Nations Longhouse, UO (1630 Columbia St.)
  • Cameron LaFollette: Independent Researcher & Author
  • Craig Kauffman: Associate Professor of Poli Sci & Env Studies
  • Chris Maser: Ecologist, Author, International Lecturer & Consultant
Our current laws are simply incapable of stopping the wide-scale environmental destruction that the world is experiencing. Rather than treating nature as property, rights of nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, evolve, and flourish. And we, the people, have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce these rights. Join us for a discussion on how such rights are being acknowledged and turned into law worldwide.  We will discuss how we can learn from what’s happening elsewhere to make Rights of Nature a reality here. Learn More Here! ...Read More

Eugene’s Democracy School

We're happy to announce another Eugene Democracy School time and location! → Friday, October 19 @6:00-9:00pm → Saturday, October 20 @9:00am-5:00pm Eugene Garden Club – 1645 High Street (Parking across the street) Please fill out the registration form and send in payment:Loading... You MUST send in payment or pay online in order to save your seat in class! ...Read More

Chris Hedges Oregon Tour

Chris Hedges is coming to Eugene - October 3rd  for 2 separate events: FIRST... Meet Chris Hedges! > 5-6pm @Eugene Garden Club BUY TICKETS HERE. Limited number available, don't wait. $50 to meet Chris, $60 gets you a signed copy of the book. Join us as we enjoy local wine and hor d'oeuvres while schmoozing with members of your community. THEN... After the meet&greet, we'll head on over to FUMC... → @7-8pm > Free Event First United Methodist Church Fundraiser for the Oregon Community Rights Network. Donations Gladly Accepted! Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. Author of:  America: The Farewell Tour Event on Facebook ...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

Meet Chris Hedges – Tickets on Sale ONLINE ONLY Now!

Before the free speaking event: Tickets ONLINE only! Meet Chris Hedges from 5pm - 6pm at the Eugene Garden Club, Enjoy Local wine and Hor d'oeuvres-$50,  with a signed copy of his book-$60 Limited number of tickets available - Don't wait! Get Tickets Here ...Read More
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Rights of Nature Panel

What if Nature had Rights? Panel Discussion Sept 20th (Thursday), 6:00 – 7:30 pm Many Nations Longhouse, UO (1630 Columbia St.)
  • Cameron LaFollette: Independent Researcher & Author
  • Craig Kauffman: Associate Professor of Poli Sci & Env Studies
  • Chris Maser: Ecologist, Author, International Lecturer & Consultant
Our current laws are simply incapable of stopping the wide-scale environmental destruction that the world is experiencing. Rather than treating nature as property, rights of nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, evolve, and flourish. And we, the people, have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce these rights. Join us for a discussion on how such rights are being acknowledged and turned into law worldwide.  We will discuss how we can learn from what’s happening elsewhere to make Rights of Nature a reality here. Learn More Here! ...Read More
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Eugene’s Democracy School

We're happy to announce another Eugene Democracy School time and location! → Friday, October 19 @6:00-9:00pm → Saturday, October 20 @9:00am-5:00pm Eugene Garden Club – 1645 High Street (Parking across the street) Please fill out the registration form and send in payment:Loading... You MUST send in payment or pay online in order to save your seat in class! ...Read More
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Chris Hedges Oregon Tour

Chris Hedges is coming to Eugene - October 3rd  for 2 separate events: FIRST... Meet Chris Hedges! > 5-6pm @Eugene Garden Club BUY TICKETS HERE. Limited number available, don't wait. $50 to meet Chris, $60 gets you a signed copy of the book. Join us as we enjoy local wine and hor d'oeuvres while schmoozing with members of your community. THEN... After the meet&greet, we'll head on over to FUMC... → @7-8pm > Free Event First United Methodist Church Fundraiser for the Oregon Community Rights Network. Donations Gladly Accepted! Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. Author of:  America: The Farewell Tour Event on Facebook ...Read More
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Winona LaDuke Saturday, June 2nd

  Join us for this Honor the Earth Fundraiser on June 2nd. Presentation begins at 7pm at the First United Methodist Church. Get there early! ...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