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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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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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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

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 economy where ‘Rights of Nature’ ...Read More

Fundraiser for Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance!

Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance is raising money for their campaigns to secure out Right in Lane County to say NO to corporate harms. The Axe & Fiddle is donating 10% of sales to our campaigns!       ...Read More

Democracy School *** NEW*** Early Bird Registration!

Lane County Democracy School WHEN: October 18th (6pm-9pm) & 19th (9am-4pm) WHERE: Eugene Garden Club This year's two day event is offering early bird registration for the first time ever! Register early, get a great deal, then tell all your friends to join you for this revolutionary new way of thinking and organizing. REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Sliding Scale Cost: $85 - $150 (Limited Scholarship funds.) ***EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION - $65 - ENDS AUGUST 15th*** “If you take no other training this year, do the Democracy School. It is a superlative unfolding revelation of how corporations have hijacked democracy. It meticulously deconstructs the historical arc that brought us to this precipice. But most importantly, it then departs into the highly pragmatic and inspiring work now underway that is slowly turning the tide . . . This Second American Revolution may be the most important political work going on anywhere in the country or the world.“ -Kenny Ausubel, Founder and Co-Executive Director, Bioneers ...Read More

Volunteer of the Year Award

Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way! At April's Community Rights Action gathering, we honored stellar volunteer, Barbara Bochnovich, with the newly created Lynn Bowers "Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way" award. The award honors the memory of Lynn Bowers who was one of the chief petitioners of the Freedom from Aerial Herbicides spray ban initiative; a tireless activist and an exemplary human being. Barbara's dedication to the efforts of Community Rights Lane County makes her fully deserving of this award. Thanks again, Barbara ... and all CRLC volunteers! ...Read More

Community Rights Action in April

Action Plans & Rights of Nature It's no surprise that we plan on pushing the Lane County Commissioners to refer our initiatives to a vote of the people. So this month we'll be talking about, and planning, our future interactions with those commissioners. Let's all gathering together and let them know we aren't going away anytime soon. Also in the works is a Rights of Nature initiative. We've done some initial research, but we also want input from our volunteers and supporters. We hope to help start collecting signatures this summer, so time is of the essence! WHEN: Monday, April 15th, @6pm WHERE: First United Methodist Church ...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 economy where ‘Rights of Nature’ ...Read More
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Fundraiser for Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance!

Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance is raising money for their campaigns to secure out Right in Lane County to say NO to corporate harms. The Axe & Fiddle is donating 10% of sales to our campaigns!       ...Read More
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Democracy School *** NEW*** Early Bird Registration!

Lane County Democracy School WHEN: October 18th (6pm-9pm) & 19th (9am-4pm) WHERE: Eugene Garden Club This year's two day event is offering early bird registration for the first time ever! Register early, get a great deal, then tell all your friends to join you for this revolutionary new way of thinking and organizing. REGISTRATION REQUIRED - Sliding Scale Cost: $85 - $150 (Limited Scholarship funds.) ***EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION - $65 - ENDS AUGUST 15th*** “If you take no other training this year, do the Democracy School. It is a superlative unfolding revelation of how corporations have hijacked democracy. It meticulously deconstructs the historical arc that brought us to this precipice. But most importantly, it then departs into the highly pragmatic and inspiring work now underway that is slowly turning the tide . . . This Second American Revolution may be the most important political work going on anywhere in the country or the world.“ -Kenny Ausubel, Founder and Co-Executive Director, Bioneers ...Read More
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Volunteer of the Year Award

Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way! At April's Community Rights Action gathering, we honored stellar volunteer, Barbara Bochnovich, with the newly created Lynn Bowers "Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way" award. The award honors the memory of Lynn Bowers who was one of the chief petitioners of the Freedom from Aerial Herbicides spray ban initiative; a tireless activist and an exemplary human being. Barbara's dedication to the efforts of Community Rights Lane County makes her fully deserving of this award. Thanks again, Barbara ... and all CRLC volunteers! ...Read More
/ by / in CRA, Local

Community Rights Action in April

Action Plans & Rights of Nature It's no surprise that we plan on pushing the Lane County Commissioners to refer our initiatives to a vote of the people. So this month we'll be talking about, and planning, our future interactions with those commissioners. Let's all gathering together and let them know we aren't going away anytime soon. Also in the works is a Rights of Nature initiative. We've done some initial research, but we also want input from our volunteers and supporters. We hope to help start collecting signatures this summer, so time is of the essence! WHEN: Monday, April 15th, @6pm WHERE: First United Methodist Church ...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 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