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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!

December 18th – NO CRA
December 19th –
County Commissioner Meeting @9am
January 11th
– Chuck Willer – Eugene Garden Club
January 15thCommunity Rights Action @6pm
February 16th – Jacqueline Patterson of NAACP
February 19th – Community Rights Action @6pm
March 2nd – 4th – PIELC – UO campus
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– 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.

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC)

Community Rights Lane County will be at PIELC again. Find our table in the hallway, we'll be next to other Community Rights Chapters from around Oregon! There are two opportunities to learn more about Community Rights. CELDF is showing We the People 2.0 in the EMU Redwood Auditorium at 2:20 – 3:50pm. Kai Huschke the Pacific Northwest Organizer for CELDF will be conducting a workshop - Growing Democracy with Community Rights in the EMU Room 146: Crater Lake North at 3:30-5:30. Check HERE to see a list of recommended panels! ...Read More

Street Theater by Community Rights Lane County

Group holds rally against court case restricting ballot initiative rights Before court on Friday, members of and supporters of CRLC gathered in front of the Courthouse to show voters what's at stake - All in good humor!! Read the Story Here! Check out this video of Community Rights Lane County folks doing some street theater outside the Lane County Courthouse today! Letting our community know that We the People intend to stay strong in defense of our constitutional right to the initiative power! Judge Karsten Rasmussen heard over 2 hours of argument, and will decide the outcome of the case in a few weeks. Stay tuned! Thanks to everyone who performed and those that joined in to raise the voices of the We the People Choir! ...Read More

Advancing the Rights of Nature with Shannon Biggs

Shannon is a leading international speaker, author and activist in the growing movement for Rights of Nature. She is the Co-founder and Director of Movement Rights, which was born out of her 12 years at Global Exchange where she began the Community and Nature’s Rights Program. The author of Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots and The Rights of Nature, Shannon leads “Democracy Schools” and Rights of Nature trainings throughout the country. She holds a Masters in Economics/Poli cs of Empire from the London School of Economics. When: February 9th, 7pm Where: Eugene Garden Club (1645 High) Parking across the street! ...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: BoulderCountyProtectors@gmail.com Kristin McLean: kristinsong33@gmail.com 303 641-8901 Merrily Mazza, merrily.mazza@comcast.net 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

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

Big Announcement at this month’s CRA!

  Thank you to everyone that came out last month after the eclipse. We had lots of fun and enjoyed everyone's company. You helped us with a very good cause. We have some great news this month! We're ready to take the next big step, are you with us? If you've been wanting to get involved, this is the time to do it. We hope to see you Monday! ...Read More

Community Rights Action is a Fundraiser for CRLC!

This month we'll be at Falling Sky Delicatessen on Monday, August 21st. All day long you can present this flyer and CRLC will get 25% of your purchase! Come on over after the Eclipse and celebrate our community, friends and Community Rights work. Then @6pm we'll have our Community Rights Action meeting there at Falling Sky! Bring your friends, have some dinner and drinks, and you'll be helping raise money for a good cause! ...Read More

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Maria Sause mkrausster@gmailcom 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

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

Big Announcement at this month’s CRA!

  Thank you to everyone that came out last month after the eclipse. We had lots of fun and enjoyed everyone's company. You helped us with a very good cause. We have some great news this month! We're ready to take the next big step, are you with us? If you've been wanting to get involved, this is the time to do it. We hope to see you Monday! ...Read More

Community Rights Action is a Fundraiser for CRLC!

This month we'll be at Falling Sky Delicatessen on Monday, August 21st. All day long you can present this flyer and CRLC will get 25% of your purchase! Come on over after the Eclipse and celebrate our community, friends and Community Rights work. Then @6pm we'll have our Community Rights Action meeting there at Falling Sky! Bring your friends, have some dinner and drinks, and you'll be helping raise money for a good cause! ...Read More

Press Release: Lincoln County Votes to BAN aerial spraying of pesticides!

Monday, May 23, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Dickinson robddickinson@gmail.com 541-543-5735 In a monumental vote, the people of Lincoln County asserted their right to clean air and water as well as healthy communities and ecosystems. With 6,928 votes, Measure 21-177, Freedom from Aerial Sprayed Pesticides of Lincoln County ordinance, is passing by 27 votes. About one hundred ballots are in question (mostly due to lack of voter signatures), and once those issues are resolved there will be a final ballot count by the end of May. With 99% of the vote counted, and the results running 51% for the ordinance and 49% against, the remaining votes would have to deviate markedly from current returns to prevent the ordinance, which prohibits the aerial spray of pesticides, from becoming law. “Though we have our fingers crossed that we will prevail, this campaign has already been a win because we raised not only the health issue of aerial spraying in the public’s consciousness but also the lengths the corporate timber and chemical industry will go to cover up the truth”, says Maria Kraus of Citizens for a Healthy County, proponents of Measure 21-177. “Something has shifted in this community and people really feel like they need a larger ...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
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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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Big Announcement at this month’s CRA!

  Thank you to everyone that came out last month after the eclipse. We had lots of fun and enjoyed everyone's company. You helped us with a very good cause. We have some great news this month! We're ready to take the next big step, are you with us? If you've been wanting to get involved, this is the time to do it. We hope to see you Monday! ...Read More
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Community Rights Action is a Fundraiser for CRLC!

This month we'll be at Falling Sky Delicatessen on Monday, August 21st. All day long you can present this flyer and CRLC will get 25% of your purchase! Come on over after the Eclipse and celebrate our community, friends and Community Rights work. Then @6pm we'll have our Community Rights Action meeting there at Falling Sky! Bring your friends, have some dinner and drinks, and you'll be helping raise money for a good cause! ...Read More
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Lincoln County: Siletz River Takes Legal Action to Defend Its Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Maria Sause mkrausster@gmailcom 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
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Lincoln County: Siletz River Takes Legal Action to Defend Its Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Maria Sause mkrausster@gmailcom 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: BoulderCountyProtectors@gmail.com Kristin McLean: kristinsong33@gmail.com 303 641-8901 Merrily Mazza, merrily.mazza@comcast.net 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