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"Who Decides? Our Communities or Big Corporations?"

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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Upcoming Events

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Jan. 27th – Community Rights Action (FUMC) @6pm
March 5th – 8th PIELC
March 13th – Will Falk, Author of When Dams Fall

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Community Rights Action

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!

 

Third Monday of each month
6:00 – 8:00 pm

First United Methodist Church
1376 Olive St, Eugene.

Phone Banking for Lincoln County

Yes on 21-177 campaign needs Your help! This is your chance to make a difference in the campaign for Lincoln County's right to choose what is acceptable behavior for logging practices in Lincoln County. It is a first step that will seed other successful actions across the state and further afield.  It is also a wake up call to our local and state governing bodies that we will no longer be ignored or placated through non-action - legislation to protect water and fish habitat being killed in committee -while extraction of our resources continues without balance. Phone calls to Lincoln Co. voters can be done by any willing volunteers over this last week by emailing Debra<[email protected] or Rebecca <[email protected]> and they will send you a pdf file by email that you may print out and use to call voters urging them to vote and stand up with county residents for our health, protection of our natural resources, and the vital role healthy forests play in a habitable earth by voting YES! to ban aerial (aircraft) spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County!  It's easy to do, we'll be available to answer questions. A YES vote in Lincoln County Helps us ALL! ...Read More

Democracy School in Eugene

Community Rights Lane County along with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund are bringing Democracy School to Eugene! Lane County residents are threatened with a handful of corporate harms (aerial spraying), and are organizing to stop the toxic poisoning of their community. As part of our work, we are holding CELDF’s Democracy School – a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches residents and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing fossil fuel extraction/transportation, aerial spraying, GMOs, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control and state preemption on a powerful single front: people’s inalienable rights. WHERE: First United Methodist Church / 1376 Olive St. Eugene WHEN: Friday, June 2nd, 6:00 - 9:00p.m / Saturday, June 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m You Must Register and PAY for this Event! Loading ...Read More

Action YOU Can Take!

Do you want to help (and really don't want to collect signatures), but aren't sure what to do? As an organization working towards a better place to live, we feel everyone must work towards that goal in their own way. So while some organizations are...
  • writing more protective laws in the places they live,
  • others are driving to Salem to talk with elected officials,
  • while others are out there standing in front of trucks!
We all do what we can, and we want to help YOU do your part by sharing this Action. Ultimately we'd like to ban aerial spraying in all of Oregon. Working towards that goal, we'll write letters of support for the legislative bills being introduced this session. And while we don't hold our breathe that the legislature will save the day (give the people what they really want), we do want to support the efforts of those that work towards reforming the Forest Practices Act in any way. Below is information on bills that were introduced. We've also provided a sample letter for you to send your elected official in Salem. If you don't know who that is, find your Oregon legislator. The Timber ...Read More

We the People 2.0 – The Second American rEvolution!

Oregon Community Rights Network, along with Community Rights Lane County co-sponsor We the People 2.0. Tuesday March 21st - Florence - City Lights Cinema, dinner @5pm, film @6pm Thursday March 23rd - Cottage Grove - Healing Matrix, film @7pm Friday March 24th - Eugene - First United Methodist Church, film @7pm. There are more locations throughout Oregon! Click Here to learn more! ...Read More

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

Democracy School in Eugene

Community Rights Lane County along with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund are bringing Democracy School to Eugene! Lane County residents are threatened with a handful of corporate harms (aerial spraying), and are organizing to stop the toxic poisoning of their community. As part of our work, we are holding CELDF’s Democracy School – a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches residents and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing fossil fuel extraction/transportation, aerial spraying, GMOs, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control and state preemption on a powerful single front: people’s inalienable rights. WHERE: First United Methodist Church / 1376 Olive St. Eugene WHEN: Friday, June 2nd, 6:00 - 9:00p.m / Saturday, June 3rd, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m You Must Register and PAY for this Event! Loading ...Read More

We the People 2.0 – The Second American rEvolution!

Oregon Community Rights Network, along with Community Rights Lane County co-sponsor We the People 2.0. Tuesday March 21st - Florence - City Lights Cinema, dinner @5pm, film @6pm Thursday March 23rd - Cottage Grove - Healing Matrix, film @7pm Friday March 24th - Eugene - First United Methodist Church, film @7pm. There are more locations throughout Oregon! Click Here to learn more! ...Read More

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

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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Film Screening of Invisible Hand

Community Rights Lane County The UO Climate Justice League & Eugene Weekly presents.... Invisible Hand When: Tuesday, April 9th @7pm Where: Redwood Auditorium at the University of Oregon 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’ becomes “capitalism’s one true ...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
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Community Rights in Salem – You Can Help!

We Have Two Bills Being Introduced Staff and supporters have been working in Salem to get Community Rights Bills introduced this legislative session. We currently have two bills in play: one in the Senate, one in the House. The next step will be getting committee assignments! We'll keep you informed on our website and Facebook. So stay tuned for more ways to help move these bills forward. Here's how you can help.... Now, and especially once the bill is assigned a number and to a committee, talk with your legislators. Let them know why you support the bill and why you'd like their support (and/or sponsorship) on it. Current sponsors: Senator Monnes Anderson, Dembrow, Representative Noble, Power, Wilde
  • Find out who your legislators are here.
  • Please track any conversations you have with legislators here (or tell me about them via email or phone).
  • Here's a general outline for conversations with legislators
Interested in meeting with your representative in person? ~Power in Numbers~ ORCRN Lobby Day: March 21st For more details contact Corinne: [email protected] (541-731-0397) ...Read More
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Year End Community Rights Action!

We're celebrating our volunteers for our last Community Rights Action, with live music and free food. See you at the Taproom. WHERE: The Taproom - 1030 Tyinn St. Suite 1 WHEN: Monday, Dec. 17th @6pm (till 9pm) ...Read More
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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 ...Read More

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Secretary Of State

Decides in favor of communities’ right to initiative; bars chief elections officer from keeping duly qualified initiatives off the ballot – even those involving fracking COLUMBUS, OH:  Today, the people’s constitutional right to vote on local County Charter initiatives was upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Court ruled that Ohio Secretary of State John Husted – who claimed “unfettered authority” to keep Home Rule county charter initiatives off the ballot – has no such prerogative. On August 13th, Mr. Husted blocked citizens from voting on Home Rule Charter initiatives in three counties, declaring, “I find nothing to materially limit the scope of my legal review,” including ruling on the substance of the initiatives. The measures included provisions on fracking infrastructure development, alarming the oil and gas industry. Mr. Husted handed them a victory in his decision to remove the measures from the ballot. In doing so, he trampled on the rights of the people. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Secretary of State on behalf of community members in Athens, Medina, and Fulton Counties, seeking to restore the initiatives to the November ballot. In addition to barring Mr. Husted from keeping community ...Read More

Putting corporate power in perspective

Before America’s colonists declared themselves independent from British domination in 1776, the motherland’s corporations dominated their trade. It took a revolution to end British control and the settlers’ fear of corporate power. Ever since, corporations have played a major role in business, but they could not influence elections. As the states began curbing big government, the privilege of incorporation was granted selectively for activities that benefited the public, such as construction of roads or canals. Corporate charters (licenses to exist) were granted for a limited time and could be revoked promptly if laws were violated. Corporations could pursue only the activities needed to fulfill their chartered purpose. They could not own stock in other corporations or own property not essential to their chartered purpose. Corporations were often terminated if they exceeded their authority or caused public harm. Owners and managers of corporations were held responsible for criminal acts they committed on the job. Corporations were not allowed to make political or charitable contributions nor could they spend money to influence legislation. For a century after the American Revolution, legislatures maintained tight control of the process of chartering corporations. Early on, lawmakers granted few corporate charters, and that only after extensive ...Read More

Your View: Kudos from the other end of the LNG pipe

From the State of Colorado, we would like to take this time to thank you for your coverage of the people fighting for community rights, and against the dangerous and inherently undemocratic Jordan Cove LNG facility. We write this as people in daily struggle with the production side of this issue, which here in Colorado has become widely known as a statewide battle against fracking. We see your efforts to protect your communities as an extension of our own, and would like to extend our gratitude and support in every way. The latest communications Oregon press and government may have received from politicians and industry representatives in Colorado do not convey the sentiment of our people fighting the fossil fuel industry. And because all congratulations you receive on the Jordan Cove facility can be tied to oil and gas money, we would advise you regard these words with the credibility of any infomercial. Here in Colorado we know what it means to fight an industry with seemingly all power, politicians and legal privilege on its side. Our conflict with the fossil fuel industry is drawn along parallel lines as your own. Communities, faced with a nonstop assault of oil and ...Read More

Guest Column: Douglas County residents won’t benefit from pipeline

Douglas County residents face the threat of eminent domain by a foreign corporate partnership. Canada’s Veresen, Inc., and Williams Companies strategized to construct the Pacific Connector Pipeline, a 36-inch high-pressure pipe carrying non-odorized fracked gas across rural properties. If approved, that gas will be transported to the proposed Jordan Cove facility in Coos Bay, converted to LNG and exported to Asia for competing economic interests to the U.S. If built, Jordan Cove will become the top polluter in Oregon. These companies know well the rural scenario: dangle the “job carrot” in front of vulnerable communities, promise politicians and the Chamber of Commerce streets paved in gold and <snap> they’re in! Private citizens and property owners speak against these projects and point to places like Malin, Oregon, where promised prosperity from construction of the Ruby Pipeline was, as we predict here, more boom and bust economics. Boost Southwest Oregon organized as a nonprofit specifically to advocate for Jordan Cove and the pipeline projects. They are well funded. You see their ads and hear their commercials all the time now, likely underwritten by those who stand to benefit such as unionized labor and the companies themselves. If they are willing to ...Read More