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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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Happy New Year – 2019!!
January 22nd Community Rights Action @6pm

 

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.

Soil Not Oil talk by Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva – Soil Not Oil – Monday November 21

Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice. Come hear her "Soil not Oil" presentation on the Lane Community College, Main Campus. WHEN: Monday, November 21, 2016 6:00 – 7:30 pm WHERE: Lane Community College Main Campus, Performing Arts, Building 6 Doors open at 5:00 pm FREE and open to the public Hosted by LCC Peace Center & co-sponsored by Community Rights Lane County Unable to attend in person? - Join the online streaming of the presentation! Learn More ...Read More

Community Rights Action – Monday November 28th

Save the Date: Monday, November 28th from 6:00–8:00 pm In November, Our Community Rights Action gathering will be on the fourth Monday, not the third. The 28th is the Monday after the Thanksgiving Holiday. @ 1st United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street, Eugene ...Read More

Legal Action at the Ready to Protect People’s Constitutional Rights in Lane County

On August 23rd Lane County attorney and Community Rights activist Ann Kneeland sent a letter to Lane County officials informing them that the initiative change proposal would violate both Oregon and federal constitutional rights and that the county can expect a lawsuit if the proposal is adopted into law. The letter makes it known that adopting such changes would not only violate Federal free speech rights and Oregon state initiative rights, but that procedurally any issues regarding “matters of county concern” can only be addressed after an initiative is voted in by the people.  Not only has a Lane County judge upheld that opinion but the county’s own attorney made that argument in court, asserting that “matters of county concern” are addressed only after an initiative becomes law. Ms. Kneeland’s legal letter is being supported by separate letters submitted to the county by national community and civil rights law firms the CommunityEnvironmental Legal Defense Fund and the Center for Constitutional Rights. Let's Keep Applying the Pressure The County Commissioners are still considering doing the bidding of timber corporations to place a chokehold on the democratic rights of the people of Lane County by granting themselves de facto veto power ...Read More

We were Victorious in Court!!

On June 3, Judge Charles Carlson ruled in favor of the Chief Petitioners for the Right of Local Self-government Charter Amendment, writing, "Just as, on the state level, a statute’s constitutionality is evaluated after its enactment, so too, on the county level, an initiative measure’s constitutionality is evaluated only after it has been adopted." On May 24th, Ann Kneeland, lead attorney for the Chief Petitioners, successfully argued the case for protection and preservation of our initiative process. She maintained that, "Historically, once a ballot initiative passes the County Clerk's requirements (which this Initiative has), it is left to the voters to decide. The courts may be used to challenge the law after the majority of voters have decided to pass it. Bringing this ballot Initiative into a hearing before any signatures have even been gathered is an attack on our rights and an obstacle to the democratic process.” And the judge Agreed! This decision authorizes Lane County voters to assert our right to write and pass laws to protect our community from corporate interference and influence; exactly what we are fighting for!!! Such great news!!!!! And thanks to all of you who attended the court proceedings and to those of you who have supported this effort in so ...Read More

GMOs Have More Rights Than the People of Josephine County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary Geddry 541-551-1492 [email protected] Judge overturns ban on GMOs; state preemption used once again to deny right of local self-government Corvallis, Oregon — May 17, 2016 Yesterday a Josephine County Circuit Court judge denied the will of the people of Josephine County by ruling that their prohibition on GMO crops, adopted at the ballot in May 2014, is unenforceable because a conflict with state law. The basis of the judge’s decision was SB863, adopted by the state legislature in the fall of 2013 which places all authority over GMO seed in the hands of the state and prohibits local governments from interfering with that state authority. SB863, modeled after similar laws adopted in other states, is intended to protect corporate industrial agricultural practices over that of local, sustainable agriculture. “It hurts to say so but yesterday’s decision is not surprising”, says Dana Allen, board member of the Oregon Community Rights Network. “So long as we allow the laws that favor corporate interests over people and nature we can expect our communities to be treated as wards of the state.” “State preemption is but one of a number of corporate powers, privileges, and “rights” used to keep communities in a subordinate position to both state government ...Read More

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

Initiatives in Court November 5th

What are we waiting for....? Our Court Hearing - Nov. 5th! November 5th at 10am will be our next court hearing at the Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene. Stay tuned for more information. We'll want you all to wear your RED shirts and to help us pack the courtroom! ...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

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

Initiatives in Court November 5th

What are we waiting for....? Our Court Hearing - Nov. 5th! November 5th at 10am will be our next court hearing at the Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene. Stay tuned for more information. We'll want you all to wear your RED shirts and to help us pack the courtroom! ...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

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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Initiatives in Court November 5th

What are we waiting for....? Our Court Hearing - Nov. 5th! November 5th at 10am will be our next court hearing at the Lane County Circuit Court in Eugene. Stay tuned for more information. We'll want you all to wear your RED shirts and to help us pack the courtroom! ...Read More
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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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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