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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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Learn how others in Oregon are using community rights-based lawmaking to end corporate harms in their communities. Stay up to date on the latest campaigns!

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Upcoming Events

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Jan. 27th – Community Rights Action (FUMC) @6pm
March 5th – 8th – PIELC – We have a panel!
March 13th – Will Falk, Author of How Dams Fall

Rights of Nature Campaign

Protect Our Watersheds is taking the lead in getting the Rights of Nature initiative on the ballot in 2021.

Please visit their website to learn more and volunteer.

Be the Change - Join the Action!

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.

Eugene Showing – We the People 2.0

Encircle Film Series, along with Community Rights Lane County. WHEN: Thursday, December 15th, 6:00pm WHERE: Bijou Art Cinemas, 13th Ave, Eugene Discussion and Q&A with our own Ann Kneeland, Attorney at Law ...Read More

Call to Action – Rally at the Army Corps of Engineers

DEC 5TH - GATHER AT NOON Rally at the Army Corps of Engineers : Speakers, music and Rally in the Federal Plaza -  Then march to the banks funding the pipelines! BRING YOUR SIGNS AND YOUR VOICE!  211 E 7TH AVE, EUGENE ...Read More

Candle Light Vigil and Canupa Prayer Ceremony

December 4th - 6:00pm KESEY SQUARE, 10 E BROADWAY, EUGENE EVERYONE BRING A CANDLE AND YOUR INTENTIONS FOR PEACE ...Read More

Community Rights Lane County stands in unified support

Community Right Lane County  stands in unified support with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the many tribes represented in North Dakota in their on-going stance to protect the water and cultural sites in North  Dakota. "We believe that Standing Rock is a stark example of the perilous situation in our country as a whole. Multi-national corporations that are militarized by our government, seek to overpower and silence peaceful human beings—historically some of the most disenfranchised—in order to advance unsustainable and toxic, fossil fuel infrastructure, that threatens to contaminate life-sustaining water.” —Ann Kneeland, Community Rights Lane County We support: 1. The rights of the Standing Rock and all First Nations people to clean water, soil, and air. 2. Protection from toxic threat. 3. Sustainability: The right of Nature to live and flourish. 4. The uncontested right to sacred sites, without threat of harm or disturbance to The People’s cultural past, present and future. 5. The right to peaceful protest, free from physical threat. Furthermore, we see the large numbers of poorly trained military-style contractors and police as a threat to peace in North Dakota and everywhere. We demand a halt of aggressive militarization and construction in the area of the ...Read More

Rights of Nature

Thank you for helping us start the conversation! Community Rights Lane County is excited to continue this important conversation here in Lane County, and we thank you for contributing. Please visit the site often to stay up-to-date on the continuing conversation, as we start recognizing Nature's Right to exist, and flourish! You can continue the conversation through our Rights of Nature listserv. To sign-up, please email:  [email protected] More on Rights of Nature: A fundamentally different relationship between humankind and nature is necessary, one that reflects our dependence on nature and need to live in harmony with the natural world. This requires providing the highest legal protection, one that recognizes the rights of both humankind and nature to health and well-being. CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) is a pioneering leader in the effort to secure the rights of ecosystems – or the “rights of nature” – working to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment. CELDF has assisted communities in the U.S. and Ecuador in establishing the first rights of nature laws in the world, and is now working in the U.S., Nepal, India, and elsewhere to build on these successes. Mari Margil -Associate Director CELDF. Mari runs ...Read More

Community Rights Lane County stands in unified support

Community Right Lane County  stands in unified support with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the many tribes represented in North Dakota in their on-going stance to protect the water and cultural sites in North  Dakota. "We believe that Standing Rock is a stark example of the perilous situation in our country as a whole. Multi-national corporations that are militarized by our government, seek to overpower and silence peaceful human beings—historically some of the most disenfranchised—in order to advance unsustainable and toxic, fossil fuel infrastructure, that threatens to contaminate life-sustaining water.” —Ann Kneeland, Community Rights Lane County We support: 1. The rights of the Standing Rock and all First Nations people to clean water, soil, and air. 2. Protection from toxic threat. 3. Sustainability: The right of Nature to live and flourish. 4. The uncontested right to sacred sites, without threat of harm or disturbance to The People’s cultural past, present and future. 5. The right to peaceful protest, free from physical threat. Furthermore, we see the large numbers of poorly trained military-style contractors and police as a threat to peace in North Dakota and everywhere. We demand a halt of aggressive militarization and construction in the area of the ...Read More

Rights of Nature

Thank you for helping us start the conversation! Community Rights Lane County is excited to continue this important conversation here in Lane County, and we thank you for contributing. Please visit the site often to stay up-to-date on the continuing conversation, as we start recognizing Nature's Right to exist, and flourish! You can continue the conversation through our Rights of Nature listserv. To sign-up, please email:  [email protected] More on Rights of Nature: A fundamentally different relationship between humankind and nature is necessary, one that reflects our dependence on nature and need to live in harmony with the natural world. This requires providing the highest legal protection, one that recognizes the rights of both humankind and nature to health and well-being. CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) is a pioneering leader in the effort to secure the rights of ecosystems – or the “rights of nature” – working to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment. CELDF has assisted communities in the U.S. and Ecuador in establishing the first rights of nature laws in the world, and is now working in the U.S., Nepal, India, and elsewhere to build on these successes. Mari Margil -Associate Director CELDF. Mari runs ...Read More
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

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
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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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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