March 12, 2015|Eugene Weekly
Organizers with the Oregon Community Rights Network (OCRN) have launched a campaign to put a constitutional amendment on the Oregon ballot in November 2016 that will affirm the right to local self-government and potentially reframe how environmental debates play out.
The amendment would protect the right of local governments to pass ordinances — even if they conflict with the interests of corporations — and ensure that these ordinances are legally binding.
Under this rights-based framework, communities and even natural environments are granted legal rights, which can be violated.
The amendment could help grant authority to the local communities that are directly affected by environmental issues — whether it is by GMO farming, fracking, mining or constructing an LNG terminal.