Educating and empowering communities and elected officials about our individual and collective right of local self-governance in order to secure and protect the inherent and unalienable rights of all inhabitants of New Hampshire to economic, social and environmental justice, including the rights of nature.
Leakage from Coakley Landfill Superfund Site, Perflourinated Chemicals & TCEs at Pease, PFCs in NH Wells & Municipal Water.
"What's in Our Water & What Can We Do About It?"
Join us for a panel discussion featuring presentations and Q&A with experts in science, NH water legislation, community rights activist, and local grassroots advocacy.
Michelle Sanborn - NH Community Organizer for Community Environment Legal Defense Fund sharing 1) how CELDF has assisted NH communities in asserting their rights to stop harmful projects and 2) why the grassroots effort of the NH Community Rights Network seeks to amend the NH Constitution to recognize, secure, and protect Community Rights throughout the state.
Community Rights Journalism
Nicholas Dundorf is a student at Oyster River High School. He wrote this article for a journalism class, drawing on his interest and involvement with social issues in New Hampshire. Nicholas co-organizes his school's Sustainability club as well as organizing with climate justice organization 350NH. He first learned about community rights issues after organizing staff for a movie showing and panel on a local infrastructure issue. This article explores the experiences of NH organizers in fighting corporate power and crafting Rights Based Ordinances.
The documentary, produced by Tree Media and featuring the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), tells the story of people across the U.S. who have faced decades of environmental assaults – such as fracking and sludging of farmland – and what they are doing about it. These communities, like a growing number of communities in New Hampshire, recognize ecosystems at home and around the globe are collapsing under inherently unsustainable laws and governing structures – what many have called a “corporate state”.