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.
SAVE THESE DATES - Upcoming Community Rights Events We've got some great events coming up that you won't want to miss! We've got all the details laid out for you. Check them out below!
What's Happening? The Documentary “Great Bay: An Estuary in Peril” premieres March 30th at 6:30 at the Oyster River High School Auditorium. The environmental, recreational, scenic and commercial benefits of the Bay and the Piscataqua waterways are in jeopardy. Great Bay has significant tangible value and is critical to the local economy, human activity, and wildlife subsistence. The film addresses the issues surrounding it’s decline and how the years have taken their toll on the Bay and how these potential threats could push the fragile ecosystem to a tipping point beyond which it may not recover. Following the film, join in a panel discussion with a UNH bay scientist, an energy specialist, and community leaders.
The Great Bay Estuary is regional and national treasure that belongs to us all and is one of only 28 estuaries of national significance in the US. Many residents in the estuaries 52 town wide watershed are unaware of the challenges facing Great Bay and how they contribute to the health of the bay and how they can protect it for future generations. The bay needs a voice and an informed community is one that plays an active role in protecting its resources, health and survival.
Michelle Sanborn of the NH Community Rights Network (NHCRN) and Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is one of the panelists, invited to discuss a "CALL TO ACTION" to protect the health, safety and welfare of both human and natural communities in the face of the Seacoast Reliability Project threatening the region.
Who is CELDF? Today, through grassroots organizing, public education and outreach, and legal assistance, nearly 200 municipalities across the U.S. have enacted CELDF-drafted Community Rights laws which ban practices – including fracking, factory farming, sewage sludging of farmland, and water privatization – that violate the rights of people, communities and nature.
To protect those rights, the laws address the key barriers to local self-governance and sustainability – such as corporate constitutional “rights” – and has assisted the first communities in the U.S. to eliminate corporate “rights” when they interfere with Community Rights.
Further, CELDF has worked with the first U.S. communities and the first country to establish the rights of nature in law – recognizing the rights of ecosystems and natural communities to exist and thrive, and empowering people and their governments to defend and enforce these rights.
The NH March for Voting Rights is a non-partisan event in solidarity with everyone's right to vote. This is an inclusive day of action and unity.
What's Happening? NH Community Rights Network will be participating with a table in the City Plaza in front of the State House! Stop by and learn how you can protect voting rights at the local level. NHCRN's goal in participating in this event is to educate participants about our right to govern elections at the local level and to join this large scale mobilization designed to raise awareness and promote action to preserve our unique same day voter registration system and to stop policing of voters as proposed in various legislation proposed during the current session.
You can participate in a 1.2 mile march through downtown from Concord High School to the steps of the NH State House. We will convene with hundreds of concerned citizens and numerous advocacy organizations dedicated to our democracy at the State House. The speaking program will feature elected leaders, students, veterans and affected voters. Speed activist workshops will follow the rally and provide multiple direct actions for impact on voting rights.
Sponsored by: NH Rebellion/Open Democracy, America Votes, Granite State Progress and the League of Women Voters. Many other organizations are participating and will have booths in the City Plaza.
Are you concerned about protecting your community and environment? Is your neighborhood or town being threatened by exploitative industries?
What's Happening? Community Rights activists of Barnstead welcome you to join them in viewing We The People 2.0 - The Second American Revolution.A film 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”.
The Community Rights Movement in the Granite State began in Barnstead, with the nearly unanimous adoption of a rights-based community ordinance in 2006, to protect the “Right to Water” by banning commercial water mining. The Movement has spread to other communities across the state seeking to legalize democratic local self-governance in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of both human and natural communities. Barnstead residents picked up the Community Rights torch again in 2016 by enacting the first-in-the-nation "Freedom From Religious ID Requirement" Community Bill of Rights.
Film Showing followed by a discussion with updates on efforts to secure community and environmental rights at the local and state levels in NH and nationwide.
How do you know your vote counts? The answer is both surprising and disturbing. Filmmaker Jason Grant Smith provides an in-depth examination of American election integrity. While democracy does not begin with elections, it can end when we fail to defend them.
What's Happening? The documentary, I Voted? is not only informative, but also entertains us with a fine sense of humor! Join us and long-standing election integrity activists at the Keene Public Library on Thursday, April 13th for a 6:30pm showing. As part of NH Community Rights Network (NHCRN) Community Rights Awareness Campaign, we are co-sponsoring this event.
We urge you to register for this event, free, at Eventbrite: ivotedkeene.eventbrite.com. There is limited seating in the Library’s auditorium. If there is an overflow, we will give preference to those who pre-registered. For additional information or questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
With over forty-plus voter restriction bills proposed during the 2017 NH Legislative session, it is clear that voting rights are under attack. It is important to understand the difference between voter fraud and election fraud. We have evidence that voter fraud is virtually non-existent in the Granite State, yet state election officials have hindered local efforts to verify the computer’s vote count - thereby preventing discovery of potential intentional or unintentional computer error. With almost 90% of Granite State municipalities using vote-counting computers programmed with secret proprietary software, it is clear verification is essential.
It is not enough that we have the right to vote when corporations and governments are able to influence not only HOW we vote and determine WHAT we vote for, but even WHETHER we can vote.
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”.