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! All the details are laid out for you. Check them out below!
WONDERING WHY CORPORATIONS HAVE MORE POWER THAN LOCAL COMMUNITIES?
WONDERING WHY STATE GOVERNMENTS PERMIT CORPORATIONS TO HARM COMMUNITIES?
WONDERING WHY STATE GOVERNMENTS ROUTINELY PREVENT COMMUNITIES FROM LOCAL LAWMAKING DECISIONS THAT ARE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY?
In this workshop, we take an in-depth look at how political and legal structures have been set up to protect the interests of an elite wealthy minority, at the expense of the majority of people and community self-government. We’ll look at how corporations have received more rights and protections than real people living in communities, and we’ll look at how communities have pushed back against these oppressive structures to reclaim democratic self-government in their communities, and at the state level with a proposed Community Rights Amendment.
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.
“Great Bay: An Estuary in Peril” 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 Rights activist.
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. Join Us! Learn more – contact NHCRN: email@example.com or JOIN us on Facebook!
WHO REGULATES THE REGULATORS? Activists and residents of Durham's NH Great Bay Protection group organized the premiere of "Great Bay: An Estuary in Peril" to educate the region about how the environmental, recreational, scenic and commercial benefits of the Bay and the Piscataqua waterways are in jeopardy due to the Seacoast Reliability Project by Eversource.
Now, they invite you to join them for a call-to-action with a screening of We the People 2.0 - The Second American Revolution. This film features the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (www.celdf.org) and tells the story of people across the U.S. who have faced decades of environmental assaults - 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 call a "corporate state."
The film will be followed by a short discussion and Call To Action with Michelle Sanborn of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.
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 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”.