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This March, Alliance for Newmarket Citizen & Ecosystem Rights (ANCER) partnered with NH folk trio Oak & Ivy for a fundraising event to benefit NHCRN's work educating elected officials and communities about the right of local community self-government. The show includedtwo great sets from the trio with a brief presentation on NHCRN's work in between. It
was a great event for people, planet, our local ability to protect both, and NHCRN's efforts to
help mobilize this people's movement.
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AMEND TO PROTECT NH!
The NH Community Rights Amendment would become
Article 40. Right of Local, Community Self-Government
of our NH Bill of Rights.
Rep. Ellen Read: Why we must recognize the right of self-government to protect people, planet & principles!
Remarkable Advancement of the NH Community Rights Amendment
The NH Community Rights Amendment seeks to become
Article 40. Right of Local, Community Self-Government of our NH Bill of Rights.
Although it is disappointing that the resulting vote of the NH House denied a People’s vote on the NH Community Rights Amendment - CACR19, Community Rights supporters are encouraged by the strong advocacy the amendment received from Representative Ellen Read and her colleagues, and that 1/3 of the House supported elevating the right of NH people to use their local governing process to pass local laws protecting health, safety, and welfare of individuals, their communities, and natural environments above corporate activities that harm them.
CACR19 received first-in-the-nation support from a legislative subcommittee with a recommendation of OTP, and in spite of the committee chair ignoring that recommendation and allowing a motion of ITL to stand and move to the House floor, 112 Representatives heard the need for rights-based local decision-making authority in the Granite State.
As New Hampshire communities are continually forced to host special interest projects such as Northern Pass, oil and gas infrastructure, water withdrawals for resale, landfills, and other harms, they face a structure of government and law that allows corporations to force these harmful projects into NH communities against the will of the people due to corporate claimed “rights” and state preemption.
In response to these democratic and environmental injustices, a growing number of NH communities are adopting local rights-based ordinances (RBOs). The RBOs elevate communities’ rights to clean air, water, and self-determination above corporate claimed “rights.” CACR19 would have provided protection for local RBOs.
Nearly a dozen NH communities have adopted RBOs over the past decade because the right of local, community self-determination is an inherent and unalienable right, not because they were expecting the Legislature to agree with them.
We know from prior people’s movements that fundamental change comes from persistent, unrelenting pressure. As corporate threats grow in the Granite State, more communities are inspired to join the NH Community Rights Movement. The NH Community Rights Amendment will be reintroduced in the future because our quality of life, indeed our very lives and those of our children and future generations, depend on it.
What's up Eastie?
Nature's Law: The Rights Of Nature To Exist
We have endowed ourselves, as humans, with rights considered inherent and fundamental - but did we ever consider granting Mother Nature any of those rights? Today, some are.
Published: 8:46 AM EDT September 9, 2018
Michelle Sanborn (New Hampshire Community Rights Network) & Mary Ellen Welch (East Boston Community Leader) join What's Up Eastie? to discuss community rights, the way governments infringe upon those rights, and how communities can fight back.
Listen here: wue-5-30-18_communityrights2.mp3
Merrily Mazza, COCRN
Lafayette, CO, city council member discusses how they passed the first Climate Bill of Rights to stand up to corporate power in Eugene, OR.
Heard on Fresh Air with DAVE DAVIES
Law professor Adam Winkler says that in the past 200 years, businesses have gone to court claiming constitutional rights that were originally intended for people. His new book is We the Corporations.
Corporations are taking more and more of our commons, even to the point of taking our water. Thomas Linzey Esq joins us to talk about how we can take back control.
Thomas Linzey is the executive director and an attorney for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has assisted close to 200 communities across the country in eight states to adopt binding local laws that elevate community rights to sustainability over corporate rights and powers.
Tell Me a Story: Community Activist
Community Rights Lane County founder Michelle Holman talks about the importance of fighting for the health, safety and welfare of Lane County residents. (Kelly Lyon/The Register-Guard)