Presently, in New Hampshire, our state legislative framework is being used to favor corporate privilege and deny Community Rights. Oppressive control of this framework by commercial and property interests, subordinates the rights of community members and subjects our communities to harm. Until the state liberates local law-making to prevent our communities from being used as mere resource colonies of the state, we will continue to fight every battle in a vacuum, while being denied the authority we believe we have, subject to a corporate-driven agenda. This state-level change envisions the liberation of municipalities and communities to expand civil and political rights for individuals and communities, recognize the rights of nature, and elevate those rights above the “rights” currently claimed by corporations and other business entities. Anyone can endorse the call to amend the New Hampshire Consitution's Bill of Rights to recognize the Right of Local Community Self-Government. Simply download and share (via printed copy, or digital file) the endorsement petition with your family, friends, neighbors, elected officials, local businesses and organizations; complete the requested information, scan, and email it back to us at email@example.com. You can also send it to us in the mail, using the mailing address provided on the petition. Contact NHCRN at firstname.lastname@example.org questions.
NH Community Rights Constitutional Amendment Be it Enacted by the People of the State of New Hampshire In the constitution of the state of New Hampshire, add article 40 to Part First as follows: Article 40. Right of Local Community Self-Government All government of right originates from the people, is founded in their consent, and instituted for the general good; the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty; and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them; therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city and town. That right shall include the power of the people, and of their governments, to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature; and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community. Local laws adopted pursuant to this article shall not weaken existing protections for, or constrict the fundamental rights of, natural persons, or their local communities, or nature as those protections and rights are secured by local, state, federal, or international law.
2016 NH Legislative Committee Hearing on the Community Rights Amendment