M.Wuerker …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 interests of the community?
New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN) partners withCommunity Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to 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.
Workshop Instructor Michelle Sanborn New England Community Organizer for CELDF firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop is intended for educational purposes only and not intended as legal advice. Materials used should not be deemed to be the offering of legal services, and is not presented as advocacy in support of, or opposition to, particular legislation.
Community Rights Awareness Workshop Details
Why does it seem like corporations have more rights in my community than I do?
Why does Concord license and permit corporations to harm my community?
Why does the State legislature in Concord routinely make laws that protect corporate projects, when those projects hurt people and harm communities?
Isn’t it part of the State’s responsibility to protect people?
The New Hampshire Community Rights Workshops illustrate how the system of government that we have today was created. We take a look at the history of local self-government in New Hampshire, as well as exposing how the legal system has been thwarted to favor protections for commerce and industry above the rights of the people. We’ll explore some times throughout our state history when communities pushed back against oppressive structures to reclaim local authority; and learn more about the latest efforts to assert community rights. In conclusion, we look at the goal of creating a New Hampshire constitution that recognizes the rights of people, communities, and nature, by securing our inalienable right to local self-government free of corporate and state interference. To schedule a workshop contact NHCRN at email@example.com
“The New Hampshire Community Rights Network makes education available to New Hampshire citizens with the goal of driving community rights and the recognition of ecosystem rights – an integral part of every community – into fundamental law.”