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Communities across 7 states are coming together and creating a peoples movement! A movement that recognizes our inherent and inalienable right to create authentic democracy in our own communities and municipalities across the nation. The Oregon Community Rights Network joins Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado and Washington as states with community rights networks, all receiving assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

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Right of Local Community Self Government Constitutional Amendment for Oregon

The Constitutional Amendment is titled "The Right to Local, Community Self-Government" and would codify into law the right to local, community self-government, enabling local governments to protect fundamental rights and prohibit corporate activities that violate those rights.

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The Oregon Community Rights Network is made up of community rights chapters and individuals. The chapters are local, independent community rights groups who have agreed to be part of the network. These are currently active community rights chapters:

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Let the People Decide

Submitted by Lincoln County Community Rights

Right now, the right of the people of Lincoln County to decide is under attack.

A judge of the Lincoln County Circuit Court will soon determine whether or not to allow gathering signatures for an initiative petition, based on arguments heard in court, representing the profit-driven interests of industry invested in aerial spraying of pesticides in our county on the one hand, vs. the right of the people to use the initiative petition process to propose new law to protect their safety and that of the environment on the other. The answer should be clear – let the people decide.

The initiative petition in question is titled “Freedom from Aerially Sprayed Pesticides of Lincoln County” and has been put forward by Citizens for a Healthy County. It asks the people of Lincoln County if they want to ban the practice of aerial spraying of pesticides (a practice that has already been banned in federal forests for 30 years) in order to protect our right to clean air, water, and soil and to stop our continued exposure to toxic chemicals.

The judge is not considering whether aerial spraying of pesticides should or should not be banned, but whether the people of Lincoln County can be asked that question through circulation of a petition which could only become a ballot measure if it receives the required number of signatures.

The government of Lincoln County already decided that asking the question is reasonable and should happen. However, on February 29th, the attorney for the party opposing circulation of the petition argued in court that wanting clean air, water, and soil somehow entails a hidden threat to voters; that questioning the authority of industry profiting from aerial spraying of pesticides and the state to force toxic chemicals on our forests, watersheds, and people also entails that threat. Perhaps worst of all, the opposing attorney argued that people wanting to defend their constitutionally-guaranteed rights, even when our government and the courts may fail to do so, is again a threat that voters need to be protected from.

We must let the people decide. The petition must go out for signatures. With enough signatures the initiative becomes a ballot measure. Then the people – not vested interests – and not a single judge – decide. What is at stake here is much bigger than the question of aerial spraying of pesticides. The real issue is our right, as the people of Lincoln County, to govern in matters that pertain to our fundamental rights.

People of all political stripes are sick and tired of having money influence how we vote. If the judge stops circulation of the petition for signatures, thereby supporting the opinion of the attorney opposing our initiative, it means that money can influence not only how we vote, but whether we get to vote at all.

We believe in Article I, Section 1 of the Oregon Constitution, where it declares : “All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; and they have at all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.”

We look forward to the judge in this case doing the right thing – letting the people decide. Otherwise, those constitutional words aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.

 

María Sause and other members of
Lincoln County Community Rights

Join ORCRN at PIELC 2016

Join Oregon Community Rights Network for this panel…

Following Nature’s Lead for Civil Disobedience: Building a New Direct Action Movement Community by Community
(LAW 142) 2:20 – 3:35

As nature goes on the offense with ever increasing catastrophic
climatic events, our activism stays stuck in the 1970s. Our organizing has refused to confront a structure of law that protects environmentally destructive corporate behavior.This panel is about the growing Community Rights movement and how communities are “occupying the law” to dismantle the corporate state, legalize sustainability and secure nature’s rights, and the convergence of community rights with direct action aimed at physically stopping harmful corporate projects.

Panelists:
Kai Huschke, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Organizer
Rob Dickinson, Organizer, Oregonians for Community Rights
Mary Grace Hickok, Organizer, Cascadia Forest Defenders

Oregon 2015 Community Rights Tour with Thomas Linzey Presents:

OregonRevolt_poster“As a people of ‘we the people’ fame we have become either ahistorical, amazingly obedient, exceedingly stupid, or all three. We can stay that way if we choose – either denying the corporate state or resigning ourselves to it – with the understanding that every day we fail to challenge the corporate state is another day that the planet falls down around us.”
-Thomas Linzey

Tour Poster

Information also on the Calendar!

October 1st – Salem
Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center – Rm. 218
Willamette University College of Law
245 Winter Street SE, Salem​
7:00pm to 9:00pm |Free event (donations accepted)

October 4th – Corvallis
Locally co-hosted by: Benton County Community Rights Coalition (BentonCCRC.org), Ten Rivers Food Web, Linn-Benton Pacific Green Party
Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis
2945 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis | 6:30pm to 8:30pm | Free event (donations accepted)
Contact: Dana Allen  [email protected] (541) 757-8658

October 5th – Newport
Locally co-hosted by: Lincoln County Community Rights (lincolncountycommunityrights.com )
Newport Senior Center – 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport.
Time:  7-9 | Free event (donations accepted)
Contact info:  [email protected] | 541 961 6385

October 6th – Coos Bay
Locally co-hosted by: Coos Commons Protection Council (www.cooscommons.org)
Egyptian Theatre | 229 S Broadway, Coos Bay
7:00pm to 9:00pm | Free Event (donations accepted)
Contact info: [email protected] | 541-551-1492

October 7th – Eugene
Locally co-hosted by Community Rights Lane County (communityrightslanecounty.org) | Lane Peace Center |
LCC Downtown Conference Center – 7:00 to 9:00pm | Free Event (donations accepted)
WATCH Live Streaming:  https://www.lanecc.edu/it/media/live-streaming
Contact info: [email protected]

October 8th –  Columbia City
Locally co-hosted by Columbia County Sustainable Action for Green Energy (ccsage.org)
Caples House | 1925 First Street | 7:00 to 9:00pm | Free (donations accepted)
Contact: [email protected]

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