Dana Allen Contact
Moved to Corvallis, Oregon in 1990, joining her father and multi-generations of her family. Began Rebel Farms in 1993 building a farm store, greenhouses and hydroponic systems specializing in salad greens, herbs, and edible flowers. Many soil crops, nuts, and fruits were also grown. With the encouragement of Alan Kapular of Peace Seeds, she learned about organic agriculture and seed gathering. The farm store, vending at farmers markets (and serving on the board), free tours for the local schools, and many organizations, Dana soon developed a deep web of connections and collaborations within the community and beyond. In 2008 Dana sold the farm and became dedicated to building and connecting her neighbors and the community at large around sharing and caring for the people and place we call home. She joined the steering committee at the founding of the Benton County Community Rights Coalition in early 2012 and became a chief petitioner for the ordinance that would secure a local, sustainable food system, protect the peoples right to seed sovereignty, GMOs being a violation of that right, assert the rights of natural communities that sustains all agriculture, and the people’s right to govern in the places where they live.
Moved to Oregon in 1996 from the Midwest. After finding their home in the Coast Range, she settled in and started farming. After living in the forests for 3 years, she saw helicopters spraying the mountainside close by. Finding out it’s legal to spray pesticides on/over Oregon citizens, she started her environmental career by taking on the private timber industry. Being told by conventional environmental organizations that the only thing she could do was rally the regulatory agencies, she spent close to 5 years commenting, rallying and attending meetings, getting no where. In 2012 Eron was introduced to Community Rights-based lawmaking through the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Being empowered by this new path to ending corporate harm, she became very involved with the movement. She help found and is on the Steering committee for Community Rights Lane County, a 501c3 non-profit in Oregon. Feeling this path is a sure way to take on corporate harms head on, she was involved in the formation of the Oregon Community Rights Network. Seeing this movement bloom across the Country she traveled to Pennsylvania to be a part of the first National gathering of Community Rights, which led to the formation of the National Community Rights Network. Now working with several different rights-based local ordinances Eron is constantly spending time shedding light on the corporate harms deemed legal by our current system of law!
May publishes Geddry.com, a southern Oregon coast centric blog focusing upon social, economic and environmental justice. She began blogging when her oldest son went to war in Iraq and identifies as a Marine mom. Mary served on the board of ROP and has been active with Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace and multiple peace organizations. Mary serves on the board of Coos Community Radio – KJAJ-LP FM and Coos Commons Protection Council and is a chief petitioner for the citizen initiative The Coos County Right to a Sustainable Energy Future Ordinance.
At Large Position
Zachary Stark-MacMillan (Lane County)
Zachary grew up in Salem and lives in Eugene. As a student he was introduced to organizing through the youth climate movement where he was very active: starting a new campus group at the University of Oregon, directing a state network of youth environmental groups, and training students on organizing tactics and strategy.
He first learned about community rights when a proposed coal train would have gone through Eugene to export dirty coal overseas and there was nothing the Eugene community could to do stop it.
Zach is the president of the Oregon Community Rights Network board and the Chair of Oregonians for Community Rights (a PAC advocating for an voter approved initiative to amend the Oregon constitution to include the Right of Local Self Government).
Audrey Moore (RIP – your missed Audrey!!)
I’m simply a woman, who is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother whose life took an abrupt turn in January of 2011 when I went from retiree to activist, advocate and defender of life. The shift took place when learning Atrazine was going to be sprayed by helicopter on 70 private acres of timber land owned by our local mill, less than two miles from my home. What began was a journey of research and discovery. What was Atrazine? More importantly, how was it possible helicopters were allowed to spray toxic chemicals into residential neighborhoods in Oregon? Friends and neighbors formed a group and named ourselves Precious Dirt, our original goal being to bring public awareness to these practices.
After years of working ‘within the system’, what we now call the ‘Box’, we realized we the people have zero rights when it comes to these toxic applications. In Oregon the powers to be crafted a law called The Right to Farm and Forest Act, which is nothing more than yet another preemptive law taking away local rights of citizens. In this case to resist toxic applications, while giving the power to the corporations and our state to freely use these practices.
Thank goodness after three years of seeking help we discovered CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) and created the Freedom from Pesticides Alliance. Our hope was to craft an initiative to give citizens the right to say no to these toxic practices. We lost our first attempt, but have by no means given up the fight to protect our right to say no to the toxic trespass this state has wrought against its citizens for far too long. The health of our air, water, and soil, and bodies is critical to the health of our communities and future. The miracle of life is in urgent need of protection—hence our work.