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Lafayette Community Members Introduce Climate Bill of Rights and Protections

Originally posted on communityrightslanecounty.org :

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 2, 2016
Contacts:
East Boulder County United
Email: [email protected]
Kristin McLean: [email protected] 303 641-8901
Merrily Mazza, [email protected] 720 556-1286
Legal: Thomas Linzey, Esq, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, 717 498-0054

Lafayette Community Members Introduce Climate Bill of Rights and Protections
What: Lafayette Community Members Introduce Climate Bill of Rights and Protections to City Council, Pledge Environmental Defense of Boulder County
When: Lafayette City Council meeting Tuesday, January 3, approximately 7pm depending on meeting agenda.
Where: 1290 S. Public Road, Lafayette Colorado

The people of Lafayette, Colorado have introduced an ordinance for formal adoption to the Lafayette City Council. The measure titled, “Climate Bill of Rights and Protections” is a law that will codify the right to a healthy climate and community member’s ability to enforce this right through community led, nonviolent direct action.  It is based on the First Nation principle of protecting the environment for seven generations.
The measure will be introduced by two Lafayette City Councilors, Councilor Gustavo Reyna and Councilor Merrily Mazza, at the January 3rd meeting.
If the measure is approved Lafayette will become the second community nationally to adopt such a measure. Grant Township Pennsylvania legalized the defense of their community through nonviolent civil disobedience earlier this year when it was faced with threats from a proposed fracking waste injection well.
Pennsylvania Township Legalizes Civil Disobedience
http://ift.tt/1YiJJ5S
The Climate Bill of Rights and Protections is part of the larger effort to protect Lafayette and Boulder County from nearly 2000 possible oil and gas wells. Trainings for nonviolent direct action are ongoing and are seeing capacity levels of participants. East Boulder County United has stated that no drilling will be permitted, and the protection of the environment and climate is an inalienable right shared by all.

“As a mother and a citizen of Lafayette, I’m tired of state and local governments and corporations telling me that I have no rights to prevent my community from being poisoned by fracking. I will protect my family from toxic industry coming into my backyard, and I am standing up for health and safety and my right to local self government.”
– Kristin McLean, mother, Lafayette resident

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Eugene Showing – We the People 2.0

Originally posted on communityrightslanecounty.org :

Encircle Film Series, along with Community Rights Lane County.

WHEN: Thursday, December 15th, 6:00pm

WHERE: Bijou Art Cinemas, 13th Ave, Eugene

Discussion and Q&A with our own Ann Kneeland, Attorney at Law

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Call to Action – Rally at the Army Corps of Engineers

Originally posted on communityrightslanecounty.org :

DEC 5TH – GATHER AT NOON

Rally at the Army Corps of Engineers : Speakers, music and Rally in the Federal Plaza –  Then march to the banks funding the pipelines!

BRING YOUR SIGNS AND YOUR VOICE!  211 E 7TH AVE, EUGENE

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Community Rights Lane County stands in unified support

Originally posted on communityrightslanecounty.org :

Community Right Lane County  stands in unified support with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the many tribes represented in North Dakota in their on-going stance to protect the water and cultural sites in North  Dakota.

“We believe that Standing Rock is a stark example of the perilous situation in our country as a whole. Multi-national corporations that are militarized by our government, seek to overpower and silence peaceful human beings—historically some of the most disenfranchised—in order to advance unsustainable and toxic, fossil fuel infrastructure, that threatens to contaminate life-sustaining water.”
—Ann Kneeland, Community Rights Lane County

We support:
1. The rights of the Standing Rock and all First Nations people to clean water, soil, and air.
2. Protection from toxic threat.
3. Sustainability: The right of Nature to live and flourish.
4. The uncontested right to sacred sites, without threat of harm or disturbance to The People’s cultural past, present and future.
5. The right to peaceful protest, free from physical threat.

Furthermore, we see the large numbers of poorly trained military-style contractors and police as a threat to peace in North Dakota and everywhere. We demand a halt of aggressive militarization and construction in the area of the DAPL and the beginning of mediations to diffuse an extremely volatile situation.

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