History

On September 12, 2013, community members from eight Oregon counties gathered in Corvallis, Oregon, to draft and sign the Corvallis Declaration of Community Rights, the founding document that launched the Oregon Community Rights Network (ORCRN) in January 2014.

The Declaration, as does the work of the ORCRN today, calls upon communities across the state to join together in a movement to elevate the rights of people, their communities, and nature above the claimed “rights” of corporations.

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.

Those seven state community rights networks formed the National Community Rights Network in October 2014.