Educating your community is one of the most powerful steps towards change you can make.

Together We Stand!

This is truly a grassroots effort, we couldn't get all this work done without the help of the many communities throughout Oregon. Click on the Community Tab above and learn more about the communities moving forward Community Bill of Rights.



Working at the State Level

The Right of Local Community Self-Government Constitutional Amendment 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.

Read More

What are Community Rights?

Environmental rights, worker rights, rights of nature - what does this mean, and how does it work? Why do we need Community Rights? Learn more about why communities are taking things into their own hands! Find out More

Communities in Action

oregon-county-map

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. Each Chapter has a representative who sits on the Board of the ORCRN. These are currently active community rights chapters:

Sign Up to Join the Movement

Are you ready to get more involved? Your participation will help take the organization and the work ahead to the next level. Members will be alerted as to events and how they can help.

Corporations have nearly endless money and resources. But the one thing they don’t have is the power of the people! That is why we need you to help build this movement!


ORCRN News

Chris Hedges takes on Oregon!

We are excited and proud to announce:

Democracy Reborn:
Communities Resisting. Communities Rising.

An evening with Chris Hedges – Free
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister.
Author of America: The Farewell Tour

→ Salem: October 2nd @7pm
Willamette University | Smith Auditorium

→ Eugene: October 3rd @7pm
First United Methodist Church

→ Portland: October 5th @7pm
First Presbyterian Church

Free event.
Fundraiser for the Oregon Community Rights Network. Donations Gladly Accepted!

Ticketed Pre-Event: Buy Tickets Here!
Meet Chris Hedges, drink local wines and enjoy hors d’oeuvres – $50
With signed copy of America: The Farewell Tour – $60

Event on Facebook

Claim Our Power!

Communities Fight Back Against Fracking and Pipelines

Lafayette, Colorado City Council Member, Merrily Mazza joins us in three locations around Oregon.

Tuesday, May 22nd – Medford Public Library @6pm

Wednesday, May 23rd – North Bend Public Library @6pm

Thurs, May 24th – Eugene First United Methodist Church @7pm

Oregon Rights of Nature Advocate Receives International Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award

February 28, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Mary Geddry
[email protected]
541-551-1492
www.orcrn.org

EUGENE – This year’s recipient of the international David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award is Lincoln County resident Carol Van Strum. Carol is being recognized for her decades worth of outstanding environmental and social justice work including in the area of rights of nature. An award ceremony is being held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 6pm, in the ballroom of the ERB Memorial Union building on the UO campus in Eugene, Oregon.
The international David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, honors David Brower, one of the founders of the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, and the Earth Island Institute. The award is presented to activists, community members, and attorneys who exemplify David Brower’s spirit and the spirit of environmental awareness he sought to awaken in people.

Carol Van Strum’s achievements include leading the fight to stop the spraying of Agent Orange and other herbicides on federal forest land in the Five Rivers Valley of Lincoln County, Oregon in the 1970-80’s. Her tireless efforts put Lincoln County and Oregon on the national map after a successful lawsuit against the U.S. government which banned aerial pesticide spraying on federal forests.
Carol documented the events of that campaign against herbicides in the book “A Bitter Fog: Herbicides and Human Rights” which tells the tragic stories of families affected by aerial pesticide spraying in the Five Rivers area, including Carol’s own children, and exposes the fraudulent studies and corruption that allow continued use of poisons in state and private lands nationwide.

In 2017, Carol joined the efforts of Lincoln County Community Rights, a chapter of the Oregon Community Rights Network, to defend the first-in-the-nation voter-approved, county-wide ban on aerial pesticide spraying to protect people and our natural world from aerially sprayed poisons.
A lawsuit brought by representatives of the timber industry to overturn the people’s vote sprung Carol into action yet again, this time to speak on behalf of the rights of nature. The new law banning aerial spray of pesticides did so in part on the grounds that it violated the rights of ecosystems and natural communities in Lincoln County from being toxically trespassed.

“I have lived in Lincoln County for 43 years in a home surrounded by river and forest. I am part of the ecosystems of Lincoln County. The Declaration of Independence itself asserts that the laws of nature preempt human law. Like the Lorax, I speak for the rights of waters and forests and wildlife to challenge human violations of natural law”, said Carol when she filed in 2017 to intervene in the lawsuit on behalf of the Siletz River watershed. A court decision whether the ban on aerial spray will be upheld or overturned is expected soon.

Carol has also been fighting the U.S. Navy’s continuing attempts to weaponize our coastal waters and take over our national forests and other public lands for weapons testing and war games. And in 2017 a publication called the “The Poison Papers” was released that largely came from Carol who had 40 years of documented evidence (100,000 pages) of fraudulent studies and false data used by the chemical industry and government regulators to approve poison products for industries such as industrial logging.

ABOUT THE ORCRN – OREGON COMMUNITY RIGHTS NETWORK
The ORCRN is a 501(c)(3) made up of local chapters and community rights activists from various communities in Oregon. The mission of the ORCRN is to support and empower communities to secure local self-determination and self-governance rights, superior to corporate power, in order to protect fundamental rights, quality of life, the natural environment, public health, and safety.
###

Comments Off on Oregon Rights of Nature Advocate Receives International Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award Continue Reading →