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The Mission of the Oregon Community Rights Network (ORCRN) is to empower Oregonians to exercise their right of local community self-government in matters that pertain to their fundamental rights.   Oregonians find time and again that their fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution are preempted by the state.  Local officials, who are sworn to protect the welfare of their citizens, are prevented by the state from being true to their oaths. Invariably, state preemption translates into privilege for industry, which is granted a right to profit that is greater than the right granted to natural persons to protect their health, safety, and well-being.  We see this happening in projects such as fracking, pesticide spraying, concentrated animal food operations, mountain-top removal, and many others, all of  which  poison our environment to the point of putting at risk the very fabric on which not only we, but all life forms on earth depend.

The ORCRN has worked for years to educate the people about their right of local community self-government, and believes that the time has come to also educate Oregon legislators to the fact that among Oregonians’ inalienable rights is the right to alter, reform, and even replace the government they have elected when that government ceases to fulfill its duty towards them, as that right is stated in their constitution:

“Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution of the State of Oregon

Natural rights inherent in people.   We declare that all men, when they form a social compact are equal in right: that 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 a manner as they may think proper.”

Therefore, the ORCRN worked with state legislators throughout this past legislative session, talking with them about its proposal for an amendment to the Oregon Constitution which would secure for Oregonians the right of local community self-government in matters that pertain to the health, safety and well-being of a community.  The ORCRN will be working closely with legislators through the rest of 2019, aiming to obtain the amendment’s introduction during the next legislative session.