* Local Lawmaking: A Call for a Community Rights Movement

* "Frack-Backers Launch Preemptive Strikes against Democracy - Attempt to Kill the Initiative Process: “It’s Already Been Decided? Who Decided That?”

* The February 2013 feature article in The Nation magazine about our growing movement, titled "Rebel Towns":

* Sins of the Fathers: How Corporations Use the Constitution and Environmental Law to Plunder Communities and Nature
by Thomas Linzey

* Sheep in Wolf's Clothing
by Jane Anne Morris

* Help!  I've Been Colonized and I Can't Get Up...!
by Jane Anne Morris

* Timeline of Personhood Rights and Powers
by Jan Edwards
This timeline was developed by Jan Edwards. It's a great educational tool to explain how corporations have used the legal system to gain constitutional "rights" through court decisions and how people have organized to gain constitutional rights through amendments (with a few exceptions).
From the link below, you can print it out on a regular home printer as an 8-page pdf, or send this link to your specialty printer to have them produce a 2 foot by 11 foot timeline, or a 3 foot by 17 foot timeline!
A more extended 22-page Chronology of judicial decisions about "rights" can be found here:

* A speech by Paul Cienfuegos to the Transition Portland (Oregon) group on January 18, 2012. It's titled "When the Transition Movement & the Community Rights Movement Start Collaborating, Watch Out!"

* Personalizing the Impersonal: Corporations and the Bill of Rights
by Carl J. Mayer
(This lengthy law review article offers the most thorough legal analysis to date of the process by which corporations have seized specific constitutional rights.)

* A Very Brief History of Dillon's Rule:

* Populist History introductory readings

* An introduction to the Anti-Federalists, who were adamantly opposed to losing their hard-fought-for Articles of Confederation to the second US Constitution
and other related docs on a special CELDF page:

* Taking Care of Business: Citizenship and the Charter of Incorporation
by Richard L. Grossman and Frank T. Adams
(This is the pamphlet that launched the movement to end corporate "rights" back in 1993.)

* Why a Green Future is "Unconstitutional" and What To Do About It
by Jane Anne Morris

* The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Releases Statement on Activism Related to Citizens United and a Model Bill of Rights Elections Ordinance (note the two additional linked docs here as well)
This is CELDF's response to the MoveToAmend and FreeSpeechForPeople campaigns calling for a constitutional amendment.

* The Pink Oleo Saga: Why So Many Good State Laws Are "Unconstitutional" (and What We Should Do About It)
by Jane Anne Morris

* Labor Organizing Must Challenge Corporate Rule
by Peter Kellman



*Community Rights TV

* YouTube seach of Thomas Linzey, Mari Margil, Ben Price, Gail Darrell, Paul Cienfuegos, Shannon Biggs.

* Paul's best live TV interview yet, with Jim Lockhart, on Portland Community Access TV in February 2012. Informal, engaging, uplifting.

* Recently released 21-minute online slideshow and organizing primer by CELDF titled: "So Your Community is Going to be Fracked, Mined, Factory Farmed, or fill in the blank…"

* What is Community Rights?, a concise 5-minute intro on youtube with Paul Cienfuegos - perfect for sharing with friends, family, and co-workers!

* Thomas Linzey's extraordinary keynote speech at the annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, OR, on March 2, 2013

* Paul Cienfuegos' speech in front of 6000 people at the Millions Against Monsanto rally in Portland on May 25, 2013. Organic Consumers Association has helped it to go viral. Please keep it spreading!

* Announcing the production of 'We The People 2.0', a full-length documentary about the Community Rights movement. It needs YOUR support!

* Paul's internationally broadcast speech on David Barsamian's 'Alternative Radio' show the Fall of 2011, titled "We Need Much Bolder Thinking and Action to Wrest Our Country Back From Corporate Rule". You can read the speech HERE. or listen to it HERE or buy it on CD or mp3 HERE. It's an excellent way to introduce this critical topic to your friends and family who seem doubtful that there's anything that can be done about this growing crisis.

* "Democracy Matters" weekly PODCAST
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund produced a groundbreaking weekly 45-minute radio show on KYRS Community Radio in Spokane, WA, until March 2012, when they had to retire the series, but its archives are still listenable online. It is truly outstanding audio. Click here: <>. In CELDF's words: "Each week we bring you stories from the frontlines as communities bring rights-based organizing to their communities - asserting their local self-governing authority to make the critical decisions that affect their lives and their community."

* Mari Margil, associate director of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), speaking in November 2008 about why communities are considering local ordinances and CELDF's role in evolving this new movement. It's just 10 minutes long.

* Paul Cienfuegos' 28-minute interview on KBOO FM Radio in Portland a few years ago: Plain English, not threatening to anybody!

* Thomas Linzey speech at Bioneers - Feb 2010
Parts one through four, about 35 minutes total:

* Paul Cienfuegos' 57-minute speech in Portland (on Feb 26th, 2010) as an audio file on Portland FM radio station KBOO's website:
It's followed by 16 minutes of Q&A.The title of the speech is:"Is a Truly Sustainable Society Achievable As Long As Corporate "Rights" Trump the Rights of People?"

* Thomas Linzey being interviewed by Amy Goodman about his organization's legal work in Spokane and Pennsylvania:

* Mari Margil, associate director of CELDF, speaking at the Bioneeers Conference in Fall 2009
The associate director of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF) describes the inspiring, groundbreaking work she and CELDF are doing to recognize Rights of Nature in law in both the U.S. and Ecuador, which recently became the worlds first nation to enshrine such rights in its constitution.
Her talk is split into three short sections:

* Talk by Thomas Linzey, attorney with Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) speaking in Seattle February 10, 2005.
Part II of this talk...

* Paul Cienfuegos' 4-minute speech at the Pink Martini rally/concert in solidarity with Occupy Portland (10/28/11):
And his 15-minute presentation at the follow-up session in Pioneer Square, downtown Portland, Oregon (11/1/2011):


KEY ORGANIZATIONS & PEOPLE: the growing movement to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called "rights", each with its own list of articles, history pieces, links, etc: (the folks who helped launch the 150 Pennsylvania township uprisings)
        YOU CAN VIEW ALL OF THEIR ORDINANCES AT . (the Community Rights Program at Global Exchange) (this and previous site are CELDF-inspired statewide network groups) (the group I co-founded in 2012 in Portland, Oregon) (the Spokane, WA ballot initiative from November 2013 & 2011 & 2009) (the website of Jane Anne Morris, author of 'Gaveling Down the Rabble')
http://www.POCLAD (a small think-tank which launched this whole movement - sadly their website is no longer very active) (Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature) (check out their Corporate Personhood Organizing Packet and Study Guide) (Alliance for Democracy local chapter in CA) (Tapestry of the Commons) (I have issues with their strategy, but their history section is outstanding) (the group I founded in 1995 which sadly is doing very little local organizing anymore)



There are a number of essential books for anyone wishing to dive deeper. You can access most of the list here, and purchase them right off the site at or

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