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Riddle: How is Capitalism Like an Elephant?

The system is broken. Everyone knows that. But do you know that no one knows what the hell the system is? We may be missing the obvious, like the proverbial elephant in the room, that we’re blanking out to, as … more

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Is explosive crude oil traveling through your community?

Trainloads of crude oil from the Bakken shale in ND do pass through the Valley — and these trains travel through the center of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, often right next to the Lehigh River. This raises major safety concerns and … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Distribution, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Rail, Railroads, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Transportation, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

PennEast Pipeline – Considerations for Communities

PennEast is a high-volume, high-pressure pipeline designed to transport natural gas from the fracking fields of northern PA through the Lehigh Valley and on to markets in other areas [perhaps overseas]. As with any major construction project, impacts on natural resources … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Air, Community Rights, Conservation, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Habitat, Land Use, Pipelines, Precautionary Principle, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Soil, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Envision LV – Community Development

Community development is often bundled with economic development, but it is focused on the people and a sense of community, rather than the economic impacts of buildings & jobs and the like. Use the comments feature on this page to … more

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Community Engagement

Here are some initial thoughts on the community engagement process: Government agencies frequently accept public comment on proposed plans or projects, but the primary purpose is often only to fulfill a legal requirement. Members of the community often do not … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Community Rights, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Historic Preservation, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth |

Is Sustainable Urban Living a Viable Outcome of Our Current Political System?

“Without systemic change, sustainable communities are not possible.” This is the opening statement from a whitepaper by Ben Price, Projects Director for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). He is speaking here of our political system and goes on … more

Posted in Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Place & Infrastructure, Systemic Approaches, Transportation |

Sustainability and the Rights of Future Generations

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all individuals are entitled, often held to include the right to life, liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law. These rights are universally accepted, as is … more

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Community Rights, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Human Rights, Precautionary Principle, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Social Justice, Sustainability Education |

PA Judge: Corporations Are Not “Persons”

A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control Pennsylvania judge holds that corporations are not “persons” under the Pennsylvania Constitution By Thomas Alan Linzey, Esq., Executive Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund March 28, 2013—To protect small … more

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PA DEP cancels meeting re: water testing report deficiencies

From Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth, 2/4/13, re: DEP Secretary cancels meeting with environmental organizations Berks Gas Truth was one of 12 organizations scheduled to meet with water testing specialists at the invitation of Secretary Michael Krancer. The invitation came in … more

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Community Bill of Rights Strategy

From CELDF, 11/8/12: Three communities banned shale gas drilling and fracking on Election Day, Nov 6, 2012, adopting Community Bill of Rights charter amendments. Mansfield and Broadview Heights, OH, and Ferguson Township, PA, asserted their rights to clean air and … more

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