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Echoes from the 1960s

Billionaire George Soros recently warned that the world capitalist system faced the potential of massive street violence—if not collapse. Mainstream discourse has failed to give due credence to the most widely shared argument of Occupiers: our democracy is broken, corporations … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Civil Liberties, Community – Empowerment, Community Rights, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Human Rights, Media, Quality of Life, Social Justice |

Protecting the Interests of the People

When the residents of Lynn Township, Lehigh County discovered E.coli in their water wells, they approached their township supervisors, asking them to tell a local farmer to stop using fertilizer made from treated sewage sludge that goes by the green- … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Community Rights, Energy, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Land Use, Pipelines, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Unsustainable Energy, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Don’t Harm the Messenger

I’m honored to have the opportunity to share with you a brief exploration of what life is like in SouthSide Bethlehem, where I live and call home. While there are many who are active voices in this community, few seem … more

Posted in Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Community Rights, Discrimination, Youth Development |

Occupy Wall Street’s Moral Ground

By Kathleen Moore in Yes! Magazine, November 1, 2011] Much of the Occupy movement’s power comes from a simple moral message: It’s wrong to wreck the world. It’s wrong to wreck the health and hopes of others. The Occupy Wall … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Banking & Financial, Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Environmental Justice, Fair Trade, Minority Rights, Workers' Rights |

Wilkinsburg PA Adopts Community Rights Ordinance That Bans Gas Drilling

Tuesday, July 20, 2011 – By a unanimous vote, the Borough Council of Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, adopted ordinance number 28-70 that enacts an enforceable Local Bill of Rights, along with a prohibition on natural gas extraction to protect those … more

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Chambersburg Declaration & Community Rights Networking

Alliance Resolution in Support of the Chambersburg Declaration and the Community Rights Work of CELDF The Steering Committee of the Alliance for Sustainable Communities-Lehigh Valley endorses the Chambersburg Declaration of February 20, 2010 and the community rights work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund … more

Posted in Community Rights, Corporate Personhood, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth |

Rights of Nature

As the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) points out in discussing its “Rights of Nature” work, environmental laws “regulating how much pollution or destruction of nature can occur under law”, are actually permitting the environmental harms to occur. CELDF’s approach takes … more

Posted in Community Rights, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Sustainability & Business, Systemic Approaches |

Earth Charter

The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for … more

Posted in Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Discrimination, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fair Trade, Food, Human Rights, Justice System, Migration, Nonviolence, Precautionary Principle, Production For Need, Schools & Learning, Stewardship, Sustainability Education, Sustainabilty & Health, Systemic Approaches, Violence Against Women, Workers' Rights |

Testing Mother Nature’s Limits at Our Expense

by Martin Boksenbaum — Is it just me or does it seem to you too that those in control—of industry, food production, energy systems, land development, planet and animal genetic patents, and us too—are testing Mother Nature’s limits? What can … more

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