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Grant Township Wins Key Motions

The township is battling the gas industry in court. The township is defending its right to ban frack injection wells. The industry is seeking to overturn that ban. Here’s an August 11, 2016 CELDF press release updating the situation. Grant … more

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Raw Milk

2016: Raw Milk – Battling Criminalization 1- Update: Court Hearing Results in the Amos Miller case: From Amos Miller on Jun 30, 2016 at 9:55am: Some of you may be wondering what the results of last week’s hearing were so … more

Posted in Agriculture, Community – Government & Rights, Justice System, Law & Legislation |

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 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 |

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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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

Posted in Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Environment & Ecosystems, Renewable Energy, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Stewardship | Tagged , , ,

Allentown incinerator plan – Documents

Waste Incinerator in Allentown – Documents Documents related to the waste incinerator to be built in downtown Allentown: Documents from the Sierra Club and other experts: Al Wurth – March 6 message to Allentown City Council Sierra Club letter to … more

Posted in Air, Community – Government & Rights, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Place & Infrastructure, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Who’s to blame for Greece’s bankruptcy?

True Crime Finance Stories —by Greg Palast In These Times | November 17, 2011 Who’s to blame for the implosion of Greece—and the global economy? On May 5, 2010, I open up the Wall Street Journal and I could puke. There … more

Posted in Banking & Financial, Community – Empowerment, Community – Government & Rights, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, The World |

Corporate Pledge of Allegiance

[by Robert Reich – Tuesday, November 8, 2011] Despite what the Supreme Court and Mitt Romney say, corporations aren’t people. (I’ll believe they are when Georgia and Texas start executing them.) The Court thinks corporations have First Amendment rights to spend … more

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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 vs. Free Trade, Minority Rights, Workers' Rights |