Laying the Groundwork for a People’s Constitutional Convention
Pennsylvania Community Rights Network Launched
Citizens from more than a dozen Pennsylvania counties met in Chambersburg on Saturday, February 20, 2010, to initiate plans to convene a Pennsylvania People’s Constitutional Convention made up of delegates from municipalities across the state.
The Community Rights Network Conference brought together men and women who have struggled for years to assert the rights of citizens to protect the health, safety, environment and quality of life of their communities, only to be met with a barrage of legislative preemptions and threats of corporate lawsuits. “Not one of our 12.5 million Pennsylvanians enjoys the fundamental right to self-government in the communities where they live,” commented Ben Price, Projects Director for the Legal Defense Fund. “In January 2008, attorney general Tom Corbett’s office declared in Commonwealth Court that ‘there is no inalienable right to local self-government.’ Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly think he’s wrong, and it’s time for our Constitution to reflect the will of the people,” Price said.
Press Release: Organizing a Citizen’s Campaign for a People’s Constitutional Convention in Pennsylvania announced.
The Chambersburg Declaration – presents the case for building a community-driven movement for constitutional change guaranteeing local self-governing rights that protect the rights of Pennsylvanians, not just the privileges of corporations.
If you would like to get involved and become a Community Rights Networker, contact the Lehigh Valley Community Rights Network.