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Community Bills of Rights

Seen as community-building and community-run efforts, community bills of rights efforts are collaborative organizational structures that can engage, empower, and enable people, communities, and movement organizations to take action, especially if it works synergistically with the other collaborative organizational structures.

The strategy of community bills of rights is “to turn the system upside down” using an “open, direct, and frontal challenge” to what now masquerades as democracy in order to create a new system which would “elevate the rights of people, communities, and nature above the ‘rights’ currently claimed by corporations and their decision-makers. Such a transformation would restore the original American revolutionary concept—embedded into all of our state constitutions—that ‘we the people’ are the source of all political authority.” (Quotes are from Thomas Linzey, “Introduction”, On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States, 2015: 7-8)