(See Why We Must Change the NH Constitution
in previous recent post)
Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Prylnj4NQ8
Community Rights educator Paul Cienfuegos explains how "We The People" are exercising the authority to govern ourselves and dismantle corporate rule. When small farmers in rural Pennsylvania wanted to say "no" to a corporate factory farm coming into their community, they learned they couldn't, because it would violate the corporation's "rights" and state pre-emption laws. So they did something technically illegal - their town passed an innovative ordinance banning corporate factory farming. It worked! The corporation left town. Pittsburgh upshifted the approach: Rather than define what we don't want, define what we DO want. Their "Right to Water" stopped natural gas fracking in the city. Ordinances like this have been passed in over 150 communities in 9 states. Tune in to learn how this works. Episode 258. [ http://paulcienfuegos.com
, YouTube channel "Community Rights TV" and http://communityrightspdx.org
Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 2
- "I'm not aware of any other social movement going on in the US today that has the power to challenge and win against corporate rule, push back and dismantle corporate rights, and enshrine rights for actual human beings," asserts Community Rights educator and organizer Paul Cienfuegos.
- Local Community Rights ordinances are not only stripping "rights" from corporations, but asserting that nature has rights. Two Oregon counties have submitted a "Right to Local Food Systems" ordinance which forbids genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and protects heritage seeds. Even more, it asserts the right to fully-functioning natural communities, even requiring a corporation to restore whatever it has disrupted.
- Are these ordinances being challenged? Yes they are, but Paul explains how corporation leaders who want to sue are forced to do so on the community's terms - a brilliant strategy. Episode 259. [paulcienfuegos.com, celdf.org, YouTube channel "Community Rights TV", communityrightspdx.org]
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The Right of Local Self-Government: This is What Democracy (Actually) Looks Likehttp://paulcienfuegos.com/right-local-self-government-what-democracy-actually-looks
- The colonists struggle with British rule illustrates how community self- government took shape as the foundation of the American system of constitutional law.
- [Error:] We believe that if a local community majority cannot exercise its authority to protect its own health and welfare, then we cannot honestly claim that we live in a democratic society [Error: We live in a Republic, not a Democracy; majorities have no more right to rule than minorities; Supermajority Rule is best for all].
Home Rule Charters as Models of Enshrining Community Rights into Local Law-Makinghttp://paulcienfuegos.com/home-rule-charters-models-enshrining-community-rights-local-law-making
The Cancer Industrial Complex & the Profitable Misery It Causes – Here’s What We Must Do (Part 6 of 6)http://paulcienfuegos.com/cancer-now-1-killer-22-states-%E2%80%93-here%E2%80%99s-what-we-must-do-part-6-6
The Supreme Court: Acting as our King & Inventing corporate "rights" (Part 6) http://paulcienfuegos.com/supreme-court-acting-our-king-inventing-corporate-rights-part-6
Why do We the People allow corporate crime to be regulated instead of being outlawed?http://paulcienfuegos.com/why-do-we-people-allow-corporate-crime-be-regulated-instead-being-outlawed
'Demand Progress' falls short in its defense of Net Neutralityhttp://paulcienfuegos.com/demand-progress-falls-short-its-defense-net-neutrality-0
Labor Must Challenge Corporate Rulehttp://paulcienfuegos.com/labor-must-challenge-corporate-rule
State Preemption vs the Right of Local Governments to Protect Our Health & Welfare: Colorado Makes Historyhttp://paulcienfuegos.com/state-preemption-vs-right-local-governments-protect-our-health-welfare-colorado-makes-history
Why is Corporate Destruction of Our Planet Fully Protected Under Law, While Our Opposition is Either Ineffective or Illegal?http://paulcienfuegos.com/why-corporate-destruction-our-planet-fully-protected-under-law-while-our-opposition-either-ineffecti
Imagining a MASSIVE Shift of Activism from National to Localhttp://paulcienfuegos.com/imagining-massive-shift-activism-national-local
Taking OUR Local Mass Media Back From Large Corporationshttp://paulcienfuegos.com/taking-our-local-mass-media-back-large-corporations
[M]ost Americans, regardless of their political party, age, gender, or location, are extremely concerned about the corporatization of our society and its media, and are capable of working together - across ideological boundaries - to insist that our local mainstream media in every American community become responsive to the people of that place, or be replaced by a locally controlled institution better suited to meet their needs.
Imagining a City Where Renters & Property Owners Enjoy Fully Equal Rights Under Lawhttp://paulcienfuegos.com/imagining-city-where-renters-property-owners-enjoy-fully-equal-rights-under-law
Reclaiming Our Historic Authority: How "We the People" Once Defined and Controlled Corporations…http://paulcienfuegos.com/node/27
Paradigm Shift: Challenging Corporate Authority 2000http://paulcienfuegos.com/node/19
An Interview with Don Wedll about Native American Lawmakinghttp://paulcienfuegos.com/interview-don-wedll-about-native-american-lawmaking
An Interview with Winona LaDuke about Real Native Sovereignty http://paulcienfuegos.com/interview-winona-laduke-about-real-native-sovereignty
Imagining What We Might Achieve if Conservation groups & Labor unions & ...http://paulcienfuegos.com/imagining-what-we-might-achieve-if-conservation-groups-labor-unions-social-justice-groups-neighborho
Let’s Start Thinking About "Law" in a Whole New Way in historical Indigenous societies, laws that were unjust or illegitimate were not even considered law at allhttp://paulcienfuegos.com/let%E2%80%99s-start-thinking-about-law-whole-new-way
Tired of fake organic food and phony eco-forestry lumber? Get ready for marijuana – brought to you by Monsanto Corporation!http://paulcienfuegos.com/tired-fake-organic-food-and-phony-eco-forestry-lumber-get-ready-marijuana-%E2%80%93-brought-you-monsanto-cor
A Community Bill of Rights TEMPLATE for Portland, Oregonhttp://paulcienfuegos.com/community-bill-rights-template-portland-oregon
The Community Rights Movement and the Arc of Nonviolent Social Changehttp://paulcienfuegos.com/community-rights-movement-and-arc-nonviolent-social-change
Organizers Training for the Community Rights Movement http://paulcienfuegos.com/organizers-training-community-rights-movement-0
The Mondragon Cooperative Experience: A Model for Richmond, California?http://paulcienfuegos.com/node/60
Monroe, Maine rejects corporate personhood on June 14th at its annual Town Meetinghttp://paulcienfuegos.com/node/52
(Model) Resolution to Free Democracy from Corporate Controlhttp://paulcienfuegos.com/node/47
A Core List of Books for Dismantling Corporate Rulehttp://paulcienfuegos.com/node/37
The day some Seattle teachers said "NO" to standardized tests
The teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle continue to refuse to administer an absolutely ridiculous test to their students. The story about the teachers' unanimous decision has spread like wildfire to other schools across the country. In New York, 150 school principals co-signed a letter saying they are in full agreement. The Student Union's of many cities are organizing walk-outs on tests. The Garfield teachers cannot afford to lose this high-stakes battle for the future of public education. Shall we have corporate-run charter schools? Or can we somehow manage to reverse this ugly trend? Here's a very impressive 21-minute documentary to watch and share widely: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/03/13/the-day-some-seattle-teachers-said-no-to-standardized-tests/
. And then ask yourself: can we afford to continue to resist one corporate/state assault on our public education system after another, or is it perhaps time for us to draft, city by town, a legally-binding locally-enforceable Community Bill of Rights that frees our public schools from ALL corporate influence, and puts ALL key decision-making back in the hands of the parents, teachers, students, and local government? No, this is not a pipe dream. The Community Rights PDX group has drafted just such a plank as part of our Community Bill of Rights template.
These Seattle Teachers Boycotted Standardized Testing—and Sparked a Nationwide Movement http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/education-uprising/pencils-down
Earth At Risk part 4 - Thomas Linzey of the CELDF Explains why the constitution is for Rich Peoplehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjYT-RObWv4
CELDF Community Rights Primer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTr3lr2GQTY
Legal Community Rights To Stop Corporate Exploitationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_inFgYUsKA
1:04:xx States can expand on the Bill of Rights. CELDF promotes similar local expansion and drafts wording of ordinances to prevent challenges from corporations, the state and the federal government. CELDF countersues corporations for seeking to deny a community self-government. Communities are forming Community Rights Networks. A 7 State network is seeking just change at the federal level.