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Re: Free Town Project (Barrington, Plymouth etc)
« Reply #180 on: March 17, 2018, 02:51:41 pm »

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(See "unrelated" video at bottom.)

Press Release: Historic Vote on Community Rights State Constitutional Amendment in NH Legislature
Mar 16, 2018

One-third of state legislature supports Community Rights Amendment; momentum building to advance rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Michelle Sanborn, New Hampshire Community Organizer
www.celdf.org
michelle@celdf.org
603-524-2468

CONCORD, NH: Yesterday, the New Hampshire House debated and voted on CACR19, the NH Community Rights Amendment, which received one-third of the legislators’ support. This is the first Community Rights state constitutional amendment considered by a state legislature, signifying the growing support for Community Rights that is building across the U.S. Similar state amendments are advancing as citizen initiatives in Ohio and Oregon.

Community Rights is growing as communities across the country face harmful corporate projects such as fracking, pipelines, high-tower electrical transmission lines, and landfills. These projects are forced into towns against the will of the people due to corporate claimed “rights” and state preemption.

In response, communities are partnering with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to draft Community Rights laws. Community Rights includes democratic rights to local community self-government, and environmental rights to clean air, water, and soil. The laws elevate these rights above corporate claimed “rights” and state preemption. Nearly 200 communities across the U.S. have worked with CELDF to draft and advance rights-based laws. Today, through statewide Networks, residents are driving Community Rights to the state level.

CACR19 was drafted by the New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN), with assistance from CELDF. The amendment recognizes the authority of people in towns throughout the state to enact local laws protecting individual and Community Rights, free from corporate interference and state preemption. That authority includes the right to protect the natural environment.
The amendment was sponsored by House Representative Ellen Read of Rockingham, District 17, and received bi-partisan co-sponsorship from eight additional representatives from districts across the state.

Representative Read declared, “This marks a significant day in the growing Community Rights movement, and I am pleased that 112 legislators understand the importance of recognizing the people’s right to govern their communities. We are the public servants. It is our job to place the people’s amendment on the ballot and let the people decide. CACR19 will be back!”
CELDF’s Community Rights Organizer and the NHCRN’s president Michelle Sanborn responded, “We know from prior people’s movements that fundamental change comes from persistent, unrelenting pressure. As corporate threats grow, we are encouraged by the strong support received from Representative Read and her colleagues. The House’s growing support of the people’s right to vote serves as an inspiration for more communities to join the New Hampshire Community Rights Movement. Indeed, it already has!”

New Hampshire Part of Growing Movement
New Hampshire residents are advancing Community Rights as part of the broader Community Rights movement building across the U.S. Local communities and state Community Rights Networks are partnering with CELDF to advance and protect fundamental democratic and environmental rights. They are working with CELDF to establish Community Rights and the Rights of Nature in law, and prohibit extraction, fracking, factory farming, water privatization, and other industrial activities as violations of those rights. Communities are joining together within and across states, working with CELDF to advance systemic change – recognizing our existing system of law and governance as inherently undemocratic and unsustainable.

Additional Information
For additional information regarding Community Rights, contact CELDF at info@celdf.org. To learn about the New Hampshire Community Rights Network, visit www.nhcommunityrights.org. Select Boards and citizens interested in supporting the New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment may contact Michelle Sanborn at michelle@celdf.org.

About CELDF — Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit, public interest law firm providing free and affordable legal services to communities facing threats to their local environment, local agriculture, local economy, and quality of life. Its mission is to build sustainable communities by assisting people to assert their right to local self-government and the rights of nature.


Unrelated Video: Fed up with the state of the World? You Can Start Your Own Town
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgjeCUh4Jjk
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Re: Free Town Project (Barrington, Plymouth etc)
« Reply #181 on: March 21, 2018, 04:30:10 pm »

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(See recent article above about CELDF efforts in NH for local sovereignty.)

Mahoning Board of Elections Blocks Youngstown Drinking Water Protection Initiative from May ballot; community turns to Ohio Supreme Court
https://celdf.org/2018/03/press-release-mahoning-board-of-elections-defies-supreme-court/

Lafayette, CO may again consider legalizing anti-fracking civil disobedience
http://www.dailycamera.com/lafayette-news/ci_31745804/lafayette-may-again-consider-legalizing-anti-fracking-civil

Oregon aerial herbicide spray ban not eligible for May election ballot, jackass judge rules
http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/36529032-75/proposed-lane-county-aerial-herbicide-spray-ban-not-eligible-for-may-election-ballot-judge-rules.html.csp#

Democracy School: pass ordinances against Corporate Rights, Dillon's Rule, Pre-emption
Part 2-5 https://youtu.be/GaAgpu6-TnY

Other local sovereignty news
https://celdf.org/category/news/community-wires/

State Law: Adoption of Emergency Temporary Zoning and Planning [Authoritarian BS]
https://law.justia.com/codes/new-hampshire/2016/title-lxiv/chapter-675/section-675-4-a

NH Cities & Towns Data
http://www.city-data.com/city/New-Hampshire.html
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Re: Free Town Project (Barrington, Plymouth etc)
« Reply #182 on: March 28, 2018, 12:27:03 pm »

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(In case you missed them, the previous 2 posts are also very recent.)

CELDF Democracy School Curriculum
(This is what their introductory class covers to help people understand the legal hurdles they need to overcome in order to help achieve Local Sovereignty. See especially the Themes.)
https://celdf.org/how-we-work/education/democracy-school/democracy-school-curriculum/

See also: http://www.nhcommunityrights.org/ and http://CELDF.org

DAY ONE
Section “A”
_Our Work Within the Regulatory System: What is Law and How is it Used
Curriculum Selections
* Roanoke Times and World News, Smithfield Says State Miscounted the Extent of its Water Pollution (1997).
* Jane Anne Morris, Help! I’ve Been Colonized and I Can’t Get Up (1998).
* Edward Bernays, Propaganda (1928).
* Intro to Bernays.
* John C. Stauber and Sheldon Rampton, A R.O.S.E. By Any Other Name.
* Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production
* PennAg Industries Association, Changing Our Image of Farming.
* Regulatory Triangles.
* Gordon Lafer, Ph.D., Free and Fair? How Labor Law Fails U.S. Democratic Election Standards.
* Kazis and Grossman, Fear at Work (1982).
* Cyclopedic Law Dictionary: Definition of Law.
* J. Allen Smith, The Spirit of American Government.
* Philip S. Foner, Ph.D, The Complete Writings of Thomas Paine.
* The Putney Debates, The Levellers.
THEMES
_The regulatory system guarantees that the environment will be damaged, that the system actually permits it to occur, and that the system is built to recognize certain constitutional constraints.
_Our “engaging in the regulatory system”, while limiting some of the harms done by corporations, cannot achieve the types of change we need, and that we are colonized to believe that it actually can.
_Our thinking is colonized not only by the law – which establishes certain constraints that deny us the goals of our activism – but that our thinking is colonized by a culture that is created by those who benefit from the way that the system operates.
_On the issue of land application of sewage sludge, we’ve been colonized that a bad is a good, through language used to frame the issue.
_On the issue of the corporatization of agriculture, we’ve been colonized that a bad is a good, through language used to frame the issue.
_Both the regulatory system of law and the culture produce a system of activism that cannot stop a corporate minority from governing community majorities, and that the regulatory system of law and culture effectively drives us like cattle down to a point of activism where we cannot win the issue that we’re working on.
_A regulatory system of law governs employer-employee relationships, and that regulatory system of law codifies the rights of the employer over the employee.
_Regulatory systems of law were created not to protect health, safety, and welfare, but as a governmental barrier to prevent majority governance.
_The traditional use of the regulatory system of law, and the operation of today’s regulatory agencies, are not mistakes or errors, but a logical use of the law to assert minority control over majorities.
Law itself has a long history of being used by a minority to govern, that it was used by William the Conqueror to create an English structure of law; and that the mere existence of Constitutions does not guarantee democratic government.
_Throughout history, there have always been people who have seen that illegitimate structure of governance, and demanded something else, like the English Levelers and Diggers in the 1600’s.

DAY TWO
Section “B”
_Colonialism:  Replicating the English Structure of Law and Culture Across the Globe and in the American Colonies
Curriculum Selections
* W.E. DuBois, The World and Africa
* Ronald Segal, The Black Diaspora (Wealth of the Indies).
* The Bull Inter Caetera (Alexander VI), May 4, 1493.
* Charter of Charles II to William Penn  (March 4, 1681).
* Thomas Paine on Corporations and Charters in “The Right of Man”.
* Robert A. Williams, Jr., The American Indian in Western Legal Thought.
* Clarence J. Glacken, Traces on the Rhodian Shore
* Professor Laxman D. Satya, The British Empire, Ecology and Famines in the Late 19th Century Central India
* Printed by John More, Esq, The Lawes Resolutions of Womens Rights: or, the Lawes Provision for Woemen
* Harvey Wish, American Slave Insurrections Before 1861.(Joanne Grant, Black Protest, History Documents, and Analyses).
* Anne Farrow, Joel Lang, and Jenifer Frank, Complicity.
THEMES
_Western Europeans colonized other countries through various means of legally sanctioned violence and terror.
_The English colonized the Caribbean through various means of violence and terror.
_The Church intervened repeatedly to legalize and authorize state colonialism.
_The English colonized America through the use of corporate charters which transferred full governing authority to one or several men, and that charters are, in reality, instruments of exclusion.
_The English Structure of Law was positioned to recognize the legality of colonizing “discovered” lands, and that the American Indians were dispossessed of lands through that legal sanction.
_The English Structure of Law viewed nature as a resource to be used, and thus, that it was man’s rightful role to subjugate, dominate and manage nature; and that through colonialism, the English imposed that view and forcibly eliminated those cultures that sustainably used natural systems.
_The English Structure of Law treated African-Americans as property, leading to a system of slavery as the dominant economic institution both north and south, and that imposition of that understanding led to thousands of slave revolts prior to the Civil War in the United States.
_The English Structure of law treated women as property.
 
Section “C”
_The American Revolutionaries Rebel Against the English Structure of Law and Culture
Curriculum Selections
* Sons of Liberty of New York, The ALARM (1773).
* Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writing of Thomas Paine [pdf].
* Declaration of Independence (1776).
* Ralph Barton Parry, Puritanism and Democracy (1964) (Earl Latham, The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution).
* Articles of Confederation (1777).
THEMES
_Early colonists understood that English colonialism, carried out by multinational trading corporations chartered by England, resulted in the actions taken by Parliament against the American colonies.
_Some revolutionaries understood that solving their problem meant replacing the English structure of law and culture, and transforming the chartered corporate colonies from property to constitutionalized states, and that the corporate form must be subordinated to the governance of the people.
_That understanding led to the declaration of a new theory of governance, expounded as part of the Declaration of Independence, that people have inherent rights and create governments to secure and protect those rights, and that when government fails to secure and protect those rights, is the duty of people to abolish that government.
_The authorship and release of the Declaration of Independence was illegal.
_The colonists drafted a First Constitution, the Articles of Confederation, and those Articles envisioned a decentralized confederation of the States that retained local governing authority.
_Lack of a centralized, preemptive federal government created delays for those engaged in multi-state commerce, and that Washington’s incorporation of the Potomac Company spotlighted those problems.

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Re: Free Town Project (Barrington, Plymouth etc)
« Reply #183 on: March 28, 2018, 12:27:32 pm »

(Cont.) (Start at previous post.)

Section “D”
_Betraying the Revolution: A Minority Replicates the English Structure of Law Through the Adoption of the U.S. Constitution
Curriculum Selections
* Thomas P. Slaughter, The Whiskey Rebellion.
* The Mount Vernon Conference, The Annapolis Convention, and the End of the First Constitution. [pdf]
* Robert L. Schuyler, The Constitution of the United States (1923) (Earl Latham, The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution).
* Matt Wuerker and Peter Kellman, The Closed-Door Constitutional Convention (2001)
* Vernon Louis Parrington, Main Currents in American Thought (1927).
* Reported by James Madison, Notes of the Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787.
* Richard Grossman, Anti-Federalists Speak: Property vs. Democracy in 1787.
* The United States Constitution (1789).
THEMES
_The Mount Vernon Conference was convened to solve the problems encountered by the Potomac Company, and the Conference led to the Annapolis Convention, which sent a report to Congress urging for a broader meeting to be held in Philadelphia.
_Delegates to the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention were a select group representing property-owning white males, that the proceedings were secret and sentries were positioned at the doors, that Madison and Randolph presented the Virginia Plan on the first day, and that minutes of the Convention were not released for over 53 years.
_Most of the delegates viewed democracy as rule by the rabble, and called for the crafting of a Constitution that enabled a minority to govern, and which protected the property of the minority from majority governance.
_There were a group of people called the anti-federalists who understood what the delegates were attempting, and attempted to stop the ratification of the Constitution.
_The Constitution is an anti-majoritarian, slave document that established a minority-rule, slave state.
 
Section “E”
_The Second American Revolution: Abolitionists and Women’s Rights Agitators Lead a Revolt Against the Constitution
Curriculum Selections
* William Lloyd Garrison, Moral Law Higher Than the Constitution (The Perfectionists: Radical Social Thought in the North, 1815-1860).
* Truman Nelson, Documents of Upheaval.
* Henry Wilson, Rise and Fall of the Slave Power in America.
* Howard Jay Graham, Everyman’s Constitution.
* Civil War Amendments.
* Michael Ken Curtis, Connecticut Law Review.
* W.E.B. DuBois, Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880.
* Peter Kellman, Building Unions.
* Richard Grossman, Then What Happened?
* John R. Howard, The Shifting Wind.
* Civil Rights Cases.
* Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162 (1874).
* Breaking Unjust Laws: An Account of the Proceedings on the Trial of Susan B. Anthony on the Charge of Illegal Voting.
THEMES
_The Abolitionists launched a frontal attack on the Constitution as a slave document, and that the Abolitionists used the Declaration of Independence as the foundation for that attack.
_The Abolitionists were forced to dismantle the popular American Colonization Society, which called for the expatriation of slaves to slave colonies, because their goals were not the goals of the Abolitionists.
_The Abolitionists and Radical Republicans drove the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments into the Constitution following the Civil War.
The Abolitionists saw those Amendments as the beginning of a constitutional revolution, to replace a slave Constitution with a rights Constitution.
_Southern and northern business interests reunited after the Civil War, and with the election of Hayes, pulled the federal troops out of the south and brought them north to put down labor uprisings.
_The United States Supreme Court concocted legal theories that withdrew the protections of the Amendments from African-Americans in the South.
_That women attempted to enforce the guarantees of those Amendments and were denied, and that suffragists broke the law as part of their efforts to drive universal suffrage into the Constitution.
 
Section “F”
_Building a Corporate State: A Minority Uses the Constitution to Override Community Self-Government
Curriculum Selections
* Model Brief on Corporate “Rights”
* Jane Anne Morris, Gaveling Down The Rabble.
* Peter Kellman, You’ve Hard of Santa Clara, Now Meet Dartmouth.
* Dartmouth Chart
* Jon Teaford, Municipal Charters.
* John Forrest Dillion, LL.D., Commentaries on the Law of Municipal Corporations.
* Ben Price, The Corporate Counter-Revolution Chart.
* Arthur Selwyn Miller, The Modern Corporate State (1976).
THEMES
_Accumulations of property and capital, in the form of the corporation, have been given constitutional “rights” and protections over the past one hundred and thirty years.
_As early as 1819, corporations were recognized as being protected by the Contracts Clause of the Constitution, making their corporate charters exempt from unilateral authority exercised by the State seeking to change the charter.
_Even though private corporations and municipal corporations are both corporations, that separate sets of law have evolved which empower private corporations but keep municipal corporations under very strict State control.
_The system of law guarantees that the rights of private corporations and their decision-makers will almost always trump the rights of communities, even though municipal corporations ostensibly represent “we the people.”
_The system of law does not recognize a right of local self-government, but that municipalities are wholly controlled by State governments, as a parent/child relationship.
_The Commerce Clause has been used by corporations and the courts to strip state and municipal governments of lawmaking in the area of commerce, and that major environmental, labor, and civil rights laws were passed under the authority of that Clause.
_The accumulation of rights for corporate minorities combined with the corporate grip on culture, has resulted in the creation of a Corporate State.
 
Section “G”
_Shaping a Movement: Communities Assert Local Self-Governance in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia and Beyond
Curriculum Selections
* The Pennsylvania Story
* Strategic “Boxes” – Reframing Single Issues, Adopting Rights-Based Local Law, Drawing the “right response” from the Corporate State, and Building larger Coalitions
* Home Rule, Local Constitutions, and Building Community Government from Rights, as a Foundation
* The Rights of Nature
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Re: Free Town Project (Floating Islands)
« Reply #184 on: May 18, 2018, 02:52:34 pm »

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There was a short discussion of floating islands a few years ago here:
https://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=26558.0

I just posted an update there on the following new article, that explains a real plan for floating islands with their own governments, currency etc. The discussion above covered a cheap low-tech method of making your own floating island with plastic bottles in nets with plyboard or other planking over them and with mangrove trees around the edges. These trees can grow without rooting in soil, just water, so they would help buoy the island. Here's the new article, which involves a 50 million dollar investment, but I prefer cheap low-tech.

Floating island will have own government, cryptocurrency, 300 houses
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/realestate/floating-island-will-have-own-government-cryptocurrency-300-houses/ar-AAxsyA1?ocid=spartanntp

NH has a very short coastline, so it might be hard to get floating islands there, but Maine has a long coastline. The islands would likely need to be a few miles out and would need to be well anchored or have self-propulsion. The gulf stream might keep it warm enough for the mangrove trees to survive there.
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