The petition initiative blocked by the State for ballot qualification that would curb corporate power will be heard on Thursday, November 10th Eight months since easily collecting the required number of sponsorship signatures for the Right of Local Community Self-Government constitutional amendment, the petition initiative still cannot collect signatures to […]
Why do we need community rights?
Today corporations have more power to decide the future and fate of communities than the people in those communities. Corporations are legally protected and have greater “rights” over people, communities, and the environment that permits them to:
- Build LNG pipelines
- Spray toxic pesticides
- Grow GMOs
- Gentrify neighborhoods
- Factory farm animals
- Take private property for corporate use
- Silence workers
- Transport unwanted coal and oil
- Maintain poverty wages
Over the last four years in Oregon, county-level community rights efforts have been underway to confront an array of corporate projects from LNG pipelines to pesticides to GMOs to coal and oil trains. In each community the aim has been to adopt a Community Bill of Rights law that secures the rights of the people and nature over that of unwanted corporate harms. Oregon communities join over 200 communities in nine states who have adopted community rights laws. But statewide constitutional change is necessary in order to give these local community rights laws the legal protections they need to withstand the all-but-certain legal challenges that corporations will mount against them.
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Oregonians for Community Rights filed the Right of Local Self Government Amendment with the Secretary of State and submitted the 1000 sponsorship signatures required for them to review the amendment. As expected, they rejected the amendment as unconstitutional. They say it would need to be run as multiple amendments and […]
Oregonians for Community Rights (OR4CR) submitted over 1,300 sponsorship signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State to begin the signature collection process to qualify the Right of Local Community Self-Government constitutional amendment for the November 2016 ballot. This amendment is all about democratizing our communities. That means having the authority […]
Oregonians for Community Rights (OR4CR) submitted over 1,300 sponsorship signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State to begin the signature collection process to qualify the Right of Local Community Self-Government constitutional amendment for the ballot. The amendment would codify into law the right of local community self-government, enabling the people […]