Community Solutions: A Conference in Yellow Springs, OH

Community Solutions: A Conference in Yellow Springs, OH October 20, 2017 — October 21, 2017 what’s happening? The Community Solutions conference explores the creation of vibrant, local economies with a radically different paradigm: focusing on meeting real human and ecological needs through our ties to the community and nature. CELDF’s Tish O’Dell leads the breakout session, “How Do We Create a Sustainable Community When We Can’t Stop the Unsustainable?” Sustainability is illegal under our current structure of law and governance. This means that the healthy, just, and vibrant environmental and economic systems so many of us envision are infeasible. How is sustainability illegal? What does that actually mean? And – most importantly – what are we going to do about it? It’s not enough to talk about what we want long for in the places where we live. We must act. In this workshop, O’Dell explores the legal barriers that keep us from realizing what we envision for ourselves and future generations – and what nearly 200 communities are doing about it! Municipalities across the country are a part of the growing Community Rights Movement, changing the legal and governing structures we live under to elevate people, communities, and nature, over inequity, destruction, and profits. when? Friday, October 20th Saturday, October 21st Where? Antioch Midwest 900 Dayton St Yellow Spring, OH 45387 join us! For more information, contact: info@communitysolution.org or 937-767-2161. To register, refer to our conference...

We the People 2.0 in Xenia, OH

We the People 2.0 in Xenia, OH August 27, 2017 what’s happening? Greene County Progressives and Miami Valley Progressive Caucus are hosting We the People 2.0 – The Second American Revolution. Following the screening, CELDF’s Tish O’Dell will facilitate a Q & A session. And on September 23rd, attendees and community members are invited to attend the Ohio Community Rights Workshop. when? Sunday, August 27th, 2:00 p.m. where? Xenia Community Center 1265 W. Second St. Xenia, OH join us! For more information, contact Kim McCarthy at 937-602-2939 or...
Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100

Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100

Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100 Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017, 3:00 pm | By Rural America In These Times In their seventh attempt to put an end to the environmental threats the oil and gas industry pose to their land, water and right to self-governance, a community rights group in Youngstown, Ohio, is attempting to amend their city’s charter in order to ban corporate interference in their local elections. With assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)—a non-profit, public interest law firm that provides legal services to communities facing outside threats to their local environment, local agriculture, local economy and quality of life—the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee has gathered and submitted the signatures required to get the initiative, explained below, on their November ballot. Read...

Sentinel Tribune – Bowling Green, Ohio

Relying on EPA not enough in Nexus fight; local law must be changed Wednesday, August 9, 2017 To the Editor: I’m writing in response to the Aug. 8 article about the mayor’s communications with Ohio EPA. We cannot afford to rely on an oil and gas captured agency like Ohio EPA to save our water from Nexus pipeline. They have set an enticing trap that would waylay us from taking real measures, like changing local law by passing the BG Charter Amendment, to stop Nexus. If we fall for their bait, then the joke will be on us and it will be too late to do anything else to stop the harm. Certainly Ohio EPA won’t come right out in a letter and tell the mayor of Bowling Green that they can’t help city residents or BGSU faculty, staff, students, and parents because that would make them look very bad indeed. In fact it would blow their cover as protectors of our environment. Just imagine what would happen if people started noticing that OEPA is protecting the interests of oil and gas from regular people like us who just want safe water to drink. Read...

Citizen Initiative Removes Corporations from Election Campaigns, Caps Campaign Contributions

Youngstown residents submit signatures for their Community Rights Fair Elections Initiative Aug 7, 2017 Youngstown, OH:  Today, a long-standing community rights group in Youngstown, OH, submitted over 1,900 signatures to qualify their Youngstown Fair Election Bill of Rights initiative for the November ballot. The measure is the first of its kind in the state, limiting campaign contributions to registered voters within the City, and capping those contributions at $100. The Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee drafted the initiative with the support of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). CELDF has been assisting Youngstown residents to advance their democratic and environmental rights since 2013, when residents launched their community rights work to protect themselves from fracking activities. Fracking threatens their drinking water and has caused earthquakes in the area. Read...