Monthly Archives: May 2015

Whistleblower Videos Reveal Helicopter Spraying Workers with Weed Killers

By Rob Davis | The Oregonian/OregonLive

“Each year, helicopters spray weed killers on more than 165 square miles of Oregon timberland, an area larger than the city of Portland. They do it under the West Coast’s weakest regulations.”

“Last year, state records show, another Applebee pilot allowed weed killers to drift 400 feet into a neighbor’s front yard during a Seneca Jones spray operation in Douglas County. Several people complained of being sickened. The pilot and the company were each penalized $407.”

Read the story updated May 22, 2015 at OregonLive

Wrestling Local Power from Corporate Control

Join Community Rights Lane County for a presentation about how local communities are fighting corporations around the country from the President of the National Community Rights Network Cliff Willmeng, CELDF lawyer Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin, and Ann Kneeland.

This workshop presentation will explore provocative issues around democracy, the power of the corporate state, and communities’ rightful role in local decision-making. We’ll look at how the legal system presently subordinates communities and ecosystems to corporations, and how to change this.

Friday, May 22nd
6:30 – 8:30 PM
LCC Downtown Room 105

Community Rights Lane County

HB 3212 Undermines Laws Meant To Protect Family & Organic Farmers

A year ago this month, voters in Jackson County – led by local family farmers trying to protect their crops from GMO contamination – voted overwhelmingly to ban genetically engineered crops from being cultivated within their borders. This landslide win was a victory for grassroots activists and a rebuke for Monsanto and other corporations that spent BIG money to defeat the measure.

But now, a sneaky new bill, HB 3212, is moving through the state legislature that would undermine Jackson County’s trailblazing legislation. It gives the same industrial farm interests that fought GMO labeling the right to sue counties, cities and the state for “compensation” due to important laws that protect the environment and the public.

Groups representing family farmers, such as Friends of Family Farmers and Our Family Farms Coalition, are opposing HB 3212 since it would also undermine laws meant to protect family farmers and organic farmers from being damaged by industrial agricultural practices. Laws protecting family farmers from GMO-contamination or pesticide over-spraying, for example, would be undermined by HB 3212.

The bill has already passed the Oregon House and could soon be considered by the State Senate.

We need all hands on deck to fight this damaging legislation. Click here to find the phone number and email of your State Senator. Then, ask them to OPPOSE HB 3212 since it doesn’t protect the public, family farmers, or the environment!

Hands Across the Sand

Surfrider Foundation – Newport Chapter

May 16, Hands Across the Sand. Gather at Don Davis Park in Newport, Oregon to say NO to offshore oil drilling and YES to clean energy. This gathering will be one of hundreds of synchronized events taking place globally to raise awareness about the dangers of fossil fuels and the need to speed the transition to clean energy solutions.

Surfrider Formation of the human ‘line in the sand’ at 11:30, then at noon, join hands for 15 minutes.

Please RSVP… Details.

This gathering will be one of hundreds of synchronized events taking place globally to raise awareness about the dangers of fossil fuels and the need to speed the transition to clean energy solutions. ands Across the Sand is about embracing energy sources that will sustain our planet. A clean energy policy is the path to job growth, a vibrant economic future, and long-term energy independence. New clean energy, in combination with reduced consumption, will help us break our addiction to fossil fuels.

Corporate Pesticide Use is More Protected than People’s Health

Every year in Oregon, including here in Lincoln County, millions of pounds of toxic chemicals are sprayed on our forests despite of the impacts to the health and quality of life for people and ecosystems.

Come learn why this is legal, how the state protects the rights of corporations over those of people and nature, and most importantly, how communities in Oregon and other states are changing the rules of the game. They are squaring up against the corporate harms and taking back their rights to health, resiliency, and greater democracy for people and nature.

Join us for a 90-minute presentation and discussion with Kai Huschke, Northwest Organizer, of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

Location: Yachats Commons, Room 3
Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 6:30 P.M.

Workshop Provides Tools and Insight

Kai Huschke, Northwest Organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund led nearly twenty participants through a 3 hour Democracy School at the Newport Public Library.

Hour 1 – Audio Download – MP3

Hour 2 – Audio Download – MP3

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, the local economy, and quality of life.  CELDF’s mission is to build sustainable communities by assisting people to assert their right to local self-government and the rights of nature.

The primary focus of the condensed workshop included:

  • Why we have a corporate dominated, state-assisted structure of law
  • How it looks when communities try to find remedy within that system
  • What communities are doing to reclaim their rights for the sake of health and democracy for people, communities, and nature
  • How Oregon counties are moving “community bills of rights” to protect communities and move them towards sustainability

Please let us know if you are interested in further discussion of the workshop by contacting María Sause at, or by calling 541-961-6385.

Democracy School is dedicated to the memory of Daniel Pennock, a 17-year-old boy from Berks County, Pennsylvania, who died in 1995 after being exposed involuntarily to land applied sewage sludge. Daniel’s parents, Antoinette and Russell Pennock, have traveled across Pennsylvania to end the practice of sludge disposal by which waste management corporations reap massive profits hauling and spreading sludge on farmland. Their work has inspired ours. (CELDF)