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Measure 21-177 Wins!

 Lincoln County Bans Aerial Pesticide Spraying

Measure 21-177 increases its lead to 61 votes, winning a highly contested election.

Newport, Oregon – A majority of voters who returned to sign unsigned ballots approved Measure 21-177, bringing the total vote to 6994 for the ban versus 6933 against it, making the ban on aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County a reality. Thanks to the many people who volunteered and campaigned so valiantly, the vast amounts spent by corporate opponents failed to convince voters that profits are more important than health, safety, and the right to informed consent.

 By this victory, Lincoln County is the first county in the United States to ban aerial spraying of pesticides by the vote of the people. This is not the first time Lincoln County has spoken truth to power and won.

“Back in 1976, folks here put Lincoln County on the map by winning a huge landmark case against the United States government, stopping federal spraying of Agent Orange on our forests and homes and waterways,” said Susan Parker Swift. “Now Lincoln County has done it again. I couldn’t be prouder to share this repeat victory!”

Barbara Davis, co-petitioner of measure 21-177, says our win brought to her mind the following quote by Margaret Mead:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

This election was the first major hurdle Measure 21-177 had to overcome to become a reality. Implementation of the measure, and the obstacles to it that opponents will raise, among them superior “rights” to override the rights of the people, including the people’s right to vote and their constitutional right to safety, are next. Citizens for a Healthy County will continue to meet those challenges, and welcomes all who are willing to join us in the effort.

-Citizens for a Healthy County

 

ANNOUNCEMENT To our many Volunteers and helpers, past, present, and future!

ANNOUNCEMENT

To our many Volunteers and helpers, past, present, and future!

LINCOLN COUNTY COMMUNITY RIGHTS/CITIZENS FOR A HEALTHY COUNTY want to thank and celebrate the many people who helped us gather signatures endorsing our initiative to ban aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County, who donated, who helped publicize our work, or helped us in any other way.  Thanks to your help, our initiative is now Lincoln County Measure 21-177, which will be placed on the May 2017 Ballot.  WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU!!!!

Our campaign begins after January 1, and we are busy planning for it.  We will need all of you again, and more.  We have a whole county to keep in touch with so every voter remembers to vote YES on Measure 21-177 in May of 2017.

Our main reason to invite you to our party is to let you know how thankful we are for your willingness to help and for what you have already done. We also want to welcome new volunteers.  At the same time, we can answer any questions you may have, and hopefully exchange ideas on how to make our campaign the success it needs to be.  PLEASE VOICE YOUR IDEAS!  WE WANT TO HEAR THEM!

JOIN OUR CELEBRATION!  We look forward to seeing you!

There will be food and refreshments

DATE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016

TIME:   6-8 P.M.

PLACE:  THE HOME OF BARBARA DAVIS, LOCATED AT  1235 SW Fairway DR. in Waldport.

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO COME.  WE NEED TO KNOW ON HOW MANY PEOPLE TO COUNT AT THE PARTY.  THANK YOU!!!

For directions to get to Barbara’s house, please write to jibdavis@peak.org

For other questions, please write to mkrausster@gmail.com, or call 541 574 2961

Visit our website at lincolncountycommunityrights.org

State Wide Initiative & Local Campaign

Please review our attorney’s report on the Salem hearing on our state-wide initiative to amend the Constitution of Oregon to give citizens the right to local community self-government in matters that pertain to their fundamental rights.  Remember, we gathered the 1000 qualifying signatures for that initiative about a year ago?  At that time, the state did not authorize us to continue gathering the total number of required signatures for a state-wide initiative, arguing that our initiative did not comply with the single-subject rule, and that the matter was one that needs to bee decided at the legislative level.  Oregonians for Community Rights, the political committee of the Oregon Community Rights Network, which at this point represents 6 active counties, challenged that decision in court, represented by our attorney Ann Kneeland (who also successfully represented us here in Lincoln County in the 2 lawsuits filed by Peter Bregman).  The hearing was long, and there was not enough time to cover all the arguments brought by our attorney or by the State.  There will likely be another hearing on the matter.  What is attached here is Ann Kneeland’s report on what went on at this first hearing.
We are embarked on a long educational project to raise awareness of the fact that we do have a right to local community self-government in matters that pertain to our fundamental rights, and that this right is being thwarted by pre-emption laws in which the State dictates that certain matters can only be decided at the State level, thereby overruling the will of the people, usually in order to protect the rights of corporations to pursue their often harmful projects in our communities.  Our initiative in Lincoln County fits right in with the ORCRN’s state-wide constitutional amentdment effort  by pursuing a BAN ON AERIAL PESTICIDE SPRAYING in our county.  Aerial pesticide spraying violates our fundamental right to safety as stated in Section 1 of the Constitution of Oregon.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT OUR COMMUNITY RIGHTS EFFORTS LOCALLY AND STATE-WIDE GO HAND IN HAND.  ONE BACKS AND ILLUSTRATES THE NEED FOR THE OTHER.
IN LINCOLN COUNTY, WE ARE PREPARING OUR UPCOMING CAMPAIGN TO BAN AERIAL PESTICIDE SPRAYING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY VIA MEASURE 21-177 IN THE MAY 2017 ELECTION.
WE WILL NEED MANY VOLUNTEERS TO SPREAD INFORMATIONAL LEAFLETS IN ALL OUR PRECINCTS.  THIS IS NOT A DIFFICULT JOB, AND IF EVERYONE DOES IT IN THEIR IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORHOOD, WE WILL BE ABLE TO COVER THE COUNTY QUITE WELL.  PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP WITH THIS VERY EASY JOB OF LEAVING INFORMATIONAL LEAFLETS ON THE DOORS OF HOMES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.  THERE WILL BE OTHER WAYS TO HELP ALSO, AND WE WILL LET YOU KNOW AS THE NEED COMES UP.
WE WILL NEED MONEY TO PRINT LARGE AMOUNTS OF LEAFLETS TO SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY, TO PAY FOR ADVERTISING IN THE MEDIA, FOR YARD SIGNS, FOR BUTTONS, TO PUBLISH A LIST OF PEOPLE ENDORSING OUR MEASURE, AND STATEMENTS OF ENDORSEMENT IN THE VOTER’S PAMPHLET  (EACH STATEMENT OF ENDORSEMENT, AND EACH LIST OF ENDORSERS OF NO MORE THAN 350 WORDS COSTS $400).   
PLEASE DONATE THROUGH OUR WEBSITE DONATION BUTTON BY GOING FIRST TO LINCOLNCOUNTYCOMMUNITYRIGHTS.ORG, THEN CLICKING ON CITIZENS FOR A HEALTHY COUNTY, WHERE YOU WILL FIND OUR DONATION BUTTON.  
 
Once again, our heart-felt thanks to all our volunteers who have helped us by gathering signatures, holding house parties, and donating!  We cannot do this work without you!  It will take all of us to change a system that favors profits over people’s health and safety, and to leave a planet fit to live in for future generations!  If everyone helps a little, we can accomplish a lot!  THANK YOU!!!
 
Any questions?  Please write to mkrausster@gmail.com, or call 541-961-6385; 541-574-2961

Behind the Emerald Curtain – Aug. 24, Toledo

“Behind the Emerald Curtain,” an award-winning short documentary about the effects of industrial logging and herbicide spraying of coastal forests on our communities and our environment.

AUGUST 24, 6:30 PM, Trinity United Methodist Church, 383 Beech St, Toledo, Oregon.

Please join us for a screening and discussion of the film, to hear other people’s experiences with aerial pesticide spraying and to tell about your own.    Citizens for a Healthy County, the political committee of Lincoln County Community Rights, has filed an ordinance banning aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County.    We will also talk about the next steps to take in our struggle to protect the health of our citizens and our constitutionally guaranteed right to a safe environment.

 

Circuit Court Supports Ban of Aerial Sprayed Pesticides Initiative

On April 13, 2016, the Lincoln County Circuit Court affirmed that an initiative filed by Citizens of a Healthy County banning aerial spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County is in compliance with Oregon Statutes regulating the initiative process. The initiative would also guarantee the right of local community self-government in Lincoln County in order to enforce that ban.

Communities across the state face a range of Environmental harms and threats to their health from  aerial pesticide spraying, building of an LNG pipeline, public water extraction, coal and oil trains, etc. By banning aerial pesticide spraying, we will be protecting our county’s soil, air, and water.  Lincoln County citizens will be advancing the right to local community self-government in order to secure the rights of the people, the community, and nature to be protected against activities that violate those rights, putting their safety at risk.

The initiative now faces one more legal hurdle.    There is a challenge to the ballot title alleging that it is unfair and insufficient.  The ballot title was drafted by the District Attorney, in compliance with regulations.    Citizens for a Healthy County is optimistic that this lawsuit will be resolved quickly to allow for collection of the necessary number of voters’ signatures to place this initiative on the November 2016 ballot.

The goal of Citizens for a Healthy County/Lincoln County Community Rights is to make democracy legal where we live.

Let the people decide.

Let the People Decide

Right now, the right of the people of Lincoln County to decide is under attack.

A judge of the Lincoln County Circuit Court will soon determine whether or not to allow gathering signatures for an initiative petition, based on arguments heard in court, representing the profit-driven interests of industry invested in aerial spraying of pesticides in our county on the one hand, vs. the right of the people to use the initiative petition process to propose new law to protect their safety and that of the environment on the other. The answer should be clear – let the people decide.

The initiative petition in question is titled “Freedom from Aerially Sprayed Pesticides of Lincoln County” and has been put forward by Citizens for a Healthy County. It asks the people of Lincoln County if they want to ban the practice of aerial spraying of pesticides (a practice that has already been banned in federal forests for 30 years) in order to protect our right to clean air, water, and soil and to stop our continued exposure to toxic chemicals.

The judge is not considering whether aerial spraying of pesticides should or should not be banned, but whether the people of Lincoln County can be asked that question through circulation of a petition which could only become a ballot measure if it receives the required number of signatures.

The government of Lincoln County already decided that asking the question is reasonable and should happen.  However, on February 29th,  the attorney for the party opposing circulation of the petition argued in court that wanting clean air, water, and soil somehow entails a hidden threat to voters; that questioning the authority of industry profiting from aerial spraying of pesticides and the state to force toxic chemicals on our forests, watersheds, and people also entails that threat.  Perhaps worst of all, the opposing attorney argued that people wanting to defend their constitutionally-guaranteed rights, even when our government and the courts may fail to do so, is again a threat that voters need to be protected from.

We must let the people decide. The petition must go out for signatures.  With enough signatures the initiative becomes a ballot measure.  Then the people – not vested interests – and not a single judge – decide. What is at stake here is much bigger than the question of aerial spraying of pesticides. The real issue is our right, as the people of Lincoln County, to govern in matters that pertain to our fundamental rights.

People of all political stripes are sick and tired of having money influence how we vote. If the judge stops circulation of the petition for signatures, thereby supporting the opinion of the attorney opposing our initiative, it means that money can influence not only how we vote, but whether we get to vote at all.

We believe in Article I, Section 1 of the Oregon Constitution, where it declares : “All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; and they have at all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.”

We look forward to the judge in this case doing the right thing – letting  the people decide. Otherwise, those constitutional words aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.

María Sause and other members of Lincoln County Community Rights

BEHIND THE EMERALD

LINCOLN COUNTY COMMUNITY RIGHTS PRESENTS:

BEHIND THE EMERALD CURTAIN”

MARCH 11, 6 PM, Yachats Commons Room # 8

Pacific Rivers’ award-winning documentary about the effects of industrial logging and herbicide spraying of coastal forests on our communities and environment, followed by comments from members of Lincoln County Community Rights and a discussion with the audience.

Citizens for a Healthy County, the Petitioning Committee for Lincoln County Community Rights, has filed an ordinance banning aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County.     The County has approved the ordinance, but a private timberland owner has filed a lawsuit against it, in spite of the well-publicized risks to the health of our people, ecosystems, water supply, air and soil posed by aerial pesticide spraying.    That lawsuit needs to be resolved in our courts before we can be authorized to gather signatures to put our ordinance on the ballot. The attorneys working on this case, on our side, the County’s side, and Petitioner’s side (the side objecting to our ordinance) presented their oral arguments on February 29th. The judge is taking time before issuing a ruling on the case.

This court case will end up in a decision on our fundamental right to ask the voters in our county whether we should allow timber and chemical corporations to poison our ecosystems and the water, air, soil that are essential to the health of all life in them, including ours. OUR INITITATIVE DOES NOT DECIDE ANYTHING. IT ASKS THE VOTERS TO DECIDE ON A QUESTION ABOUT OUR CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED RIGHT TO SAFETY.

KEEP IN MIND:

AERIAL PESTICIDE SPRAYING IN NATIONAL FORESTS HAS BEEN BANNED FOR 30 YEARS!

AERIAL PESTICIDE SPRAYING IN PRIVATE AND STATE-OWNED FORESTS TAKES PLACE FOR PROFIT!

OUR HEALTH AND THAT OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AND ECOSYSTEMS ARE AT STAKE!

LET THE PEOPLE, NOT CORPORATIONS DECIDE!

                                  MARCH 11, 6 PM, Yachats Commons Room # 8.     

Information:   Maria Sause 541-961-6385 mkraussster@gmail.com , www.lincolncountycommunityrights.org