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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

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

Lincoln County Community Rights Movement

The Community Rights movement seeks to protect the right of communities to make local decisions, and people’s rights at the community level. It is a movement that is spreading nation-wide as one community after another confronts situations in which it has to defend itself from unwanted action by corporations claiming the right to do business in them against the will of the local population, based on laws dictated at the federal and state levels. Since corporations are granted the constitutional rights of persons, and are additionally protected by federal contract and commerce laws and by state preemption laws, their claimed rights are guaranteed more securely than the rights of common people. Today corporations establish themselves forcefully in communities to frack, extract water, extract oil, dump sewage sludge, install factory farms, spray pesticides, all against the wishes of the community in which they operate, in spite of causing severe environmental damage to it.

The Community Rights movement seeks to empower communities to take their destinies into their own hands by passing ordinances that prohibit the harms which corporations are poised to inflict on them. In the legal battles that ensue, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), founded by attorney Thomas Linsey, provides legal support to the community in question. 160 communities in 8 States nationwide have so far passed such ordinances, thus freeing themselves from the corporate-driven harms listed above. In Oregon, there are at this point 9 counties with Community Rights groups working on these local ordinances, grouped together in the Oregon Community Rights Network (OCRN), in which people from the various groups are cooperating on crafting an amendment to the Oregon Constitution that would establish the fundamental rights of natural persons, their communities and nature, giving them the power to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare. – Maria Kraus