We were very fortunate to have Thomas Linzey, Founder and Executive Director of CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, in Newport on October 5th. During his “Oregon 2015 Community Rights Tour”, both he and Kai Huschke (CELDF’s Northwest Organizer) made Newport their third stop in their tour of six Oregon counties.
Lincoln County Community Rights and its allied organization Citizens for a Healthy County, are proud to present: “Drift: A Community Seeking Justice” a short film created by U of O students about the Gold Beach accident involving herbicide spray of a neighborhood. This event will be held August 27th at 6:30pm in the local PUD Public Meeting Room 2129 North Coast Hwy 101 Newport.
This is a fund raiser event for Citizens for a Healthy County. This group has filed a local initiative to ban Aerial spraying in Lincoln County.
This event will have several speakers that will discuss the harm inflicted on the community of Gold Beach in October 2013 and what we can do about it. The public will also be invited to discuss how aerial pesticide spraying has affected the lives of your family, friends and neighbors. Come join us and learn how citizens are using local lawmaking to exercise our right against involuntary poisoning by industrial logging practices. Industrial logging cuts ten times more timber in Oregon’s coast range than the Forest Service and douses every clear cut with poisonous chemicals. These practices threaten our community’s health by contaminating our wildlife, fisheries and publicly owned water.
Citizens for a Healthy County is seeking to change this harmful practice in Lincoln County by a Citizen Initiative filed July 6, 2015. This initiative has been challenged and we need money to make sure this important ballot measure gets to the voters. This event is free to the public but donations to assist in support of the initiative are urgently needed. Contact Citizens for a Healthy County by email: email@example.com or by phone 541.961.6385
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
“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.”