Open Conversation About Community Rights in Yachats

Lincoln County Community Rights has submitted an ordinance banning aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County.

Share your thoughts, concerns, or personal stories in open conversation about its meaning and implications.

The Drift Inn, 124 US 101, Yachats, Thursday, Nov. 19, 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

For more information, and to e-mail us your RSVP, please call 541 961 6385;  write;  Please visit our website at

Audio/Video – Thomas Linzey Presentation – Newport

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.


00:00 – 4:25_Rio Davidson (Opening Comments)
4:43 – 9:42_Kai Huschke (Introduction)
9:44 – 1:12:28_Thomas Linzey (Main Presentation)
1:12:28 – 1:25:20_Maria Sause (Closing)

Video link:


Thomas Linzey – CELDF, Executive Director


Kai-Huschke – CELDF, NW Organizer


Rio Davidson – Lincoln County Community Rights

Thomas Linzey – October 5th – Newport

Lincoln County Community Rights and its umbrella organization, the Oregon Community Rights Network, are bringing you a talk by Thomas Linzey, founder of the Community Rights movement and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, helping communities nation-wide to assert their fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution at the local level.

October 5th, 7-9 p.m., at the Newport Senior Center, 20 SE 2nd St. (across the street from the Newport Rec Center).
If you have any questions, please call 541 961 6385, or write

Download a High Resolution Poster

“Drift” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Video – Community Stories shared at the Drift Screening:

DRIFT Movie Poster

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: or by phone 541.961.6385

Life-long Forester & Activist: Roy Keene Presents in Yachats

Lincoln County Community Rights and its allied organization Citizens for a Healthy County, are proud to present:

Roy Keene, life-long forester and activist for sustainable forestry, in a talk at the Yachats Commons, on Friday July 17, 2015, from 6 to 9 p.m., addressing:

  • chemical deforestation
  • today’s industrial forests
  • a model of sustainable community forestry for Lincoln County.

A forest tour illustrating the previous evening’s talk will follow on Saturday, July 18, at 10:00 a.m. The event is free, but donations are needed and will be gladly accepted.

Questions: 541- 961-6385,

Please read and print this event flyer for other to see!


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

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