Community Rights

Self-evident Truths

What rights are we talking about? Listen to this reading and discussion of the Declaration of Independence.


 Community Rights

Community Rights is not about begging or pleading. Community Rights is advancing, securing, and protecting both the rights of the people to democratically self-govern and recognizing the right of Nature to flourish and be healthy too. 

A Climate Justice Perspective

The Just Transition

The Just Transition webinar, sponsored by The Climate Mobilization, with Gopal Dayaneni from Movement Generation.  He invites us to envision the type of world we want for the future.  Gives a clear, insightful explanation of an extractive society versus a regenerative one.


Gopal Dayaneni discusses Resilience in Organizations and Social Movements. He invites us to consider Nature’s ecological resilience mechanisms and apply them to social movement organizing and strategy.

Building Grassroots

Building Grassroots to Strengthen Movements: Gopal Dayaneni and Cindy Wiesner reflect back in 2014 on how the climate movement expanded to include Climate Justice. The video on the Black Mesa’s work for power without pollution and energy without injustice begins at 25:21.

Geoengineerings & Covid

Another interview with Gopal Dayaneni in which  he talks about how COVID-19 has helped us see that we can subordinate the economic activity to rights and we can do it quickly! What would happen if we actually planned to do something like this?

Earth Law and Rights of Nature

Film: Invisible Hand – post viewing discussion

Post-viewing discussion of the paradigm-shifting film, Invisible Hand. Hosted by Virginia Community Rights Network. Guest speakers are Ben Price and Tish O’Dell, community organizers with CELDF, and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. “From Executive Producer Mark Ruffalo comes the world’s first documentary film on the Rights of Nature Movement, a ‘plot-twisting, eye-opening’ story about the current global battle between capitalism and democracy where the fight for our survival is at stake.”

EarthEthics Water PSA from Tree Media on Vimeo

Florida: See how people in Florida are protecting their waterways.  Join us to do this in Virginia as well!.

The River Is Me from MEL Films on Vimeo

For many years, the ownership of this New Zealand river was under dispute. Now, it “owns itself.” In what’s believed to be the world’s first, the Whanganui River has been granted legal personhood, with the same rights and responsibilities as you and me. Determining where a river ends and the rest of nature begins — that may be up for some debate.


The Voice of Water t- itle screen of video

Uplift TV: The Voice of Water

Indigenous peoples speak about the power of water, and now the world is listening. This is how our most precious resource is finally being given a voice. Join Uplift TV for free to watch.

A Letter From The Pandemic

We know where this virus came from, just as we can predict where the next will likely come from. Unless we stop it. It’s time to make our voices heard. It’s time to say enough is enough. Now that our own vulnerability has been laid bare, it’s time to demand #ExtinctionEndsHere — for all life on earth.

The Earth Is Our Mother

Peruvian spiritual teacher and ceremonial leader, Arkan Lushwala, discusses our dysfunctional relationship with the Earth.

VACRN Donation

Your generous giving makes possible this work to share the news and to support communities in organizing throughout Virginia. Together we can place community, environment, and democracy over corporate profits in a real and growing grassroots movement. Thank you for joining that effort. Together we can protect Virginia.


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