Community Rights


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

The Transformation from Reformist to Revolutionary
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. 

National Community Rights Network (NCRN) YouTube channel
The NCRN’s mission is to assist state Community Rights Networks to educate people across the country on local, community self-governance and community rights; secure the inalienable rights of all people, communities, and ecosystems through local self-governance; assert community rights to empower and liberate communities from state preemption and corporate harm; and advance those efforts toward state and federal constitutional change.  

Democracy School Online
Democracy School Online is a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing fracking, pipelines, landfills, GMOs, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control and state preemption on a powerful single front: people’s inalienable rights.

Looking at Community Rights from a Climate Justice Perspective


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.

Building Grassroots to Strengthen Movements: Gopal Dayaneni and Cindy Wiesner reflect back in 2014 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.

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. 

Another interview with Gopal Dayaneni where 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


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.

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

New Zealand:  The River is Me  For many years, this river’s ownership was under dispute. Now, it “owns itself.” In what’s believed to be a 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.

Earth Law Center: Ecocide and the Rights of Nature  Presentations about the history and movement to establish ecocide globally as a criminal offense.

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 to the Earth.