The Right of Local, Community Self-Government

 

 

OR4CR is a citizen's initiative effort to amend the Oregon Constitution. The group is actively gathering signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

The constitutional amendment is titled “The Right of Local, Community Self-Government” and would codify into law the right to local, community self-government, enabling local governments to protect fundamental rights and prohibit corporate activities that violate those rights. It would secure the authority of communities to put in place stronger rights and protections than those currently recognized at the state, federal, or international level. 

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The Oregon Secretary of State has put a halt to the broader circulation of Oregon's Right of Local Community Self-Government constitutional amendment petition.  

To resolve this impasse we are headed to court to prove that the state has erred and that the people of Oregon will have their day in the sun, both in being able to work towards ballot qualification for November 2016 and ultimately being able to cast a YES vote for greater democracy for people, communities and nature over that of corporate control.

In the meantime, while legal matters are resolved, the campaign continues. We've identified three major areas of focus:

  1. Education + Awareness
  2. Coalition Building 
  3. Fundraising

To reach goals for each the campaign needs people, people like you! 

There ways to get involved that range from when you have time, to being more deeply involved in the day to day.

To help get you up to speed on what has been happening and what is planned along with learning more about the volunteer needs for each of the three areas of focus there will be an open Campaign Updates and Volunteer Kick-Off Call on May 10th. 

In fact, we will be hosting the same call twice - morning and evening. Here are the details:

Campaign Updates and Volunteer Kick-Off Call
Tuesday, May 10th 
Noon to 1pm or 
7pm to 8pm

Conference line dial-in number: (712) 770-4010
Access Code: 726153#

There's no need to RSVP, just call in. But if you wanted to give us a heads up that you'll be attending one or the other call send us an email at [email protected] .


Oregonians for Community Rights (OR4CR) submitted over 1,300 sponsorship signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State to begin the signature collection process to qualify the Right of Local Community Self-Government constitutional amendment for the November 2016 ballot. This amendment is all about democratizing our communities.

That means having the authority to adopt stronger rights and protections for people, our community, and the environment locally than the state, federal, or international level, and put a stop to corporate activities that attempt to violate our rights. What the amendment doesn’t allow for is to have communities weaken rights or protections secured by the higher levels of government.

Unfortunately, the Secretary of State has rejected broader circulation of the petition initiative. The state claims that denying state preemption and corporate rights exceed what is allowed though the initiative process. We believe the initiative process was made precisely to protect the rights of communities.

We knew from the beginning that the State and the establishment would be uncomfortable recognizing the power of the people to govern themselves. We’re not giving up! We will be filing legal challenge to the state’s finding.

Please click here to help fund our legal challenge.

It’s more important than ever to have a right of local community self-government amendment in place to protect a community’s right to confront or advance critical local issues such as oil trains, pesticide use, fossil-fuel pipelines, living wage, rent control, LGBT rights, and land use.


Oregonians for Community Rights (OR4CR) submitted over 1,300 sponsorship signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State to begin the signature collection process to qualify the Right of Local Community Self-Government constitutional amendment for the ballot.

The amendment would codify into law the right of local community self-government, enabling the people and their local governments to protect fundamental rights and prohibit corporate activities that violate those rights. It would secure the authority of communities to put in place stronger rights and protections than those recognized at the state, federal, or international level.

The amendment is now with the State Attorney General for review before being released for broader signature gathering.

If you are interested in getting more involved in the campaign, please contact Zach <[email protected]> and he will connect you with this important work. We especially need people interested in fundraising, media, or coalition building.

We couldn’t do this work without you. Thank you for your support!

Donate Now!

Volunteer Here!


Read and Listen: http://ijpr.org/post/community-rights-could-be-oregon-ballot#stream/0

The concept of community rights could grow in stature this year, especially if a ballot measure on those rights makes it to the November ballot. 

The Oregon Community Rights Network stands behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would spell out the rights of communities to decide their own futures. 

The range of issues potentially affected run the gamut from GMOs to gentrification. 

Community rights attorney Ann Kneeland joins us, with Kai Huschke of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.   

PHOTO CREDIT JAMES WILLAMOR/WIKIMEDIA


 

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Following Nature’s Lead for Civil Disobedience: Building a New Direct Action Movement Community by Community

(LAW 142) 2:20 - 3:35
Saturday March 5th (panel 8)

As nature goes on the offense with ever increasing catastrophic climatic events, our activism stays stuck in the 1970s. Our organizing has refused to confront a structure of law that protects environmentally destructive corporate behavior.This panel is about the growing Community Rights movement and how communities are “occupying the law” to dismantle the corporate state, legalize sustainability and secure nature’s rights, and the convergence of community rights with direct action aimed at physically stopping harmful corporate projects.

Panelists:

Kai Huschke, Organizer, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund 
Rob Dickinson, Organizer, Oregonians for Community Rights
Mary Grace Hickok, Organizer, Cascadia Forest Defenders

 


 

Banning Aerial Herbicide Spraying: Time to End this Unjust and Toxic Assault on Our Communities and Environment

(LAW 242) 10:35am - 11:50am
Sunday March 6th (panel 11)

Over forty years, Oregonians have fought back against unjust corporate aerial spraying of toxic herbicides drifting onto adjacent properties that severely impacts the health of families, livestock, food crops, wildlife and watersheds. Despite tireless efforts, within the regulatory and legislative process, little has changed while chemical trespass continues unabated with few protections. Panelists will address the Community Bill of Rights vs. conventional legislative process, the risks to forest ecology, why timber companies get away with this practice and our new initiative to ban aerial spraying here in Lane County.

Panelists:
Roy Keene, forestry consultant & director of Our Forests
Eron King, Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance, ORCRN
Tao Orion, author of "Beyond the War on Invasive Species"
Rob Dickinson, Oregonians for Community Rights

Learn More about The Freedom from Aerial Spraying of Herbicides Bill of Rights Charter Amendment!


 

Community Based Efforts to Protect Oregonians from Harmful Industrial Logging Practices

(EMU Oak) 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Friday March 4th (panel 5)

Helicopters spraying dangerous chemicals over communities, corporations converting healthy forests into developments, clearcuts destroying habitats for endangered species. These are the tragedies rural Oregonians face every day. This panel will discuss what is happening in local communities to address these issues in small towns and counties around the state.

Panelists:
Nancy Webster, Citizens of Rockaway Beach for Watershed Protection
Cameron La Follete, Executive Director, Oregon Coast Alliance
Eron King, Oregon Community Rights Network
Max Beeken, Coast Range Forest Watch