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California RBO News

The Mora county commissioners are under assault  from Royal Dutch Shell for defending their people and their way of life with the Ordinance.

Statement of County Commissioner John Olivas, Chairman, Mora County, New Mexico Board of Commissioners

Mora County Legal Defense Fund                              [Payable to:]

c/o Rebecca Montoya, County Manager

P.O. Box 580

Mora, New Mexico 87732

Ref: Civil Action No. 1:13-CV-09095 ACT/GBW         [should be written on Memo of Checks]

Ref: Fed. Ct. Cause No. 1:14-CV-00035 KBM/RHS   [should be written on Memo of Checks]

What is Democracy School?

The Daniel Pennock Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating course that teaches citizens and activists how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single issue work (such as opposing toxic dumps, quarries, factory farms, etc.) in a way that we can confront corporate control on a powerful single front: people’s constitutional rights.

Democracy School explores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and the earth. Lectures cover the history of people's movements and corporate power, and the dramatic recent organizing in Pennsylvania by communities confronting agribusiness, sewage sludge, and quarry corporations. Included with enrollment in the Democracy School is a 300 plus-page notebook of background reading material. For a historical review of the Pennsylvania work through the end of 2003, see a feature article that appeared in Orion Magazine.

<Full Article>          Democracy School Schedule       Democracy School On-Line

                                  Host a Democracy School            Video                 Curriculum

                                  Key Contacts                                Podcasts: Democracy Matters

The materials above appear on the CELDF website these are links to their various pages.

Sponsored by:

Sangerville Citizens Rights Group

Supported by Surrounding

Local Community Citizens

For local

Democracy Schools in Central Maine

To register or for more information, contact Edie Vose at or 207-924-7976.

Endorsed by:

Parkman Citizens Rights Group

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(September 18, 2013)

Tonight, in Sangerville, Maine,

at a Special Town Meeting,

 The Community Bill of Rights Ordinance

was adopted by voters, 86:40.

This marks the first Community Bill of Rights Ordinance to protect a municipality from infrastructure projects built without the consent of voters anywhere in the country, and the fourth Rights-Based Ordinance for the state of Maine.

Sangerville voters approved the Rights Based Ordinance to assert, “the community’s Right to Sustainable Infrastructure which is integrated into the community as part of the Town’s planning processes, which benefits the Town, and does not damage the natural environment.”

Concerned about recent attempts to sell local residents on positive aspects of a project known as the East-West Corridor, local townspeople from across Piscataquis County called the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund for assistance, because they did not think the plan proposed for their area fit well with their vision of community.

Following several Democracy School trainings to learn how municipalities are considered to be devoid of authority to ban any “legal land use” permitted by the State, residents of Sangerville began working with CELDF organizers to draft a Community Bill of Rights for their Town, to assert the right to local self-government.

The Ordinance bans “land acquisition for, or construction of, transportation and distribution corridors” within the Town and makes it illegal for corporations and government to deny the rights of residents secured by the Ordinance.

The Ordinance goes into effect immediately and is enforceable against private and public actors.

“The RBO has reawakened discussion of shared visions and values in town while empowering the community on an issue where the system was not otherwise working for them. We've gone from feeling terrorized by the threat of the EW to being strengthened in many ways,” commented resident, Leigh Wiley, when asked how he felt about the local law.

Several communities, faced with the proposal to bisect the State of Maine with a transportation corridor, are following the lead of Shapleigh and Newfield, Maine and Barnstead, Nottingham, Sugar Hill and four other towns in New Hampshire, where Rights-Based Ordinances were enacted between March 2006 and 2013.

The Sangerville Ordinance is the most recent of all of the CELDF Ordinances to date and follows the fifteen year tradition of working with communities to draft legislation adopted at the municipal level in order to ban unwanted corporate activities that could potentially harm residents, threaten local economies, and damage natural water systems and ecosystems.

Selectwoman, Melissa Randall had this to say, following the vote, “Tonight Sangerville exercised our right to self-governance to protect our homes, our waters and forests, and our way of life.  No corridor/ No compromise.




Sangerville Vote

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