The sacred mountain in the North Island is the third geographic feature in the country to be granted a ‘legal personality’ This article by Eleanor Ainge Roy appeared in The Guardian, December 22nd, 2017. Mount Taranaki in New Zealand is to be granted the same legal rights as a person, becoming the third geographic feature [...]
Two lawyers argue that the feds should impose “dictatorships for democracy” on cities and government bodies in fiscal crisis. This original article by Simon Davis-Cohen appeared in The Nation October 30, 2017. A nurse dispatched to Puerto Rico by the Registered Nurse Response Network described the island’s dire situation earlier this month. “A line formed [...]
Did Project Censored Miss the Biggest Story of the Year? Corporate Constitutional “Rights” that make Crises Inevitable.
This original essay was written by Paul Cienfuegos, Founder and Co-Director of Community Rights US. It has also been published in The PeaceWorker, Oregon’s monthly PeaceWorks news magazine. Paul welcomes other media to publish it also. In early October, Project Censored released its always-newsworthy Top 25 Most Censored Stories of the past year. These are urgent [...]
The suit’s backers say if corporations can hold legal protections like people, natural systems should, too. This article by Matt Smith originally appeared in Seeker, September 26, 2017. There’s an old saying in the arid American West: Whiskey’s for drinking — water’s for fighting. Now the perennial fights over the Colorado River, the biggest source [...]
This original article by Julie Turkewitz appeared in The New York Times, September 26, 2017. Does a river — or a plant, or a forest — have rights? This is the essential question in what attorneys are calling a first-of-its-kind federal lawsuit, in which a Denver lawyer and a far-leftenvironmental group are asking a judge [...]
This original article by Will Falk appeared in the San Diego Free Press, September 25, 2017. On Tuesday, September 26, the Colorado River will sue the State of Colorado in a first-in-the-nation lawsuit requesting that the United States District Court in Denver recognize the river’s rights of nature. These rights include the rights to exist, [...]
In New Zealand and Ecuador, rivers with legal aspects of “personhood” open up new environmental battles This article by Mihnea Tanasescu appeared in Scientific American , June 19, 2017. In the early 2000s, the idea of giving legal rights to nature was on the fringes of environmental legal theory and public consciousness. Today, New Zealand’s Whanganui [...]
This news story appeared as a headline on Democracy Now, and kicks off our new series that critiques existing single-issue activism through a lens analyzing corporate constitutional so-called "rights". Here's the brief story as written: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for Pride marches on Saturday and Sunday in cities across the [...]
Court in New York rules in case of caged adult male chimps Tommy and Kiko that there is no precedent for apes being considered people. From The Guardian newspaper. Two chimpanzees that were caged at a trailer lot and at a primate sanctuary don’t have the legal rights of people in New York, an appeals [...]
This original editorial by Ken Ward appeared in The Hill on May 31, 2017 To the dismay of our allies, the White House could any day announce the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. But as a patriot and climate activist, I’m not dismayed. I actually want to pull out. MORE...