HB 463 – corporate state legislation to block citizen initiative – struck by Court A Press Release from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, from October 19, 2017. BOWLING GREEN, OHIO: Today, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the right of Bowling Green residents to vote, ordering their first-in-the-state Right to Climate charter amendment on the November [...]
This article by Peter Kuebeck originally appeared in the Sentinal-Tribune, October 19th, 2017. Two weeks after the most recent filing in the case, the Ohio Supreme Court has denied a lawsuit by a Bowling Green resident, allowing a proposed charter amendment to remain on the ballot. MORE...
This audio and article by Luke Runyon originally appeared on KUNC October 19, 2017. few months ago Denver civil rights lawyer Jason Flores-Williams had an idea. He’s made a name for himself recently in a class action lawsuit against the city of Denver where he’s representing the city’s homeless people. “A lot of times I [...]
This news story by Simon Davis-Cohen originally appeared on DeSmogBlog October 18, 2017. For the first time since 2013, a group of activists in Youngstown, Ohio, has been told it cannot place an anti-fracking initiative on local ballots, due in part to a misinformation campaign from the fossil fuel industry. MORE...
This audio interview with attorney Jason Flores-Williams was done by Anne Marie Tremonti and appeared on cbcradio's The Current, October 10, 2017. In March of this year, New Zealand marked a legal first: The Whanganui River was granted the same legal status as a human, with rights and protections. A few months later, on Sept. [...]
Letter to the Editor submitted to the Bradford Era local newspaper in Pennsylvania on October 7, 2017.
The following Letter to the Editor was in direct response to the Bradford, Pennsylvania newspaper's local news story titled "Highland Township’s Home Rule Charter Stripped by Court". Highland Township’s home rule charter that bans corporations from contaminating the public water supply may very well be “controversial” (according to this newspaper), but what is clearly much [...]
4-3 decision denies the right to vote, unites residents across the state A Press Release from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, from October 7, 2017. While a split decision by the Ohio Supreme Court is blocking Youngstown residents from voting on two rights-based ballot measures this November, pressure is building as state legislators and local [...]
This article originally appeared in the Bradford Era on October 3, 2017. Highland Township’s controversial home rule charter has been stripped of its oil and gas provisions by a federal judge. … The saga over oil and gas rights in Highland Township has been ongoing for several years. In 2013, at the urging of Community [...]
A Press Release from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, from October 2, 2017. Rules Township Residents Must Accept Injection Well; Closes Courtroom Door to the People of Highland Township Last week, Magistrate Judge Susan Paradise Baxter issued a decision invalidating provisions of Highland Township’s Home Rule Charter, which protected the Township from frack wastewater. The [...]
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 [...]