- Millions of Americans are beginning to realize that their rights as citizens in their own communities are shockingly minimal, with corporate infringement growing daily. Fracking, with its destruction of water supplies, is one big example. These Democracy Schools teach citizens how to better maneuver to enact a Community Bill of Rights. This burgeoning movement could make both a real improvement in your community’s health while also contributing to solving the climate problem. – Editor
The Daniel Pennock Democracy Schools are a key piece of our community organizing. Named for a boy in Pennsylvania who died after exposure to sewage sludge, the Democracy Schools are one to three-day intensive seminars that examine how communities across the U.S. are beginning to assert local control to protect the rights of their residents, their communities, and nature.
- Here are examples of how two communities are working to protect their environment. This takes time, so get organized before a crisis hits. Check the website to see what’s going on in your area. – Editor
On Election Day, voters in an Ohio and a Colorado community enacted Community Bills of Rights to secure the right to local self-government and to protect the right to clean air, pure water, and the rights of ecosystems to exist and flourish. By a margin of 70.56%, voters in Oberlin, OH, approved their citizen-initiated ordinance. In Lafayette, CO, where citizens petitioned to amend their city home rule charter, the winning margin was 60.16%.