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“I support the Colorado Community Rights Amendment because I got frustrated with not getting far with the local process. I wanted to prevent Fracking in my neighborhood, where my three kids live, and I was told by my City Council of Aurora that it was out of their hands and into the state. So it made me think, maybe I should get involved and do something about this. The Community Rights Amendment enables people who want change, who want health and safety issues addressed. It brings power back to voters.”

Nicole Johnston Zipsie

“What we’re looking to do is to change the focus of our economic activity to real work that helps us with our own health and safety. We want the political ability to enact that kind of economy. How we come together as a community. How we feed ourselves. How we help each other. How we create economic opportunities for sustainbable living is, I think, an essential way of going about stuff.”

Jeff Briggs

“Community rights that are protected by our constitution would give us tools we need to clean up and restore a clean, healthy environment. Corporate domination is destroying the earth which is home to all living things.”

Windsor Community Rights Network

“I’m retired but I have two very young grandchildren and this is the world they have to live in and it’s critical to me to leave them a decent world. A world where people have dignity, where they have rights and where they’re not overridden by corporations and corporate power. That’s why I got involved with Coloradans for Community Rights and why I continue to be involved with them. We need more local government officials who are commited to community rights.”

Merrily Mazza

Lafayette City Council Member

“I care passionately about the Community Rights Initiative in terms of democracy. There is no area on the globe where these community rights issued don’t apply. I think one of the most important things on the planet is world health and democracy will help us get there.”

Paula VanDusen

“Community rights is about communities determining their future. If you think that the people who live in a community and are most affected by decisions made about that community should be the ones who make those decisions then community rights is for you.”

Chad Nicholson

Community Organizer, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

“I got involved with Community Rights initially because I was concerned about genetic engineering of crops and I realized there wasn’t any democratic avenue for us to stop that in our county in Boulder. The problem is who gets to make the choice of what goes on in a community. Is it going to be corporate executives sitting in a board room somewhere 3000 miles away from my community or is it going to up to us?”

Thomas Groover

“I think we need to step back and let nature govern itself so that it can restore its health. Nature thrives with many interlocking self-governing communities and so can we. Community rights is a very natural expression of human rights. It is the grassroots self-organization of people.”

Libby Comeaux

“When our constitution is based on English common law, which only deals with property and commerce, it’s no wonder we’re facing so many problems. Community rights rectifies this. It lays the foundation for a promising future.”

James Duncan

Upcoming Events

February 26, 2017
  • CD Training

    February 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    1830 Boston Ave., Suite F Longmont CO

    Nonviolent Direct Action Training To Defend the Land - Protecting Boulder County
    When: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1 PM - 4 PM
    Where: 1830 Boston Ave., Longmont CO
    Limit 40 RSVP to:

    “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws” – Martin Luther King Jr.

    Over four years, communities across Colorado have engaged with government to defend the land from the inherently dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing. Every legal remedy was thoughtfully utilized to protect the environment and our families, which ranged from statements to our local officials to lobbying the state government to community ballot initiatives postponing or banning drilling where we live. The response from the state and industry was powerful and determined. Through laws and court rulings we were informed that our rights, the rights of our environment and the well being of our communities are not a consideration when it comes to the interests of the oil and gas industry.

    With the understanding that we have the historic duty to protect the land and the people for generations to come, the Boulder County Protectors will be conducting an introductory training on the ideas and methods of nonviolent direct action. Drawing from the history of this method, we will begin the conversation of what a campaign to defend Boulder County from drilling would look like. We will combine presentation, discussion and exercises to introduce people to the powerful history and methods of direct action and civil disobedience where it could be used to defend Boulder County.

    Please bring your questions and energy and join us for this important training.

    RSVP at Limit 40 people.

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