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A Community Bill of Rights TEMPLATE for Portland, Oregon

Community Rights PDX began meeting in January 2012. We started doing public outreach to share our vision for a Community Bill of Rights in January 2013. We see this template more as a discussion-starter than as a solid draft. Our goal is to place the eventual proposed ordinance on the ballot in 2014 or 2015. We invite any and all discussion and involvement in our work. We ask that you attend a two-hour orientation workshop before joining our working groups. Our website will be launched soon.

The Community Rights Movement and the Arc of Nonviolent Social Change

By Paul Cienfuegos & Matt Guynn


Organizers Training for the Community Rights Movement

Please consider registering for a weekend intensive June 30-July 1, led by Paul Cienfuegos

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  • Community Rights and Move To Amend group members Meet to Discuss Possible Collaboration

    In quite a few towns and cities across the US, there exists both a Community Rights local group working on passing an ordinance that exercises and defends the residents' inherent right of local self-government and which strips corporations of their so-called constitutional "rights", and a Move To Amend local group working on passing local resolutions calling on Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood.

    When the Transition Movement & the Community Rights Movement Start Collaborating, Watch Out!

    (Paul Cienfuegos presented this original speech to the Transition PDX group in Portland, Oregon, on January 18, 2012. He hopes that it will be shared with other Transition groups across the United States and beyond. Please spread it widely!


    Bellingham, WA launches a local ordinance campaign to ban coal trains from passing through their city...

    On January 26, 2011, the people of Bellingham, WA, launched one of the first Community Rights based local ordinances on the west coast of the US. Their goal is to ban all of the mile-long coal trains from passing through their city, which are being planned to run from Montana, Wyoming, and Alberta to various west coast ports in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Stopping trains from passing through Bellingham would make it impossible for coal to reach the intended destination of the Cherry Point deep water port just north of Bellingham.

    Paul's outreach to towns on the Coal Train routes in Oregon, Washington, & Montana

    If you haven't already heard, numerous mile-long coal trains may be coming through your town in Oregon, Washington, and Montana, every single day for the next few decades, if we don't mobilize effectively to stop this insanity. Since October 2011, I have been leading introductory 2-hour workshops, teaching local communities how to exercise their inherent right of self-governance, and recently have been focusing my attention mostly on the towns along the proposed coal train routes. You can view a map of the proposed routes and ports below.

    Activism Related to Citizens United and a Model Bill of Rights Elections Ordinance

    Subject: The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund Releases Statement on Activism Related to Citizens United and a Model Bill of Rights Elections Ordinance


    January 17, 2012

    CELDF Releases Statement on Activism Related to Citizens United and a Model Bill of Rights Elections Ordinance to Eliminate Corporate Activities which Interfere with the Right of People to Clean Government and Fair Elections 


    Mari Margil


    Model Community Bill of Rights Template for Occupy Communities

    This just in from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which I work closely with. A VERY exciting development for the fast growing Community Rights movement, and its new relationship with Occupy groups.

    Please spread this announcement as widely as you can. 

    Sad News: Richard Grossman Has Died (1943-2011)

    A giant in the movement to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called "rights" has died of cancer yesterday, Tuesday 22 November 2011. He was one of my primary teachers and mentors from 1995 to 2000. I could not have founded Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County (DUHC) without his core support and critical thinking.

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