counter create hit We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States - Download Free eBook
Hot Best Seller

We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States

Availability: Ready to download

We the People offers powerful portraits of communities across the United States that have faced threats from environmentally destructive corporate projects and responded by successfully banning those projects at a local level. We hear the inspiring voices of ordinary citizens and activists practicing a cutting-edge form of organizing developed by the nonprofit law firm, th We the People offers powerful portraits of communities across the United States that have faced threats from environmentally destructive corporate projects and responded by successfully banning those projects at a local level. We hear the inspiring voices of ordinary citizens and activists practicing a cutting-edge form of organizing developed by the nonprofit law firm, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). Their methodology is an answer for the frustrations of untold numbers of activists who have been defeated time and again by corporate political power and legal entitlement. Instead of fighting against what we don’t want, this book can teach us to create from the ground up what we do want, basing our vision in local control and law. This work is about finishing the American Revolution by giving up the illusion of democracy and forging a system of true self-governance. In addition, this is about recognizing in law, for the first time in history, that nature possesses legally enforceable rights of its own.


Compare

We the People offers powerful portraits of communities across the United States that have faced threats from environmentally destructive corporate projects and responded by successfully banning those projects at a local level. We hear the inspiring voices of ordinary citizens and activists practicing a cutting-edge form of organizing developed by the nonprofit law firm, th We the People offers powerful portraits of communities across the United States that have faced threats from environmentally destructive corporate projects and responded by successfully banning those projects at a local level. We hear the inspiring voices of ordinary citizens and activists practicing a cutting-edge form of organizing developed by the nonprofit law firm, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). Their methodology is an answer for the frustrations of untold numbers of activists who have been defeated time and again by corporate political power and legal entitlement. Instead of fighting against what we don’t want, this book can teach us to create from the ground up what we do want, basing our vision in local control and law. This work is about finishing the American Revolution by giving up the illusion of democracy and forging a system of true self-governance. In addition, this is about recognizing in law, for the first time in history, that nature possesses legally enforceable rights of its own.

42 review for We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean Estelle

    This is a great idea for an organizing strategy - changing the underlying charters and constitutions to strip corporate personhood rights and assert local control. Unfortunately it won’t come to fruition unless we also have a plan to discipline capital everywhere through effective use of larger state power - and the formatting on this book was terrible to boot. Pretty in the weeds and difficult to get through despite its short length.

  2. 4 out of 5

    J.J. Amaworo

    This book describes the ways in which towns in the U.S. have tried to protect their rights and their land from rapacious corporations. The scenario repeats like a stuck record: small community has natural resources; large company arrives and plans to start asset-stripping; local people realize their way of life is at stake; community leaders try to organize; their friends and family are cowed by the power of corporations; they get no support from municipal boards dazzled by big bucks promised by This book describes the ways in which towns in the U.S. have tried to protect their rights and their land from rapacious corporations. The scenario repeats like a stuck record: small community has natural resources; large company arrives and plans to start asset-stripping; local people realize their way of life is at stake; community leaders try to organize; their friends and family are cowed by the power of corporations; they get no support from municipal boards dazzled by big bucks promised by Big Business. What happens next? The activists turn to the nonprofit law firm Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), run by Thomas Linzey, co-author of this book. CELDF holds Democracy Schools, designed to educate local people in the processes involved in protecting their rights. The book, then, offers some hope, some sliver of resistance. To paraphrase Antonio Gramsci, one has to remain optimistic, even if it’s only optimism of the will and pessimism of the intellect.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Excellent look at what can be done to institute actual democracy at the community level in a nation that gives corporations more rights than people. Based on what communities have attempted so far and on what has been successful at the community level so far.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bear Paw

    A collection of inspirational movements to move power to the people.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    I receiver this book free via Goodreads giveaways. This was a unique and interesting read. Want to learn more on how you can protect your community? This is the book to read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    363.70525 L762 2016

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rylie Johnson

  11. 5 out of 5

    PM Press

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  13. 4 out of 5

    Derek Minno-Bloom

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jordano

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

  16. 5 out of 5

    Runa

  17. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  18. 5 out of 5

    V

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gordon Bingham

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mr.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Reeva

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric Railine

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ladywilde

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hillyer

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Taylor-Cruz

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  31. 4 out of 5

    Amber

  32. 4 out of 5

    Max

  33. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

  34. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

  35. 5 out of 5

    Donna Barney

  36. 4 out of 5

    Terri Rinko

  37. 5 out of 5

    Megan Wackerly

  38. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  39. 4 out of 5

    Pam Mooney

  40. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  41. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Heare Watts

  42. 5 out of 5

    Leland Lee

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.