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IN THIS ISSUE

  • The U.S. Supreme Court elevates corporations over people!
  • The Revolution for Local Control at the WIld & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City!
  • Nevada City, C.A., is launching a bold campaign to assert their community's rights and protect their local resources!



THE U.S. SUPREME COURT ELEVATES CORPORATIONS OVER PEOPLE
IN PUBLIC ELECTIONS


Interpreting the decision: Who really wields the law - why not the People?   What happens when the legal structure itself stands in the way of democracy?

While outrage over this decision has inspired new campaigns and a firestorm of opinion pieces, CELDF's Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil explain the decision and its impacts on humans and nature in this Yes! Magazine online article


THE REVOLUTION FOR LOCAL CONTROL:

Global Exchange's Shannon Biggs and Kevin Danaher and Envision Spokane campaigner, Chad Nicholson, spoke at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival  in Nevada City, CA January 16, attended by over 5,000 revelers.

The workshop, entitled "The Revolution for Local Control," demonstrated the power of communities asserting their right to make decisions that affect them.  The discussion began with a showing of a short film by Jeremy Kagen  documenting the plight of Blaine Township, PA.  Residents took on Big Coal in order to save their town from destruction by passing a rights based ordinance.   That video is now available on youtube at: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyhgOzLwR40

Sierra Voices discusses "The Revolution for Local Control,"  workshop:  

 http://sierravoices.com/2010/01/notes-on-some-wild-scenic-festival-free-workshops/


NEVADA CITY RESIDENTS CALL FOR LOCAL SUSTAINABILITY; MARCH 26-28 DEMOCRACY SCHOOL KICKS OFF A CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT THE YUBA WATERSHED
:

Nevada City area locals seeking to take charge of their local destiny and protect the community and natural surroundings are encouraged to attend the upcoming Democracy School. The aim is to come out of this training with a solid plan to move forward with sustainable policies for Nevada City. Be part of an action plan to think and plan ahead in positive new directions.   

Invitation from Democracy School "graduate" and Nevada City Mayor Reinette Senum to attend Democracy School:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb2sMhhc1gM


To register and for more information, call Synergia Learning Ventures 530-265-5490 or email at ropes@synergia.us with Democracy School in the subject line.  
Limited to 20 participants.  

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