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Dear Supporter,

It’s been a busy past few months for us as we’ve been working more and more with US communities to elevate the rights of people (and nature) above corporations.

Rather than settling for the current system, we must rewrite the very rules under which our system operates – using new forms of activism to shift the conversation to rights; by changing law and culture to subordinate corporations to democratic decision-making by the people. Essentially, the struggle rests on the question of who should have the ultimate deciding power – corporations or citizens?

In this issue:

  • Is reversing Citizens United or Corporate Personhood enough?
  • Santa Monica, CA asserts the right to sustainability
  • Community Rights on the radio
  • Fracking comes to California
  • Upcoming events
  • Internship opportunities

Is Reversing Citizens United enough?
Check out this blog post written by Shannon Biggs to find out.

Sustainability in Santa Monica
Citizens in Santa Monica, CA are launching a rights-based campaign in collaboration with Global Exchange and the city’s Environmental Task Force to pass an ordinance into law that will assert their right to live in a sustainable city. The proposed ordinance, called the Santa Monica Sustainability Bill of Rights, is to be presented to the city council at a meeting on Tuesday, January 24th. More information.

  • If you’re interested in learning more about the campaign in Santa Monica or attending the rally and city council meeting on January 24th, please contact Cris Gutierrez by e-mail crispeace@earthlink.net or by phone (424) 214-8096
  • Stay updated on the campaign in Santa Monica by visiting their new blog.
  • If you’d like to learn more about you can assert YOUR community’s rights, please contact Community Rights program Director Shannon Biggs by e-mail shannon@globalexchange.org or by phone (415) 255-5540

Community Rights on the Radio
This past week, Shannon Biggs and Thomas Linzey (CELDF) were invited on NPR’s ‘Your Call’ with Rose Aguilar to discuss community and nature’s rights and how communities across the US are undertaking rights-based organizing to get what they want in the places where they live!

  • Listen to a full recording of the show.
  • If you think your local radio station would be interested in hosting a show on community and nature’s rights, please let us know! Contact Kylie Nealis or by phone at (415) 575-5551.

Fracking comes to California
Global Exchange has been getting a number of calls recently from communities across California facing the latest corporate assault: hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ – natural gas mining.  We have had conversations with citizens from Carpenteria, Salinas, Culver City, and other areas who are seeking to assert their right to say ‘No!’ to this dangerous activity coming into community. 

  • Are you facing the threat of fracking in your community? Find out how you can place your community’s interest above corporations and ban fracking where you live! Contact Shannon Biggs: shannon@globalexchange.org or by phone at (415) 575-5540

Community Rights at Bioneers in LA
At the end of this month, Bioneers will host a meeting in Los Angeles featuring Shannon Biggs, director of the Community Rights program at Global Exchange. Bioneers are biological pioneers who work with nature to heal both nature and people who are dedicated to re-imagining the future of our planet.

  • When: Tuesday January 31st at 7pm
  • Where: The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291

2012 Internship Opportunities
We are currently accepting internship applications for this summer!  Become apart of the cutting-edge movement for community and nature’s rights in California and beyond by working directly with Global Exchange’s community rights program! For more information about the summer internship program, how to apply, and what you will learn through your experience as a Community Rights intern please visit our internship page.

Also – check out this two-part series that our intern last year wrote about spending her summer working at Global Exchange on the Community Rights program!

Here's to a new year dedicated to community rights and not corporate rights.


Kylie Nealis
Program Associate, Community Rights

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