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Dear Supporter,

Today marks the third anniversary of the SCOTUS Citizens United ruling that has empowered billionaires to speak loudest in our elections.

While criticizing corporate personhood has hit the mainstream, questioning the Constitution is still the ultimate taboo. But if the Supreme Court had never granted “personhood” rights to corporations, would they still be riding roughshod over communities and nature? Rainforest Action Network founder Randy Hayes and CRP Director Shannon Biggs ask: Why do Corporations love the Constitution more than you do?

Other Community Rights reading:
Strike Four in Climate Change: A "Climate Space" to Rethink Analysis and Strategies. A class and rights-based approach to climate change by Pablo Solón, the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South and former Ambassador of Bolivia to the United Nations.

Peoples’ Rights, Planet’s Rights: Holistic Approaches to a Sustainable Population (.pdf). A rights-based approach to sustainable population by Suzanne York of the Institute Institute for Population Studies.

Fracking Tour Coming this Spring

This spring, the Community Rights Program will lead a weeklong Fracking Tour throughout California. We’ll visit major counties, including Sacramento, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles—all of which are currently victims to the dangerous gas drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). We will join with allied groups, musicians, artists, and renowned fractivists. This tour is an opportunity to build awareness around fracking, and strengthen partnerships among Californians who want to end the practice in their communities.

Upcoming event:
Transition San Francisco Presents Fracking in California
Speakers include Global Exchange’s Shannon Biggs, Rose Braz, Center for Biological Diversity and Adam Scow, Food & Water Watch
January 21, 2013
7:00pm - 9:00pm

If you are concerned about fracking and would like to take part in these events please contact Shannon Biggs at Shannon@globalexchange.org or call 415.575.5540.

For Community Rights,

Megan Devlin
Program Associate
Community Rights

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