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Dear Supporter,

2014 has kicked off to an exciting start on both a local and international scale.

From California to Ecuador, we've spread awareness about the dangers of fracking and participated in the first international strategy meeting on the Rights of Nature, paving the way for what will be a powerful year for the Community Rights Program.

Does a River Have a Right to Say No?

First published on OpenDemocracy.net, this blog, written by Community Rights Director Shannon Biggs has been getting a lot of attention. 

The question on the table – what if nature had recognized rights in a court of law? Would fracking be illegal? We think so! On top of permanently destroying communities and the health of its people, it has also highlighted an even deeper and complex impact that it has had on humans and transformed the relationships between society and nature in how humans now own nature as a property. 

Global Community on Rights of Nature gather for Summit

Given the frightening stance president Correa has taken by calling our Ecuadorian environmental and Indigenous allies “terrorists,” it was particularly important to host this Rights of Nature summit in Quito and Pensaqui, Ecuador. 

Discussing strategy on various issues from the Yasuni-ITT initiative to fracking, the summit laid a powerful foundation of discourse for growing the movement in 2014 and beyond!

Calling all Mendocino, CA activists and residents

Want to get more involved?

If you live in the Mendocino County and would like to learn more about the inner-workings of community rights, CROW, the Community Rights Organization of Willits will be hosting events and workshops to discuss water protection, and self governance. For more information about CROW or Democracy School, as well as others events that are open to the general public, please contact Peter Norris at (707) 456-9968.

We’re so excited to see what this New Year holds for us and the community rights activism community. Our work together has already created a pathway for real, uncompromising change.

With your continued support, we can work to achieve the visions we’ve imagined for so long. 

Hanna Toda
Intern, Community Rights Program

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