Imagine If — ‘The Great Turning’ meets ‘Community Rights’ (319)

Community rights educator Paul Cienfuegos reads his inspiring short declaration inspired by Joanna Macy’s notion of “The Great Turning,” a total change in how we govern ourselves. Paul writes, “The Community Rights movement has been spreading across the United States — one … [Read more...]

Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 3 (274)

"In 160 communities in nine states, we've been passing rights-based ordinances that strip corporations of their constitutional so-called rights; that enshrine the right of a local community to govern itself by community majority; and ban specific activities which are legal … [Read more...]

Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 2 (259)

"I'm not aware of any other social movement going on in the US today that has the power to challenge and win against corporate rule, push back and dismantle corporate rights, and enshrine rights for actual human beings," asserts Community Rights educator and organizer Paul … [Read more...]

Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 1 (258)

Community Rights educator Paul Cienfuegos explains how "We The People" are exercising the authority to govern ourselves and fight corporate rule. When small farmers in rural Pennsylvania wanted to say "no" to a corporate factory farm coming into their community, they learned … [Read more...]

A Community Rights Movement is Reclaiming Democracy

While in Portland we videoed Paul Cienfuegos. This energetic and articulate firebrand is the Portland area regional organizer for the Community Rights movement. What's that, you ask? In a nutshell,"communities across the country are practicing non-violent, civil … [Read more...]

Reclaiming Democracy: How Communities are Saying “NO” to Corporate Rights

Thomas Linzey and Shannon Biggs describe how more than 100 communities have enacted laws that place the rights of communities and nature over the claimed "rights" of corporations. Their organizing stems from a new understanding of the origins of corporate power. It's a … [Read more...]

Young Lawyers Lower the Bar to a Sharing Economy (210)

"Sharing really is going to save the world!" declares Janelle Orsi, author of The Sharing Solution, noting that it's fun, doesn't require special skills — and we can start now. She and Jennifer Kassan co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center to help people formalize … [Read more...]