(From Joe Cusumano)
“Today in the United States sustainability is illegal. It’s been rendered illegal by the system of law. Because when we attempt to pursue sustainability, especially at the local level, what we run into is a box of corporate rights that actually prohibits or prevents us from moving in that direction.”
— Thomas Linzey, Executive Director of the Community Legal Environmental Defense Fund
Attached please find the announcement for the Community Rights Workshop that we’ll be holding at the State College Friends School, on June 14-15.
From the flyer:
“The workshop takes an in-depth look at how Pennsylvania’s political and legal structures have been set up to protect the interests of an elite minority, at the expense of the majority of Pennsylvanians. We’ll look at how Pennsylvania’s constitution has continually evolved since the American Revolution to protect wealth and privilege over community self-government; we’ll look at how corporations in Pennsylvania have received more rights and protections than those of you living in your community; and we’ll look at how Pennsylvanians have pushed back against these oppressive structures to reclaim democracy in their communities. Finally, we’ll consider what it would take to create a Pennsylvania constitution that protects the rights of people, communities, and nature by securing our inalienable right to local self-government, free from corporate and state interference.”
Please contact me to sign up. The cost is $25, including a Saturday lunch. Scholarships are available, as is on-site day care. Please let me know if you are interested in either.
Please forward this to friends. If you feel up to it, you can print it to post around town!
Workshop Instructors are Ben Price, Projects Director, CELDF and Chad Nicholson, Pennsylvania Community Organizer, CELDF. This workshop is sponsored by: PRESS − Preserving Rights to Environmental Sustainability and Safety and CELDF − Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund