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NHCRN Community Rights Awareness Workshop

Who Decides What Happens in Local Communities?

Can it be Changed, and How?



…Wondering why corporations have more power than local communities?

…Wondering why state governments permit corporations to harm communities?

…Wondering why state governments routinely prevent communities from local lawmaking decisions that are in the best interests of the community?

Workshop Details

New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN) partners with Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to take an in-depth look at how political and legal structures have been set up to protect the interests of an elite wealthy minority, at the expense of the majority of people and community self-government. We’ll look at how corporations have received more rights and protections than real people living in communities; and we’ll look at how communities have pushed back against these oppressive structures to reclaim democratic self-government in their communities, and at the state level with a proposed Community Rights Amendment.

Workshop Instructor

Michelle Sanborn, NH Organizer for CELDF,

For More Information

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This workshop is intended for educational purposes only and not intended as legal advice. Materials used should not be deemed to be the offering of legal services, and is not presented as advocacy in support of, or opposition to, particular legislation.

Tree Media Presents: WE THE PEOPLE 2.0

We the People 2.0’s trailer has launched!   As many of you know, we have been working on this film for 4 years.  And as we know, even though we have wanted, over these years, to have the film completed sooner, films have a way to happen in such as way as to be completed at the right time.  And now we know why it had to be this year, this astounding, jaw-dropping, election year.

This film is about community and nature rights that make up “The 2nd American Revolution” that’s happening, up until now, below the radar.    This film taps a frustration that so many of us have not just in America, but also around the world…that, in spite of all our efforts, we are unable to create a world we all want to live in, because, time and time again, we lose to the “powers the be.” Simply put, in a world in which greed trumps all, we cannot survive.  And thus, as the film says:  “If you live in a corporate state, there is only one thing left to do and it is to dismantle it, and build something new.”

The film tracks everyday people who are bravely and frontally challenging the corporate state, and winning.   It features Thomas Linzey and the work of CELDF and is, (thank you Walton!), Narrated by Walton Goggins. It is Produced by Mathew Schmid and Directed by Leila Conners.  Full credits are on the link.

At a time when so much is at stake, we feel that films have a place to inspire action and so, yes, it is an activist film.  As such it will have a unique roll-out. Currently, we are waiting to hear back from film festivals, fingers crossed!  In summer, we will plan the public roll-out and will send updates as we go.  This movement to take back the right to protect ourselves and the environment is building as you read this, not just in this country but around the world; our film shows how and where it all began.

Thank you so very much for watching!  Trailer >
Leila & Mathew


Educating New Hampshire Communities To Establish Community Rights To Democratic Local Self-Governance & Sustainability

In Remembrance of Gail Darrell


Find Your County

Barnstead, NH, located in Belknap county, was the first municipality to adopt a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance, in 2006.

Residents from ten other municipalities have joined the Community Rights Effort in NH by enacting local, rights-based laws that elevate community authority.

Community members from Belknap, Strafford, Rockingham, Coos, Grafton and Merrimack counties have enacted local, rights-based laws at their Town Meetings. Citizens petitioned the binding laws, called warrant articles– a process particular to New England – in order to ban unwanted activities that would threaten the health, safety, and welfare of the community. The warrant articles were all enacted by voters, some by a unanimous Town Meeting vote.

Whether the single issue is voting rights, protecting our water, unwanted energy projects, or sustainable farming, New Hampshire towns are asserting the right to make decisions about what happens to the places where we live.

Is your town on the map?

Find out how to get involved: