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Reclaiming Our Future at Rio+20: The Green Economy Versus Rights of Mother Earth

Posted by in Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 21st March, 2012 | No Comments

La Via Campesina - Massive MarchThe international peasants and farmers organization, La Via Campesina, ends their global Call to Action for the upcoming June 16-18 Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) with ‘GLOBALIZE THE STRUGGLE!! GLOBALIZE HOPE!!!’ The stakes are high in Rio. As Via Campesina points out, “Twenty years later, governments should have reconvened to review their commitments and progress, but in reality the issue to debate will be the “green economy” led development, propagating the same capitalist model that caused climate chaos and other deep social and environmental crises.”
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Earth Island Journal Explores Rights of Nature in its Spring Issue

Posted by in Community Rights on 8th March, 2012 | No Comments

photo by Brett Weston, CorbisLast week our friends at the Earth Island Journal published an article on the Rights of Nature in their spring issue. The article, titled Natural Law: From Rural Pennsylvania to South America, a Global Alliance is Promoting the Idea that Ecosystems Have Intrinsic Rights; takes a deep look at the evolution of the movement grant legal rights to nature from its origins in the small community of Tamaqua Borough, Pennsylvania, to the ground-breaking developments in Ecuador in 2008 when it became the first nation to recognize nature’s rights in an amendment to its national constitution, up to the present moment as environmental and climate justice activists gear up to advocate for nature’s rights at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil this June.
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The Best Government the 1% Can Buy: Is Reversing Citizens United or Corporate Personhood Enough?

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange News & Events, World News & Events on 19th January, 2012 | 8 Comments

Photo credit: Justin ElliottWe could begin to ask new questions like: what if corporations aren’t the problem at all? Or: If the Supreme Court had never granted “personhood” rights to corporations, would they still be trammeling the rights of citizens and riding roughshod over communities and nature—Would we have democracy? The revolution for new rules is already here. Its happening at the grassroots. 150+ communities have already begun to challenge the system by writing new laws that place community and ecosystems above corporate profits and they’ve challenged the entire structure of law—right from Main Street, where they live.
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8,000 Strong March in Durban at the Global Day of Action

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured on 6th December, 2011 | No Comments

earth rights now ballOur day began early as we worked feverishly with students who travelled across South Africa on the “Climate Train,”(one of the most visible campaigns in the COP 17 process) to finish decorating 10 4-foot tall beach balls emblazoned with “Earth Rights NOW” in English, French and Spanish.
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Where the REAL Climate Talks are Happening: Can the 99% Stop Climate Change?

Posted by in Community Rights, World News & Events on 3rd December, 2011 | 1 Comment

Shannon oilThe sun rises at 4:45 each morning in Durban, and like most of those still on California time, I woke soon after. The beach here is beautiful and nearby so I decided to take a brisk walk amongst the shore fisherfolk and shell collectors, a great change the mad bustle of the ICC center, where the official negotiations for the climate conference are taking place.
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Global Exchange is Headed to Durban, South Africa for COP17!

Posted by in Community Rights, World News & Events on 22nd November, 2011 | No Comments

2008.08.21-003This December, the 2011 UN Climate Talks will be held in Durban, South Africa. As we approach this year’s conference, environmental and climate justice activists around the world have reason to doubt that our world leaders will come together in Durban and reach a solid agreement on a solution to climate change. Past conferences have […]
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A Day in the Life of Occupy Wall Street – the Community Rights Experience

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange News & Events, World News & Events on 1st November, 2011 | No Comments

occupy gothamWe were asked to speak and share stories from the frontlines of the grassroots movement for community and nature’s rights. But within me was also a keen desire to be a part of the conversation happening on Wall Street that has inspired Occupy Everywhere: Will history remember Zuccotti Park as a landmark location and this a defining moment we took an evolutionary step forward for democracy and system change?
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Community Rights goes to Occupy Wall Street

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange News & Events on 27th October, 2011 | 4 Comments

Liberty Street - OWSOn October 26 I spent a chilly and drizzly day on Wall Street along with my fellow community-rights organizer, Ben Price from CELDF. We had been asked to share our experiences with those occupying Liberty Plaza. Together we spoke on the steps in the now-famous style of ‘the People’s Mic’, an altogether exhilarating experience.
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Youth and the Rights of Nature

Posted by in Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 13th October, 2011 | No Comments

Students-with-ShoshoneThis guest blog was written by Debra Weistar, co-director of Finding the Good Traveling Semester Program. “This was the most amazing day ever.  I learned more today than in all the years of my education.” –Wyatt Maniarrez, Oct. 6, 2011, after attending a court hearing between the Western Shoshone and the Bureau of Land Management […]
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Community Rights vs. Corporate Rights: What School Did Not Teach Me Pt. I

Posted by in Community Rights on 16th August, 2011 | 1 Comment

HANNAH POST 1 IMAGEThe following is the first of a two part series written by Hannah Zucherman about her experience working as the Community Rights Program intern at Global Exchange this summer. Hannah will be starting her third year at Sonoma State University next week. As an intern to the Community Rights Program at Global Exchange this summer, I learned a lot —and most of what I learned is not in line with what the public school system taught me growing up.
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