A Publication of theNew Hampshire Community Rights Network Educating and empowering communities and elected officials about our individual and collective right of local self-governance in order to secure and protect the inherent and unalienable rights of all inhabitants of New Hampshire to economic, social and environmental justice, including the rights of nature.
$25 covers educational materials for 2 people. Receive a free Community Rights book of our choosing, while supplies last! You must share your mailing address in order to receive the book. ;-)
$50 ensures a community member can attend a Community Rights workshop, teaching the tools needed to confront corporate control and state interference on a powerful single front: people’s and nature’s inalienable rights. Receive a free NHCRN T-shirt, while sizes and supplies last. You must share the size shirt you want AND your mailing address in order to receive the T-shirt. ;-)
$100 covers travel expenses for our community organizer to speak at an event educating Granite Staters on Community Rights at the state level. Receive a free Community Rights DVD of our choosing, while supplies last! You must share your mailing address in order to receive the DVD. ;-)
$250 allows us to print and distribute informational handouts on Community Rights and the state amendment process. Receive a free Community Rights book of our choosing and a free DVD, while supplies last! You must share your mailing address in order to receive the free materials. ;-)
$500 allows us to provide 10 scholarships to community members to attend a Community Rights workshop. Receive a free Community Rights book of our choosing, a DVD, and an NHCRN T-shirt, while supplies last! You must share your mailing address in order to receive the free materials. ;-)
For those who have already given or pledged, I ask you to consider responding to this invitation by either extending and increasing your pledge for an additional
year or by making a one-time additional gift above and beyond
your current pledge commitment.
YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE :-)
SHARE THIS CALL TO GIVE
I'm asking you to please share this opportunity with
family and friends to help meet our year-end goal.
Granite State citizens have discovered when they’ve endeavored to locally curtail corporate water withdrawals, fossil fuel pipeline infrastructure, unsustainable "green-energy" projects, toxic waste dumping, and water contamination, local democratic control has been stripped away by the combined effort of legislators who adopt corporate-lobbied laws, and the courts that uphold them.
As a local Community Rights activist in my own community and serving president of the NH Community Rights Network (NHCRN), I'm asking you to join me in this opportunity to advance local rights for People & Nature.
Mindsets are evolving to understand our place in nature as embraced by the indigenous people of the land we occupy. The catastrophic consequences of nature existing as “property” under the law have propelled communities around the world to take action to assert the rights of the natural world. And the outcry of youth in recent months illustrates the imperative that each of us takes action now.
Nottingham Water Alliance (NWA) is, once again, rolling up their sleeves and doing the work of local democracy. While it’s important to speak out in favor of legislation and policies one supports and to voice dissent against those policies one opposes, taking direct action to ensure that the people have decisional power over the health and safety of their community is a vital aspect of promoting deliberative and emancipatory democracy in our society. And that is precisely what Nottingham Water Alliance (NWA) is doing.
NH-CAN (New Hampshire Citizen Action News) Wants to Celebrate and Advertise Citizen Action Groups Like Yours
Rarely, if ever, do local or statewide Community Rights efforts get a
platform to share what it is they are doing and WHY.
The NHCRN has reached out and spoken to Barbara Peterson of NH-CAN and came to the conclusion that this a friendly platform for the Community Rights cause!
This call to participate is being shared with you so that your local Community Rights activist efforts have an opportunity to be seen and heard! It doesn't matter how long ago or how recent your local effort, whether your local RBO succeeded in passing or not, your participation will help raise awareness for your local cause and the need to secure the right to local self-government within the NH Constitution.
Citizen action groups like yours need media coverage. NH-CAN (New Hampshire Citizen Action News) celebrates the work that ordinary citizens do to help improve their communities. There is a great deal of work and progress that advocacy and activist groups do in New Hampshire, but it rarely makes the news. While large events, such as massive marches or legislative protests may earn a column in the local paper, the everyday tasks that such organizations engage in, the visions they have, the goals they are advancing, the projects they are working on, and the people they energize into action is rarely if ever given the attention it deserves. NH-CAN wants to highlight all your good works. Our goal is to start bringing attention to what NH citizen groups are doing to make positive changes locally and statewide in the areas of socio-political equity, environmental sustainability, and economic justice.
We would like to ask you to answer a few questions so that we can include you and your group in our weekly news report that is due to launch late winter/early spring. Every week, NH-CAN will write 1-2 profiles, each about a different NH citizen group. We will cover any projects you may be working on, past achievements and events, visions and goals for the future, contact information so others can join your work, and anything else you may want to include in the information you send us.
Our news report will be available on social media as well as by direct email. We hope that by giving attention to all that you do, more people will come to recognize the importance of your work and join your group.
Click here for the questionnaire. If you would take a few minutes to answer the questions, we will start drafting an article to publish in NH-CAN, due to launch late-winter/early spring. We may contact you for further questions and clarifications before finalizing the article.
THOSE AFFECTED BY GOVERNING DECISIONS SHOULD BE THE ONES MAKING THEM
It’s time for a new narrativeOne purpose of the Right to a Healthy Climate ordinance, passed by Exeter residents this past march, is to assert the legislative power we as communities actually have. Now, we may better elevate the narrative of a brighter future: The earth is alive and sacred.
Residents must act locally to protect health, welfare Real democracy involves people in every town getting involved and empowered, and that’s what the NH Community Rights Network advocates for! Residents must act locally to protect their health, safety and welfare, and defend their water, land and air from corporate polluters who are poisoning our children and destroying Mother Earth!
Embrace community rights to save the environment Mindsets are evolving to understand our place in nature as embraced by the indigenous people of the land we occupy. The catastrophic consequences of nature existing as “property” under the law have propelled communities around the world to take action to assert the rights of the natural world.
Democracy Schoolexplores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront the usurpation by corporations of the rights of communities, people, and earth. Lectures cover the history of people’s movements and corporate power, and the dramatic organizing over the last decade in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Ohio, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon by communities confronting agribusiness, the oil and gas industry, corporate hegemony over worker rights, and others. Included with participation in the Democracy School is a 300 plus-page book of background reading material.
What can we do differently? People like small government in New Hampshire and they credit themselves with having a strong streak of independence that is reflected in the state motto “live free or die.” In 2006, the town voted 135:1 in favor of the rights-based Ordinance that prevented USA Springs siphoning of the water.
ADDITIONAL VIDEOS OF INTEREST...
The Rights of Nature | Kat Houghton | TEDxAsheville Narrated Peak into the dominant cultural consciousness that holds humans separate and above the rest of the natural world. Explore worldviews from diverse cultures and western science that help us question our beliefs about our place in the natural world. Discover the legal revolution giving rights to nature and changing our relationship to the beyond-human world.