Let’s Talk Community Rights… and Stuff

1393357015s9bipThomas Linzey, the executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), will be bringing his spiel about community rights to Corvallis on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Linzey will be speaking from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, located at 2945 NW Circle Boulevard.

CELDF acts as a resource for community rights groups throughout the United States. A familiar face of community activism, Linzey is scheduled to speak in cities throughout Oregon as part of a statewide tour sponsored by CELDF and the Oregon Community Rights Network. Local groups co-hosting the event include the Benton County Community Rights Coalition (BCCRC), Ten Rivers Food Web, and the Linn-Benton Pacific Green Party.

“Thomas Linzey just wrote a book and that’s what this talk is (mostly) about,” said Dana Allen, BCCRC’s education outreach coordinator.

Lindzey’s book, On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States, basically outlines how the future of America’s economic system is in the hands of fewer and fewer people.

“What we’re doing is we’re revealing that the system is not broken—it’s rigged. Our whole regulatory system,” Allen said. “Corporations are basically running the show. The corporations have more rights than we (as humans) do.”

She added, “Our rights as communities supersede corporations. We’re saying the people need to have the decision about what’s happening in their communities.”

Feeling inspired to exercise your rights as a community member? Well, you’re in luck because BCCRC will be hosting a follow-up community conversation on Oct. 15. Get talking at 7 p.m. at the First Alternative South Co-op Meeting Room.

By Abbie Tumbleson