Other Resources

These resources provide more details above and beyond the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about community rights and related and underpinning practices and philosophies.

  1. Books
  2. Declarations
  3. Essays
  4. Multimedia
  5. News


On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States by Thomas Linzey and CELDF staff

Animals as Persons by Gary Francione

Challenge Corporate Power/Assert the People’s Rights by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section (contact us if the link doesn’t work)

Plants as Persons by Matthew Hall

The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth by The Council of CanadiansFundación Pachamama and Global Exchange

The Second Bill of Rights by Cass R. Sunstein

Should Trees Have Standing? by Christopher Stone

The Spirit of American Government by J Allen Smith (contact us if the link doesn’t work)

Wild Law by Cormac Cullinan (especially Chapter 8)


These provide a framework for community-level activism and inspiration for our own Marion Declaration.

The Corvallis Declaration defines the basis and scope of the community rights movement in Oregon, including the origin of the Oregon Community Rights Network

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth

A Declaration of Animal Rights

Declaration of Nyeleni for Food Sovereignty

The Barnstead Declaration of a movement to secure the rights of human and natural communities in New Hampshire

Colorado Constitutional Amendment securing the people’s inherent right to local self-government

A Youth Food Bill of Rights, written in a national youth summit without adult participation (local pdf)

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The Constitutional Underpinnings of Homelessness by Anne M. Burkhardt

The Origin, Differentiation and Role of Rights by Thomas Berry (local pdf)

Ten Principles of Earth Democracy by Vandana Shiva (local pdf)

Community Rights Papers exploring the grassroots history and emergence of community rights across the US.

A New Civil Rights Movement by Thomas Linzey (also available via pdf)

An analysis of the CELDF and similar strategies by Russ at Attempter Blog (also check out his other series on Corporatism, Federalism and the Constitution, Food Sovereignty and Movement Strategy)

A response to a critique of CELDF by Kai Huschke

A whole host of essays on nonviolent liberation strategy at the Albert Einstein Institute for advancing freedom through non-violent action (contact us if the link is down and you’d like access to a copy)

Against Power Inequalities by Henry Tam (also available via pdf)


Resistance Radio by Derrick Jensen, w/Thomas Linzey — a discussion of community rights, decolonization and breaking our allegiance to systems of exploitation and destruction.

We the People Rising Up by Thomas Linzey — an event sponsored by Community Rights Lane County in Eugene and the Oregon Community Rights Network (OCRN).  Language warning: there are a couple f-bombs in there.

2013 PIELC Keynote Address by Thomas Linzey — an inspiring introduction to the need for and work of the community rights movement at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon.  Language warning:  there are a couple of f-bombs.

Democracy School Online — a four hour lesson explaining how the US Constitution was designed from the beginning to treat people and communities like property and corporations like persons.  Broken into eight half-hour modules.

Food Bill of Rights — Explanation by Thomas Linzey of how a Food Bill of Rights can contribute to developing and protecting local, sustainable food systems

Narrated PowerPoint primer on community rights:  “So, your community is about to be [fill in the blank]…” What do you do?  An introduction to rights-based organizing.


Read the Dirt on Community Rights and  stay up-to-date on nation-wide developments, and learn more about the struggles and successes of other communities

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