Our work

NOTE:  This document is in draft form and subject to change pending chapter review and approval.

Vision

The sovereign participation of natural and  human communities and persons in Marion County systems of law and governance creates dynamic communities, personal well being, a healthy environment and a robust economy.

Mission

Make the voices of natural and human communities and persons paramount in all systems of law and governance.

Goals

  1. Develop the capacity of the chapter to self-manage and complete all other Goals
  2. Provide education to potential allies, activists, community members and leaders about the need to define, assert, exercise and defend the inherent and inalienable rights of nature, communities and persons.
  3. Build a broad coalition in support of defining, asserting, exercising and defending the inherent and inalienable rights of nature, communities and persons.
  4. Convene and facilitate a working group of delegates to author a Community Bill of Rights through a transparent and representative process.
  5. Pass a Community Bill of Rights into law through democratic process to
    1. Assert the inherent and inalienable rights of natural and human communities and persons
    2. Abolish all systems of law that treat natural and human communities and persons as “property” or “commerce”
    3. Deny corporations and all other legal fictions the claimed rights (including personhood) that give them legal privilege over natural and human communities and persons
    4. Create a truly democratic republic where liberty, rights and prosperity take priority over commerce and profit
  6. Advocate for, facilitate the transformation of all local and non-local laws and governance structures to recognize and protect the inherent and inalienable rights of natural and human communities and persons.
  7. Participate in efforts to accomplish the above goals at the state and national levels through the Oregon and National Community Rights Networks

Activities

  1. Organize a chapter Steering Committee as the decision-making body affecting all goals and activities of the Chapter
  2. Convene regular, public steering committee meetings to move chapter business forward
  3. Delegate essential tasks and responsibilities to persons of responsibility, such as a Committee Chair
  4. Operate appropriate communications media (including but not limited to website/blog and mailing lists) to maintain chapter coordination and transparency through all chapter business
  5. Offer a free Democracy School Online seminar via four sessions (two modules per session plus discussion) twice a year
  6. Collect local stories demonstrating how existing laws threaten or violate the inherent rights and/or health, safety and welfare of natural and human communities and persons
  7. Organize an advisory committee of Chapter Allies to provide essential feedback and support
  8. Collect signatures (electronically and in-person) of County residents in support of the Oregon Declaration of Community Rights
  9. Host a County-wide Democracy School for allies, members and advisors to the chapter
  10. Identify and empower natural allies as Convention Delegates
  11. Organize and host a County-wide Convention of Delegates to draft a Community Bill of Rights
  12. Work with Chapter Allies to pass the Bill of Rights into law
  13. Support the Oregon Community Rights Network and other Oregon communities’ efforts to pursue and protect their health, safety and welfare
  14. Further Define, Assert, Exercise and Defend the inherent and inalienable rights of natural and human communities and persons as necessary
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