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Taking Back Local Control
12 June, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm$10
Join EJC at the June 12, 2014 quarterly meeting of Heartland Coalfield Alliance in Urbana, Illinois:
Heartland Coalfield Alliance Quarterly Meeting
June 12, 2014 10:00am –4:00pm
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
2200 Philo Rd, Urbana, IL 61802
Proposed Agenda, June HCA Meeting
Corporations typically have the upper hand when approaching cities, towns and counties with proposals that promise jobs and economic-well being. Once there, residents find these proposals for resource extraction (natural gas, water and coal), confined animal feeding operations, municipal waste sites, and other large-scale projects negatively affect their environment, health and way of life.
Learn how communities across the country are taking back local control by passing bans and limits on fracking and other resource extraction and defending their right to do so in court. (see video below). We’ll be featuring Natalie Long, an organizer with Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). CELDF has been organizing to help communities keep out corporate interests that would affect their health, environment and quality of life since the mid 1990’s. Natalie has agreed to meet with us to explore how community rights organizing might be done in Illinois coal-basin communities facing pressures from coal mining interests.
Community rights organizing is an exciting and critical paradigm shift, where people, versus corporations, have control over what happens in their town. It provides:
- A move away from unsustainable projects and practices at the cost of communities and nature, and toward community decision-making.
- Communities with the opportunities to both say “no” to practices that would negatively impact their health and environment, and “yes” to those practices that would benefit them.
You won’t want to miss this!
We’ll also spend time hearing about initiatives and campaigns. So much has been happening …. successful student protests / divestment campaigns; administrative reviews; community organizing; coal ash hearings; and much more. And we’ll take some time to get your ideas for using our next meeting to help further our mission, aimed at moving Illinois from it’s coal economy to one based on clean, safe, renewable energy.
Interested? RSVP here.
Thomas Linzey of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) delivers the keynote address of the 31rst Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, February 28 through March 3, 2013. Linzey points out the folly of the traditional avenues of redress environmental law has pursued, offering a new model to return democracy to the people currently hi-jacked by a corporate friendly legal system.