In Eugene, I began learning about Community Rights. More than 200 communities in nine states have passed legally-binding and locally-enforceable community rights laws that
* ban harmful but currently legal corporate activities like fracking, dumping sludge on farmland, unsustainable energy development, water withdrawal for bottling, etc.;
* strip corporations of all of their constitutional "rights;"
* restore a municipality's right to govern itself and protect its public health and environment.
Could your town apply Community Rights ordinances around "smart" meters, Wi-Fi and telecommunications equipment? YES...with a public vote at the ballot box.
Because our federal laws grant corporations "First Amendment free speech rights," telecom corporations claim, for example, that a municipality cannot require them to post SAR labeling on mobile devices. Because that would violate their right not to speak about a product's potential harms.
Community Rights ordinances nullify existing state, federal and corporate trade-treaty pre-emption laws when those laws violate our inherent right of local self-governance.
A community could declare that its neighborhoods shall have the authority to deny any industrial, residential or commercial project proposed by a corporation. A community could create an ordinance banning Wi-Fi in schools, "smart" meters, distributed antenna systems, new cell towers.
What's the catch? Your community has to reach majority rule at the ballot box; or your city or county councilors have to pass such an ordinance. (And so, public education continues.)
For more info, visit www.CommunityRightsPDX.org, www.democracythemepark.org, www.CELDF.org and 'Community Rights TV' on Youtube. Here's a recent talk from Community Rights leader Paul Cienfuegos: click here
Posted by Katie Singer