Citizen Action Monitor

Meet Gramma Tina and the Nanas, a UK anti-fracking group of moms rising up in resistance

Tina is facing £55,000 in court costs, and now prison threatens if she doesn’t pay up. No 1845 Posted by fw, December 13, 2016 “We’re very pleased to bring you the … Continue reading

December 13, 2016

America doesn’t have a fracking problem, it has a democracy problem, and citizens are fighting back

Fighting back in courts and in trenches with hundreds engaged in sustained acts of civil disobedience. No 1536 Posted by fw, December 11, 2015 “The people think we have a … Continue reading

December 11, 2015

After Denton TX residents voted to ban fracking, Texas state lawmakers passed a law barring fracking bans

Protesters defying new law, continue protests, police arrest activists, thanking them for their community service No 1357 Posted by fw, June 03, 2015 “The city of Denton, Texas, (pop. 113,383) … Continue reading

June 3, 2015

LANDMARK RULING – U.S. judge elevates rights of communities over those of corporations

Community Bill of Rights liberates citizens to build economically and environmentally sustainable communities free from corporate interference No 708 Posted by fw, April 02, 2013 “The ruling represents the first … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Comparing Ecojustice Canada’s approach to legal environmental action with U.S.’s Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

No 547 Posted by fw, August 14, 2012 If you enter the term ‘CELDF’ in my blog’s “Search this site” box it immediately becomes apparent from the relatively large number … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Big legal battle shaping up in US as more than 200 cities in 15 states pass local ordinances banning fracking

State governments and Big Oil & Gas launching legal challenges to local ordinances No 536 Posted by fw, July 30, 2012 “As evidence of the public health and environmental risks … Continue reading

July 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

BC residents organize to stop Texas billionaire from building new tar sands pipeline to coast

Vancouver City Council votes for bylaw to demand more liability insurance for oil tankers No 505 Posted by fw, June 16, 2012 Vancouver City Council may have taken a page … Continue reading

June 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

“Holy creeping corporatism, Batman, our rights are under attack!”

“I know, Robin. State legislatures are stripping municipalities of their zoning authority.” No 494 Posted by fw, June 4, 2012 “Not content to leave Pennsylvania communities with any control over … Continue reading

June 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Far and away the best damned strategy I’ve seen for building a grassroots transformational mass movement

The challenge is formidable — to abolish corporations and dissolve centralized hierarchies in general No 493 Posted by fw, June 3, 2012 “We’ve become so obedient that we’ve forgotten how … Continue reading

June 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Pennsylvania State uses preemptive powers to strip local communities of the right to ban fracking

Act removes as much power as possible from those who are most impacted by gas extraction No 428, Posted by fw, March 5, 2012 “The legislature’s latest action to aid … Continue reading

March 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

“All power is inherent in the people.” Community enacts this provision and more in Ordinance.

No 228 Posted by fw, July 25, 2011 How would you like to live in a community that enacts an enforceable Bill of Rights that includes the following protections? — … Continue reading

July 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Citizens of Baldwin, PA target energy and natural resource companies with local “Bill of Rights”

No 208 Posted by fw, July 2, 2011 “The Ordinance also includes a local “bill of rights” that asserts legal protections for the right to water; the rights of natural … Continue reading

July 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Wales, NY, latest to adopt community rights ordinance banning “fracking”

No 196 Posted by fw, June 16, 2011 “We are very pleased to announce our first ordinance adopted in New York State.  It bans corporations from natural gas drilling and … Continue reading

June 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pittsburgh ordinance bans gas drilling: first city in U.S. to do so

No 143 Posted by fw, April 4, 2011 “With this vote we are asserting the right of the city to make critical decisions to protect our health, safety, and welfare. … Continue reading

April 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund spearheads “massive disobedience” to U.S. law

No 142 Posted by fw, March 30, 2011 Following up on the three previous posts, which featured video recordings and transcripts of a 2009 talk by Mari Margil about the … Continue reading

March 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Amazing Legal Defense Fund takes on Big Corporations, declaring Nature has Rights. Pt 3/3: Who speaks for the trees?

No 141 Posted by fw, March 24, 2011 “The Lorax asked, ‘Who speaks for the trees?’ The people of Ecuador, Blaine, Barnstead, Nottingham, and a dozen other communities have answered, … Continue reading

March 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Amazing Legal Defense Fund takes on Big Corporations, declaring Nature has Rights. Pt 2/3: A way out of “the box”

No 140 Posted by fw, March 23, 2011 Continuing with Part 2 of Mari Margil’s talk to the Bioneers in October 2009, followed by my transcript: TRANSCRIPT Blaine’s ordinances At … Continue reading

March 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

Amazing Legal Defense Fund takes on Big Corporations, declaring Nature has Rights. Pt 1/3: Meet Mari Margil

No 139 Posted by fw, March 23, 2011 “What I’m about to say should come as no surprise to the people in this room. Our planet is dying. And our … Continue reading

March 23, 2011 · Leave a comment