Past Events

Get Involved: Community Bill of Rights


Community Bill of Rights Kick Off Party!
Saturday, June 2nd, 7 to 10:00 pm
The Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundry Street, Asheville

Join us to celebrate the launch of Asheville’s first Community Bill of Rights. Stand with us in taking back our power, asserting our rights for local self-governance and building a world where People and Planet come before Profits. The Community Bill of Rights is a City ordinance that will:

  • enable citizens to prohibit the activities of corporations that pollute our water, air and soil,
  • allow us to make ongoing decisions about where we live, without interference from the State and
  • accelerate the equitable transition to 100% renewable energy.

Join us for great music, food, drinks, a silent auction and information about how you can get involved in this grassroots movement.

$20 suggested donation at the door. Everyone is welcome.


Going to the Root: Rights of Nature Workshop
Saturday, May 19th, 1 to 5:00 pm
36 Montford Ave, Asheville

Rights-based law for Systemic Change!
We need a fundamental change in the way we relate to the natural world. This involves recognizing our interdependence with nature, finding practical ways to live in harmony with the natural world and securing the highest legal protection through the recognition of rights.

Our legal system sees nature as property. In our history the US legal system saw women and African American people as property. This changed because The People insisted it change. Changing the legal status of nature from property to an entity with rights will not only change our relationship with the natural world it gives us a legal avenue for protecting her.

In 2008 Ecuador became the first country to codify Rights of Nature in its Constitution. Citizens of Ecuador can now file law suits on behalf of ecosystems – forests, rivers, mountains – against Corporations who are causing harm. CELDF (the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) were key in writing this legislation and brining Rights of Nature to communities around the US and other countries.

Thomas Linzey (Co-Founder and Chief Legal Counsel) and Mari Margil (Associate Director) of CELDF provide this workshop in Asheville for the first time to provide practical assistance to those working to protect our planet.


Go Fossil Free! Learn how to make the switch to renewable energy
Sunday, May 6th, 3 to 5:30 pm
Habitat Tavern and Commons, 174 Broadway St, Asheville

Learn how to make the switch to 100% renewable energy in your home and in our community. The event features a panel of local solar installers, Kim Porter on “NC Clean Path 2025,” plus speakers on weatherization for your home, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and the divestiture movement.

Learn from and meet representatives from NC Warn, Energy Savers Network, Sugar Hollow Solar, SolFarm, Sundance Solar, Divest Fossil Fuels and the Alliance to Protect the People and Places We Love.


We, The People 2.0 Screening
Monday, April 23, 7 – 9 pm
THE BLOCK off Biltmore,
39 S Market St

Interested in Community Rights and why Corporations have more rights than we do? This film showcases the work of CELDF and the Community Rights movement across the US.

“We the People 2.0” is about the loss of democracy in the United States. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people and sacrifice zones in urban communities who have faced decades of toxic dumps, drilling and mines in their communities. These people come to understand that the reason they can’t stop the destruction is that the US has become an oligarchy, run by the corporate few who ignore the rights and will of the people. These people are frontally challenging our corporate state; thereby saving nature and themselves. Thomas Linzey, a nonprofit attorney’s inspiring words shows how, we, the people, can turn this around and lay claim to our democracy. This movement is building as you read this, not just in this country but around the world; this film shows how and where it all began.

Watch the trailer:


Saturday, February 10th, 1 pm
Carrier Park

We are sad that 4,000 gallons of kerosene leaked into the French Broad River this week. We tend to feel helpless when these insane accidents occur, but here is a way we can help! We are asking all who care about clean water and stopping pollution on our planet to join us this Saturday. Please bring flowers (roses have the highest vibration), rocks, crystals, tobacco, twigs, or any other organic offering that calls to you.

Join us on Saturday to honor our River. We will place our healing intentions into the offerings and then place them into the water to be carried down the river to bring healing to the river. Intention is powerful!  We will make a difference! This gathering will held rain or shine! The River doesn’t care if she gets wet!


Thursday, February 1st, 5:30-7:30 pm
at THE BLOCK off Biltmore, 39 S Market St, Asheville

Be part of Asheville and Buncombe County’s just and equitable transition to 100% renewable energy.  Learn how Corporations have hijacked the Rights of Communities and what the Community Rights movement is doing to take back our Power.
5:30-5:45 Connect with like-minded fellow citizens
5:45-7:00 Interactive presentation on Community Rights
7:00-7:30 Ways to get involved locally

Public comment series on Asheville’s Climate Bill of Rights

Community Roots held a series of workshops to get public input on Asheville’s renewable future and inform participants about North Carolina’s first Community Bill of Rights.

  • Friday through Sunday, November 17-19, NC Climate Justice Summit. We’ll be holding a Community Rights workshop Saturday afternoon.
  • Tuesday, November 14th, 6:30 pm, Buncombe County NAACP. We’ll be talking about Community Rights and Asheville’s Climate Bill of Rights.
  • Monday, October 23, @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm, Kenilworth Community Center, 123 Chiles Ave, Facebook Event Link
  • Wednesday, October 11, @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm, Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St

September 27, 2017: NCUC Rate Hike Hearing Rally and Banner Hang

The North Carolina Utilities Commission, the government body tasked with regulating Duke Energy’s activities in NC, held a public comment session on Wednesday September 27th, 7-10 pm. Community Roots organizing a Street Theater Rally and Banner Hang. Duke Energy was requesting a 16.7% rate increase from residential customers to cover, among other things, cleanup of their coal ash and the construction of new gas-fired plants including the one in Arden. Community Roots and its partners believe the public must take advantage of this opportunity to voice their opinions to the Commissioners and Duke Energy.

Suzannah Park leads Street Theater Rally in Asheville

Suzannah Park, leader of the Wild Asheville Community Chorus and director of the Street Theater Rally believes “it’s easy to get lost in the maze of utility regulatory law; we want people to understand the issues at stake, what Duke Energy is asking for and feel empowered to go speak their mind to the Utilities Commissioners. Street theater is a powerful way to reach folks on a personal level by making the invisible or confusing issues, both visible and more easily understood.”

The Street Theater performances focused on key issues raised by Duke Energy’s requests including the $416 millions slated for the building of new infrastructure for production of electricity from gas.

“The building of these gas-fired plants and associated pipelines will continue our reliance on fossil fuels for another 30-40 years, preventing us moving to 100% renewable energy in a time frame that will make a meaningful impact on the current climate crisis. We need to move away from planet warming fossil fuels as soon as possible,”

says Community Roots co-founder Kat Houghton.

The Street Theater Rally and marched from the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville to the Buncombe County Courthouse. A  20′ x 30′ banner was dropped from the roof of a nearby parking garage. The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department generously allowed our team to walk off the roof with no charges and no arrests.

Watch Mountain Stream TV’s Coverage of the rally and the hearing.