Community Rights

The Community Rights Movement is dismantling corporate rule,
putting people and planets over profits.

The current law sees nature as property from which resources should be extracted in pursuit of endless growth and gives corporations the privilege of “personhood” and rights.

What is a Community Bill of Rights?

A Community Bill of Rights is a tool for communities that have been taken over by corporate interests; communities that are told they cannot make their own decisions because the State gets to control that particular issue, such as setting the minimum wage, paid leave, anti-discrimination laws, sharing economy (e.g. AirBnB, Uber, etc.), choosing how our local taxes are spent, what to do with confederate monuments and from where we get our electricity.

Communities that are passing these Bills are transforming the conversation from “how can we best regulate corporations?’ to “how do we change the legal structure to place the rights of people and the planet over those of corporations?“.  Slavery wasn’t abolished because people were looking at how to better regulate the industry, it took a deconstruction of the legal structure that allowed people to be “property”.

A Community Bill of Rights can be written to focus on any issue where the State is getting in the way of communities being able to make their own decisions. Asheville’s first Community Bill of Rights focuses on our right to a healthy climate and a sustainable energy future. This is the first of many Bills of Rights across the state of North Carolina.

In partnership with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) Community Roots has drafted a Community Bill of Rights stating our right to a healthy climate. We are building a campaign for the City of Asheville to pass this ground-breaking ordinance to begin to process of asserting our right to local-self governance as detailed in the Declaration of Independence  and dismantling the system of corporate rule that has become the norm in modern America.

Read: Asheville’s Community Bill of Rights