Democracy isn't Free!
Community Rights Lane County, along with Our Community, Our Rights are ALL VOLUNTEER organizations fighting for our right to make decisions on what corporate practices should be allowed to take place in our communities. We believe that communities must have the power to determine those activities that directly affect us, free from corporate interference and influence. Currently, corporations have more legal authority to do harm in our communities, than we have to protect ourselves! The Right of Local Community Self-Government Charter Amendment will legally authorize county residents’ right to write and pass laws that protect us from harmful corporate practices right here, where we live. Corporations don’t like this notion and will spend big bucks to fight us....
*****At the beginning of October 2016, we filed to intervene in a case that threatens to stop our initiatives from further circulation.*****
Stan Long, an "old boy" Oregon lawyer working with Dennis Morgan, who has clear ties to the timber industry, first tried to get Lane County Commissioners to pass an ordinance giving themselves veto power over the initiative process.
Now, Long has cooked up another theory based on a different "requirement" called the separate-vote rule; he alleges this rule must be applied to proposed charter amendments before they can be approved for circulation. This rule has never been applied in Lane County before and should not apply to the pre-election review process at all. While Long is asking for this rule to apply specifically to our three initiatives, the potential application of this "new" rule could affect all proposed charter amendments, and be another significant impediment to the people's exercise of their initiative powers in Lane County.
We need your help to fight back and ensure the county doesn't settle with Long and sell-out the people's right to the initiative process. Your donation will help us cover legal fees and boost our signature gathering efforts
Contribute what you can. Without these legalized protections, corporations will continue to legally destroy the health and well-being of our precious Planet Earth and her inhabitants.