Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit, public interest law firm providing free and affordable legal services to communities facing threats to their local environment, local agriculture, local economy, and quality of life. Its mission is to build sustainable communities by assisting people to assert their right to local self-government and the rights of nature.

Releases by this organization

Newswire article
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Florida: Flurry of Rights of River Ballot Initiatives Proposed to Save Drinking Water, Ecosystems
In the face of state and federal inaction amidst mounting ecological devastation, grassroots groups in Alachua, Orange, Lee, Brevard, and Osceola counties are advancing county-wide laws to recognize the legally enforceable rights of the Santa Fe River, Wekiva River, Econlockhatchee River,...
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Newswire article
Monday, July 22, 2019
Ballot Access Stymied in Ohio and Washington
Residents petitioning for municipal laws to expand human, civil, and ecosystem rights, while governing corporate activities, are facing administrative run-arounds, legal stonewalling and novel tactics to remove duly-qualified ballot measures from ever being voted on. In Ohio, since 2015, courts,...
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Newswire article
Friday, July 07, 2017
People’s Right to a Healthy Climate Takes Center Stage in Federal Court
Spokane residents fighting for the right to a healthy climate will have their day in court on Wednesday, July 12th, in the case of Holmquist v. United States (No. 2:17 -cv-00046-TOR). The case was filed on behalf of seven residents by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) in...
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