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Amend To Protect New Hampshire’s People, Communities and Nature from Corporate Harm

January 31, 2018

National Community Rights Network (NCRN) gives our whole-hearted endorsement to the 2018 New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment campaign and recognizes you all for the incredible work that you are doing for yourselves, your communities, nature and the Community Rights movement.

National Community Rights Network (NCRN) is joining with New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN) and local rights-based grassroots groups to support the efforts of Community Rights activists throughout New Hampshire. With additional support and legal help from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), citizens are prepared and preparing for a state hearing on TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. with the House Municipal and County Government Committee. They will urge these Committee members to vote OTP (Ought to Pass) for the proposed NH State Amendment (CACR19), codifying the right to local community self-government. If OTP is decided by the committee then CACR19 goes to the House and Senate. If approved, it will be put on the ballot for voters to decide whether to codify their inalienable right to local community self-government.

Tom Groover interviews New Hampshire community organizers Michelle Sanborn, Monica Christofill and Douglas Darrell. Michelle and Monica are organizers with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), and Douglas is a Board member of the NHCRN and the NCRN. Michelle begins by explaining the process to get initiatives on the New Hampshire ballot.

“We are at the mercy of our legislators whether we can amend the constitution.” — Michelle Sanborn

New Hampshire does not have initiative rights for citizens.

Monica discusses how citizens’ voices and rights are nullified by state Preemption and Dillon’s Rule. Local control is implied in the constitution but citizens need to codify these rights.

Do your duty as your agents to us, by giving us the chance to vote on this amendment. — Monica Christofill

Douglas informs us that originally corporate charters were designed for projects for the public good and the charters were terminated after the project was done.

“It is our civic responsibility to strengthen our right to self-determination in our communities. — Douglas Darrell
We need to keep developing a network at the local and state levels so we can protect local interests from the tyranny of the state. — Tom Groover


Join NHCRN in standing up for our Right of Local Community Self-Government! YOUR Written Testimony is Needed to Support the NH Community Rights Amendment CACR19.


A copy of your email will be forwarded to the New Hampshire Community Rights Network for hand delivery, along with ALL written testimonies to the committee during the hearing.


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