Monday, April 30, 2012

Self-governance and rights-based organizing will be the focus of a talk in Burlington, WA

AfD water activist Sanda Spargo forwarded this notice of an upcoming event in Washington state:

If you're tired of the constant battle for a voice in governance, come hear a new and unified approach. On May 4, Kai Huschke of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund will speak at the Burlington, WA public library, 820 E. Washington Avenue. Kai will be discussing Democracy School and a Community Bill of Rights. Democracy School teaches the right to local, self-government that enables communities to reject unsustainable economic and environmental policies set by government and enables legal framework that charters sustainable energy production, sustainable land development and sustainable water, among others. A Community Bill of Rights tailors rights-based local laws according to a community's needs.

For more information, call 360-293-8128 or see CELDF's website.

Locally, volunteers Naomi Bunis, an artist, and Stoney Bird, an environmental attorney, are members of Living Democracy/Bellingham, and are helping Skagit County and Anacortes to form Living Democracy groups with an eye to establishing a chain of these groups along Highway 5 and the railway corridor. Naomi and Stoney are collaborating with CELDF, whose legal work is free to the public.

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