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The Columbus Community Bill of Rights

Columbus Residents are working to ensure safe drinking water, clean air, and safe soil in the City of Columbus.

THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE COLUMBUS COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS

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We are working hard to ensure safe drinking water, clean air, and safe soil in the City of Columbus.

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Overview

Columbus Residents are working to ensure safe drinking water, clean air, and safe soil in the City of Columbus.

There are 13 injection wells in the Columbus Area water supply, where radioactive and toxic liquid waste from unconventional natural gas extraction (shale gas, hydrofracking), is being injected into the earth, with great potential for migration into our water supply.

Within the City of Columbus, on the banks of the Alum Creek, the Ohio EPA has permitted potentially highly radioactive shale gas solid waste to be processed, and "beneficially" used, without any required radioactive testing.

In Ohio, State agencies have complete jurisdiction over Oil and Gas permits to Drill and Dispose the liquid and solid hazardous Waste. At the same time, Columbus residents have No say in what the State permits in their own backyard.

The Columbus Community Bill of Rights is a change to the legislative language of the City of Columbus. This rights-based language will give Columbus residents Local Control over the extraction of hydrocarbons; and protect the unalienable rights for Pure Water, Clean Air, and Safe Soil, free from "toxins, carcinogens, radioactive substances, and other substances known to cause harm to health", in the City of Columbus.

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We The People 2.0

Schedule a documentary showing of We The People 2.0 - The Second American Revolution

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Ohio Democracy School

The Workshop makes clear what roadblocks we face when we try to create the communities we envision. We will explore what prevents us from stopping projects that threaten our community, and why We the People are not the ones making decisions about those things directly impacting us, such as energy production, safeguarding the environment, protecting workers rights, free and fair elections, education, and myriad other decisions that shape and reflect the values of the communities in which we live.

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CELDF - Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

CELDF works to establish and protect rights - including worker and environmental rights, and rights of nature.

Nearly 200 communities have adopted CELDF-drafted Community Bills of Rights laws that transition them from merely regulating corporate harms to stopping those harms by asserting local, democratic control directly over corporations. These are first-in-the-nation, groundbreaking laws that are strengthening true democracy.

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Ohio Community Rights Network

Mission: To establish a network of just communities working to advance, secure and protect both the inalienable rights of all Ohioans to democratic local self-governance, to sustainable food, energy and economic systems, and the rights of nature to exist and flourish throughout Ohio.

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