Welcome to the 350PDX Calendar
This is where all events, trainings, film screenings, art builds and team meetings will appear. Everything on this calendar is open to anyone, so feel free to come along to anything and everything, even if you’re just testing out a new team. Some ask you to RSVP, and others you can just show up.
“We the People Standing Together to Protect Our Climate: Lessons from the Community Rights Movement” is a talk by Paul Cienfuegos, a leader in the community rights movement.
The climate crisis is real, and our state and federal governments’ response so far is weak at best. New fossil fuel projects continue to be approved by our elected officials.
Why are we limited to protests and public hearings to protect our communities? Why do the regulatory agencies ignore our concerns when making their decisions? In this talk, Paul Cienfuegos will…
- Introduce the Community Rights movement,
- Explain how this rights-based movement could potentially offer the bold response that the climate protection movement is looking for
- Outline how We the People of Portland can breathe new life into civic engagement by reclaiming the structures of law that have made real democracy impossible until now.
Since 1999, 200 communities in nine states have passed these legally groundbreaking locally-enforceable Community Rights laws, and 95% of them have never been challenged in the courts. These laws strip corporations of their so-called constitutional “rights”, ban harmful corporate activities, and enshrine the right of a community to govern itself and to protect the health and welfare of its residents – human and otherwise. Thus far, laws have been passed that ban fracking and oil drilling, water withdrawal for bottling, toxic sludge dumping on farmland, corporate-managed infrastructure, unsustainable energy development, and more.
“We the People” do have the authority to pass laws that protect our RIGHT to a livable climate. Let’s get organized!
Paul Cienfuegos is a leader in the Community Rights movement, which works to dismantle corporate constitutional so-called “rights” and assert the people’s inherent right to govern themselves. He has been leading workshops, giving public talks, and organizing local communities since 1995 when he founded Democracy Unlimited in northern California. Since 2011, he has lived in Portland, Oregon, where he co-founded CommunityRightsPDX.