From a press release on Thursday:
Ohio Community Rights Network and Columbus Community Bill of Rights Group
Host Ohio Premier of “We the People 2.0” in Columbus
There is a growing movement for a
Second American Revolution to realize a true democracy
Columbus, Ohio –The Ohio Community Rights Network (OHCRN) and the Columbus Community Bill of Rights are co-hosting a special premier screening of We the People 2.0 - The Second American Revolution at Studio 35 on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:30 PM.
The documentary, presented by Tree Media and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), tells the story of people across the U.S., including Ohio residents in Broadview Heights, who have faced decades of environmental assaults - such as fracking and sludging of farmland - and what they are doing about it. You can check out the trailer for the film at http://celdf.org/we-the-people-2/.
These communities recognize ecosystems at home and around the globe are collapsing under inherently unsustainable laws and governing structures – what many have called a “corporate state.” They come to understand why the system is stacked against them and the natural environment. The film shares how they are working with CELDF and organizing to stop these assaults in their own communities through rights-based laws, which ban the harms as a violation of rights.
These communities are laying the foundation for the sustainable future they envision. Further, they are joining together across states to advance democratic and environmental rights, building the next people's movement through Community Rights.
After the film there will be a discussion in the drafthouse at Studio 35 with one of the featured community members in the film, several OHCRN board members, and several Columbus residents who are part of the local group working on rights-based initiatives in the city.
The Columbus Community Bill of Rights group formed in 2013 when community members became aware that radioactive drill cuttings and other waste from the oil/gas drilling industry were slated to be deposited within the Columbus area watershed. The group is currently working on a city wide Bill of Rights Ordinance initiative and has just kicked off a county charter campaign.
“The regulatory system in Ohio is not in the business of protecting citizens from corporate harms. Rather, these agencies are in the business of promoting the fossil fuel industry’s ability to profit. This is one reason, We the People of Columbus, have decided to use Community Rights to protect ourselves,” said Greg Pace, Columbus organizer.