There is a lot to learn about historic and contemporary movements to defend and assert rights. Here we provide a compilation of educational resources for purposes of continued learning. Currently, all the resources on this page derive from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).


Archive of Rights-Based Ordinances: An archive of local, contemporary, rights-based laws that elevate communities’ rights to protect local waters, air, peaceful enjoyment of home, energy futures, food systems, and the legal rights of nature to exist and flourish above corporations’ constitutional privileges.

Democracy School On-Line (Video Series): CELDF teaches what it calls “Democracy School.” In the School they touch on the constraints regulatory environmental law puts on democratic decision-making, previous American rights-based movements, and how communities are continuing the rights-based tradition today, among many other things. View the Democracy School curriculum here and an introduction to the School here.

Readings in the History of Local Self-Government: “Included on this page are links to rare and out-of-print full-length books.” –CELDF

Legal Briefs: As more communities work to pass local laws that elevate their rights and those of the natural world, CELDF, who provides free legal advice to such communities, offers the public legal briefs in defense of these laws.


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