Anneke Campbell is a writer, editor, filmmaker, award winning poet and yoga teacher who has worked for many years to advance the causes of justice, peace and respect for all humanity and the natural world. Before turning full time to writing and activism, she worked as a nurse and midwife. She was born and raised in The Netherlands, has degrees from Barnard College and Indiana University and is currently a Ph'D candidate at the California Institute for Integral Studies.
Recently Anneke co-wrote the script for the dramatic film "SHOT", directed by her husband, Jeremy Kagan, about what one bullet does to three lives. She is the author of many articles, scripts, a novel ( A Season of Miracles at Books B'Nimble,com), and co-author with Nina Simons, of the wonderful collection: Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart.
We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States
Authors: Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell
Publisher: PM Press
Page count: 192
Subjects: Political Activism/Law
We the People offers powerful portraits of communities across the United States that have faced threats from environmentally destructive corporate projects and responded by successfully banning those projects at a local level. We hear the inspiring voices of ordinary citizens and activists practicing a cutting-edge form of organizing developed by the nonprofit law firm, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). Their methodology is an answer for the frustrations of untold numbers of activists who have been defeated time and again by corporate political power and legal entitlement.
Instead of fighting against what we don’t want, this book can teach us to create from the ground up what we do want, basing our vision in local control and law. By refusing to cooperate with the unjust laws that favor corporate profit over local sustainability, communities can show the way forward, driving their rights into state constitutions and, eventually, into the federal Constitution.
In communities from New Hampshire to Oregon, new forms of local organizing have sprung up to fight fracking, mining, dumping of toxic waste, and industrial agriculture, among other environmental assaults. These communities have recognized that the law has “legalized” the damaging actions of corporations, while providing no recourse against harm, and they have therefore decided to create a new system of law that makes local control and sustainability legal. Starting small, this process has spread from rural Pennsylvania to larger cities and towns, and has resulted in the creation of state networks seeking to amend state constitutions.
This work is about finishing the American Revolution by giving up the illusion of democracy and forging a system of true self-governance. In addition, this is about recognizing in law, for the first time in history, that nature possesses legally enforceable rights of its own.
“The most inspirational and strategic challenge to the corporate takeover of America is coming from grassroots patriots united in the community rights movement. These folks can't be bought or beaten down, and they are shoving corporations and puppet politicians back on their heels. This revolution is not being televised, but like a wild fire it grows and glows brighter, a beacon for democracy.” —John Stauber, co-author, Toxic Sludge Is Good for You, Weapons of Mass Deception
"From the Hellbenders of Pennsylvania to the councils of Spokane to the rainforests of Ecuador -- We the People invites us to meet the courageous and persistent people on the front lines of the struggle for community rights and the rights of nature. Serious movement-building can take a long time, and it's surely still early in the process, but the community rights movement is starting to grow more quickly and evolving as communities begin to network together. The waves of new people who join can learn much from this book and these pioneering patriots of the new 21st Century global populism."
—Charlie Cray, Greenpeace and Center for Corporate Policy
"Nature’s right to gloriously carry forth are as inalienable as the sun rising each morning. Yet, we must fight hard to codify those immutable principles in human law and community practice. Tom Linzey and Anneke Campbell’s remarkable book help to revolutionize our thinking and our plan to enact and sustain this deep common sense. With an offence we can save the day. We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States is on the offence!"—Randy Hayes, Rainforest Action Network founder, Executive Director Foundation Earth
"We The People catalogs the newest legal tools available to communities who want to use self-governance to preserve their natural heritage and fight back against corporate oppression. The individual stories of courageous action are a stark contrast to the false narrative that communities have to settle for what big government and big business allows them to have. While the outcome is never certain, rediscovering hope of local self-determination creates stronger communities and a better tomorrow.”—Breean Beggs, City Councilmember, Spokane, Washington
“Now, more than ever, we need constitutionally-protected community rights which enable communities across the country to stop projects which threaten our air, our water, and our climate. This book is about the stories of those brave communities who have become the first to claim those rights. It’s a must read for everyone who cares about the future of life on this planet.”—Jerry Greenfield, Co-founder, Ben & Jerry’s
"We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movment of the United States provides those involved in reclaiming their democratic rights, bestowed upon Americans by the Constitution, to affect change in their communities and improve the quality of life for community members and the ecosystems in which they live. It is a highly recommended read for those wishing to affect change in their communities."
—Edward Wells, Professor of Environmental Studies, Division of Integrated Sciences Wilson College
“There is no sustainability without the rule of law: a constitution that respects the laws of nature and fundamental human rights. Thomas Linzey is on the right path.”
—Spencer B. Beebe, Ecotrust
“These stories from the front lines of the community rights movement remind us of how corporate ‘rights’ supersede the rights of ‘we the people’ at the local level, and how we can never build the democracy we want unless a grassroots rebellion arises from below to challenge corporate supremacy. Every community fighting a corporate goliath should take the lessons from these pages to heart.”
—Thom Hartmann, author and host of The Thom Hartmann Program
“For thousands of years, the law of human beings was to keep the covenant with the natural world. Greed, the rise of empire and the modern corporate state have undermined this covenant and placed communities, human health, and the natural world in peril. The work on restoration of the rights of nature, and the rights of those who live there, or community rights, is essential to the transformation of our legal and policy system into one which is sustainable, and one which will serve the needs of the natural world and the seven generations ahead. This book is not only the concept, it is most importantly the practice of the hard work of making change.”
—Winona LaDuke, executive director of Honor the Earth
“As we scan the landscape of cataclysmic destruction, both environmental and social, behind the curtain in most cases is an economic motive. The rhinoceros in the room today is corporate power, the inevitable logic of a system that relentlessly concentrates wealth, distributes poverty, and leaves in its terrible wake a democracy deficit. This powerful book is a field guide to nonviolent revolution. It tells the story of how courageous communities are using innovative legal and political strategies to restore nature, communities, and democracy. It’s some of the most important work in the world today. Read it and act.”
—Kenny Ausubel, CEO and founder of Bioneers
"Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell's We the People, fully illustrates our political leadership's deliberate indifference to our health, welfare and safety. Time and again, they present shocking examples of how corporations usurp our individual rights and their efforts to legalize the destruction of the natural world that sustains us. Most importantly, we find inspiration in their stories of individuals who have stood up to the legalized destruction of our communities." —Doug Shields, former President, Pittsburgh City Council
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Interviews, Mentions, Etc.
The New Architects: Community Rights Movement with Anneke Campbell
By Jason Bayless
The New Architects
August 29th, 2017
Anneke Campbell is a writer and documentary filmmaker who has worked for many years to advance the causes of justice and respect for all humanity and the environment. She is the coauthor of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart.
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By Seth Sandronsky
Earth Island Journal
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We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States: A Review
By Melissa Wuske
February 13, 2017
We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States, by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell, presents the inspiring stories of everyday people and communities who stood up for their rights in the face of corporate and legal opposition.
Drawn from the work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, each chapter presents a narrative case study of a particular community rights movement, each seeking to preserve the autonomy of groups of people and to protect the natural realm. Together, they form a picture of the struggles and victories that change agents face across the United States.
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