Lincoln County Community Rights will host The Daniel Pennock Democracy School on Friday, April 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newport High School Library.
Tuition is $78 and covers the cost of presenters and teaching materials. Scholarships are available. Reservations are necessary. Go to www.lincolncountycommunityrights.org/democracy-school-registration/ or contact [email protected]. Registration is required by March 20.
Democracy School is taught by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and is the foundation for the Community Rights Movement. CELDF supports communities across the world in their fight against environmental and social harms such as biosolids, forest and watershed destruction, use of pesticides, workers’ rights and more. Community Rights reminds people that no matter their political persuasion, they have an inalienable right to health and safety as written in the constitution. Organizers said, “Transforming our activism based on these rights is creating a powerful tool for building healthy, resilient communities free from corporate interference and harm. It is community rights that recently spurred the citizens of Toledo, Ohio, to protect Lake Erie by creating the Lake Erie Bill of Rights. In 2017, it also inspired voter initiative 21-177 in Lincoln County, creating the first-ever ban of aerial spray of herbicides in the United States.”