The Northwestern Pennsylvania Community Rights Network (NWPACRN) is a network of citizens committed to protecting their communities in northwestern Pennsylvania. The Network acknowledges the inherent rights of human and natural communities and recognizes the authority of the people to assert local, community self-government to protect their health, safety, welfare, and environment from corporate assaults like that posed by the development of Marcellus Shale gas. The oil and gas industry has targeted Pennsylvania for Marcellus Shale gas extraction. This destructive development is destroying the drinking water of the commonwealth, polluting aquatic habitats and aquifers, and permanently altering the landscape of Pennsylvania.
The Northwestern Pennsylvania Community Rights Network understands that it is time to protect our communities through an aggressive rights-based initiative, which establishes the right to local decision-making on issues with direct local impact. The Network questions the use of “regulation” (adjusting and documenting the rate of destruction) and “mitigation” (putting Band-Aids on amputations), which negotiate away the absolute rights of people, communities and nature.
On Saturday, February 20th, 2010 citizens from more than a dozen Pennsylvania counties met in Chambersburg to initiate plans to convene a Pennsylvania People’s Constitutional Convention made up of delegates from municipalities across the state.
The Community Rights Network Conference brought together men and women who have struggled for years to assert the rights of citizens to protect the health, welfare and environment of their communities, only to be met with a barrage of legislative preemptions and threats of corporate lawsuits. Not one of our 12.5 million Pennsylvanians enjoys the fundamental right to self-government in the communities where they live. In January 2008, attorney general Thomas Corbett’s office declared in Commonwealth Court that “There is no inalienable right to local self-government.”
Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly think he’s wrong, and it’s time for our Constitution to reflect the will of the people. Join the Network, and let’s create a state constitution that puts the rights of the people at the core of law and government…Read More