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    which I find quite hopeful:

    West Virginia Voters Want Direct Say in Government
    By westvirginia on October 11, 2010  

    New polling shows that West Virginia citizens wish for a ballot initiative and referendum process in the state.

    Citizens in Charge Foundation, a national voter rights group focused on the ballot initiative and referendum process, released the results of an opinion poll conducted in the West Virginia on voter support for initiative and referendum rights. With 66 percent of voters supporting, 13 percent opposing, and 21 percent unsure, a majority of West Virginians want statewide initiative and referendum rights.

    Those old folks might surprise you because they remember when they had rights over corporations. I know there's a lot of grey heads at the meetings I attend. And this is not a partisan issue either.

    Even though we have the initiative and referendum process in Oregon, we are still basing our ordinance on our state and federal constitutional rights to self governance.

    Here is a quote from an article posted at theCommunity Environmental Legal Defense Fund which mentions West Virginia as being targeted:

    The ordinance adopted in Pittsburgh, and matched similarly in areas such as Homestead, a suburb of Pittsburgh, and in Wales, N.Y., seek to "undo over a hundred years' worth of law in the United States which gives corporations greater rights than the communities in which they do business."

    "It does in fact ban gas drilling, but it does a lot more," Price said. "The heart of the law is a local bill of rights, a right to water, a right to community self government, a right to protect the natural environment, a right to use the local government to assert and protect those rights with local laws even in the face of preemptive state law."

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    "We're (CELDF) working with other communities to pass similar laws," Price said. "People are being told by their elected officials that they have no options, and I'm here to say they have one other option and its the one that civil rights movements of the past have used and that is to say act like you have the rights. Just go ahead with the presumption that you have them, and if the state or corporations feel they want to strip you of the rights make them come out in the open and openly remove your rights so that it's real clear to everyone what the actual problem is."

    It is a new form of civil disobedience in the courts not the streets. And corporations are fighting it like mad because they know it can be successful.

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 08:07:16 AM PST

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