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    For Immediate Release

    Ballot Initiative Number 75, the Colorado Community Rights Amendment, Challenged to Colorado Supreme Court

    Contacts:
    Cliff Willmeng 303 478 6613
    Lotus 719 337 0029
    Merrily Mazza 720 556 1286

    Email: CoCommRights@gmail.com
    Website: www.COCRN.org  

    After being defeated in their challenge against ballot initiative number 75 at the Colorado Secretary of State Hearing Board, protesters against the Colorado Community Rights Amendment have appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court in an attempt to claim the text of the amendment does not meet legal requirements. The effort to keep the initiative from the petitioning phase before heading to a full vote became necessary after the Hearing Board voted unanimously that the measure met State legal requirements on April 2nd of this year.

    The ballot initiative asserts, “People have an inherent and inalienable right to local self government,” that the power to enact local laws protecting the health, safety, and welfare of individuals, communities, and nature will not be subject to preemption by larger government, and local governments will have the power to severely restrict the ability of corporations to interfere with such laws. Preemption has been used by the Colorado Mining Association to overturn a five-county ban on the industrial use of cyanide in gold mining and is currently being employed against the communities of Longmont, Lafayette, and Fort Collins in their efforts to protect their people and cities against modern oil and gas extraction.

    The effect of the protests against ballot initiative number 75, the Colorado Community Rights Amendment, delays its ability to move toward the petitioning phase and ultimately narrows the window where necessary signatures can be gathered to place the amendment to the vote of Colorado’s people. It is the position of the Colorado Community Rights Network that the votes of Colorado citizens are of higher importance than the interests of corporations and that, despite attempts to delay democratic decision making within our state, the people will ultimately be given opportunity to participate in the adoption of this historic and powerful amendment.

    Colorado, like so many other places across the nation, has come to the inevitable conflict between democracy and corporate power, and the efforts to deny our inherent and inalienable rights to health, safety, welfare, and self-determination through legal powers granted to corporations are now playing out at a state level. Ballot initiative number 75 will recognize the right of local self-government to codify the supremacy of individuals, communities, and nature over the corporate power advanced by our state government against Colorado’s people. The temporary delay by forces opposed to rule of the people cannot slow down the community rights movement, which is daily gathering more relevance, power, and understanding.

    As part of this growing people's movement, the Colorado Community Rights Network will continue to advance ballot initiative number 75, the Colorado Community Rights Amendment. The challenges to the ideas embodied by this amendment are only a temporary measure to delay its inevitable and necessary provisions.

    Ballot Title Setting Board

    Proposed Initiative 2013-2014 #751

     The title as designated and fixed by the Board is as follows:

     An amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a right to local self-government, and, in connection therewith, declaring that the people have an inherent right to local self-government in counties and municipalities, including the power to enact laws to establish and protect fundamental rights of individuals, communities, and nature and the power to define or eliminate the rights and powers of corporations or business entities to prevent them from interfering with those fundamental rights; and declaring that such local laws are not subject to preemption by any federal, state, or international laws.

     The ballot title and submission clause as designated and fixed by the Board is as follows:

    Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a right to local self-government, and, in connection therewith, declaring that the people have an inherent right to local self-government in counties and municipalities, including the power to enact laws to establish and protect fundamental rights of individuals, communities, and nature and the power to define or eliminate the rights and powers of corporations or business entities to prevent them from interfering with those fundamental rights; and declaring that such local laws are not subject to preemption by any federal, state, or international laws?

     Hearing March 19, 2014:
    Single subject approved; staff draft amended, title set.
    Hearing adjourned 12:23 p.m.

     Hearing April 2, 2014:
    Motion for Rehearing denied except to the extent that the Board made changes to the titles.
    Hearing adjourned 12:59 p.m.

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