The South Central Wisconsin Community Rights Alliance and the DeForest Area Progressives are exploring the possibilities of developing a Community Bill of Rights:

DAP is interested in learning more and we thought we could share what we learn to encourage others to discover what the Community Rights movement is all about, what the concepts are that we are eager to learn, how this movement has helped other communities across the nation and world to develop stronger, clearer identities and protect themselves and their environments from threats like factory farms, industrial sand mining, and hydraulic fracturing! 

Since a tremendous amount about the recent history of the Community Rights Network is available online, we decided we could share some outstanding examples of how the system works through providing examples for all interested as they visit our website.   

There are many layers to pass through as one pulls together the contexts needed to fully appreciate the history, the process a town or village might be passing through to accomplish a healthy enough understanding of its true rights, the rights lost through legislation and court action (over time) and why it may be possible to rethink and define the rights fitting our place and type of community, encasing our vision of what we value most amidst the list of rights we claim and establish for ourselves in our very own carefully considered and legally binding Community Bill of Rights!   

To start studying on your own, check out the links on this page!

If you think you might like to attend a short (3 hour) information session to learn more about community rights in an organized group setting, email Tom Kriegl at or Karen Edson at We want to organize a session in central Wisconsin in June 2015.

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  • commented 2014-07-03 08:47:41 -0500
    The idea of getting more lawyers involved is certainly a question we should pose when we go further into the process of reclaiming our community rights. There must be a few more firms who are collaborating with Linzey, Price and the team already on staff at C.E.L.D.F. I am speaking with Atty. Price today to begin our info stream about our proposed community rights project. This Sunday, July 6th, 50 of the 150 attendees of Paul Cienfuegos’ workshops will meet to consider next steps for communities interested in learning more about developing community rights projects in their towns, villages and municipalities. To see, more clearly, this is soon to be considered a regional interest in Wisconsin. Stand by! More to come!
  • commented 2014-07-03 08:41:43 -0500
    The Lawyers you mention in your comment are the very lawyers who initiated the Community Rights movement, C.E.L.D.F., now, we are considering our own Community Rights initiative!
  • commented 2014-04-29 16:39:25 -0500
    Marcia, this is an excellent idea for an issue page. Did you get the article I sent you about the two lawyers in New York state who have helped over a hundred fifty local governments pass ordinances to keep frackers out? How can we get some lawyers, law firms involved, maybe as pro bono, public service projects?