Chad Nicholson is a Senior Staff member for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and is based in Pennsylvania. Chad’s work with Grant Township, Penn. has included assisting with drafting the first-in-the-nation rights-based local constitution, and the first law legalizing nonviolent direct action to protect rights. Chad has also appeared in a Rolling Stone article on Grant Township, as well as a recent documentary, Invisible Hand. In the last legislative session, Chad worked with members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to introduce an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution that would guarantee the right of local community self-government. With colleague Ben Price, Chad has co-authored the Pennsylvania Community Rights Cookbook, a 700-page volume on the history of people’s movements, and the tragic rise of corporate power, in Pennsylvania. Chad began rights-based organizing in Spokane, Wash. in 2009.

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East Palestine: “We Basically Nuked a Town with Chemicals So We Could Get a Railroad Open”
Companies should never again be allowed to do what Norfolk Southern did to this Ohio community.
Tish O'Dell and Chad Nicholson