Thomas Linzey, a con­tribut­ing writer to Rur­al Amer­i­ca In These Times, is the exec­u­tive direc­tor and co-founder of the Com­mu­ni­ty Envi­ron­men­tal Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and serves as the organization’s chief legal counsel.

CELDF provides free and legal services to community-based groups and local governments working to protect their quality of life and natural environment.  The organization also sponsors Democracy Schools, from which more than 3,000 citizens have graduated.

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Hey Liberal, You’re Late, but Welcome to the Local-Control Party
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No More Fairy Tales: Why the United States Needs a Whole New Operating System
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Can the Community Rights Movement Fix Capitalism?
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Pebble Mine: “One More Indicator That We Are Undoubtedly the Dumbest Species on the Planet”
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Community Rights: Because Climate Conferences Won’t Stop Climate Change
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Rigged: How Our Legal System Prevents Communities from Governing Themselves
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“We’ve Broken the Planet”: A Case for Liberation Ecology and the Rights of Nature
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Community Override: When State Legislatures Preempt Democracy
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Slaves In All But Name: Abolishing the Corporate State in Rural Communities
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Fracking Bans Are Teaching Americans That They Are Not as Free as They Think
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Citizens United, Democracy and the Two Paths that Lie Before Us
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Greasing the System: Why Corporate ‘Rights’ Matter
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The Myth of Community Rights: Self-Governance has a Corporate Ceiling
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Firing Big Green: Are National Environmental Groups Really Serving the People?
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The Spirit of 1773 and the Right to Local Self-Government