Film Event – The Rights of Nature & Community

Friday, February 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall

— from Sharon Abreu —

Can the democratic rights of communities and the rights of nature survive the exploitation of corporate interests? This essential question, and the answer, “Yes!” is at the heart of the film, “We the People 2.0” which will be showing at 5:30 pm on Friday, February 23 at Emmanuel Parish Hall, 242 Main Street in Eastsound. The film explores the struggle for clear water, clean air, protected ecosystems in communities across our country, and the essential rights of the environment that are growing ever-more-critical around the world.

Kai Huschke, the Washington/Oregon/Hawaii Coordinator for Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (www.CELDF.org) will be present to speak about this global movement to advance and protect the rights of ecosystems, such as the Salish Sea, through rights-based legal frameworks. Since 2006, along with their global engagement, CELDF has participated in developing first-in-the-nation, ground breaking laws to protect the rights of workers, the environment, and the comprehensive democratic rights of self-governing communities—as well as the rights of nature.

Mr. Huschke will also be available to discuss specific legal issues impacting the preservation of our islands and the Salish Sea ecosystem. On Saturday, February 24, he will give a legal workshop “Organizing for Rights of Salish Sea” from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Lopez Island Library. To schedule a meeting and for further information contact: Kai Sanburn, 360-468-4400, kaisanburn@gmail.com; Janet Thomas, 360-378-3854, jthomas@rockisland.com on Lopez; or Sharon Abreu, 360-376-5773 on Orcas.

Sponsored by Community Rights San Juan Islands and Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance.

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