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Community Rights Movement Activist Coming to Athens


The North Oconee River Project is hosting a Community Rights Movement workshop in Athens next week. It’s aimed at helping people develop and pass locally enforceable laws.

Activist Paul Cienfuegos has spent the past two decades doing grassroots organizing and holding Community Rights workshops. Cienfuegos says it’s important that communities establish their right to local self-government and their right to protect their health, safety and welfare. Something he says is more difficult than many realize.

“Protecting ourselves from harmful corporate activities is actually a violation of a corporation’s constitutional rights,” according to Cienfuegos. “I’m a specialist in coming into communities, leading workshops, doing consulting to help communities to understand how they can push back against these state and federal legal structures that violate the rights of we the people at the local level.”

The meeting is Wednesday October 25 at the State Botanical Garden.

The workshop is free, but those attending are asked to register. For more information, email northoconeeriverproject@gmail.com.