Understanding Our Democracy Problem

Have you ever wondered why when we ask our elected officials to protect our health, safety or the environment, they say their hands are tied, or they send us a generic form letter?   Take a look at the following to help you understand.  These talks have been given at various times and places by leaders of the community rights movement.    For more information, go to

Thomas Linzey, one of the founders of CELDF, talking at a Bioneers Conference about our democracy problem.  (about 30 min.)

Tish O'Dell, Ohio CELDF Ohio coordinator, put together this Power Point to explain why we have a democracy problem and how the Community Rights movement is working to secure our rights.

In April, 2017, the communities of Medina and Portage Counties in Ohio, and Grant Township and Lancaster, in Pennsylvania, came together for a tour to highlight the similar struggles over communities trying to exercise democracy where they live.  This video captures the tour---the day everyone was in Portage County.  (about 2 hours)

We the People 2.0 is a visual essay about the loss of democracy in the United States. The film utilizes both original footage as well as found footage to describe a profound change in thinking at the grassroots level---through the eyes of people who have faced decades of toxic dumping, drilling and mining in their communities.


We learn with them the reason why they "get what they don’t want, again and again,” in spite of propaganda that says they live in the “best democracy in the world.”