Establishing rights for the natural environment is another forefront of the community rights movement. Environmental law has failed us, and attempting to make a system work where the regulatory bodies identify with industry has proven to be a failure. COCRN agrees with CELDF and other progressives that bringing the environment into the jurisprudence of the law is what is needed.
Jason Flores Williams is the Denver civil-rights attorney who is representing the plaintiffs in this historic case to give legal rights to the Colorado River. He was recently interviewed on KGNU Boulder, which you can listen to here:
“On September 26, 2017, Jason Flores-Williams, an experienced civil rights attorney licensed in Colorado and Washington D.C, filed a Rights of Nature lawsuit on behalf of the Colorado River Ecosystem against the State of Colorado in US District Court [Case 1:17-cv-02316-NYW]. Working for the environmental group, Deep Green Resistance, and using the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) as legal adviser, Flores-Williams filed the first suit in the country for a river seeking recognition of its legal rights – to exist, flourish, regenerate, be restored and naturally evolve.… Read the rest