Community Rights Candidates Enter Race for Lafayette City Council
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Climate and community rights advocates are vying for all five open city council seats in Lafayette, Colorado in the November 2019 election. LAFAYETTE, CO - Five candidates are running for city council in Lafayette on a shared platform to directly address climate change by asserting the rights of communities to enact and enforce their own environmental laws. Compelled by a desire to protect future generations and the rights of nature, each of these three moms and two grandparents is seeking public office for the first time. The Lafayette Community Rights Advocates include Anne Borrell, Tonya Briggs, Marty Feffer, Patricia Townsend, and Jenna Tullberg. “We want to empower a community rights-based approach to local governing. We want the concerns of people who are most impacted by policies to carry real weight in city deliberations. We want to assert our rights to protect our environment from the destruction of extractive industries, to protect and expand affordable housing options, and to require strong community approval of land use and traffic planning.” “We want to offer people a chance to vote for city councilors who will enforce Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights as a strong defense of the health and well-being of our community. To this end, we would partner with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to join the growing chorus of cities directly challenging the legal elevation of corporate profit rights over climate and community rights.” The Lafayette Community Rights Advocates will launch their individual city council campaigns on September 20th at East Simpson Coffee House (411 E Simpson St in Lafayette) with A Celebration of Climate and Community Rights from 4:30PM to 7:30PM.