In 2006, two experienced organizers, Shannon Biggs and Pennie Opal Plant, met as lecturers of Democracy School — a weekend training for people to confront unwanted and harmful corporate projects in their communities by writing new laws that recognize the rights of residents and ecosystems.
After nearly a decade more of exciting leadership for rights-based change at Global Exchange and Idle No More, the work has grown, and the time has come to truly join forces and create a bold new organization — Movement Rights. Read Shannon's journey to Movement Rights after 13 years with Global Exchange.
Their vision is to advance grassroots justice and community rights over corporate rule, build a global movement for rights of nature, and elevate Indigenous voices and traditions as part of building a new future of interdepencence based on living within the carrying capacity of the Earth we call home.
Already their work has attracted international media attention:
- Making history in California – First up, a community rights victory in Mendocino County on Election Day 2014, banning fracking and setting a new precedent in California!
- Making international fracking news – In early December Shannon went to Lima, Peru during the UN Cop 20 climate talks for the first International Rights of Nature Tribunal, which presented the case against fracking in the United States and globally. The Tribunal generated much interest and many new parterships for 2015, and was covered in-depth in the UK's Guardian, and many other outlets.