Corporate Suppression of Direct Democracy Fuels Fight for Community Rights

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Across the country, corporations and government officials are working together to protect corporate interests and block local communities from exercising our rights to direct democracy.

By Kai Huschke  Truthout | Op-Ed  September 6, 2016

The Right To The City Alliance marches with the larger Climate Justice Alliance during the People's Climate March in Manhattan, NY, on September 21, 2014.The Right To The City Alliance marches with the larger Climate Justice Alliance during the People’s Climate March in Manhattan, New York, on September 21, 2014. (Photo: Alan Greig / Flickr)

On July 1, 2016, in Tacoma, Washington, a corporate-government alliance succeeded in pushing a single judge to deny local residents’ right to vote on a duly qualified ballot initiative that would have empowered the people of Tacoma to decide whether large corporate water projects would be allowed in their community. Perhaps not surprisingly, it was that same corporate-government alliance that had welcomed a proposal from Northwest Innovation Works to build the world’s largest methanol plant in Tacoma — a plant that would have…

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