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is Tree Media’s new film featuring Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. The film reveals what’s not working and presents a solution that strengthens our communities and stop the endless destruction of our ecological and social web of life.
We The People 2.0
"The environmental movement is a failure. Whether it's climate change or the health of our oceans, air, and soil, the planet is worse off now than it was 40 years ago, and rapidly declining. Yet, corporations have more rights than our communities or eco-systems and are doing just fine. This is how we fix this situation." - Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey is frontally challenging an illegitimate structure of law and governance – what many have described as a “corporate state” – which protects and empowers a minority of wealthy interests over the majority. Through local lawmaking, we are taking on nearly 200 years of jurisprudence which puts private corporations in the protection of the U.S. Constitution and which has resulted in a very small number of people making decisions that have decimated the natural environment and local economies; commodified nature, workers, and people; and undermined the ability of communities to self-govern.
Listen to Thomas Linzey’s famous Plenary at Bioneers
Thomas Linzey Speech is 30 mins. Introduced by Kenny Ausubel

The time is now for this film. 

Having dealt with environmental issues now for over 15 years, I know that the work of Thomas Linzey is THE solution to endless environmental destruction.  I’ve often wondered, as I know many of you have, why, if we all want clean air, water and soil and a healthy planet for our children, why can’t we make this happen? Why is it just getting worse?  Thomas has the answer and also the solution. It’s across the board, it answers the 99%.  That’s why we are making this film, because everyone needs to hear about this work. 

Help us make this film happen, if ever there was a film that should be crowd-funded, it’s this one.  

It’s for all of us and the health of future generations. Please help as much as you can. 
Thank you.
- Leila Conners

Communities across the country face threats from corporate activities such as mining, drilling, factory farming, sludging, and water extraction. What each of these communities finds as they try to stop these threats, is that they do not have the legal authority to say “no” to them.  In certain communities, this begins a conversation about why they can’t say “no” and can lead to a deeper questioning – if we aren’t able to make critical decisions about the places where we live, do we have democracy?  If not, why not?  And what are we going to do about it?  

We envision a film that helps people break out of the box of conventional, traditional activism to make fundamental change which elevates the rights of people, communities, and nature over the interests of property and commerce.  These communities have reached the shared conclusion that without replacing the complex web of law and governance which subordinates communities to higher levels of government and corporate decision making, they will never have democracy and will be unable to protect their communities, the environment, the local economy, local agriculture, or quality of life.

In the footsteps of the Abolitionists and the Suffragists, these communities are frontally challenging an illegitimate structure of law and governance – what many have described as a “corporate state” – which protects and empowers a minority of wealthy interests over the majority.  Through local lawmaking, they are taking on nearly 200 years of jurisprudence which clothes private corporations in the protection of the U.S. Constitution and which has resulted in a very small number of people making decisions that have decimated the natural environment and local economies; commodified nature, workers, and people; and undermined the ability of communities to self-govern.

Corporate Constitutional Rights
with which private corporations are able to override local decision making and chill efforts to stop a corporation from coming into a community;

State and Federal Preemption
whereby higher levels of government override communities from self-governing even over critical issues such as protection of the environment or public health;

Dillon’s Rule
a legal doctrine under which municipalities may only do what the state explicitly authorizes them to do; and

Nature as Property
the legal construct which treats nature as property, as a commodity, preventing people and communities from protecting the local environment.

We The People 2.0 - An Overview

Corporate Constitutional Rights

State and Federal Preemption

Dillon’s Rule

Nature as Property

The four elements that make up the legal framework which prohibits communities from saying “no” to sludging, fracking, polluting and other threats, and thus form a barrier to local self-government, are:

These are complex topics and in order to properly explain them, Thomas Linzey will make these four issues accessible through a recounting of the history of community rights and telling the story of how this work has evolved and where it’s heading, drawing parallels with past people’s movements such as the Abolitionists and the Suffragists. Linzey will also lay out what the promise of our democracy really means in practice and how we can, as citizens, practice democracy. He will show how past people's movements, when faced with an illegitimate structure of law, understood that nothing would truly change unless they frontally challenged that structure.
Be part of the new democracy movement. Donate here for the film and enter your level for great perks.
    1. $10 - Grassroots Thank You!
      We will send a thank you email and add you to our community democracy movement mailing list.

    2. $25 - The DVD!
      We will send you the We the People 2.0 DVD when it's finished! Thank you for pre-ordering and supporting change!

    3. $50 - 2 Films on Positive Change
      We will send you We the People 2.0 when it's done and we will send you the DVD of Urban Roots, our really inspiring film on urban farming.

    4. $100 - Be the Change

    5. We will send you the book "Be the Change: How to Get What you Want in Your Community" written and signed by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell. We will also send you We the People 2.0 when it's done and we will send you a copy of Urban Roots, our film on urban farming.

    6. $250 - Your Name On Screen and Online
      Your name will appear in the end credits and on our thank you wall online.  We will send you We the People 2.0 when it's done and in the meantime, we will send you a copy of Urban Roots, our film on urban farming. We will send you the book, signed by the author,  "Be the Change: How to Get What you Want in Your Community" by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell.

    7. $350 - Community Screening!
      Bring the film to your community and hold a screening.  With this perk you won't have to pay any additional costs for the screening.  Your name will also appear in the end credits and on our thank you wall online.  We will send you We the People 2.0 when it's done and in the meantime, we will send you a copy of Urban Roots, our film on urban farming. We will send you the book, signed by the author,  "Be the Change: How to Get What you Want in Your Community" by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell.


    8. $1,000 - Phone Call with Thomas Linzey
      You will be able to have a phone consultation with Thomas Linzey about your community.  Plus you will receive: We the People 2.0 when it's done and in the meantime, we will send you a copy of Urban Roots, our film on urban farming. We will send you the book, signed by the author,  "Be the Change: How to Get What you Want in Your Community" by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell. Your name will appear in the end credits and on our thank you wall online.

    9. $2,000 - iPad Mini!
      We will send you an iPad mini (16GB/WIFI only/specify white or black) plus a digital download of We the People 2.0 (when it's done). Plus you will receive:  a copy of Urban Roots, our film on urban farming. We will send you the book, signed by the author,  "Be the Change: How to Get What you Want in Your Community" by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell. Your name will appear in the end credits and on our thank you wall online.
      Estimated delivery: April 2013

    10. $5,000 - Dinner with Thomas Linzey
      Dinner with Thomas Linzey to go over your community strategy.  You will receive: We the People 2.0 when it's done and in the meantime, we will send you a copy of Urban Roots, our film on urban farming. We will send you the book, signed by the author,  "Be the Change: How to Get What you Want in Your Community" by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell. Your name will appear in the end credits and on our thank you wall online.

    11. $10,000 - Executive Producer & Premier
      You get the Executive Producer credit at the beginning of the film and an invite to the premier (travel not included). You will receive: We the People 2.0 when it's done and in the meantime, we will send you a copy of Urban Roots, our film on urban farming. We will send you the book, signed by the author,  "Be the Change: How to Get What you Want in Your Community" by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell.