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Progressive Democrats of America – PA 12th CD Chapter

PDA Class: It’s Our Constitution, Too!

Posted by carldavidson on April 29, 2011

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2 Responses to “PDA Class: It’s Our Constitution, Too!”

  1. Peter Deutsch said

    Of course we need to crawl before we can walk but:

    I hope a lot of things from this course but in particular I hope that I come away from this course understanding better how to help activate the (recently) often quoted Article 1 Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s natural resources are the common property of all the people including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

    I’d like to be further empowered to seek out understanding of recent decisions such as AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT%26T_Mobility_v._Concepcion and references or links therein.) the recent ruling that overturns a lower California court’s ruling which allows a class action lawsuit to proceed on a credit card contract even though it bars it. Why is that important? Have you ever tried to read your credit card or cable T.V. contract to see all the things that could be buried deep within it? And given up? This restriction against collective suits was prohibited by California state law.

    But again I want to prepare for the future of environmental damage locally by Marcellus and Utica Shale drilling and other matters.

    Understanding or learning to come to grips with how the above Act 1 Article 27 can be implemented effectively could be aided by better understanding the ‘rights of nature’ being considered by the U. N. or the stronger ‘Rights of Mother Earth’ declaration passed in its short form by Bolivia’s Plurinational Legislative Assembly in December 2010.
    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_the_Rights_of_Mother_Earth and references therein. Can anybody translate the Spanish of most of the references into English? Can the course help us start assessing this development which might well help people deal with corporation generated environmental damage?

    Again before we can run or fly we need to learn to crawl competently. We need to learn or at least become aware that there are basics to master, what they might be, and where to look for help in working with them.

  2. Peter Deutsch said

    Sure enough. The only parts of the message I can read here at the CCBC library are the comments.

    Cordially,

    Peter Deutsch

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