LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT.

Author:Campbell, Brad
 
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In an ideal world, everyone would have an equal voice when it comes to decisions that affect our homes, our neighborhoods, and our communities.

But far too often, the labyrinthine system of laws and regulations intended to protect the interests of people favor big money and big corporations instead--at the expense of our environment, our health, and our well-being.

How can a resident of Burrillville, Rhode Island, intervene in a months-long permitting process for a proposed tracked gas plant when she is required to hire a lawyer even to be allowed in the hearing room?

How do neighbors in Randolph, Vermont, track the arcane details needed to join in a state review of an oversized development threatening farmland on the edge of town?

How will a young farmer in Connecticut navigate the myriad employment laws that dictate whether a farm worker is considered an intern, an apprentice, or something else altogether?

And how do we all, with our most basic federal protections under assault from a regressive administration, make our voices heard in state houses, hearing rooms, and courtrooms where laws are created, interpreted, and enforced?

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