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Community Rights Council meets

Orientation, visioning, open discussion planned Feb. 15

The Mid-Columbia Community Rights Council holds an informational meeting Feb. 15, 2-5 p.m. at Rockford Community Grange, 4250 Barrett Drive. Refreshments will be provided.

The council will meet the third Saturday of every month, from 2-5 p.m. at the Rockford Community Grange.

The council plans to use a consensus-oriented decision-making process to form and implement Community Bills of Rights legislation. “These Rights serve to inform our relationship to, and activities on the land, as well as enhance the health, resilience and connection of our communities,” according to a press release.

All Mid-Columbia Gorge region residents are invited.

The meeting will start with a 40-minute introduction and overview of community rights and consensus-oriented decision-making, followed by a 10-minute break.

The next portion of the meeting will be devoted to community-building exercises including “Values Council’” (everyone encouraged but not required to participate).

The last 45 minutes will be an open discussion about community vision, core cultural and social values, and foundational principles.

The council believes “that people flourish when entrusted with the opportunity to authentically self-manage, collaborate, and make decisions collectively, as truly respected equals.

“We believe that it is the inherent right and responsibility of all residents to participate in local governance and to work together to help the system adjust to the evolving vision, needs and concerns of our communities.

“Our work grows around a shared understanding that in an urgent way, our survival depends on our ability to work and play well together and on discovering and creating group processes which are effective and life-affirming.”

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