Why can powerful corporations legally pollute communities and override local decision-making? Attorney Tom Linzey is working to restore democracy by challenging the underlying laws and assumptions that give corporations civil rights without civil responsibilities.
Thomas Linzey, an award-winning public interest attorney admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Third, Fourth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is the Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit law firm that has provided free legal services to over five hundred local governments and nonprofits since 1995. He is also a co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, now taught in twenty-four states across the country, which helps communities elevate their rights over those claimed by corporations. Linzey is the author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community and a co-host of Democracy Matters, a public affairs radio show broadcast from KYRS in Spokane, Washington. (www.celdf.org)