Join us for the next in our series of monthly community
discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served
7 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Doors open at 6:30 pm
hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters
at the Tau Center (Follow Signs to Entrance #5)
26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL
Community Rights and the Fight Against Fracking
In 2013, the Illinois state government passed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act, rendering Illinois communities vulnerable to the practice of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). Illinoisans now find themselves joining citizens across the country standing up against corporate assaults on their communities. As state governments legalize the very harms that citizens oppose, community members continue to discover that current law protects corporate rights over community rights. This presentation focuses on how the law is failing our communities…and how we can work to change that.
Tonight’s presenter is Natalie Long, a community organizer and attorney from Southern Illinois. After finishing her undergraduate degree at Saint Louis University, Long completed her law degree at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Long is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, and a current member of the Illinois Bar. Her previous legal work includes working in southern and central Mexico, building human rights cases for communities affected by industrial harms. Currently, she works as a community organizer in Southern Illinois, supported by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Americans for Democratic Action, organizing around the principles of community rights to protect the region from fracking.
Registration for this discussion is available at
Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners – an independent group of citizens.