From Laura Kelley, on the first Assembly of Delegates meeting – the Bill of Rights

Hello Cape Codders ~

MANY THANKS goes out to all who participated and all who joined on Wednesday!  It was great to feel true, live democracy!  Listening to all the presentations made this more ‘real’ for me ~ it’s amazing what a thoughtful group of people can do.  I remain hopeful.  Before the next meeting we need to reach out to town delegates in Yarmouth, Sandwich & Falmouth.  Thank you for your continual efforts… it’s not over yet.

On March 2, 2016 at the Assembly of Delegates:

There were #18 presenters in favor and 3 opposed that day.
It is such a cliff hanger!  
To be continued on March 16th at 4pm (we believe at this point)…

Summation of BoRights persentation By Lee Roscoe in Brewster:

There was a packed house at the Assembly of Delegates meeting in Barnstable yesterday, as eighteen or so people spoke in favor of a county Bill of Rights and many more sat in the audience in support. 

Supporters ranged from Ed DeWitt, director of the Association for the Preservation of Cape Cod, to Dennis Minsky, Cons Comm chair in Provincetown, Nancy Eldredge, Wampanoag elder (who spoke of thinking about a simpler life-way of self-provisioning which would preclude poisoning the earth), Jim Wolf director of sustainable energy at CapeAir — to fishermen and farmers, beekeepers, realtors, writers, doctors and marine biologists. 

Two voices in support from absent participants were read in to the meeting, one from the Harwich Conservation Trust, the other from Ben deRuyter, Brewster selectman running for Dan Wolf’s senate seat. 

A common theme was the need to give the community the ability to fight corporations, and state and federal regulations which supersede  local mandates to prevent chemical trespass by such as NSTAR/EVERSOURCE or the endangerment of residents by radiation release from accident at Pilgrim nuclear reactor and to deal better with ongoing threats to our environment’s land, air and water.

Opposed were a Mayflower descendant,  a Mashpee farmer, and County Commissioner Leo Cakounes.

The speakers were asking the Assembly to vote to allow the BoR to be put to a county wide vote by the people, which if in favor would allow the BoR to become an amendment to the Barnstable county charter. (The Massachusetts legislature would have to approve the amendment as well.) A  BoR would help grant the county legal standing to protect our environment’s resources and thus its people and our economy. 

The amendment was presented by Dr. Brian O’Malley, Assembly delegate from Provincetown. He with Laura Kelley of POCCA (Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer), spearheaded the initiative.

The vote was tabled to a time to be announced due in part to time constraints.

Hundreds of municipalities across the nation, such as in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, as well as nations such as Bolivia, Ecuador, and recently Wales and England have passed or are attempting to pass such BoRs, or Rights of Nature as they are also called, as ordinances, laws, bylaws and constitutional amendments.

If passed, the unique structure of Barnstable County governance would allow the BoR to protect all of the Cape towns at once.


For more information
‘Bill of Rights’ page

PS. The BoR organizing committee was saddened that press was mostly not there to cover this important movement for the defense of the Cape.

Thank You,
Laura Kelley

POCCA Cape Cod
Protect Our Cape Cod Aquifer
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