W.A.T.E.R. supports WCWC’s fight against corporate bullying


Water for Citizens of Weed California (WCWC) is actively defending citizens’ rights to participate in civic activities. W.A.T.E.R. feels this is so crucial that we have submitted an Amicus Brief (“friend of the court”) supporting this lawsuit (link HERE). Fighting this corporate bullying designed to silence civic engagement is vital for all citizens and organizations.

As a grassroots community group WCWC was outspoken in objecting to Roseburg Forest Products (RFP) efforts to force the City of Weed to give up water from Beaughan Springs that the citizens had enjoyed for over a century. For those efforts, WCWC was sued by RFP in what was declared by the court as an unethical SLAPP suit (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation); the court ruled that WCWC was exercising their constitutionally protected rights. SLAPP suits are how large corporations use their money and legal clout to suppress community engagement. Consistent with California’s anti-SLAPP laws, WCWC has sued RFP’s lawyers for damages. The lawsuit is currently pending in California appellate court.

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