Organizing with gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich

Organizing with gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich

Progressive Dems organize with gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich Gubernatorial candidate Dennis Kucinich addressed the first town hall forum of the Progressive Democrats of America Central Ohio chapter on February 5. Kucinich emphasized that he is for universal health care and when in Congress had written HR 676 a Health Care for All bill, co-sponsored by Representative John Conyers. While pitching universal health care, he also put in a plug for veganism, saying that his switch to a vegan diet in 1995 allowed him to get off of six of seven pharmaceutical medications. He told the crowd that he fights to keep community hospitals open but he warned them that closing hospitals is often a tactic to break health care unions. Kucinich explained that his approach to politics is based on the fact that “I’m an activist at heart.” He claimed that his ultimate agenda is to “empower the people of this state to make their own decisions.” He supports the Community Bill of Rights. The biggest laugh line of the night was when he was asked his position on gerrymandering. He pronounced: “I know about gerrymandering. I lost my seat not to nasty Republicans, but from nasty Democrats.” Kucinich’s House district was re-shaped into the infamous “snake on the lake” district that favored Democrat Marcy Kaptur in Toledo. When asked why the Dems wanted to get rid of him, his answer produced the loudest applause of the night. He said “I raised hell against the wars. That’s why they wanted to get rid of me.” He argued that his campaign offers a chance for progressive activists to “Seize this...
Overturning Ohio HB 463

Overturning Ohio HB 463

Overturning Ohio HB 463 – Dismantling a corporate state and building something new by Thomas Linzey and Tish O’Dell February 2, 2018 President Trump says – and the Supreme Court affirms – that we are “a nation of laws,” but no one questions “who” is making those laws.  It takes a people’s movement to overturn unjust law and advance rights. And Ohioans are launching just that: a Community Rights movement to protect and enforce rights to clean air, water, and local community self-government. It is a movement born out of necessity in this state. The oil and gas industry owns state legislators, and local government officials carry out state directives under threat of being sued and facing bankruptcy. In Pennsylvania, even the judiciary is punishing lawyers defending communities from fracking harms. As fracking, pipelines, compressor stations, and wastewater injection wells inundate communities, it’s clear to residents they will find no remedy in the EPA, ODNR, and certainly not in their legislators. Thus, they are turning to themselves and each other. They are building a rights-based movement to end their communities becoming sacrifice zones, and to build what they envision for their communities: clean air and water, a healthy environment, strong local economies, and a future for their children. Community Rights Laws For five years, Ohio residents – finding no remedy in the current system – have requested help to draft local Community Rights laws and charters to stop fracking activities. These laws establish rights to clean air and water, and the right to local community self-government.  They ban fracking activities as a violation of those rights. Nearly a half...

Community Rights for Social Justice: Growing Roots and Rights – Break-out Session at Case Western Reserve University – February 10, 2018

Ohio Community Rights Organizer, Tish O’Dell will be leading one of the breakout sessions at the Teach-In for Social Justice at Case Western Reserve University on Feb. 10, 2018. More info will be available soon at this link: https://students.case.edu/community/groups/teach/  In this session, we will just give a brief introduction to Community Rights and begin exploring why we don’t have the power to establish minimum wage laws, LGBT rights, stop pipelines, and other issues facing our communities. We look at how the corporate state overrides local democratic decision-making and forces unjust labor, environmental, and discriminating practices into our communities. And we will see some examples of communities using Community Rights to elevate the rights of people and nature over the corporate state....

Ohio Community Rights Workshop in Bowling Green February 17, 2018

WHAT’S HAPPENING? The Nexus pipeline threatens communities across northern Ohio, including Bowling Green. BGSU students and residents are organizing to stop the pipeline and protect their community from the increasing harms from climate change. As part of their organizing, they are hosting an Ohio Community Rights Workshop. In this workshop, the Ohio Community Rights Network and CELDF explore why we don’t have the power to establish protections and stop fracking, compressor stations, pipelines, and others harms facing our communities. We look at how the corporate state overrides local democratic decision-making and forces unjust practices into our communities. And we delve into what communities are doing to elevate the rights of communities and nature over the corporate state. WHEN? Saturday, February 17, 2018   8:45 AM-5:00 PM WHERE? Bowling Green State University 219 Olscamp Hall Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 JOIN US! Registration is required by February 15th and can be made at this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094badaf22a6fe3-bowling. Cost: $35 for non-students, $20 with valid student ID. Registration includes curriculum and lunch. Free parking! For more information, contact environmental.action.group.bg@gmail.com or call...