Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100

Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100

Youngstown Residents Push to Oust Corporations from Election Campaigns, Cap Contributions at $100 Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017, 3:00 pm | By Rural America In These Times In their seventh attempt to put an end to the environmental threats the oil and gas industry pose to their land, water and right to self-governance, a community rights group in Youngstown, Ohio, is attempting to amend their city’s charter in order to ban corporate interference in their local elections. With assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)—a non-profit, public interest law firm that provides legal services to communities facing outside threats to their local environment, local agriculture, local economy and quality of life—the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee has gathered and submitted the signatures required to get the initiative, explained below, on their November ballot. Read...

Sentinel Tribune – Bowling Green, Ohio

Relying on EPA not enough in Nexus fight; local law must be changed Wednesday, August 9, 2017 To the Editor: I’m writing in response to the Aug. 8 article about the mayor’s communications with Ohio EPA. We cannot afford to rely on an oil and gas captured agency like Ohio EPA to save our water from Nexus pipeline. They have set an enticing trap that would waylay us from taking real measures, like changing local law by passing the BG Charter Amendment, to stop Nexus. If we fall for their bait, then the joke will be on us and it will be too late to do anything else to stop the harm. Certainly Ohio EPA won’t come right out in a letter and tell the mayor of Bowling Green that they can’t help city residents or BGSU faculty, staff, students, and parents because that would make them look very bad indeed. In fact it would blow their cover as protectors of our environment. Just imagine what would happen if people started noticing that OEPA is protecting the interests of oil and gas from regular people like us who just want safe water to drink. Read...

Citizen Initiative Removes Corporations from Election Campaigns, Caps Campaign Contributions

Youngstown residents submit signatures for their Community Rights Fair Elections Initiative Aug 7, 2017 Youngstown, OH:  Today, a long-standing community rights group in Youngstown, OH, submitted over 1,900 signatures to qualify their Youngstown Fair Election Bill of Rights initiative for the November ballot. The measure is the first of its kind in the state, limiting campaign contributions to registered voters within the City, and capping those contributions at $100. The Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee drafted the initiative with the support of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). CELDF has been assisting Youngstown residents to advance their democratic and environmental rights since 2013, when residents launched their community rights work to protect themselves from fracking activities. Fracking threatens their drinking water and has caused earthquakes in the area. Read...
Proposed charter amendment submitted in BG

Proposed charter amendment submitted in BG

“Representatives of the Bowling Green Climate Protectors charter amendment group Monday submitted a ballot initiative to the city of Bowling Green focused on disallowing new fossil fuel transportation infrastructure within the city.” Read more...

Athens New LTE By Dick McGinn, Athens County Bill of Rights Committee, Jul 26, 2017

Editor Smith’s critique of proposed charter is seriously flawed “…There are three serious flaws in this paragraph alone. First, Smith begs the question of who wants a charter form of government while forgetting that it can only be answered at the ballot box. Second, he implies that the people of Athens County are better off if decisions affecting their health and the quality of their environment are made in Columbus, by politicians, most of whom don’t live here and very likely don’t care about what happens….Read...