What are we doing?
Together we’ll explore social, political, and environmental issues through five Breakout Community Conversations to reveal an unexpected common origin that prevents Ohioans from creating the just communities they envision. Potential topics of conversation and confirmed participants to date include:
- Safe Communities – Melina Abdullah and Chad Nicholson, PA CELDF Organizer will discuss issues such as gun violence, police accountability, racial/ethnic profiling, and mass incarceration.
- Fair Communities – Cathi Steele, Executive Director of Mid-Ohio Workers Association and Ben Price, CELDF National Organizing Director will discuss issues such as living wage vs minimum wage, worker rights, predatory lending and “right to work.”
- Just Communities – Bob Fitrakis, Columbus Free Press and Susie Beiersdorfer, Youngstown State Geology Professor and President of the National Community Rights Network will discuss issues such as fair and free elections, gerrymandering, money in politics, and the right to citizen-led initiative.
- Healthy Communities – Kevin O’Donnell, Ohio Organizing Collaborative, Saraquoia Bryant, President of Grassroots Ohio and Tish O’Dell, OH CELDF Organizer will discuss issues such as recognizing drug use as a public health issue instead of a crime; funding drug treatment instead of incarceration; the role of state preemption in protecting the health of community residents.
- Sustainable Communities – Mike Ferner, founder Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie and Mari Margil will discuss issues such as the protection of water e.g. Lake Erie, private property rights vs rights of nature, and industrial agriculture vs protecting the local environment.
You will leave with:
- A deeper understanding of how our legal and governing structures are designed to oppress
and keep us from getting what we want in our communities
- Discovery of connections between issue-specific and community rights concepts
- Networking with social, political, and environmental groups from across Ohio
- Tools and inspiration to drive forward systemic change, echoing activists in abolition,
suffrage, and Civil Rights
|9:00 – 9:15||Welcome and Opening Statements|
|9:15 – 9:30||Introduction|
|9:30 – 10:30||Keynote Address – Mari Margil|
|10:30 – 10:45||Break|
|10:45 – 12:00||Breakout Community Conversations|
|12:00 – 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 – 1:15||Introduction|
|1:15 – 2:15||Keynote Address – Melina Abdullah|
|2:15 – 2:30||Break|
|2:30 – 4:00||Panel Discussion – Making Connections|
|4:00 – 4:30||Audience Q&A|
|4:30 – 5:00||Wrap-up|
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