Keeping workers in poverty is neither just nor moral: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Rights Network (Opinion)

Keeping workers in poverty is neither just nor moral: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Rights Network (Opinion)

August 07, 2016 Why is fear being used to convince people that raising workers’ wages will bring down the city? Some of the arguments against raising the minimum wage are the same arguments that were made when talk of ending slavery surfaced back in the 1800s. It doesn’t take a Ph.D. economist to know that if you have “free” labor, prices can be cheaper and profits for corporations higher. Read Full Op-Ed... read more

Elections board got charter initiative ruling wrong

By Mike Rowe Updated Jul 16, 2016 On Friday, July 8, 2016, the Athens County Board of Elections, after consulting with Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, voted not to allow the Athens County charter initiative on the November ballot, despite the fact that it had over 1700 certified signatures (~2400 in all). Read Full... read more

OHCRN Statement: County Boards of Elections Attempt to Stifle Democracy: Meigs, Athens and Medina Counties

Jul 15, 2016 Last summer, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted claimed “unfettered authority” to block county charter initiatives banning fracking. Dozens of residents in four counties collected more than 12,000 signatures of people who wanted to vote on the measures. The Ohio Supreme Court slapped Secretary Husted’s wrist, denying him such authority. Now it it the local Board’s of Elections attempting to stifle the people’s voice and initiatives. Read full... read more
Frackfree group to put fracking ban on Youngstown ballot again

Frackfree group to put fracking ban on Youngstown ballot again

If passed, the issue would stop hydraulic fracturing, injection wells and shale gas development in Youngstown By Dave SessPublished: June 27, 2016, 11:40 am Those behind Frackfree Mahoning Valley say they have enough signatures to get the issue back on the ballot again. If the issue passes, it would stop hydraulic fracturing, injection wells and shale gas development within city limits. See full story... read more
Petitions submitted for anti-fracking county law

Petitions submitted for anti-fracking county law

The Athens County Bill of Rights Committee submitted a proposal to turn Athens County into a charter government to the local Board of Elections Wednesday morning. Group spokesperson Dick McGinn said Wednesday the group was submitting the proposal with 2,392 signatures on 96 petitions circulated by 32 petitioners, well over the 1,500 petition signatures required. Read Full Story... read more

Guest Blog: Updating EPA Frack Waste Regulations: Let’s Call it What it Is

May 18, 2016by Tish O’Dell, Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods (MADION) Why are we, concerned residents and environmentalists, asking for new rules to be written, instead of asking for the harmful activity to be stopped? Why do we need more rules that will simply allow the destruction of our communities, one permit and one regulation at a time? Don’t we have enough evidence that this system is NOT protecting the environment at all? Read more... read more

Lowe-Volk Nature Center

Community Rights in Crawford County, OH

What’s Happening?

CELDF’s Tish O’Dell is speaking in Crawford County on the growing Community Rights Movement in Ohio. Fracking and its infrastructure are accelerating across the state, driven by the oil and gas industry, and Ohio communities have had enough.


Thursday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m.


Lowe-Volk Nature Center on SR 598 in Crawford County, in the Nature Center auditorium.

Join us!

For more information contact Michael Veloff at

Thomas Linzey Stops on the 2015

Ohio Community Rights Tour:


November 12, 2015    7:00 PM  Ohio Tour Youngstown

Youngstown, Youngstown State University

210 Lincoln Avenue, Cushwa Hall B100


November 13, 2015    7:00 – 9:00 PM   OhioRevolt Athens

Athens, Ohio University, Morton Hall (East Green)

Room 201


November 14, 2015    12:00 PM    OhioRevolt Oberlin LWV

Oberlin,  LWV Luncheon  ­ Oberlin Inn

7 N Main St, Oberlin, OH 44074


November 14, 2015     7:30 PM  OhioRevolt Oberlin College

Oberlin,  Oberlin College, Craig Lecture Hall

119 Wooldand Street Oberlin, OH  44074


November 15, 2015   1:30 PM   OhioRevolt Defiance

Defiance,  UAW Local 211 Union Hall

2120 Baltimore Street, Defiance, OH 43512


November 16, 2015    6:30 – 8:00 PM   OhioRevolt Bowling Green

Bowling Green, Bowling Green State University,

Olscamp Hall, Room 117


November 17, 2015     12:00 P.M.   OhioRevolt Columbus OSU

Columbus, The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law, William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium, Drinko Hall

55 W 12 Ave, Columbus, OH 43210


November 17, 2015     5:00 – 6:00 PM    OhioRevolt Columbus Capital

Columbus, Capital University Law School

303 E. Broad Street, Room A-122, Annex Columbus, Ohio, 43215.

Parking is available in the lot off Capital Street which is the entrance that everyone will need to use. The lot is attached to the building.