The Athens County Bill of Rights Committee is preparing to launch a petition drive March 15 to put a charter proposal before voters on the November General Election ballot. Right now, Athens County residents are the wards of the state, Dick McGinn maintained, but with a charter, “we’ve cut the umbilical cord with Columbus. We don’t want to have an independent country but we’d be capable for the first time of passing laws.” Read full article... read more
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Ohio Court of Appeals Denies the People’s Right to Local Community Self-Government Affirms corporate “rights” and state preemption over community rights in Broadview Hts. March 8, 2016 Last week, the eighth appellate court of Ohio ruled against Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods (MADION) in a class action lawsuit brought by Broadview Heights residents in 2014. The lawsuit was filed against the State of Ohio and two corporations seeking to drill for gas within the City. In the filing, MADION asserted the people have a community right to local, democratic self-government to protect their health, safety, and welfare. The people of Broadview Heights exercised that right in November 2012, adopting a Community Bill of Rights banning fracking with 67% of the vote. The lawsuit was filed to enforce their Community Bill of Rights. The court, however, was not moved by the will of the people, and affirmed the decision of a lower court – disregarding that this nation was forged in battle over the inalienable right to local, democratic self-government. Instead, the court affirmed the corporate claimed “right” to bring industrial drilling and fracking into residential neighborhoods against the will of that community. The court affirmed the state legislature’s claimed authority to strip people of their right to self-govern and protect their families and community from the environmental and economic harms brought by fracking. The court affirmed the corporate claimed “right” to use communities as resource colonies for the benefit of a few people, living far removed from the harms – people who hide behind the corporate shield, and, with permits in hand, site harmful projects for the sake of... read more
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – Despite a judge’s March 2015 ruling that oil and gas firms can drill new wells in Broadview Heights, not one company has applied for a permit to drill here since that time, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources records. Read... read more
Prior to EPA Public Hearing regarding Nexus Compressor Station, come and support residents of Medina County and watch the street theater of the People vs. the Corporate State. Written, performed and directed by the Ohio Community Rights Network. Performances begin at 5:00 PM at CLOVERLEAF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 8337 Friendsville Rd., Seville, Ohio Medina OH EPA... read more
To the Editor: On Wednesday, Jan. 6, the Eighth District Court of Appeals in Cleveland considered a suit brought against the state of Ohio by Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood (MADION) intended to uphold a popular vote in their city of Broadview Heights to prevent further fracking in the city. In its 13 square miles Broadview Heights already has 90 wells.
“This is the first time that our CELDF provided attorney will be able to actually speak in front of 3 appellate judges,” MADION member and Broadview Hts. resident Tish O’Dell said. Read full article here Gazette article on appeal... read more
CLEVELAND: On January 6th, after repeatedly being denied access to the courtroom, Broadview Heights residents will finally have their day in court.
Decides in favor of communities’ right to initiative; bars chief elections officer from keeping duly qualified initiatives off the ballot – even those involving fracking FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2015 Contact: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Organizer email@example.com, 440-838-5272 COLUMBUS, OH: Today, the people’s constitutional right to vote on local County Charter initiatives was upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Court ruled that Ohio Secretary of State John Husted – who claimed “unfettered authority” to keep Home Rule county charter initiatives off the ballot – has no such prerogative. On August 13th, Mr. Husted blocked citizens from voting on Home Rule Charter initiatives in three counties, declaring, “I find nothing to materially limit the scope of my legal review,” including ruling on the substance of the initiatives. The measures included provisions on fracking infrastructure development, alarming the oil and gas industry. Mr. Husted handed them a victory in his decision to remove the measures from the ballot. In doing so, he trampled on the rights of the people. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) filed a lawsuit against the Ohio Secretary of State on behalf of community members in Athens, Medina, and Fulton Counties, seeking to restore the initiatives to the November ballot. In addition to barring Mr. Husted from keeping community measures off the ballot based on substantive review of the content, the Court also ruled that, because the charter initiatives did not create a new form of government, they cannot be on the ballot this November. Communities had kept the existing governmental structure intact, while adding initiative and referendum powers to residents.... read more
Since November 2012, when the City’s voters overwhelmingly adopted their Community Bill of Rights charter amendment banning fracking, the people of this Cleveland suburb have been fighting to enforce their amendment and protect their rights to clean air, water, and local self-government.
“But ultimately, the Community Bills of Rights are not just about delaying pipelines. They are broadly defiant documents, part of a national movement intent on deeply transforming our system of law.”
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.
For more information contact Michael Veloff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
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.