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.”
Ohio Democracy School Sunday, November 1st, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Northwood & High Building, 2231 North High St, Columbus, OH #100 To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org More Information Columbus Ohio Democracy School... read more
Issue 2 is a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that will appear on the ballot in the November 2015 general election. Initiated by the Ohio General Assembly, the stated intent of Issue 2 is to thwart passage of the “Marijuana Legalization Amendment” sponsored by the Responsible Ohio PAC, due to its approach toward marijuana cultivation (allowing only 10 growing sites in Ohio). Issue 2 has far-reaching consequences. It could forever change the ability of “We the People” to engage in direct democracy, especially when our legislators cannot or will not. Tough enough already. The process of fielding a citizen-led ballot initiative in Ohio is already far more costly, complicated and cumbersome than it is in other states, where initial filings and committee procedures are easier or the required number of signatures and geographic regions are smaller. Issue 2 would make this process even more complex. The end result would silence the voice of “We the People” in favor of the legislature. In summary, Issue 2 is about far more than thwarting monopolies. Its real purpose is to quash the citizen-led ballot initiative process that has been part of the Ohio Constitution since 1912. It can be argued that these measures have been instrumental to gaining public acceptance of controversial issues like same-sex marriage, collective bargaining and marijuana. Issue 2 will change these long standing procedures, while politicizing the process clearly to favor the political party in power. It would require campaigns for even the most worthy issues to undergo the arduous, time consuming and multi-million dollar ballot placement process only to have three politically appointed members of the... read more
Saturday, September 26th 3:50-5:00 Presentations and Workshops, Antioch Campus Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Fracking the Commons with Tish O’Dell and John Morgan “Building sustainable communities by assisting people to assert their right to local self-government and the rights of nature.” We believe that we are in the midst of an escalating ecological crisis, and that the crisis is the result of decisions made by a relatively few people who run corporations and government. We believe that sustainability will never be achieved by leaving those decisions in the hands of a few – both because of their belief in limitless economic production and because their decisions are made at a distance from the communities experiencing the impact of those decisions. Therefore, we believe that to attain sustainability, a right to local self-government must be asserted that places decisions affecting communities in the hands of those closest to the impacts. That right to local self-government must enable communities to reject unsustainable economic and environmental policies set by state and federal governments, and must enable communities to construct legal frameworks for charting a future towards sustainable energy production, sustainable land development, and sustainable water use, among others. In doing so, communities must challenge and overturn legal doctrines that have been concocted to eliminate their right to self-government, including the doctrines of corporate constitutional rights, preemption, and limitations on local legislative authority. Inseparable from the right to local self government – and its sole limitation – are the rights of human and natural communities; they are the implicit and enumerated premises on which local self government must be built. Read More... read more
BY SIMON DAVIS-COHEN – SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 State officials hire industry-affiliated law firms to defend their efforts to block ballot measures Last week the Supreme Court of Ohio upheld the Ohio Secretary of State’s decision to remove from this November’s ballot, measures by Medina, Fulton, and Athens counties that would have banned hydraulic fracturing and related infrastructure projects. However, in a separate ruling, the court allowed the city of Youngstown to proceed with an anti-fracking charter amendment and ordered it be placed on the November 3 ballot. Read More Here ... read more
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 email@example.com.
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.