Vote NO State Issue 2

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

Climate Crisis Solutions: Tools for Transition September 25-27, 2015 Yellow Springs, Ohio

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
Government and Gas Industry Team Up Against Local Fracking Ban Initiatives in Ohio

Government and Gas Industry Team Up Against Local Fracking Ban Initiatives in Ohio

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

Ohio Citizens Protest Against Secretary of State for denying their Constitutional Right to Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2015 Contact: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Organizer, 440-838-5272   COLUMBUS, OH:  Earlier this month, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted declared that the citizens of Medina, Fulton, and Athens Counties may not vote on their own county charter initiatives, despite meeting requirements to place those initiatives on the November ballot.   Mr. Husted’s ruling has broad implications for the right of initiative in the state of Ohio. Residents intend to make clear to Mr. Husted that his decision to strip communities of their right to vote will not be accepted by the people. Residents from across the state will protest outside the Athletic Club this Wednesday, September 2. The Secretary of State is the keynote speaker at the Metropolitan Club Luncheon that day.   The protest will take place in front of the Athletic Club (136 E. Broad Street) beginning at 11:00 and will continue until the luncheon is over. The group will proceed to the Ohio Supreme Court to make clear to the justices that the people want their initiatives placed on the November ballot.   People in Ohio are realizing that our legal and governing structure does not represent their interests, but rather the moneyed interests of the oil and gas industry. Mr. Husted’s claims of “unfettered authority and being empowered by the Ohio Revised Code” cannot be allowed to stand, denying the people their constitutional right. According to Article 1, Section 2 of the Ohio Constitution, “All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit and they have the right to alter,... read more


    COLUMBUS, OHIO WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2   DEMONSTRATION INFO:   Columbus Commons Parking information:   For People protesting outside the Metropolitan Club (SOS John Husted is Speaker) and Ohio Supreme Court:   10-10:50 am Meet at the Ohio Theater Basement Studio One (Galbreath Pavillion) 39 E State St, Columbus, OH 43215   11:00-11:15 am March to Columbus Athletic Club (Metropolitan Club meets there) 136 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215 11:20- 1:30 pm Protest in front of Athletic Club (people can take staggered breaks to eat something between) 1:30 – 2:00 pm March to Ohio Supreme Court, 65 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215 2:00 – 2:30 pm Protest in front of the Supreme Court 2:30 – 3:00 pm Walk back to Galbreath Pavillion Holding Area – Basement of Ohio Theatre 3:00-4:00 pm Debrief   SIGNS:   Please make a sign and bring it with you. We want clear message. Possible Ideas, but you can make your own too:   LET THE PEOPLE VOTE HUSTED – DEMOCRACY IS NOT ILLEGAL DEMOCRACY IS NOT UNCONSTITUTIONAL DRILLING COMPANIES DON’T HAVE RIGHTS, PEOPLE DO OHIO IS NOT A MONARCHY GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE, NOT BY HUSTED CLOSE THE HUSTED LOOPHOLE   Contact Tish O’Dell at 440-552-6774 with... read more

Charter government request challenged Placement on ballot lies with state

August 3rd, 2015 By David J. Coehrs – Three Fulton County residents filed an objection with the Board of Elections Wednesday over a petition from NEXUS opponents requesting a county charter government. Gilders confirmed that the six-page objection drafted by Metamora attorney Charles M. Saunders was received about one half-hour before last Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline to file objections to the petition. It was signed by Saunders and county residents RJ Lumbrezer and Roy Norman. Read the rest... read more

County charter would establish home rule

By GLENN WOJCIAK The Post staff writer | Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 MEDINA – Voters will be given the opportunity to adopt a charter form of county government in November but the implications of that decision aren’t clear. An initiative petition by the group Sustainable Medina County has succeeded in gathering the signatures needed to place the issue on the ballot. If approved, the new charter would establish home rule provisions that empower county officials authority to regulate certain activities the current county commissioners lack authority to control. Those activities include the regulation of drilling new oil and gas wells and pipeline construction which are prohibited in a citizen’s bill of rights included in the new charter. Charter proponents launched their initiative primarily as a means to derail the NEXUS gas transmission line which Spectra Energy plans to build across Medina County and several other Ohio counties. Read more... read more

Judge Affirms People’s Right of Initiative, Orders Athens Board of Elections to Place County Charter on Ballot

ATHENS, OH:  An attempt to quash a citizens’ county charter initiative failed in the Common Pleas Court this week. Athens County residents face record amounts of fracking wastewater that is slated to be injected into permitted wells across the county, and are using their initiative powers to protect themselves. Seeking to expand their right to local self-government, and to ban the injection of fracking waste and related activities as a violation of rights, they recently submitted well over the required number of signatures to place their initiative on the November ballot. Read the rest... read more

Proposed charter/bill of rights is all about democracy

Joan Jurich   Aug 2, 2015 Abe Alassaf’s (The NEWS, July 26) call to alarm about the proposed Athens County Charter hinges on a series of supposings. He imagines neighbors and county commissioners run amok with power. He imagines neighbors and county commissioners imposing their personal tastes on what he is able to do on his land. It is easy to think of reasons to worry if you don’t know what the charter actually says and what it is most likely to do. Before readers are alarmed, they should study the charter proposal and discuss it with their neighbors. Read the rest of LETTER... 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.