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 tish@celdf.org, 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:  http://columbuscommons.org/parking/garage-info/   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 – dcoehrs@civitasmedia.com 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

Editor’s column wrong about proposed county Bill of Rights

Dick McGinn  Aug 5, 2015 On Sunday, a friend stopped me on the street to ask for clarification regarding the proposed Charter for a Bill of Rights for environmental protection from fracking waste, something many Athens residents, myself included, have spent months, and untold hours of grinding hard work, attempting to create. She had read that it appears our good intentions have been “hijacked by some radical, anarchist” group from Pennsylvania. Read rest of Letter... read more
Ohio judge dismisses Broadview Heights lawsuit by residents

Ohio judge dismisses Broadview Heights lawsuit by residents

By BOB DOWNING Published: July 2, 2015 From a Thursday press release: BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH:  Yesterday – in time for the July 4th celebration of American Independence and democracy – the Cuyahoga County Court dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by residents of Broadview Heights to protect their inalienable right to local self-government. The suit was filed against the state of Ohio and the oil and gas industry, as fracking is being forced into communities without their consent. Read Full Story... read more

Prosecutor wants state AG’s view on charter proposal

The Athens County Prosecutor has asked the Ohio Attorney General’s office for guidance on a proposed ballot initiative for a county charter, and has suggested the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office be contacted as well. Petitions to turn Athens County into a charter government were filed with the elections board last Wednesday by the Athens County Bill of Rights Committee. If the proposal is certified by the board, the matter will be put to voters this coming November. The board has 10 days to review signatures for validity and certify the petitions. Read more... read more
Charter amendment in Columbus sought to ban fracking

Charter amendment in Columbus sought to ban fracking

A group of environmentalists wants to change the Columbus City Charter to ban fracking or any other oil and gas drilling in the city. Carolyn Harding and other organizers seeking what they call the “Columbus Community Bill of Rights” turned in their petition for a charter change on Thursday with 13,587 signatures. If 8,956 of them are from registered Columbus voters, and the group followed the city’s petition rules correctly, the measure would be on the November ballot. Read the full story... 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 michaelveloff@ymail.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)

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.