Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Ohio Community Rights Network (OHCRN)?
I just want to stop fracking or a pipeline in my community. Why should I get involved with ￼such a long term project?
The OHCRN is working collectively to call for changes to fundamental law at the state level that will liberate our communities from oppressive legal constraints that facilitate and legalize the kinds of destructions we’ve been forced to oppose one community, one issue, at a time.
What’s wrong with the Ohio Constitution?
Wouldn’t it be easier to elect the right people to the state legislature to do this work for us?
The people need to be part of a lobbying movement to drive community rights into state level law, to avoid having community interests overridden by corporate ones.
Aren’t traditional environmentalists already doing this work already?
What are the methods used in OH to adopt amendments to the state constitution?
There are several steps to the process, but Ohio is one out of 18 states that allows voters the right to
amend their constitution through the ballot initiative process.
What if the amendment we propose goes nowhere the first time?
How long is this going to take?
that community members are stripped of the right to govern. Past struggles for the recognition of equal civil and political rights have occurred throughout our history. The Abolitionists and Suffragists maintained pressure on government for many years before changes were realized. This movement will harness the energies of many, single, local, short-term oppositions into a statewide network. Ohio people will need to focus on liberating our communities from a system that strips away local authority and then institute new law that protects the civil and political rights of community members.
What is the role of county chapters?
Has this ever been done before?
Do I have to be a historian or lawyer to do this work?
What obstacles should we expect?
Anyone who benefits from the way the structure, will likely resist changes that might threaten the state’s power structure. Media will probably not be in favor of the changes we suggest, and may frame the work in a negative light much in the same way political campaigns are run.
To remain strong despite the obstacles that arise, we’ll need to stay focused on the larger picture of state-level changes that reflect the expansion of civil and political rights for everyone in Ohio. As with past movements, when the people work together, change can be achieved.