2nd Annual Ohio MTA Network Gathering

February 3, 2014

You are invited to attend the
Saturday, February 15, 2014
10:30 am – 5:30 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214

Sharing successes and challenges – Diverse workshops –
Action planning – Strengthening our network
Cost: FREE. A $5 donation would be appreciated to cover snacks and incidentals.


10:00 - 10:30: Registration, Coffee and bagels / Welcome
Michael Greenman and/or Minister of First UU Church

10:30 – 12:00: Short presentations from representatives of statewide groups / Move to Amend Ohio goals
Representatives of various statewide organizations have been invited to share their work. This will be followed by a description of Move to Amend and how the goal of amending the constitution to eliminate corporate personhood and money as speech may be one strategy that can unite us all.

12:00 - 12:45: Lunch / Presentation on Home Rule
Brown Bag Lunch – bring your own
Presenter/Facilitator: Tish O’Dell, Ohio Community Rights Network / Q&A to follow.

12:45 - 1:30: Brief reports from affiliates/partners: successes and/or challenges
Please designate a representative to provide a 3-minute presentation. There will be a table available for literature and props to display. Please bring copies of materials and literature you've developed to share (at least 15 for other affiliates, additional for other attenders. Or if you prefer, send materials to Michael Greenman who is willing to make copies).

1:30 - 2:20: Plenary discussion: Strategic Communications
Presenters: Sandy Bolzenius and Doug Todd, Central-Ohio affiliate
MTA members require strategies to effectively communicate our message across partisan divides. This session will 1) encourage a focus on basic values to which all Americans agree; 2) recognize the language barriers we face and consider how we may redirect that language; and 3) suggests practical tool to help engage broad interests in the need to abolish corporate personhood.

2:20 - 2:30: Break

2:30 - 3:20: Plenary discussion: National vs. State Strategies with attention on national MTA focus on oppression
Presenter/Facilitator: Farrell Brody, Central-Ohio affiliate
An open forum to discuss Move to Amend’s two central goals as an organization: first to amend the Constitution to say that corporations aren’t people and that money isn’t speech; and second, to create genuine, justice-driven, participatory democracy in the United States.

3:20 - 3:30: Break


3:30 - 4:30: Breakout sessions (2 sessions, each 30 minutes long)


Big city strategies
Presenter/Facilitator: Doug Jambard-Sweet, Toledo affiliate

• Forging relationships with other organizations to capitalize on common areas of agreement
• Education & Outreach: film screenings, conferences, teach-ins
• Strategic communication – letters to the editor, opinion pieces
• Taking advantage of large population gatherings (parades, festivals, events) for petition-gathering
• Building critical mass sufficient to start affiliate chapters in surrounding communities
• Building upon student engagement
• Building upon inner city engagement

Small city strategies
Presenter/Facilitator: Carla Rautenberg, Cleveland Heights affiliate

Cleveland Heights, a city of approximately 44,000, won an MTA ballot initiative on Nov. 5, 2013, with 77 percent of the electorate voting yes! We did it on a budget of small contributions totaling $1,200. Your suburb or small city has its own challenges. Let's discuss them.


Township/village strategies
Presenter/Facilitator: Frank Hribar, Mentor affiliate

How to reach people, spread the word and mobilize in communities that don’t allow citizen initiatives.

Outreach to different constituencies/parts of the state
Presenters/Facilitators: Greg Coleridge, Ohio Network, and John Howell, Democracy over Corporations partner

Developing new affiliates/partners in rural Ohio, reaching out to Tea Party members and students.


4:30 - 5:30: Statewide structure and goals for the next year
Facilitators: Greg Coleridge / Michael Greenman
Call for proposals for developing goals and statewide structure for the next year. Bring your ideas or proposals for what we should collectively do and how we should be internally organized. One page written proposals is recommended.

5:30: Close and cleanup

Spread the word! Bring others! Open to all!

Receive help in working on Move to Amend in your community!

Please RSVP ohio [at] movetoamend.org if you plan to attend.