Ohio Press Coverage

Local advocates call for preserving net neutrality

February 8, 2018

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken and others expressed support Thursday for preserving net neutrality.

The Federal Communications Commission voted in December to repeal net neutrality. Advocates for its preservation said this removal allows broadband providers to block websites and charge for higher-quality service.

Local network engineer Sean Nestor and Move to Amend Toledo activist Doug Jambard-Sweet joined Mr. Gerken during a news conference at The Sojourner's Truth office, 1811 Adams St.

The backstory to Democracy Day

January 1, 2018

On Thursday, Jan. 25, Cleveland Heights City Council will convene the city’s fifth annual Democracy Day, and you, dear reader, are most cordially invited.

For the uninitiated, Democracy Day gives the public an opportunity to address council about how the political influence of corporate entities, added to obscene amounts of money spent in the political process, is degrading the democratic institutions of our city, our state and our nation. Following the hearing each year, a letter stating the reason for the event and summarizing citizens’ remarks is sent by council to our U.S. senators, our U.S. congress member, and the presidents of the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House. That letter, the full text of the petition, plus written minutes and a video, can be viewed on the city’s website under Government, Archived Agendas and Minutes, Public Hearings.

Fourth of July Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

June 27, 2017

Clearly, there are reasons to ask what the Founders of Our Country were up to and what our fireworks every Fourth of July about.

But this year, let’s investigate further: was war the only or even the best way to achieve what we now see was more limited than what we were taught?

Who better to proffer that question than the people’s historian, Howard Zinn?

 

Greg Coleridge - Activist, Move To Amend

July 19, 2017

"The problem isn't that the government is broken," Greg Coleridge says, whipping out one of many activist slogans he's been repeating so long they're inextricably threaded into the fabric of his speech. "It's that it's fixed."  

"Fixed as in rigged," he says, leaning in, making sure the message is clear. Coleridge's central issue is corporate power and the insidious effects of money in politics. He is a man who has known that corporations aren't people since long before Citizens United.

South Euclid meeting backs movement stating corporations are not people

May 11, 2017

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- About 60 people turned out at city hall Tuesday for South Euclid's first-ever Democracy Day, in which attendees were encouraged to speak about the influence of corporations on the rights of U.S. citizens.

In November, 2016, 77 percent of South Euclid voters favored a charter amendment backing the stance of the non-partisan national organization Move to Amend that the U.S. Supreme Court erred in its 2010 Citizens United ruling that established that corporations are entitled to constitutional rights that individuals enjoy.

Cleveland citizens decry impact of Citizens United case at first Democracy Day hearing

May 10, 2017

Hearing prompts calls to curb corporate campaign influence

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A crowd filled City Council's hearing room Monday to condemn the level of influence corporations can wield over politicians via contributions to political campaigns.  

The problem, they said, exists at a national level with contributions from industry giants in areas such as healthcare and banking and at a local level with contributions from businesses such as restaurants and taverns. 

Citizens hold power in democracy

May 4, 2017

Letter to the Editor:

Are Ohioans to be punished for behaving like actual citizens? The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are "We the People" – not "we the judges," "we the corporations," or "we the elected officials." In a monarchy, the monarch is sovereign. In a democratic republic, citizens hold the sovereign power. We'd better start acting like it.

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