Regarding the June 18 editorial “Close the deal on payday loans,” the payday lending situation vividly illustrates the profitability of preying on vulnerable households that cannot afford rent, let alone attorneys. It also clearly illustrates the pay-to-play process of corporate money in our legislature. Too bad vulnerable payday borrowers, working for well below a living wage, do not have the spare cash to hire attorneys or donate to their representatives.
Harold Mosley didn’t intend to step up to the podium in Toledo City Council chambers on Monday, but after listening to several citizens address their elected officials he decided to say a few words.
“This is not about them, this is about us. If you want change, vote,” he said, turning his back to the councilmen and facing the audience of about 40. “I assure you, if you vote, if you vote, you will send a message to not only politicians but corporations.”
TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) —
A public forum created to allow citizens to tell elected officials what they think needs to be done.
The idea behind Democracy Day began two years ago, after a group managed to get enough signatures on the ballot. After its passing, March 5th became a day where Toledoans voiced their concerns about the impact of money in politics coming from corporations.
Other issues that came up included a group looking for Universal Health Care in Ohio, the prison system and for one Maumee school teacher, the controversial water issue in Toledo.
In our January column, we wrote about the history of Democracy Day in Cleveland Heights. Since we were writing for the Heights Observer, we kept our focus local. However, Robert Shwab’s letter to the editor in response to that column, published in the February issue, takes a national view. That letter contained some misconceptions, which several readers have asked us to address.
The United States is “of the people”— not the corporation— but that preamble to our constitution was redefined on January 21, 2010 with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which granted corporations personhood and constitutional rights.
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.
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.
"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.
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?