Mentor Democracy Day is February 8

February 2, 2017

The citizens of Mentor will have an opportunity to provide testimony on money and politics and its impact on our democracy on February 8, 2017 at 7 PM in Council Chambers, located on the 3rd Floor of the Civic Center Mentor Civic Center, 8500 Civic Center Blvd., Mentor.

A Mentor City ordinance provides for Democracy Day hearings to be held biennially in the month of February following the federal general election. As a result of the effort of Mentor Move To Amend, a grassroots non-partisan organization, enough signatures were obtained to have the issue put on the November 2014 Mentor ballot.

The ordinance was approved by voters by a 70% affirmative vote.

Move to Amend activists achieved several victories this year in promoting a constitutional amendment to end corporate “personhood” and money legally defined as “speech”. Passage of citizen-driven ballot initiatives in Toledo achieved a 64% affirmative vote, South Euclid, a 77% affirmative vote, and Shaker Hts., a 82% affirmative vote – a total now of 10 in Ohio. We also saw the passage of resolutions by elected officials in Bedford Hts. and Oakwood Village – a total now of 12 in Ohio.

Democracy Day events are being held throughout Ohio as a result of citizen initiatives and municipal resolutions. Organized Democracy Day events are occurring in 2017 in Cleveland Hts, Brecksville, Chagrin Falls, Defiance, Newburgh Hts., Shaker Hts., South Euclid and Toledo.

Cleveland City Council a few months ago passed a law (following the submission of nearly 9000 signatures by MTA activists) supporting the constitutional amendment and establishing a city-sponsored “Democracy Day” public hearing for citizens to testify on the impact of corporate power and big money in elections.

A Move To Amend constitutional amendment was introduced as a resolution in the Ohio House with 15 co-sponsors and in the Ohio Senate last year and will be re-introduced when the 2017 General Assembly convenes. The same resolution has been introduced in the US House of Representatives with 24  co-sponsors.

Our grassroots movement is growing and is a reflection of the public's concern about the erosion of our democracy.

More information: Dave Lima, Home 440-255-4516 / Cell 440-220-0204

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