MTA Ohio Network 2014 Gathering Decisions

February 25, 2014


February 25, 2014 / Columbus, Ohio



1. A procedure for considering internal structural and external program/project proposals will be established by no later than August 1.

2. In the interim, decisions will be made by whoever participates in calls or meetings when proposals are considered by whatever percentage approval is determined at the time – with consensus as the goal.


1.The creation of a 7-person interim Steering Committee

2.Steering Committee members will be selected at the 2/15 Gathering

3.The Steering Committee will oversee the process of Coordinating Committee elections, to be completed by the end of July, 2014

4.The Coordinating Committee will consist of 6 representatives of active affiliates or partner groups, 3 representatives of supportive statewide or local groups and 2 at large MTA supporters

5.The Coordinating Committee will be chosen through an election of MTA supporters in Ohio, to begin their term August 1 through the end of the 2016 annual MTA Ohio gathering.

6.Subsequent elections will be annual.

7.Any contact person or representative of each affiliate/partner group is eligible to be nominated for one of the 6 affiliate/group slots; any active MTA Ohio supporter is eligible to be nominated for one of the 2 at large slots; any contact person with any group in Ohio is eligible to be nominated for one of the 3 group slots.

8.An email will be sent to all MTA Ohio supporters with a list of all those interested in serving on the Coordinating Committee. Each nominee will have the option of providing a biography and picture.

9.Votes will be submitted to an online sit that at least 3 current MTA Ohio representatives will have access to for tabulation.

10.The Coordinating Committee will meet either in person or via phone at least once per month. The meetings will be publicized and open to all MTA Ohio supporters

11.The Coordinating Committee will carry out the internal and external decisions made at the annual MTA Ohio gathering and any others that the Coordinating Committee determines.

12.The Coordinating Committee will report on their actions at the annual MTA Ohio gathering

13.Coordinating Committee membership by 2017 will reflect the diversity of the state’s population.


Move to Amend Ohio will create a Media Committee that will develop a media strategy, which may include the following:

1.Move to Amend Ohio will develop a statement over the next year to coincide with the following events:
- McCutcheon vs FEC US Supreme Court decision
- Any other US Supreme Court decision (i.e. Hobby Lobby case, etc.) which expands corporate constitutional rights
- Anniversary of Santa Clara vs Southern Pacific Supreme Court decision (May 10)
- Independence Day - Declaration of Independence from Corporate Rule (July 4)
- Constitution Day (September 17)
- Election Day - following votes in Newark, Lakewood, Mentor, Toledo and/or elsewhere (November 4)
- Citizens United vs FEC  5th Anniversary (January 21)
- Buckley vs Valeo Supreme Court decision Anniversary (January 30)

2. The statements will be sent to the press, MTA Ohio supporters, and MTA Ohio affiliate/partner contacts.

3. The statements will also be posted on the MTA Ohio Facebook page and distributed via social media.


Move to Amend Ohio will establish a Candidate Survey Committee that will develop a strategy that may consist of the following:

1.Two surveys will be developed and sent to political candidates/office holders running for office in 2014 requesting their support for Move to Amend.

2. One survey will be developed for all federal candidates in the 16 congressional districts in Ohio asking their co-sponsorship of the We the People Amendment.

3. The same survey will be sent to both US Senators from Ohio

4. A second survey will be developed for all state candidates running for Ohio House of Representatives (99 seats) and Ohio Senate (a portion of 33 seats) asking for their support of ratification of such an amendment is passed by Congress.

5. The same survey will be sent to all remaining Ohio Senators not up for election in 2014.

6. MTA Ohio will publicize the results of the survey as permitted by law.


1. The Coordinating Committee will decide a strategy for reaching out to rural, student and underserved communbities. This strategy may include:

a. At least 6 new affiliates will be launched during the next year. Three will be in rural counties.

b. At least 6 programs on MTA will be made on college/university campuses not currently connected to an existing MTA affiliate or partner group.

2. Existing local affiliates/partner groups will commit to outreach to these constituencies where appropriate in their areas.




Danny Lemmon (Columbus) - Dannylemmon2 [at] (lead)
Steve Nelson (Oxford) - phacter [at]
Doug Jambard-Sweet (Toledo) - dougiefresh43537 [at]
Freeda Flynn (St. Clairsville) - riverdoctor [at]
John Howell (Athens) democracyovercorporations [at]

Candidate Survey

Colleen Dempsey (Columbus) colleenrdempsey [at] (lead)
Derek Dissell (Cleveland) d.dissell [at]
Michel Coconis (Columbus) michel4justice [at]
Susan Neumann-Martiensen (Columbus) martiensen [at]
Steve Nelson (Oxford) phacter [at]

Rural, Student & Underserved Outreach Strategy

Freeda Flynn (St. Clairsville) - riverdoctor [at]  (lead)
Tony Szilyaogi (Toledo) - 3000aws [at]
Frank Hribar (Mentor) phlatulator [at]
Carla Rautenberg (Cleveland Heights)  Carla [at]
Doug Todd (Columbus) - dougsftc [at]
Sally Hanley (Cleveland Heights) yrpalsal [at]

Interim Steering

Michael Greenman (Columbus) mgreenmanoh [at] 
Michel Coconis (Columbus) michel4justice [at]
Carla Rautenberg (Cleveland Heights) Carla [at]
Doug Jambard-Sweet (Toledo), Dougiefresh43537 [at]
Derek Dissell (Cleveland), d.dissell [at]
Frank Hribar (Mentor), phlatulator [at]
Greg Coleridge, (Cleveland Heights), gcoleridge [at]