The Honorable Tim Ryan, representing Ohio's 17th district in the US House of Representatives has recently signed on as a co-sponsor to the We the People Amendment, HJR48, proposed by Move to Amend as a means to limit corporate power in our governmental processes. We applaud his support, and thank him.
National Move to Amend Conference June 8-11 in Washington DC - A thrill! Meeting with Ohio Affiliate members, learning new techniques for engagement, working side-by-side with MTA staff and hearing from deeply committed and forward-thinking speakers from government, academia, media and grassroots movements was energizing and a lot to take in.
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.