Mary Sue Gmeiner
Who is deciding our public polices regarding our elections, education, environmental, affordable housing, social justice, and other issues? People or big money?
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Coinciding with this month’s 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” ruling that opened the floodgates for even more big money in politics, the city will host its annual Democracy Day starting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 in council chambers.
It will be the seventh installment of local public hearings intended to counteract corporate influence on elections, mainly through campaign contributions, since corporations still can't vote -- or speak, as critics point out.
TROY—Greg Coleridge, national outreach director for the non-partisan, grassroots coalition Move to Amend, will be the featured speaker at “Stand Up for Democracy,” 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Lincoln Community Center, 110 Ash St. The program is hosted by We The People Miami County and Move to Amend.
Also speaking will be Mary Sue Gmeiner, affiliate coordinator of Greater Dayton Move to Amend. Representatives from area justice and peace organizations will be on hand to share information about their work and ways for people to get involved.
SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH — Shaker Heights' second Democracy Day will be held Monday, September 9, the city announced. Residents will be able to advocate against money in politics and discuss many other issues that day.
Democracy Day was established after voters approved a petition-led ballot measure in November 2016. The event is held every two years and must be held within 90 days of the November general election.