Here are some of the resources we discussed in the “Beyond the Recycling Bin” meeting, cosponsored with UAPA and Columbus Northwest Blues. All information is accurate as of May 28, 2019.
Sign up to help Get Out the Vote (GOTV) for Danny O’Connor for Congress in District 12! The special election is on Tuesday, August 7, and you can help #Flipthe12th!
SIGN UP FOR GOTV (Get Out The Vote)
Help is needed at the staging locations below, listed in order of priority:
GOTV shifts are approximately three hours, and start at 9:30, 12:30, and 3:30 daily, Saturday August 4-Tuesday, August 7.
A complete list of events from the O’Connor campaign is available HERE. Check in often! There are new visitors, canvasses, rallies and fundraisers posted daily.
Join Organizing 4UA and Sarah Grace Spurgin of the Campaign for Ohio for an organizational meeting in the Friends Theater at the main Upper Arlington Library on Tremont Rd.
When: Sunday, July 8, 2-3:30 pm
Where: Friends Theater (lower level), 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington, OH
1) Introductions/State of the Race
2) What is at Stake
3) Organizing Model
4) Digital Team Info
5) Breakdown of Roles
– Neighborhood Team Leader
– Neighborhood Team Captains
– Auxiliary Roles
6) Announcement of Upcoming Events and Goals
We hope to see you there!
Now that Issue 1 has passed, plan on attending the Fair Districts = Fair Elections debrief, planning, and celebration session in Columbus, Sunday, June 24th, 1:30-5:00 pm at the Northside Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library (1423 N. High St, Columbus, Ohio 43201). This is our opportunity to congratulate ourselves for a job well done, to learn from our experiences, and think about what comes next!
The Debrief Session will:
• Include an opportunity for volunteers to discuss the campaign, both what worked best and what they would do differently next time around;
• Discuss results of the follow-up survey;
• Provide updates on the ACLU Ohio lawsuit, the upcoming Supreme Court decisions, and other redistricting reform news;
• Allow coalition partners to update volunteers on next campaigns;
• Allow volunteers to talk about their interests in engaging in future campaigns to improve democracy;
• Have an informative presentation from Catherine Turcer about dark money in politics, and a short presentation from Camille Wimbish about Election Protection and the Verify Your Vote campaign.
After the planned program (1:30-5:00 pm) participants are invited to join organizers at a nearby eating and drinking establishment for a social hour.
Space is limited, so please reserve your spot at THIS LINK!
Thanks to everyone who attended our candidate event for the Democratic candidates for Ohio House of Representatives District 24! It was a packed house, and it was great to see everyone there!
In case you missed the event, here’s a quick introduction to the candidates:
Andrea Bonny is a physician, wife, and mother of 3. She graduated from Upper Arlington High School, received her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
She has worked as an academic physician for over 20 years. In this role, she has served as a clinician, researcher, educator, advocate, and community organizer. Recently, she has focused on treating adolescents and young adults with opioid addiction.
Mary B. Relotto received her bachelors degree from Ohio University in Journalism with a minor in Sociology. She is the founder of Dames Bond, an organization that began in 2007, to bridge the gap between women and entrepreneurship.
Mary B. worked in the non-profit industry for 15 years, serving some of the most marginalized people in our community. She’s won various awards for championing small business owners and women, was appointed on the Columbus Women’s Commission and sits on the advisory board for the Women’s Business Center of Ohio.
Allison Russo is a public health policy expert who has spent nearly two decades advising government leaders and policymakers on issues related to the healthcare financing and care delivery needs of seniors, vulnerable populations, Veterans, and military families.
She is currently the Policy Research Director for a public policy consulting firm. Allison serves on the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Central Ohio, is an active member of Rotary Club and Leadership UA, the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network. Allison is married to Brian, a Veteran, and together they have three children who attend public school in Upper Arlington.
Get out there and volunteer for one of these amazing candidates between now and the primary on May 8! If you are still undecided, Progress Hilliard is hosting a District 24 candidate forum on April 27th.
Time flies. Wasn’t it just yesterday we met at the Tremont Library to hear Professor Richard Gunther’s talk on the redistricting reform ballot initiative? After a false start, the Attorney General has now certified the petition, and the petition is in the hands of the Ohio Ballot Board.
What does that mean for us? It’s time for training! We have about 50 people who have expressed an interest in collecting signatures. We think there are probably more of you out there. Please email us if you are not in our Facebook group and want to sign up for training. We will have training Wednesday, May 31 at 7 pm at the Lane Road Library, and Friday morning in Meeting Room B at the Tremont UAPL branch at 10:15 and 11:45.
Think about what type of time commitment you are willing to make. Can you get out to the library every day? once a week? only on the weekends? only for special events? Are you willing to travel to other counties? Even if you can only commit to gathering signatures from your friends and neighbors, it’s important to remember that without fair districts, we don’t have fair elections. Point made?
Check out our redistricting page, where we will post information about upcoming volunteer opportunities. If you have a suggestion for something to put on this page, let us know!
Don’t forget to save the date for our next meeting on June 13 at 7 pm in the Friends Theater at the Tremont branch of the Upper Arlington Library.
Before we run through a quick recap of our May 9 meeting, let’s step back and reflect on the week that preceded our meeting. Along with other area Indivisible teams, we participated in a protest at Steve Stivers’ Hilliard office on the day of the AHCA vote (May 4). It was cold. It was raining. But we were determined to make our voices heard. The event was covered by ABC6 and WOSU.
Later that day, the House voted 217-213 to pass the AHCA bill. Despite numerous assurances (in letters and in person) that he would protect those with preexisting conditions and preserve essential health benefits like preventative care, Steve Stivers voted for the AHCA. We will not forget this vote, Representative Stivers!
Unfortunately, redistricting reform hit a speed bump later that same night. Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the redistricting reform petition summary language. Back to square one.
There’s no sugar coating it– last Thursday was a really, really tough day. But we rolled up our sleeves over the weekend and got right back in the fight for fairer districts in Ohio. We met with Catherine Turcer of Common Cause Ohio, got petitions with the updated summary language, and got to work!
Thanks to you, our team was able to get 111 of the required 1,000 signatures needed to get the amended petition back to the Attorney General. Congratulations to the Fair Districts = Fair Elections coalition for such a quick turn-around.
At our May 9 meeting, we gave a quick update on the redistricting reform effort. Almost all of our attendees signed up to help to gather signatures once we have the go-ahead!
IMPORTANT NOTE: For your information, we contacted the Franklin County Board of Elections, and clarified that those of us with Columbus mailing addresses who live in Upper Arlington can put either Columbus or UA in the ‘city’ box on a petition. Although Columbus is technically correct, putting Upper Arlington does not invalidate your signature.
Our guest speaker was Gary Daniels, Chief Lobbyist for the ACLU of Ohio. He gave us a thorough overview of the Ohio legislative process, and encouraged us to consider testifying in committee to express concerns, suggestions, or support for proposed state legislation. As citizens, our voices can have more weight than the testimony of lobbyists. To be most effective, Mr. Daniels suggested that we limit testimony to two pages, and to follow the rules of decorum during committee meetings (e.g., addressing questions and responses to the chair of the committee rather than individual members).
In order to have the most influence, he suggested that we focus on building strong relationships with our state legislators. Find out what you might have in common with your legislator (e.g., support for the same sports team, a similar educational background), and use that to lay the foundation for a good working relationship. It can be helpful to contact legislators when they are doing a good job (not just we disagree with them!)
For more about making a difference at the state level, attend Upper Arlington Progressive Action’s meeting on the Ohio Resistance Guide on May 25 at the Upper Arlington Public Library (6:30, Friends Theater).
What’s next for our team? We will be reaching out to you to do training on how to collect redistricting reform petition signatures. Our next meeting is scheduled for June 13 at 7pm in the Friends Theater at the UAPL (Tremont branch).