December 2018

Protect Ballot Initiatives and the Right to Peaceful Protest!

We are passing along an important alert from the League of Women Voters (LWV) regarding two attempts by Republicans in the Ohio Legislature to restrict the rights of residents:

1) House Joint Resolution 19 (HJR19) limits the ability of citizens to put measures on the ballot
2) Senate Bill 250 would elevate criminal trespass charges to a felony, e.g., environmental protesters at a natural gas pipeline. 

Please read the LWV message below and click links for additional information.  The bottom line is — please call the following Representatives to voice your opposition and protect your rights.

Call Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith at 614-466-1366

Call Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof at 614-466-7505

Our vigilance and action is needed now more than ever.  Please see below for more details.

ACTION ALERT  – December 4, 2018
ACT NOW! The Ohio Legislature is trying to make it harder to put amendments on the ballot. Protect your right to the ballot! Call Speaker Smith and others today! #ProtectYourRight. (see link below)

HJR 19 is moving quickly through the state legislature and will likely be voted on by the house by the end of this week.  There is lots going on with a press conference tomorrow, letters being circulated to organizations and calls to action on social media as well as an online petition.

 Link to Toolkit for protesting Call numbers, articles and petitions!

 Dates and times of hearings before the House Government Oversight and accountability committee:
Tuesday, December 4th, 1:00 pm (Room 122)

Wednesday, December 5th, 9:30 am (Room 114)
And yet another piece of legislation to limit freedoms:
Click Here to read

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