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Summary of Toledo Democracy Day 2020 as a Success Story.

On Wednesday October 21, Nick Komives, Toledo council member opened the fourth Annual event.

48 Zoomers were connect by virtual live zoom.  We had 12 presenters and five council members present: Adams, Melden, McPherson, Komives  and Gadus.  Mayor Kapszukiewicz also joined and stayed for the 1 ½ hour duration.  Each presentation averaged only five minutes and were concise, informed and articulate.

View the program at http://toledo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=1&clip_id=983

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OHIO: Painesville Issue 1: Grassroots group pushing to send message against corporate campaign contributions

By: Jordan Vandenberge

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — The Center for Responsive Politics preliminarily projects the total cost of the 2020 election cycle to be $10.8 billion, roughly a 50% increase in spending compared to the 2016 election when adjusted for inflation. If the projections hold true, political spending this election cycle would equal about a third of Ohio's annual budget ($32.4 billion). As large sums of money and political influence have largely become synonymous with one another, a small but passionate group in Painesville is trying to put a stop to it.

On their ballots this November, Painesville voters will decide Issue 1, a proposed ordinance by petition that would declare the need for a constitutional amendment that would clamp down on political contributions by corporations, unions and Super PACs. The ordinance would also declare that money is not the equivalent of speech.

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OHIO: Kent Democracy Day forum is Wednesday

Kent Ravenna Record-Courier
October 1, 2020


Kent City Council will hold a virtual online version of its Democracy Day forum this year at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

It will be broadcast live on the City of Kent’s YouTube Channel. A link to view this meeting can be found on the City of Kent’s calendar located at www.kentohio.org.

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OHIO: Letter to the Editor: Urges participation in Democracy Day

Kent Ravenna Record-Courier
October 4, 2020


Our election system is broken because of the destructive influences of money in politics and the misguided notion that corporations may claim constitutional rights. With these rights they are able to spend tremendous amounts of “dark” money through organizations and PACS to support the candidates who will serve their needs. And their primary need is profit. While profits are essential in a capitalist system the needs of “we the people” should be primary since we are also a democracy.

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Building a Real Democracy Movement in Ohio

Move to Amend Ohio Network Quarterly Education Program

July 18, 2020


Debbie Silverstein, Statewide Director of Ohio’s Single Payer Action Network (SPAN), presented a plan to ensure healthcare for all Ohioans. Once enacted, the comprehensive plan will provide far better care for far less costs while providing jobs and training during the transition.  

Markie Miller, Organizer of Toledo for Safe Water, described the improbable journey of a small group of local people to established the first Rights of Nature initiative in the U.S. Backed by the people of Toledo, attracting global attention, and startling corporations resisting the rights of both Nature and of The People, these intrepid citizens continue to fight for Lake Erie.

Video of program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSakLo_trBo&feature=youtu.be

Resisting the Corporatization of Education & Food

Move to Amend Ohio Network Quarterly Education Program

September 26, 2020


William Phillis - Executive Director - Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding 

Joe Logan, President, Ohio Farmers Union

Video of program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9NC14n5nLY

2019 Cleveland Democracy Day testimony

May 23, 2019


Video: https://youtu.be/vy-LygIi4k4

Lois Romanoff, Move to Amend Cleveland

Charter schools fail and close for a variety of reasons all the time, namely financial malfeasance and poor academic performance.

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Davidson working across aisle


June 8, 2020

To the Editor:

I like to see members of Congress working across the aisle to protect our constitutional rights.

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Moving forward requires Constitutional remedy


May 13, 2020

By Deb Hogshead

“We should take the time to analyze our political and economic structures while wearing someone else’s shoes.”

That’s what Justin Coby wrote in an earlier guest column describing social disparities that exist here in Miami County and have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic as even more neighbors face food, shelter and health care insecurities.


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Corporate Exploitation of the Pandemic Video Presentation


The current health and economic crises are exposing our nation's underlying and long-standing democracy crisis. While public attention focuses on meeting people's basic survival needs, big corporations and the rich are using the pandemic as cover to increase in multiple ways their profits and power.

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