Ohio Poor People’s Campaign forum on Ohio environmental issues, voter suppression, and anti-protest bills

The Ohio Legislature is considering a raft of bills that would create new hurdles to early and absentee voting and the risk of criminal and financial penalties for churches and non-profits who help to organize protests on civil rights and against environmental hazards like fracking. Religious and environmental leaders are teaming up for a forum to explain how these policies are affecting environmental safety in Ohio. Speakers include the Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, a Unitarian pastor and statewide leader In interfaith advocacy to protect voting rights, Chrissy Stonebraker Martinez of the InterReligious Task Force on Central America, Guy Jones of the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, Jill Hunkler of Concerned Ohio River Residents, and Justin Thompson of Ashtabula County Water Watch. Wednesday, May 19 at 7 p.m. Register here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rdeCsrzwoEtwZcapb1ESoG4TrwNG6A2Z6?fbclid=IwAR2shQpcVckhhnSkw9DsDFMzsBqIEN0JkvPXCbmZxcxX582bNdyLJ-CsJ3c

Community mapping opportunities to shape redistricting

We’ve been reporting this year on Ohio’s brand-new redistricting rules which are being used for the first time this year to draw Ohio’s Congressional and state legislative districts. Ohio voters passed these reforms with over 70% support in all 88 counties to rein in partisan gerrymandering. All On the Line Ohio is holding several sessions of community mapping to provide citizens across the state a way to contribute to the drawing of fair legislative districts that represent the voters. There will be several community mapping sessions (Mondays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m.) to help citizens provide input to the Ohio Citizen’s Redistricting Commission, an independent, non-partisan commission of 15 volunteer members. Read more and sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/allonthelineoh/event/

We are working on setting up a community mapping session specifically for Episcopalians in Southern Ohio. Stay tuned!

Here’s some fun explanatory graphics on gerrymandering from last week’s MARCC Delegates Council presentation by Pat Wittberg, SC.

Advocacy briefings are compiled by Ariel Miller, a member of Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming, and a member of the diocesan Becoming Beloved Community Leadership Team.