Sign I took to the Don’t Frack Ohio statewide rally in Warren yesterday. More than 250 attended..
I provide several reflections in this piece…
After Cuyahoga council kills campaign finance reform, what’s next?
A whopping 66% of small business owners think Citizens United is bad for small business by giving large corporations too much freedom to spend money to influence elections. Only 9% felt the reverse.
Small business owners get it: giving mammoth corpses greater “free speech rights” amplifies their voices while drowning out the voice of small business owners — not to mention the rest of us.
Reversing Citizens United, and ending never-intended constitutional rights for corporations and the doctrine that money equals speech is one way to expand self governance.
Plain Dealer (Cleveland) / July 9, 2013
From the Akron Beacon Journal
July 4, 2013
a group effort
Name: Greg Coleridge.
Hometown: Cleveland Heights.
Role: Director of the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Cuyahoga Falls, which often arranges public hearings, protests and educational events on political issues such as the federal budget and campaign finance reform.
“I have been inspired by a lot of people who have come before me. … They are committed to bringing about change from the bottom up. Significant social change in this country has always occurred via social movements.”
“With the Fourth of July, independence wasn’t gathered from the top. It was struggling for improvements for liberty, for sovereignty, the wider notion of ‘We the people’ to be sovereign. If it really means something, we have to make sure that our people in office, our Constitution, allow it to happen. The only way that is assured is people at the grass roots making sure democracy is a verb and not a noun.”