Ask Governor Kasich to veto the anti-BDS bill HB 476

Please contact the governor (http://governor.ohio.gov/) to protect boycott as a means of nonviolent action for human rights.

Project Peace

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Last week over 20 Ohioans, including members of Project Peace and Northwest Ohio Free Speech Alliance, traveled to the Ohio Statehouse to give testimony opposing House Bill 476, the bill to prohibit a state agency from contracting with for-profit entities that divest from or boycott Israel.   In spite of our best efforts, the bill was rushed through the lame duck session of the Ohio General Assembly and is now sitting on Governor Kasich’s desk.  Will you call him this week to ask him to veto the bill?

House Bill 476 is a response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. It runs counter to the core values of the U.S. and Ohio constitutions. The bill punishes economic boycotts, which are entirely lawful acts of free speech. It interferes with US foreign policy and rampantly violates Ohioans’ free speech rights.

If passed, any company, including all for-profit sole…

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Lessons on affordable health care

Great work by our friend from Fostoria, Jim Bailey!

Tiffin Area Pax Christi

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Pax Christi member Jim Bailey’s letter to the editor was published in the Review-Times on Nov. 14.  His analysis of the healthcare issue is outstanding.  Keep this letter for reference as the new administration attempts to “reform” the system.  Thanks, Jim!

November 10, 2016

Review Times

To the Editor,

The Affordable Care Act (aka,”Obamacare”) received much undeserved negative attention in the recent presidential campaign.  While “Obamacare” is imperfect, it is a significant improvement on what America had before.  This is true because of the millions of people who have gained health care coverage  and because there are less excuses for insurance companies to deny coverage.  For example a pre-existing condition can no longer be used as a reason to deny coverage.

Despite these improvements there are still significant life threatening deficiencies in our health care system.

Every other rich country has made the moral decision to guarantee health care to…

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In troubled times we find our way in community

At last night’s PPJ meeting, we began talking about the Trump era and how we respond collectively, that is, from community.  We began with a go-round in which everyone shared what was foremost in their minds and hearts as they confront the specter of the Trump presidency.  Several members expressed their concerns about racism, xenophobia, and hate stoked by this election. As we finished going around the circle, Dave Pasch urged us on to action, insisting we cannot accomplish anything as lone individuals looking at our television screens.  Instead we need to work together with others, and this group is our place to start.

With that segue, we were ready to brainstorm ideas for mobilizing.  Here is our (tentative and partial) list for future consideration:

  • Women’s march on Washington – Jan. 21
    • See this Washington Post article.  It states “Women and men across the country plan to participate in a “Women’s March on Washington” in the nation’s capital the day after the inauguration as a rebuke to President-elect Donald Trump’s incendiary remarks about women and minorities during his presidential campaign.”
    • See the  Public Facebook page for the event to read the organizers’ Official Statement (or scroll down to the addendum at the end of this post.)  Search Facebook for the Ohio page for this event to learn about transportation.
  • Fremont:  Martin Luther King Day Breakfast and March, Jan. 16.  The Fremont chapter of the NAACP is sponsoring this event and will provide details at a later date.   We are considering marching behind our group’s banner to show solidarity.
  • Run for state and local office or recruit others.  Many incumbents ran unopposed this time.
  • Political Party involvement – Local political parties should be truly communities that foster relationships and stand ready to advocate and serve local residents, not just at election time but always.  For those who are interested, local Democratic party meetings are the 4th Thursday, 6:30 pm, at the Board of Elections.
  • Getting money out of elections.  Members still want to work with the national and state movement, Move to Amend.  Dave J. will be reporting back about the latest state wide actions we can join.  Current advice is to visit our state legislators.  We’ll be looking for folks to form a delegation and for a delegation leader.
  • Abolishing the Electoral College.  Amy will be reporting back about how we can get involved.
  • Supreme Court nominees.  When the time comes, many of our members would like to advocate with our senators.  We will need to learn more about becoming effective advocates.  Our website has a page about Legislative Advocacy with advice and contact info.
  • Personal response to hate talk or hate acts we witness.  Here’s some good advice: what-to-do-if-witnessing-harrassment

Our next meeting will be Dec. 21, beginning with a 6:30 pm potluck, at First UCC, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont.  We will continue to flesh out these ideas and determine if there are other causes or mobilizations to bring to the group’s attention.  Please pass the word.  We welcome new members!

Addendum:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT, National Organizers Women’s March on Washington

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.

 

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Time to Mobilize? Responding in the Age of Trump

Our meeting is coming up this Wednesday, Nov. 16.   It begins with a 6:30 potluck and ends at approximately 8:30.  We meet at First United Church of Christ, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont.  You are welcome to invite friends.

We will hold a roundtable discussion to learn what members view as the most pressing concerns arising from the election of Donald Trump.   Then we’ll proceed to our major question:  What shall we do in response both as individuals and as a group?

We would like to support each other in our personal responses, and we would especially like to explore what we can do as a group (either locally or as part of a larger mobilization).  Our Facebook page has a few useful links about what people can do next.  Here are two of them:
Dave Pasch will update us on what Bernie Sanders is organizing through his movement, Our Revolution.  You may have other suggestions you’d like to share.

Last week, we shared an email with you from the Cleveland Catholic Worker that operates a drop-in center in a poor neighborhood.  They are out of blankets, coats, boots, hats, gloves, toiletries, sleeping bags, etc. for the homeless who come to them.  If you’d like to donate any items, please bring them to the meeting.  Thanks!

Peace and solidarity,

Josie
P.S. If you’d like to learn more about the difference between a one-off protest and a larger campaign or movement, please read:
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Cleveland activists to speak on systemic racism and police brutality

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People for Peace and Justice will host two police accountability activists from Cleveland at our March 16th meeting at First UCC in Fremont.
Chris Knestrick and Bishop Chui, two Cleveland residents and activists, will discuss the work being done in Cleveland to end systemic racism and its manifestation as police brutality. The conversation will begin with seeking to understand systemic racism in general and then focus the discussion on the work being done in Cleveland to end police brutality.
Chris Knestrick is a member of Cleveland Catholic Worker Community and Witness Against Torture. He helps run a drop in center in Cleveland and organizes to end state sponsored violence.

Bishop Chui is a community organizer in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, a protester against police brutality and a longtime advocate for police accountability.

The schedule for the evening is:
6:30pm –  Potluck and conversation with our guests
7:30 – 8:30pm –  Program: Cleveland activism to end systematic racism and police brutality
First UCC Church, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont
All are welcome for both the potluck and the program!  We hope you’ll make plans now to join us and bring a friend!
Top photo: Cleveland Action  Justice for Tamir demonstration.
Middle photo:  Witness Against Torture rally at the Department of Justice in Washington to demand justice for Tamir Rice, a 12-year old boy shot by police on a Cleveland playground.
Bottom photo: Washington, DC police officer photographs activists banner at the DOJ.
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Roundtable discussion on Campaign 2016 at our February meeting

People for Peace and Justice Sandusky County
Next meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17
6:30 pm Potluck dinner, announcements, and business
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm  Roundtable Discussion on Campaign 2016
First UCC Church, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont

With the Ohio primary coming up on March 15, PPJ is holding a roundtable discussion about the presidential campaign at our February meeting.  Please join us as we explore the issues surrounding the election and the extent of our own roles in creating political change that supports a more peaceful and just world.

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Overturning Citizens United is the topic for our next meeting

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The guest speaker at our November 18th meeting will be Doug Jambard-Sweet of Toledo Move to Amend. 

Doug will update us on the pro-democracy movement to overturn Citizens United, allow campaign contributions to be regulated, and establish that corporations are not persons.  Doug will answer our questions about where the movement is headed, how we can continue to participate, and more.  See http://www.movetoamend.org.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

6:30 pm Potluck and business meeting
7:30 pm Speaker and discussion

First United Church of Christ, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont

All are welcome!

P.S. We’ll have our Stamp Stampede rubber stamps available to stamp your cash, envelopes, stationary, etc.!  See http://www.stampstampede.org
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