PPJ is at the county fair this week

“Meet me at the Fair!
We invite you to stop by our booth at the Sandusky County Fair this week, Aug. 21 – 26!  People for Peace & Justice’s booth will feature two actions:
1. Still registered to vote?  Check here! 
We’ll help fair-goers check their voter registration online and/or give them info to do it at home.  If they’re not registered, we’re prepared to help them register on paper or online.
2. Sign our  “We Welcome Immigrants” sign. 
We’ll take the finished signature posters to the offices of our members of Congress.  The posters will also make a trip to DC in January (with Josie) to be photographed in front of the White House!
Read our giant poster about immigrants’ impact on our economy!

Here’s a sneak preview of our big sandwich board which will be in the entrance of our tent starting tomorrow morning!

When your feet get weary, please stop by our tent to sit down and hang with us for a while. Let’s enjoy some good conversation together!
Our booth is right across from the restrooms on the Rawson Avenue side of the fairgrounds. We’re within shouting distance of the Democrats’ tent.
Thanks to the folks who set up the booth this morning:  Elaine Bast (booth chair), Dave Pasch, Dave Johnson (easel construction), Judy Donnan (posters), Mike Ryan, and the Setzlers.  And a big thank you to Ed Schleter and Dave Pasch for lining up our great roster of volunteers to staff the booth!  Sincere thanks to our many supporters who donated during 2017 and 2018.  You’ve made it possible to do this booth without a special fundraising drive this year!  Hats off to all of you who have shown solidarity in one way or another.
“Meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair,
Don’t tell me the lights are shining
Any place but there…”
We hope to see you this week!
People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County

P.S.  We’ll be posting photos this week on our Facebook page and on our website.


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January 17th meeting – a little new year’s introspection



Our first meeting of the new year is January 17th, starting with a 6:30 pm potluck at First UCC, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont.

The new year gives us a nudge to reflect on our personal lives.  We can bring the same introspection to our community life in People for Peace & Justice.  Let’s spend a little time at this meeting on the following questions:

  • What draws you most to belong to this peace and justice community?  (The food, right?)
  • What has PPJ accomplished that makes you proud or happy to participate?
  • How would you describe the particular identity or purpose of this group?
  • Why did you start coming to meetings?  And is that still true or is it now something else?
  • What are your hopes for the group?
  • What changes would you like to see?
  • What are we called to do or be in 2018?

We will also reserve a little time to hear a report-back from Josie Setzler and Sr. Paulette Schroeder about their week in Washington, DC with Witness Against Torture, coming up Jan. 7 – 14,  You can follow the Witness Against Torture community’s activism next week at their Facebook page, website, or at Josie’s Facebook page.  #CloseGitmo #StopTorture #ResistIslamophobia

Here’s a poster showing a sampling of what they’ll be up to next week.

Gitmo Week of Actions graphic (1)


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Meeting will feature film on Danish nonviolent resistance to the Nazis


Join us next Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 6:30 pm, at First UCC for People for Peace & Justice’s monthly meeting.

6:30 pm – Potluck and open discussion on current events and potential actions we might take in response.
7:30 pm (approx.) – A half hour film and discussion:

From the PBS series, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict



When German troops invaded Denmark during World War II, the Danes managed to save most of their Jewish residents and prevent the Nazis from taking over Danish industry for the war effort. Learn how they opposed Hitler using nonviolent resistance.
In past meetings, we’ve viewed two other segments from this series.  One member described these segments as a way to foster hope in these dark times.  Nurturing that hope in our own hearts is what makes it possible for us to act together in community.
We hope you can join us!
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Oct. 18 meeting: Messaging this Moment

People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County
Monthly meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 18
First UCC Church, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont
6:30 pm Potluck and informal conversation
7:30 pm Informal mini-workshop on messaging for progressives (led by Josie using the handbook below)

Messaging this Moment:  A Handbook for Progressive Communicators
View or download the handbook at:

How do we have conversations with family, friends, political leaders, or the public about the values we hold dear and the change we’d like to see?  How do we frame our message?  What approach works or doesn’t work?  Let’s explore and practice!

We hope you can join us!


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People for Peace & Justice will meet Sept. 20

Greetings to People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County (PPJ)!

Our monthly meeting is coming up Wednesday, Sept. 20 at First UCC Church, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont.  We’ll start with a potluck at 6:30 pm and end by 8:30 pm.

On our agenda:

  • We’ll debrief our fair booth experience at the Sandusky County Fair last month.  Booth chair Elaine Bast will lead the discussion.
  • We’ll talk briefly about the upcoming single payer healthcare forum many of our members are helping with.  Healthcare for All: The Path to Single Payer will take place on Oct. 3, 6:30 pm, at Birchard Public Library.  The forum is particularly timely in light of the Medicare-for-All bill that Bernie Sanders just introduced!   Single Payer Forum Flyer
  • If you’ve read our free book offering, On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder, we’ll invite you to highlight one of the “Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” that was meaningful to you, if you care to share.  If you haven’t read it and would still like to,  several copies are still available via Josie Setzler.  Read a review of the book at this link.
  • What are your priorities for fall and winter activism/advocacy?
  • We will consider whether to explore at a later meeting some lessons from the attached manual, entitled “Messaging this Moment: A Handbook for Progressive Communicators.”  Download the manual here: Messaging-This-Moment-Handbook  The manual can be useful for talking with family and friends as well as for framing messaging for letters to the editor, columns, or campaigns.

Note to newcomers:  All are welcome. Our group thrives on informal table sharing during our potluck.  If you choose not to join in the meal, you are welcome to have a cup of coffee or soda with us and join in the informal discussion that happens over our dinner.  We transition into business and/or program as the dinner concludes.

More news from PPJ:

Farmers Market

Thanks to our members who staffed our booth at last Saturday’s Farmer’s Market in downtown Fremont: Deb and Dave Johnson, Elaine Bast, and Judy Donnan! They talked with many market-goers about the upcoming Single Payer Healthcare Forum at Birchard Public Library on Oct. 3, 6:30 pm.

Welcome Your Neighbor Signs

We have around five signs left. Let us know if you’d like one for your front walk or driveway. Email us at fremontpeace@gmail.com. We are asking a $15 donation (our cost).

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Meet us at the Fair!


We’re back at the Sandusky County Fair this week and waiting for some good conversation with friends new and old!  Stop by to see us.  Find the Marine Corps tent and we’ll be just two tents south (not too far from the Flower Building). Continue reading

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Fremont area residents hold Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil

People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County organized a Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil on Wednesday to speak out against racism and white supremacy and to embrace love. Thanks to the News-Messenger for covering the vigil in an online article, entitled Fremont residents rally against racism. Not only did many motorists honk in solidarity, but one woman delivered three pepperoni pizzas to us as a way of saying thanks. Here are some additional photos:

Yes, Never Again. Amen.

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Hope being sucked out of America

Jim Sherck, a member of Sandusky County Citizens for Affordable Healthcare, wrote the following letter to the editor, published in the Toledo Blade on July 2.  His story is a good one to ponder this week as the Ohio General Assembly decides whether or not to freeze Medicaid expansion in Ohio.  Note that the story he tells takes place in Florida, a state that does not have Medicaid expansion.  Let’s not bring the hopelessness he describes back to Ohio!  Call Rep. Reineke and Sen. Burke (800-282-0253) today and tell them to protect our Medicaid expansion.  No veto override.

Here’s the letter:

July 2, 2017 | The Blade

Hope being sucked out of America

To the editor:

I am a retired judge who served 23 years at both the trial and appellate court level.

During my judicial career, I witnessed a great deal of human misery. Nothing in the judicial system, however, prepared me for what I saw when I recently ended up in a Lehigh Acres, Fla., urgent care center.

Every few minutes, someone would come in the door. The receptionist would ask if the person had an insurance card. If the person did, he was told to have a seat and fill out the questionnaire. If he did not, he was told no service could be provided, and he would have to vacate the premises.

The majority had no insurance. They simply were told to leave. Those people who were told to leave just turned around and left. There was no argument, no questioning, and no expression of anger.

Many of these folks had their spouses with them; some had small children. Most were obviously in great pain. Many exhibited limited physical mobility.

But they all had one thing in common: You looked at their faces and everything had been sucked out of them. There were no discernible facial effects. They had no hope, no joy, no prospects. They were empty.

This is America. How can we allow this to happen? Now, Congress wants to eliminate health coverage for millions of Americans who currently have coverage.

If you agree that health care is a human right, and this is a moral issue, then make your views known to Sen. Rob Portman now.


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Health Care = Jobs!

Mark Brown at protest

Mark Brown participated in our June 28, 2017 “Stop Trumpcare” Protest in Fremont, cosponsored by Sandusky Citizens for Affordable Healthcare.

Health Care = Jobs!

By Mark Brown, Fremont, OH

I want to write about Expanded Medicaid and how it means more money for you if you want money. I’ll write about what happened to me personally first, then how Expansion has positively affected the economy of Fremont, Ohio, as an example of many areas in the nation. After that, I’ll discuss the how some legislators want to stop putting money into our local economy.

I’m employed full time, but still qualify for Expanded Medicaid. I was recently diagnosed with a disorder that prevented my blood from clotting. In simplest terms, my immune system was eating the things that clot my blood if needed. I was in the hospital from Wednesday night, June 21 until Saturday afternoon, June 24.

In that time, not only did I employ multiple physicians and nurses, but also four different laboratory technicians, a compounding pharmacist, multiple food service personnel, multiple office workers and custodians and at least one gift shop attendant. That’s who I know about.

A shout out to those friends and relations who work at the various stores, factories and services where those employees will spend their pay.

Before Expansion, people in my income level didn’t go to the doctor until they had no other choice. It took us away from earning the money we need to keep our houses and feed ourselves and it cost money we still don’t have. Because we didn’t go to the doctor often until it was very late, more patients died than should have, and the ones that survived often still just plain didn’t have the money to pay. Reimbursement to the E.R.s we’d end up in, if we went at all, was about 55% of the bill.

Since Expansion, not only have reimbursements gone up to over 90%, but people are seeking treatment sooner and more often. Healthcare systems now have cash to build and upgrade their facilities and have been doing so. Of the six or seven major construction projects in my hometown of Fremont, Ohio, since Medicaid Expansion, four of them have been healthcare facilities.

Construction means jobs, and those new facilities aren’t going to clean themselves, the food isn’t going to cook itself, the supplies aren’t going to manufacture, order and distribute themselves, and the paperwork involved isn’t going to complete and file itself.

The Ohio House and Senate, for reasons I don’t understand, have passed legislation freezing the Medicaid Expansion. Governor Kasich has expressed a desire to veto this legislation, possibly because he’s noticed all this construction going on. More likely, because he’s a decent human being. If you call his office at 614-466-3555, your call will be recorded, and it will be almost like a vote on the issue, except you can do it from your phone.


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Fair booth planning to begin at Wednesday’s meeting

Fair Booth 2015-2

People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County
Meeting this Wednesday, April 26
6:30 pm  – 8:30 pm
First UCC, 1500 River Rd., Fremont

The meeting will begin with a potluck and open discussion of recent actions.  We hope to hear from those who attended science marches this past weekend or participated in other activism/advocacy in the past month.

At 7:15 pm, we’ll begin our business/planning meeting.  First on the agenda, will be Fair Booth planning for the Aug. 22 – 27 Sandusky County Fair.  Fair Booth Chair Elaine Bast will lead the discussion.  We will discuss the booth theme and activities, as well as materials and logistics.

Next Dave Pasch will introduce a proposal for a city council resolution from World Beyond War.  The resolution would endorse moving federal budget spending from militarism into human and environmental needs.  Click here to see a sample resolution.

One of our PPJ friends suggested that a sanctuary city resolution would be worth pursuing.  We’ll discuss this briefly to determine whether any of our membership would be interested in working on this and bringing forward a plan at a future meeting.  Here’s what Cincinnati did.  And here is an ACLU Freedom City proposal.

Announcement:  Area activists are hosting an Indivisible Conference- Revitalizing Democracy, May 27, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, Maumee Indoor Theater.  Click here for further info.

We welcome newcomers.  Hope to see you on Wednesday!


Photo:  Our 2015 Fair Booth

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