A few days after the tragic deaths of Heather Heyer and Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates in Charlottesville Va, a crowd of 250 gathered on Public Square in Medina, a short distance away from what had once been a part of the Underground Railroad.
A retired pastor, a physician, a writer, political candidates, city officials, community organizers spoke unanimously against racism, hate and bigotry.On the Square, people from all origins, ages and walks of life listened, prayed and sang in honor of the victims and of those who had been injured in Charlottesville. They all stood for the principles of equality, justice and inclusiveness which the people of this country have strived to protect for more than two centuries as articulated in the preamble to the Declaration of Independence : “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The gathering had been sparked by outrage and the compelling need to speak for the voiceless in our society and against domestic terrorism. Together, the concerned citizens reaffirmed the American people’s belief in equality and in standing for each other as values that give this country its grace and its resilience.
There would be other vigils held through the country and the spontaneous “street referendum” that happened in Boston when thousands of people marched against outdated beliefs proving right the words of Heather’s mother:
“They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her.”
And like the resilient flower for which she was named, Heather's spirit endures.
In memory of the victims of Charlottesville
and to honor those who stood against racism,
Medina County Together is hosting an Anti-Racism Vigil
on Wednesday, August 16th 2017, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m,
Public Square, Medina
Please come stand with us.
Published in the Akron Beacon Journal,
Voice of the People August 11, 2017
To those whom we elected to protect and serve us: You are cordially invited on a field trip to visit constituents who represent what is looming on our local horizon. Bring your staff, family, friends and pets. (But don’t let your pets or children frolic in any puddles or in the yards.) You are invited to come to what was once beautiful Carroll County. Notice the hydraulic fracking wells that are marring the rolling countryside. Visit Barry and Mary Booth, who live within sight of the Tennessee Gas Compressor Station in Carrollton. They believe emissions from the facility have contributed to their health problems, including nausea, rashes, nosebleeds, headaches and Mary’s cancer.
Drive down Interstate 77 south of I-70 and visit Jeff from Noble County who reports from a mile and a half away: “For the last few nights the Crum Compressor Station on Seneca Lake has roared and flared most all night. … The next day, after all the flaring, you could see a giant cloud over my property.”
Consider that your constituents who live close to compressor stations going in your areas (like those planned for Wadsworth and Wooster) will be coming to you with these same complaints. Do you represent your voters, instead of greedy out-of-state and foreign corporations? Do you have the courage to change the laws that have unfairly given corporations the undisputed right to pollute our neighborhoods and the environment? If not, then maybe you shouldn’t be holding an office. (See noNexus.org for more details.)
The Rev. Dr. Sharon Kiesel
On Thursday August 3d, 2017, the US Senate voted to confirm two republicans, Neil Chatterjee ( Sen Mitch McConnell Energy Advisor) and Robert Powelson (Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner) as Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners, thus restoring a voting quorum at FERC and the ability to issue permits.
Cheryl LaFleur (currently acting as Chairwoman), is the only democrat in the traditionally bipartisan commission.
As soon as Friday, August 4th, Nexus Gas Transmission LLC issued a request to FERC for Prompt Commission Action that would allow them to start “proceeding with tree clearing as well as other environmental activities, necessary to commence pipeline construction”.
With an appeal still pending on the County Charter initiative ballot issue and local commissioners deaf to their concerns, concerned citizens of Medina County are left with very limited time and means to oppose Nexus and the compressor station in Wadsworth.
More on how to protect our communities through legal no violent activism at www.NoNexus.org