Medina County Together's first Social event held on Saturday, May 20th at the Medina Eagles Club was a success! We ended up with a ton of food and drink and a great DJ - thank you so much Summer Costanzo for providing the DJ!
Although the weekend we picked meant the Social competed with graduations, there was a good turn out with lots of mingling and conversation. Judge Mary Kovack, former Prosecutor Dean Holman and Medina Municipal Judge candidate J.R. Russell were among the attendees, providing an opportunity for many discussions regarding the county.
The Silent Auction went great and the donated items were all well worth the money spent.
MCT Vice-Chair Kathy Kinstler and Treasurer Carol Brenstuhl pulled the Social together and did a fabulous job. They both deserve our thanks and a round of applause!
Another note from our partners at Sustainable Medina County:
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is planning to schedule hearings that would install Donald Trump's nominees at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
FERC is currently unable to approve fracked gas pipelines and LNG export facilities because they don't have a legal quorum (enough members).
Call your representatives to ask that they oppose these hearings so that further pipeline development is avoided.
For more information, see the following post from Beyond Extreme Energy:
Image courtesy of EcoWatch, http://www.ecowatch.com/green-lawsuit-nexus-pipeline-2392368568.html
Our partners at Sustainable Medina County alerted us to an update on the Nexus Pipeline. A group of 60 people in three counties have filed a lawsuit to stop the pipeline.
You can learn more in the article in the Medina Gazette: http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/05/14/Lawsuit-aims-to-stop-NEXUS-pipeline.html
Our members have been busy lately protesting and rallying and the local media has been taking notice. Here are a few of the recent headlines:
"Healthcare Vote Protested." The Die-In at Renacci's office on Saturday, May 7th made the front page of the Wadsworth Gazette. See page 32 for the complete story. http://html5.pagesuite.com/preview/postnewspapers/default.aspx?pubname=Wadsworth%20Post&pubid=20713639-e91a-4e61-9fa5-d0bd095f727f
"Rep. Renacci's Health Care Vote Protested." The Medina Gazette covered the Die-In on Wednesday, May 10th. While the article comes acrossed biased in favor of Renacci, our own Mary Luebke does a nice job of voicing our concerns. http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/05/10/Rep-Renacci-39-s-health-care-vote-protested.html
"Area Residents Rallied Against Healthcare Bill." The Canton Repository covered the rally and speeches at the City Council meeting urging members to approve a resolution calling on the Senate to preserve the Affordable Care Act. http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20170508/area-activists-rallied-against-gop-health-care-bill
"Grave concerns: Trumpcare opponents stage Norwalk "die-in" with simulated cemetery". The Norwalk Reflector covered the Die-In outside Jim Jordan's office. http://www.norwalkreflector.com/Health-Care/2017/05/10/Grave-Concerns-Trumpcare-opponents-stage-die-in
"Protesters stage "Die-In" in front of Rep. Jordan's Norwalk office." The Sandusky Register also covered the protest at Jim Jordan's Office. http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201705090031
Video of protest at Representative Latta's office in Bowling Green. The Sentinel Tribune shared the video on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/286310076720/videos/10154326993846721/
"Rally focuses on Pipeline, Environment." The Medina Gazette covered the climate march in the Medina Square on April 29th. http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/04/30/Rally-focuses-on-pipeline-environment.html
Great job! Keep up the good work!
Have you seen other news covering our events? Share the link in the comments!
The Medina Democratic Club is focusing on helping find, train and elect candidates. We collaborate and work closely with our friends at Medina County Together. Come to our meeting if you want to run for office or help democrats get elected. Bring a friend; bring a neighbor. All progressive-minded people are welcome.
Remember: A candidate gets elected with help from great volunteers!!!
The next Medina Democratic Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 pm at the Medina Library (210 S. Broadway, Medina – Community Rooms A & B).
Looking for a chance to let your hair down and catch up with some like-minded friends? If so, please join us at the Medina County Together Spring Social!
There are times that we all feel like we are the only Democrats in a red county. This couldn't be farther from the truth. This event is a "get to know" your fellow Medina Democrats, Progressive, Liberals, etc. Come join us for an evening of fellowship and fun. The event details are as follows:
When: Saturday May 20th from 4 - 7
Where: Eagles Club located at 696 Lafayette Rd. Medina Ohio.
There will be a cash bar. Since this is during the dinner hour, we are asking that everyone bring a dish to share. Also, electric outlets are available.
We will also be having a silent auction which is always fun.
Please RSVP to the event either on our Facebook page (Medina County Together) or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (use "Social RSVP" in the subject line) or click here.
Questions can be directed to Kathy Kinstler or to email@example.com.
Missed out on the Renacci "Wake for Victims of Trumpcare" on Sunday? Well, you're in luck, because there are many other ways to participate in the resistance to this issue. Here are a few to get you started.
WE CARE! Rally for Healthcare
When: Monday, May 8th at 5:30
Where: Parking Lot at the Carnegie Building - 236 Third Street S.W Canton
Meet for a rally and "die-in" across the street from the Canton City Council Chambers. Afterwards, attendees will will attend the council meeting following the rally. We will encourage Canton City Council to pass a resolution supporting the Affordable Care Act which will be sent to Washington. A resolution is being drafted, and we expect many on council to be favorable to passing it. You do not need to be a Canton resident to attend.
Die in at Renacci's wadsworth office
When: Wednesday, May 10th, 12:00 - 2:00
Where: Renacci's Wadsworth Office, 1 Park Center Drive, Suite 302 , Wadsworth , OH 44281
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/271416039995776/ or https://actionnetwork.org/events/die-in-at-renaccis-wadsworth-office
A repeat of Sunday's event, this time on a weekday when Renacci's staff will be in the office. Wear black and bring a sign, preferably one shaped like a gravestone
Distribute Flyers in Districts Where Reps Voted Yes
Where: Any district whose representative voted Yes
Organized by Action Together Ohio, the activity asks you to print and distribute flyers in any zone where the representative voted in favor of the AHCA. Here are the details copied from their Facebook group:
DISTRIBUTE FLYERS ABOUT YOUR REP WHO VOTED "YES" TOTRUMPCARE!
The following Ohio House Republicans voted in favor of Trumpcare:
OH-1 Steve Chabot
OH-2 Brad Wenstrup
OH-4 Jim Jordan
OH-5 Bob Latta
OH-6 Bill Johnson
OH-7 Bob Gibbs
OH-8 Warren Davidson
OH-12 Pat Tiberi
OH-15 Steve Stivers
OH-16 James B. Renacci
We're kicking off a state-wide flyer distribution initiative, and we need your help!
To get started, visit this link: https://drive.google.com/…/fol…/0ByGs4vz2iMgdN1ljR3ZhVndFUDg
This will give you access to flyers for each of the 10 representatives who voted yes. Print out the one relevant to your district, make copies, and distribute!
A few guidelines:
1. You have the right to stand in a public place - public parking lots, public sidewalks, public parks, municipal little league fields, community/rec centers, etc. - and hand out flyers without interference. If someone is rude to you and does not want to take a flyer, just ignore them.
2. You can also seek permission from the owner of a commercial property, such as a store or restaurant, to distribute flyers to patrons.
3. You can hang flyers on bulletin boards of local establishments with the owner’s permission.
4. If you like, distribute flyers with a buddy (it’s always fun to flyer with a friend!), or with your family (teaching democracy to the youngins!)
5. If you’re feeling especially bold, mail a flyer to the representative himself - yes, himself, because in Ohio, all of the House Republicans who voted for Trumpcare are men - or walk into his office and politely ask a staffer if they’d like a flyer.
6. Have fun!
Last but not least, feel free to pass along the Google Drive folder to people and groups you trust, and get them to participate in this flyer campaign!
Do you know of another event or activity? Share it in the comments!
It was a bright, but windy, afternoon yesterday in front of Jim Renacci's office in Wadsworth. Aproximately 30 people, all dressed in black, and carrying signs shaped like gravestones turned up for the "Wake for Victims of Trumpcare". Attendees represented all age groups, even children, and came from as far away as Stark county.
Several attendees discussed their dissastifaction with the ACHA bill that recently pass in the house by just four votes. One of the most popular topics of conversation was the change in coverage for pre-existing conditions and the fact that many women's health concerns (everything from ovarian cancer to heavy menstrual periods) are considered pre-existing while many men's health concerns, like testicular cancer, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction, are not.
Many sttendees identified themselves as members of local resistance efforts, including Medina County Together, Medina Patriotic Resistance. Action Together Stark, and Women's March Ohio - NE Ohio.
Support for the protestors was strong, in the form of honking horns and shouts of thanks from the drivers and passengers at the nearby intersection. A few detractors loudly expressed their disagreement, but the attendees were not deterred. Most smiled and waved in response.
More local information about the healthcare bill passage can be found in the Medina Gazette: http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/05/06/Medina-County-congressional-representatives-talk-health-care-vote.html
Is your head spinning? Yeah, so is mine! Trump is doing so much damage so quickly, it sometimes feels as though we will never keep up. There are so many issues calling us to fight, that it can become overwhelming. As Activist co-chair, along with Mary Luebke and John Leonard, we decided that our first activist event should address the elephant in the room. The elephant being the very possible Trump ties with Russia and Russian hacking of our democracy. Our goal was to get as many written letters as we could urging/demanding our representatives to call for an independent investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia and hand deliver the letters to Renacci, Gibbs and Portman at their offices followed up with our groups protesting outside of their offices.
We hand delivered letters to Renacci, Gibbs and Portman’s offices and had enough people to stage our demonstration outside Renacci’s office. I was at that demonstration and I can tell you, we had fun and it felt great to deliver those letters and hold our signs high in protest of what our government, in this case, is not doing.
We requested a face-to-face meeting with Renacci and are waiting to hear from his aides to schedule a meeting. I will be following up with phone calls once a week to get that appointment set.
As a newly formed committee for MCT we are learning how to get the job of effective activism done. We did learn a few things from our first effort.
Fifty people of all ages stood for two hours in the pouring rain on Medina Public Square today as part of the nationwide People's Climate March to voice their concerns about global climate change and the damage that it is already causing the environment. Although many were residents of Medina County, others traveled from Mansfield, Westlake and Euclid to be a part of this "Sister March".
Many of those in attendance also mentioned their concerns about the NEXUS Pipeline and compressor station and how that "corporate industry" will affect the health, safety and environment of Medina County residents and other residents throughout Ohio. Some of the major concerns around the pipeline include:
Even though the weather was uncooperative, there were no complaints and the chants continued and when the march concluded, the highly energized group got together at Cool Beans to connect, warm up and sign the Medina County Charter/Bill of Rights petition. All in all a very good day!
For more information about the march and some great pictures, see the article in The Medina Gazette: http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/04/30/Rally-focuses-on-pipeline-environment.html
For further information as to how you can sign the Charter/Bill of Rights petition, please leave your contact information at the website sustainablemedinacounty.org