Friday, October 24, 2014

Ohio Citizens Urged To Rally Behind Bill of Rights Effort in Youngstown - Door-To-Door and Financial Help Requested!

The 2014 Election Day is rapidly approaching and we need your help in passing the Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment. The Community Bill of Rights asserts our unalienable rights to breathe clean air, drink pure water and exercise local control to ensure a safe and healthy community now and in the future.

We are seeking your help and there are many ways to support the Bill of Rights effort.

In May of 2013, the first time it was on the ballot, the CBR garnered 42% of the vote; in November, it was endorsed by 45% of the voters. Given increased publicity about the hazards of hydraulic fracturing"”to say nothing of the recent spate of earthquakes near Poland, Ohio"”we are quite confident that this time the public is ready to support our right to clean water, clean air, and local control.

Can you help us get the Youngstown Community Bill of Rights passed? We want to finance a direct mail campaign that will cost about $5,000. Two small billboards will total $1,500"“$1,800 dollars for the month remaining before the election. And much-needed radio time, to be effective, would start at $500. During the last election, our opponents spent over $81,000 against the initiative; our treasury"”built with small donations and bake sale proceeds"”stands at about $1500.

Please consider supporting the hard work that the FrackFree Mahoning Valley activists have been doing and will continue to do until this charter amendment is passed. No one in the group is paid for any of the countless hours they have spent gathering information, knocking on doors, talking to citizens, educating the public about the issue, designing literature, etc.

Any amount would be helpful, of course, but we are asking you to dig deep and help us get this done.

Please visit our two websites, and, both of which have been developed and are maintained completely by volunteers.

We hope you share our conviction that allowing fracking and injection wells in the city of Youngstown would be a monumental mistake, and that the only way we can protect Meander Reservoir, Mill Creek Park, and the city itself from this real threat is to pass the Community Bill of Rights on Nov 4, 2014.

Checks can be made out to the Community Bill of Rights Committee and sent to PO Box 43, Youngstown, OH 44501.

Thank you for your support.

Please contact Protect Youngstown NOW thru Nov. 3rd and Help the #Youngstown ballot initiative (ISSUE #4 Community Bill of Rights) get a YES! vote on November 4! ~ Can help immediately - need not be a Youngstown resident - call 234-201-0402 or email: to arrange your canvassing/ flyer-ring hours and get your list of confirmed addresses and map. This is NOT cold-calling - these are known confirmed individually addressed voters.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coast-to-Coast March for Climate Action Arrives in Mahoning Valley, Youngstown, Ohio

Coast-to-Coast March for Climate Action Arrives in Mahoning Valley, Ohio, Thursday, October 9, 2014

OHIO – On Thursday, October 9th, the Great March for Climate Action will enter the Mahoning Valley on their route from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The marchers marched over 2,600 miles to reach Youngstown through flash floods, blinding dust storms, excessive drought, crop-crushing hail, and tornado watches.
Marchers have looked forward to Ohio as a challenge and opportunity to address the state’s toxic injection wells storing radioactive frack waste and they will interact with neighboring communities dealing with the consequences of these wells. The Climate March will inspire action as they pass through the state laying the foundation for residents to continue acting long after the marchers leave.
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October 9, 2014 Mahoning Valley Events and March Route:


ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE! Contact: Frackfree Mahoning Valley 234-201-0402

SAFETY NOTE: Great March for Climate Action would like anyone marching or assisting to please don bright colours, a hunter-orange cap, or a neon safety vest - thank you for staying safe along these busy thoroughfares.

Event on Facebook:

7:00am Thursday, October 9. Leave Newton Falls, First Section, 12.4 miles, 5 hours

12noon - 12:30pm Welcome & Lunch
     Welcome to the Mahoning Valley Greeting and Picnic Lunch MEDIA INVITED!
     On the Niles Greenway bike path, corner of State Rt. 46 and Salt Springs Rd., Mineral
     Ridge, Ohio
     Join us in welcoming and/or join in the March. Bring a picnic lunch.

12:30pm Second Section: Bikeway, 4.1miles, 90 minutes
    March past Meander Reservoir, the drinking water for 220,000 people and out to Mahoning Avenue.. 
    Having traveled through Toledo on the way, it is very important that we do not take great drinking water
    for granted. Our water must be protected!
2:00 pm  Arrive at Mahoning Avenue, 30 min snack & water break at Mill Creek/MetroParks Bikeway's 
    Mahoning Avenue Trailhead

2:30pm  Third Section: 8.3 miles to camp, 3 hours, 20 minutes
    March up Mahoning Ave to downtown Youngstown
    Community members especially welcome at this juncture and anywhere along Mahoning Ave. to
    accompany Marchers, and to lend a hand pushing/pulling March cartage - use WRTA bus #40.
    Residents of Youngstown can easily take the #40 Austintown bus to wherever the March is at
    that time and march back into Youngstown. ($3 - must have EXACT change)
    Bus leaves Federal Station(340 W Federal St, Youngstown, OH 44503) at 3:10pm Arrives Austintown
    Plaza at 3:33pm. Walk 3 blocks west to the bike path trail head.
    Leaves Federal Station 4:10 Drop off wherever March is.
    Leaves Federal Station 5:10 Drop off wherever March is.
    BUS SCHEDULE: BUS info: 330-744-8431
    877-845-9782 Bus route PDF

5:30pm Arrive at Mister Peanut bridge, cross Mahoning River into downtown MEDIA INVITED!.
    Additional Youngstown residents gathering at the B&O Station Brewery and joining March
    Good photo op of  50 Climate Marchers and Welcoming city residents coming over the bridge together.
    Continue though city past Youngstown State University.

6:30pm Arrive at Elm Street overnight site, FOOD AND REST at The First Unitarian Universalist Church
      of Youngstown
,1105 Elm St [Elm & Illinois], Youngstown, Ohio 44505 330-746-3067
      NOTE: assistance will be provided in getting local spirit marchers back from the UUYO Church to the
      Mister Peanut  bridge/B&O Station Brewery

7pm Wednesday, October 8, 2014. A segment of the Marchers will be guests at A Community Revolution: Elevating the Rights of People and Communities Over Corporations presentation by Thomas Linzey, Executive Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) in Moser Hall, Room 2000 (Schwebel Auditorium), 134 Lincoln Ave, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH 44503
FREE and open to the public. There is FREE on-street parking after 5 p.m. at the metered parking spaces along Lincoln Avenue and nearby streets.

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Great March For Climate Action on Facebook:

Bus route and schedule:
WRTA BUS #40 / Austintown  route and schedule
First Section: Newton Falls to intersection Salt Springs Road & Rte 46
Second Section: intersection Rte 46 & Salt Springs Road to Mahoning Avenue, Austintown
Third Section: Trailhead on Mahoning Avenue to The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown