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Day-long Program Focuses on Community Rights and Social Justice

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The Ohio Community Rights Network has partnered with seven other local groups to present a day-long program on Saturday, March 18 called “Community Rights for Social Justice: Growing Roots and Rights.”

The program will focus on development of local control and rule over issues such as minimum wage laws, immigration, LGBTQ rights and stopping injection wells, according to organizer Tish O’Dell.

The program will run from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Morton Hall Rm. 122 on the Ohio University Athens campus.

The cost is $27 per person but that includes all the curriculum material and lunch. Pre-registration can be made at or
Some scholarships are available for students who might not be able to afford the registration fee.

The focus of the program is exploring means to give local communities more power over local issues and wrestling that power away from the states and from corporate influence, says O’Dell, the president of the Ohio Community Rights Network and co-founder of Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods.

In Ohio, fracking, drilling, and fracking waste have been the focus of several local initiatives. But, they have run into conflict with state statutes and court rulings, to date, have been primarily adverse.

Recently, countywide home-rule initiatives were kept off the ballot in Athens County and Meigs County
Saturday’s program will highlight next-steps in community organizing.