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Meet the Network

OHCRN has an experienced network of community organizers available to speak with your community about establishing Community Rights. Contact us. 

Athens County - 

Saraquoia (Sara) Bryant -

The Athens Bill of Rights Committee is currently considering options including a new county charter as well as possible Rights of Nature options to protect their water and environment from industrial development and waste disposal. They want to assert their right to self governance by expanding local control and protection at the county level.

Cuyahoga County - 

Tish O’Dell -

Paul Sherlock 


Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhoods (MADION) was the first community group in Ohio to get a community bill of rights passed by citizen initiative in 2012. The group was formed by Ohio moms whose mission was to preserve the health and safety of our children from the harmful effects of drilling for oil and gas in our neighborhoods. Although the law was challenged by corporate oil/gas corporations and their “rights” were upheld by the courts over the people’s law to prohibit drilling, no new oil/gas well have been drilled in the city since the passage of the CBOR.
The community group also opposed the city purchasing and using any liquid deicers that were by-products of the oil/gas drilling process. The city pointed to the CBOR passed by the people and discontinued use of all such deicers on the city roads. (See Toxic Trespass Page)

Fairfield County - 

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Franklin County - 
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Bill Lyons -

There are currently 13 active injection wells in our Columbus watershed area taking millions of gallons of toxic, radioactive frack waste. In addition, there is a site in Columbus that has been sanctioned by the Ohio EPA to accept drill cuttings (solid frack waste). Columbus Community Bill of Rights has circulated city charter amendments and ordinances that would have asserted a right to clean water, air, and soil and would have prohibited fossil fuel extraction and related activities, especially the deposit and transportation of frack waste, and the sitting of frack infrastructure in Columbus.

Fulton County -
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Sherry Straub -

Fulton County residents attempted to place a County charter on the ballot in 2016 to protect the community air, soil and water from the harms posed by the Nexus pipeline through the county. The residents were denied the chance to vote on the charter.

Sherry recently moved back to her hometown of NW Ohio, but has been very active in Community Rights and Rights of Nature work in Florida. We are all connected by water. CLEAN WATER NOW  Sherry is excited to be back in Fulton County Ohio and work with residents interested in projects involving Rights of Nature and Community Rights.

Hamilton County -

Jim Schenk -

Susan VonderHaar -

Citizens for Rights of the Ohio River (CROW) from Cincinnati has written the ORBOR (Ohio River Bill of Rights) amendment.  Petitioning has begun to gather signatures to get it on the ballot. CROW is focusing on educating the public about Rights of Nature and Community Rights and works with individuals and local groups to further this goal.

Mahoning County - 

Susie Beiersdorfer -

The Youngstown Community Bill of Rights effort proposed a charter amendment to protect the residents of Youngstown and the natural systems that sustain them. The Drinking Water Protection Bill of Rights ensures a right to clean water, air, and soil by banning harmful activities that pose a direct threat to public and environmental health – including fracking and injection wells. 

In 2017 the group proposed a Fair and Free Elections ballot initiative to address the influence of corporate money on local elections. Despite having enough signatures the local Board of Elections made every attempt to keep these initiatives off the ballot and impede local democracy. 

Medina County - 

Kathie Jones -

Sustainable Medina County (SMC) protects Medina County’s environment to ensure a healthy ecosystem for today’s residents and future generations. Residents face harm from radioactive gas and oil waste being used as a deicer and our goal is to prevent the spreading of this toxic radioactive waste in our county as well as in the State of Ohio; Since our residents are also faced with air, water and soil contamination and destruction of nature from the NEXUS pipeline and Wadsworth compressor station, SMC has partnered up with SWPA Environmental Health Project to continually perform both air and health monitoring for residents.

Portage County - 

Gwen Fischer -

Joe Mosyjowski -

Portage Community Rights Group members believe that all political power is inherent in the people, that government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit and that we the people may create a county government that is healthy, safe and sustainable for us and for our families.   When we attempted to give Ohio citizens the opportunity to vote for a local county government with the power to protect Ohioans’ health and safety, state government officials blocked our initiative.   Instead, our state government enacts laws that give preference to corporate activities over our human rights; corporations headquartered outside our community obtain permits from our state government to engage in activities without our permission.   

Williams County - 
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Sherry Fleming -

The Williams County Alliance organized in 2006 as a grassroots non-profit citizen group to advocate for a sustainable future through education and citizen action. The group works as a gathering point for people to join together to protect their community from harms posed by industrial scale livestock and poultry production (CAFOs), as well as threats to their only source of water, the Michindoh Aquifer. Privatization of water, center pivot irrigation systems, a solid waste landfill and a proposed land-based genetically engineered salmon facility are some of the issues posing risk to the aquifer. The Alliance continues to explore avenues for people to have local control over issues impacting their health, safety and well-being in their communities and the environment. 

Wood County - 

Lisa Kochheiser -

In 2013 a Bowling Green community group, Protect BG, proposed a Community Bill of Rights charter amendment to prohibit oil and gas related activity, including pipelines and fracking. Due to heavy opposition and publicity by the Chamber of Commerce, Bowling Green League of Women Voters, and BG city elected representatives and appointees, it lost the election with 45% of the vote.


In 2017 a Bowling Green State University student-led community group proposed another BG Community Bill of Rights charter amendment. This time the initiative was aimed at not only prohibiting pipelines and other oil and gas related activity, but was also aimed at protecting our climate future as well. Once again, due to heavy opposition and publicity by the Chamber of Commerce, Bowling Green League of Women Voters, BG city elected representatives and appointees; and also due to bad timing of an Ohio Supreme Court decision to approve the  BG Charter Amendment for the ballot which was made just 2 1/2 weeks prior to election, the charter amendment lost the election with 39% of the vote.

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