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Ann Knotek and her daughters protest the proposed Cleveland garbage incinerator in 2013.
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Ohio Citizen Action Board of Directors – Ann Knotek

What was your first contact with Ohio Citizen Action? I attended a community meeting concerning the proposed Cleveland incinerator. I didn’t know at the time, but Ohio Citizen Action was involved in organizing that meeting — which then led to my further involvement with the Cleveland Incinerator campaign and Ohio […]

Mark Carper
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Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund Board of Directors – Mark Carper

CINCINNATI — Mark Carper holds a PhD in Geography and is currently studying community planning at the University of Cincinnati. A true “life-long learner”, Mark is a Fulbright Scholar, has studied energy management and socioecology,  and has traveled to Bulgaria, Sweden, Russia, and the Republic of Georgia. He has served […]

Laura Rench
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Ohio Citizen Action Board of Directors – Laura Rench

Laura Rench is a Christmas tree farmer and former social worker who has an extraordinary ability to unite people from different economic, racial, and social backgrounds. As an organizer with The Citizens for the Responsible Destruction of Chemical Weapons, Laura led a campaign which prevented the US Army from shipping […]

Ohio Citizen Action to receive award from Alliance for Chemical Safety
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Ohio Citizen Action to receive award from Alliance for Chemical Safety

Risk Communication Award for group’s work on fracking chemical right-to-know CINCINNATI — The Alliance for Chemical Safety presented Melissa English of Ohio Citizen Action with the 2015 Risk Communication Award. The award is given each year to a company, individual or organization that has excelled in minimizing public exposure to chemical […]

Cleveland music scene mourns Ken Janssen
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Cleveland music scene mourns Ken Janssen

CLEVELAND — “It wasn’t unexpected, but local musician/former Beachland booker/force of nature Ken Janssen didn’t live to see 2015, passing away on New Year’s Eve. For the last two and a half years, Ken was battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and he did so with the […]

Help us raise $15K by Dec. 31
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Help us raise $15K by Dec. 31

  As your member-supported government and industry watchdog, we rely on you to help us fight for a cleaner, safer energy future. So far this year, we’ve raised $13,293 from online contributions. Please help us meet or beat our goal of $15,000 by December 31.  Please make your tax-deductible contribution […]

Noah Yasi
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Ohio Citizen Action welcomes Cincinnati Canvass Director Noah Yasi

Noah Yasi started canvassing May 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His first campaign involved working on a ballot initiative to raise renewable energy standards in Michigan. His activist career has taken him all over the country, and we are pleased that Noah has chosen to lead our field canvass operation […]

Jessica Smith-Szabo
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Jessica Smith-Szabo to lead Cleveland field canvass for Ohio Citizen Action

CLEVELAND — On Monday, Jessica Smith-Szabo joined the staff of Ohio Citizen Action as Field Canvass Director. Recently married on September 27, Jessica is a dedicated canvasser from Clean Water Action in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Smith-Szabo grew up in Milan, Michigan the middle child of five. She studied at Central […]

Peddlers are free to knock on Columbus doors until 8 p.m.
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Peddlers are free to knock on Columbus doors until 8 p.m.

COLUMBUS — “Columbus’ 8 p.m. curfew applies only to commercial solicitors, said Assistant City Attorney Josh Cox. He said commercial activity still has some First Amendment protection, and city officials felt that, to be safe, they should move the curfew back two hours. He said it doesn’t apply to nonprofit […]

You’re invited to the  Puffin Collaborative Film Festival in Columbus
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You’re invited to the Puffin Collaborative Film Festival in Columbus

Celebrate the power of film and a shared vision with the first annual Puffin Collaborative Film Festival, September 21 – 25 at the Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street in Columbus. Every screening will work to support the vision and efforts of a host of nonprofit organizations joined together […]