Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action to honor leaders in campaign reform and community organizing at its 35th anniversary celebration in Columbus

COLUMBUS — Ohio Citizen Action will honor leaders in campaign reform, community organizing, and environmental protection at its 35th Anniversary event in Columbus on October 16. The organization will present the Honorable Joan Lawrence, former state representative and former director of the Department of Aging Joan Lawrence, with the “Gerrymander Warrior Award” for her tenacious advocacy for redistricting reform. Rubén Castilla Herrera, an eloquent advocate for the Hispanic community in Central Ohio, will be given an award for his impressive record of community organizing.

Larry Gibson, founder of Keepers of the Mountains, and Chuck Nelson, a former miner who has dedicated his life to stopping mountaintop removal, will be honored for their “Enduring Courage” at the event. Ohio Citizen Action has been campaigning to end mountaintop removal which is a radical form of coal mining where mountains are literally blown up. This has been devastating communities throughout Appalachia, polluting drinking water and destroying rivers.

Ohio Citizen Action is 80,000 Ohioans who have joined together to prevent pollution. Since 1975, our nonprofit and nonpartisan organization has been winning public health and environmental victories across the state, preventing pollution, challenging Ohio’s dependence on dirty coal, and following the money in Ohio politics.

The event will be held at the St. John’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall (behind the church), 700 High Street, Worthington Ohio 43085, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, and will include the award presentations and a silent auction.

— Ohio Citizen Action

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