Ohio Community Rights Conference

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There are so many issues confronting our communities: too many fires, not enough people, burnout, and little to show for it. Do you wonder what we can do differently?

The Ohio Community Rights Network is bringing together people with diverse issues from across the state to discover common origins and explore systemic solutions in the Ohio Community Rights Conference: Growing Roots and Rights for Just Communities.

Keynote speakers and facilitators include:

  • Melina Abdullah, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements and is Chair of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter
  • Mari Margil, MPP, an expert on the right of local community self-government, leader of the International Center for the Rights of Nature, and Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

Together we’ll explore social, political, and environmental issues through five Breakout Community Conversations to reveal unexpected common causes that prevent Ohioans from creating the just communities they envision. Topics include:

Safe Communities – gun violence, police accountability, racial/ethnic profiling, mass incarceration
Fair Communities – living wage vs minimum wage, worker rights, predatory lending, “right to work”
Just Communities – fair and free elections, gerrymandering, money in politics, right to citizen-led initiative
Healthy Communities – recognizing drug use as a public health issue instead of a crime, funding drug treatment instead of incarceration, what role does preemption play in protecting the health of community residents
Sustainable Communities – protection of water with possible focus on Lake Erie, private property rights vs rights of nature, industrial agriculture, why can’t local electeds protect the local environment

You will leave with:

  • A deeper understanding of how our legal and governing structures are designed to oppress and keep us from getting what we want in our communities
  • Discovery of connections between issue-specific and community rights concepts
  • Networking with social, political, and environmental groups from across Ohio
  • Tools and inspiration to drive forward systemic change, echoing activists in abolition, suffrage, and Civil Rights


Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Quest Conference Center
Columbus, Ohio

join us!

Sign up today – limited seating! Connect, discover, be inspired, take action!

  • Tabling, sponsorship, and endorsement opportunities are available
  • $10 registration is required – lunch included
  • Ample free parking
  • Overnight accommodations within walking distance

For more information, visit here, register here, or email Tish or Lisa.

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