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It’s Time to Take a Stance in Ohio, And We’re Going to be There

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A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it, has earned – this is the sum of good government. ~ Thomas Jefferson 

Tuesday is going to be a big day for my partner and me. A protest will be staged in Ohio’s capital city Columbus in order to show Gov. John Kasich that stripping state workers of their right to organized labor is no more acceptable than it is in Wisconsin. We’re going to be there alongside protesting workers, letting our voices be known.  We will be boarding a bus provided by boldprogressive.org , which is a group fighting fiercely for progressive change in our government.  The bus will board here in Cincinnati, and will take us and hopefully several others, to stand united with angry state workers in Columbus.

Ohio Senate Bill 5 which is proposed by state senator Shannon Jones is due to come for a vote in Columbus and fast.  The proposed bill, supported by Gov. Kasich would eliminate the collective bargaining power of state employees in Ohio. In other words here in Ohio our conservative lawmakers hate union labor just as much as they do in Madison. Like the state employees in Wisconsin, there are a lot of pissed off people who are starting to show up at the statehouse to let Gov Kasich know that they are outraged. 

This is what democracy is about; according to Thomas Jefferson, the people have to right to speak out against and even overturn government when that government begins to infringe on our civil liberty.  Collective bargaining has been a worker’s right for decades , and is ingrained in our country’s heritage. To take it away at this point is yet another step toward America becoming a military dictatorship, where no one has any rights whatsoever. 

To paraphrase the deceased liberal historian and political activist Howard Zinn, “Democracy does not lie in our government, it lies within the people.” Every time we the people rise up peacefully to stop any oppression perpetrated by our government, Thomas Jefferson must look down upon us and smile. I hope he smiles upon us tomorrow.

  1. carvingoutavoice
    February 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Need a ride to the Rally? Try boldprogressive.org. They’re giving free bus rides to Columbus from Cincinnati, Dayton, Youngstown, Toledo & Cleveland.


  2. February 21, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.!


  3. Moe
    February 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Hey! Good for you – let ’em have it! We’re about to see some of the same stuff in FL and when the time comes, I think I can get myself up to Tallahassee.

    (just added you to my blogroll by the way – and hi Ben!)


    • February 23, 2011 at 12:14 am

      Hi Moe! How are ya? 🙂


    • February 23, 2011 at 7:35 am

      What an experience! It was estimated that 10,000 people were there yesterday, and the numbers will continue to grow. We’re heading back up there Saturday to protest the de-funding of planned parenthood, and then we plan on joining the protesters against SB5 again. I’ll post a new blog later about my experiences and have some pics up as well.

      Thanks for adding me to your blog roll. It’s an honor 🙂


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