Advocacy update September 13, 2022

Advocacy update September 13, 2022

Advocacy update September 13, 2022 150 150 Episcopalians in Connection
Sept. 29: Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference:

The nonprofit Ohio Environmental Council is hosting a powerful hybrid conference on the theme “In Pursuit of Energy Justice for All.” Speakers from Ohio local governments, universities, and community-based organizations will address:

  • the Energy Jobs and Justice Act (Ohio HB 419)
  • Community-based energy justice efforts and state policy that impedes them
  • Climate action by local governments and advocates
  • Equity in clean energy transit – both electric vehicles and public transportation
  • Upholding energy justice through corporate climate accountability.

Click here for details on the agenda and panelist profiles.

We’ve reported frequently on HB 419 in this column.  It is supported by a large statewide coalition of nonpartisan advocates whose goal is a transition from Ohio’s reliance on fossil fuels to clean energy with well-paying jobs, particularly in historically impoverished parts of the state. It also aims to curb utility influence over policy and regulation, which is the core of the HB 6 corruption case. Lawyers and staff of non-profits attending in person can earn continuing legal education credits for a very modest fee. The general public can attend in-person for only $20, lunch included, and students attend free. Virtual tickets are free.  Register here.

Learn how child poverty has fallen dramatically in the US since 1993.

The New York Times ran a riveting front page story on Sunday, Sept. 11, reporting the landmark Child Trends study showing that child poverty has dropped 59% in the United States over the past 30 years. In Child Trends’ Oct. 12 webinar from 1 to 2:30 pm, lead authors Dr. Dana Thomson and Dr. Renee Ryberg will discuss what led to the decline in child poverty in the US, which groups of children were helped, and which were left behind. Register here.

The authors report that child poverty dropped thanks to a combination of expanded federal safety net programs (including nutrition programs and work supports like the Earned Income Tax Credit), higher workforce participation, falling unemployment, and rising minimum wage in some states including Ohio.  If you or your congregation are striving to help families with children emerge from poverty, read the findings, which are published online in “Lessons From a Historic Decline in Child Poverty.” The overview includes several resources: how poverty is measured in the United States, a summary of federal programs that reduce child poverty, and a link to sign up for Child Trends’ newsletter. You can review the data for Ohio at this link.

School boards across Ohio are now deciding whether to arm staff

under the recently-passed HB 99 that allow teachers to be armed with minimal safety training. Ohio Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense have created resources you can share with your school board on school safety, safe gun storage,  a model secure storage resolution, and research on how to stop school shootings and  gun violence in schools. In addition, Ohio Moms offer two meetings via Zoom this week to welcome new members: Sept. 15 at 7 pm or Sept. 16 at noon.

Episcopal Church Workshop on Advocacy for Immigrants, Sept. 21, noon, on Zoom

The Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Migration Ministries invite you to “Love God, Love Neighbor: Advocacy in Action. This will provide advocacy and messaging tools to use with members of Congress and their staff about protections for refugees, asylum seekers, and all migrants seeking a better life. Fear and stigmatization of immigrants is a major issue in this fall’s election. Register here.

Greater Cincinnati Regional Climate Collaborative Sessions Sept. 14-Oct. 5

Convened by the regional environmental coalition Green Umbrella, this collaborative supports local governments and communities across the tri-state Greater Cincinnati region in designing and implementing equitable climate solutions.  Working group meetings will be held on several topics the next four Wednesdays. They are on Zoom and open to the public.  Here are the upcoming topics:

  • 14, 6-7 pm – Building capacity of local government staff
  • 21, 6-7 pm Community listening and engagement
  • 28, 6-7 pm: Building political will among candidates and elected officials
  • 5, 6-7 pm: Raising awareness of climate impacts and solutions.

For full details and registration links, click here.

Ohio Environmental Council Meet and Greet in Cincinnati Oct 6, 5:30-7:30 pm

Join Cincinnati City Councilmember Meeka Owens, Green Umbrella founder Brewster Rhoads, OEC’s Energy Policy Director Nolan Rutschilling, and OEC Southwest Ohio Regional Director Kylie Johnson – plus your fellow environmental advocates – at the Ohio River Launch Club.  Councilmember Owens chairs Cincinnati Council’s Climate, Environment, and Infrastructure Committee. Here’s a save-the-date link.

Advocacy briefings are compiled by Ariel Miller, a longtime community advocate and member of Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming. Connect with her at arielmillerwriter@gmail.com