From the Youngstown-based groups:
“WE’RE BACK,” SAYS GROUP: ALL MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE YOUNGSTOWN COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS COMMITTEE’S OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IT SURPASSED ITS GOAL OF COLLECTING THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF SIGNATURES TO PUT A COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS CHARTER AMENDMENT QUESTION ON THE NOVEMBER, 2014 BALLOT:
MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL MAKE BRIEF REMARKS, PROVIDE UPDATES, AND ANSWER MEDIA QUESTIONS BEFORE DELIVERING SIGNATURES TO THE CLERK OF COUNCIL. THE GATHERING WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014 AT YOUNGSTOWN CITY HALL AT 2:30 PM ON THE SIDEWALK IN FRONT OF YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO CITY HALL (BOARDMAN AND PHELPS STREETS).
Youngstown, Ohio,August 4, 2014–The group says they’re back. Actually, they say that they never went away. For the fourth time, members of the Community Bill of Rights Committee have been busy going door-to-door in Youngstown, Ohio, collecting signatures to put a question on the November, 2014 ballot about local control.And, they report that the community response to their requests for registered voter signatures has been enormously positive.
Youngstown, Ohio voters have again indicated via their petition signatures that they want to vote in November, 2014 on whether or not to ban fracking within Youngstown city limits and to uphold their unalienable right to local control to protect their public health, safety, well-being and the democratic process.
The Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee and supporters are pleased to officially announce that they have surpassed their goal of collecting enough signatures on their petitions to add a ballot question to the November, 2014 ballot in Youngstown.
Members of the committee and other local supporters of the Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment will arrive outside of Youngstown City Hall on Monday, August 5, 2014 at 2:30 PMto make the official announcement that the goal has been reached and to offer brief remarks and updates.
They will be available to answer media questions about the petition effort before delivering the collected signatures to the Youngstown Clerk of Council, who has set up a meeting to receive the petition signatures.The announcement gathering will take place on the sidewalk in front of Youngstown, Ohio City Hall at Boardman and Phelps Streets.
All media are invited to please attend the gathering to take place on the sidewalk.
Susie Beiersdorfer, Community Bill of Rights Committee member, said: “We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from the community, and we thank them. The trend has been that we are getting closer to winning each time this goes on the ballot, and this is for a good reason. Events, information, or accidents are unfolding that show what fracking and its adverse impacts and high risks to public health, safety and well-being really mean to local people living in neighborhoods near fracking operations or other related infrastructure like injection wells or radioactive waste facilities. Many people are becoming more fully informed, aware – and concerned as time goes on.They want to affirm their local control over protecting their family’s and community’s public health, safety, and well-being.We believe that voters are increasingly voting YES with us, in part, because they are seeing the truth and scientific facts about fracking and related processes, such as risks associated with injection wells or other heavy industrial operations being permitted in residential or highly populated areas near homes, schools, cemeteries, farms, parks, and even the protected Meander drinking water area.”
The group says speaking out and voting is patriotic and the right thing to do.It is the community’s unalienable right to say how they want their community to be. A YES vote on the Community Bill of Rights Charter Amendment in November, 2014, will affirm the community’s inherent right to local control of public health, safety, and well-being.
For media inquiries or more information, please contact the group via Frackfree Mahoning Valley at:
234-201-0402 or e-mail:email@example.com
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