Ohio Citizen Action-Cleveland
Ohio Citizen Action has worked to foster environmental protection and consumer activism for over 30 years. With 100,000 members statewide, Ohio Citizen Action is the state's largest environmental organization. Its campaigns involve organizing direct community pressure on Ohio's largest polluters, and are the best way to achieve significant, long-term changes in facility operations. We combine original, newsmaking research, an extraordinary ability to stay in touch with members door-to-door and on the phone, and community 'good neighbor'campaigns. These campaigns offer practical ways for members to make the most of whatever time they can spare: signing petitions, writing letters, making phone calls, talking to neighbors, or speaking out at community meetings. That's how Citizen Action gets results Ohio Citizen Action has devoted most of its resources over the past five years to running -- and winning -- "good neighbor campaigns," which use the power of community organizing to cause major polluters to prevent pollution at their facilities. The campaigns have succeeded in winning changes far beyond what federal or state regulations would require. Our campaign model includes a series of elements outlined below. While we apply the model to each campaign, each situation develops its own character because of the varying natures of the companies, communities, and pollutants. more on good neighbor campaigns. We have also used a number of the techniques of good neighbor campaigns to assist additional local campaigns working to clean up or stop pollution, or to shut down dangerous facilities. These include opposition to expansion of the American Landfill in Stark County, the relocation of the River Valley Schools in Marion away from their location on a military waste dump, the clean-up of the Valleycrest Superfund site near Dayton, stopping the U.S. Army from treating VX nerve agent hydrolysate in Dayton, the campaign to close the WTI hazardous waste incinerator in East Liverpool, pollution prevention at the Eramet industrial facility in Marietta, and the campaign to prevent FirstEnergy from restarting the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant in Oak Harbor.