OOC has run successful non-partisan civic engagement programs across Ohio since 2008, moving hundreds of thousands of voters to the polls and connecting them with existing issue organizing and leadership development programs. We engage voters in congregations, on college campuses, in urban neighborhoods and rural communities, and through targeted constituency groups. Our viable hybrid volunteer/staff program has built credibility in hard-to-reach communities and can translate civic engagement work into ongoing involvement.
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Criminal Justice Reform
Three decades of mass incarceration have devastated our low-income and minority communities, stripping economic opportunity from generations of Ohioans. We believe that stable families, economic security, and access to health care and education build strong communities – and we are working to transform our justice system from one based in criminalization and incarceration to one based in sound and humane policies that support healing and growth for individuals, families, and communities.
As Ohio’s economy relies increasingly on low-wage and no-benefit jobs, inequality is rising alongside poverty all across the state. OOC’s economic justice work is focused on a three-year plan to raising the minimum wage through public policy and legislation, redefining the narrative around ‘economic fairness’, and continuing to mobilize low-wage workers and working-class families in cities and statewide.
OOC founded Communities United for Responsible Energy (CURE) to connect environmental justice movement with social, racial, and economic justice work in Ohio. Working with residents living on the front lines of resource extraction and waste disposal, and in urban areas that need energy alternatives to fossil fuels, CURE has developed a strategic plan to demand that our local, state, and federal officials address climate change, support renewable energy mandates, and provide increased public transportation options for Ohioans.
The health of Ohioans is not simply the result of genetics or behavior: the very neighborhoods in which we live determine the length and breadth of our lives. Access to healthy food, high-quality education, stable employment, and long-term care all play a substantial role in determining the health of Ohio’s families. OOC is working to combat the unequal distribution of resources adversely impacting low-income and minority residents by providing education for every three- and four-year old in Hamilton County through Pre-School Promise, and supporting the dignity and security of Ohio’s seniors through Caring Across Generations.
The training and development of leaders sits at the heart of any successful organizing campaign. At any of OOC’s small- and large-scale leadership trainings, participants are provided with a solid background in the basics of community organizing and leadership development. Chief among these is OOC’s week-long leadership development training, which has hosted over 700 community leaders to strengthen organizing skills, build deeper collaboration, and cross-train on issues affecting our communities.