Bernie Country

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders addresses a "town hall" style meeting at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio (22 August 2017).  Photo Courtesy Toni Dengel, SOPM Media

 

“I’m here in ‘Trump Country,’” Bernie Sanders announced when he visited Portsmouth, Ohio, on Tuesday for one of his signature town hall meetings.  These five words, six syllables helped frame one of the Senator’s main points  – Donald Trump may have won this county and region by large numbers, and thus led the national media to brand us “Trump Country,” but the reality is that there are no red states or blue states. According to Bernie, local and national issues like the opioid epidemic, affordable healthcare, student debt, a living wage, mass incarceration, climate change, and economic inequalities are issues facing all Americans, whether here in southern Ohio, or in communities on the East and West coasts.

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Let the Endorsements Begin

Richard Crosby Makes Congressional Campaign Stop in Portsmouth

On Friday, June 16th, the 14th Street Community Center in Portsmouth hosted the most recent meeting of the Southern Ohio Progressive Movement. Popular interest remained focused on national political controversies and contests.  With the communities of southern Ohio divided between the 2nd Congressional District in the West and the 6th Congressional District in the East, area residents were eager to sign the anti-gerrymandering (Fair Districts=Fair Elections) petition, and volunteers signed petition booklets to secure additional signatures.  In this effort, members of the SOPM have joined forces with the local Democratic Party in Adams and Scioto counties; the Republicans are noticeably absent from the field of election law reformers.

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Attorney Richard Crosby visited Portsmouth to discusses his candidacy for US Representative in Ohio's 2nd District.  (Photo Credit:  Submitted Photo, SOPM Media)

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Everhard Visits Portsmouth

Last Thursday, May 18th, Dr. Janet Everhard brought her campaign to Portsmouth, Ohio, the 2nd Congressional District's most eastern city.  Arriving in the evening in time to catch the tail end of a “Spring Picnic” hosted by the Federated Democratic Women of Scioto County, Everhard spent the night in town, on the river front.  The highpoint of her visit came on Friday evening when she spoke at the monthly meeting of the Southern Ohio Progressive Movement, which hosted Everhard as part of the “Progressive Speakers Series."

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Dr. Janet Everhard meeting with supporters of the Southern Ohio Progressive Movement, May 19th, 2017.  Everhard blasted incumbent Congressman Brad Wenstrup for supporting the repeal of the ACA and the protections it provides Americans with pre-existing health conditions.  Photo credit:  SOPM Media Team.
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"Unsung Heroes" In Our Midst: An Interview with Trabian Shorters

“We had started out with the same negative perception as anyone else, that there is a problem with black men that needed fixing,” Trabian Shorters said. “But then we find all of these unsung heroes. We have all of these black men not getting credit for being part of the solution while, at the same time, the black man is being viewed by society as a poster child for the problem. That was stupid.”  Shorters, the founder of BMe Community (for Black Male Engagement), an organization working to change the negative image of what is going on in the nation's black community by focusing on all the good being done by black men.

(Courtland Milloy/The Washington Post)
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Mickey Edwards Brings Congressional Campaign to Portsmouth

On April 21st, the Southern Ohio Progressive Movement hosted Mickey Edwards of Cincinnati, candidate for Ohio's 2nd Congressional District.  Edwards hopes to best a growing field of rivals in the Democratic Party primary and and take on Republican incumbent Brad Wenstrup in November 2018.

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Mickey Edwards of Cincinnati, candidate for Ohio's 2nd Congressional District, spoke at the April meeting of the Southern Ohio Progressive Movement.  Photo Credit:  SOPM Media.

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All Politics Are Local: May Primary Election News & Opinion

Voters in Scioto County will go to the polls on May 2 to vote in elections for First and Third Ward Council members (Portsmouth) and for Village Councilperson-at-Large (New Boston).

Portsmouth voters across the city will also have the opportunity to vote on proposed changes to the city’s charter amending the number of hours municipal employees may work.

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Southern Ohio Progressive Movement Advances Its Platform

On Friday, March 24th, supporters of the Southern Ohio Progressive Movement gathered at the IBEW Hall in Portsmouth for their third meeting. It was a full-house and with news that the repeal of the ACA had failed the mood was celebratory, but the tone, serious and determined.

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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local No. 575 opened its union hall to the Southern Ohio Progressive Movement for its March 24th, 2017, meeting.  The clinched fist of the union's iconic symbol stands in the corner, while SOPM t-shirts with the newly unveiled Lantern emblem are displayed on a table in the foreground.  Photo Credit:  SOPM Media

After the proposed "Portsmouth Platform" was read to applause, the assembly voted with a resounding "Aye" in favor of its adoption. Draft bylaws were introduced and debated, with the draft accepted and amendments recommended for ratification at the SOPM's next monthly meeting on April 21st. When ratified the organization will be a federal, state, and local political action committee. It’s proposed mission will be to "coordinate and mobilize the citizens of Southern Ohio and the surrounding region in support of economic revival, civic renewal, and political reform.” A permanent Steering Committee of twenty-one members is proposed. The bylaws will empower the organization to endorse political candidates and ballot issues that impact the families and communities of southern Ohio.

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