About We Are Ohio
We Are Ohio formed in 2011 and led the effort to veto Senate Bill 5 by a 62-38% margin last November. We Are Ohio is a citizen-driven, community-based, bipartisan coalition that includes public and private sector workers and employees, autoworkers, police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, pastors, small business owners, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, local elected officials and business leaders, students, Moms, Dads, family members, and your neighbors.
In 2011, Ohioans in 88 counties came together to sign and circulate petitions to place Senate Bill 5 before voters. On June 29, we turned in the largest number of signatures in Ohio history - 1.3 million. But we weren't finished. In the ensuing months, more than 17,000 volunteers made phone calls, went door-to-door in a massive grass roots campaign to let Ohioans know that Senate Bill 5 was unfair, unsafe and hurt us all.
On Nov. 8, 2.1 million voters agreed and vetoed Senate Bill 5.
In 2012, We Are Ohio is continuing to fight for working families and the middle class.
This year, worker and voting rights are at stake. We Are Ohio will fight to stop efforts to destroy jobs, harm communities, strip workers of their rights with the deceptive right-to-work (is wrong) initiative brought to you by the same opponents who wanted Senate Bill 5.
Right to Work is wrong and is worse than Senate Bill 5 because it will hurt every worker in Ohio.
In addition, We Are Ohio will work to educate, inform and engage our supporters to veto another bad law, known as House Bill 194. This law is the anti-voters' rights act, plain and simple. This restrictive law reduces the number of early vote and absentee voting opportunities. This anti-voter bill closes local boards of elections on weeknights and weekends for no purpose other than to erect obstacles to your voting with ease and in accordance with your busy schedule. And if you are confused by any of these massive changes to the voting laws, this bill states you are on your own. You cannot depend on poll workers to even point you in the right direction to vote in your own precinct.
We Are Ohio stands committed to fighting for worker and voter rights. Join our movement and stand up for working families, the middle class and your community!