OEC Action Fund President Heather Taylor-Miesle will join constituents in Congressional District 15, tonight, for a community-organized town hall meeting. Environmental protection will take center stage in the discussion.
“The Trump Administration’s recent attacks on environmental protection and appointment of climate-denier and fossil fuel industry ally, Scott Pruitt to head EPA, make it clear that those of us who care about the environment have got to raise our voices,” Taylor-Miesle said. “We can’t allow this debate to be taken over by extremists who think protecting public health is controversial.”
Although Congressman Stivers was invited for a productive conversation, organizers do not expect him to be in attendance.
“The Ohio Environmental Council worked with Congressman Stivers when he served in the Statehouse. Often productively. He wasn't an ideologue or a extremist,” Taylor-Miesle said. “He would sit down with us and talk about the merits of the issue. We didn’t always agree but we were always given a fair audience. That should offer us not only hope, but the strength to keep trying to engage him in a conversation.”
The OEC Action Fund encourages all lawmakers to spend time in-district to hear directly from constituents about their concerns and hopes for the country and Ohio. As fears and passions rise in response to policies at the federal level, open dialogue is more important than ever.
The town hall will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Makoy center in Hilliard, Ohio. Hundreds are expected to join. In addition to time for audience questions, speakers will cover environmental concerns, gerrymandering of Congressional Districts, immigration policy, and how to influence state lawmakers.