About Us

We Are Portage Residents
Who:

  • Have formed a non-profit PAC, and networked with similar groups in 

    • Ohio​

    • Other states 

  • Want to create a home rule form of county government, which secures for all, our rights to participate in local democratic government.

  • Believe that all political power is inherent in the people, that government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit and that we the people may create a county government that is healthy, safe and sustainable for us and for our families.

  • Understand that state government enacts laws that give preference to corporate activities over our human rights; that corporations headquartered outside our community obtain permits from the state government to engage in activities without our permission.

  • Have worked with CELDF lawyers to craft a charter that secures our rights over corporate privileges, describing the form of government we have and want; following the rules set out by the Ohio Constitution for a citizen initiative county charter:  collecting registered voter signatures to qualify the charter to be on the ballot in November, 2018.  

  • In the tradition of other rights movements, aren't going away.  

The Movement
  • Portage Community Rights Group (PCRG) is part of a movement to secure Community Rights, which include:

    • the democratic right to a local self government

    • equal rights for all

    • environmental rights to clean air & water and a healthy soil

    • protection for our environment to flourish & evolve

    • free and fair elections

    • a fair, just, and sustainable community.

  • PCRG is one of 4 Ohio counties who've spent 3 years working to get a rights-based county charter on the ballot.

  • PCRG is one of 19 Ohio chapters of the Ohio Community Rights Network (www.ohiocrn.org).

  • PCRG is one of the Ohio counties working with OHCRN on State Constitutional Amendments.

  • PCRG is one of scores of communities who've come together in the National Community Rights Network working to secure our local right to democracy where we live.

Portage County:  The Community Where We Live

Rural & Urban.   Portage residents in the eastern half of the county live in small villages and townships with populations of approximately 3,000 or less.   In the western half of Portage we find townships of over 5,000 and urban amenities of four cities of 11,000 to 28,000.

 

Our Water.  These diverse life styles are set in a landscape of three important watersheds draining into Lake Erie---The Cuyahoga, Chagrin, Grand Rivers ---and two east and south draining into the Ohio River--the Mahoning and the Tuscarawas.

 

Our Soil.  This geography brings us fresh local food, farmers’ markets, recreation and tourism: The Ohio Farm Bureau lists 18 local farms with farm markets. The Portage Development Board records over 700 farms. The Portage Park District manages 1300 acres of parks & preserves with 14 miles of hike and bike trails.

Our Parks.  Portage Parks manages 1,300 acres and 14 miles of hike and bike trails, connecting communities across Portage County, and with other regional trail systems, with an additional 800 acres available for park expansion.

 

Our Geography.  Major highways (I 76 and I80) cross the center of our county, while Interstate 77 and Ohio 11 on the east and west of the county reach into southern Ohio, WV, and PA.  These highways bring easy access for commerce---local Chambers of Commerce list over 50 small local Portage County businesses (including 9 manufacturers).  Unfortunately, these same highways also provide access for trucks carrying toxic waste from "fracking" from PA and WV for injection into Portage County's Class II waste injection wells.

 

Our Educational Institutions.  Finally, even in educational opportunities Portage offers an unusual selection of choices:  Kent State (a large regional public research university), Hiram (a small liberal arts private college), Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Fortis (a private career training school).