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Ohio Citizen Action records, 1957-1986,

Author: Ohio Citizen Action.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Database:WorldCat
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Consists primarily of agendas, annual reports, charts, correspondence, flyers, legislation, lists, magazine articles, maps, meeting minutes, memoranda, newsletters, newspaper articles and clippings, notes, press releases, reports, and testimony.
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Named Person: Dennis J Kucinich
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Ohio Citizen Action.
OCLC Number: 806485037
Description: 31.2 linear ft. (33 containers)

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Consists primarily of agendas, annual reports, charts, correspondence, flyers, legislation, lists, magazine articles, maps, meeting minutes, memoranda, newsletters, newspaper articles and clippings, notes, press releases, reports, and testimony.

This collection is of value to researchers studying citizen advocacy groups, consumers' rights, community activism, and environmental issues in the United States in general and more specifically in Cleveland and throughout the state of Ohio during the 1970s and 1980s. Those interested in the issues of the group known as the Ohio Public Interest Campaign (Ohio Citizen Action prior to 1989) will find this collection particularly noteworthy. Such issues include plant closing notification legislation, Right-to-Know legislation, Cleveland's default and battle over the proposed sale of its municipal power system, tax abatement, the Ohio Fair Tax Initiative, economic development of Cleveland and its neighborhoods, foreclosures and redlining, food price fixing, utility rates and costs, Cleveland City Council, Dennis Kucinich's mayoral administration, and many other less high profile issues. Many of these issues have their own subject files within the collection but for a broad look at OPIC's activities consisting mostly of internal newsletters for the group, researchers will want to see the "Ohio Public Interest Campaign" subject files. There is much information regarding plant closings and the battle for notification located in the "Community Readjustment Act" subject files as this was the name for the proposed statewide plant notification legislation. The "Community Reinvestment Act" subject files contain information regarding bank and saving and loan association efforts to meet the borrowing needs of all segments of society including lower to moderate income areas and so will be important to those looking into redlining, foreclosures, and general economic development in Cleveland and its various neighborhoods. Those interested in Cleveland's economy and financial situation during the 1970s and 1980s will want to focus on the "Economy" subject files as well as the subjects of "Cleveland finances and default", "Cuyahoga County Overall Economic Development Plan/Program", "Urban Development Action Grants (UDAG)", "Tax abatement" and "Kucinich, Dennis, mayoral administration and related issues". There are also many other issues to explore within the Kucinich administration subject files including the Muny Light debate, mayor-council relations, Cleveland city finances, the recall election, and many others. Of course, for those more interested in environmental issues or who are more interested in the work that Ohio Citizen Action currently focuses on, the Right-to-Know toxic substance laws subject will be of note.

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