The fellas have a great discussion about voting rights, the voting purge, voter disenfranchisement and how to ensure we as voters choose our representation as opposed to our representation selecting us as voters & gerrymandering and it’s affect on our community with Montgomery County Recorder Brandon McClain. Stay in contact with the fellas @recordermcclain & @Dj_Killa_Kev & @1KevNash. Don’t forget you can find the pod on the Tunein app & stitcher app. #YCMTUP #YouCantMakeThisUpPodcast
After a bye week the fellas are back recapping BLACKtie weekend, Killa’s trip to Atlanta, Lala’s death on Power, NBA vs the Chinse Government, NBA season predictions. Plus, their top 10 hip hop songs of all time! Stay connected with the fellas @Dj_Killa_Kev & @1KevNash on twitter & IG! Don’t forget you can find the pod on the Tunein app & stitcher app.
Get to know the elected officials who represent you and make an educated vote. The candidates for Dayton City Commission took part in a forum on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the main branch of the Dayton Metro Library, 215 E. Third Street.
Meet the candidates:
Christopher L. Shaw
The forum is sponsored by The League of Women Voters, UpDayton, Dayton Daily News, WHIO TV and Radio and DATV. The forum will stream live on DaytonDailyNews.com
and air at a later date on DATV.
Are you registered to vote? October 7 is the deadline for voter registration for Nov. 5 general election.
Note: You must live within the City of Dayton and be registered to vote to have a say in which two candidates will be on Dayton City Commission.
It’s the return of Curtis Mann! Kev Nash & DJ Killa Kev talk with Curt about this weekend’s Rock Da Vote Rally, how he got involved with Neighborhoods Over Politics! Plus, the rundown for BLACKtie 2019! Which includes the All Black Party, Homecoming Skating Party, Dub State Tailgate Party, Stroll Competition, and The Gala! Stay connected with the fellas @Dj_Killa_Kev & @1KevNash on twitter & IG! Don’t forget you can find the pod on the Tunein app & stitcher app.
After the 2016 Presidential election, a new progressive movement started called Indivisible. A chapter was formed here in Dayton, which is known as DIFA- District 10 Indivisible For All. In this interview, we speak to the leader of this group, Melissa Rodriguez, about the history, goals and challenges this movement faces.
DIFA seeks to mobilize the Greater Dayton community to promote an inclusive agenda and protect the rights of all people living in the U.S., citizens and non-citizens alike. “We will resist intolerance, racism, and authoritarianism through peaceful and powerful means.” The organization provides opportunities for people to get involved in organized actions that focus on local, state, and federal issues as they come up. They need people who are willing to make phone calls, show up at rallies, visit their congressional offices, and send postcards. They also need people who are willing to tell their story and show how legislation impacts the community. They are also seeking folks who can research and track current and upcoming legislation. If you feel compelled to get involved or just more informed, see links below!
McGuff and the Dumpster Fires – Bank Vault
HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
DIFA- District 10 Indivisible For All public FB page
DIFA District 10 Indivisible For All closed FB group
DIFA- District 10 Indivisible For All website
Register to Vote
#777 A Community Conversation with Candidates Gabriela Pickett and Will Smith for Dayton School Board
The report cards for Ohio school districts was released last week, and Dayton Public Schools score improved to a D from a F rating. We are all proud of this improvement! Obviously there is a lot more that needs to be done, and this fall the Dayton voters have a chance to influence Dayton Public School’s direction by electing new school board members. Our host Libby Ballengee had the opportunity to speak with two candidates, Gabriela Pickett and Will Smith, about their vision for Dayton Public Schools.
More about the report card from WYSO: https://www.wyso.org/post/dayton-public-schools-shows-improvement-new-ohio-school-report-cards
Reminder: Nov. 5, 2019 is General Election Day for Dayton Public School Board, Dayton City Commission among other issues. Check your status, register to vote, learn about early in-person voting and more here: https://www.sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/
About Gabriela Pickett
I’m a mother of six, an education researcher, an artist, and a community activist — you know, jobs that make the “big bucks.” So when I decided to run for Dayton School Board, people told me I’d have to raise tens of thousands of dollars to run against independently wealthy candidates. If you’re like me, that doesn’t sit right.
Big money has too much influence in politics. People should get elected based on the quality of their character and what they’ve done for the community. That’s why we’re gathering SMALL donations from a LOT of people instead of BIG donations from a few people. Those who fund you are those who can hold you accountable, and I want to be accountable to teachers, kids, parents, and YOU — not to the people who want to profit off our students’ education.
Will Smith, Jamie Rippey, and I want to build a Dayton School Board that listens when you speak, that fights when you need us, and that tells you the truth no matter what. We can’t do it without you. Thank you for supporting my campaign for Dayton School Board, and I’ll see you at the polls on November 5th, 2019.
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About Will Smith
Will is a 2019 candidate for the Dayton Public School Board. Will Smith is a lifelong Dayton resident, son of Dayton Public Schools graduate, product of Dayton Public Schools (Meadowdale High School), and parent of two current Dayton Public Schools students. A graduate of Xavier University (Information Systems), for over ten years, Will has worked extensively in the community in various aspects and roles. He has served as an organizer with the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and For Our Future Ohio. He has worked to aid neighborhood cleanup and beautification efforts, criminal justice reform, voter registration and engagement, as well as help with food insecurity issues within Dayton. He has also trained various community organizations to assist in their organizing and outreach efforts.
Will currently serves the community in a consultant role with The Human Relations Council of the City of Dayton where he has been working on developing programs to proactively reduce gun violence and promote safe and healthy communities throughout the city. As an advocate for the need of high quality education, Will has spent time as a tutor for a multitude of students in various grade levels and has helped with various K-3 literacy initiatives. He has also helped Dayton Public Schools as a member of the planning committee for the newly formed Parent Family and Community Council in efforts to increase engagement throughout the community. Eager to volunteer his time for those in the area, Will has served as a youth sports coach in various sports. Will believes that a community is only as strong as its schools and that it takes a community working collectively to make the improvements needed to make a better Dayton!
This campaign is about connecting those in Dayton to share a vision of high goals and high achievement. In order to do this, there must be accountability and transparency in leadership, equity throughout the district, and an investment in engagement with the entire community. Please consider donating to the campaign efforts. Each donation is a personal investment into the vision of a better educational culture in our community!
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Tino – Time Clock Blues
Desiree Tims was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She is a proud product of Dayton Public Schools. After graduating from Dayton Dunbar High School, Desiree later graduated from Xavier University and Georgetown Law.
Inspired by the idea of hope and change, Desiree served as a volunteer for the 2008 Obama campaign in Southwest Ohio. Desiree later worked in The White House and on Capitol Hill. It was during this time that she learned that real leadership is a sandwich made of family values, grit, and hard work.
For too long, Ohio’s 10th Congressional District has been left behind, and the new economy just isn’t working for most. Frustrated by the lack of real representation and leadership, Desiree decided to get off the sidelines and take action! Desiree believes that the American dream is a promise worth fulfilling.
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A. Slate – Paint My Life In Color
Desiree’s Website / Donation Link: https://www.timsforcongress.com/
Sign up to volunteer: https://secure.ngpvan.com/dhCZn0jsxkGX4Xde84EvLg2
Running for Congress is not a path to be taken lightly. It takes a large amount of courage, ideas, solutions, relationships and cash. Despite the obstacles and intensity, an influx of women ran for Congress in 2018, most of them first time candidates. In Dayton, local entrepreneur Theresa Gasper challenged Republican Mike Turner for our House of Representatives seat. Although Turner won re-election in our very gerrymandered district, Gasper came the closest to upsetting this longtime incumbent.
In this episode with catch up with Theresa, to ask her about her campaign experience, her advice to other would-be candidates and her thoughts on the current state of politics, including gun control legislation after the mass shooting.
About Theresa Gasper
Theresa grew up in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood, as the youngest of four siblings. She is a proud fourth-generation Daytonian and small business owner, having established two successful businesses in the Miami Valley. Her father, Bill, instilled in her the values of hard work, grit and determination. He worked for a local hardware store after losing his longtime job at age 55 and then bought and operated a framing shop. Theresa’s mother, Wanda, managed former Rep. Chuck Whalen’s district office and showed her the importance of public service. Theresa’s earliest memories involve passing out the Barbara Whalen Cookbook at the Montgomery County Fair and delivering Chuck’s newsletters door-to-door on weekends. Taking a page out of her father’s book, Theresa bought a local telephone-answering service as a young mother and built it into the largest business center in Dayton over the course of 14 years. For the past 12 years through her current company, Full Circle Development, she has worked to make Dayton a better place by reinvesting in and renovating homes that have fallen into disrepair in light of the housing crisis. Theresa’s passion for her home of Southwest Ohio drives her activism. Her extensive background in housing advocacy includes service on community boards that educate first-time homebuyers, coach existing homeowners through loan modification, and organize volunteer repairs for elderly homeowners. Theresa resides in Beavercreek with her husband Dave and two cats. She is a diehard UD Flyers fan.
The Boxcar Suite- The Power
Theresa’s Congressional Website – https://www.gasperforcongress.com/
How do we civilly discuss politics in this day and age? It seems impossible to communicate with our family, friends and neighbors on the other side of the political divide. But are we really that different? Are we really living in two Americas? Or have we just forgotten how to communicate with each other? Has the social rule to “not discuss religion and politics” made is completely incapable of talking when we really need to?
We’ve been wondering about that here at the Gem City Podcast, so we sent out our host Libby Ballengee to get the scoop on how we can discuss politics and find some common ground. Libby went to the University of Dayton to speak to Joe Valenzano – the chair of the Department of Communications there. Joe was a fantastic guest and really had a great conversation with Libby!
Link to great article about this topic by WYSO: https://www.wyso.org/post/can-dialogue-help-americans-overcome-red-and-blue-divide-some-say-yes
Politically, 2019 has been another Year of the Woman, and locally it’s been no exception. For the first time ever, the Board of Montgomery County Commissioners is all female: Judy Dodge, Debbie Lieberman and Carolyn Rice. Our host Libby Ballengee wanted to chat with them and find out more about them as people, politicians and most importantly, as our area representatives! This was a get to know you episode, and look forward to future conversations about specific issues and departments.
What surprised us the most is just how much the County Commission has to handle. There is a difference between city and township responsibilities, and what the county handles. There are a lot of intricacies to local government.
Please note – we had a slight audio issue on this episode. We appreciate your understanding!
More about Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District:
More about Montgomery County Food Summits: mcfoodpolicy.org
More about Montgomery County Recycling:
Listen to our previous episode about “How to Recycle Right!”
For more information about recycling best practices
About Commissioner Judy Dodge
Commissioner Dodge was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio where she attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Colonel White High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wright State University. Judy began her career in public service in 1985. She was elected to serve as Montgomery County’s Recorder in 2000 and re-elected in 2004. Prior to her position as Recorder, she served as the Assistant Court Administrator for the Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court. Judy was elected to the Montgomery County Commission in November 2006 and re-elected in 2008, 2012, and 2016.
Judy is honored to serve as a Montgomery County Commissioner and strives to be a voice for vulnerable populations. She has been instrumental in the passage of four Human Services Levies, and worked to expand food security and access by establishing a Food Policy Coalition to improve our local food system. In November 2018 Judy hosted the eighth annual Montgomery County Food Summit. Judy also co-developed a regional sustainability center, now known as DRG, which focuses on energy reduction and green practices in business, government and residential sectors. Judy is proud to serve in this capacity and will continue her work to move Montgomery County forward and enhance the quality of life for all Montgomery County citizens.
About Commissioner Debbie Lieberman
Debbie moved to Dayton in 1983 to attend the University of Dayton Law School. After graduating from law school, Debbie worked in real estate and with Legal Aid Society of Dayton. Debbie joined the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office as Director of Real Estate. She served in that position for 10 years before becoming the Chief Deputy Auditor in 2001. Debbie served on the Randolph Township planning Commission and was then elected to the first City of Clayton Council and re-elected in 2001. Debbie was elected to the Montgomery County Commission in 2004 and is currently in her third term.
Debbie co-chairs with Judge Walter Rice, the Montgomery County Reentry Policy Board. Debbie is a member of the Dayton Regional STEM Collaborative board, focused on enhancing regional STEM education assets. Debbie serves on the Dayton Development Coalition’s Regional Leaders Forum and is on the Downtown Dayton Partnership Board. Debbie is on the executive board of the County Commissioner’s Association of Ohio (CCAO) and is past president of the Board of Directors. Debbie was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund Council, the Ohio Housing Trust Fund Committee and she is on the Supreme Court Task Force on the Future Funding of Ohio Courts. Debbie was selected to be on the Human Services and Education Steering Committee and serves on the leadership team of the National Association of Counties.
About Commissioner Carolyn Rice
Carolyn Rice is a native of Dayton and received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University of Ohio and her Master of Business Administration from Wright State University. She was an elementary school teacher working with students with special needs and learning disabilities for three years early in her career. She completed the Genesee Institute’s Community Land Reform Initiatives executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2009.
Carolyn is the most recent addition to the Board of County Commissioners. Prior to her election, she served as Montgomery County Treasurer since her appointment in February 2007. In addition to her duties as Treasurer, Carolyn has served as the Chair of the Montgomery County Land Reutilization Corporation, better known as the Montgomery County Land Bank, since it was created in 2011. Carolyn has led the Montgomery County Vacant Properties Solutions (MVPS) – a group comprised of a variety of key stakeholders who meet monthly to share best practices and address the blight crisis. Prior to her appointment as Treasurer, Carolyn worked 17 years in the private sector for a variety of organizations including Reynolds & Reynolds, LexisNexis, Dames & Moore, and Wright State University. She has vast volunteer experience, including serving on many community and non-profit boards.
The Wretched Few – “Dayton, Ohio”