ProgressOhio is the state’s leading progressive organization, composed of two non-profits: ProgressOhio.org, a 501 (c) (4) organization formed in 2006 to promote progressive causes, and ProgressOhio Education, a 501 (c) (3) organization.
Affiliated with ProgressNow as an earned media hub and People’s Action as a field and coalition leading organization, ProgressOhio has fought privatization and public access issues; serves as a leader on Ohio issue coalitions on voter suppression, redistricting reform, fair tax policies, women’s rights issues, payday lending reform, and health care issues.
In addition to communicating directly with our members, we serve as a coalition partner to hundreds of mission-aligned groups operating out of the state of Ohio. Our mission is to promote progressive solutions, correct right-wing misinformation, and hold public leaders accountable, helping to make an Ohio that works for everyone.
● Worked with allies and conservatives to win voter approval of a bipartisan redistricting reform plan. It will result in new state legislative districts that reflect the partisan balance of Ohio and end the practice of gerrymandering.
● Produced compelling research that exposed a series of scandals at Ohio charter schools. The controversies included test tampering, sexual misconduct in the classroom and schools that illegally charge the state for phantom students. Reform legislation has passed that would address the scandals, and Ohio Auditor David Yost is investigating many of our findings.
● Launched an ongoing public affairs campaign to defeat the Trans Pacific Partnership, a massive trade deal between the US and countries in the Pacific Rim. Our duties included organizing town hall meetings, writing guest columns and letters to the editor, and hosting news conferences.
● Worked with allies to urge legislators to abandon a plan that would have required out-of-state college students to pay to register their cars in Ohio in order to vote. We convinced five of the state’s major newspapers to editorialize against this backdoor poll tax. The result: poll tax plan died.