Team UAPA Raced for the Cure!

 

race Saturday, May 17, turned out to be a beautiful morning for a race, and all members of Team UA Progressive Action enjoyed being part of the 40,000-plus men, women, children, and (yes!) dogs walking and running for the cure for breast cancer.

After the team's two 5K runners (Pat Hadler and Jamie McLuckie) took off at 8:30 a.m., the rest of the team participating that morning (Barb Falkenberg, Susan Otte, Jody Scarbrough, and UAPA co-founder and breast cancer survivor Susan Truitt) gathered for the 5K walkers' 8:45 start. As Governor Ted Strickland started the race and the crowd began to move, we felt a surge of supportive spirit from the thousands gathered for the race. At the finish an hour or so later, we all agreed that it was a morning well spent.

UAPA would like to thank all who donated to the Race for the Cure by registering for Team UA Progressive Action. In addition to those named above were Jan Davis, Carole Depaola, George Hadler, Bill Hadler, Kathy Panning, Diane Reichwein, and Marty Stinehart, who were unable to participate that morning.

We are already looking forward to next year's race and hope more of you can join us, whether in body or spirit. We look forward to adding your name to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure's Team UA Progressive Action in May 2009!

Straight from The Colbert Report and PBS's Now to Upper Arlington! David Sirota to Speak at UAPA Picnic

sirotaUpper Arlington Progressive Action is proud to announce that noted political author David Sirota will speak at the 4th Annual UAPA Picnic in the Park on Sunday, June 22, at 2:00 p.m. Sirota’s new book, THE UPRISING: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington (Crown Publishing Group) will be released on May 28, 2008. The book includes a chapter on Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and his efforts to shape the populist movement in Washington.

Sign up for the picnic!

THE UPRISING, which follows Sirota’s New York Times bestseller Hostile Takeover (2006), reports on today’s seething popular discontent on both the Right and Left, which is creating a new populist political movement roiling the 2008 presidential campaign and national politics. From behind-the-scenes negotiations on Capitol Hill to an ExxonMobil stockholder meeting and the campsite of the Minutemen guarding the U.S.-Mexico border, Sirota traveled the United States to report on this anger and the populist uprising it is creating.
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The book traces the roots of populism, as well as the efforts to thwart populism, including the Democratic Party’s “superdelegate” system. THE UPRISING features exclusive reporting on icons across the political spectrum, from CNN’s Lou Dobbs, to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillorsen. The book shows why Molly Ivins hailed Sirota as “a new-generation populist who instinctively understands that the only real questions are ‘Who’s getting screwed’ and ‘Who’s doing the screwing?’”

Please join us in welcoming David Sirota to Upper Arlington, and hear how grassroots groups like UAPA will transform this country from the ground up. Sirota will be signing copies of his book, which will be for purchase, following his remarks. Please note that we cannot accept credit cards. For more information on the Picnic in the Park, please see the related article.

Sign up for the picnic!

Kingsdale: A new plan from Regency

Regency Centers, owners of Kingsdale Shopping Center, have a new proposal for redeveloping the aged mall at the heart of Upper Arlington.

The new plan, submitted to UA City Council in an April 28 letter, does not include a Target store. Instead, according to the May 15, 2008, UA This Week, a new Giant Eagle would be built on Northwest Boulevard.

Regency is offering 5 acres of the site to the city, including the current Giant Eagle building and the former medical office on Zollinger. Company officials suggest the purchase would allow UA to seek its own proposals for office development, a mixed-use called for in the Master Plan.

Memorial Day: Celeste bill aids Ohioans fighting PTSD

What do we mean when we say soldiers deserve a hero’s welcome? Many troops wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have traumatic brain injuries, yet the number of uninsured veterans increased by 290,000 between 2000 and 2004.

This weekend, Americans will remember our loved ones who have been lost -- some in war, some through illness, some through injury. Some have been lost because they cannot get the help they need to overcome the trauma in their lives.

State Rep. Ted Celeste was shocked to learn that insurers in Ohio can deny coverage to men, women and children needing therapy to recover from war, sexual abuse, physical abuse or mass violence. He responded by sponsoring House Bill 249. It would require private insurers to extend mental health coverage to veterans and all others suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Stivers flip flops on payday lending

The Ohio Senate approved tough new regulations on Ohio’s payday lenders, bringing the state very close to ending the payday industry as it currently exists.

The approval of these new regulations in both the Ohio House and Senate is a direct result of a coordinated progressive grassroots effort. 245 non-profit, religious and civic organizations joined together in the Ohio Coalition for Responsible Lending to change public policy and educate the public and media about the impact of the 391% interest rates charged to many of Ohio poorest citizens.

Steve Stivers: for 391% interest rates before he was against them

Interestingly, Ohio State Senator Steve Stivers, former bank lobbyist and Republican running against Mary Jo Kilroy for Congress, was for 391% interest rates before he was against them. Only a few months ago, Stivers was repeating payday lending industry talking points.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming UAPA and Community Events!


Sunday, June 22 Fourth Annual UAPA Picnic in the Park, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Please note new location!
Fancyburg Park, Kioka Road

Friday, July 4 UAPA July 4th Parade Watching, 9:00 a.m.
We’ll gather near the corner of Northwest Boulevard and Brandon Roads. Look for the blue banner -- we’ll have the coffee and doughnuts ready!

Saturday, August 2 UAPA Second Annual Garage Sale
Corner of Ridgecliff and Redding road
Start saving your gently used household items to donate!
More details to follow!

Tuesday, August 12 Visit the UAPA booth at A Taste of UA,
3:30 – 8:30 p.m., Northam Park

 

UAPA Supports Payday Lending Bill

Recently the executive committee of UAPA voted to support the passage of Ohio House Bill 333. It limits the annual interest rate charged on a typical two-week loan (from payday lenders such as Check Into Cash and Always Payday) from the current 391 percent (about $15 per $100 borrowed) to 36 percent. They are called payday loans because that is the interval between paychecks at most employers.

Statewide, the number of payday lendin offices rose nearly 15-fold between 1996 and 2006 to 1,562. That is more than the combined total of restaurants operated by the McDonalds, Burger King, and Wendy's chains in Ohio. The industry has fought hard against a lower interest-rate cap, arguing it would put them all out of business. Industry officials say they offer a valuable service to those who can't get a loan anywhere else and are a better option than late fees or bounced checks.

Opponents say the two-week loans trap too many people in a cycle of debt, where they need a new loan to pay off the previous one.

Steve Stivers, former bank lobbyist, appointed State Senator and candidate for U.S. Representative, 15th District, weighs in with a typical Republican response by saying setting caps that low would be an overreaction to the issue and shut off credit to those who need it. "Most of these people are in the payday lending marketplace because their credit is not very good," he said. "Those people are not going to get the best interest rate." He has also said, "You can't take away people's ability to screw up their own financial situation by taking away the legal loan products, because they'll move to the illegal loans."

Ohio Attorney General Mark Dann is conducting a public hearing on the issue on Wednesday, April 9, 4:00 p.m., at Good Shepard Baptist Chrch, 1555 E. Hudson. For more information, contact Cathy Johnston at 280-1984 or cathyjohnston@cohhio.org.

The Ohio Coalition for Responsible Lending has set up a web site chock full of great information.

McCain is Bad for Ohio Economy

John McCain has turned his back on working families.

Republican presidential candidate US Senator John McCain speaks ...He does not have a plan to address the issues that are affecting our state like foreclosures, trade and unprecedented job loss. Take a moment to view a short PowerPoint presentation here that reveals his dismal record of protecting American and Ohio jobs and working families.

Celeste Re-election Signs Available

State Representative Ted Celeste is running for re-election in the 24th House District. He will likely be challenged by former UA City Councilman and past-president of the UA Republican Club, Tim Rankin -- the same Tim Rankin who said of our organization in 2004, "they like to wear a bunch of t-shirts and write a bunch of letters to the editor. That doesn't mean their support is growing."

We've been proving him wrong ever since.

How to Interview a Global Warming Denier

Myron Ebell is the denier the New York Times has been quoting for years, to give their stories "balance." It takes a British journalist to properly handle Ebell's brand of ideological denial. Watch.....

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