Tish O’Dell is currently working with CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) as the Ohio Community Organizer to assist other Ohio communities to organize rights based initiatives in their communities. CELDF has assisted almost 200 communities across the country to develop “first in the nation” laws banning fracking, factory farming, sludging, water privatization and industrial scale energy development.
She is also the Ohio Community Rights Network (OHCRN) Coordinator and President working to organize and assist county chapters for the OHCRN to build a movement of community rights organizing throughout the state to culminate in constitutional change that will guarantee people’s rights to local self governance and the rights of people over corporations.
Tish co-founded the grass-roots organization MADION, Inc. (Mothers Against Drilling In Our Neighborhoods) in Broadview Heights, OH that successfully campaigned to adopt a Home Rule Charter amendment creating a Community Bill of Rights banning new gas drilling, fracking and injection wells in the city in 2012. Since passage of the Bill of Rights Amendment, not one new well has been drilled in her hometown, which previously had been averaging 10-15 new wells per year.