Speak Up, Ohio, We're Listening

Thank you!

In June of 2022, the ACLU of Ohio embarked on a statewide listening campaign called Speak Up Ohio, We’re Listening. We have heard from thousands of Ohioans – through our community conversations and surveys.

We listened to ideas. We listened to concerns. We listened to dreams.

Our future will be shaped by these conversations, our future will be guided by our collective goals, and our future will be achieved through our collective power.

An Analysis Of The ACLU Of Ohio's 2022 Listening Process

We listened!

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Together, through thousands of conversations, we have built a movement of people committed to reclaiming Ohio and creating a community that benefits us all.

Background and the Process

How, and why, we connected with thousands of Ohioans.

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Every great movement is birthed in the cries of the people, but when was the last time a politician asked you what you needed?

Every day, public officials make decisions for Ohioans without being truly informed about what we need. That’s why the ACLU of Ohio is creating a statewide Listening Campaign. We will listen to and galvanize everyday Ohioans to create the Ohio we truly need.

We wanted to engage our organizing base, allies, donors, members and staff in deep and meaningful conversations about what the hopes, dreams and needs of the moment are and how we can best respond to them.

We embarked on a journey to listen to the deepest hopes and fears of thousands of Ohioans between May and October 2022 in order to surface the highest level priorities for our focus in 2023. These Ohioans became the newest members of our Action Team and the fierce advocates demanding the values we hold dear: justice, fairness and dignity.

How did we reach so many people? Through a statewide, two-track program: community conversations and a digital survey.

What's a Community Conversation? The Community Conversation is an opportunity for us to meet, learn from, and organize with like-minded people in our community. Our collective strength and shared vision is a catalyst to creating real, positive change in our communities.

The Process

Thousands of connections in just a few months isn't an easy task; in fact, it's quite hard to do. We had a plan that involved you and your community to ensure that as many voices were heard in every region of our state. We recruited conversation hosts across the state to invite their community members and loved ones into fellowship and belonging – that's how we got this done.

Remember, it's going to take all of us to change our state for the better!

Watch more

A video of our June 5 Launch event can be viewed here.

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