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Over 100 Ohio Civic Leaders Join 1860 Across the Nation Declaring “We Are With Dreamers”

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Ohio Mayors, Local Officials, and Religious and Community Leaders Urge Trump Administration to Preserve DACA, Congress to Pass a Permanent Solution

Cleveland, OH – More than 100 Ohio civic leaders are backing the new “We Are With Dreamers” statement, first reported in an article by Alan Gomez of USA Today.  The statement calls on President Trump to preserve the successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and for Congress to pass a standalone version of the bipartisan Dream Act.

Mayors Nan Whaley (Dayton), Lydia Mihalik (Findlay), Andrew J. Ginther (Columbus), and David J. Berger (City of Lima) join City Council Members from Columbus and Dayton, the Police Chief of Lorain, and scores of Ohio religious leaders and others in civil society to express their unwavering support for Ohio’s DACA-mented taxpayers.  Additional leaders can add their names by clicking here.

This follows a letter signed by over 1,300 Catholic educators, including several from Ohio, and a national mayors’ day of action in which more than sixty-six mayors in twenty-nine states plus DC took public action to urge President Trump to protect DACA and Dreamers.

Said Lynn Tramonte, Director of Ohio’s Voice:

The highly successful DACA program has benefited both Ohio and America, as well as individual DACA recipients.  It makes economic and moral sense, because it allows talented young people who grew up in our state to continue making important contributions.  We need leaders at all levels of government to stand up for policies that move us forward, together.  The forces against DACA want to pit one group of Ohioans against another.  The ‘We Are With Dreamers’ statement is important, because it’s about rejecting the politics of division and doing what is right.

A fact sheet on the impact of DACA in Ohio is available here.  A more detailed memo, with economic and polling data, is available here.

The complete list of Ohio signatories as of August 30 is pasted below.  For a copy of the letter, and a full list of governors, state attorneys general, mayors, state legislators, city and county officials, and leaders from faith communities, law enforcement, and civic life who signed on nationwide, visit WithDreamers.com.

Ohio Signers of “We Are With Dreamers” Leadership Statement

As of 8/30/2017


  • Mayor Andrew J. Ginther (Columbus)
  • Mayor David J. Berger (City of Lima)
  • Mayor Lydia Mihalik (Findlay)
  • Mayor Nan Whaley (Dayton)

Other Local Officials

  • Zach Klein (City Council President, Columbus)
  • Elizabeth Brown (City Council Member, Columbus)
  • Shannon G. Hardin (City Council Member, Columbus)
  • Jeffrey Mims Jr. (City Commissioner, Dayton)
  • Cel Rivera (Police Chief, Lorain)
  • Michael Stinziano (City Council Member, Columbus)
  • Joey Williams (City Commissioner, Dayton)

Religious Leaders 

  • Ann-Marie Borgess, Sisters of Notre Dame (SND) (Perrysburg)
  • Carol Gregory, Provincial Leader, Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo)
  • Catherine Walsh, Pastoral Minister, Akron (AKrone)
  • Colette Didier, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Cincinnati)
  • Eleanor Wagner, Coordinator,  Province Associate Leadership, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Columbus)
  • First United Methodist Church (Middletown)
  • Fredricka Kollsmith, Sisters of Notre Dame (Whitehouse)
  • Henrietta Fambro (West Carrollton)
  • Joan Lang, Member, Congregation of St Joseph (Cleveland)
  • June Dorsey, Sisters of Notre Dame (Whitehouse)
  • Kathleen Hebbeler, OP (Cincinnati)
  • Kathleen Pforr, Clergy, Old South United Church of Christ (UCC) (Kirtland)
  • Lois Meyer, Director of Associates, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Cincinnati)
  • Lucille Kime, Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo)
  • Margaret Benda, Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo)
  • Marilyn Angel, Faith Formation Director, Notre Dame (Port Clinton)
  • Mary Pohlman, Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo)
  • Maxine Young, Palliative Care Chaplain, Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center (Toledo)
  • Nancy Szkatulski, Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo)
  • Deacon Nick Bates, The Hunger Network (Columbus)
  • Sister Anne Flanagan, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Cincinnati)
  • Sister Carol Lichtenberg (Cincinnati)
  • Sister Janet Lonsway, Sisters of Notre Dame (Delphos)
  • Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Cincinnati)
  • Sr. Christine Foos, Educator, Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo)
  • Sr. Jo Ann Recker, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Cincinnati)
  • Sr. Joselyn Weeman, Principal, Queen of Apostles School (Toledo)
  • Sr. Judith Clemens, Office of Justice, Peace, Care of Creation Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur,  Province (Cincinnati)
  • Sr. Nancy Merkle, Sister of Mercy (Cincinnati)
  • Thomas, Brownfield, Commissioned Minister for Social Justice, First Congregational Church (Columbus)
  • Rabbi John H. Spitzer (Canton)
  • Margaret Maurer, Justice and Peace Team Leader (Akron)
  • Lee C. Shapiro, Regional Director, AJC Cleveland (Cleveland)
  • Sr. Rita Schroeder, Assistant Provincial, Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo)
  • Bill Meers, Board Member, Interfaith Forum Greater Dayton (Dayton)
  • Sister Sr. Geraldine Nowak, Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, OH (Toledo)
  • Karen Hartman, SFP, Co-ordinator JPIC, Franciscan Sisters of the Poor (Cincinnati)
  • Sister Mary Jon Wagner, Congregational Minister, Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania OH (Sylvania)
  • Sister Mary Ann Mozser, Coordinator of Volunteers, St Vincent Charity Medical Center (Cleveland)
  • Patricia Kremer, Councilor on Leadership Team, Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton)
  • Bernadette Callahan, Eucharist Minister, Mt, Mt. St. Benedict (Pierpont)
  • Joan VanBecelaere, Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Justice (Columbus)
  • James Moos, Executive Minister, Wider Church Ministries, United Church of Christ (Cleveland)
  • Kelly Litt, Justice Promoter, Dominican Sisters of Peace (Columbus)
  • Sr. Stephanie Thompson, Pastoral Associate, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Maumee)
  • Maria Miller, Pastoral Person in Catequetics, Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton)
  • Carol Gregory, Provincial Leadership, Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo)
  • John Converset, Provincial Superior, Comboni Missionaries (Cincinnati)
  • Sister Mary Delores Gatliff, Provincial Superior, Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo)
  • Noreen Jutte, Religious Sister, Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton)
  • Rev Deacon Jackie Burns, St Peter’s Episcopal (Delaware)
  • Reverend Laura Young, Summit on 16th United Methodist Church (Columbus)
  • Reverend Kristin Santiago, Christ Lutheran Church (Heath)
  • Reverend James Moos, United Church of Christ (Cleveland)
  • Sister Patricia Corbett, Congregation of St. Joseph (Cincinnati)
  • Sister Patricia Gardner, Sisters of St. Francis (Cincinnati)
  • Sister Patricia Pieper, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Cincinnati)
  • Sister Jo Ann Recker, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Cincinnati)
  • Sister Madonna Ratermann, Sister of the Precious Blood (Dayton)
  • Sister Judy Niday, Sisters of the Precious Blood Dayton, OH (Dayton)
  • Sister Joyce Kahle, Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton)
  • Sister Gemma Doll, Dominican Sisters of Peace (Columbus)
  • Sister Margaret Collins, Sisters of Notre Dame (Toledo)
  • Paula Miller, Social Justice Coordinator, Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland (Pepper Pike)
  • Aminullsh Ahmad, Tabligh Secretary, A Auxillary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (Dayton)
  • Kathleen Pforr, United Church of Christ Clergy, Retired, Old South United Church of Christ, Kirtland, OH (Mentor)
  • Rita Sturwold, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Cincinnati)
  • Cecilia Taphorn, Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton)
  • Sr. Rita Mary Bulach, Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton)
  • Gerrianne McGeorge, Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton)
  • Judith Kroeger, Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton)
  • Michele Bertot, Benedictine Sisters of Erie (Portsmouth)

Other Civic Leaders

  • Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Caucus, a program initiative of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) of Greater Dayton (Dayton)
  • Ohio’s Voice (Statewide)
  • Immigrant Dignity Coalition of Cincinnati (Cincinnati)
  • Samantha Searls, Immigration Program Manager, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (Cincinnati)
  • Cleveland Jobs with Justice (Cleveland)
  • Kaleab Jegol, Chair of Ohio High School Democrats (Statewide)
  • Caryn Austen NE OH Organizer for Women’s March on Washington (Akron)
  • AJC Cincinnati (Cincinnati)
  • Holly Trifiro, Executive Director, Teach For America – Greater Cleveland (Cleveland)
  • Asian Services In Action (Statewide)
  • InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia (Cleveland)
  • Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC) (Toledo)
  • YWCA Warren (Warren)
  • Ohio Domestic Violence Network (Columbus)
  • Mary E. Tyler, Community Leader, National Conference for Community and Justice of Greater Dayton (Dayton)