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1858 Redux: Lessons from the Town 10 Miles from Sin

Oberlin Rescuers

The Oberlin Rescuers outside of the Cuyahoga County Jail.

A hotbed of free thought and equality since it was founded as Christian Perfectionist community in 1833, Oberlin, Ohio has been credited with starting the Civil War.

In the early 1800s, Ohio was a free state, and Oberlin was a key stop along the Underground Railroad which helped fugitive slaves escape from the south and travel to freedom in Canada.

A pivotal event leading up to the Civil War was the rescue of fugitive slave John Price from Kentucky slave owners who came to Oberlin to arrest him and take him back to slavery. Price had been living in Oberlin as a free man, but the Fugitive Slave Act gave slave owners the right to come into free states and gather their “property”. When Oberlinites heard that Price had been captured, they grabbed every available horse and buggy, plus a few rifles, and sped south on route 58 to Wellington to free Price on September 14, 1858. After the rescue, Price fled to Canada and obscurity, and the brave abolitionists who saved him went down in history as the Oberlin Rescuers (pictured above).

As staunch Anglicans and citizens of Oberlin, my father’s family– the Lymans and Powers– were part of this history; Ansel Lyman (pictured above) played a pivotal role. Hear this story about the fight to end slavery and learn the parallels to today’s struggles for equality and civil rights on Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, on 22nd Street. I will be giving the sermon. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Coffee hour at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.


This entry was posted on November 8, 2014 by in Capitalism, democracy, equality, Free Speech, jobs, Media, racism, reform, War and tagged , , , .

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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