6 key reasons why hundreds protested Kasich’s presidential announcement today at Ohio Union, shown through their signs

Today, July 21st, 2015, Ohio’s Governor John Kasich officially threw his hat in the ring as a candidate in the 2016 presidential race. As a fully planned event, his announcement was held at the Ohio Union at Ohio State University in Columbus, Kasich’s (and hundreds of thousands of other Ohioans’) alma mater. Despite the blistering summer heat, thousands of citizens and reporters came out to catch his speech, many just there to support him, but also many there to protest his announcement on behalf of the social issues they care about.

Right outside the Student Union, mostly relegated to the East side of High Street, hundreds of protesters gathered, practically organically, there to rally against Gov. Kasich and the ills caused by some of his most unpopular policies. Here is our effort to document some of those people, the signs they carried, the issues they care deeply about, and the reasons they feel that, first as Governor and now as Presidential candidate, Kasich is not there to represent us:

1. #KasichNotForUs by his support for the expansion of Ohio’s chronically failing charter schools:

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2. #KasichNotForUs when he hurts workers by abolishing collective bargaining rights and supporting Senate Bill 5:

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3. #KasichNotForUs, and truly angering us, by closing centers for the developmentally disabled:

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4. #KasichNotForUs, specifically those of us in Youngstown:

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5. #KasichNotForUs by his long history of hurting women’s reproductive rights, and his decision not to step up to fund critical healthcare services that curb our state’s WORST IN THE NATION rate of infant mortality:

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6. #KasichNotForUs, comprehensively and decisively:

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In summation: The civic engagement was on point today, Ohioans. Keep twerkin’ it.

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