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  • Joe Motil

Neighborhood Activism

Updated: Jun 12, 2019

Wealthy real estate developers and corporate CEOs are pouring millions into City Hall, receiving tax abatements and calling the shots on big decisions that shape our future. It's time to acknowledge that high-powered lobbyists and backdoor deals don't make a strong democracy.

Joe Motil is a neighborhood activist, father and union construction worker with a history of fighting for Columbus's working families. Son of a union carpenter and a working mother, Joe grew up in Clintonville with his 10 brothers and sisters. Growing up, Joe saw how hard his parents worked to put food on the table, and experienced firsthand how union benefits improve the lives of working families.

Joe is a relentless advocate for all working families.

As such, he has been or is currently involved with the following organizations:

  • Former member & Zoning Chair of the University Area Commission

  • Past member & Vice-Chair of the Columbus Historic Resources Commission

  • Previously served on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)

  • Former Columbus Branch NAACP Executive Member and Chairman of the Labor & Industry Committee

  • Currently serve as President of the Tuttle Park Community Recreation Council and for the past 27 years

  • NCS and NCIL girls’ softball and boy’s baseball assistant coach

  • Former head basketball coach for boy’s high school Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) parish team

  • Member of the Council of Historic neighborhoods and past member of the Clintonville Area Commission’s Historic Buildings sub-committee.

Grassroots campaign

  • As the Vice-President of PEER (Progress for Environmental and Economic Responsibility) our organization spearheaded the defeat of the Morse-Bethel Connector as a ballot initiative.

  • Joe was directly involved with the 1997 Voters Against Stadium Taxes (VAST campaign) while defeating a ballot issue which would have increased our sales taxes to pay for Nationwide Arena.

  • Opposed housing developments that would negatively impact the Pickerington Ponds Wildlife Refuge

  • Fought against ill-advised housing developments threatening the Darby Creek Watershed

  • Fought to preserve the Clinton Theatre, Pavey Square, Clinton Annex, Ohio Penitentiary (some of its buildings) and numerous turn-of-the-century homes, schools and businesses in the University District, Clintonville and throughout Columbus.