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Big news! Ohio, starting in 2017, will have online voter registration!
By passing Senate Bill 63, Ohio joined other states that make it easier for new and re-registering voters to get on the rolls. This is a major milestone. We’ve finally brought online voter registration to our state! But, it’s won’t be an available way for new voters to register until 2017.
Convener of the Ohio Unity Coalition
There is a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court and President Obama is doing what our Constitution mandates by forwarding a Supreme Court nominee for the U.S. Senate to consider. Yet, Ohio Senator Rob Portman and others in the U.S. Senate would rather play political games than do their jobs, and are refusing to hold hearings on his nominee. Although Senator Portman has agreed to meet with Judge Garland, he– like most of his GOP colleagues– has vowed not to consider anyone nominated during the last quarter of President Obama’s second term.
This has never been done in HISTORY. While the rest of us are all working harder than ever to try and make ends meet, Senate Republicans have decided not to do any work at all–and still get paid.
Sign this petition to send Sen. Rob Portman the message!
Encourage all those you know to participate, and watch closely how Sen. Portman responds to the overwhelmingly number of voices urging him to change his mind about political obstructionism.
It’s time we fight back. Sign the petition and demand that Portman and others in the U.S. Senate do what the Constitution requires of them.
Last night, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert hosted a powerful musical performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring singer Jamila Woods, and poets Nikkita Oliver and Danez Smith. The song they performed, White Privilege II, touches on many, many issues of racial justice. It also draws out and deliberately embodies some of the major problems with white privilege as it intersects with the Movement for Black Lives.
The portion of the song featured in this video specifically is commenting on the role of white allies in the movement for racial justice in America, told from the perspective of Macklemore, a white male rapper. But, with an issue this charged, just navigating this question of ‘what does it mean for white people with their white privilege to be allies to the black community?’ leaves us with more questions.
After watching the full performance, what do you think the fundamental takeaway about ‘white privilege’ should be?
Here’s one: Silence is an action, and white silence is a luxury.
When it comes to being an ally, BLM activist Brittany Packnett perhaps put it best. Her advice to allies is to help by having this mindset: “You set the vision. We’ll do the work.”