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.”
Asa Philip Randolph (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979) was an influential leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement and the American labor movement. A. Philip Randolph brought the gospel of trade unionism to millions of African American households and became the most widely known spokesperson for black working-class interests in the country.
Randolph led a 10-year drive to organize the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP) and served as the organization’s first president. On top of his role as a pioneer labor organizer, Randolph directed the March on Washington movement and a national civil disobedience campaign to ban segregation in the armed forces. The movement convinced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to issue Executive Order 8802 in 1941, banning discrimination in the defense industries during World War II. The group then successfully pressured President Harry S. Truman to issue Executive Order 9981 in 1948, ending all segregation in the armed services. The movement recognized his role by naming him the chair of the1963 March on Washington, at which Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Randolph also inspired the Freedom budget, sometimes called the “Randolph Freedom budget”, which aimed to deal with the economic problems facing the black community.
Randolph was elected a vice president of the newly merged AFL-CIO in 1955. He used his position to push for desegregation and respect for civil rights inside the labor movement as well as outside. He was one of the founders of the Negro American Labor Council and served as its president from 1960 to 1966. In 1964, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson.
Retiring as president of the BSCP in 1968, Randolph was named the president of the recently formed A. Philip Randolph Institute, established to promote trade unionism in the black community. He continued to serve on the AFL-CIO Executive Council until 1974. He died in New York City on May 16, 1979.
The issue of race in America came front and center in 2015. It left most of us hopeful that we could finally have a family conversation about what it means to be non-white in this nation. Sadly, the opportunity to have real conversation was never seized and what we know is that we are a long way from progressing past this issue.
Our good friends at the Advancement Project will be hosting a conversation on Twitter about THE YEAR THAT WAS RACE and we encourage you all to join in that conversation. Officially, the Twitter chat will be taking place from 3-4pm on Tuesday, January 12, but you can join or view the conversation at any points using the hashtags listed below.
Make your voice heard before Tuesday’s State Of The Union (#SOTU) by joining the #StateofRace Twitter Town Hall hosted by @adv_project. Be sure to follow and tag @OhioUnity as well, so we can engage with what you’re tweeting!