TAKE ACTION! Call Kasich at 614-466-3555 and urge him to VETO SB296.
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!
“We need to put aside our moralistic or ideological differences and realize that, as a black community, we are all under threat. We are under the threat of genocide. We are under the threat of mass incarceration. We are under the threat of impoverishment…We definitely have a community that’s collapsing, and if we don’t come together, reach out to the youth, to the elders, to every segment of the community, then we’re going to be in real trouble.” -Marshall “Eddie” Conway
Beautiful statements were made, experiences shared, communities united, only to end with police pepper-spraying a teenager – the ultimate showing of what the problems are in our society and in our communities that desperately demand our attention.
‘We are on the verge of being awakened from a long nightmare’: Ohio Voice’s Deidra Reese explains why you should vote YES on Issue 1!
By Deidra Reese of Ohio Voice
We are on the verge of being awakened from a long nightmare where reasonable people will engage their constituents in open and authentic ways, where voters will know that their voice is louder than the pocketbook of the wealthy and partisan ambition. Much like Langston Hughes opined in his I Dream A World poem, I imagine a state and nation where “greed no longer saps the soul, nor avarice blights our day”. I look forward to the time when reasonable policy discussions and decisions no longer take a back seat to the infighting over which group is more or less conservative than another group. I remember a time when legislatures actually legislated and represented their communities. It was not that long ago when the common thread in our legislature was people and not partisanship. I remember when legislators were true public servants and not politicians. Although we still have many public servants, they are marginalized by the partisans who seek to advance their careers and street cred, along with extremists who have no regard for the damage many of their policies cause.
We should never face another instance where thousands of citizens show up to protest a horrible bill and they are locked out of the “people’s house” while the legislature enacts a bill so clearly unpopular as was Senate Bill 5 in 2011. Nor should the response of the legislature to a citizen’s referendum be to make it more difficult to bring future issues to the ballot.
I strongly encourage you to VOTE YES on this November’s statewide Issue 1, not because it is perfect, but because it is a step in the right direction to getting us back on track. Yes on Issue One improves our government by creating fair districts and fair elections and thus, true representation. I don’t expect for there to always be agreement, and it is certain that laws will still pass and fail that make me cringe. But, in a true democracy, legislators represent the will of the people. In a true democracy, elected officials know who they are accountable to on Election Day, and as such they seek to listen, learn and legislate based upon their community’s needs and wishes. Yes on Issue 1 makes significant steps in the right direction because it respects the process, so that the outcomes are reached in a fair manner. Without Issue 1, we will continue with business as usual, where there have been rollbacks in protections to women’s rights, voting laws, environmental protections, public school support, local government funding, and more. It’s past time to have fair districts and fair elections because the people of our state should not have to continue to suffer under manipulative, rigged elections that guarantee access and accountability to partisans, and not the people.
Visit YesForIssue1.org for more information.
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And be sure to vote on or before Election Day! You’re encouraged to VOTE YES on Issue 1!
Early voting is taking place NOW, but only at your County Boards of Elections! (Full list of those addresses here).
- Thursday, Oct. 29: 8am-7pm
- Friday, Oct. 30: 8am-7pm
- Saturday, Oct. 31: 8am-4pm
- Sunday, Nov. 1: 1pm-5pm
- Monday, Nov. 2: 8am-2pm