Dr. King talked about the danger of staying silent on the things that matter—a sentiment as true today as it was in his time. For too many people, times may have changed, but the story stays the same: disparities in education, health, economic status and within the criminal justice system continue to threaten the next generation of black leaders, innovators, educators and workers.


As our nation’s history shows, America’s success and its victories are only won when we come together and build strong coalitions that challenge convention and inspire greatness. America wins when allies from all walks of life and ethnic and racial backgrounds join together, stand firm, demand change, and refuse to be silent.


With the start of a new General Assembly, we have a unique opportunity to break that silence and deliver real change for communities across our state—if we’re willing to put aside our partisan differences and work together to give a voice to the people whose concerns too often fall through the cracks.


We can do better to bridge our state’s opportunity divide by investing in our children’s education, ensuring every Ohioan has access to quality, affordable healthcare, attracting good-paying jobs and reforming a broken system that incarcerates too many for low-level, nonviolent crimes.


Ultimately, for Ohio to succeed, we all need the opportunity to succeed.


This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s come together, reflect on the past and look to the future—one where every Ohioan who works hard, regardless of their race or gender, has the opportunity to get ahead and achieve their own dreams.


By rising together to meet today’s challenges we honor the enduring legacy of leaders like Dr. King who stood tall and refused to remain silent, fighting to change our nation for the better.


Together, we too can dare our great nation to be even greater.


Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


 


-Rep. Emilia Sykes

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Rep. Kristin Boggs Introduces Bipartisan Second Half Of Reagan Tokes Act

 

State Reps. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) and Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township)  today announced the introduction of the Reagan Tokes Act, which will implement new standards to improve the monitoring of violent offenders.  This bill follows the passage of House Bill 365, also known as the Reagan Tokes Act, last year which created indefinite prison sentencing standards for violent offenders. The bill is named for Reagan Tokes, a student at The Ohio State University who was brutally kidnapped, raped and killed after leaving work at a Columbus restaurant in 2017. 



 
 

Dems Announce People First Tax Reform As Tax Day Approaches

 

House Democrats today announced a series of proposals to modernize Ohio’s tax system to benefit working people, families and small businesses. The comprehensive plan would put more than $400 million back in the pockets of working people, seniors and families in each of the next two years, a move that Democrats say will bring growth and investment to Ohio.



 
 

State Lawmakers Announce Ohio Black Maternal Health Caucus

 

State Reps. Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today announced the creation of Ohio’s first ever Black Maternal Health Caucus, a group of state lawmakers dedicated to improve black maternal health outcomes across the state.



 
 

Rep. Boyd Rejects GOP Rush To Pass Near-total Abortion Ban In Ohio

 

State Rep. Janine R. Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights), Ranking Member of the House Health Committee, sent a letter Wednesday to the committee chairman demanding more hearings on Senate Bill (SB) 23, the six-week abortion ban, which was rushed through committee this week during the busiest part of the state budget season. Boyd also seeks explanations of last-minute changes in the latest version of the bill. She issued the following statement: