COLUMBUS — In response to the recent killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests across the nation, State Rep. Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) today issued the following statement highlighting the need for legislation to address the lack of economic opportunities in Ohio for people of color.

“The recent killing of George Floyd and protests across the nation have given a voice to the social injustices that have occurred in our nation for centuries.

“Along with the social injustices, it’s important that we address the lack of economic opportunities in the State of Ohio for people of color. Residents of the 10th House District yearn for an opportunity to achieve the ‘American Dream’, and it is clear that not all of my residents have the chance to do so.

“That is why today, I am calling on my colleagues in the general assembly and elected officials throughout the State of Ohio to address the economic discrepancies between our majority and minority communities. We must do better and provide resources to help make our economy equal for everyone. We must provide funding, draft legislation and become the frontline advocates for this cause.

“As Ohioans begin to look at the ‘new normal’ of COVID-19, I plan to focus on the economic inequalities and be an advocate to get the economy back on the right track for ALL Ohioans. The time is now,” said Upchurch.

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