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Rep. Sykes hosts Ohio Legislative Black Caucus community town hall

Legislative Action Tour examines ways to address critical issues facing communities of color
December 9, 2015
Emilia Strong Sykes News

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) made the third stop of its Legislative Action Tour at the Alpha Center in downtown Akron last week. State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) hosted the discussion, which drew dozens of community members and covered topics such as voting rights and criminal justice reform. OLBC members Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), Rep. Christie Kuhns (D-Cincinnati) and Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) also attended the event.

“The Legislative Action Tour is a chance for community members to engage in a meaningful dialogue about the challenges faced by the African American community and how we can come together to overcome those obstacles,” said Sykes. “The discussion we had with our friends and neighbors here in Akron will ultimately help shape our legislative efforts moving forward.”

The Legislative Action Tour is part of the OLBC’s outreach arm, which aims to encourage Ohio’s African American communities to connect with state lawmakers and engage in the legislative process. Tour events across the state have helped spur an ongoing dialogue on several important issues, including generational poverty, criminal justice reform, minority business opportunities and voting rights.