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Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) recently announced the approval of $105,000 in state funds to be released to the Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. for the creation of the Infant Mortality Pathways Hub Model Demonstration Replication Grant Program in Summit County. 

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Wed, Jan 20, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) announced today that the state approved $64,500 in funding for renovations to EJ Thomas Hall in Akron. The state funds will allow for interior and exterior renovations as well as a roof replacement for the long-standing arts and culture facility.

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Mon, Jan 11, 2016

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) this week was re-appointed to the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. Sykes, along with Reps. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), Michael Curtin (D-Columbus), Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster), Bob Cupp (R-Lima), and Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) will consider ways to update and amend the current Ohio Constitution over the next year. 

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Thu, Jan 7, 2016

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. 

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Wed, Dec 9, 2015

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) responded today to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s announcement that his office is looking into the nearly 900 absentee ballots in Summit County that went uncounted this past election due to lack of postmarks. The Democratic lawmakers had previously called on the secretary of state to launch an investigation into the troubling postmark discrepancies that voided hundreds of votes. 

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Tue, Dec 8, 2015

State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) joined Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today in calling for a statewide investigation following troubling reports that hundreds of Akron voters had their absentee ballots voided because they lacked a postmark. 

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Thu, Nov 19, 2015

Democratic state lawmakers and healthcare advocates took to the Ohio Statehouse steps this evening to push back against proposed restrictions that would defund and limit women’s access to healthcare in the Buckeye State. The event also drew hundreds of activists and supporters who donned pink glow-stick necklaces as a sign of solidarity.

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Tue, Oct 20, 2015

State Reps. Emilia Sykes (D–Akron) and Christie Kuhns (D-Cincinnati) today announced they are introducing legislation to modernize Ohio domestic violence laws. Their bill allows victims of domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner to obtain civil protective orders against their attacker. 

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Wed, Oct 14, 2015

Last week, State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) joined voting rights experts and other young officials for the A. Leon Higginbotham Voting Rights Brain Trust at the 45th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in Washington. The annual conference gathered thousands of advocates, legislators and participants from across the country to discuss many of the important contemporary issues facing blacks in America, including voting rights and political participation.

The Voting Rights Brain Trust, hosted by Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH 11th District), included Sykes as well as a number of other young officials, including Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams, NAACP Youth and College Division Director Sammie Dow, Rock the Vote President Ashley Spillane and Lawyer’s Committee National Coordinator for Legal Mobilization Aunna Dennis. The panel focused on recent voting rights laws as well as engaging youth in the political process.

During discussion on the best way to involve young people in the political process, Sykes highlighted the importance of strong mentorship. Speaking to the older, more experienced elected officials present, she said, “We want you to help us learn and get the information we need to know. If young people see us do it, they can model our behavior just like we’re trying to model your behavior.” 

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Wed, Sep 23, 2015

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today announced the approval of $240,000 in state funds to conduct comprehensive evaluations and assessments of the pre-action fire sprinkler systems in certain government owned facilities. The Oliver R. Ocasek government office building in Akron will undergo a full evaluation by Prater Engineering Associates, a firm selected based on their years of experience with similar systems.

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Mon, Aug 31, 2015