OLBC President Alicia Reece, along with other members of the Black Caucus, stressed the importance of collaboration and constituents lobbying on behalf of their interests to their state legislators.
The legislatures focus on taking state action to break down barriers facing African American communities and encompasses factors that they say do affect whites. Though, according to the OLBC, these issues affect blacks disproportionately:
- Unemployment for blacks is 2xs that of whites
- 34 percent of black Ohioans are living below the poverty line
- The rate at which African American babies die before their first birthday is the highest in the country
The Black Caucus has and plans to introduce combative legislation that focuses heavily on justice reform, equal pay for women, parental leave and address health disparities.
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More information on their “Justice for All” agenda: