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Discussions on how can the Cleveland Community Police Commission empower Cleveland residents? How will the federal consent decree affect your life?
Moderated by Ginger Christ, Plain Dealer Healthcare Reporter
Some think that single payer healthcare is the answer to our healthcare problems and others think it will be bankrupt the country and won’t work. This forum will explore both sides with a particular emphasis on how it might impact Northeast Ohio.
League members can get 20% off by entering the discount code “Ballot18.”
- Larry Obhof
President, Ohio Senate
- Catherine Turcer
Executive Director, Common Cause Ohio
- Kenny Yuko
Minority Leader, Ohio Senate
Gerrymandering, the process of manipulating district boundaries to provide an advantage to one political party over another, is facing increased scrutiny. Major partisan gerrymandering cases are ongoing in several states – including a few pending with the United States Supreme Court. Other states, including Ohio, are working on developing legislation to end partisan redistricting.
On May 8, Ohioans will vote on Issue 1, the Bipartisan Congressional Redistricting Reform Amendment. The amendment needs a simple majority of votes on May 8 to become part of the Ohio Constitution.
The bill, a compromise between Republicans, Democrats, and the Fair Districts=Fair Elections coalition, would require 50 percent of the minority party’s votes to approve a congressional district map for 10 years. That map would have to keep 65 counties whole, only split up to 18 counties once, and up to five counties twice. The proposed changes would take effect for the next redistricting process slated for 2021, following the 2020 census.
If passed, Issue 1 would make Ohio the first state to require a certain level of support from the two major parties to approve a congressional redistricting plan in the state legislature.
Join us for a conversation with local leaders on the benefits and drawbacks of Issue 1 and the future of redistricting reform in Ohio.
Zero Weeks is a documentary exploring America’s paid leave crisis and the importance of providing paid leave for American workers. After the screening join advocates, legislators (Janine Boyd, Stephanie Howse, State Senator Sandra Williams) and community partners for a conversation about what you can do to advocate for paid maternity leave in Ohio. Click here for more information.
All membership meetings take place at 10:00 a.m. on a Saturday at O’Neill’s Healthcare, in the community room of the Assisted Living building. The meeting room is on the 4th floor just to the left of the elevator. We welcome visitors to join us at these meetings.