OHIOANS DESERVE FAIR DISTRICTS
When public officials (of ANY party) draw legislative district maps to
only benefit their political party it hurts our democracy.
This practice is called Gerrymandering.
Learn more about the long history of this practice and what we can do in 2021 to end it.
PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS
Request a speaker, community mapmaker, or postcards to send to your legislators and mapmakers
Learn more at https://www.fairdistrictsohio.org
You Draw the Lines!
Districtr is a free, public web tool for districting and community identification, brought to you by the MGGG Redistricting Lab.
In the U.S., there’s a big redistricting cycle every 10 years after new Census data is released. In most states, elected representatives in the state legislature are responsible for drawing the lines—including the districts for their own re-election. This time around, many states will have redistricting commissions for the first time, putting a bit more distance between the legislature and the process. And many states will be experimenting with collecting more and richer public input than ever before.
Try your hand at redistricting! Make plans of your own and share them widely—in some cases, you can submit them as public input in your state.
Learn more at https://districtr.org
Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio)
SPAN Ohio is a coalition of individuals and organizations working together to achieve fundamental reform of the health insurance system. SPAN Ohio is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(4) organization. Donations to SPAN Ohio ARE NOT tax deductible.
Health Care for All Ohioans (HCFAO) is a 501(c)(3) public charity serving as the education arm of SPAN Ohio. Donations to HCFAO ARE tax deductible.
Learn more at https://www.spanohio.org
ONE OHIO NOW - STATE BUDGET
One Ohio Now is a coalition of 100+ health and human service organizations, labor unions, advocacy groups, and more. We want to see a balanced approach to balancing the state budget – an approach that includes raising revenue, not just cutting programs and services.
Due to a series of policy decisions and economic factors, Ohio’s state budget has been consistently slashed – billions of dollars from education and local government alone- leaving vital programs without the resources necessary to meet the needs of Ohioans. To ensure our needs can be met, legislators must raise revenue. Underfunding great public services has become the new normal in Ohio.
Together, One Ohio Now’s coalition members will educate and mobilize the public and the legislature to support policy change so that the public sector can provide ample resources for education, health and human services, and much more to meet the needs of Ohio’s citizens.
Learn more at https://www.oneohionow.org/
RACIAL JUSTICE / EQUALITY
It's been a year since we all watched the murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement and although the officer that knelt on his neck has been found guilty, not much else has been done to address the underlying issues that far too often lead to tragic, avoidable outcomes for Black people during interactions with the police.
We explored this topic for our June 2020 Happy Hour event, below is the presentation we shared for that virtual event. It includes organizations to follow, sample letters to write on specific legislation that's under consideration, and contains the contact info for our legislators at the local, state & federal level.
Download PDF w/ working links
Follow this link for a fairly comprehensive list of things you can do to address social justice. The article is titled "97 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice" but it's a good list for anyone who wants to part of the solution, but doesn't know where to start!