As June approaches, the calendar is getting crowded.
First and foremost its time for action. You may have heard about the Fair Districts Now Initiative. This is a ballot initiative to change the way Congressional Districts are drawn in Ohio, to end gerrymandering.
End Gerrymandering in Ohio: Support Fair Districts Now!
The language has now been approved, there is one last hurdle and we expect petitions to be printed soon and ready for circulation. This is an all hands on deck moment! We will have roughly 6 weeks to collect over 300,000 signatures statewide to place this issue on the ballot this November. We need your help!
There will be a kickoff event on Saturday morning June 3rd (10:30 am) at Hamilton County Democratic Party HQ in Pleasant Ridge. Petitions will be available and we will do training on the issues you need to know.
The Brennan Center for Justice recently released a detailed study of gerrymandering around the country. They measured gerrymandering using three different statistical metrics and found was Ohio was the worst gerrymandered state in the country. Ohio was ranked worst in two of the three metrics, one of which is illustrated in this graph.
Let's get this done! People have been asking what they can do. This is the moment! Let's make our votes for Congress count!
Other Important Upcoming Events
DNC Chair Tom Perez in Hamilton County
DNC Chair Tom Perez is coming to Hamilton County for a Happy Hour event on June 8th (5:00 - 6:30). This event will take place at the International Association of Firefighters Local 48 Hall at 1011 W. 8th St.
AFL-CIO COPE Dinner
On Friday, June 2nd (6:00) the annual AFL-CIO COPE Dinner will take place at the Westin Hotel. The speakers are Cecil Edward Roberts Jr. of the United Mine Workers and State Representative Kathleen Clyde, candidate for Ohio Secretary of State. This is always a big event, the COPE is one way the AFL-CIO raises funds for political activities.
Cincinnati Wear Orange Rally
On Saturday, June 3 (1:00 - 3:00p) there will be an event on Fountain Square to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day. This is a big problem right here in Cincinnati, but it's largely gone unaddressed. As this article today in USA Today illustrates, Ohio has an especially bad problem with children getting their hands on loaded guns with tragic consequences.