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Booker, Padilla and Shontel Brown introduce congressional resolution declaring racism a public health crisis nationally.... By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Shontel Brown (D-OH), and Sens.Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Alex Padilla (D-CA) have reintroduced a Senate Resolution to declare racism a public health crisis nationally. Brown  first   introduced  the legislation in July 2020, and   reintroduced   it again in  April 2021   and  December 2022 .   “This resolution is an important step toward recognizing the racial disparities in healthcare that have existed for far too long, while also outlining concrete action we can take now to help reverse them,”  said Rep Brown. a greater Cleveland Democrat out of Warrensville Hts/, Ohio and one of three Blacks in Congress from Ohio, all of them women.  “Your background or the color of your skin shouldn’t determine whether you get quality, respectful care, or whether your air and water are clean, or whether there’s a good hospital nearby. This declaration will help to lay the foundation for change, so that all Americans can live longer, healthier lives.”   “Across the Unite

Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio commends women's rights activists in Ohio for getting abortion on the November ballot.... By, Ohio's leader in Black digital news

Ohio Senate Minority Leader Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today,  Ohio Senate Minority Leader Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood)  issued a keen statement after Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, her public policy nemesis among some other anti-abortion Republicans in Ohio,  announced that a proposed amendment to codify abortion access in the state constitution submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. "I applaud the dedicated citizens who tirelessly gathered signatures to place this proposed amendment on the November ballot," said Sen. Antonio, a Lakewood Democrat whose 23rd state Senate district of Ohio also includes 14 of Cleveland's 17 wards. "This is a critical step in ensuring that every individual can make personal healthcare decisions without government interference. The hard work and determination of Ohio citizens have made this important milestone possible. Today, the results of their efforts showcase the po

Ohio's abortion initiative makes the November 2023 ballot as organizers ask voters to enshrine the legal right to abortion in the Ohio onstitution...Ohio will become the seventh state in tChe country to vote on abortion rights....Women's March Cleveland spearheaded reproductive rights protests in Cleveland and in Ohio....Ohio will become the seventh state in the country to vote on abortion rights, Ohio's Black digital news leader

  Women's March Cleveland leads some 2,500 women and their supporters via a protest for reproductive rights and abortion access held on Oct. 2, 2021 at Market Square Park in Cleveland, Ohio, a sister march to marches held in cities across the country that day spearheaded by Women's March National out of Washington, D.C. ( Photo by David Petkiewicz of the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper and Ohio's largest grassroots women's rights group, Women's March Cleveland and its supporters  rallied and marched again on June 24, 2023 outside of Cleveland City Hall, a year after the U.S. Supreme Court, on June 24, 2022,  overturned Roe v Wade. and CLEVELAND,Ohio- - Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has certified petitions for a ballot initiative in November in Ohio where voters will determine whether to enshrine the legal right to an abortion in the Ohio Constitution.  Ohio advocates for reproductive

City of Cleveland, Mayor Bibb sue insulin manufacturers for damages for high drug prices, Cleveland the first city in the country to file such a lawsuit.... By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

  Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb CLEVELAND, Ohio— Led By Mayor Justin  Bibb, th e city of Cleveland this week filed a lawsuit in federal district court against a cadre of drug manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), accusing them of orchestrating a fixed pricing scheme that resulted in skyrocketing insulin prices and that has cost the city millions of dollars in prescription benefit payouts.   The city is represented in the case, which might prove to be expensive, by the city law department, the Cleveland law firm of Kelley Ferraro, LLC, and other prominent attorneys .   The main accusation driving the unprecedented lawsuit, which names pharmaceutical giant Eli Lily company as the leading defendant, is that the  nation's largest insulin makers and pharmacies are driving up the cost of the lifesaving drug through unlawful, unfair, and deceptive business practices. In the U.S. insulin is so expensive that many diabetics struggle to afford it even when covered by health plans

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb announces his plan to fight heightened city crime, Bibb the city's fourth Black mayor....By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb CLEVELAND, Ohio - in the wake of heightened city crime, including the escalating murders of Black women, Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb released part of his plan Thursday on how city officials intend to fight increasing crime in the city and enhance a police department that is understaffed as the city's police shortage continues. The mayor's new plan comes days after community activists, led by the group's Imperial Women Coalition and Black on Black Crime Inc., held a stop-the-violence-rally and called for Black leaders to stop grandstanding and to do something about the problem of Black women getting murdered in droves.  The city of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice remain parties to a court -monitored consent decree for police reforms that was implemented in 2015 behind an array of excessive force killings of Blacks by police, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice.   The mayor's anti-crime plan is called " The Raising Investment in