Well, after that last post, I think Ohioans need some good news!
Not every Ohio congressperson is embarrassing the state of Ohio and working against the welfare of its citizens.
In November, shortly after the election, it was announced that northeast Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-11) was picked to be the new chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus. This past Thursday she was sworn in.
Now you might be saying to yourself, “What does this mean for me? I’m not black.”
Quite a lot actually. The CBC has focused heavily on social justice and civil rights issues — justice and rights for everybody.
As she said in her remarks at the swearing-in,
Though we are not without our critics, there are millions of people around the world of all races and ethnicities who are reaping the benefits of our work every day. Whether it is a violation of human rights in Africa or the compromise of our civil or constitutional rights in America, we’ve worked across borders and boundaries on behalf of the voiceless in every corner of this country and around the globe
When the group has stood up for job creation, for expanding health care, for fighting foreclosures that destroy communities, their efforts don’t just benefit citizens of a certain color.
And at a time when congressmen like Jim Jordan, Steve Chabot, and Brad Wenstrup have decided that the only beneficiaries of government should be themselves and their wealthy, powerful friends and funders, we need groups like the CBC caucus to speak for the rest of us. (And Ohio now has two members, with the election of Joyce Beatty in Columbus’ third district).
Marcia Fudge is not a flashy kind of person who draws attention to herself. But she’s smart, hard-working, and she is focused on the types of people who don’t have the budget to purchase their very own congressperson.