OLBC President, Rep. Alicia Reece Welcomes National Urban League Convention to Cincinnati, OH
News Desk | 7/22/2014, 6:43 p.m.
Inclusion, Shared Responsibility Key to Closing Racial Wage Gap
CINCINNATI, Ohio- Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) today released the following statement in support of the message of the National Urban League's "One Nation Underemployed: Bridges to Jobs and Justice" convention in Cincinnati this week:
"Cincinnati has made strides in recent years, but we still have a long way to go to realize the dream of eco¬nomic equality in the Queen City," said Rep. Reece. "We need to invest in job training, minority contracts and ownership, improved educational opportunities and better access to healthcare. The convention this week spreads the right message of economic inclusion and shared responsibility. With community partners like the Urban League, we can work together on an Action Plan to close the economic divide so that all citizens can realize the American dream."
Rep. Reece says that economic justice is a key action item for the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, and she plans to introduce a companion Economic Justice Bill in the Ohio House in the next few weeks that will focus on efforts to close the economic gap.
Recently, Rep. Reece hosted a job fair and minority and women-owned business day in her district. The event resulted in employment and contract opportunities with the State of Ohio.
The Bond Hill lawmaker will be a featured speaker on the Civil Rights panel Thursday at the National Urban League Convention.