Emilia Strong Sykes

Portman invited political allies to call on COVID-19, racial justice

BY: - June 10, 2020

A growing number of black organizations and leaders in Ohio have confirmed they were not invited to participate in a recent conference call hosted by U.S. Sen. Rob Portman about COVID-19 and racial injustice.  At least two political allies of Sen. Portman were, however, invited to join, the Ohio Capital Journal has learned. The call […]

Sen. Portman heard from ‘dozens’ of black leaders. Here’s what they said.

BY: - June 9, 2020

Note: This story has been updated to include information provided by the senator’s office.  U.S. Sen. Rob Portman recently participated in a conference call with “dozens” of black leaders discussing how COVID-19 and racial injustice has impacted their communities. What those leaders discussed and who was involved in the call was not initially disclosed.  Portman’s […]

Ohio House Dem Leader: ‘Willful ignorance’ only reason for lack of action on racism

BY: - June 2, 2020

The Ohio House Minority Leader says it is up to white people to address the societies and legislation that they built to be discriminatory. On day five of protests surrounding the Ohio Statehouse, Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes said the state’s government needs to “lead the nation” in passing a resolution declaring racism a public […]