Over the years we have seen the harsh realities of systemic racism and the glaring flaws in our criminal justice system. While no verdict, new law, or change in policy will ever bring back George Floyd, Samuel DuBose, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Timothy Thomas, Emmett Till, or anyone else whose lives have been lost from systemic racism, the lessons we collectively learned and the changes we did make are hopeful steps towards progress and justice. When I was a Hamilton County Commissioner, I took the step of authoring the resolution declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis.
As I ran for Cincinnati City Council two years ago, I released my Racial Justice Plan. In it, I focused on seven policy goals I aimed to work toward during my term. In my time on Council, the city has made serious progress on all seven. Listed below are all seven goals and the progress we have made: