The March on Washington: 50 Years Later

Washington, D.C.—This weekend marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered on the National Mall to rally for equal access to the ballot and end discrimination across the country. The March also played host to many budding leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, including Bayard Rustin, A. Philip Randolph, Medgar Evers, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King delivered one of the nation’s most revered oratorical addresses, the “I Have a Dream” speech. To honor the memory of this milestone, Senator Turner has introduced Senate Resolution 183. A bipartisan effort, the resolution commemorates the March and “pledges a recommitment to living out and expressing the ideals established at this historic event.” The Nation’s Capital will be abuzz this weekend with events memorializing the March, including an event billed as a “National Action to Reclaim the Dream” on Saturday, August 24. President Obama will speak at the Lincoln Memorial, along with former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Marchers will retrace the historic route of the 1963 march, in which over 200,000 people participated. “The march was a demonstration that Americans were striving to be better than our past,” said Senator Turner. “It was a watershed moment that brought together people from all races and religions and spurred the creation of many of the anti-discrimination laws we know today.”

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

GOP Renews Focus on Reproductive Rights
Columbus—Sponsored by forty GOP lawmakers, House Bill 248 would ban abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat, even in cases of rape and incest. Similar laws have been met with court challenges in other states and the measure is widely regarded to be in direct conflict with the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. The bill has nine fewer co-sponsors than its last introduction, potentially indicating waning legislative support. “After passing a state budget which included egregious provisions that restrict women’s access to health care, including birth control, it is inexcusable that Republicans continue to prioritize the expansion of government regulation into intimately personal reproductive health choices over the creation of jobs in our slowly rebounding economy,” Senator Turner said. In addition to the re-introduction of the so-called Heartbeat Bill, GOP legislators are pushing HB 200, a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound prior to the procedure and force physicians to tell patients that abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer, a finding that the American Cancer Society denies. Despite this concentration on controlling women’s reproductive rights, 56% of Ohio's 2012 voters told exit pollsters that abortion should be legal all or most of the time.

Sen. Turner on MSNBC
Voter suppression continues
Cleveland—Senator Turner joined a panel on August 17 to discuss recent comments by U.S. Senator Rand Paul regarding minority voting rights. The conversation touched on efforts in North Carolina to reduce ballot access, including the recent adoption of House Bill 589 in that state. Regulations that will take effect under the new law include the following:
 Voters are required to present a non-

college issued state photo ID card at the polls;  Early voting has been reduced by a full week;  Election Day registration has been eliminated; and  Pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds has been abolished. Governor Pat McCrory, supported by a Republican-controlled legislature, stated that the new regulations will "protect the integrity" of voting. GOP leaders in North Carolina have also passed legislation that closes abortion clinics and allows individuals to carry firearms in bars. Since spring, tens of thousands of North Carolinians have gathered on Mondays at the State Capitol in Raleigh for "Moral Mondays," a weekly rally to denounce the radical policies enacted by state leaders. Hundreds have been arrested during demonstrations and the protesters have gained national attention. The rollback of abortion rights, voting access, and a rejection of pay raises for public school teachers are among the most contentious subjects of the protests.

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