We're hearing more and more stories about the struggles in our communities to keep up with bills during this pandemic. That's why CUFA has joined People's Action's call for national People's Bailout. Learn more in this week's Activist Toolkit, and join the first session of CUFA's Popular Education series to engage in discussions about how we got here and how we can build the world we want to see together.
We know many people are struggling to deal with the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. CUFA's Coronavirus Response Platform calls for statewide moratoriums on evictions, foreclosures and utility shutoffs. CUFA is calling for more people to get the help they need when our wastewater infrastructure fails. Let's imagine together: a world where we work to dismantle racist policies that have made it clear during this pandemic that we value money over people's lives.
Last week's theme in Cincinnati Budget hearings was clear: Black Lives Matter & Defund the police. The City of Cincinnati raised the Juneteenth flag for the first time in history and unveiled a new Black Lives Matter street mural. Roger Davis testified at the June 18 budget hearing on behalf of CUFA, saying that, "we should end tax abatements for the wealthy'" and instead, focus on investments that will address our affordable housing gap. This week, make your voice heard my emailing your comments to City Council and the Mayor, make sure you're registered to vote.
Let's continue our conversation on racial and economic justice this week! Cincinnati must pass the 2020-21 budget by June 30. CUFA needs to tell City Council what our priorities are for local funding with our tax dollars. Then, take a moment to explore ideas for building a regenerative economy, where everyone has what they need.
As CUFA strives to build a world were everyone is able to meet their basic needs, we ask: what can we do to build the power we need to win?
We need Governor DeWine to get his priorities straight to help Ohioans deal with the economic fallout from Coronavirus. Instead of focusing on the coming wave of evictions, foreclosures and utility shut offs, Ohio's General Assembly prioritized taking away local municipal rights to ban single-use plastic bags. We're counting on Governor DeWine to veto the plastic bag bill, and get focused on the issues that matter to Ohioans. And we're counting on you to help us build the power we need to win statewide moratoriums on evictions, foreclosures and utility shut offs.
As the impacts of the Coronavirus crisis unfold, it is more clear than ever: we need to use our resources to help those most in need. Right here in Hamilton County, that means keeping people in their homes and making sure those homes are safe. Join us in calling for action at the local and federal level to get what we need.