The Black Caucus of Central Ohio is a group of united and independent political activists working to change and improve the relationship between city and county government, the public school system, and black people in the Central Ohio area.
The Black Caucus of Central Ohio was developed out of the need to advance a new political narrative, alliances, and processes to develop and implement policies, programs and initiatives which will enhance black community members lives and communities and ensure black members of the community not only survive but thrive.
The first meeting of the Black Caucus was Saturday, January 14, 2023. Caucus meetings are now every two weeks at the Eastside YMCA 130 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.
The inaugural meeting included a wide cross section of Black people interested in forming a new political narrative, alliances, and processes.
The attendees agreed to begin by establishing a Caucus which would serve as united, independent voice to objectively communicate the needs and issues of the black community to city, county and state government officials, public school system officials and other community leaders and work to ensure the issues are addressed.
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The Black Caucus of Central Ohio
The Black Agenda Committee’s task is to develop a community-based political, economic, and educational plan to improve the quality of life for residents in predominately Black populated neighborhoods, communities, and townships. The Black agenda will be the official plan of the Black Caucus.
The Accountability and Grading Committee’s task is to develop a rating, checking, and scoring system to hold elected, and appointed officials responsible for the implementation of The Black Agenda. Each elected official will be given a grade about their work or lack thereof, on the BlackAgenda. The Black Caucus will publicize the grades of each elected official.
The Black Political Conference Committee’s task is to organize and implement the Black Political Convention, a community-wide assembly of Black people from the Columbus and Franklin County area, gathering to adopt and ratify declarations originating from the Black Caucus, and resolutions of the Breakout Sessions.
THE BLACK CAUCUS OF CENTRAL OHIO COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The Black Agenda Committee’s task is to develop a community-based political, economic, and educational plan to improve the quality of life for residents in predominately Black populated neighborhoods, communities, and townships. The Black agenda will be the official plan of the Black Caucus of Central Ohio.
Reverend John T. Coats II
Dr. Dorian L. Wingard
Attorney Byron L. Potts
COMMITTED TO CENTRAL OHIO
The Black Caucus of Central Ohio is committed to changing the political landscape in Central Ohio because we believe that every person deserves to have their voice heard and their needs represented in government. For too long, Black communities have been underrepresented and marginalized in the political process, leading to systemic inequalities and injustices.