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Statehouse rally to be held on Saturday to protest Ohio’s educational attacks on race & LGBTQ+ identity

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A “Vote for Honesty” rally will be held at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to protest “attempts by elected leaders in the Statehouse, State Board of Education, and local schools to peddle a national extremist agenda weaponizing race and identity in the classroom.”

The event is sponsored by Honesty for Ohio Education, a “nonpartisan, Ohio-based, statewide coalition that champions honesty in education, the empowerment of students, families and educators, and the affirmation of identities, cultures, and experiences.”

The list of recent legislative attempts attacking educational freedoms in Ohio include:

“We invite every Ohioan who is concerned about educational gag orders and attacks on race and identity to join us at the intersection of education and democracy,” said Cynthia Peeples, founding director of the Honesty for Ohio Education coalition, which includes more than 40 organizations and hundreds of Ohioans from across the state.

Speakers at the rally include:
  • Students from Hilliard City Schools, Forest Hills School District, and The Ohio State University
  • Akii Butler, Student Organizer, Ohio Student Association
  • Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor of History, Ohio State University
  • Scott DiMauro, President, Ohio Education Association
  • ​Melissa Cropper, President, Ohio Federation of Teachers
  • ​Sean McCann, Policy Strategist, ACLU Ohio
  • Maria Bruno, Public Policy Director, Equality Ohio
  • Tom Roberts, President, Ohio NAACP
  • ​​Rev. Dr. Amariah McIntosh, Associate Director, Ohio Council of Churches
  • Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership
  • Red, Wine & Blue
  • Performance by TRSS Drum Corps

“We believe that an honest education is the bedrock of a high-functioning democracy,” said Peeples. “Now is the time to elect leaders committed to the education and wellbeing of all students, regardless of race, identity, or zip code. This November, we must exercise our greatest instrument power to protect honest education — VOTING!” 🔥

Ignite Action:

  • Attend the rally on Saturday, September 17, 2022 • Noon • Ohio Statehouse, West Plaza. More information here

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