For Immediate Release
Media Contacts:
Philip E. Cole
Executive Director
OACAA statement regarding current events
COLUMBUS (June 3, 2020) — The collective events of this year have impacted all Americans. The coronavirus pandemic has infiltrated Ohio and taken the lives of over 2,200 Ohioans and over 100,000 Americans. Ohio’s Community Action Network has remained at the helm to ensure the needs of our low-income communities are met. We continue to work with those who lived in poverty before the pandemic, and those being thrown into poverty because of the pandemic.

The coronavirus has reminded many of us of inequities across our country. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in African American and minority households should have been expected as our government has long been aware of the lack of affordable healthcare in minority communities. The government, which calls for social distancing, is also aware of the crowded housing situations in minority communities, and that more minority people ride our crowded buses. Then, the senseless killing of George Floyd angered all moral people and amplified our Nation’s need to end racism.

Social justice cannot be achieved without many changes because it is not only about better healthcare or better policing. Social justice is about changing thoughts; it is about awareness that we are all one people.

The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies supports our citizens’ rights to peacefully protest. We believe change is long overdue, and we stand with you to amplify our collective voice for change. We are committed to breaking down the barriers and inequities that stand in the way of Ohioans’ opportunities to meet their fullest potential.

Just as racism, the coronavirus is alive today. As we seek to end injustice, we must do so mindfully. We ask that all protesters take caution to stay safe, stay healthy, and stay peaceful.

Community Action was born as part of the civil rights movement to address barriers that prevent opportunities for Americans to be fully self-sufficient. We stand with you today and are committed to continuing our mission to help people and change lives. 
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. Community Action Agencies work to alleviate poverty and empower low-income families in their communities. The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies represents 47 agencies around the state serving the needs of low-income people in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. CAAs provide education and training, emergency services, and other assistance programs to nearly 600,000 Ohioans annually.
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