Beatty Weekly Wrap Up | May 30 - June 6
Exciting news: I am launching The Beatty Weekly Wrap Up. Beginning today, I will be updating you about my latest work in Central Ohio and Washington, D.C every week to achieve real results for you, your family, friends, and our community. With that, you will be interested to know…
Last week, as we marked Memorial Day and closed out May (which is also one year since I was pepper-sprayed during a peaceful protest in downtown Columbus) I reintroduced two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing stroke awareness: (1) H. Res. 446, which would recognize May as Stroke Awareness Month; and (2) the Return to Work Awareness Act, a bill to improve the resources and accommodations available to help stroke survivors and individuals affected by other serious health occurrences get back in the workforce. As a stroke survivor who was told that they may never walk again, I know firsthand the magnitude this disease has physically, psychologically, and emotionally on individuals and families. That is why I am working hard to not only increase awareness, but also ensure that strokes and risk-factors are appropriately researched.
To kickoff June, I was proud to announce a groundbreaking $3+ million grant to improve COVID-19 health outcomes for more constituents. I was equally as proud to recognize LGBTQ Pride Month. Finally, I wanted to affirm my commitment to curbing the gun violence epidemic before, during, and after Gun Violence Awareness Month. We cannot turn a blind eye and ear to discrimination and violence, and we most certainly cannot in places like my own district, where we have already seen nearly double the number of homicides through April as we did in the first five months of 2020. To learn more, including about my comprehensive gun violence prevention bill, please visit my website.
In addition to fighting to #EndGunViolence, I am continuing to call for transparency, accountability, and justice for ALL people. To that effect, I joined Senators Sherrod Brown (OH) and Ron Wyden (OR) last week in requesting an investigation into the events prior to the tragic death of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant. Our community has experienced far too much heartache and tragedy at the hands of law enforcement, and it is an indisputable fact that Tamir Rice, Casey Goodson Jr., Andre Hill, and Ma’Khia Bryant should be alive today. Read the full letter sent on behalf of Bryant’s parents here.
The road ahead will not be without its challenges, but I am confident together we can overcome any obstacle, build back better, and achieve an even brighter future for everyone.