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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Jewish groups congratulate Beatty is elected as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

Dec 4, 2020
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U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Columbus, was elected the 27th chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Dec. 3, her office announced in a news release.

“It is the honor of a lifetime to be voted by my peers to lead the Congressional Black Caucus in the 117th Congress,” Beatty said in the release. “Right now, our nation is facing three pandemics that have disproportionately impacted the lives of Black Americans: COVID-19, economic turmoil and social injustice. As chair, I will work with the Biden administration, House and Senate leadership, as well as my congressional colleagues, to defeat the pandemic and ensure better days lie ahead for all of us. Moreover, I will use my voice to address enduring economic and health disparities and fight to break the chains of systemic racism that have held back the Black community for far too long.

“The Caucus will mark its 50th anniversary in 2021, and I will do everything in my power to build upon our previous successes, work to create racial wealth equity and sustainability, increase access to affordable health care, housing and education, reform our criminal justice system and clean up our environment.

“Together – standing on the shoulders of the 13 CBC founders – we will continue to fight for our families, fight for our communities and fight for justice for all.”

JewishColumbus and Ohio Jewish Communities, both in Columbus, on applauded her election to the position.

“There is no one more deserving of this incredibly prestigious honor,” JewishColumbus posted on Facebook. “As you take your rightful place on the national stage, we are excited the entire country will see what we already know – that each and every day you work tirelessly on behalf of all your constituents. We look forward to continuing to be your partner in building Black-Jewish relations, fighting systemic racism and anti-Semitism, and building a more just society for all.”

Since its establishment in 1971, the CBC has worked to use the full Constitutional power, statutory authority and financial resources of the federal government to ensure that Black Americans and other marginalized communities in the United States have the opportunity to achieve the American dream, the release said. For the 117th Congress, the CBC will be comprised of a historic number of members in the U.S. House and Senate.

OJC also wished Beatty a “mazal tov.”

“When it comes to community partnerships, outreach across the aisle and working together, there is no bigger champion, more powerful ally or better statewide representative of what her district knows as ‘the Columbus Way,’ ensuring everyone has a seat and a say in crafting a solution, than Joyce Beatty,” OJC said in a statement. “No one is more aware of the historic alliance between the African American and Jewish communities in fighting injustice together and building up our country together. We look forward to new opportunities at this alliance and partnership.”

This article was originally published by The Cleveland Jewish News on December 4th, 2020.