Yvonka Hall

Responses to CCPC's endorsement application questionnaire from:

Yvonka Hall, candidate for Ohio House District 12

Political Party Affiliation: Democratic Party

Current or previous elected offices: none

Issue responses

Economic justice

  1. Raising the minimum wage would benefit low income workers by allowing them to be less dependent on government assistance by reducing income inequality.
  2. Universal Health Care is important to create health equity everyone can use the health services they need without risk of financial ruin or impoverishment, no matter what their socio-economic situation.
  3. Affordable public higher education means that students have access to affordable student loans, increased grant availability and lower cost of textbooks.Heavy student loan debt carries negative consequences for borrowers, who must make monthly payments with their hard-earned dollars. High debt can affect where graduates live and whether they can save for retirement. The combination of high student debt and low earnings can lead to default, ruined credit and wage garnishment.
  4. "Affordable" and "Accessible" public transportation enables people to easily reach work, access health care, and attend school without being burdened with the costs related to car maintenance, and insurance.

In 2008 I hosted that largest local conversation on health disparities in the US in order to bring together the community to talk about solutions to health services, needs, capacity and infrastructure.

In 2018 I was appointed to the Health and Human Services Region V Health Equity Council.

Political justice

Ensuring that the judicial process is not used to disenfranchise voters by making sure that voters have access to polling locations and aren't restricted through requirements applied in a discriminatory fashion, intimidation, or by placing unreasonable requirements on voters for registration or voting.

Getting big money out of politics by ensuring that funders do not take precedence over constituents. Finally taking away the power of lobbyists to buy our government. We want to ensure that qualified candidates have access to political seats that would be denied to them due to lack of capital.

In 2000 I filed a complaint with the Ohio Secretary of State on behalf of the Cleveland Branch NAACP citing voter disenfranchisement in the closing and relocation of eastside polling locations, including the lack of working machines and failure to provide provisional ballots to voters that presented at polling locations that were listed on election materials but were closed.

Racial justice

Fixing prison reform including the practice of over charging nonviolent offenders. Ohio has the sixth highest state for number of prisoners.

We continue to sentence low-level offenders to prison. A larger percent of ex offenders return to Cleveland than any other city in Ohio.

Police reform is vitally important to the residents of the community. This includes increasing the number of training hours and requiring continuing education for officers to maintain their license. Requiring that all officers receive 40 hours of Mental Health First Aid training and no the current 8 hours for a select few.

In 2015 I brought together a diverse group of Clevelander's interested in addressing the policing issues in Cleveland. More than 300 residents came out to offer their solutions. Our hard-work including the Community Corrective Action Plan a 34 page report of the compiled community solutions laid the framework for the Consent Decree. The Local Conversation on the Department of Justice allowed the community to share constructive solutions on the changes that needed to be made to the Cleveland Police Dept.

Environmental justice

In Cleveland 80% of homes were built before 1978 and in Cuyahoga County 90%. The City of Cleveland has a rental registry that hasn't been utilized. Using the Rochester and Toledo Model to make Cleveland Lead Safe. In Cleveland 60 schools have been impacted by lead including all of the schools in Ward 1.

In 2009 I served as a panelist during the Environmental Health Watch Conference discussing the impact of environmental racism.

In 2016 I co founded the Cleveland Lead Safe Network to protect children from lead poisoning due to deteriorated lead paint and lead dust, and empower families in finding lead-safe homes.

In 2017 I served as a keynote presenter at the Ohio Healthy Homes Network's Annual Forum. I was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Ohio Healthy Home Network in Columbus, Ohio.

International Justice

Regarding International Justice in order to build respect for human rights it is important that we are held accountable for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity— and that military action as a last resort is important to world. stabilization. Making sure that the DREAMERS or Deferred Action for Childhood (DACA) which is an American immigration policy that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals—referred to as Dreamers after the DREAM Act bill—were enrolled in the program created by DACA. The policy was established by the Obama Administration in June 2012 and rescinded by the Trump Administration in September 2017. The rescinding of this policy is paramount to the US immigration policy.

Social Justice

Social justice is important in the discussion regarding fair and just relations between the individuals and society. Social justice is relevant because it is important to ensure equal rights and opportunities for people of color, LGBTQ, reproductive rights, equal pay, equal work and equal access to social security.

The biased practices at play in society impact vulnerable people disproportionately by inadequate opportunities in regards to equal pay, employment, rights, gender, reproduction and access to social security for people impacted by disease and disability.

I participated as a commissioner during the African American Women's Policy Institutes Town Hall focusing on cultural trauma in African American Women.

In 2018 the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition will host the State of Disparities in the African American Community: Truth, Justice and Reconciliation through a Community Lens focusing on the social justice disparities faced by the community including disparities in pay, employment, housing, health and gender.

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