1 00:00:01,321 --> 00:00:04,460 (upbeat music) 2 00:00:04,460 --> 00:00:08,380 - Ohio has one of the highest incarceration rates 3 00:00:08,380 --> 00:00:10,980 in the nation and we have a chance 4 00:00:10,980 --> 00:00:14,100 to change that in these midterm elections. 5 00:00:14,100 --> 00:00:18,310 Issue one, the Safe and Health Ohio amendment 6 00:00:18,310 --> 00:00:22,550 will reclassify low level drug possession felonies 7 00:00:22,550 --> 00:00:26,740 to misdemeanors, now and retroactively. 8 00:00:26,740 --> 00:00:29,140 Thousands of people currently in prison 9 00:00:29,140 --> 00:00:32,020 because of the war on drugs could be released. 10 00:00:32,020 --> 00:00:36,490 And we could disrupt the mass incarceration pipeline. 11 00:00:36,490 --> 00:00:38,770 The savings from reduced prison costs 12 00:00:38,770 --> 00:00:41,870 will be redirected to community based treatment 13 00:00:41,870 --> 00:00:44,320 and reentry programs. 14 00:00:44,320 --> 00:00:47,290 We are working with the Ohio Organizing Collaborative 15 00:00:47,290 --> 00:00:50,800 a black-led, front-line community organization 16 00:00:50,800 --> 00:00:53,160 to reform our criminal justice system 17 00:00:53,160 --> 00:00:56,900 and to promote safety and healing. 18 00:00:56,900 --> 00:01:00,460 We believe that no one should be incarcerated 19 00:01:00,460 --> 00:01:02,620 just because they can't afford bail 20 00:01:02,620 --> 00:01:04,960 and that people struggling with addiction 21 00:01:04,960 --> 00:01:09,640 should receive treatment and not prison sentences. 22 00:01:09,640 --> 00:01:12,730 We know that people of color are disproportionately 23 00:01:12,730 --> 00:01:15,540 impacted by these unjust policies. 24 00:01:15,540 --> 00:01:18,330 And we are organizing for criminal justice reform 25 00:01:18,330 --> 00:01:21,810 and sentencing, for divestment from prisons, 26 00:01:21,810 --> 00:01:25,460 and reinvestment in our communities. 27 00:01:25,460 --> 00:01:28,690 A win in Ohio, will build momentum, 28 00:01:28,690 --> 00:01:30,870 and serve as a model of organizing 29 00:01:30,870 --> 00:01:33,880 to end mass incarceration in other states. 30 00:01:33,880 --> 00:01:36,530 Once people are no longer incarcerated, 31 00:01:36,530 --> 00:01:38,650 they can regain their voting rights. 32 00:01:38,650 --> 00:01:42,000 And Unitarian Universalists have the long term commitment 33 00:01:42,000 --> 00:01:44,250 to voting rights, to democracy 34 00:01:44,250 --> 00:01:46,800 and to racial and economic justice. 35 00:01:46,800 --> 00:01:49,060 We can show up to support these commitments 36 00:01:49,060 --> 00:01:50,730 right now in Ohio. 37 00:01:50,730 --> 00:01:52,630 That's why I'm going to Ohio, 38 00:01:52,630 --> 00:01:55,700 to ask people to vote yes on issue one. 39 00:01:55,700 --> 00:01:57,820 I'll help with canvassing, get out the vote, 40 00:01:57,820 --> 00:01:59,810 and driving people to the polls. 41 00:01:59,810 --> 00:02:02,680 I invite you to join me in Cleveland 42 00:02:02,680 --> 00:02:05,560 the weekend of November third and fourth. 43 00:02:05,560 --> 00:02:08,483 You can sign up at www.uua.org/votingrights. 44 00:02:09,520 --> 00:02:12,620 And click on get involved with Issue One in Ohio. 45 00:02:12,620 --> 00:02:15,260 This is no time for a casual faith, 46 00:02:15,260 --> 00:02:16,760 it's time to sacrifice 47 00:02:16,760 --> 00:02:19,550 and give of ourselves for our values. 48 00:02:19,550 --> 00:02:21,530 To be on-call for the movement 49 00:02:21,530 --> 00:02:24,060 and for justice when we are called. 50 00:02:24,060 --> 00:02:28,210 The Safe and Healthy Ohio campaign is asking for our help. 51 00:02:28,210 --> 00:02:31,200 We've got less than a month, but we have time. 52 00:02:31,200 --> 00:02:33,410 So let's go out, get on the phones, 53 00:02:33,410 --> 00:02:37,500 knock on doors, and roll up our sleeves for justice. 54 00:02:37,500 --> 00:02:40,540 I hope you will join me in whatever ways you can. 55 00:02:40,540 --> 00:02:42,720 And let your family and friends 56 00:02:42,720 --> 00:02:44,510 and everyone you know in Ohio, 57 00:02:44,510 --> 00:02:47,280 tell them to vote yes on Issue One. 58 00:02:47,280 --> 00:02:50,800 We are being called into deeper and stronger partnership 59 00:02:50,800 --> 00:02:53,290 with those on the margins who are working 60 00:02:53,290 --> 00:02:56,640 to break down barriers and open the possibility 61 00:02:56,640 --> 00:02:58,960 for the future for everyone. 62 00:02:58,960 --> 00:03:00,750 This is how we side with love, 63 00:03:00,750 --> 00:03:02,650 and this is how love resists. 64 00:03:02,650 --> 00:03:05,966 Join me in Ohio, November third and fourth. 65 00:03:05,966 --> 00:03:08,716 (dramatic music)