Michael Polensek, the longest serving Cleveland City councilman spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 20 to discuss issues the council will be focusing on in the upcoming months.
Polensek first talked about reducing the council from 17 to 9 members. He said that he does not think that it is a good idea and there will be consequences for the reduction in members. Polensek said that it is vital to have a higher number of members on the council so that they have a better understanding of different opinions on legislation and laws. He also talked about why the upcoming census is vital to Ohio. Ohio needs to have as accurate a number as possible in the upcoming census so that Ohio can receive the proper funds for the state and its localities, apportionment, redistricting and more. Lastly, he explained what the relentless pursuit initiative is.
Fred Redmond, international vice president of the United Steelworkers spoke about Martin Luther King, Jr. He discussed how Dr. King fought for labor and civil rights. Redmond also explained how Dr. King’s legacy has carried on, and people to this day are still fighting to help the working poor. He said that people are fighting against the Trump administration that is cutting programs to help out the working poor and solve income inequality issues.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech that covered the dignity of work.
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