Ohio state legislators are in the final work of preparing a budget: testimony is being given, well-dressed staffers scurry up and down hallways, drafts and revisions are reviewed.
Change is happening so quickly, just yesterday we were told we would be unhappy with funding cuts to local food banks. We rely on this funding to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to community families. Today, when 30 people from Church and Community Development for All People walked in to the Statehouse, we learned funding had been restored.
With food bank funding resolved, our voices reinforced the need to oppose cuts to the Ohio Housing Trust Fund. These proposed cuts would counter our efforts to place all people in safe, decent, and affordable housing. Michael Reed asked our group how many people struggled with housing and senators and staffers saw dozens of hands raised.
Our faces joined those of state employees. The people impacted by government decisions were made known. People labeled as “poor” became flesh and dwelt among those in power. Numbers became incarnate.
We already saw ways our presence made a difference.
We walked humbly and loved mercy as we sought justice.
We learned, it is never too late to do the right thing.