I remember it clear as day, even though it was almost a year ago. During one of the many COVID press briefings that took place in the beginning of the pandemic, a brave female reporter asked then-President Trump: “Why do you keep calling it the Chinese virus?”
It takes nearly three hours to travel from Ashtabula, Ohio to Columbus.
It takes over two hours to get from Cleveland, the second most populous city in Ohio, to the state capital – the same amount of time it takes for one to travel from the Appalachian city of Marietta to Columbus.
As we saw just a few weeks ago, Ohio lawmakers again took lameduck session hostage by prioritizing an anti-abortion agenda above all. This resulted in two new laws being signed by Governor DeWine, one which requires fetal abortion tissue to be buried or cremated and another that banned telemedicine abortions.
Between the COVID pandemic, the Black Lives Matter revolution, and the 2020 General Election (and the ensuing drama afterwards), 2020 has been quite the year! And that’s not even mentioning the multitude of other things that have happened, such as the heartbreaking loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Saturday, December 5th, 2020 marks International Volunteer Day (IVD). IVD is an international observance that was mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 and is typically a day designated to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national, and international levels.
If there is anything 2020 has shown us, it’s that things can become extremely unpredictable – and very quickly. If you’re planning on voting on Election Day, you might be particularly wary of this unpredictability, especially since we saw primary polling places change rapidly with just days left to vote, and then in-person voting being cancelled completely on the originally scheduled Primary Election Day March 17, 2020.