Dr. Enoch Debates Her Opponent

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Dr. Vanessa Enoch, Democratic Candidate for Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District, squared off in debate against her Republican opponent, Warren Davidson. You can watch the debate here.


I Signed the American Promise

I support amending the United States Constitution to 1) secure fair, free elections by limiting the undue influence of money in politics; 2) protect the rights of all Americans to equal participation and representation, rather than overrepresentation of donors and special interests; and 3) protect the unalienable liberty of people rather than new privileges for the largest corporations, unions, and special interests; and

I pledge to use my office to advance this 28th Amendment in any and all legal ways, including, but not limited to: sponsoring or cosponsoring bills, resolutions, or other legislation advancing proposal or ratification of the 28th Amendment; voting in favor of such bills and resolutions in committee, subcommittee, or floor votes; working to build cross-partisan support; and publicly advocating for the necessity of this Amendment.

~ Dr. Vanessa Enoch

Trauma Centers Developed from Grant Written by Dr. Enoch

“CINCINNATI (WKRC) – Children who experience violence need the tools to help them get through it — that’s the thought behind the two neighborhood trauma centers opening in Cincinnati…. ‘So what happens in a child’s brain when they experience trauma over and over again is that it actually rewires the brain, and so without treatment, children are prone to becoming perpetrators,’ said consultant Vanessa Enoch….”

Read and view the full story and news segment.

Happy Labor Day!

On this Labor Day, I want to take a moment to reflect on all of the reasons we have to be grateful for labor unions. Middle and working-class Americans owe so much to the people who have fought and organized and worked to ensure certain rights for workers that go so far beyond this holiday weekend.

Our most basic comforts as employees – the forty-hour work week, the minimum wage, weekends, a reasonable expectation for safe and accessible working environments – have all come from people working on the front lines to guarantee fairness in the workplace.

But there’s still so much to do. We have to empower employees to have a voice in the negotiation process. At a time where profit is a motivating factor in so many policies at the national and state level, we have to remember and appreciate the leaders actively fighting for people. This also means taking a strong stand on ensuring that all Americans have access to jobs that pay a living wage, quality education that helps provide those jobs, and high-quality healthcare. Our workers deserve the comfort of not having to live paycheck to paycheck or having to decide between paying their rent or paying for medicine.

Supporting unions also means being actively opposed to movements like the misleading “Right to Work” movement that only hurts unions and workers. In fact, states that have enacted “Right to Work” policies have seen lower average wages compared to states with strong union support. Policies like “Right to Work” puts profit above people by weakening unions and affecting the ability of workers to collectively bargain. We know that workers benefit when they have a seat at the table, and when they’re actively involved in the decisions that impact their lives and the lives of their families.

I also believe that investing in unions, and our workers, starts in places like this district (Ohio’s 8th). Communities just like ours paved the way for the labor movement and, together, we can continue to work towards ensuring that we are putting people before everything – before politics, before profit, before big money.

As we celebrate a long weekend, I hope everyone keeps in mind the courage of those who organized and risked their jobs and their livelihoods to achieve what we have today. We honor them by supporting our unions and laborers and policies that benefit all of us.

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Facebook Town Hall: Economic Development

“My fundamental belief system is that nobody who works fulltime in this country should have to be homeless or suffering and struggling to the extent that they can’t afford to live anywhere, they can’t afford the basic necessities of food and shelter.”

Dr. Enoch discusses economic development and job creation in a Facebook Live event.