The Central Ohio Worker Center (COWC) is proud to be a part of the coalition One ID Columbus organizing for a recognized city-wide Municipal ID. Many in the Columbus community including members of COWC do not have the benefits of a form of identification: something most take for granted. A form of ID is a crucial need that is felt by these members of our community.
A form of Municipal ID would put Columbus on the map with many other cities with such programs in place, including New York City, Iowa City, and Newark, NJ, San Francisco and Oakland, CA, and New Haven, CT.
A Municipal ID for Franklin County would have many benefits including:
● Allow all residents to prove who they are and identify themselves as members of our community.
● Connect residents to services, programs, and benefits, such as public transportation, public libraries, or city parks and recreation centers.
● Be used as a prepaid debit card, benefiting residents without the ability to open atraditional bank account.
● Give cardholders access to discounts at participating businesses and cultural institutions like zoos and museums.
● Give community members the confidence needed to report issues to law enforcement. All too often issues such as theft and domestic violence go unreported because individuals without ID do not feel safe contacting the police.
● Help residents who face barriers to obtaining ID, including the homeless, youth in the foster care system, the low-income elderly, the formerly incarcerated, people with mental illness and disabilities, transgender individuals, victims of domestic violence, immigrants, students, and workers.
Municipal ID is more important now than ever. With the new Trump Administration determined to incite fear in vulnerable communities, the time is now to come together in support of our immigrant, refugee, homeless, LGBTQ, etc. brothers and sisters in Columbus.
One ID Columbus has been actively meeting and gaining support from with City Council members, non-profit organizations, and congregations/diocese across Columbus. A city-wide Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Congregation Tifereth Israel (1354 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205).
If you would like to become involved in this crucially important work, contact us at CentralOhioWorkerCenter@gmail.com