John Legend Lends Voice to Yes on Issue 1 Campaign

SEIU 1199 Launches Radio Ad Campaign Featuring Legend

COLUMBUS – Springfield native and Grammy award winning artist, John Legend, is featured in a SEIU 1199 six-figure radio ad campaign in support of the Yes on Issue 1 vote that began running statewide today.

To listen to the John Legend ad, click here.

“As an ER nurse, I’ve seen the tragic impact of the opioid epidemic up close and first hand, and I’m proud of my union and John Legend for stepping up to support a Yes vote on Issue 1 for safer communities and more treatment,” said Beth Zaworski, an RN with 30 years of emergency room experience in Lorain, Ohio.

“We are so grateful for John Legend and Becky Williams, President of the SEIU 1199, for getting behind this campaign. We have a growing opioid epidemic that is destroying lives and families, and a Yes Vote on Issue 1 means more treatment for people in their communities, near their families,” said Dennis Willard, spokesperson for Vote Yes on Issue 1.

Here is the transcript for the John Legend ad:

“The U.S. is the most incarcerated country in the world and Ohio has the fifth largest U.S. prison population. Crowded prisons waste taxpayer dollars and take money from community investments.

“Today, millions of young people and families have been impacted by mass incarceration, with not enough economic opportunities. Almost half of Ohio’s prison population have nonviolent drug offenses or probation violations. Meanwhile, families and neighbors can’t find help, like drug treatment and trauma recovery.

“This November you have a chance to take action for our communities, instead of waiting for politicians. Issue 1 reduces imprisonment for nonviolent low-level drug offenses, frees up money for drug treatment and crime victims – and gives people a second chance.

“This is John Legend. Ohio is my home state. I care deeply about helping Ohio communities thrive. That’s why I urge you to join me in supporting Issue 1. Vote YES on Issue 1.”

For more information, contact:
Dennis Willard
614.209.8945

Paid for by Ohio Safe & Healthy Communities Campaign