2015 January

  • 01.30.15

    The Importance of Saying “Transgender”

    Acknowledgement: acceptance of the truth or existence of something.

    In this year’s State of the Union speech, President Obama acknowledged the inequality many groups face. While announcing protections for the LGBT community, he became the first president to ever say “lesbian,” “bisexual,” and “transgender” in the annual address to the nation.

  • 01.27.15

    An End to Highway Robbery? Not Quite Yet

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

  • 01.23.15

    Jailhouse Woes: What’s the Real Solution to Reduce Population?

    It doesn’t take too much imagination to see the heads slowly wagging back and forth at the local coffee shop when they learn the news. I can even see the eye rolls, too.

    No, not from surprise or disbelief, but from the senselessness of it all.

  • 01.21.15

    An Era of Reproductive Freedom, Thanks to Roe v. Wade

    It has been 42 years since the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which ruled that a woman’s decision to have an abortion is protected by the constitution.

    Almost 20 years later, Roe was upheld but modified. Planned Parenthood v.

  • 01.16.15

    Ohio Same-Sex Marriage Heads to the Supreme Court!

    Huge news for same-sex marriage!

    The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to hear the cases from all four states—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—in April of this year. This means Ohio has the chance to be a part of history and the ACLU of Ohio is proud to be a part of one of the cases that is taking us there.

  • 01.14.15

    LGBT in O-H-I-O

    Ohio is a great place to be gay—well, almost.

    Despite sleepy rust-belt stereotypes,Ohio has become a center for LGBT life and culture.  People may assume big cities on the coasts are the places to go for inclusive policies and vibrant social scenes, but LGBT and allied communities have claimed space and recognition in the heart of the Midwest.

  • 01.12.15

    Black Lives Matter: Policing, Indifference, and Women of Color

    Protesters
    Photograph courtesy of Rachel Woods

    How much do we as a society value the lives and experiences of black women and girls?

    On November 13, 2014, Tanisha Anderson was experiencing a medical crisis. Her family did what any caring family would do—they called 911 for help.

  • 01.07.15

    Corrections Corporation of America’s Loss is Ohio’s Gain

    What happens when a prison for profit loses one of its main moneymakers?

    We’re about to find out.

    The federal Bureau of Prisons announced last week that they would not renew their contract with Corrections Corporation of America to house prisoners in the Northeast Ohio Corrections Center in Youngstown.

  • 01.06.15

    Is 15 Cents High Enough?

    A new year and a new minimum wage.

    On January 1, Ohio increased its hourly minimum wage from $7.95 to $8.10—85 cents higher than the federal minimum wage. The tipped wage also increased to $4.05—7 cents higher. This modest increase benefits about 277,000 working Ohioans and is estimated to put more than $36 million back into our economy reports The Columbus Dispatch.

  • 01.02.15

    2016 Is Only a Year Away…

    2015 is here. That means the 2016 presidential election is on the horizon.

    Few people in Ohio want to begin thinking about the 2016 election cycle, especially on the heels of a midterm election. Between the countless advertisements, back-and-forth arguments, and non-stop campaigning, election years can be tiresome.