2016 January

  • 01.29.16

    2016 Must Not Be a Missed Opportunity for Police Body Cameras

    Police Body Cameras

    Police body worn cameras are now a reality in Ohio. Law enforcement rapidly continues to purchase and use them, and before we know it they will be an afterthought as part of everyday policing.

    Striking a Balance

    Body cams are also a complex issue for organizations like the ACLU of Ohio because they raise issues of police accountability, personal privacy, surveillance, and government transparency. 

  • 01.22.16

    Terms of Equality: Housing and Employment

    Did you know that gay and transgender people in Ohio can be fired or denied housing simply for who they are or who they love?

    After the marriage equality ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, LGBT rights activists have continued to raise awareness about the vulnerability of gay and transgender people in the workplace.

  • 01.18.16

    MLK Day: Yesterday and Today

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to reflect not just on what King accomplished but also on how his tactics can inform our work for social change.

    When King wrote his Letter from Birmingham Jail, racial segregation was an institution.

  • 01.15.16

    Discrimination Shouldn’t Be Part of the Dress Code

    Teen Female Outside

    Cassie Chenoweth is a high school intern with the ACLU of Ohio.

    While many people around the world are rightly taking a stand against discrimination based on race, gender, or sexual orientation, among others, we sometimes miss how discrimination works through cultural elements like vernacular or clothing style.

  • 01.11.16

    Terms of Equality: What is a Public Accommodation?

    While marriage equality became the law of the land last year, the fight for full equality for people who are gay or transgender continues on. This is especially true in Ohio, where you can be fired from your job, kicked out of your home, or denied basic services at any business simply because of who your partner is, or how you express your gender.

  • 01.08.16

    Black Children are Children: Tamir Rice and the Adultification of Black Bodies

    Black Lives Matter

    Many would like to quickly move forward now that a grand jury has decided not to indict the Cleveland police officers involved in the tragic death of Tamir Rice, the 12 year old child who was shot in less than one second while playing in a park.

  • 01.04.16

    Ohio is Often the Spotlight for Elections

    Roadsign: Register 2016

    Diana Mairose is a voting rights advocate who works as an Advocacy Support Advisor for Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services.

    Ohio is often the spotlight on Election Day, and this year was no different. Hamilton County, in particular, gained much statewide attention—not because of hotly contested local races or ballot issues, but because of a glitch in new technology at the polls.