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March 5

RESTORING H.O.P.E. » DAYTON

Racial Justice NOW, a Montgomery County neighborhood organization devoted to eliminating systematic racism, is proud to host “Restoring H.O.P.E.” This all day event strives to bring people together to discuss issues affecting people of color in Montgomery County, from education to police brutality.

The ACLU of Ohio will be hosting an information session regarding Voting Rights and What To Do If You’re Stopped By the Police. This will be led by ACLU of Ohio Board Member and civil rights lawyer, Raphael Davis-Williams.

Seminar and workshop topics include:

  • The Changing Demographics of Ohio
  • Law Enforcement & Community Relations
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law Update
  • Workforce Development & Retention
  • The Impact of Climate & Culture
  • Educating the Next Generation

Registration is not required. For more information, email info@rjnohio.org or visit the event’s Facebook Page.

Saturday, March 5
Central State University, Dayton
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March 26

FORUM: WE THE PEOPLE ARE GREATER THAN FEAR » COLUMBUS

Learn about the services offered by the Columbus Chapter of CAIR-Ohio, discuss the challenges faced by American Muslims, and hear about the Executive Orders effect on the Muslim and immigrant communities and how we can work together to stay engaged and fight back.

Sunday, March 26
North Congregational Church, Columbus
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April 3

PREMIER BENEFIT CHAMBER CONCERT BY PASE » COLUMBUS

Performers and Artists for Social Equity (PASE) is an association of musicians, vocalists, artists, dancers, and other creatively inclined people who are concerned about the well-being of all of our friends and neighbors. Join us, enjoy some music and help raise awareness on important issues.

Performances by the Bhakti Mamas, the Clintonville Quartet, and members of Brave Weather. Suggested donation is $10; all proceeds will go to the ACLU of Ohio. A modest reception will follow the program.

Monday, April 3
Columbus Mennonite Church, Columbus
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April 4

OBERLIN CITY CLUB WITH MIKE UTH » OBERLIN

What Rats, Vets, Witches, and the Father of Modern Surgery Can Teach us About Our War on Drugs
Presented by ACLU of Ohio Board Member, Attorney Michael Uth

Drug policy reform is desperately needed in Ohio, and this informative presentation will address how the “War on Drugs” has failed. We need to treat drug use as a public health issue – yet our legislators continue to criminalize addiction. This discussion will focus on current drug laws, proposed alternative options, and the future of reform through an ethical lens.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be available at 11:45am for $12 and can be purchased on site.

Tuesday, April 4, 12:30 p.m.
Sterk’s Restaurant
580 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH 44074


April 5; April 6

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – “BELLE” » CLEVELAND

Belle Likover has been a friend to the ACLU of Ohio for over 50 years. The namesake of our annual Likover Lecture and a full-time activist, Belle is a role model for future generations. This film short “Belle” captures the lifelong strength, wisdom and endurance of this magnificent 97-year-old.

Wednesday, April 5, 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, April 6, 1:40 p.m.
Thursday, April 6, 9:35 p.m.
Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland
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April 6; April 8

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – “A MORE CIVIL WAR” » CLEVELAND

Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena was home to the 2016 Republican National Convention, but the events that took place outside the venue were the highlight of the week. Protesters, journalists, politicians, activists, and televangelists are among the many featured to tell the story of American democracy and dissent. This year the ACLU of Ohio is a proud sponsor of the film “A More Civil War.”

Thursday, April 6, 6:00 p.m.
Capital Theatre, Cleveland

Saturday, April 8, 6:40 p.m.
Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland

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April 19

PRISONS FOR PROFIT: AN EVENING OF DOCUMENTARY AND DISCUSSION » LAKEWOOD

It has been over five years since Ohio made history with the first sale of a state prison to a private company, and the results have been disastrous. Now, Ohio is poised to sell a second prison while a federal private prison in Ohio becomes the latest ICE Detention Center.

Join us for a screening and discussion on Prisons For Profit, the ACLU of Ohio’s short documentary chronicling the first 18 months the Lake Erie Correctional Institution was owned and operated by a for-profit corporation.

Wednesday, April 19
Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood
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May 24

TRANSGENDER SPOTLIGHT » CLEVELAND

Nothing better illustrates the issues facing transgender and gender-nonconforming Ohioans than the personal stories, experiences, and voices of transgender people themselves. We worked with an outstanding group of transgender Ohioans to put together five short videos: Transgender Spotlight.

Come watch our miniseries and meet our story tellers.

Wednesday, May 24
ACLU of Ohio, Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center, Cleveland
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June 13

IMMIGRATION 101: UNDERSTANDING TRUMP’S PLAN FOR INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT » CLEVELAND

In light of President Trump’s escalation of anti-immigrant policies, Austin Kocher’s work is all the more urgent. Kocher is President of the Central Ohio Workers’ Center, which supports and advocates for workers, addressing poverty, gender discrimination, and immigration justice.

Join us as Kocher discusses the legal framework of immigration law, the process of enforcement, detainment, and deportation, and where Ohio stands.

Tuesday, June 13
ACLU of Ohio, Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center, Cleveland
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July 6

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: AN UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE MOVEMENT » CLEVELAND

Authors D.A. Dirks and Patricia A. Relf will speak about their recent publication, To Offer Compassion: A History of the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion, the story of a largely forgotten group of religious leaders who consulted and aided women before Roe v. Wade.

In 1970, their work expanded and they opened their own clinic in New York City. Given the nation- and state-wide attempts to rollback reproductive freedom, we must look to the history of the movement as we continue to fight to protect our rights.

Thursday, July 6
ACLU of Ohio, Max Wohl Civil Liberties Center, Cleveland
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