Press Releases

  • 05.10.16

    Akron Repeals Anti-Panhandling Law Following ACLU Lawsuit

    AKRON—Akron City Council voted unanimously Monday night to repeal the city’s anti-panhandling ordinance in response to a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Ohio. The law targeted panhandling by requiring people to register with the city and restricted the activity to certain hours and locations. Last week the ACLU brought a lawsuit challenging the law Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 05.04.16

    Students Have a Right to Political Speech, Says ACLU

    DAYTON—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to the city of Dayton today expressing concern over censorship of art by local high school students. City officials asked the Dayton Regional STEM School to remove artwork from the Dayton Convention Center which depicted students’ perceptions of the African American experience. “The decision by Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 05.03.16

    ACLU Sues City of Akron over Panhandling Ordinance that Restricts Free Speech

    AKRON—Today the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed suit in federal court challenging an Akron ordinance that restricts panhandling.  The ACLU argues this law violates the First Amendment by singling out speech that asks for help for special restrictions. “The First Amendment provides the same protection to all of us,” said Joe Mead, volunteer Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 04.28.16

    Ohio LGBTQ Coalition Opposes Bill That Ignores Transgender Rights

    COLUMBUS–Today Representative Bill Hayes introduced HB 537, which attempts to make discrimination in housing or employment on the basis of sexual orientation unlawful. However, the bill does nothing for the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community, transgender Ohioans, and is silent on discrimination in public accommodations. There is a clear problem in Ohio – it Read more…

    LGBT Rights
  • 04.25.16

    Settlements Are No Substitute for Police Reforms in Cleveland, Says ACLU

    CLEVELAND—The ACLU of Ohio issued the following statement regarding a settlement in the shooting death of Tamir Rice by Cleveland police. The city of Cleveland has agreed to pay the Rice family $6 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. “Settlements are no substitute for the reforms so desperately needed in Cleveland,” said Christine Link, Read more…

    Police Practices, Racial Justice
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