Press Releases

  • 03.25.15

    New ACLU Report, Videos Show Barriers to Voters with Disabilities Using Online Technology

    Ohio Secretary of State’s Website Failed Seven of Nine Categories Measuring Accessibility for People with Disabilities

    (CLEVELAND)—One in five people eligible to vote has a disability. However, Ohio’s limited online voter registration system is inadequate and inaccessible to Ohioans with disabilities, according to Mike Brickner, senior policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. “Democracy works best when all voters can participate,” Brickner said.  “All too often, people with Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 03.23.15

    ACLU Warns Edon Northwest Local School District Against Promoting Religion in Schools

    Families Should Set Religious Values for Their Children, Not School Authorities

    EDON, OHIO—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has sent a letter to the Superintendent of the Edon Northwest Local School District asking him to abandon sectarian policies and practices that violate the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. According to ACLU of Ohio Staff Attorney Drew Dennis, the organization is investigating reports that the Read more…

    Religious Liberty
  • 03.20.15

    Judge Interprets Law to Allow Minor Parties Ballot Access Every Year Says ACLU of Ohio

    CLEVELAND—Despite a federal judge ruling Monday to uphold a 2013 Ohio law that set tougher criteria to qualify for the ballot, minor political parties have won an important concession after all, according to Freda Levenson, legal director of the ACLU of Ohio. Levenson said, “It’s important to recognize that the judge determined that the statute Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 03.19.15

    ACLU Files Complaint With Ohio Department of Education, Requests Independent Investigation of School Districts

    Students With a Disability Being Denied Special Education Services at Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center

    CLEVELAND—The ACLU of Ohio filed an individual and class-action administrative complaint with the Ohio Department of Education on behalf of students with disabilities who have been denied special education services while at the Cuyahoga Juvenile Detention Center (CCJDC). These individualized instruction services were supposed to be provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Warrensville Heights Read more…

    Student Rights
  • 03.04.15

    ACLU, PETA Foundation Challenge School District’s Treatment of Teacher

    Allege Violation of Keith Allison’s Constitutional Right of Free Speech

    UPDATE:  ACLU, PETA Foundation Settle Lawsuit Against School District’s Treatment of Teacher CLEVELAND—The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Foundation filed a lawsuit today on behalf of Smithville resident and teacher Keith Allison against the Board of Education of Green Local School District. “Keith Allison Read more…

    Free Speech
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