Press Releases

  • 08.15.13

    ACLU Warns Fairfield County School Against Banning Female Football Players

    Schools Must Give Equal Athletic Opportunities to Both Genders

    BALTIMORE, OH – Today, the ACLU of Ohio sent a letter to the Liberty Union-Thurston School District calling its decision to prohibit seventh-grader Makhaela Jenkins from playing on her middle school football team because of her gender “unacceptable and unlawful.” “This school is using outdated and untrue stereotypes about gender to decide who participates in Read more…

    Student Rights, Women's Rights
  • 08.06.13

    ACLU Warns Mayfield Heights Police About Drug Checkpoint Scheme

    Launches Investigation into Fake Drug Checkpoints

    MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OH – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio warned the Mayfield Heights Police Department on their use of a random drug checkpoint. The checkpoint was set up on June 24, 2013 on Interstate 271 North, with signs instructing motorists that a drug checkpoint was ahead. Mayfield Heights police officers then waited Read more…

    Drug Policy, Police Practices
  • 07.31.13

    Greene County Fair Wrong to Censor Award-Winning Photograph, Says ACLU

    XENIA, OH – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio criticized a decision by the Greene County Agricultural Society to revoke a first place award for a photograph submitted to the Greene County Fair. The photograph depicted a September 1924 Ku Klux Klan rally in Dayton. In addition to rescinding the photograph’s first place award, Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 07.24.13

    City of Columbus Agrees to Revise Permit Rules

    Changes to City Ordinance Help Protect the First Amendment

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Columbus over a 2012 permit ordinance that made it harder for political groups to exercise their First Amendment rights in public. In exchange, the city has revised their ordinance to lower permit costs and make it easier to Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 07.18.13

    ACLU Calls on ODRC to Stop Cutting Power to Ohio Prisons

    Restricting Prison Electricity in the Midst of a Heat Wave is a Dangerous Gamble with Safety and Security

    CLEVELAND – Today the ACLU of Ohio called on the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) to put an end to their practice of shutting down the electricity at Ohio correctional institutions in exchange for money from KOREnergy Ltd. a private energy contractor. “Times are difficult and government agencies are looking for revenue anywhere Read more…

    Criminal Justice, Prisoners' Rights
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