Press Releases

  • 08.04.11

    Veto of Social Media Ordinance Is Right Decision for Cleveland, Says ACLU

    Proposed Law Was Unconstitutional and Unenforceable

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has vetoed legislation passed by city council that would have criminalized the use of social media. After the ordinance was passed, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio expressed concern over the constitutionality of the law, particularly its effect on residents’ free speech. “Mayor Jackson made a wise decision Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 08.04.11

    ACLU Warns Springboro School Officials Against Policy Allowing Creationism in Classrooms

    Lawsuit Would Be Costly and Time Consuming

    SPRINGBORO, OH – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter today to Springboro Community City School District officials urging them to reject plans to allow creationism to be taught in public school or risk costly litigation. Recently, members of the district’s Board of Education requested officials explore ways to integrate creationism into Read more…

    Religious Liberty
  • 07.22.11

    New Social Media Law is Unconstitutional and Must Be Repealed, Says ACLU

    Cleveland City Council Ordinance Violates Free Speech

    CLEVELAND – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent a letter to Cleveland City Council President Martin J. Sweeney expressing serious concern over a new law that would criminalize the use of social media. On July 20, 2011 city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the use of social media that may lead to Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 07.12.11

    Cleveland Heights Curfew Provision Places Unreasonable Restriction on Free Speech, Says ACLU

    Advance Approval from Police Chief Unconstitutional

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent Cleveland Heights Mayor Edward J. Kelley a letter today expressing concern over a portion of the city’s recently enacted curfew that may violate the First Amendment rights of young people. The provision requires youth to inform the police chief 24 hours before exercising Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 06.29.11

    Criminal Sentencing Reform Long Overdue, Says ACLU

    Law Signed By Governor Will Relieve Overcrowded Prisons and Help Ohioans Gain Access to Rehabilitation

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio was pleased that legislators passed legislation that would begin to repair the damage done to the criminal justice system by decades of “tough on crime” policies. Ohio House Bill 86 was passed by nearly unanimous bi-partisan support and will be signed by Governor John Kasich today. Read more…

    Criminal Justice
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