Press Releases

  • 06.23.11

    Akron Panhandling Proposal Silences the Poor Under the Guise of Safety Concerns, Says ACLU

    100 Foot Ban From Intersections Too Broad

    AKRON – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio urged Akron City Council to reconsider a proposed ordinance that would ban panhandling within 100 feet of a traffic intersection. The ordinance redefines panhandling as those verbally asking for assistance, as well as those who hold signs. According to officials, those who are ticketed under the Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 06.22.11

    ACLU Will File Suit Over Voter Photo ID Law

    Unconstitutional Law Will Disenfranchise Voters, Cost to Obtain ID Amounts to Poll Tax

    COLUMBUS – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio announced today that it will file suit over provisions of Ohio House Bill 194 that require voters to produce state-issued photo identification in order to vote. HB 194 is expected to pass out of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee today, and pass the full Read more…

    Voting Rights
  • 06.21.11

    ACLU Warns Cities on Unconstitutional Parade Restrictions

    Communities in Northeast and Central Ohio Wrongly Curtail Free Speech at Community Parades

    CLEVELAND – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio sent letters to officials in three cities calling on them to remove free speech restrictions during their Independence Day parade. Each of the cities prohibits candidates running for office from participating in the community parade and distributing campaign literature. The cities include two Cleveland-area suburbs: Bedford Read more…

    Free Speech
  • 06.16.11

    Cuyahoga County’s Drug Enforcement Is Costly and Unfair to Some, Says New ACLU Report

    Study Highlights Failures of War on Drugs on Eve of 40th Anniversary

    CLEVELAND – Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio released “Overcharging, Overspending, Overlooking: Cuyahoga County’s Costly War on Drugs,” which examines the effects of the war on drugs on greater Cleveland. June 17 marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s declaring the war on drugs, which ushered in harsh criminal penalties for drug Read more…

    Drug Policy
  • 06.16.11

    ACLU Urges Dayton Officials to Stop Plans for Crackdown on Homeless

    Imprisoning Poor Will Drain Resources and Threaten Free Speech

    DAYTON – The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio cautioned Dayton City Commissioners against passing an ordinance that would allow law enforcement to arrest any person holding a sign asking for money. Currently, city law regulates panhandlers who actively ask for money, but does not cover a person who is only holding a sign. In Read more…

    Free Speech
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