The ACLU of Ohio Action Team is our *NEW* Ohio-based activist community. This grassroots group is working to bring change to Ohio at the state and local level!
The FBI could soon be getting access to Ohio’s law enforcement records, including the state’s facial recognition database.
A recent report by the Government Accounting Office raised serious concerns about how the FBI manages its use of technology. They pointed to failures to determine error rates and test data accuracy, non-existent privacy policies, and an overall lack of transparency and notice to the public about how their data was being used.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take an increasing toll on our country, Asians in America have experienced alarming levels of harassment as well as physical attacks. This is not the first time that marginalized communities—including people of Asian descent—have faced increased harassment and violence in the face of a national emergency.
No amount of fear justifies the prejudice, discrimination, and attacks against Asians that we are seeing today. Racist scapegoating has a long and ugly history that has impacted countless communities of color. It is critical that Asian people feel safe, especially in these extraordinary times. We urge state officials to make clear that any anti-Asian sentiment is un-American.
DENOUNCE THE SPEAD OF XENOPHIBIA AND RACISM! Tell Ohio officials to issue statements declaring that hate, racism, harassment, and discrimination against Asians in America are unacceptable. It is the duty of public officials to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, income, or any other protected characteristic.
The Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline is the practice of introducing and/or passing bills to create new crimes, enhance existing penalties, and expand current laws that result in more people going to prison or jail.
Our new report shows that from January 2019 to December 2020, 1,194 bills were introduced in the Ohio General Assembly. Of those, 112 or 9.4% are what we consider “Prison Pipeline” bills. That is nearly 1 out of every 10. It’s time to send a clear message to Ohio lawmakers that we cannot incarcerate our way out of every issue. They must stop contributing to this problem with a never-ending pipeline of bills.
Cash bail creates a two-tiered system of justice in which people who can afford their freedom go home to their families, and those who cannot are forced to suffer in jail. On any given day in Ohio, there are as many as 12,000 people held pretrial! This causes devastating ripple effects for all of us.
Stop the death penalty in Ohio. Contact Governor DeWine and urge him to halt all executions.
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See the current Ohio General Assembly Committee Hearing Schedule for legislation with a civil liberties component.