Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to reflect not just on what King accomplished but also on how his tactics can inform our work for social change.
When King wrote his Letter from Birmingham Jail, racial segregation was an institution.
When Ohio’s legislature and secretary of state slashed early voting opportunities this year, the ACLU of Ohio fought it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
While that fight has received national media attention, there’s another ongoing battle for voting rights in Ohio that you might not have heard about.
After a federal district court judge ruled in the ACLU of Ohio’s case NAACP v. Husted that cuts to early voting opportunities in Ohio must be restored in time for the November 2014 election, Secretary of State Jon Husted could have taken the opportunity to accept the court’s order and begin educating voters about early voting.
Every year during the last week of September, Banned Books Week reminds us not to take for granted our precious freedom to read, write, and think whatever we want.
Across the country, books are still regularly challenged and targeted for censorship.
Well, since it happened at a private prison, it’s hard to know – privately-run prisons lack the transparency required at state-run facilities. During the incident and the days following the uprising, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the for-profit company that runs the prison, kept its lips sealed.
The ACLU works to guarantee that all are free to follow and practice their faith – or no faith at all – without governmental interference.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 5 decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway is a disappointing step in the opposite direction – but it by no means signals the unification of church and state.
When Jack contacted us in the summer of 2012, he had reached his lowest point.
This is the first in a series of posts focusing on issues we will be tackling at the 2014 ACLU of Ohio biennial conference, Resist. Reclaim. Restore Your Rights!
Working to defend and expand voting rights is a central focus for the ACLU of Ohio.
We have accomplished a lot since our last biennial conference in 2012: we went undercover to fight drone surveillance; defended reproductive freedom; worked to shut down debtors’ prisons; took a stand against the seclusion of children; and spoke up for the First Amendment.
In 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed December 15 Bill of Rights Day, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding document’s ratification in 1791. December 15 was to be, in Roosevelt’s words, “a day of mobilization for freedom and for human rights, a day of remembrance of the democratic and peaceful action by which these rights were gained, a day of reassessment of their present meaning and their living worth.”
In this spirit, Bill of Rights Day is an opportunity to look back at the history of individual rights in the United States – to mark our high and low points and assess our progress toward bringing to life the promise of our founding documents.
On September 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting. Only one item of business occupied the agenda: to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. In 2004, Congress created Constitution Day and passed a law requiring all publicly funded educational institutions to provide educational programming on the Constitution on that day.