By Dan Rogan
The ACLU has always protected freedom of speech. Throughout history this has dealt with issues that were, at that time, considered uncomfortable.
Our future leaders, millennials, have been identified as the most socially liberal generation yet. So as social conscience is changing, uncomfortable issues are becoming comfortable, and those on the wrong side of history will be pushed out of the mainstream of our national zeitgeist.
Editor’s Note: On May 23, Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo was acquitted in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.
I was in class, listening with one ear to the live stream of the Brelo verdict on my laptop.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
King’s words echo in my ears whenever people state how we should be careful when we write or speak about what we truly believe in.
By Ellen Kubit
2015 is here. That means the 2016 presidential election is on the horizon.
Few people in Ohio want to begin thinking about the 2016 election cycle, especially on the heels of a midterm election. Between the countless advertisements, back-and-forth arguments, and non-stop campaigning, election years can be tiresome.
By Ellen Kubit
Photograph courtesy of Rachel Woods
It was pure activism in motion. The call went out and thousands came to have their voices heard by those in power.
This past weekend, several ACLU of Ohio staffers traveled to Washington D.C., to participate in the National March Against Police Violence, sponsored by the National Action Network.
By Jeff Miller
Belle Likover and Susan Galloway
It’s not where you’re from; it’s not where you are—it’s what you do.
Long time ACLU supporters, Ed and Belle Likover are shining examples of activists who truly lived and breathed this sentiment. Ed Likover stood for what he believed in even if he stood alone, and his courage never wavered.
By Tim Cable
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.Tags: Banned Books Week
By Tim Cable
“In short, the answer to false statements in politics is not to force silence, but to encourage truthful speech in response, and to let the voters, not the Government, decide what the political truth is.”
With these words, Federal District Judge Timothy S.
At this point, we do not know. But we do know that it’s a gamble the State of Ohio is willing to take, as officials recently released the revised execution schedule for the next two years.
In April, we urged Governor John Kasich to pause executions through the end of 2015 so that courts and experts could take the time needed to ensure that lethal injections do not amount to cruel and unusual punishment.
“It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” -Justice Abe Fortas
Mary Beth Tinker has continued to advocate for students’ First Amendment rights since she was the lead plaintiff in the 1969 landmark U.S.
By Tim Cable
In a recent unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court handed a win to civil liberties and free speech. The Court ruled that an Ohio political advocacy group can challenge a state law that criminalizes “false” statements made about candidates during political campaigns.
By Tim Cable
SLAPP suits, a.k.a. Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, date back to the earliest years of our country, long before the term existed. Although the right to speak your mind and fight for what you believe in is one of our nation’s oldest and dearest principles, those with vast resources have often tried to silence those who disagree with them.Tags: SLAPP
By Nick Worner
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- Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction: Rehab at core of our mission – Toledo Blade, 10/20
- High School Football Player Kicked off Team, Suspended Over Poem – Fox8 Cleveland, 10/22
- Ohio ACLU files suit over right to write on sidewalk – Toledo Blade, 10/23
- Group gets OK to write with chalk on sidewalk – Toledo Blade, 10/24
- School Officials: Student’s Poem Punishment Overturned – Fox8 Cleveland, 10/24
- Audit: Private Prison Retains Increased Levels of Violence – Cincinnati CityBeat, 10/24
- Ohio Abortion Clinic Closings Likely to Accelerate Under New State Regulations – Cleveland.com,
“Any treatment, especially in the schools, of questions like war and peace, racism – black and white – religion and patriotism, is bound to raise disagreements and stir emotional response…We know of no way to stimulate the growth of our youth if we insulate them from the real issues.”
This week, members of the Ohio Board of Education criticized one of the literary works of fellow Ohioan and acclaimed author Toni Morrison for being “totally inappropriate.” They do not want Ohio 11th graders to read Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye because it references rape, among other controversial issues.