Commentary

  • 09.16.19

    Hard Time Admitting The Constitution Is Flawed? We’ll Do It For You.

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    It’s Constitution Day! Okay – so we don’t get out of work or school today, nor do we get to barbeque our favorite foods or watch giant things go boom in the night sky, but is today any less important than Independence Day? Memorial Day? Veterans Day? To put it quite simply, the answer ismore »

  • 09.09.19

    A Brief History of Our Recently Settled Voter Purge Case

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    Our long-fought voter purge case – APRI v Husted – finally came to a favorable conclusion on August 29, 2019. Since it was long, here’s a brief history: We filed suit in early 2016 challenging Ohio’s practice of purging voters for failure to vote. Our complaint had two counts: (1) that the purge process itselfmore »

  • 09.06.19

    Campus Activism: Young Activists Cultivating Long-Lasting Skills

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    College students in the United States have a rich history of participating in activism work to make their voices heard.  In the campus setting, students have a favorable atmosphere to gather with peers based on a common interest relating to various social, political, or environmental issues, and these issues often intersect.  Campus activism can bemore »

  • 08.28.19

    An Update on our Transgender Birth Certificate Lawsuit

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    It’s been a while since we’ve shared an update on the birth certificate lawsuit, so we wanted to bring you up to speed. Unfortunately, the case has been progressing slowly so there are no major updates to report, but there is lots of work going on behind the scenes: As many of you know, Ohiomore »

  • 08.07.19

    Cleveland Police Need a Strong Policy to Protect Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Residents

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      Cleveland Division of Police (CDP) is in the midst of adopting comprehensive reforms, as required by a federal consent decree. While not specifically required by the consent decree, at the urging of ACLU of Ohio, Equality Ohio, Trans Ohio, and the Cleveland Community Police Commission, CDP has agreed to create a policy that willmore »

  • 06.28.19

    Gerrymandering Won’t Prevail, The People Will!

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    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court completely abdicated its judicial responsibility to ensure that the fundamentals of our democratic system — like fair elections — are strong and sound. It’s a sad day. The Court’s broad 5-4 decision — instructing all federal courts to henceforth stay out of cases involving the most extreme partisan gerrymandering —more »

  • 06.25.19

    House Bill 158 – Proponent Testimony

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 158. This was delivered to the House Transportation and Public Safety Committee on June 25, 2019. To Chairman Green, Vice Chair McClain, Ranking Member Sheehy, and members of the House Transportation & Public Safety Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponentmore »

  • 06.20.19

    House Bill 205 – Proponent Testimony

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 205. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on June 20, 2019. To Chairman Lang, Vice Chair Plummer, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present proponent testimony on House Billmore »

  • 06.18.19

    SB 3 and HB 1, Comparing Ohio’s Two Leading Criminal Justice Reform Bills

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      Right now, Ohio spends over $1.8 billion every year to hold nearly 50,000 people in prison. Many of those prisoners struggle with addiction, and many are locked up for simple drug crimes. Throwing people in prison has not solved our state’s drug problems – but it has hurt thousands of Ohio families. It’s (waymore »

  • 06.13.19

    House Bill 3 – Opponent Testimony

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on House Bill 3. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on June 13, 2019. To Chairman Lang, Vice Chair Plummer, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to present opponent testimony on House Billmore »