Commentary

  • 03.25.20

    Voting Rights Groups Push Back On Senate Bill 294

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    To: Speaker Householder, Minority Leader Sykes, Senate President Obhof, Minority Leader Kenny Yuko, all members of the Ohio General Assembly CC: Statehouse Press Corps RE: Opposition to Senate Bill 294 and minimum acceptable steps to ensure every eligible Ohioan can successfully cast a ballot From: ACLU of Ohio, All Voting is Local, Common Cause Ohio, Faith in Public Life, League ofmore »

  • 03.20.20

    Visibility Matters: Transgender Day of Visibility 2020

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      March 31st marks the annual Transgender Day of Visibility, an international holiday that celebrates transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. The day is dedicated to acknowledging all that has been accomplished to promote trans equality and justice in the face of adversity. It is also a time to raise awareness around the discrimination that unfortunatelymore »

  • 03.13.20

    Ohioans: Here’s How to Keep Calm and Vote on

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      If you thought voting was confusing any other time than right now, coronavirus has most certainly beaten that standard by a long shot. With schools shutting down, polling locations changing last minute due to vulnerable population concerns, and the number of cases increasing daily, registered voters might be feeling panicked and wondering if youmore »

  • 03.11.20

    ACLU of Ohio Expresses Concern in Letter to Gov. DeWine Regarding the Prevention & Management of COVID-19 for Incarcerated Ohioans

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    On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Ben Guess and Legal Director Freda Levenson sent Ohio Governor Mike DeWine a letter urging an immediate plan of action regarding the state’s prevention and management of COVID-19 and its impact on incarcerated Ohioans. The letter outlines the need to protect against the potential spreadmore »

  • 02.26.20

    Sub. House Bill 215 – Opponent Testimony

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on Sub. House Bill 215. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on February 26, 2020. 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 Substitutemore »

  • 02.26.20

    Senate Bill 260 – Opponent Testimony

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on Senate Bill 260. This was delivered to the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee on February 26, 2020. To Chairman Burke, Vice Chair Huffman, Ranking Member Antonio, and members of the Senate Health, Human Services & Medicaid Committee, thank you for this opportunity tomore »

  • 02.26.20

    House Bill 431 – Opponent Testimony

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    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on Senate Bill 260. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee Committee on February 26, 2020. 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 Housemore »

  • 02.24.20

    All Ohioans Can Live up to the Legacy of Black History Month – Here’s How

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    Late last year, the Economics Policy Institute Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) released a new report which made something glaringly obvious: Ohio still has a major racism problem. The evidence is there in many glaring ways – for instance, Ohio is in the top ten states with the largest ratio between black and whitemore »

  • 02.05.20

    Ohioans might have been confused about abortion laws. Not anymore.

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    In 2019, I moved to Columbus from Arizona four days after Senate Bill 23 was introduced in late February. Before I had even gotten to unpack the last of my items, the bill, which was dubbed by anti-choice groups as the “Heartbeat Bill”, was signed into law in early April. It followed in the quickmore »

  • 01.30.20

    Our thoughts on Criminal Rule 46 and why it is NOT enough

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    Ohio needs REAL bail reform. Every day in Ohio, thousands of people are kept behind bars, not because of what they have done, but because of what they don’t have. Our state’s overreliance on cash bail sets up a two-tiered system of justice in which those who can afford to buy their freedom go home,more »