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.
Primary elections are often ignored, but they are every bit as important as any other election. Often the issues on the ballot in these elections affect your life in a very real way.
Ohio’s primary election will take place on Tuesday May 6, 2014.
* ACLU of Ohio Mentioned
- Enough with the early voting complaints: Brent Larkin – Cleveland.com, 3/15
- Too many requests for public records rejected, officials say – Columbus Dispatch, 3/17
- Columbus police maintain list of frequent complainers – Columbus Dispatch, 3/17*
- Ohio case gets serious and satirical attention before Supreme Court hearing – USA Today, 3/17*
- House bill to award high school credit for religious coursework: How they voted – Cleveland.com,
When people go to prison, it’s often their loved ones who end up shouldering the financial burden.
Prison jobs can help inmates purchase the bare essentials, but it falls to families to transfer money into commissary accounts if they want to stay in touch with their loved one on a regular basis.
17-year-old Raistlen Katka twice tried to bite through the veins in his wrists. He tried to commit suicide while in solitary confinement in a Montana detention center.
Raistlen’s story is just one of the countless that indicate how isolation hurts.
This week, after several failed attempts to resolve the issue of excessive seclusion in Ohio’s juvenile detention facilities without litigation, the U.S.
* ACLU of Ohio Mentioned
- Broad language in religious freedom bill could have prompted discriminatory behavior, particularly against gays, legal experts say – Cleveland.com, 2/28*
- GOP, abetted by Gov. Kasich, continues its shameful assault on voting rights in Ohio – Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/1
- Proposed new jail standards both praised, condemned – Columbus Dispatch, 3/2
- In old Fairfield County lockup, standards hard to meet – Columbus Dispatch, 3/2
- A speed trap is reborn – Columbus Dispatch, 3/2
- Fewer going to juvenile detention – Columbus Dispatch, 3/3
- Butler County village can’t use red-light cameras – AP, 3/3
- Cleveland and Columbus charter school concerns will be taken on by upcoming bills in the legislature – Cleveland.com,
The Bill of Rights gives us all the freedom to express our beliefs without government persecution. For some reason, fear has spread around the country that this protection is not enough. Religious protection bills have appeared around the nation, including the vetoed bill in Arizona and Ohio’s own Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was indefinitely postponed.