This ACLU of Ohio Op/Ed originally appeared in The Cincinnati Enquirer on 6/25/2014
Mike Brickner is senior policy director for ACLU American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio.
“This is not what democracy should look like.”
It was my first thought as I watched the television on Nov.
It is understandably difficult to keep track of everything that goes on at the Statehouse. We have a hard time ourselves. The current two-year legislative session is 75% over and, with important elections looming, we expect the Statehouse will be quieter during the fall until the lame duck session.
It seems lately that our country has made huge advances in LGBT rights. And it has. And it is all happening so fast. Since last June’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions, 19 states now have marriage equality. Every remaining state where gay marriage is currently outlawed has cases sitting before federal courts.
Have you ever wanted to know more information about how the government is operating? Do you wonder what your local city council, municipal court, or the state General Assembly is up to? If you think an open government is important, then you should request a public record.
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.
Obama for America v. Husted, filed in 2012 and decided on June 11, 2014, challenged an Ohio statute and a set of directives issued by the Ohio Secretary of State on the ground that the provisions together violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
This is the seventh 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!
Reproductive rights do not begin and end at abortion.
Rather, abortion is just one of many rights that run the full gamut of a woman’s life.
Right here in Ohio, a company is making millions in taxpayer dollars by keeping people in prison. The longer people stays in prison, the more money they are worth.
Prisons for profit are a multi-billion-dollar industry that depends on, and profits from, our national addiction to incarceration.
This post discusses HB 346, and security/privacy risks regarding enhanced IDs.
In 2005, the federal government passed the Real ID Act, in the hopes of creating a national identification card that all people would carry. In fact, without one of these identification cards, you would hypothetically be unable to fly commercially, or enter a federal court.
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.
This is the sixth 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!
“Your voice is heard through your vote,” says Genise Jordan, a young mother and college student of Cleveland, Ohio.
This is the fifth 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!
Can you be fired because of who you love? In Ohio, the answer is still yes, unfortunately.