The ACLU knows a few things about true religious freedom. We’ve been fighting for it since our founding in 1920.
Religion and our freedom to exercise (or not to exercise) it is an important part of what makes us Americans and we’ll continue to ensure all people have these rights.
Time and time again voters profess their wavering loyalty to the ballot and only show up in large numbers for presidential elections. Many people will pay more attention to the hustle and bustle of collegiate sports this month than the excitement of local politics, but this is when the real change occurs.
If you think the worst of the worst are the only people in prison, think again.
Our addiction to incarceration has reached unprecedented levels. With only five percent of the world’s population, we have 25 percent of its prison population. Ohio is one of the top 10 prison states in the country and our prisons are dangerously overcrowded.
Ralph Mackey knows what he would do to make money in politics.
“If I were a politician,” he said, “I’d be pushing private prisons.”
Despite this statement, Mackey is no advocate for prison privatization. He knows far too much about what happened when Lake Erie Correctional Institute (LaECI) was sold to Corrections Corporation of America.
“Remember the ladies.”
In March of 1776, before the laws of the land were finalized, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, to remind him the Constitution should not limit freedom to men. She cautioned if women were not included, “we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” Her warning was ignored, birthing the fight for equality.
In Ohio alone, there are at least 70 public gun shows every year.
They are visited by collectors of antique firearms, historians, target shooters and hunting enthusiasts—and are often your neighbors. It’s estimated about one of every three Ohioans owns one or more guns.
One of the first things that Craig Knowles loved about Cleveland was the Cleveland International Film Festival.
Last December, Ohio’s so-called “Heartbeat Bill” ultimately expired when a majority of members in the Ohio House of Representatives voted against it as the legislative session wound down.
However, Statehouse watchers knew to expect it back some time after the new session started in January.
You might consider going to the bathroom a subject that doesn’t belong in the blogosphere—something so intimate, private, and none of your business. It’s all of those things.
However, for the transgender community, the battle for equality often puts the most intimate parts of life under a public microscope.
Paul Reynolds was ready to give up.
Reynolds was working as a corrections officer at the Lake Erie Correctional Institute when the state of Ohio sold the facility to Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). It was the first (and only) time a state prison was sold to a private company.
Are people right to say that if you don’t break the law police won’t bother you? Is it true that if you obey police orders you won’t get hurt?
Not if you live in Cleveland—or in Ferguson, Missouri, for that matter.
Photo: West Midlands Police via Flickr Creative Commons
Every so often, new or updated technology is introduced to law enforcement. The list includes tear gas, pepper spray, stun guns, dashboard cameras, and automatic license plate readers, among other things.
These tools greatly assist police.
What happens when delegates from various continents are in one room together to talk about democracy?
Last month we found out.
In early February, we met with emerging leaders representing Argentina, Botswana, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and Tajikistan as part of a professional exchange program sponsored by the U.S.