Blog Posts – ACLU of Ohio

  • 03.25.21

    House Bill 55 – Proponent testimony

    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on House Bill 55. This was delivered to the House Government Oversight Committee on March 25, 2021.


    To Chairman Wilkin, Vice Chair White, Ranking Member Sweeney, and members of the House Government Oversight Committee, thank you for this opportunity to provide proponent testimony for House Bill 55.

  • 03.16.21

    So You Want To Submit A Public Records Request…

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    March 14th kicked off Sunshine Week – a national initiative all about raising awareness around the importance of open government. This weeklong celebration brings advocates, activists, news media, and others together to highlight the importance of having laws that keep government records and official meetings open and accessible to the public.

  • 03.16.21

    House Bill 22 – Opponent Testimony

    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ opponent testimony on House Bill 22. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on March 16, 2021.


    To Chairman LaRe, Vice Chair Swearingen, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to provide opponent testimony for House Bill 22.

  • 03.12.21

    Introducing Our Columbus Police Contract Negotiation Toolkit

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    Police practices gained national notoriety this summer in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. But for those of us paying attention, we know that indefensible police violence against people of color is hardly new. And since this summer, Ohio has seen others tragically killed at the hands of the police allegedly charged to protect us.

  • 03.11.21

    Ohio Counties Need to Cut Ties with ICE

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    When President Joe Biden took office on January 20, 2021 it ignited a number of conversations about what’s first on the new administration’s agenda. One topic that rose quickly to the top was immigration. While the federal government has authority over immigration policy, state and local governments play an active role in implementation.

  • 03.10.21

    Dear Cleveland, We Need Bail Reform. Now.

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    Although coronavirus is ever present in our daily lives and occupies space constantly in our news and everyday activities, there are other plagues that haunt us. Black, Brown, and poor communities are not given the attention they deserve and the issues that plague them are often not addressed as critical, because of institutional racism and systemic inequality.

  • 03.10.21

    House Bill 8 – Proponent Testimony

    Criminal Justice Reform Efforts

    Below is our Chief Lobbyist Gary Daniels’ proponent testimony on House Bill 8. This was delivered to the House Criminal Justice Committee on March 11, 2021.


    To Chairman LaRe, Vice Chair Swearingen, Ranking Member Leland, and members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, thank you for this opportunity to provide the following proponent testimony for House Bill 8.

  • 03.08.21

    Redistricting In Ohio: Top 4 Things You Should Know

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    2021 is a fresh start in many ways. It is the beginning of a new decade, the US appears to have turned the corner in the fight against COVID-19, and the current President’s twitter feed is pleasingly dull. History will mark the 2011-2020 era of American politics as plagued by polarization, during which we increasingly became the Divided States of America.

  • 03.04.21

    Being Anti-Racist Means Fighting Against Anti-Asian Violence, Too

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    I remember it clear as day, even though it was almost a year ago. During one of the many COVID press briefings that took place in the beginning of the pandemic, a brave female reporter asked then-President Trump: “Why do you keep calling it the Chinese virus?”