Commentary

  • 07.05.18

    “How Did We Get Here?” An Historical Reconciliation

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    To usher in the summer of 2018, the state of Ohio distinguished itself in vigorously enforcing the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, and the detention of families. In the first week of June, 114 people were captured at Corso’s Flower and Gardening Center in Sandusky. In the third week of June, 146 people weremore »

  • 06.27.18

    WHY WE CAN’T STAY SILENT.

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    I will never forget the day my son was born. I knew the moment I first held him that there was nothing I wouldn’t do to keep him safe and ensure he had the best possible life. This instinctual drive to protect and nurture our children is shared by mothers and fathers everywhere. It ismore »

  • 06.14.18

    Young Americans Support Abortion Rights, Ohio Legislators Couldn’t Care Less

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    Recently, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a nonpartisan, independent research organization, released a poll that shows younger Americans are more supportive of abortion rights than older Americans, and more importantly, that their views are becoming more supportive over time. But certain members of the Ohio Legislature do not seem to care about what youngmore »

  • 06.13.18

    U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s Letter to DHS Regarding Sandusky ICE Raid

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    On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, over 200 ICE agents descended upon agriculture businesses in Sandusky and Castalia, Ohio. They arrested 114 workers and loaded them onto buses bound for detention facilities in Youngstown, Ohio and Battle Creek, Michigan. On Friday, June 8, the ACLU of Ohio called on our supporters to urge U.S. Senators Sherrodmore »

  • 05.30.18

    Employee Spotlight: Emma Keeshin

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    Get to know the ACLU of Ohio team by checking out our Employee Spotlight blogs! You may know that Emma is from the beautiful state of  Vermont, that she loves to dance, and that she is an alumna of  Oberlin College, but today we found out some new fun facts! Read on for more information.more »

  • 05.23.18

    FAQs – Congressional Redistricting Litigation

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        On May 23, 2018, the ACLU of Ohio filed a lawsuit challenging Ohio’s Federal Congressional District maps.       Who is lawsuit is brought against? The lawsuit is brought against Ohio Secretary of State John Husted, Ohio Senate Majority Leader Larry Obhof, and Interim House Speaker Ryan Smith. Who is the ACLUmore »

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    05.18.18

    Are Law Enforcement Officers Committed to Safety for All, or Just Some?

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    In case you didn’t know, it’s National Police Week. Let’s reflect on what’s missing from the conversation. We can all agree that we want our neighborhoods to feel safe. But “safe” can mean many different things to many different people. And too often, governments have used the idea of “safety” as a way to diminishmore »

  • 05.15.18

    When Politicians Use Social Media to Silence Their Critics

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    It took many decades of lawsuits and court decisions to establish the parameters and boundaries of free speech in this country.  As a result, society has reasonably clear guidance on who can speak, when they can speak, where they can speak, and what they can say without running afoul of interference or punishment from theirmore »

  • 05.09.18

    Redistricting 101

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    Single-party control and fair map-drawing seem to go together about as well as peanut butter and trout. After all, is there anything more political than drawing the very lines that can keep politicians in power? This has been the central issue plaguing redistricting for generations. Our political system has been set up with winners andmore »

  • 05.01.18

    Employee Spotlight: James Kosmatka

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    Get to know the ACLU of Ohio team by checking out our Employee Spotlight blogs! You may know that James has a background in theatre and used to work at Cleveland Public Theatre, or that he once appeared on Jeopardy! but today we found out some new fun facts! Read on for more information.  more »