Commentary

  • 03.06.14

    Religious freedom never should cause harm to other people

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    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 indefinitelymore »

  • 02.28.14

    Media Roundup » 02/21/14 through 02/28/14

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    * ACLU of Ohio Mentioned Local governor candidate denies he committed election fraud – Dayton Daily News, 2/21 Death penalty generating debate; abolition unlikely – Dayton Daily News, 2/22 No mayor’s court? Fine! – Columbus Dispatch, 2/22 Start looking for early voting site now – Cincinnati Enquirer, 2/23 Ohio Gay-Marriage Push Divides Some Advocates –more »

  • 02.27.14

    ‘We can’t arrest our way out of this problem’

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    I have heard this phrase repeated more times than I can count from police officers, judges, prosecutors, probation officers, sheriffs, and jail administrators; I agree with all of them. We can’t arrest our way out of this problem. Our 40 year War on Drugs has come at a tremendous cost, both in human lives andmore »

  • 02.25.14

    Get the Tools to Make a Difference: ACLU of Ohio 2014 Biennial Conference

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    We have accomplished a lot since our last biennial conference in 2012: we went undercover to fight drone surveillance; defended reproductive freedom; worked to shut down debtors’ prisons; took a stand against the seclusion of children; and spoke up for the First Amendment. Now it’s up to you to continue the fight for civil libertiesmore »

  • 02.21.14

    Media Roundup » 02/14/14 through 02/21/14

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    * ACLU of Ohio Mentioned Violence in County Juvenile Detention Center called “critical” – Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2/14 National gay marriage advocates will not support ‘Freedom to Marry’ amendment slated for 2014 election – Cleveland.com, 2/14* Why There’s an Even Larger Racial Disparity in Private Prisons Than in Public Ones – Mother Jones, 2/17* Billmore »

  • 02.15.14

    Media Roundup » 02/07/14 through 02/14/14

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    * ACLU of Ohio Mentioned Ohio finds new ways to make abortions harder to get – Cincinnati Enquirer, 2/7 Immigration debate hits Ohio – Centralohio.com, 2/8* Public officials shouldn’t try to keep the public’s information from the public – Cleveland.com, 2/8 State employees ‘had to pay’ for mistakenly licensing abortion clinic – Dayton Daily News,more »

  • 02.10.14

    Media Roundup » 02/01/14 through 02/07/14

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    * ACLU of Ohio Mentioned Election history will repeat itself in Ohio districts drawn to favor one party or the other – Cleveland.com, 2/2 Inmate’s attorneys ask to stop execution, citing possible ‘lingering death’ – Columbus Dispatch, 2/3 Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA – NPR, 2/4 Right-to-work would be anmore »

  • 02.06.14

    Still Locking People Up for Being Poor? Really?! It’s 2014.

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    This ACLU of Ohio blog post originally appeared on the National ACLU website on 2/05/2014 Debtors’ prisons sound like ancient history, right? Unfortunately, they’re all too common across the United States. In spite of the Constitution, case law, and common sense, low-income people are routinely jailed in places as far-flung as Georgia and Washington State simply becausemore »

  • 01.31.14

    Media Roundup » 01/26/14 through 01/31/14

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    * ACLU of Ohio Mentioned State constitution panel has ‘hobbling start’ – Columbus Dispatch, 1/26 Traffic enforcement cameras violate due process rights: Ohio Rep. Dale Mallory – Cleveland.com, 1/26 Ohio parents’ lawsuit accuses teacher of duct-taping girl with disabilities to chair, screaming at kids, stealing snacks – AP, 1/26 South Side neighborhood installs own camerasmore »

  • 01.27.14

    Demand More From Your Legislators

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    Most lawmakers are smart, passionate people who must focus on a multitude of issues on our behalf. But what happens when that passion becomes an obsession with one issue? The current avalanche of abortion-related legislation is a perfect example of what happens when our leaders become fixated on one controversial topic. In this climate, somemore »