Upcoming Events

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February 24, 2021 – 2 – 3:15 P.M.

Where do we go from here? criminal justice reform in ohio

Ohio has a long history of criminal justice reform and drug sentencing reform, and yet few can be pleased that Ohio still has the 12th highest incarceration rate in the country and one of the highest rates of overdose deaths. With the passage of HB1 and the failure of SB3 at the end of 2020, many are left wondering what can and cannot be achieved through legislative reforms in Ohio.

Please join us for a discussion of Ohio’s recent reform history, what we might expect in the near future, and how research and experience in other states can inform reform efforts in the Buckeye State.

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February 25, 2021 – 5:00 p.m.

Webinar: Report Reveal – Statehouse-to-prison pipeline and drug courts

Every two years at the end of the legislative session, the ACLU of Ohio releases our Statehouse-to-Prison Pipeline report. These reports highlight the unfortunate prevalence in Ohio of legislation introduced and passed by members of both parties to create new crimes, enhance existing sentences, and expand current criminal laws to include new situations and actors. Our report shows why it is time for legislators to “Just Say No” – no new criminal laws this session – and instead, focus on passing legislation that will help get Ohio’s prison population under control.

Additionally, we analyzed data from 73 drug court dockets, providing a glimpse of Ohio’s adult and juvenile drug courts during the 2017 and 2018 calendar years. Our report: Are Drug Courts the Answer? In Ohio, it’s Hard to Tell: A Snapshot of the System, illustrates why it is time for all drug courts in Ohio to double down on consistent data collection and take steps to make these public records more accessible and easier to understand by the general public.

Join us to discuss Ohio’s serious mass incarceration problem and how we can move forward

Online


February 26-28, 2021 – 9 P.M.

48 hour virtual musicfest in support of citizens for a safer cleveland

Citizens for a Safer Cleveland is a community coalition that has come together to strengthen community oversight over police. With the leadership of families who have lost a loved one to police at the center, the coalition is launching a ballot initiative campaign to put a City of Cleveland charter amendment on the November 2021 ballot that would make the Cleveland Community Police Commission permanent and increase its independence, authority, and resourcing, overall strengthening its ability to serve as a vehicle for community voice and oversight.

The Community Police Commission was originally created by the 2015 US Department of Justice Consent Decree to ensure that the community would have a voice in the creation and administration of police policies and practices. Unfortunately, the Consent Decree did not equip the Commission with the independence, authority, and resourcing necessary to provide the kind of substantial community oversight Cleveland needs. The Citizens for a Safer Cleveland ballot initiative seeks to bring real change by giving the people of Cleveland the power to actually hold police accountable to the community they serve.

All funds raised will go towards the campaign to place this important initiative on the ballot.

Online


March 3, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. – 2 P.M.

League of women voters virtual statehouse day

Learn about the next steps in implementing anti-gerrymandering reforms that were passed by voters in 2015 and 2018, as well as how you can help us bring fair maps to the people of Ohio.

You will also hear from national and state-level experts about our latest efforts to secure voting rights, fight dark money, and improve elections.

Every session comes with action items so that Ohio leaders hear from us!

Online


March 10, 2021 – 5 – 6 P.M.

Criminal justice forum: how policing reinforces racial segregation in the 21st century

Technocratic debates about police reform typically take a narrow view of the multiple, complex roles that policing plays in American society, focusing primarily on police involvement in systems of crime control. Yet, we know that policing plays many roles in society other than fighting crime.

This project focuses on how routine practices of policing maintain racial residential segregation, one of the central mechanisms of American racial inequality. It illustrates six ways that American policing perpetuates residential segregation, drawing from qualitative research in several American cities. Finally, the project engages a fundamental question that emerges in the context of racial justice movements today: Is an anti-segregation approach to policing possible in a society that is structured through race?

Online


March 11, 2021 – 12:00 p.m.

Webinar: The landscape of reproductive rights in ohio

Lunch will be provided!

Reproductive Rights sit on a razor’s edge in Ohio. In the last few months, Ohioans have witnessed the last lameduck session in the Ohio Statehouse being sabotaged in order to pass two new anti-abortion laws as well as the confirmation of another anti-choice SCOTUS judge. Join the ACLU of Ohio and Reproductive Rights experts to get an update on legislation, litigation, and community impact efforts and what the future of reproductive rights in Ohio – and across the nation – looks like.

Online


March 15, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.

southwest ohio regional team meeting

Join us to connect with folks working on similar campaigns in Southwest Ohio and learn how to center key organizing principles in our grassroots advocacy.

Online


March 25, 2021 – 5:00 p.m.

Webinar: everything you need to know about redistricting

Every ten years, Ohio lawmakers redraw our state and congressional districts to reflect shifting populations as captured in the decennial census. However, this process will be different in 2021 than in decades past. For the first time ever, Ohio will redraw state and congressional districts in accordance with two constitutional amendments that were overwhelmingly passed by the public in 2015 and 2018. This webinar will focus on how Ohioans can expect this new process to unfold and how this new process can inject fairness and accountability into the historically partisan and secret process of redistricting.

Online


March 31, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.

bail campaign power analysis summit

All about power mapping bail reform! 

Online


April 8, 2021 – 5:00 p.m.

Webinar: Repealing ohio’s death penalty once and for all

During Ohio’s lame duck session, legislation to prohibit the death penalty for those with “serious mental illness” finally passed. Ohio has not carried out an execution since July 2018. In fact, Governor DeWine entered his first term with seven scheduled executions and reprieved all of them. Public opinion is souring due to Ohio’s history of botched executions. Ohio’s not alone – a Gallop Poll found the majority of Americans now support life in prison (60%) over the death penalty (36%). Additionally, we know that Ohio’s use of the death penalty is part of an ongoing pattern of racial injustice. While Black and Brown people total less than 15% of Ohio’s population, they make up 58% of Ohio’s death row, 33% of those executed and 66% of those exonerated. When Ohio executions have taken place, 75% of the time it has involved a white victim. Join us for a conversation on why it’s time to repeal the death penalty once and for all and how you can join the fight.

Online


April 26, 2021 – 11:30 A.m. 

Statewide action team meeting

2020 was a year of turmoil, struggle and grief, but also a period of growth for our Action Teams in Southwest Ohio. From Hamilton County to Montgomery to Greene and beyond we forged connections, learned from each other and clarified our goals and roles in the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Join us to connect with folks working on similar campaigns and learn how to center key organizing principles in our grassroots advocacy.

Online


April 26, 2021 – 6:30 A.m. 

Statewide action team meeting

2020 was a year of turmoil, struggle and grief, but also a period of growth for our Action Teams in Southwest Ohio. From Hamilton County to Montgomery to Greene and beyond we forged connections, learned from each other and clarified our goals and roles in the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Join us to connect with folks working on similar campaigns and learn how to center key organizing principles in our grassroots advocacy.

Online


May 6, 2021 – 5:00 p.m.

Webinar: What’s Up With the Courts? litigation roundup

Join us for an upcoming webinar and hear from the fierce legal team at the ACLU of Ohio about our current legal docket and how our attorneys fight for civil rights and liberties inside and outside the courtroom.

Online


May 24, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.

southwest ohio regional team meeting

Join us to connect with folks working on similar campaigns in Southwest Ohio and learn how to center key organizing principles in our grassroots advocacy.

Online


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