Understanding that power concedes nothing without a demand and that the people of Ohio want to fight for something they believe in, the Action Team is powerful organized body of activists and ACLU supporters who work to push campaigns regionally and statewide. Supported by regional organizers and the broader ACLU organization, the Action Team is dedicated to dismantling the current unjust structural system that works for a few to build a new one that works for all people. Focusing on training, equipping, and empowering our volunteers to act in the public arena, we work to radically change the landscape of Ohio for the better.

The Action Team volunteers and leaders tap into the resources of the ACLU of Ohio in order to advance local and statewide campaigns. Partnering with our Policy, Communications and Litigation Departments, the Organizing team and the Action Team have powerful resources for on-the-ground success.

Our Theory of Change is: We believe if we recruit, equip and transformationally engage everyday Ohioans then we will radically shift the balance of power and win fair and equitable public policies.

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Our Organizing Team:

Elizabeth Chasteen Day
organizing director
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Melekte Melaku
organizing strategist – Cleveland (Northern Ohio)
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Natalie Johnson
organizing associate – Southeast Ohio
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Riley Taylor
organizing strategist – Cincinnati (Southwest Ohio)
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Taiwo Mack
organizing associate – Columbus (Central Ohio)
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Current organizing focuses:

  • LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Economic Justice
  • Education Justice
  • Housing Rights
  • Reproductive Justice 
  • Criminal Justice Reform

Calendar of Events:

For the most up-to-date schedule of events please visit the ACLU of Ohio events page.

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