AKRON – Today, March 28, the ACLU of Ohio filed an amended complaint in a case challenging a Summit County ordinance, enacted in December of 2018, which criminalizes giving or receiving donations near roadways; a thinly disguised effort to effectively ban panhandling from much of the county. The ACLU argues that the ordinance unconstitutionally burdens Read more…
Broadly Worded Legislation Targets Protected Free Speech
COLUMBUS- On Wednesday, November 14, at 10:30am the ACLU of Ohio will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose Substitute Senate Bill 250, legislation that will discourage peaceful demonstrations or the mere exercising of one’s First Amendment rights. The language of the legislation is very broad and could result in the criminalization of peaceful Read more…
CINCINNATI — The ACLU of Ohio filed suit this morning against a judge on the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, who issued an unlawful injunction in State ex rel. Deters v City of Cincinnati to ban homeless encampments in all of Hamilton County. The ACLU filed the mandamus action in the First District Court Read more…
A coordinated effort amongst 18 organizations in 12 states targeting more than 240 similar outdated ordinances.
CLEVELAND – Today the ACLU of Ohio in a letter nationally coordinated by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, urged 69 Ohio municipalities to repeal their bans on panhandling. Since the 2015 Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert finding heightened protections for free speech, every case brought against panhandling ordinances—more Read more…
ACLU of Ohio and Other Advocates for the Homeless Urge City of Akron to Keep Second Chance Village Open
Cleveland— Today, on June 14, the ACLU of Ohio, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, scholars from Cleveland State University, and others sent a letter to Akron City Officials urging them not to destroy a local homeless encampment, Second Chance Village. The Akron Planning Commission will determine the fate of this village tomorrow, on Read more…