Civil Rights

With voter expansion referendum in pieces, ACLU asks Supreme Court to step in

BY: - March 6, 2020

A political group asked the Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse the state Ballot Board’s decision to dissect its referendum into four separate parts. The proposed referendum would have allowed for automatic voter registration, Election Day registration, and other provisions.  Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections, an offshoot of the ACLU of Ohio, submitted […]

Push for death penalty elimination continues with upcoming legislation

BY: - March 6, 2020

Current and former legislators, religious leaders and advocacy groups came together Wednesday to announce an upcoming bill to eliminate the death penalty in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, brought the groups together to promote the concept of life without parole being the highest criminal punishment in the state. The legislator has introduced a bill […]

Liberal Supreme Court justices challenge abortion restrictions in high-stakes case

BY: - March 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — The liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared highly skeptical of a Louisiana law that restricts abortion access as the justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in a high-stakes case that could open the door for additional abortion limitations around the country. But the court’s conservative majority — which is likely to determine […]

LGBTQ+ protections, pet euthanasia, women’s policy, and the impacts of racism

BY: - March 4, 2020

Whiplash. NPR is reporting that under the Trump administration, Obama-era policies aimed at protecting LGBTQ people have been rescinded one by one. “The Trump administration is — tit for tat — … trying to reverse-engineer every single one of those advances,” one law professor says. The pound. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles is reporting, “Bill Would Ban Use Of […]

Major abortion case heads to U.S. Supreme Court this week

BY: - March 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a high-profile abortion case that’s rooted in Louisiana but could have major implications in states around the country. The case, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, centers on a Louisiana law that requires any physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a […]

Republicans slice voter registration referendum into four parts

BY: - March 3, 2020

Ohio Republicans sliced apart a proposed constitutional amendment that would have made it easier to vote in Ohio. By dissecting the “Secure and Fair Elections Amendment” into four separate ballot proposals instead of one cohesive sweep, the Ohio Ballot Board effectively increased the required number of valid signatures four-fold from about 443,000 to nearly 1.8 […]

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On 8th anniversary of Trayvon Martin shooting, committee fields ‘stand your ground’ support

BY: - February 28, 2020

Eight years to the day after George Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed black teenager and thrust the phrase into the public lexicon, an Ohio statehouse committee soldiered forward with its review of “stand your ground” legislation. The House Criminal Justice committee continued its consideration Wednesday of the bill, which would remove Ohioans’ “duty to […]

U.S. House votes on landmark bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lynching is not considered a hate crime under federal law, but that’s expected to change soon. The U.S. House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to approve a bill called the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. The bill would specifically list lynching as a hate crime, which is identified as a crime that targets people based on their race […]

Wrongful convictions, Lake Erie erosion, and unpaid state loans

BY: - February 26, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Unjust justice. Columbus Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow is reporting, “Can Ohio end wrongful convictions that sent 83 […]

Planned Parenthood: Telemedicine bill takes healthcare away from underserved Ohioans

BY: - February 25, 2020

Leaders of Ohio’s Planned Parenthoods say a bill to limit abortion-related telemedicine is not only unconstitutional, but cuts off access to safe health care for Ohioans who need it most. Senate Bill 260 is set for a hearing and possible vote on Wednesday, to prevent the use of telemedicine as a way to prescribe and […]

How an Ohio representative’s business could profit off the ‘stand your ground’ bill he co-sponsors

BY: - February 24, 2020

An Ohio lawmaker is co-sponsoring legislation that experts say could benefit his private business, which sells liability insurance and other protections for gun owners in case they shoot someone in self-defense. Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., runs Second Call Defense, along with two top executives of the Buckeye Firearms Association, the state’s most influential […]

Rape survivors: Statute of limitations keeps us from justice

BY: - February 24, 2020

Closure takes time. Survivors of rape sometimes need more time than Ohio law gives them. That was the agreement of the women who came forward to implore an Ohio Senate committee to support the elimination of a statute of limitations on rape. Anna Cunningham spoke for herself, her daughter, and her son, who both experienced […]