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Trump Rally and Counter Protest Planned at Ohio Statehouse Tomorrow

Walker Evans Walker Evans Trump Rally and Counter Protest Planned at Ohio Statehouse Tomorrow

Two groups of activists will converge at the Ohio Statehouse tomorrow to show either their approval or their disapproval of President Trump. A militia group known as the West Ohio Minutemen are organizing the MAGA Columbus Rally, which is part of a larger national movement to host “Make America Great Again” events all across the US […]

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The Confluence Cast: Department of Neighborhoods

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Department of Neighborhoods

As we embark on our semi-regular neighborhoods series, we went to the person tasked with creating a one-stop shop for neighborhoods to access city-government services. In this week’s episode, Director Carla Williams-Scott discusses the various functions of the Department of Neighborhoods, the impetus for it, and what opportunities she sees in the diversity of our city’s neighborhoods and […]

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No Action on 20 Week Abortion Ban from Ohio Pro-Choice Groups

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega No Action on 20 Week Abortion Ban from Ohio Pro-Choice Groups

The anti-choice movement in Ohio got a win on Tuesday, when the ban on abortions after 20 weeks officially went into effect. Its only exception is if the mother’s life is at risk, but it doesn’t bend in cases of rape or incest. Gov. John Kasich signed it into law in December. Other than a […]

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Opinion: High School Activists Lay Out Education Demands at “Where are the Pencils” Rally

Melat Eskender Melat Eskender Opinion: High School Activists Lay Out Education Demands at “Where are the Pencils” Rally

“What does democracy look like?” “This is what democracy looks like!” The chant was repeated continuously, and with each repetition the tone of the crowd became increasingly fervent. A cycle of similar chants would be interchanged, including “We need money for education. Not for jails and incarceration!” and “When education is under attack, what do […]

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Gallery: International Women’s Day 2017

Grace Fleisher Grace Fleisher Gallery: International Women’s Day 2017

International Women’s Day has come and gone. Here are some highlights, in case you missed it.

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Opinion: In Defense of Foreign Aid

John Lundine John Lundine Opinion: In Defense of Foreign Aid

Foreign aid is in the news again. As the Trump Administration proposes $54 billion in cuts to the federal budget to increase military expenditures, they are targeting a significant reduction in foreign aid. In response to this, a diverse chorus of supporters has come forward in support of foreign aid.  This includes more than 100 […]

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How to Participate in International Women’s Day in Columbus

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega How to Participate in International Women’s Day in Columbus

International Women’s Day is here, an annual reminder of women’s continual struggle and a celebration of their successes in spite of it. It’s a tradition carried forward since 1908. But, even if it can be counted on to show up every year on March 8, IWD’s theme is malleable, often conforming to the current events […]

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