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Ohio’s Minimum Wage Will Increase in the New Year

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio’s Minimum Wage Will Increase in the New Year

Following a constitutional amendment passed by Ohio voters in November 2006, Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase once again on January 1, 2018. The increase will apply to all workers employed by businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $305,000 per year, according to a press release. The current minimum wage for the […]

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Ohio Department of Commerce Issues 12 Medical Marijuana Cultivation Licenses

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Department of Commerce Issues 12 Medical Marijuana Cultivation Licenses

After more than a year since medical marijuana became legal in Ohio, the 12 licenses to cultivate have been distributed by the Ohio Department of Commerce. The companies chosen, spanning most of the state (except the Central Ohio region), beat out nearly 100 other applicants for a license allowing them up to 25,000 square feet […]

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Combatting Infant Mortality Means First Having the Uncomfortable Conversation About Race

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Combatting Infant Mortality Means First Having the Uncomfortable Conversation About Race

“Combatting infant mortality locally means folks are going to have to get uncomfortable.” Jessica Roach will tell you herself: her plans to combat Columbus’ infant mortality rate aren’t revolutionary. Longstanding and commonsensical, they’re founded in the historical context, lived experiences, and quantitative research that describe the state of quality of life for people of color. […]

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Activists Show Up for Court in Solidarity with the BlackPride4

Katherine Forbes Katherine Forbes Activists Show Up for Court in Solidarity with the BlackPride4

Members of the activist community joined together in front of the Franklin County Municipal Courthouse in support of the BlackPride4. This demonstration was organized by Black, Queer, and Intersectional Columbus (BQIC), and led by founding members, Dkeama Alexis and Ariana Steele. The arrests of the Black Pride 4 — Wriply Bennet, Kendall Denton, Ashley Braxton […]

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Process Begins to Appoint Council President Zach Klein’s Successor

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Process Begins to Appoint Council President Zach Klein’s Successor

The appointment process has begun for the individual who’ll soon take the city council seat currently occupied by President Zach Klein. Starting on Monday, November 20, the City Clerk’s office is accepting applications, which include a résumé and a narrative describing the greatest challenges and opportunities facing Columbus. Klein, recently elected as Columbus City Attorney, […]

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NAACP LDF Critiques City’s At-Large Electoral Process for Having Racially Discriminatory Results

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega NAACP LDF Critiques City’s At-Large Electoral Process for Having Racially Discriminatory Results

At the urging of local ballot issue committee Everyday People for Positive Change (EDP), the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) issued a letter to the City of Columbus asserting that its at-large method of electing city council members has weakened the voting strength of Columbus’ black community and violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights […]

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Activists Respond to End of Community Safety Initiative: “It’s A Small Win”

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Activists Respond to End of Community Safety Initiative: “It’s A Small Win”

After a year of back-and-forth with local government, the People’s Justice Project (PFP) celebrated a small victory when Mayor Andrew Ginther announced the termination of the Community Safety Initiative and the reallocation of public safety funding in the 2018 Operating Budget for the City of Columbus. The initiative, which involved placing plainclothes officers in high […]

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