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The Confluence Cast: The Hilltop

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: The Hilltop

To kick off our neighborhoods series, we’re starting with one of Columbus’ largest, the Hilltop. On the occasion of their newly completed Camp Chase Trail, Jody Dzuranin and Betty Jaynes sat down to discuss the new trail, the renaissance that their fighting for on the Hilltop, some of the sensitivities and perceptions that the westside faces, and what they’re doing to […]

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Grassroots: The Socialist Alternative Fights for Columbus’ Working Class

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: The Socialist Alternative Fights for Columbus’ Working Class

If there’s mobilization behind a progressive policy, more than likely the Socialist Alternative is involved. The international organization, originating in the UK in the 50s and landing stateside in 1984, established its Columbus chapter in 2013. “We’re not a single issue organization,” said Kyle Landis, local activist and member of the Socialist Alternative. “Anywhere people […]

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NEXT: Algorithmic Politics

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Algorithmic Politics

The European Union has proposed a regulation that is being called a “right to explanation.” Neural networks employing deep learning algorithms have become particularly good at reading enormous data sets, identifying patterns in those data, and making accurate predictions and decisions based on those procedures. What is interesting, and a little chilling, is that while […]

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Climate Change Activists Rally Against Trump’s Cabinet Picks

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Climate Change Activists Rally Against Trump’s Cabinet Picks

Local climate change activists gathered Downtown today for a quiet rally at Trinity Episcopal Church. The organized effort called on Senator Rob Portman to reject President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments, several of whom could help eliminate environmental protections and unravel the progress that has been made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Trump picked Scott Pruitt, […]

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GOP Announces Endorsements for City Auditor and City Attorney

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega GOP Announces Endorsements for City Auditor and City Attorney

The Franklin County GOP announced their endorsements for City Attorney and City Auditor, picking private practice lawyer Don Kline to run against current City Council President Zach Klein and local businessman Bob Mealy to run unchallenged (so far) in the races, respectively. A unanimous vote last Tuesday night endorsed Kline, pitting him against Klein in […]

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Protesters Rally at Statehouse, Electors Cast Votes for Trump

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Protesters Rally at Statehouse, Electors Cast Votes for Trump

In a failed final attempt to keep President-elect Donald Trump from becoming President Donald Trump, Columbus residents gathered Monday at the statehouse to protest. It was part of a nationwide day of action led by the December 19 Coalition and other progressive groups. Carlos Buford, from Democracy Spring, said that although all of Ohio’s 18 […]

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Grassroots: Yes We Can Wants Political Involvement to Become Mainstream

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: Yes We Can Wants Political Involvement to Become Mainstream

Note: In this new profile series, CU will take a look at the goals and functions of Columbus’ grassroots organizations to spur community awareness and involvement in them. This is the first installment, so stay tuned for future profiles. For the concerned Columbusite, knowing how to get involved in neighborhood issues can be a task […]

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