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BlackPride4 Moves Forward after Community Dialogue: “We Must Disrupt”

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega BlackPride4 Moves Forward after Community Dialogue: “We Must Disrupt”

The conversation isn’t about Stonewall Columbus (SWC) anymore. The BlackPride4 (BP4) and their supporters made that clear at their community dialogue on Monday night. It came a week after SWC attempted a discussion of their own, meant to address racism and transphobia in the LGBTQ+ community as well as their delayed response to the arrests […]

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Grassroots: Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus Redefines Liberation

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus Redefines Liberation

For such a young organization, Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus (BQIC) has already managed to push itself to the forefront of issues at the intersection of race and gender identity. Joining other community organizations with common ideals and goals, BQIC confronts injustices as they affect queer and trans people of color, a population that’s been […]

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National Program Centralizing Women’s Issues to Visit Columbus, Provide Training

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega National Program Centralizing Women’s Issues to Visit Columbus, Provide Training

In the last year alone, a constant push has established itself to diversify voices and participation in politics and leadership. The emergence of organizations training women to run for office, like She Should Run, Emerge, Ready to Run, and Vote, Run, Lead, proves that. Galvanize, a program launched by national organization United State of Women […]

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BlackPride4 Take Over Stonewall Community Conversation, Reject Organization Leadership

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega BlackPride4 Take Over Stonewall Community Conversation, Reject Organization Leadership

Editor’s note: This article was updated to include a more accurate estimate of the number of protesters present, as well as additional input from Stonewall Board Member Joshua Snyder-Hill. When Stonewall Columbus planned their community dialogue, it didn’t include a BlackPride4 hijack. They didn’t expect 100 protesters to filter in and disrupt it. And they […]

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Charter Review Committee Recommends Nine-Member District-At-Large Council

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Charter Review Committee Recommends Nine-Member District-At-Large Council

The Charter Review Committee, charged last September with the task of assessing and developing a recommendation for the composition and operations of Columbus City Council, released its recommended legislation this week. If approved, a “District-At-Large” form of council would be implemented, vacancy appointments would see a longer, more public process, and every resident would have […]

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National Progressive Training Organization Launches Local Chapter Tonight

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega National Progressive Training Organization Launches Local Chapter Tonight

A national organization will establish a local presence this evening. The New Leaders Council (NLC), a nonprofit focused on bringing fresh names and faces into progressive politics and other leadership positions, launches its Columbus chapter tonight during a happy hour at Strongwater in Franklinton. “We want people who don’t look like or do the kinds […]

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15 Arrested During Sit-In at Sen. Portman’s Office

Madeline Stocker Madeline Stocker 15 Arrested During Sit-In at Sen. Portman’s Office

After a morning of peaceful sit-ins on the first floor of Sen. Rob Portman’s office building, Columbus police officers began forcibly removing disabled activists from their wheelchairs with sudden levels of force and aggression. Officers policing Portman’s 37 W. Broad St. office resorted to force 3 p.m. Friday, minutes after claiming the activists were blocking […]

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