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Calls for the Resignation of Mayor Ginther, Chief Quinlan Grow

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Calls for the Resignation of Mayor Ginther, Chief Quinlan Grow

A change.org petition and a formal committee have been launched in an effort to get Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Columbus Division of Police Chief Thomas Quinlan or both to resign. Protesters have launched the Committee to Recall Ginther, a grassroots effort that has announced a recall petition demanding the mayor’s resignation. The announcement coincided with […]

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House Republicans Pass Bill to Require Written Consent for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Republicans Pass Bill to Require Written Consent for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

By Jake Zuckerman Ohio House Republicans voted Thursday to add an administrative step in the contact tracing process likely to slow down one of the most effective tools known to combat the spread of COVID-19. On a party line vote, House lawmakers passed Senate Bill 31, which requires health officials to obtain written consent from a […]

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‘Willful Ignorance’ the Reason for Lack of Action on Racism, Says Ohio House Dem Leader

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal ‘Willful Ignorance’ the Reason for Lack of Action on Racism, Says Ohio House Dem Leader

By Susan Tebben The Ohio House Minority Leader says it is up to white people to address the societies and legislation that they built to be discriminatory. On day five of protests surrounding the Ohio Statehouse, Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes said the state’s government needs to “lead the nation” in passing a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis.  […]

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Opinion: Columbus Has Bigger Problems Than Broken Windows

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Opinion: Columbus Has Bigger Problems Than Broken Windows

“Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the comments of any and every social media post regarding protests in Columbus and across the country over the weekend, you’ll likely find someone who will acknowledge the death of George […]

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Officials React to Weekend’s Protests

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Officials React to Weekend’s Protests

Over the last several days, City officials have responded to the protests that took place starting Thursday, May 28 and continued over the weekend, the Columbus Division of Police’s handling of those protesters, and more. City Council President Shannon Hardin and Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown have spoken on a renewed urgency for a Civilian Review Commission and […]

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Council President Hardin, Community Leaders Comment on Thursday’s Protests

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Council President Hardin, Community Leaders Comment on Thursday’s Protests

On the evening of Friday, May 29, Columbus City Council called a press conference to comment on the events of last night’s protest. The general message from the conference was in support of protesting, however an urging for nonviolence continued throughout. City Council President Shannon Hardin, Columbus Urban League Young Professionals President Nick Bankston, Letha Pugh, […]

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Photos: Protestors Take to the Streets Over Death of George Floyd

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Photos: Protestors Take to the Streets Over Death of George Floyd

The death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed while in the Minneapolis police department’s custody this week, sparked outrage and protests across the country, including Columbus. Downtown, demonstrators gathered Thursday evening in solidarity with protestors in Minneapolis and in Louisville, where the death of Breonna Taylor in March has also caused unrest. With […]

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