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Protesters Gather Downtown, Call for Abolition of ICE

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Protesters Gather Downtown, Call for Abolition of ICE

The national movement to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) turned up the heat in Columbus on Monday, with a demonstration that shut down traffic Downtown for two hours and ended in 12 arrests. The event gathered between 150 and 200 protesters, all of whom came with the goal to shut down the local ICE […]

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Grassroots: Columbus Could Soon Reclaim Jurisdiction Over Local Oil & Gas Activities

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Grassroots: Columbus Could Soon Reclaim Jurisdiction Over Local Oil & Gas Activities

A local grassroots campaign to give Columbusites the “legal teeth” to fight air, water and soil pollution has garnered enough support to get on the November ballot. Dubbed the Community Bill of Rights, the ordinance would establish local governance over oil and gas activities taking place within the City of Columbus. It’d also enable residents […]

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East Columbus Church Offers Sanctuary to Local Mother and Children

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega East Columbus Church Offers Sanctuary to Local Mother and Children

It was last summer that Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus City Council declared Ohio’s capital a sanctuary city. Today, as it was announced that a second undocumented immigrant has entered sanctuary, the city is starting to live up to its name. Miriam Vargas, originally from Honduras, has lived in Columbus for the last 13 years. […]

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Columbus Turns Out for Families Separated at the Border

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus Turns Out for Families Separated at the Border

It’s a beautiful day for a protest. That’s good news for those taking part in the nationwide action planned for Saturday, June 30, dubbed the Families Belong Together march. The local version took place at the Statehouse on Saturday morning, with a crowd of hundreds pouring into Capitol Square in the 90 degree heat. They […]

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New Marijuana Laws Could Bring Criminal Justice Reform to Ohio

Travis Irvine Travis Irvine New Marijuana Laws Could Bring Criminal Justice Reform to Ohio

As Ohio slowly moves toward implementing its medical marijuana program this fall — and full legalization could potentially be on the ballot next year — it’s worth looking into how criminal justice reforms are being enacted around the nation with the plant’s newfound legal status, and how these same reforms could possibly come to the […]

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In a Fusion of Faith and Political Struggle, Sanctuary Becomes a Movement

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega In a Fusion of Faith and Political Struggle, Sanctuary Becomes a Movement

As the discourse around immigration reform changes daily, Edith Espinal’s own pending citizenship continues to hang in the balance. The undocumented mother of three has been confined to her sanctuary at Columbus Mennonite Church (CMC) in Clintonville since October 2017, when a judge denied her asylum case and issued an order for her deportation. Espinal […]

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Council to Hear Proposed Legislation to Regulate Panhandling

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Council to Hear Proposed Legislation to Regulate Panhandling

On Wednesday, June 20 Columbus City Council will hold a public hearing to present an overview of proposed legislation to address panhandling in Columbus. It’s been a year since the Columbus Police Department stopped enforcing restrictions on panhandling. Since then, local residents have observed a steady uptick in panhandling activities and related aggressive behavior; in […]

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