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“Late-Term Abortion” is Not a Medical Term, and Other Abortion Facts

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega “Late-Term Abortion” is Not a Medical Term, and Other Abortion Facts

As part of reproductive healthcare, abortion is on a spectrum of health services available to women and people. As determined by the Supreme Court in 1973, abortion, as with other decisions for reproductive and general healthcare, is protected under the constitutional right to privacy.  Conversations around abortion, particularly from anti-abortion camps, have attempted to isolate […]

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Stonewall Releases Video Calling for Unity in LGBTQ Community

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Stonewall Releases Video Calling for Unity in LGBTQ Community

Stonewall Columbus (SWC) is “on a path forward,” says Executive Director AJ Casey in a video released by the organization on Monday, Feb. 4.  The four minute video, posted on SWC’s Facebook page, seemed aimed at addressing the arrests of four black queer and trans individuals — the BlackPride4 — during Stonewall’s pride parade in […]

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Search for Amber Evans Renews Focus on Mental Health for Community Organizers

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Search for Amber Evans Renews Focus on Mental Health for Community Organizers

In a small office in a long hallway — what its frequenters call the Movement Hallway — in a big building in Olde Towne East, there’s a community holding space, a unique community of organizers and fighters for liberation. One of theirs is missing.  Amber Evans, a tiny human with a powerful voice, a friend […]

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Q&A with Columbus City Council’s Newest Member Shayla Favor

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Q&A with Columbus City Council’s Newest Member Shayla Favor

Columbus City Council’s newest councilmember, Shayla Favor, is closing in on one month in her new role. Selected by council from a pool of 15 finalists, she’s filled the vacant seat left by Jaiza Page, who in November 2018 won her race for judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. Though Favor’s path […]

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Mayor Ginther is Running for Re-Election

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Mayor Ginther is Running for Re-Election

Mayor Andrew Ginther is running for re-election. On Monday, Feb. 4, Ginther filed over 3,000 petition signatures for re-election as mayor with the Franklin County Board of Elections. The democrat is the first to throw his name in for this year’s race, in which the seat for mayor as well as four City Council seats […]

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Read Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Full State of the City Address

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Read Mayor Andrew Ginther’s Full State of the City Address

Editor’s note: On Thursday, Jan. 31, Mayor Andrew Ginther delivered the annual State of the City Address. Read the full text here: I am constantly amazed at the diversity of the residents of this great city. Almost 250,000 residents are African-American, 103,000 are foreign born, 53,000 are Latinos, 41,000 are veterans and 38,000 identify as […]

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Civics Update: New City Council Member, Residents Host Town Hall on Shutdown, and more

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Civics Update: New City Council Member, Residents Host Town Hall on Shutdown, and more

Council Selects Replacement for Jaiza Page Columbus City Council has selected Shayla Favor, Assistant City Attorney, to fill the seat vacated by former member Jaiza Page. “We are very pleased to have Favor join our team and look forward to the unique perspective she has to offer,” said Council President Shannon Hardin in a press […]

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