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Q&A: Morgan Harper on Columbus Stand Up! and Transitioning from Politics to Activism

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Q&A: Morgan Harper on Columbus Stand Up! and Transitioning from Politics to Activism

When Morgan Harper first started her campaign for Ohio’s third congressional district against incumbent Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, she consistently called it a grassroots effort to bring in new leadership that could impact the lives of working people. When that campaign came to an end earlier this year, Columbus was already in the throes of a […]

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Delayed Policy Pitch Night Picks Idea Winner

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Delayed Policy Pitch Night Picks Idea Winner

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, five Columbus community members pitched their local policy ideas to three members of Columbus City Council for the city’s first-ever Policy Pitch Night, in partnership with Cincinnati-based community engagement and strategy company Cohear. The event, which was originally to take place in late March but was postponed due to the coronavirus […]

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Minority Strike Force Issues Final Recommendations in Report

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Minority Strike Force Issues Final Recommendations in Report

By Susan Tebben Ohio’s Minority Strike Force released their final report, which laid out how disproportionate the health care and economic lives of people of color are across the state, and laid out ways to deal with it.  The strike force was empaneled to collect information on COVID-19’s effect on African Americans and other minority populations, […]

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Child Welfare Analysis Shows Impact from Food Insecurity, Broadband Access Even Before Pandemic

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Child Welfare Analysis Shows Impact from Food Insecurity, Broadband Access Even Before Pandemic

By Susan Tebben Infant mortality, broadband connectivity, and racial disparities have been named as major impacts on child health and success, especially as the pandemic continues to create uncertainty educationally and economically throughout the state. A state child advocacy group released its analysis of child welfare before the pandemic, and said the data should be a guide for […]

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Watch Out, ‘Super-Predator’ Rhetoric is Alive and Well

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Watch Out, ‘Super-Predator’ Rhetoric is Alive and Well

The dog-whistle term made most famous by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s, in which the then-first lady gave a speech in support of her husband’s tough-on-crime legislation, simply can’t be shaken. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy,” said Clinton in 1996, in support of the controversial […]

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Prominent Civil Rights Leader Tells Ohio Legislators: Focus on Addressing Racism, Poverty

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Prominent Civil Rights Leader Tells Ohio Legislators: Focus on Addressing Racism, Poverty

By Susan Tebben A prominent civil rights leader and anti-poverty advocate said Friday Ohio legislators need to be focused on passing bills against racism, and refocusing their religious priorities. In a meeting with media from States Newsroom outlets across the country, the Rev. William Barber said the state and the country need to address “interlocking injustices” […]

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This Community Organization Says Mayor Ginther Continues to Ignore Them

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman This Community Organization Says Mayor Ginther Continues to Ignore Them

When it comes to service work, food banks, clothing drives, affordable housing developments and the like are typical of faith-based organizations. But 24 years ago, those efforts didn’t seem to go far enough for local clergy and their congregations. A diverse group of religious organizations came together out of frustration that the root causes of […]

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