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National Prison Strike Calls for End to “Modern-Day Slavery”

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega National Prison Strike Calls for End to “Modern-Day Slavery”

The debate around criminal justice reform has long been limited to the manner by which potential suspects are arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced for their crimes. In mainstream conversations, not much has been said about the treatment of those who are already incarcerated, what kind of wages they earn for the labor they do, what […]

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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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Indies Aplenty during H’wood’s Weekend Off

Hope Madden Hope Madden Indies Aplenty during H’wood’s Weekend Off

Hollywood is taking a breather this weekend. No major studio releases. Not one. Some dreck, surely, but nothing big market. There are, however, some amazing indies you can find in theaters around town this weekend, and you should definitely take advantage. Here are some of the best choices. Whose Streets? Screening this weekend only at […]

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Protest, Arrests at Pride Parade Highlight Racism, Transphobia in LGBTQ Community

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Protest, Arrests at Pride Parade Highlight Racism, Transphobia in LGBTQ Community

As the LGBTQ liberation movement continues to celebrate progress, black and brown members within the community are left behind. Trans women of color are assaulted and murdered at more than four times the rate of cis women in this country. There have been 14 murders this year to date. Simultaneously, stories and updates on police […]

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Ohio Civil Rights Doc ‘Free to Ride’ Comes to Gateway

Hope Madden Hope Madden Ohio Civil Rights Doc ‘Free to Ride’ Comes to Gateway

Bussing has been an issue of civil rights from the beginning, but is there still social relevance in the topic? Jamaal Bell of The Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute says yes. Along with producer/writer Matt Martin, Bell made the documentary Free to Ride. His film explores a precedent-setting achievement. Simply installing three bus stops between […]

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Locally Produced Film Tackles Transit Access as Civil Rights Issue

Brent Warren Brent Warren Locally Produced Film Tackles Transit Access as Civil Rights Issue

In 2011 the city of Beavercreek, Ohio refused a request from the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority to extend an existing bus line an additional three stops. What sounds like a minor local news story turned into much more, and a new film documenting the resultant civil rights complaint and the eventual overturning of the […]

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Columbus Selected To Host 2018 National Urban League Convention

Grant Walters Grant Walters Columbus Selected To Host 2018 National Urban League Convention

Major announcement revealed during Columbus Urban League's 40th annual Empowerment Day, along with honors for Mayor Michael Coleman and Franklin County Commissioners

On Monday, November 2nd, the Columbus Urban League’s 40th annual Empowerment Day convened to recognize community members and entities who have advocated for social justice and equality among the city’s families — especially for those who struggle financially.  According to the organization’s website, this year’s Empowerment Day theme, Achieving the American Dream 4All, “spotlights our […]

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