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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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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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No Police Invited: Community Pride Promises Safe Space for Queer & Trans People of Color

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega No Police Invited: Community Pride Promises Safe Space for Queer & Trans People of Color

Pride 2018 is officially here, and for many (roughly 500,000 people according to last year’s numbers), the usual parade and festival at Bicentennial Park, hosted by Stonewall Columbus, will be the main event. For an estimated 500 others, the Community Pride: Back to Our Roots Festival, run by Black, Queer & Intersectional Columbus (BQIC), will […]

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Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Council’s Rejection of Proposed Charter Amendment

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Council’s Rejection of Proposed Charter Amendment

Columbusites won’t be voting on district representation this May. Issue 4, the initiative to transform the city’s electoral process into a ward-based system, was rejected for placement on the ballot by Columbus City Council, a decision recently upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court. Citizens’ ballot committee Everyday People for Positive Change (EDP), who backs the […]

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Opinion: Council’s Issue 3 is a Biased Proposal, Ignores Best Practices

 Jonathan Beard Opinion: Council’s Issue 3 is a Biased Proposal, Ignores Best Practices

To the Editor, I am disappointed, though not surprised, by the latest bit of political chicanery coming from Columbus City Hall, with respect to the Issue 3/Issue 4 mailing and comparison chart sent by Andrew Ginther and Shannon Hardin last week to the Franklin County Democratic Party Executive Committee as the city sought, and received, […]

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NAACP Legal Defense Fund Asserts Electoral Process Violates Voting Rights Act

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega NAACP Legal Defense Fund Asserts Electoral Process Violates Voting Rights Act

Over the last several months, Columbus City Council has been exchanging letters with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) regarding the city’s at-large voting system, appointment process, and policy priorities. Starting in November, the LDF accused Columbus’ at-large voting system and appointment process of violating Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but […]

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Scenes From March for Our Lives Columbus

Anne Evans Anne Evans Scenes From March for Our Lives Columbus

March for Our Lives movements are happening throughout the country today. Thousands of people participated in the March For Our Lives in Downtown Columbus. A rally began at West Bank Park at 10am, then participants marched to the Ohio Statehouse. Marches have been organized by students and survivors of gun violence. “As a child of […]

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