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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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Civilian Review Work Group Contemplates Letting Voters Choose Board

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Civilian Review Work Group Contemplates Letting Voters Choose Board

On Thursday, Aug. 20, the city’s Civilian Review Board Work Group met in their second virtual meeting as the group begins to form the city’s civilian police review board. That group’s work has involved looking at similar boards in other cities, including examining their structures, requirements, functions and funding, in order to make recommendations for […]

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New Franklin County Central Committee Members Skeptical of Appointment Process

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman New Franklin County Central Committee Members Skeptical of Appointment Process

Earlier this year, a number of new faces to the Franklin County Democratic Party ran for the county’s Central Committee under the grassroots group RepYourBlock2020, in an effort to see a more fair, transparent and engaged body. Of the over 80 candidates who ran for various wards with the group, 26 were elected during the […]

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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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Columbus Officials Announce Post-Review of City’s Protest Response

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Columbus Officials Announce Post-Review of City’s Protest Response

An investigative research team consisting of a former US Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs will conduct an “outside, after-action” independent research review of the city’s response to recent Black Lives Matter protests, officials announced Wednesday, July 22. “As leaders, we must hold […]

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Residents to Vote on Civilian Police Review Board in November

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Residents to Vote on Civilian Police Review Board in November

On Monday, July 27, Columbus City Council will vote on legislation to amend the Columbus City Charter to allow for the creation of an independent civilian police review board, a proposal that will be voted on by Columbus residents during the general election in November. This announcement came during a morning press conference on Monday, […]

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Mayor to Issue Executive Order Mandating Investigations of Police-Involved Deaths

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Mayor to Issue Executive Order Mandating Investigations of Police-Involved Deaths

Mayor Andrew Ginther announced he will issue an Executive Order to require all fatal use of force cases or cases of death in police custody in Columbus to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The decision follows conversations between Mayor Ginther and Attorney General David Yost who has agreed to accept cases referred […]

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