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Photos: LGBTQ+ Unity March On Columbus For Black Lives

Matt Ellis Matt Ellis Photos: LGBTQ+ Unity March On Columbus For Black Lives

Editor’s Note: On Sunday, June 21, members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies marched in Columbus in support of Black Lives Matter to protest racism and police brutality. The protestors marched on High Street earlier in the day. All photos by Matt Ellis.

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Legislature Considers Reducing Amount of Training to Arm Teachers

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Legislature Considers Reducing Amount of Training to Arm Teachers

By Susan Tebben A piece of legislation that would reduce the amount of training needed to arm teachers in schools has a long history of similar attempts and varied interpretations of Ohio law. Senate Bill 317 is currently sitting in the Government Oversight and Reform committee, the chair of which, state Sen. Bill Coley, is the […]

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Community Organizers Warn of Attempts to Quell Protesters’ ‘Revolutionary Spirit’

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Community Organizers Warn of Attempts to Quell Protesters’ ‘Revolutionary Spirit’

The George Floyd protests taking place in Columbus, Ohio have seen a new community group surge in the conversation on police violence and racial injustice. However, that group has taken on much criticism from local advocates and organizers with accusations of a conspiracy significantly influenced – or even led – by the Columbus Police Department. […]

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Taxpayers to Foot Bill for Ohio National Guard Response

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Taxpayers to Foot Bill for Ohio National Guard Response

By Tyler Buchanan Gov. DeWine had deployed Ohio National Guard to Cleveland, Columbus, D.C. Taxpayers will foot the multi-million dollar bill for the Ohio National Guard’s response to recent protests in Cleveland and Columbus. The total cost as approved by the Ohio Controlling Board on Monday comes to $3.2 million for the deployments beginning on May 30.  Gov. […]

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Large Support for Ohio Senate Declaration on Racism as Public Health Crisis

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Large Support for Ohio Senate Declaration on Racism as Public Health Crisis

By Susan Tebben A state Senate committee heard hours of testimony Tuesday supporting the declaration of racism as a public health crisis. Cosponsors Sen. Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland; and Sen. Hearcel Craig, D-Columbus, said declaring the public health crisis is a necessary first step in turning back the laws and policies that have pushed down people of […]

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House Considers Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Considers Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

By Jake Zuckerman Legalized lynching. Citizens’ license to kill. Codification of black men’s deaths.   These were just a few of the characterizations people offered to the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee of a “stand your ground” proposal that lawmakers reviewed Tuesday. Starting in the afternoon and continuing well into the evening, a steady stream of citizens […]

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House Dems Release Potential Legislation Targeting Police Brutality

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Dems Release Potential Legislation Targeting Police Brutality

By Susan Tebben As supporters await a hearing on an Ohio House measure to declare racism a public health crisis Tuesday, Democrats released potential legislation targeted at police brutality. The legislation is still being considered, but could include a move to demilitarize the police by prohibiting state police departments from using the federal 1099 program to […]

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