The Columbus Protests: Race, Outrage and a Moment of Truth (dave ghose)

The defining moment almost didn’t occur. On the morning of May 30, following two days of protests in Columbus over police violence involving people of color, Shannon Hardin, the president of Columbus City Council, spoke with the city’s two other leading black elected officials, U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty and Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce, about joining the Downtown demonstration that day.  Read more…

RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE POLICE CONDUCT IN COLUMBUS (JASMINE AYERS AND TAMMY FOURNIER-ALSAADA)
The anger we witnessed again today in the streets of Columbus was not triggered by a single event but rather a result of continuous structural racism Black people face every single day of their lives. Read more…
Criminal Justice Reform and Police Accountability

Since our founding in 2007, we have fought to end mass incarceration and create a more racially and economically equitable Ohio. Our community-led campaigns work to reform the criminal justice system at state and local levels. And we are building a broad-based movement to end the criminalization of poverty and win investment in people and communities. Read more…

Activists Respond to End of Community Safety Initiative: “It’s A Small Win” 

After a year of back-and-forth with local government, the People’s Justice Project (PFP) celebrated a small victory when Mayor Andrew Ginther announced the termination of the Community Safety Initiative and the reallocation of public safety funding in the 2018 Operating Budget for the City of Columbus. Read more…