Several hundred people gathered Tuesday night in east Columbus to protest a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Gay rights advocates are once again pushing Ohio legislators to expand the state’s civil rights law. The activists say that sexual orientation should be added to the list of other factors that are already banned as the basis for discrimination — for example, race, religion, national origin, gender, and age. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports that — even though more and more lawmakers appear ready to co-sponsor the measure, it still faces an uphill battle.
About a hundred religious leaders across Ohio are pushing for an expansion of the state’s civil rights law that bans discrimination in housing, hiring, public accommodations, and credit. In addition to the current ban on discrimination based on race, gender, nationality, and religion…they want to add sexual orientation.
Civil rights leaders say teaching the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior to each new generation is critical in keeping his legacy alive. Each year, kids from around Ohio enter a statewide oratory contest with King’s words and work as its focus. Here are some excerpts from this year’s winning speeches, delivered by their authors.
A proposed new rule that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission approved, requiring most Ohio companies to offer 12 weeks of unpaid pregnancy and maternity leave to female workers, appears to be in trouble. Monday Dec. 3, a special government rule-review committee plans to look at the rule. And a co-chair of the panel says members could vote to invalidate it.
Columbus’s Green Lawn Cemetery has about 30,000 veterans buried on its grounds. Every year volunteers try as best they can to decorate all the graves of service men and women with an American flag
The “Voices of Civil Rights” bus tour passed through Columbus recently. It was part of a 22-city tour aimed at gathering the stories of people involved with the the U.S. civil rights movement.