AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF OHIO FOUNDATION INC

aka ACLU of Ohio   |   Cleveland, OH   |  www.acluohio.org

Mission

To aid in maintaining and extending constitutional and other fundamental rights, liberties, privileges, and immunities, and to take all legitimate actions in furtherance of that object without political partisanship.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Mr. J. Bennett Guess

Main address

4506 Chester Ave

Cleveland, OH 44103 USA

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EIN

23-7137105

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Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

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Education

The ACLU of Ohio provides speaking programs on issues of civil liberties, Know Your Rights presentations to adolescents and local and national experts on constitutional rights, and a speakers bureau. Additionally, the ACLU of Ohio participates in forums, conferences and other events to raise awareness on civil liberties topics.

Population(s) Served

The ACLU of Ohio handles cases that involve serious violations of civil liberties by the government; this could include a local police department, a state agency, or a public school, for instance. Cases focus on issues of constitutionality, including violations of free speech, right to assemble, and privacy. As we do not have a large staff of lawyers, we only take cases that will affect a broad segment of the population and impact interpretation of the law in years to come.

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. In 2013 and beyond, the ACLU of Ohio will remain vigilant in protecting and expanding access to the ballot box for all Ohioans. Ohio saw an extraordinary campaign season in 2012, marked by calculated efforts to suppress the votes of citizens. Voting rights must be vigorously protected, particularly in off-election years when public attention dissipates. The ACLU of Ohio will continue to raise awareness about voting rights, particularly by empowering citizen's re-entering society and educating Ohio's jailed population of their voting rights.

2. The criminal justice system is fraught with potential civil liberties abuses. The ACLU of Ohio will work to raise public awareness and advocate to reform policies that undermine rehabilitation and perpetuate inhumane treatment. The ACLU of Ohio hopes to improve conditions in Ohio's prison systems by challenging solitary confinement practices, the privatization of prisons and services, and advocating for the elimination of unjust pay-to-stay programs.

3. The ACLU of Ohio will train the next generation of civil libertarians through education programs and supporting civic engagement by encouraging student poll worker programs. These programs will empower young people to stand up for their principles and combine abstract civil liberties philosophies with concrete experiences.

1. A continual focus of the ACLU of Ohio is educating individuals on their voting rights. In 2012, the ACLU of Ohio embarked on a public awareness campaign to empower citizens to understand changes to voting, know their rights, and push for greater access to the polls, particularly among people who are continually disenfranchised. The ACLU of Ohio participated in numerous voter education rallies and distributed more than 100,000 voter empowerment materials (in English and Spanish) across Ohio.

Another effort undertaken was that of enfranchising ex-offenders. The ACLU of Ohio hosted a telephone town hall to combat the vast amount of misinformation surrounding the voting rights of the formerly incarcerated. This single event reached nearly 10,000 people, grateful to learn about their rights and energized to share the information with loved ones. It marks major progress in ensuring that all Ohioans have a voice in our democracy.

2. A Unioto High School student was brutally assaulted because of his sexual orientation—the culmination of months of bullying that went largely unaddressed by the school administration. The victim, Zach, suffered physical injures from the beating, which was recorded by another student and posted online. In the days following the attack, the video sparked national outrage at Zach's treatment.

The ACLU of Ohio represented Zach and his family, because every child deserves a safe learning environment, free from violence and cruelty no matter one's sexual orientation. By working with school officials, the ACLU of Ohio was able to reach a settlement for Zach that included an agreement from school administrators to implement staff training to address the bullying climate at the school, so that what happened to Zach doesn't happen to other students.

3. A major aim of the ACLU of Ohio is juvenile justice—protecting young people's rights and focusing on rehabilitation rather than punishment. A critical ally in this work has been the Ohio Public Defender. The OPD conducts exit interviews with youth released from juvenile corrections system in Ohio and has requested the ACLU of Ohio's “Know Your Rights" materials to include in the packet of educational materials and resources each youth receives upon release. Distributed across Ohio, these materials will educate youth on their rights, an important step in keeping children from falling victim to unjust policies that funnel them into juvenile and criminal justice systems.

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AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF OHIO FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 12/21/2018
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Board chair

Mr. Jack Guttenberg

Raphael Davis-Williams

Jack Guttenberg

Hasan Jeffries

Ebony Speakes-Hall

Susan Becker

Laurie Briggs

Sue Carter

Bradford Davy

Lori Urogdy Eiler

Darlene Norwood English

Terri Enns

Laura Gold

Wilson Huhn

Curtis Maples

Joseph Mead

Erik Meinhardt

Paul Moke

Jonathan Peters

LaChelle Simmons

Dorian Slaybod

Lloyd Snyder

Michael Uth

Daniel Chand

Adarsh Krishen