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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - OH: Social Justice

An online activist training will cover protesters' rights and the principles of nonviolent direct action. (Eden, Janine and Jim/Flickr)

CINCINNATI -- The right to protest is powerful, and Ohioans fighting for social justice can learn how to ensure their voices are heard at an online event this evening. According to Robin A. Wright at Cincinnati's Beloved Community Church, protests throughout history have been used as legitimate and

Groups need to collect more than 452,000 valid Ohio voter signatures to get a constitutional amendment added to the Nov. 3 ballot. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio groups trying to put ballot measures before voters in November won't have to go door-to-door looking for support. A federal judge ruled this week that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state must allow petition signatures to be gathered electronically, and pushed the col

AmeriCorps Summer VISTA Associates provide support to child nutrition programs in Ohio during the summer months. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic have an opportunity to help contribute to the solution. The AmeriCorps VISTA program is looking for associates to assist with the summer meal program for children, as well as its year-long service program. The Ohio Association of Foodb

Fast-food workers are considered essential during Ohio's stay-at-home order, yet earn a near-poverty wage. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The COVID-19 pandemic has undermined the livelihoods of many Ohioans. However new data reveals a significant number of Ohio workers were already were scrapping to get by. A new report shows that six of Ohio's 10 most common jobs in 2019 paid near-poverty wages. Researcher Michael

An estimated 79,000 people are incarcerated in Ohio. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio is being hailed as a national leader for taking bold steps to protect residents from the new coronavirus, and civil-rights groups say people in jail or prison deserve the same consideration. Ohio has at least 119 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with more than 7,300 across the co

In a 2019 study, half of Ohio child welfare workers met the threshold for post-traumatic stress disorder.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's child welfare agencies are grappling with historically high caseloads, and there's often not enough resources to provide timely services to children and their families. One-in-four Ohio caseworkers left his or her position in 2017, and turnover is even higher in some count

Quantifying the scope of human trafficking is difficult as victims are hidden in the shadows. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Some Ohio lawmakers and advocates are continuing their relentless effort to end human trafficking. Toledo-area Democratic Sen. Teresa Fedor, Democratic Rep. Tavia Galonski of Summit County, and Republican Sen. Stephanie Kunze of Franklin County are hosting the 11th annual Human Tra

Hunger-fighting groups point out that food insecurity among Ohioans hasn't improved significantly since the end of the Great Recession. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the U.S. House and Senate in recess this week, poverty-fighting groups in Ohio are hopeful the state's congressional leaders will hear their calls to save crucial safety-net programs. The White House released its $4.8 trillion executive budget last week. Trump's budget plan w

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