Civil rights attorney Fred Gittes and three other law firms are suing the Columbus Police Department, alleging the police used excessive force in responding to last summer’s protests. What’s behind the problem, according to Fred? Racial discrimination. What’s at risk? Our First Amendment rights.
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The Covid-19 pandemic has put millions of Americans out of work, which means tenants can’t pay their rent and landlords can’t pay their mortgage loans. The Centers for Disease Control has intervened with an eviction moratorium, and the feds have stepped with with financial assistance. Still, the crisis continues. Columbus Legal Aid attorney Holly Lovey explains what’s happening.
The air is warming, and the seas are arising. We’re heating up the Earth to a dangerous level, and the consequences are more hurricanes and forest fires, the dislocation of people who are abandoning their homelands because they’re turning into deserts, and our own national security. Listen to scientist Steve Rissing break down the problem in simple speak.
Hunger is a big issue in central Ohio, just as it is nationwide. The Mid-Ohio Food Collective serves 780,000 people annually in 20 counties, and the need for food assistance is growing. In just the last eight months 45,000 people who never before needed food assistance now do. The problem? Wages aren’t keeping pace with the rest of the economy. Listen to the conversation.
Attorney John Fitch has taken on the cases of two women who were raped. One was 15 years old when raped, and the other was 11. The juries awarded $3.5 million and $20 million, respectively, in the two cases for the trauma these women suffered and still suffer. But state law caps the damages a plaintiff can recover in a personal injury action, and the very few exceptions that allow the caps to be lifted don’t cover rape. As a result, the damages for each woman were reduced to $250,000, and from that sum, attorney fees and litigation expenses are deducted.
Fitch talks about the unfairness of the so called “tort reform” law that passed in 2005 and how the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled the law is constitutional. “Tort reform” is a misnomer, as the law does only one thing: it undercuts the rights of people who are injured. There are powerful forces behind tort reform, namely business interests and insurance companies.
Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) has introduced a bill that would remove at least some of the unfairness in the law. But it’s an uphill battle.
State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) talks about how the movement to repeal HB 6 has slowed to virtual stand still. What’s the problem? In large part, gerrymandering and dark money.
Paul Beck, political scientist and professor emeritus from The Ohio State University, explains what dark money is, why it’s so powerful and why it’s probably here to stay.
Toby Hoover, founder and former executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, explains what it takes to reduce gun violence and why groups like hers are not trying to take away anyone’s guns.
Patricia Gabbe, M.D, explains why Blacks have such a high infant mortality rate and why racism is a public health crisis.