Columbus, OH) - Yesterday, a voting rights coalition asked the federal court to stop Ohio’s practice of removing properly registered voters from its voter registration list simply because they have not voted in recent elections. The plaintiffs, who initiated the lawsuit in early April, are composed of civic groups and a longtime Ohioan who was disenfranchised by this process.
NEOCH Press Releases
COLUMBUS—Today, Demos and the ACLU of Ohio brought suit on behalf of the Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) against Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The organizations are demanding that Ohio stop illegally removing voters from its voter registration rolls in violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). “In 2015, Ohio conducted a massive purge across the state,” said Andre Washington, the President of the Ohio APRI chapter. “In Cuyahoga County alone, approximately 40,000 individuals were unlawfully purged merely for choosing not to vote, and a disproportionate number came from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.”
NEOCH will have the opportunity to highlight some successes and accomplishments of the past year. In so doing, we will recognize this year’s Most Valuable Partner, Peter Schindler, of the Community West Foundation for his talent, initiative, care, and support of homeless people. We are forever indebted to Peter for his drive, advice, and his compassion for homeless people. He has been particularly instrumental to the SocksPlus campaign and the Outreach Worker Training Program, two of this year’s highlights, and has facilitated NEOCH’s positive image in the media over the past year.
Yesterday, an RTA bus driver committed a vicious and unprovoked attack on a homeless patron. As Donte Halsey attempted to exit a bus in Public Square, the bus driver ordered him to the back of the bus to pick up some discarded bus schedules. When Mr. Halsey did not comply, the driver prevented Mr. Halsey from exiting by closing the doors.
The newest edition of the Cleveland Street Chronicle is now available for purchase! There are many fascinating articles for readers to enjoy. Included in this edition is a homeless survey asking, “What they found surprising when they first became homeless?”