Announcements Archives

June 1, 2018 - OCRC Hosts Second Annual Student Photography ExhibitioPhoto of Executive Director Michael Payton with student photographer. The pair look at a photograph out of view.n

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the Ohio Arts Council partnered to host the second annual student photography exhibition in the OCRC Central Office. Photographs created with instruction and help from Manifest Drawing Studio in Cincinnati and the Cleveland Print Room will be on display for a year. For more information, click here. 

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photo of reconsideration supervisor Beyan AsobaMay 20, 2018 - OCRC Reconsideration Supervisor Travels to Ethopia to Discuss Democratization, Civil Rights

From Sunday, May 20, 2018 to June 6, 2018, Beyan Asoba, OCRC Reconsideration Supervisor, will return to Ethiopia for the first time since 1985. He was unable to return to his country of origin due to a fear of persecution by the successive Ethiopian tyrannical regimes, due to his engagement in the struggle for freedom, democracy, justice and the rule of law.

His reason to travel to Ethiopia now is to make change for the better. Since November 2015, the people of Ethiopia have demanded freedom. The initial reaction of the government was to suppress the people’s demands more. Thousands have been killed and thousands more incarcerated. By refusing to stop their peaceful resistance, the people of Ethiopia managed to compel the government to start listening and allow the election of the new Prime Minister. In April 2018, a new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, was elected. Prime Minister Ahmed has promised to open the political space and start dialogue with political forces and human rights activists opposed to the regime.

Beyan Asoba, with other four fellow expatriates, have been invited to meet with Prime Minister Ahmed's government to discuss reforms and democratization of Ethiopia. Mr. Asoba serves as a part of the first group of Diaspora Ethiopians the government is meeting with. He plans to use the opportunity to express the importance of the support of government for the changes that have already taken place and for promises of reforms that have been made. Finally, he plans to suggest recommendations on the way forward to national reconciliation, peace and the democratization of Ethiopia.

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May 6, 2018 - Darlene Sweeney-Newbern Interviewd on BridgesPhoto of Regional Director Darlene Sweeney-Newbern

OCRC's Director of Regional Operations, Darlene Sweeney-Newbern was recently featured on Toledo's 13abc program Bridges, where she discussed hate crimes and discrimination in America, particularly in light of recent allegations in Toledo. To watch the interview, click here.

 

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Photo of Ronnell Tomlinson in Ohio Realtors videoOctober 5, 2017 - 9th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame

OCRC Director of Housing Enforcement and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Ronnell Tomlinson, is features in a video by Ohio Realtors celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and its importance in advancing the goal of equal access to the "American Dream." Check out the video by clicking here.

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April 11, 2018 - Executive Director Payton featured at Ohio Department of Transportation Civil Rights ConferencePhoto of Director Payton and Jim Tressel

The Ohio Department of Transportation hosted its 2nd Annual Civil Rights Transportation Symposium this year and during the two-day symposium, OCRC Executive Director G. Michael Payton moderated a panel on Recruitment, Coaching, and Team Building Success. The Panel featured Jim Tressel, Stephanie Hightower, and John Wooldridge. For more information, click here.

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Photo of Wright State University Student Union Building EntranceApril 5, 2018 - OCRC Visits Wright State University

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission held one of its public commission meetings on the campus of Wright State University. A huge thank you is due to Wright State University, the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center, and Dr. Julie Williams for their warm welcome and hospitality.

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March 7, 2018 - OCRC Partners to Host Discussion of Segregatation in AmericaPhoto of Richard Rothstein

OCRC partnered with the Columbus Metropolitan Club to welcome author and fair housing scholar Richard Rothstein to discuss "The Truth About Segregation" at the Boat House at Confluence Park in Columbus, OH. Other panelists in the discussion included Judge Noceeba Southern and NBA basketball player and author Lawrence Funderburke. For more information, click here. For more information, click here.

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Photo of the 2018 MLK Contest Award WinnersFebruary 2, 2018 - OCRC Presents MLK and Excellence in Teaching Diversity Awards

February 2, 2018 - OCRC celebrated the winners of the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Essay & Multimedia Awards and the annual Excellence in Teaching Diversity award at a ceremony in Columbus. For more information on this year's winners, click here.

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January 2018 - OCRC Announces New Director of Regional OperationsPhoto of  Darlene Sweeney-Newbern

OCRC Toledo Regional Director Darlene Sweeney-Newbern has been chosen to serve as the new statewide Director of Regional Operations. As Director of Regional Operations, Ms. Sweeney-Newbern will oversee agency personnel and management of the five regional offices in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo in their enforcement of Ohio's laws against discrimination. She fills the vacancy left following the retirement of former Director of Regional Operations, Keith McNeil. For more information on Darlene and the rest of our executive staff, click here.

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