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Stanford swim star Brock Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on the school’s campus. There were two eyewitnesses. He was convicted of three counts of sexual assault and faced a maximum of 14 years in prison.

Yet, Judge Aaron Persky ignored the statutory minimum of 2 years and handed down a sentence of only 6 months in prison and 3 years probation. Judge Persky worried that a longer prison sentence would have a “severe impact” on the rapist and his swimming prospects. Judge Persky treated the survivor as if she didn’t matter, as if it was the perpetrator’s case, as if it was the perpetrator’s fear, his injuries and his reputation that mattered.

We are outraged, and we are taking action. NOW is proud to partner with the Committee to Recall Persky,, the official campaign to get this judge off the bench.

Get involved: click here to learn how you can help win this crucial campaign.


Last week House Democrats, led by civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis, inspired millions by holding the House floor for 26 hours in protest over Republican inaction on sensible gun legislation.

In solidarity with Congressman Lewis and his Democratic colleagues, ProgressOhio is joining the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence and advocates across the state at Ohio Congressional district offices to push for action on gun violence prevention legislation.

There are a number of events scheduled this week at Ohio Congressional District Offices. Please check the list below to see if there is one planned at your area. Each event has a linked event page where you can RSVP.

The US House may be on vacation this week, but we won’t let them forget about the urgent need for action on gun violence. Will you join us at one or more of the events?

Wednesday, June 29th

Rep. Jim Jordan
10:00 to 11:00am
, Norwalk

Rep. Pat Tiberi
1:00 to 2:00pm
, Worthington

Rep. Robert Latta
3:00 to 4:00pm
, Bowling Green

Rep. Steve Chabot
6:30 to 7:30pm
, Cincinnati

Thursday, June 30th

Rep. Bob Gibbs
10:15 to 11:15am
, Ashland

Rep. Michael Turner
4:30 to 5:30pm
, Dayton

Rep. Warren Davidson
6:30 to 7:30pm
, West Chester

Friday, July 1st

Rep. Steve Stivers
11:30am to 1:00pm
, Hilliard

Rep. David Joyce
12:00 to 1:00pm
, Twinsburg


These events will be nonpartisan, peaceful and impactful. We hope you can join us!

P.S. Can’t attend or don’t see your Congressmember listed? Sign up for the “Virtual” Sit-In to #DisarmHate and you’ll be connected with actions to take from your computer!

Ohio NOW stands with the LGBT community in morning and in the rejection of hatred and fear. Each of us must be free to love who we love.


by Anita Rios, President of Ohio NOW  The events in Orlando over the weekend leave me so sad that each word chokes. But we have to continue to speak up and stand up in love and compassion for the LGBT community. For several years NOW chapters have participated in Pride events throughout the state. NOW will have a table at Toledo Pride and will march in the parade on August 26th and 27th. We will also participate in Columbus Pride on June 17 & 18, and in Cincinnati Pride on June 20 & 21. Let’s show that we will not let hatred and fear rule us and make these pride events the biggest ever!

As we consider how to prevent future acts of mass violence let’s call for tighter gun control laws. Respect for the second amendment is not in conflict with common sense gun control. Let’s call for a ban on assault weapons and for a reasonable waiting period for all gun purchases. As citizens and as voters we have the power to make this the last time that a person filled with hate and or madness walks into a nightclub or a school or a movie theater and creates horror. We can do that by making sure that people who value guns more than people do not get elected to office. Hold candidates and elected officials responsible for where they stand on gun control. Do not vote for candidates who do not pledge to make our communities safer through common sense gun control.

As we consider solutions to violence and hatred let’s remember that terrorists do not represent Islam any more than Timothy McVeah represented Christianity. In my home town of Toledo, Muslims are a vital part of the fabric of the community. They are the doctors, my mom’s oncologist and my husband’s first neurologist, the lawyers, the business people and the wonderful restaurateurs who contribute to my community every day. We have far more examples of the exemplary citizens and human beings who make up Islam than those few sick individuals who make the news. To find out what Islam really means we can look to Dr. Mona Hanna Attisha who put her career on the line to save the children of Flint from lead poisoning. She spoke up when no one else would and was ridiculed until she was proven right. That example of courage and compassion is one that we must look to as we seek answers and solutions in the aftermath of the killings in Orlando.



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