Black Lives Matter: where is the movement today?

The Black Lives Matter protests in Garrettsville, Ohio started with one person with a sign. Sasha Gough, an organizer of the protests in Garrettsville, walked up to them, asked if they wanted to continue to have these protests and they continued to have approximately 18 protests, ending in October of this year. Toward the end of the summer, counter-protestors started to meet every Thursday to protest Gough and the people who protested with her.  Following the death of George Floyd on May, 25, 2020, outraged people throughout the country began protesting the injustice and the issue of police brutality. Garrettsville, a small village in Portage County, with less than 3,000

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Local Law Enforcement Actively Working To Expand Diversity

By Becca Sagaris, Shelby Reeves and Sara Al Harthi KENT, Ohio — The Merriam-Webster definition of diversity is “the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.”  Diversity in general in any workplace environment is important to ensure inclusion among all people involved, both staff and community. It is especially important in law enforcement to decrease the opportunity to abuse their power and increase their understanding of the people they serve, improving law enforcement’s relationship with the community. “Diversity within our department means having different groups well-represented within our agency,” Michael Lewis, the Administrative

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Redlining: a look at systemic racism’s history in Kent

“I would go down to Doc’s bar in the South End with Bob and I was the only white person there,” said Karen Beck, long-time Kent resident. “I was cool with it and I really appreciated being able to do that because it made me think of how often Bob and Gloria were the only black people.” Beck moved to Kent in the 1960s with her family to attend Kent State as a student. She lived in a neighborhood called Valleyview, across the street from what is now known today as the Historic South End. While at school, she was exposed to a variety of different racial backgrounds and would

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Executive Order from President Trump works to combat race and sex stereotyping

On September 22, President Donald Trump made the executive order on combatting race and sex stereotyping, specifically at the federal level in federal contracting and the federal workforce. “Today, however, many people are pushing a different vision of America that is grounded in hierarchies based on collective social and political identities rather than in the inherent and equal dignity of every person as an individual,” President Trump stated in the executive order. “This ideology is rooted in the pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors; and that racial and sexual identities

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Portage County Commissioners declare Racism a public health crisis

On Sept 11, the Portage County Commissioners declared racism a public health crisis in the county. The Portage County commissioners followed in the footsteps of six counties in Ohio, along with the Portage County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Kent City Health Department and the Portage County Democratic Party. “It declares racism a public health crisis. It says that our county is going to work in all the ways that we function as a county to promote equity, whether that be in hiring, purchasing, contracting or the policies that we promote,” Portage County Commissioner, Kathleen Clyde said. “We are also going to support, lift up and amplify organizations that are

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