Social Justice Institute News

The work of the SJI impacts not only our campus home, but the broader community as well.  Check out some of our recent news coverage!

SJI in the News: 2022

Co-director Ayesha Bell Hardaway:

Akron prepares as grand jury expected to convene in Jayland Walker case: News 5 Cleveland, April 15, 2023

Cleveland agencies dealing with police misconduct are failing ahead of taking on greater role, report says:, April 12, 2023

The Bail Project, upcoming unBail app help Clevelanders pay bail, navigate criminal justice system: TheLand CLE, March 28, 2023

Consent decree monitoring team criticizes Cleveland’s handling of police officer shot by partner, reinstating fired officer:, March 24, 2023

Cleveland police make some progress on consent decree but struggle to ensure oversight: ideastream, March 23, 2023

Why do so many police stops turn deadly?: BBC, January 31, 2023

How noncompete agreements harm women and people of color: 'Consequences can be devastating': USA Today, January 19, 2023

Memphis beating video puts spotlight on first police account: AP News, January 28, 2023

Columbus police shootings most frequently involve Black males, data since 2012 showsColumbus Dispatch, September 15, 2022

Georgia dad, son sentenced to life for hate crimes in Ahmaud Arbery death; 3rd defendant gets 35 yearsUSA Today, August 8, 2022

Akron FOP says officers knew about previous pursuit of Jayland Walker's carNews 5 Cleveland, July 18, 2022

‘He’s got the crime statistics in front of him.’ By Dave Yost questioning on Fox News the rape of 10-year-old girl, other victims may not come forward, advocates, July 21, 2022

Civil rights icon, CWRU alumnus Fred Gray receives Medal of FreedomSpectrum News, July 26, 2022

Woman says police questions delayed care for shooting victimFort Worth Star-Telegram, June 2022

Nearly 200 applicants applied for Cleveland Community Police Commission; more expectedNews 5 Cleveland, May 6, 2022

Officer's camera misses key moment of Patrick Lyoya's deathAssociated Press / ABC News, April 15, 2022

Watch: United Way of Greater Cleveland's 'Community Conversation' focuses on implication of limiting critical race theoryWKYC, March 31, 2022

No charges in Locke shooting is no surprise to legal experts, who say the law must changeMinneapolis Star Tribune, April 6, 2022

First Black woman to serve on Ohio Supreme Court reflects on Ketanji Brown-Jackson's confirmationNews 5 Cleveland, April 7, 2022

Ohio legislators draw up bills to limit teaching of controversial topics in the classroomideastream, April 11, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmed to the U.S. Supreme CourtWRHU Newsline, April 12, 2022

Case Western Reserve law students see themselves in Ketanji Brown JacksonWKYC, March 25, 2022

Experts weigh in on Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson's legal battleWKYC, March 25, 2022

After guilty verdict for ex-Minneapolis officers' prison sentences, state trials hangs in balanceStar Tribune, February 25, 2022

What the hate crime verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery's death say about justice and race in America USA Today, February 23, 2022

Professor: Potter sentence claim doesn’t pass ‘smell test’ News Nation Now, February 21, 2022

Wright family, activists see injustice in Potter's sentence; Star Tribune, February 19, 2022

Legal experts question fairness of 2-year sentence for ex-cop who killed Daunte Wright; NBC News, February 18, 2022

Legal community sees both unequal treatment and mercy in Kimberly Potter's sentence; Star Tribune, February 18, 2022

Kyle Rittenhouse named in civil suit filed by parents of man killed in Kenosha; Washington Post, January 21, 2022

Leadership Team Member Jessie Hill, CWRU School of Law:

Abortion providers scramble as courts restrict pills: QFM96 Columbus, April 15, 2023

Abortion providers rush to make backup plans as Supreme Court decides whether to keep limits on mifepristone: CNBC, April 14, 2023

What can the Supreme Court Dobbs decision tell us about abortion pill challenges?: Washington Examiner, April 12, 2023

As baby boxes close, Ohioans with unwanted pregnancies lose another option: Statehouse News Bureau, April 12, 2023

How could a Texas judge's ruling affect abortion access in Ohio?: News 5 Cleveland, April 11, 2023

What Happens if This Common Abortion Pill Gets Banned?: Healthline, February 21, 2023

Activists submit proposal to have abortion protections placed on Ohio’s November ballot: Ohio Capital Journal, February 21, 2023

Abortion in Ohio: What does proposed constitutional amendment say?: Cincinnati Enquirer; February 23, 2023

If reproductive rights amendment gets on Ohio ballot and passes, it could still face challenges: Statehouse News Bureau, February 27, 2023

Analysis: Why Ohio abortion rights supporters are fast-tracking a constitutional amendment: ideastream, March 1, 2023

Five women sue Texas over the emergency medical exemption in the state's six weeks abortion ban : CNN, March 7, 2023

The GOP’s Next Move to Block Abortion Rights Is Tinkering With Direct Democracy: Ms. Magazine, March 15, 2023

What to Watch for in Texas Medication Abortion Lawsuit Hearing : Newsweek, March 15, 2023

Ohio Abortion-Rights Coalition Begins Push for Constitutional Amendment: Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2023

Ohio Groups Aim to Get Abortion on the Ballot in November: Bloomberg, February 21, 2023

Study: State regulations on abortion depend on bureaucratic implementation: Ohio Capital Journal, February 6, 2023

Abortion case update: ACLU asks Ohio Supreme Court to reject state’s appeal: Dayton Daily news, February 3, 2023

Utah Becomes First State to Ban Gender-Affirming Healthcare for Transgender Youth: Healthline, January 31, 2023

Can You Legally Cross State Lines to Buy Abortion Pills? What to Know: Healthline, January 17, 2023

Ohio’s Internal Battle Reveals New Fronts In The Abortion War: Talking Points Memo, January 16, 2023

This Teen Was Raped in a State That Has an Abortion Exception. She Still Couldn't Get One.VICE News, December 2, 2022

Where Abortion Will Be on the Ballot in 2024Washington Post, November 27,, 2022

Ohio judge plans to extend temporary restraining order on abortion ban, lawyer saysSpringfield News-Sun, September 20, 2022

Ohio’s new abortion law forces doctor to fight to protect her patient’s lifeCNN, September 22, 2022

Hamilton County judge extends temporary restraining order for six-week abortion banSpectrum News, September 28, 2022

Biden Announces New Plan to Expand Abortion Access: What to KnowHealthline, October 6, 2022

Abortion in Ohio: Judge issues preliminary injunction against six-week banFox 8 News, October 7, 2022

Judge holds off on Ohio abortion ban decisionNews 5 Cleveland, September 9, 2022

A 15-Week Gestational Ban Is In No Way A ‘Late-Term’ Abortion BanTalking Points Memo, September 13, 2022

Ohio judge temporarily blocks the state’s new abortion banStatehouse News Bureau, September 14, 2022

Judge temporarily blocks Ohio 'Heartbeat Law' banning most abortionsWKYC Cleveland, September 14, 2022

Abortion providers ask judge to extend pause on ‘heartbeat’ lawDayton Daily News, September 16, 2022

Ohio abortion clinics file lawsuit to restore access, not waiting on Supreme CourtColumbus Dispatch, September 2, 2022

Pro-abortion groups seek to bypass supreme court in abortion ban lawsuitOhio Capitol Journal, September 7, 2022

Lakewood unanimously passes resolution to not prioritize police funds for abortion-related offensesNews 5 Cleveland, September 7, 2022

Is Cleveland’s plan to pay for abortion travel innovative policy, or a step too far?, July 30, 2022

Patrick Fischer, Ohio Supreme Court justice seeking reelection, compares Roe v. Wade to Dred Scott, Plessy v., July 29, 2022

Floyd family, others see inequality in penalties for ex-copsSpectrum News, July 29, 2022

Legal experts say Supreme Court abortion decision has raised myriad ethical, legal, July 28, 2022

Rapes of sisters, 10 and 13, in Cleveland mirror Columbus case that sparked national debate over Ohio’s abortion, July 23, 2022

Abortion providers share stories of Ohioans seeking servicesStatehouse News Bureau, July 8, 2022

Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe Doesn’t Affect Birth Control, Yet Healthline, July 5, 2022

What does ‘Heartbeat Bill’ mean for pregnant rape victims, cancer patients?Springfield News, July 1, 2022

Is Outlawing Abortion Nationwide The Next Republican Frontier?Talking Points Memo, April 25, 2022

The Scientific Method: Prenatal genetic tests are popular, but the results can be misleadingNPR, June 15, 2022

Planned Parenthood, Right to Life react to overturn of Roe v. WadeSpectrum News 1, June 24, 2022

Ohio's six-week abortion ban becomes law hours after Supreme Court's Dobbs decisionCanton Rep, June 24, 2022

SCOTUS DecisionCGTN The World Today, June 25, 2022

Reaction to US Supreme Court overturning of landmark Roe v. Wade decision ideastream, June 27, 2022

Abortion Rights Groups Take Up the Fight in the States New York Times, June 27, 2022

Period tracking app users delete app, citing privacy concerns after abortion banned in OhioNews 5 Cleveland, June 28, 2022

Litigation over abortion bans begins at state level; judges block laws in 3 states ABA Journal, June 28, 2022

How will SCOTUS ruling about coach's prayer affect Northeast Ohio?News 5 Cleveland, June 28, 2022

Cancelled appointments, frustrated women, and messages of hope: fallout from Ohio’s push to restrict, June 29, 2022

24-hour waiting periods, ‘Choose Life’ license plates and ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill: Ohio has passed dozens of laws to restrict, May 28, 2022

Days before Oklahoma bans abortion, details still uncertainABC News, May 20, 2022

Could outcry after leak sway justices?BBC News, May 3, 2022

How Republicans pass abortion bans most Americans don’t wantThe Guardian, June 7, 2022

Texas Woman Arrested for Ending Her Pregnancy: What Are Your Rights in the HospitalHealthline, June 15, 2022

7 key sections and takeaways from the Supreme Court draft opinionNBC News, May 3, 2022

Birth Control and Gay Marriage Could Be Next If Roe v. Wade FallsVICE, May 4, 2022

The impact of overturning Roe v Wade in the U.S.CGTN America, May 4, 2022

Future of abortion access in Ohio uncertain in wake of leaked Supreme Court draftWKYC, May 5, 2022

Abortion questions aboundCrain's Cleveland, May 8, 2022

Lawyers, abortion advocates prepare for ‘sea change’ from Roe v. Wade decisionOhio Capitol Journal, May 9, 2022

Lawsuit filed against an Ohio city over its local abortion banIdeastream, May 11, 2022

How Red States Plan to Reach Beyond Their Borders and Outlaw Abortion in AmericaSlate, April 13, 2022

Echoing Texas, Idaho Passes Strict Abortion Law: What to KnowHealthline, March 18, 2022

Loud And Proud: Republicans Take Aim At Whole Constellation Of Privacy RightsTalking Points Memo, March 30, 2022

Key Selling Point For Oklahoma Abortion Bill: It Slams Door In Face Of Desperate TexansTalking Points Memo, April 6, 2022

Abortion providers, pro-life advocates preparing for post-Roe OhioNew Castle News, April 11, 2022

Oklahoma Makes Providing an Abortion a Felony: What to Know NowHealthline, April 12, 2022

Advancing On Court Wins, Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Seek To Police Behavior Across State LinesTalking Points Memo, March 17, 2022

How each side of the abortion debate is preparing for life after Roe v. Wade in Ohio Akron Beacon Journal, March 24, 2022

US Appeals Judges Hear Arguments About Abortion with Down SyndromeShepherd Gazette, February 24, 2022

Toledo abortion clinic fights for compensation after winning anti-abortion legal battleToledo Blade, February 14, 2022

Court puts on hold a new Ohio law that requires aborted remains be buried or crematedStatehouse News Bureau, February 2, 2022

Leadership Team Member Lisa Kollins, Community Member:

‘More than their diagnosis’: A local nonprofit helps sick kids find their inner heroFox 8 News, September 21, 2022

Superhero Project teams up with Cuyahoga County foster careNews 5 Cleveland, June 10, 2022

"Superhero Project" has reached more than 900 families of children with disabilities and illnessesideastream, April 5, 2022

Leadership Team Member Dana Prince,
CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences:

Murdered Euclid boy faced neglect before foster placementWKYC, May 12, 2022

Leadership Team Member Shanina Knighton,
CWRU Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing:

Should you still wear a mask today? What all of us should know nowFox News, April 26, 2022

3 Things to Do When You Get Sick With COVID…Again: Self, February 14, 2023

SJI Co-Director Mark Chupp:

In overture to neighbors, CWRU to turn vacant Wade Park home into community engagement center: The Land, February 10, 2023

SJI Leadership Team Member Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Philosophy:

Philosophy’s Jeremy Bendik-Keymer to discuss his new book co-authored with local visual artist Misty Morrison: CWRU's The Daily, February 24, 2023
*Virtual Presentation Monday, February 27, at 3:00 pm! - Register here!*

CWRU Sunrise Movement 

"Talk is Cheap": Students call out University's poor response to climate action: The Case Western Reserve Observer, February 24, 2023

SJI in the News: 2021

Co-director Ayesha Bell Hardaway:

Daunte Wright death: US 'Taser mix-up' ex-officer guilty of manslaughterBBC, December 23, 2021

Legal experts say Kim Potter's testimony backfired, allowing prosecutors to make her look negligent and secure a guilty verdict; Insider, December 23, 2021

Were Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers racially motivated? U.S. federal trial will decide; Reuters, November 24, 2021

Analysis: What the Arbery verdict reveals about race and justice in America; PBS, November 24, 2021

The trial of 3 white men charged with murdering a Black jogger is nearing an end; NPR, November 23, 2021

Police Contracts Can Be Contrary To Accountability; Shepherd Gazette, November 23, 2021

Record-setting judicial nominees weather GOP bluster; Courthouse News Service, November 17, 2021

CWRU Law's Ayesha Bell Hardaway discusses closing argument in trial of Kyle Rittenhouse; CNN Live, November 12, 2021

Law's Ayesha Bell Hardaway discusses trial of Kyle Rittenhouse with CNN; CNN Live, November 12, 2021

AARP Faces Accusations of Hostile Workplace, Discrimination in Black Woman’s Lawsuit: Case Claims Racism Derailed Promising Career; Pacer Monitor, September 23, 2021

DOJ's historic week was more about restoration than reform; Reuters, September 20, 2021.

Oversight of Chicago police handed to new civilian commission after years of public pressure; Washington Post, July 21, 2021

Implicit Bias And Racial Profiling At Center Of Most Recent Consent Decree Conversation; ideastream, July 19, 2021

Cosby case rips open wounds that just won't heal. Here's why. York Daily Record, July 12, 2021 

Cleveland police Monitor rejects Ayesha Bell Hardaway's resignation from the Consent Decree team, says he has 'heard the community; WKYC, July 8, 2021

Former police officer Derek Chauvin sentenced to more than 22 years for murder of George Floyd; CBC, June 25, 2021

NAACP speaks after professor resigns from police monitoring team; News 5 Cleveland, June 23, 2021

University statement in support of Social Justice Institute co-director Ayesha Bell Hardaway; June 21, 2021

Statement from Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan; US Department of Justice Offices of the United States Attorneys, June 16, 2021

Ayesha Bell Hardaway Forced Out Of Cleveland Police Monitoring Team; Ideastream Public Media, June 16, 2021

Cleveland Experts, Leaders Discuss Impact Of Derek Chauvin Conviction In Murder Of George Floyd; Ideastream Public Media, April 21, 2021

In Chauvin trial, the defense scrambles to find ‘reasonable doubt’; ESPN, April 16, 2021

CWRU School of Law's Ayesha Bell Hardaway discusses police killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota; CNN, April 14, 2021

George Floyd’s body is on trial for its own murder; Rolling Stone, April 9, 2021

CWRU Law's Ayesha Bell Hardaway discusses the trial of Derek Chauvin on CNN's New Day; CNN, April 8, 2021

Ohio's 'stand your ground' law takes effect Tuesday; WEWS, April 6, 2021

CWRU Law's Ayesha Bell Hardaway discusses Day 4 of trial of Derek Chauvin on CNN; CNN, April 2, 2021

Body cam video captures George Floyd's deadly encounter with police. CNN, April 1, 2021

Amid calls for transparency, city agreed to closed FOP negotiations; WFPL, March 25, 2021

US police weigh officer discipline after rally, Capitol riot; Associated Press, January 24, 2021

How to Explain to Kids the Difference Between a Mob and a Protest; Parents, January 8, 2021

Leaders: Capitol chaos illustrates painful truth in Black community; News 5 Cleveland, January 7, 2021

Reaction to Trump supporters storming U.S. Capitol building; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, January 7, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine signs bill expanding controversial 'stand your ground' policy in Ohio; News 5 Cleveland, January 4, 2021

Leadership Team Member Jessie Hill, CWRU School of Law: 

Abortion bans and sanctuary plans: States are preparing for a possible future without Roe v Wade; Washington Post, December 10, 2021

US Supreme Court says Texas abortion clinics can sue over law; BBC News, December 10, 2021

Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization: How the Mississippi abortion case could affect Ohioans; Spectrum News, December 9, 2021

The case that could breach the wall between church and state; Christian Science Monitor, December 7, 2021

The Supreme Court Is Poised to Destroy Abortion Rights. Here’s What’s Next.; VICE, December 3, 2021

Supreme Court Case Could Effectively End Roe v. Wade: What to Know; Healthline, December 2, 2021

Jessie Hill on U.S. abortion rights; CGTN, December 2, 2021

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments that could reverse Roe v. Wade; Ideastream Public Media, December 2, 2021

If Briarcrest truly wants to do the Christian thing, it will end anti-LGBTQ policy | Weathersbee; Memphis Commercial Appeal, November 21, 2021

Texas’ New Abortion Regime Sends Shockwaves Through Neighboring States; Talking Points Memo, October 30, 2021

‘Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn’ Come to Ohio; Rewire News Group, October 26, 2021

The Present and Future of Abortion in Ohio: A Conversation with Prof. B. Jessie Hill; WCBE 90.5FM, October 24, 2021

Texas abortion providers in limbo as they await word from the Supreme Court on state ban; CBS News, October 20, 2021

Some Texas Clinics Resume Abortions After Judge’s Ruling; New York Times, October 7, 2021

Long Drives, Fake Drugs: For Some Women, Texas’s New Abortion Law Is Status Quo; Who What Why, October 6, 2021

Texas upends legal landscape with Supreme Court decision on abortion ban; CBS News, September 2, 2021

Leadership Team Member Blanton Tolbert, CWRU School of Medicine: 

CWRU researchers identify compound that targets COVID, other potential viruses; News 5 Cleveland, November 26, 2021

Federal workplace COVID-19 vaccination mandate is suspended, one-third of U.S. hospital workers unvaccinated: Coronavirus update for Friday, Nov. 19;, November 19, 2021

Research led by Cleveland State University reveals how COVID-19 interacts with the human body, WKYC, November 12, 2021

SJI in the News: 2020

Co-director Mark Chupp:

Column: Five steps to heal our nation and strengthen our democracy; The Columbus Dispatch; November 26, 2020

Co-director Ayesha Bell Hardaway:

Systemic racism is embedded in our society due to past issues that led to present problems; Freshwater Cleveland; December 15, 2020

It’s beyond time to make reparations for enslaving an entire race, but commissions aren’t the answer; San Francisco Chronicle; October 29, 2020

President Trump's debate comments about known hate group 'Proud Boys' face continued scrutiny; New 5 Cleveland; October 1, 2020

Protesters gather in Downtown Cleveland after Breonna Taylor decisions; New 5 Cleveland; September 24, 2020

Black seniors are harder hit by COVID-19 — here's why;; September 14, 2020

Police taught a simple rule: ‘You don’t shoot a perp in his back’; Christian Science Monitor; August 28, 2020

What 'Defund the Police' Means—In Terms Simple Enough for a Child to Understand; Parents; August 28,2020

Asheville man who got 'egregious' 22-year sentence for crack cocaine to be released early; Asheville Citizen Times, August 13, 2020

Census worker's family files complaint after 'intimidating' encounter with Canyon County homeowner, deputies; Idaho Press; August 7, 2020

Defining white privilege, systemic racism, implicit bias as we seek to understand racial equity; News 5 Cleveland; July 22, 2020

Police contracts can stand in the way of accountability; PBS, July 19, 2020

How will Ohio lawmakers tackle police reform?; The Center Square, July 7, 2020

Why We Need to Go Beyond Not Seeing Color—Even for Little Kids; Parents, July 2, 2020

Protesters Want Big Police Reforms. Michigan Lawmakers Offer Small Changes.; WKAR, June 22, 2020

6 Black Moms on the Frontlines in the Fight Against Racism; Parents, June 15, 2020

What Does Defund The Police Mean?; ideastream; June 15, 2020

'Enough is enough': Why George Floyd's death sparked widespread protests; News 5 Cleveland, June 14, 2020

Addressing Historical Injustice to Begin Progress and Healing; Spectrum News 1, June 6, 2020

Cleveland blamed 1966 Hough riots on outsiders -- and it wasn’t true;, June 3, 2020

George Floyd's Death Puts Focus On Race, Police and Protest In Cleveland And Nation; ideastream, June 1, 2020

Older News Items