What you missed in Columbus for June 15

Andy Downing
About 50 protesters who called themselves "concerned citizens" held a sit-in at Northstar Cafe in the Short North on Sunday morning.

A week afterstaff members walked out of the Short North location of Northstar Café when the eatery opted to reinstate a police discount two days after rescinding it, a group of protestersstaged a Sunday sit-in at the restaurant. The protesters, who referred to themselves as “concerned citizens,” according to theDispatch, expressed demands beyond ending the police discount, including company-wide anti-racist training and a tip jar for front of the house employees, among other asks.


Bellwether Music Festival, staged in nearby Waynesville, Ohio, joined Country Festin a lawsuit against former Ohio Department of Public Health director Dr. Amy Acton, arguing that the concerts should be allowed to move forward as planned despite the state’s ban on large gatherings. The festival was scheduled to take place the weekend of Aug. 6 with headliners Shovels & Rope, Waxahatchee and John Moreland, among others. Regardless of the lawsuit, it's difficult to imagine the festival taking place, with many artists already calling off summer tours and pivoting to livestreams. This includes Waxhatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, who plans to revisit past albums ina weekly series of streaming concerts stretching from now into early July.


Alive’s Fridayfeature on a colorfully named bus and it’s circus performing, hippie owners, who had been pegged by local authorities as potentially violent agitators, captured some national attention over the weekend, with stories aggregated by outlets ranging from theMiami Herald (which took some delight, one would guess, in Marco Rubio’s role in the story) toTalking Points Memo.

Regardless, Mayor Andrew Gintherhasn’t updated or amended his earlier Twitter post, in which he wrote, “The limited arrests to this point do not reflect the significant safety concerns we have for the city. I would point to the recovery of a bus registered in Vermont filled with bats, rocks, meat cleavers and axes.”

This is precisely the same energy espoused inRubio’s deservedly maligned tweet.


Human rights victories have been depressingly rare, as of late, but this morning the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark decision that existing federal law forbids job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and transgender status.