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FOCUSING  ON THE LOCAL SCENE – Black Lives Matter Cincinnati _RESPONDS TO INCIDENTS  OF INJUSTICE IN GREATER CINCINNATI

 Black lives Matter


In reaction to fatal police shootings of African-Americans, thousands of young people across the country have participated in protests, vigils, and rallies under the banner of Black Lives Matter. A local group, Black Lives Matter Cincinnati, has been active since 2014. At the next Community Issues Forum, Brian Taylor, a leader and spokesman for Black Lives Matter Cincinnati, will discuss how this group has evolved and responded to local incidents such as the police shooting of Samuel Dubose. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 11th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

Newsletter, November 2015

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Making Preschool Promise A Reality-Preschool Promise-Advocates Discuss Next Steps For 2016,Thursday January 28, 2016, 12:00 Noon

 

Cincinnati Preschool Promise is an initiative with the goal of making quality preschool available for every local child. Buttressed by research and examples that show how a rich  preschool experience provides a foundation for success, CPSP-organizers are at the stage of implementing a plan to make their dream a local reality. At the next Community Issues Forum, Preschool Promise community representatives will talk about next steps and respond to questions. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 28th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room, 318 East Fourth Street.  Video Part II

 

Issues Confronting Cincinnati City Government In 2016: Vice Mayor David Mann Reflects On The City’s Priorities. Thursday January 14, 2016,

thumb_cincinnati_skyline_02_5241 Thursday January 14, 2016, 12:00 Noon,
Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room, 318 East Fourth Street


 What are the important issues confronting City Council in 2016 and beyond? At the first Forum of 2016, David Mann, Cincinnati’s Vice Mayor, will address this question as well as assessing how he sees government’s role in future developments and plans for the city. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 14th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

 David Mann’s Year End Message

Mass Incarceration In Ohio And The U.S.: The Harmful Consequences And Current Steps Toward Reform – Speaker – David Singleton, Ohio Justice & Policy Center Director


The number of people incarcerated in the U.S. grew from 623,388 in 1982 to 2.4-million today, while Ohio’s number rose from 13,256 to 50,600 during the same time period. This mass incarceration has resulted in harmful consequences for communities, neighborhoods, and family life. At the next Community Issues Forum, David Singleton, Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, will focus on how and why mass incarceration came about in this country and state, and he will discuss the current efforts to reform our criminal justice system   The Forum luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday December 10th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.MAP

Creating An Alternative Economy By Investing In Neighborhoods: Speaker – Kevin Jones Of Socap  November 19, 2015, 12:00 Noon,

Can a neighborhood economy comprised of locally based businesses serve as a healthy alternative to our global economy dominated by huge corporations? At the next Community Issues Forum, Kevin Jones, Co-Founder of Social Capital Markets, will make the case for investing in local enterprises concerned about building community as well as making a profit. (Jones will also be a speaker at the two day “Neighborhood Economics Conference” at Xavier University on November 17th and 18th. Go on-line to Neighborhood Economics Conference for more information.)  The Forum luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday November 19th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

The State Of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities – A Presentation By Mark Curnutte, Study Editor, Thursday, November 12, 2015


Although Cincinnati is making progress in many areas, a recent study shows that its African American residents are not faring well. The State of Black Cincinnati 2015: Two Cities, a report recently released by the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio, presents some grim statistics that reveal the stark racial disparities that exist in the Queen City. At the next Community Issues Forum, Mark Curnutte, the Urban League’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications and the editor of the study, will review the findings of the report and discuss their implications. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday November 12th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street. Part II,  Part III

 

Making The Case For An Anti-Wage Theft Ordinance – Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center Panel Presentation

Oct. 29 forum IWage theft takes place daily in Cincinnati and in communities across the country. Recent immigrants and the working poor are the primary victims of this ugly practice. At the next Community Issues Forum, Brennan Grayson, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center and several panelists who have experienced wage theft, will make the case for the passage of an anti-wage theft ordinance in Cincinnati. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday October 29th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

Local wage theft received intense scrutiny at the Community Issues Forum at Christ Church Cathedral on October 29th. A panel led by Brennan Grayson, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, also made the case for a proposed anti-wage theft City Ordinance. Such an ordinance, according to Grayson, would help prevent the all too prevalent practice of cheating workers out of all or part of their wages. READ MORE

Hot Topics In Public Education – Cincinnati School Board Candidates Respond To Questions

Almost every day a story appears in the local news about public education. A lot of very important issues and policy decisions are being made about our public schools and they affect all of us. The next Community Issues Forum will focus on several of these hot educational topics. They include:

*Public School funding (the CPS 2016 levy)
*Preschool Expansion (CPS preschools and “Preschool Promise.”)
*High stakes standardized testing
*Charter Schools
*The Accelerator Fund
*CPS Magnet School Lottery
*House Bill 70

Eve Bolton tackles hot topics.  See video

Election Issues Thursday, September 30, 2015,

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Important ballot issues dominate this fall’s elections. They include three Ohio Constitutional Amendments and two City Charter Amendments. At the next Community Issues Forum, the pros and cons of these issues will be reviewed. Brewster Rhoads, representing Cincinnatians for Parks, will speak in favor of the City Charter Amendment proposal for a park development tax, and Tim Mara, representing Save Our Parks, will make the case against it. Then Alice Schneider, President of the Woman’s City Club, and Bill Woods, former Chair of Common Cause/Ohio, will depict Issue I (redistricting reform), and Jane Anderson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati, will examine Issue 3 (the legalization of marijuana). This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon,Wednesday September 30th, Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East Fourth Street.

 

Human Trafficking In Cincinnati And The Off The Streets Program –  Plus A Tour Of The New Anna Louise Inn

Thursday September 17, 2015, 12:00 Noon,
The Anna Louise Inn

 Human trafficking is often portrayed as an international or national issue, but its end results impact communities such as Cincinnati. The first Community Issues Forum of the 2015-2016 series will focus on human trafficking and the Off the Streets Program, a program run by the Anna Louise Inn to help women escape from prostitution in order to forge new lives. Speakers at the Forum will be Mary Carol Melton, Executive Vice President of the Anna Louise Inn, and the Rev. Noel Julnes Dehner, who is producing a documentary on human trafficking. The Forum will also include a tour of the new Anna Louise Inn. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday September 17th, the Anna Louise Inn, 2401 Reading Road. Since this Forum will not take place at the Cathedral reservations will be required because of space limitations. Call Bill Woods or Ed Burdell at (513) 381-4994. Finally, people concerned about this topic may also wish to hear the Rev. Becca Stevens of Thistle Farm, TN speak about her program for victims of human trafficking at Christ Church Cathedral, 10:00AM  Service, September 27th.

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