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 Next Forum, Thursday, September 17, 2015, Noon

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

(The Community Issues Forum Kicks Off Its New Season)

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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DISCUSSION: How We Overcome Fears And Misunderstandings That Create Walls Separating Us From Various Groups In Our Community
(Part VI Of The Welcoming The Stranger Series)  May 21, 2015

The final Forum of “The Welcoming the Stranger Series” focuses on overcoming fears and misunderstandings that create barriers separating us from various groups in our community. Trained volunteers from the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center will facilitate a dialogue that explores what people have learned from the first five sessions of this series. Speakers from the earlier Forums will also be invited to participate in these dialogue sessions to assist when specific information is needed.



Special Forum! Taking Back Democracy One Step At A Time: Step I – Redistricting Reform In Ohio A Workshop Friday, May 15, 2015

Issue 1 forum May 2015

L-R, Sam Gresham, Sandy Theis , Alice Schneider, Gavin LeonardMay 15, Noon 

Ohio is one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation. Come here how citizens have an opportunity this year to pass significant reform that would create fair state election districts. Learn about the details of Issue I, the Ohio Constitutional Amendment that will be on this November’s ballot. Find out how you can be an effective voice for change on this important issue.  READ SUMMARY OF FORUM





Overcoming Fears And Mistrust Of The Muslim Community:  Better Understanding Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters(Part V Of The Welcoming The Stranger Series)Thursday May 7, 2015, 12:00 Noon,

In the Forum’s “welcoming the stranger series,” attendees have grappled with the issues that often needlessly pit groups against each other. The tragedy of 9/11 and certain events and actions in the Middle East have created fears and mistrust in our country of Muslims and Islam. At the next Community Issues Forum, Shaykh Ismaeel Chartier, Imam of the Clifton Mosque in Cincinnati, will demythologize many of the views about Muslims and the Islamic faith that have fostered these feeling of alienation. The Rev. Canon Manoj Mathew Zacharia, Sub-Dean, Christ Church Cathedral, will welcome Imam Chartier and offer his faith perspective to the discussion.  Part II,  Part III


“Responding to the Critical Need for Affordable Housing in Cincinnati: Lessons on Overcoming Local Governance and Community Opposition” - A new study presented by a panel led by Michelle Dillingham, Director of Education, Homeless Coalition.    (Part IV of The Welcoming The Stranger Series) 


Housing Study 2015 - Cover


Many times the general public may believe that it is funding, or lack of available land that prevents the development of affordable housing. However even when funding and land is available, it can be community resistance that prevents the housing from being built.






Putting A Human Face On Homelessness: Speaker – Josh Spring, DirectorThe Homeless Coalition (Part III Of The Welcoming The Stranger Series) ThursdayApril 9th, 2015  Video Part II

Homelessness should not exist in an affluent country such as the U.S. Too often homeless individuals and families are blamed for their plight, or they are treated as aliens far removed from everyday life. At the next Community Issues Forum, Josh Spring, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless,will put human faces on the homeless and show how they are our brothers and sisters and not strangers. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, ThursdayApril 9th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  Video-30 year History of the Homeless Coalition


“United We Dream”: Immigrant Youth Discuss Their Struggle for Immigration Reform,Thursday,  March 26, 2015, Noon
 Manuel Perez and Flequer Vera, representatives from the CUC will be featured at our next panel to share more details about their work and answer your questions about immigrant community in Cincinnati and the prospects for meaningful immigration reform.


New Civil Rights Voices:Introducing Black Lives Matter Cincinnati Thursday March 12, 2015 Participants in Black Lives Matter Cincinnati will share their views, their demands, and their vision at the next Forum.

bRIAN TAYLORThe names and places are now well known: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Michael Crawford, Ferguson, Missouri, Atlanta, Georgia, New York, New York, and Dayton, Ohio.  So too is the banner under which many young people are coming together: # Black Lives Matter  (BLM).  BLM is a new wave of organizations and actions through which young people are sharing their outrage regarding killings by police and vigilantes that are going unpunished. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday March 12, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  See Video

The City Manager’s Forum: Introducing The New City Manager Harry Black.February 26th, 2015

 Since 1924, Cincinnati City Government has operated under a Council/Manager system.  Mayor Cranley, with the approval of Council, recently appointed a new City Manager who took office in September. At the next Community Issues Forum, City Manager Harry Black will discuss his views on the challenges confronting City Government in 2015 and beyond. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 26th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.


Whither Political Reform In Ohio?A Review Of The New Redistricting Proposal


L-R, Bill Woods, Catherine Turcer, Justin Jeffre

Common Cause Ohio joined partner organizations in Cincinnati to review the details of  Issue 1, a referendum that would reduce partisanship while increasing fairness and transparency in redistricting of the Ohio General Assembly districts. Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio policy analyst, described for the audience Ohio’s gerrymandering problem. She highlighted how legislators drew current districts behind closed doors in a hotel room referred to as “the bunker” and how one legislator successfully obtained the inclusion of a major donor in his district.  Read More 

Click here for redistricting powerpoint presentation.


 Issues Confronting Cincinnati City Government In 2015: Vice Mayor David Mann Reflects On The City’s Priorities, January 22, 2015

Part II  Video  What are the important issues confronting City Council in 2015 and beyond? At the first Forum of 2015, 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 22nd, 2015Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street. D


The Economic Inequality Series Finale -Where Do We Go From Here? December 11th, 2014

The Forum series focusing on “Economic Inequality” concludes with a panel discussion of the question: “Where do we go from here?” After attendees this fall have heard about various aspects of this complex topic, the wrap up panel will suggest some long and short term steps for bringing about a more equitable economic environment in this country. The panelists include Brennan Grayson, Legal Director of the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, Kristen Barker, Director of the Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative, and Col Owens, Senior Attorney, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday December 11th, 2014 Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street

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