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“Ohio’s Death Penalty – Reform, Repentance and Repeal"

Thursday, April 10, Noon 
Nathan Ruggles, Peace Program coordinator, IJPC 
At this closing dialogue session, Ruggles will conduct a dialogue about the issues with the death penalty that have been presented. Be sure to take this opportunity to share your

Thursday, March 27, Noon-Death Penalty Part III

Allison Smith will discuss  the death penalty in Ohio, its enforcement, consequences, wrongful convictions, victims, possible reform and a religious reflection on the execution of citizens by the government. 
She will also review the recommendations of the " Joint Task Force to Review the Administration of Ohio's Death Penalty" .  Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor created this task force to to address the problems with Ohio’s death penalty 
No reservations are required unless you are interested in purchasing a box lunch for $5.50.  For more information and to reserve a box lunch, please contact Bill Woods 513.381.4994 or wkwoods@juno.com.

Thursday, March 20, Noon
Sr. Alice Gerdeman, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center
In the second part of the series, the discussion shifts to a critical question: who is the death penalty really hurting? Sr. Alice will discuss the collateral damage inflicted upon families of victims and the convicted as well as prison staff and their families. Part II

The Forum on March 13th begins a four part series on the death penalty in Ohio. Entitled “Ohio’s Death Penalty – Reform, Repentance and Repeal,” the series will run for four straight Thursdays at noon featuring different aspects of this subject. The opening Forum will focus on the reality of how the death penalty has been operating in this state, and Allison Smith of Ohioans To Stop Executions will provide this overview. Ms. Smith will also conduct an interview with Derrick Jamison, a man who was finally exonerated after facing a death sentence. This luncheon forum tookplace at 12:00 noon, Thursday March 13th, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street. Part II Death Penalty

What To Expect From The Governor’s Upcoming State Of The State Agenda And Actions By The General Assembly .

Governor Kasich presents his State-of-the-State address on February 24th. In it, he is expected to propose reducing Ohio’s top income tax rate by 25%. With a variety of  services already struggling due to previous state cuts, what can we expect in terms of funding and other legislation from the General Assembly this spring? At the next Community Issues Forum, Gavin DeVore Leonard, State Director of One Ohio Now, will provide an overview of the Governor’s and the Legislature’s upcoming agenda and how this will impact revenues to pay for critical programs and services. This luncheon forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 27th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room, 318 East Fourth Street.


New Cincinnati NAACP President To Speak At The Forum:
Ishton Morton Will Discuss His Agenda For The Organization

 Ishton Morton, the new President of the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP, will speak at the next Community Issues Forum. Succeeding Councilman Christopher Smitherman, Mr. Morton comes to the position after serving as Vice President and as chair of numerous NAACP committees. He is committed to focusing on the guiding principles of the national organization. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 13th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.


Everything You Need To Know About Obamacare: An Update
   On The Affordable Care Act And Medicaid Expansion In Ohio

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With all the information and misinformation swirling about the Affordable Care Act, even the most knowledgeable citizens need factual updates concerning the implementation of this law. At the next Community Issues Forum, Trey Daly, Ohio State Director of Enroll America, and Sally Stewart, CEO of Crossroad Health Center, will provide an update on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 30th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.


Cincinnati City Government -  Past, Present And Future: Vice Mayor David Mann Reflects On City Hall Then And Now .

 Now that the streetcar decision is at least temporarily settled, what are the important issues that will confront City Council in 2014 and beyond? At the first Forum of 2014,David Mann, Cincinnati’s new Vice Mayor,will address this question as well as comparing the current situation with his experiences as a City Council member and as Mayor in the 1980s and early 1990s.  This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 16th, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street


“Gaping Holes In The Safety Net: The Impact of Government Cuts in Assistance for People in Need.”   

 Forum Dec. 5, 2013Gaping holes now exist in the “safety net.” (The term coined to define programs and services providing basic services.) What impacts are all the cuts in federal and state funding having on children and adults in need in the Greater Cincinnati Area? At the next Community Issues Forum, a panel including Clint Johnson, Director of Community Services for the Community Action Agency, John Schrider, Director of the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, and a representative from the Free Store Food Bank will address the question of the adequacy of the existing “safety net.” This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday December  5th, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street.


What Happened In The Recent Elections?
Howard Wilkinson Reflects On The Results Of Nov. 5th.

 What implications can be drawn from the results of the recent local elections? At the next Community Issues Forum, Howard Wilkinson, the political commentator for WVXU-Radio, will address this theme as he reflects on the issues and candidates that won and lost on November 5th.This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday November 21st, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street.


A Presentation On “The Social Areas Of Cincinnati: An Analysis Of Social Needs”(Patterns Of 5 Census Decades)
By authors Michael Maloney And Christopher Auffrey

Thursday November 7, 2013, 12:00 Noon,
Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street

City of Cincinnati“The Social Areas of Cincinnati” appears to be a daunting work with all its pages of statistics and population charts. Nevertheless, this recent study by urban scholars Michael Maloney and Christopher Auffrey provides a valuable assessment of the social, economic, and demographic trends impacting Cincinnati and the metropolitan region. In fact, it is essential reading for anyone involved with human services or public policies that attempt to assist the diverse residents of this area. More.......



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Campaign 2013: The Incumbent Cincinnati Council Candidates Make Their Case For Reelection

 Beyond dealing with divisions that have emerged concerning the parking lease and the streetcar, what are the critical long and short term issues that Cincinnati City Council must address in the next four years? At the next Community Issues Forum, the incumbent members of Council will make their case for reelection by responding to this question. Incumbent Council members will include Charlie Winburn (Republicans), Christopher Smitherman (Independent), Yvette Simpson (Charterite/Democrat), Laure Quinlivan, Pam Thomas, Chris Seelbach, P.G. Sittenfeld, and Wendell Young (Democrats).

Campaign 2013: Cincinnati School Board Candidates Make Their Case.

Bd. of Ed. CandidatesThis November 5th, at least three non-incumbent candidates for the Cincinnati School Board will be elected. Four seats are being contested this fall, and three current members of the Board are retiring. At the next Community Issues Forum, the current candidates, Melanie Bates, Sally O’Callaghan, Ericka Copeland-Dansby, Marcia A. Futel, Martha Good,Elisa Hoffman, Daniel Minera, and Betsy Shank, will make their case for why they should be elected. This luncheon forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday October 10th, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street.(THIS FORUM IS CO-SPONSORED BY THE WOMAN’S CITY CLUB.)



The September 10th primary narrowed the field of Cincinnati mayoral candidates to two. Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and former Councilman John Cranley emerged as the two finalists who will vie for the position. At the next Community Issues Forum, they will discuss important issues facing the city while they make their case for becoming mayor. This luncheon forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday September 26th, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street.




Candidate ForumThe non-incumbent Council candidates’ forum is becoming a tradition at the Cathedral. It was organized in recognition that non-incumbent candidates usually receive less news media attention than incumbents, and consequently they have a more difficult time getting their messages out to the public. The Forum on the 12th is designed to help overcome this political fact of life. The candidates invited to speak at this event are Shawn Butler (Democrat), Michelle Dillingham (Democrat), Kevin Flynn (Charter), Kevin Johnson (Independent), Greg Landsman (Democrat/Charter), Sam Malone (Republican), David Mann (Democrat/Charter), Mike Moroski (Independent), Amy Murray (Republican/Charter), Melissa Wegman (Republican), and Vanessa White (Charter). These non-incumbents will give brief presentations focusing on their backgrounds and their reasons for making the Council race, and then they will respond to questions from the audience.     


“Green Cincinnati"

In the five years since the Green Cincinnati Plan was adopted, the City has met its goal of reducing the City's Greenhouse Gas emissions by two percent a year. The plan has been a roadmap for how Cincinnati is becoming a national leader in addressing global climate change. With a renewed emphasis on sustainability making Cincinnati a healthier, wealthier and greener place, a plan update is about to be presented to City Council. Steve Johns, Office of Environmental Quality will review the new proposals to reduce our waste, build more renewable energy facilities, and more. This luncheon forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday June 6, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street.


“Homelessness in Greater Cincinnati, 2013."
Josh Spring, Executive Director, The Homeless Coalition. 

How are homeless families and individuals faring in Greater Cincinnati?  Are homeless numbers increasing, decreasing, or remaining constant? What is the current status of shelters and other homeless services? At the Next Community Issues Forum, Josh Spring, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, will provide an update that will answer these questions and more. This luncheon forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday May 23rd, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street.


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Tribute to John Gilligan John Gilligan

At services and events in Cincinnati and Columbus on September 4th and 5th. Ohioans honored the life and mourned the loss of John J. Gilligan. What is important now is to make sure that people remember what Governor Gilligan stood for throughout his long career. More Click for Text