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Forum Thursday, November 6, 2014, Noon.

The Economic Inequality Series continues
with a presentation on the topic – “The New Jim Crow.” 

The New Jim Crow offers a devastating account of a legal system doing its job perfectly well. We have simply replaced one caste system (Jim Crow) for another one (imprisonment, parole, detention) that keeps the majority of minorities in a permanent state of disenfranchisement. Alexander looks in detail at what eThe New Jim Crowconomists usually miss, namely the entire legal structure of the courts, parole, probation and laws that effectively turn a perpetrator of a crime into a moral outlaw who is unworthy of rehabilitation. . . Alexander does a fine job of truth-telling, pointing the finger where it rightly should be pointed: at all of us, liberal and conservative, white and black.”  —Forbes



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Candidates For The Ohio General Assembly To Confront
Tough Questions About Service And Program Priorities
And The Next State Budget 
 What’s at stake on November 4th when all the members of the Ohio House and many State Senators will be elected? At the next Community Issues Forum, several local candidates for the Ohio General Assembly will be asked tough questions about what they consider to be program and service priorities in the next budget. Participants will include Cecil Thomas and Charlie Winburn, candidates for the Ohio Senate, and Rep. Denise Driehaus, Mary Yeager, Micah Kamrass, and John Dever (invited), candidates for the Ohio House. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday October 23rd, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street. (This Forum is co-sponsored by One Ohio Now.) 

Addressing Economic Inequality In Our Public Schools: A Focus On Creative Cincinnati Public School Programs

 More and more students in our urban public school systems come from low-income families or families in poverty. As part of the series on economic inequality, the next Community Issues Forum focuses on how the Cincinnati Public Schools are creatively addressing some of the obstacles confronting children and their families who struggle to make ends meet. The Forum’s panel includes Eve Bolton, President of the Cincinnati Public School Board, James Thingwa. Great Lakes Community Engagement Coordinator for the American Federation of Teachers, Carmen Burks, Director of the Cincinnati Public Schools’ Safe Routes to School Program, and Michelle Dillingham, Director of Education for the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday October 9th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street. 



Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Noon
Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (318 East Fourth Street)  at noon.

BerteauxThe second Forum on Wednesday Sept 24 will  feature Nancy Bertaux, Professor of Economics at Xavier University. Professor Bertaux will provide an overview of the forces and factors causing a growing economic inequality in this country. This Forum will take place in the Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (318 East Fourth Street)  at noon.


Thursday, September 25, 2014, Noon Buddy's Place, 1300 Vine Street.

One day later, Thursday September 25, a follow up to the September 11th Justice Walk will take place at noon at Buddy's Place, 1300 Vine Street. Alice Skirtz, author of "Econocide: Elimination of the Urban Poor" and Tom Dutton, Professor of Architecture at Miami University, will discuss how neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine were some of the first places to feel the impact of the factors creating economic inequality.

Part II of the Over-the-Rhine segment of the Community Issues Forum’s “Economic Inequality Series” took place on October 25th. Alice Skirtz, author of Econocide: Elimination of the Urban Poor, and Tom Dutton, Professor of Architecture at Miami University, teamed up to further depict the forces exacerbating economic inequality in this inner city neighborhood. This session followed up Josh Spring’s September 11th “Justice Walk” (See StreetVibes, Sept. 25th).

Once again, this Forum took place at Buddy’s Place, 1300 Vine Street, instead of at its usual home in Christ Church Cathedral. Skirtz and Dutton effectively meshed their presentations to portray how public policies and private sector developments have worked to gentrify Over-the-Rhine. At the same time the news media has created the image of a renewed neighborhood saved from its past horrors. READ MORE



 Thursday, September 11, 2014
The Community Forum kicks off its new season with “A Justice Walk,” a presentation that launches the Forum's fall series on "Economic Inequality."  It will take place Thursday, September 11 at noon off-site at Buddy's Place in Over-the-Rhine, 1300 Vine Street. Josh Spring, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, will give a brief presentation and then conduct a walking tour that will showcase the problems confronting low-income residents of OTR.


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