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Public Policy and Community Information Research

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 Noon
“An update on environmental issues both local and national.”
Speakers – D. David Altman, environmental attorney, and Marilyn Wall, President of the Sierra Club.     

  

   

   

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Important dates:

  • April 10 – Early voting begins. Absentee ballots can be mailed or go in person to the Board of Elections office, 4700 Smith Rd., Norwood
  • May 8 – Election Day, polls open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Past Forums

Forum Focuses on On Current Progress And Future Plans For Cincinnati Public Schools   

Thursday, April 12,  2018

After nine years as Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools, Mary Ronan retired last July, and the Board of Education selected Laura Mitchell to replace her.  At the  Community Issues Forum,  Superintendent Laura Mitchell  discussed the progress of the Cincinnati Public Schools, and how she and the Board are planning current goals and dealing with potential problems. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday April 12, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  VIDEO PART II

Forum Focuses on The Front Lines Of Public Education: Educational Innovations At Gamble Montessori High School  

Thursday, March 29,  2018

Cincinnati Public Schools have established a number of schools based on particular educational themes and approaches. Gamble Montessori High School is one of those places. At the next Community Issues Forum, Jack M. Jose, Principal of Gamble Montessori High School, and Krista Taylor, Intervention Specialist at Gamble Montessori High School, will reflect on what they have learned while implementing the Montessori philosophy and principles at this innovative school. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday March 29th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  Summary of Forum  Reflections From The Front Lines of Public Education

Forum Focuses on Will State Issue I On The May 8th Ballot Effectively End Gerrymandered Congressional Districts In Ohio? 

Thursday, March 15,  2018
Will Issue I on the May 8th Ballot effectively end the gerrymandering of Congressional Districts in Ohio? This State Constitutional Amendment proposal was passed by the Ohio House and Senate in February in response to the citizen initiative to eliminate gerrymandering that was organizing to put its plan on the ballot in November. At the next Community Issues Forum, Camille Wimbish, Director of the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition, will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Issue I and why most grassroots reform groups have decided to support it.  Video PART II

Forum Focuses on The Need To Improve Public Transit In Greater Cincinnati: What Is Needed And How To Fund It.

Thursday, March 1,  2018
 A consensus exists that the current bus system administered by SORTA is inadequate. The questions are: What improvements are needed, and how can they be funded? At the next Community Issues Forum, a panel including Cam Hardy, President of the Better Bus Coalitioni. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday March 1st, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

Forum Focuses on The Child Poverty Collaborative In 2018: A Status Report by Dr. Karen Bankston.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

 What progress can be reported concerning the Child Poverty Collaborative? Since its launching in 2016, what steps have been taken to reach the goal of significantly reducing child poverty in Cincinnati? At the next Community Issues Forum, Dr. Karen Bankston, the new Executive Director of the Collaborative, will review the current status of this important local initiative.  PART II

Forum Focuses on An Update  On Significant Citizen Organizing In 2018:Including The Women’s March And Redistricting Reform 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

 Last year, events in Washington, D.C. sparked significant local grassroots organizing around social, political, and economic justice issues. These local efforts included a Women’s March and an initiative to bring about Congressional redistricting reform in Ohio. At the next Community Issues Forum, Michelle Dillingham, Executive Director of Community Shares, Kate Gallion, Organizer of the Cincinnati Women’s March from United We Stand, Bill Woods. of Common Cause/Ohio, and Ed Burdell of the Economic Justice Round Table, will review how some of these organizing efforts are progressing in 2018. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 1st, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

Forum Focuses on An Update Issues Confronting Cincinnati City Government In 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

What are the important issues confronting City Council in 2018 and beyond? At the first Forum of 2018, Councilman David Mann, Former Mayor and Chair of the Budget Committee, 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 18th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  PART II