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Community Issues Forum Kicks Off Its Fall Season:The Case For A Local Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Thursday September 14, 2017

Launching its 37th year, the Forum begins with the presentation of a proposal for establishing a local affordable housing trust fund with the resources to finance housing for low income families and individuals. Speakers, Josh Spring, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, and Katy Heins, (Part II ) the Center for Community Change, will describe the proposed Trust Fund and discuss why such an entity is needed in Cincinnati today. This luncheon Forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday September 14th, Christ Church Cathedral  Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

Issues Confronting Cincinnati City Government In 2017: Vice Mayor David Mann Reflects On The City’s Priorities. January 10, 2017

What are the important issues confronting City Council in 2017 and beyond? At the first Forum of 2017, 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 19th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street

On The Road To Police Reform At U.C: An Update On The Police Reforms Currently Being Implemented At The University Of Cincinnati February 3, 2017

After the shooting death of Samuel Dubose in 2015, the University of Cincinnati came under fire for operating a Police Department that seemed to lack proper professional training. Since that tragic event, the University has voluntarily launched a planning process to reform the training and practices of its police department. At the next Community Issues Forum, S. Gregory Baker, Director of Police Community Relations for U.C., and Robin Engel, Vice President for Safety and Reform at U.C. will provide an update of the planning process that will dramatically change how the University’s Police Department does its job. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 2nd, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  

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Local Responses To What Is Going On In Washington, D.C. February 16, 2017

Even before Donald Trump’s Inauguration, people were organizing to oppose some of the actions that he talked about implementing during the campaign. In his first two weeks in office, the President has signed Executive Orders to begin the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, to ban most Muslims from entering the country, and other steps that would repeal Obama Administration policies. What are some of the local responses to these actions. At the next Community Issues Forum, Ismaeel Chartier, Imam of the Clifton Mosque, Michelle Dillingham, Executive Director of Community Shares, and Brennan Grayson, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center will share information about how some of the organizations they are involved with are organizing in reaction to what is happening in Washington, D.C. This luncheon panel takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 16th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

Resources for Action:
Indivisible Guide
Daily Action

An Update On the Child Poverty Initiative  with Speaker – Ross Meyer, the United Way, March 2, 2017

What is the status of “The Child Poverty Initiative” that was launched last year? At the next Community Issues Forum, Ross Meyer, Vice President of Community Impact, the United Way, will provide an update on this important local initiative to reduce the high poverty rate of children in Cincinnati. This luncheon Forum presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday March 2nd, Christ Church Cathedral  Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  

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What Are The Issues That Should Concern City Council And Mayoral Candidates In This Year’s Campaign?

March 16, 2017, 12:00 Noon

What are the issues that the City Council and Mayoral candidates should be talking about in this year’s campaign? The next two Community Issues Forums will feature panels of civic and neighborhood leaders discussing the concerns and proposals that they believe need to be addressed by the candidates. The panel for the upcoming Forum will include Jennifer Summers, Executive Director of the Peaslee Neighborhood Center, Josh Spring, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, John Schrider, Senior Attorney/Director of the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, and Prince Brown, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and African American Studies, Northern Kentucky University. SUMMARY

What Are The Issues That Should Concern City Council And Mayoral Candidates In This Year’s Campaign? Part II  March 30, 2017

What are the issues that the City Council and Mayoral candidates should be talking about in this year’s campaign? Part II of this Community Issues Forum series will feature another panel of civic and neighborhood leaders presenting the concerns and proposals that they believe need to be addressed by the candidates. This panel includes Pat Garry, Chair of Affordable Housing Advocates, Mike Maloney, Convener of the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, and Pastor Ennis Tait, President of the Faith Community Alliance of Greater Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s Mayoral Candidates Present Their Views

April 13, 2017

What are the issues that the candidates for mayor will focus on if elected in November? At the next Community Issues Forum, the mayoral candidates will answer this question and discuss what compels them to run for this office. The candidates include Rob Richardson, Councilmember Yvette Simpson, and Mayor John Cranley. This luncheon Forum presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday April 13th, Christ Church Cathedral  Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street. Also, at 12:00 noon, 

Local Responses To What Is Going On In Washington Part II: The Impact On The Environment – E.P.A Cuts And Much More, Thursday April 27, 2017

With a huge proposed cut in the E.P.A. budget and the elimination of President Obama’s Executive Orders on the environment, public concern has mounted about the future of environmental protection under this Administration. Earth Day events across the country and the March for Science in Washington, D.C. will showcase this concern. At the next Community Issues Forum, D. David Altman, an Environmental Attorney who specializes in defending average citizens from the impacts of major polluters, will review what is happening in Washington and what citizens can do locally. This luncheon forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday April 27th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  PART II VIDEO,  PART III

Real Prospects For Reform – An Initiative To Create Fair Congressional Districts In Ohio.(Local Responses To What Is Going On In Washington Part III, May 11, 2017 on Part III) May 11, 2017

A citizens’ initiative was just launched to bring about fair Congressional districts inOhio. Encouraged that voters passed an Ohio Constitutional Amendment in 2015 to establish fair state districts, a reform coalition has drafted a proposal to achieve the same end for Congressional districts. At the next Community Issues Forum, Catherine Turcer, Policy Analyst for Common Cause/Ohio, will outline the content of the proposed Amendment, and several members of the local Fair Elections Coalition will talk about why this reform is so badly needed. This luncheon forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday May 11th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

It’s Your Turn – The Forum Focuses On The Issues That You Think City Council And Mayoral Candidates And Your Representatives In Washington Should Be Addressing May 25, 2017

Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room, 318 East Fourth Street
 Forums this spring have focused on local responses to what is going on in Washington and what are the issues that City Council and Mayoral candidates should be addressing. Now, it’s your turn! At the next Community Issues Forum, we invite you to take part in a lunch discussion that taps your views on these two topics. Come prepared to talk about the issues you think are important or being overlooked. Some of the panelists who participated in the earlier spring forums will serve as discussion leaders, and we will record and send your collected wisdom to the candidates for City offices and your representatives in Washington, D.C.  As a celebration of your participation in this year’s forums, lunch is on us. This luncheon discussion takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday May 25th, Christ Church Cathedral  Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.