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Community Forum is returning.  During this time we are livestreaming or zooming our Community Issues Forums.  Stay tuned.

 
 
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Rescheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 7:00pm National Speaker Program presents writer Denise Kiernan.“Grit and Grace: Feminist Inspiration from the Gilded Age to the Atomic Age”
For reduced tickets($30) call AIR, Inc. 513-381-4994.

An engaging speaker and TV/radio commentator, Kiernan offers an authoritative perspective on periods of American history that have shaped our country. Drawing on extensive research for her award-winning books and her articles, her presentation will outline the dramatically changed roles of women from the 1870s into modern times. Opportunity, innovation, patriotism, discrimination based on race and gender, wealth disparity, and the desire for a better world — all topics that are still timely today — will be part of her analysis.

Past Forums and Facebook Posting

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on difficulties confronting homeless families and individuals during this Pandemic
Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Community Issues Forum features livestreamed(recorded) presentation. Josh Spring, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition depicts the difficulties confronting homeless families and individuals during this Pandemic. He will discuss how this health crisis highlights the gaping holes in the safety net and our growing social and economic inequities.  READ SUMMARY OF PRESENTATION.

Forum Focuses on  A Ballot Initiative To Fund The City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Cincinnati confronts an affordable housing crisis. In 2019, Advocates For Affordable Housing (AHA) worked with City Council to establish an Affordable Housing Trust Fund. At the next Community Issues Forum, John E, Schrider, Director of the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, and Peg Fox, Director of MARCC (Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati), will introduce a Charter Amendment proposal that would provide adequate funding for this entity. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday March 5th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street. Trust Fund Powerpoint

Forum Focuses on  Contested Races In The Upcoming March Primary: Races For Congress And County Commissioner
Thursday, February 20, 2020
The upcoming primary takes place on Tuesday March 17 and it features contested races for Hamilton County Commissioner and for Congress (The 1st District).  At the next Community Issues Forum, Alicia Reece,  Connie Pillich, and Kelli Prather,  will make their case why they are running for a seat on the Hamilton County Commission, and Kate Schroder and Nikki Foster will inform attendees why they should be the Democratic candidate for Congress opposing Congressman Steve Chabot. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 20th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.


Forum Focuses on  the Race for Hamilton County Sheriff

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The upcoming primary takes place on Tuesday March 17th, and it features a number of contested races for office. At the next Community Issues Forum, Sheriff Jim Neil (invited) and Charmaine McGuffey will make their case why they are running for the office of Hamilton County Sheriff. In this contest for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Sheriff, Charmaine McGuffey is challenging the incumbent, Sheriff Jim Neil. TheHamilton County Democratic Party recently endorsed McGuffey in this primary race, which is a rare action when a Party’s incumbent is running for reelection. At the upcoming Forum Neil and McGuffey will explain their differences in running this office including the Hamilton County jail.  VIDEO PART II


Forum Focuses on   A Levy To Improve The Metro Bus System Is On The March Ballot – Why Is It Needed?.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

On March 17th, voters will determine the fate of a proposed transit levy designed to improve Metro Bus services in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. At the next Community Issues Forum, Pete Metz, Manager of Transportation Initiatives for the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce, will make the case for why this levy is so badly needed. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 23rd, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.   Video Part II


Forum Focuses on   Issues Confronting Hamilton County And Cincinnati City Governments In 2020

What are the important issues confronting City Council and the Hamilton County Commission in 2020 and beyond? At the first Community Issues Forum of 2020, Councilman David Mann and County Commissioner Denise Driehaus   address this question as well as assessing how they sees local government’s role in future developments and plans for the city and county. This luncheon presentation took place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 9th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.


Forum Focuses on   Sanctuary Communities – A New Book That Will Have Its First Public Airing

Thursday, December 5, 2019

A timely book will be released on December 5th by the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center. At the next Community Issues Forum the author, David Tynes and Brennan Grayson   provide the first public airing of their  book, Sanctuary Communities.  This book examines the role of providing “sanctuary” in this current climate of deporting any person who cannot prove their legal status for living in this country VIDEO PART II