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Community Issues Forum  presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday March 21st, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.



Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7 pm:  Applied Information Resources is a co-sponsoring organization for the Woman’s City Club National Speaker Event  with Helen Thorpe, speaking on “Searching for Refuge, Friendship and Hope: Perspectives on Immigration: What Does it Mean to ‘Be American’ Today? Tickets $30. To order tickets, call 513-381-4994

Monday, April 8, 2019, 7:00 PM.Ibram X. Kendi speaking. Ibram X. Kendi is the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers’ and audiences’ eyes to the reality of racism in America today. Kendi’s lectures are sharp, informative, and hopeful, serving as a strong platform for any institution’s discussions on racial discrimination.  Free but please RSVP CLICK HERE  

Past Forums

Forum Focuses on Improving Public Transportation In Greater Cincinnati
Thursday, March 14, 2019

A consensus exists that the current bus system administered by SORTA is inadequate. The debate now occurring is what to fix and how to fund any improvements. At the next Community Issues Forum, Mark Sanaan of the Better Bus Coalition, will discuss the needed improvements and whether the current funding proposals would be sufficient to bring them about. This luncheon presentation took place at 12:00 noon, Thursday March 14th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  Putting Metro on the ballot in 2019

Forum Focuses on How is Preschool Promise faring?

How is Preschool Promise faring? Passed by local voters in 2016, this initiative to make quality preschool available to every child in the Cincinnati School District is an ambitious goal. At the next Community Issues Forum, Shiloh Turner, Executive Director of Cincinnati Preschool Promise, will provide an update on its expansion since it got the green light to proceed. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 28th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  VIDEO PART II

Forum Focuses on Homelessness In 2019: An Update By Josh Spring, Executive Director Of The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

U.S. Census data and other local research supply evidence that poverty and homelessness have grown worse here in recent years. This trend occurs even while several local anti-poverty initiatives have been launched. According to a report released by LISC, Greater Cincinnati has an affordable housing gap of 40,000 units. Spring will portray the current situation for homeless families and individuals, while reviewing potential policies and reforms that are needed to turn things around. As usual, time will be set aside for questions and comments from the audience  VIDEO PART II

Forum Focuses on Issues Confronting Hamilton County And Cincinnati City Governments In 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

What are the important issues confronting City Council and the Hamilton County Commission in 2019 and beyond? At the first Community Issues Forum of 2019, Councilman David Mann and County Commissioner Denise Driehaus will 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 takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 17th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  VIDEO PART II

Forum Focuses on Growing Poverty In Cincinnati: “All-In Cincinnati,” A New Policy Agenda And Coalition To Address It

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cincinnati experienced a 4.2 percent increase in poverty from 2007 to 2017. Recent Census numbers reveal that 10,000 residents fell below the poverty line during that decade. All-In_Cincinnati_Final Report represents a new coalition and policy agenda dedicated to addressing both poverty and inequity in this city. At the next Community Issues Forum, a representative of the All-In Cincinnati Core Team will review the recently released report of All-In Cincinnati, and provide an update of its policy agenda and the work of the local All-In Cincinnati coalition. (The Core Team represents thirteen local organizations, including the Urban League, LISC, Project AMOS, and the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.) This luncheon Forum take place at 12:00 noon, Thursdays November 29th, Christ Church Cathedral  Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.  PART THREE VIDEO