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Thursday  July 9th at 12:00 Noon, Via Zoom.

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Catherine Turcer, Executive Director of Common Cause,  will give us an update on what is happening with voting procedures for November.  Voting should be accessible for all eligible Ohioans — whether they’re a nurse working overtime, a parent balancing their job responsibilities and childcare, or a senior.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it new challenges to virtually every aspect of our lives — including how we conduct elections.

Multiple states have seen breakdowns in their election systems — hours-long lines at polling places… tens of thousands of lost and uncounted absentee ballots… unexpected polling place closures and consolidations without proper communication to voters.

This doesn’t belong in a 21st-century democracy — and if we don’t take action right now, it could get even worse in November, forcing millions to choose between risking their health, and giving up the right to vote.


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.

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Forum (Virtual) Focuses the City Budget
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Cincinnati City Council must approve  the 2021 Budget by June 30th. As Council members consider changes in the document given to them by the City Manager and the Mayor, they are also hearing many suggestions and demands from attendees at the public hearings on the budget. At the next Community Issues Forum, Councilmen David Mann Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, will discuss the process and the key items in the budget. This Zoom Forum takes place at 12:00 Noon on Thursday June 25th

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on Cincinnati’s Week of Protests
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Like cities across the country, Cincinnati has experienced a week of protests focusing on racial bias in policing and other inequities confronting African-Americans. Initially sparked by the cruel and unnecessary death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police, protests in Cincinnati have highlighted other current inequities such as the arrests and jailing of African-Americans cited for violating state and local public health regulations related to the Pandemic. At the next Community Forum, Councilwoman Jan-Michelle Lemon Kearney will discuss the origins and impacts of the protests, while providing her insights on what needs to come next.

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.