Forums 2014


Cincinnati City Government –  Past, Present And Future: Vice Mayor David Mann Reflects On City Hall Then And Now . Thursday January 16th, 2014
Now that the streetcar decision is at least temporarily settled, what are the important issues that will confront City Council in 2014 and beyond? At the first Forum of 2014,David Mann, Cincinnati’s new Vice Mayor,will address this question as well as comparing the current situation with his experiences as a City Council member and as Mayor in the 1980s and early 1990s.  This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 16th,2014 Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street


Everything You Need To Know About Obamacare: An Update On The Affordable Care Act And Medicaid Expansion In Ohio Thursday January 30th, 2014

With all the information and misinformation swirling about the Affordable Care Act, even the most knowledgeable citizens need factual updates concerning the implementation of this law. At the next Community Issues Forum, Trey Daly, Ohio State Director of Enroll America, and Sally Stewart, CEO of Crossroad Health Center,will provide an update on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday January 30th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.


New Cincinnati NAACP President To Speak At The Forum:Ishton Morton Will Discuss His Agenda For The Organization Thursday February 13th, 2014
Ishton Morton, the new President of the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP, will speak at the next Community Issues Forum. Succeeding Councilman Christopher Smitherman, Mr. Morton comes to the position after serving as Vice President and as chair of numerous NAACP committees. He is committed to focusing on the guiding principles of the national organization. This luncheon presentation takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 13th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (Third Floor), 318 East Fourth Street.

What To Expect From The Governor’s Upcoming State Of The State Agenda And Actions By The General Assembly .  February 24th, 2014

Governor Kasich presents his State-of-the-State address on February 24th. In it, he is expected to propose reducing Ohio’s top income tax rate by 25%. With a variety of  services already struggling due to previous state cuts, what can we expect in terms of funding and other legislation from the General Assembly this spring? At the next Community Issues Forum, Gavin DeVore Leonard, State Director of One Ohio Now, will provide an overview of the Governor’s and the Legislature’s upcoming agenda and how this will impact revenues to pay for critical programs and services. This luncheon forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday February 27th, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room, 318 East Fourth Street.

Ohio’s Death Penalty – Reform, Repentance and Repeal,” Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Forum on March 13th begins a four part series on the death penalty in Ohio. Entitled “Ohio’s Death Penalty – Reform, Repentance and Repeal,” the series will run for four straight Thursdays at noon featuring different aspects of this subject. The opening Forum will focus on the reality of how the death penalty has been operating in this state, and Allison Smith of Ohioans To Stop Executions will provide this overview. Ms. Smith will also conduct an interview with Derrick Jamison, a man who was finally exonerated after facing a death sentence. This luncheon forum tookplace at 12:00 noon, Thursday March 13th, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street. Part II Death Penalty

Ohio’s Death Penalty – Reform, Repentance and Repeal,”
Sr. Alice Gerdeman, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center Thursday, March 20, Noon, 2014
In the second part of the series, the discussion shifts to a critical question: who is the death penalty really hurting? Sr. Alice will discuss the collateral damage inflicted upon families of victims and the convicted as well as prison staff and their families.  Video Part II


Fracking In Ohio: Why We Should Be Concerned? Thursday April 24, 2014, 12:00 Noon,
Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street

What is fracking and why should we be concerned about it? Hydraulic fracturing is a method of extracting natural gas from deep shale formations. Touted as an inexpensive way to tap into a new source of natural gas, fracking also poses hazards to the environment and public health. In honor of Earth Week, the next Community Issues Forum features two speakers, Alison Auciello, Ohio organizer for Food and Water Watch, and James O’Reilly, University of Cincinnati Professor of Law and Public Health, who will discuss the environmental dangers of fracking. This luncheon forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday April 24th, Christ Church Cathedral Undercroft, 318 East Fourth Street.

Building Community In Over-The-Rhine With Affordable Housing: A Walking Tour Led By Mary Burke Rivers Thursday May 8, 2014, 12:00 Noon,

Thursday May 8, 2014, 12:00 Noon,
Buddy’s Place, 1300 Vine St. (The corner of 13th and Vine).


Responses To The Heroin Epidemic In Greater Cincinnati Thursday May 22, 2014

A Heroin epidemic has taken hold in the Greater Cincinnati area. Heroin use and its repercussions add-up to a crisis that must be dealt with on multiple levels. At the Next Community Issues Forum, Ann Barnum, Senior Program Officer of The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, will review what is and what isn’t being done to respond to this opioid epidemic. This luncheon forum takes place at 12:00 noon, Thursday May 22nd, Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (third floor), 318 East Fourth Street.Video Part I, Part II

 Summer Break

Economic Inequality,Thursday, September 11, 2014, Noon
Focusing this fall on the theme of “economic inequality,” the Forum on September 11th features Josh Spring, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, conducting a “Justice Walk” in Over-the-Rhine. Spring will begin with a brief talk at Buddy’s Place (1300 Vine Street), and then lead attendees on a walk that highlights how economic forces and public policy impact this neighborhood. “Stops along the walk,” notes Spring, “will showcase places that either help eliminate or that create and sustain homelessness.”

Economic Inequality Wednesday, September 24, 2014, Noon
The second Forum on Wednesday Sept 24 will feature Nancy Bertaux, Professor of Economics at Xavier University. Professor Bertaux will provide an overview of the forces and factors causing a growing economic inequality in this country. This Forum will take place in the Christ Church Cathedral Forum Room (318 East Fourth Street)  at noon.

Economic Inequality Thursday, September 25, 2014, Noon
One day later, Thursday September 25, a follow up to the September 11th Justice Walk will take place at noon at Buddy’s Place, 1300 Vine Street. Alice Skirtz, author of “Econocide: Elimination of the Urban Poor” and Tom Dutton, Professor of Architecture at Miami University, will discuss how neighborhoods like Over-the-Rhine were some of the first places to feel the impact of the factors creating economic inequality

 Election Issues Thursday, October 9, 2014 Noon 
The October Forums will focus on election issues. On Thursday October 9thMichelle Dillingham, Director of Education for the Homeless Coalition, will emcee a presentation at the Cathedral featuring creative Cincinnati Public School Programs that deserve support. This Forum will highlight the need to pass the School Levy on November 4th.

 Election Issues Thursday, October 23, 2014, Noon
Candidates for the Ohio General Assembly will be invited to speak at the Forum on October 23. Co-sponsored by One-Ohio-Now, its Executive Director, Gavin Leonard, will ask the candidates some tough questions concerning the State Budget, recent cuts in a variety of programs and services, and tax policy

‘The New Jim Crow’ Issue Thursday, November 6, 2014, Noon
 ‘The New Jim Crow’ Issue.  The New Jim Crow refers  to the situation of African Americans in the contemporary United States.  And ideals primarily with the issue of the current mass levels of incarceration in the United States (with 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners)[

The New Gender Economics Thursday, November 20, 2014, Noon
The New Gender Economics-care giver circle leaders and immigrant women in cleaning/custodial roles.