Forum (Virtual) Focuses on Redistricting In Ohio. An Update with Catherine Turcer

Thursday, January 27, 2022 Noon

Redistricting in Ohio is at a critical juncture. The Ohio Supreme Court rejected the new Congressional and state maps for violating the two reform Constitutional Amendments, and the maps must be redrawn. At the next Community Issues Forum, Catherine Turcer, Executive Director of Common Cause Ohio, will provide an update and inform us of steps citizens can take to help bring about districts that are not gerrymandered to favor one political party. This Zoom Forum takes place on Thursday January 27th at 12:00 Noon

Send an email to your state legislators about the congressional mapping making:
Information about the new state legislative maps (includes links to the new Ohio House & Senate maps):
Unified Congressional Map 1.31.2022

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on Mayor Aftab Pureval Discusses the Issues of 2022

Thursday, February 10, 2022 Noon

Cincinnati voters elected a new Mayor in November. The winner, Aftab Pureval, was sworn in as Mayor on January 4th. At the next Community Issues Forum, Mayor Pureval will discuss the issues that need immediate attention by the City in 2022. This Zoom Forum takes place at 12:00 Noon on Thursday February 10.

Mayor Pureval, the former Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, won both the primary and the general election handily. Cincinnati’s first Asian-American Mayor, he is the first person of Tibetan heritage elected to this office in the U.S. During the campaign, he emphasized the City’s lack of affordable housing and the need to foster more equitable neighborhood development policies. He also stressed focusing on the pandemic’s impact on the City. As usual, questions and comments will be invited from Zoom Forum attendees.

VIDEO (Passcode: HJR90xh#)

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on Gun Violence In Cincinnati – Its Tragic Increase And Efforts To Prevent It

Thursday, February 24, 2022 Noon

Gun violence has cut short the lives of too many Cincinnatians. The pandemic saw a tragic increase in gun violence across the nation. Christ Church Cathedral supports an outreach Gun Violence Prevention Ministry that works with groups in Price Hill to curb gun violence and work with victims as they seek to restore their community and sense of self.

At the next Community Issues Forum, Judith Robinson and Jack Jose, co-chairs of the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, will review research Judith completed as part of a community partnership that helps reveal the impact of gun violence on Cincinnati youth. This Zoom Forum takes place on Thursday February 24th at 12:00 Noon.

CCTST Judith Robinson’s powerpoint presentation 

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on Gun Violence In Cincinnati – Part II, A Neighborhood Approach For Youth With Positive Results

Thursday, March 10, 2022 Noon

PART II of the Community Forum series on Gun Violence in Cincinnati focuses on a neighborhood youth program in Price Hill that is producing positive results. At the next Forum, Jessica PolzinDanny Burridge, and Jack Jose will describe a youth program at the Joe Williams Center run by Santa Maria Community Services that is helping to reduce youth gun violence in Price Hill. Santa Maria currently operates a variety of programs designed to build life skills and develop character for the youth in this area of the city. This Zoom presentation sponsored by Christ Church Cathedral takes place at noon on Thursday March 10th.


Forum (Virtual) Focuses on An Update on Cincinnati’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Thursday, March 24, 2022 Noon

Cincinnati ‘s affordable housing crisis continues. The need for sufficient revenue sources to address it remains unmet. At the next Community Issues Forum, a panel that includes John Schrider, Chair of Advocates For Affordable Housing, and Josh Spring, the Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, will provide an update on any new initiatives to effectively impact this long term crisis. This Zoom Forum will take place at 12:00 Noon on Thursday March 24th

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on Protecting Communities, Neighborhoods, And Citizens From Environmental Pollution

Thursday, April 7, 2022 Noon

Protecting communities, neighborhoods, and citizens from environmental pollution is the focus of the Cincinnati law firm led by D. David Altman and Justin Newman. At the next Community Issues Forum, Altman and Newman will provide an update of significant cases in the Cincinnati Area and Ohio aimed at accomplishing those goals.

One of the major local initiatives they will review is the longstanding case brought by the Sierra Club against the Metropolitan Sewer District. Although progress has been achieved, Altman and Newman will argue that the Sewer District is still badly in need of reform. Other cases of note involve protecting communities and people from landfills and coal ash. As usual, questions and comments will be invited from Forum attendees

Forum (Virtual) Focuses on David Pepper’s book “Laboratories of Autocracy”. 

Thursday, April 21, 2022 Noon

Ohio is currently experiencing a struggle to prevent another decade of highly gerrymandered state and Congressional districts. At the next Community Issues Forum, David Pepper will talk about “Laboratories of Autocracy,” his new book that describes how Legislatures in states like Ohio have led the way in passing laws that harm the democratic process. This Zoom Forum takes place at 12:00 Noon, Thursday April 21st. 
Pepper’s book describes how Ohio and other states have for a number of years been passing voter suppression legislation while also putting in place policies that greatly enhance gerrymandered districts. As a former elected official and the recent Director of the Ohio Democratic Party, Pepper has been able to closely observe this anti-democratic trend that proceeded current activities that appear to support autocracy. As usual, questions and comments will be invited from the Forum attendees.