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
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.
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.
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 Polzin, Danny 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.
Forum (Virtual) Focuses on More Equitable Policies for Neighborhood Development as well as more Affordable Housing
Thursday, May 5, 2022 Noon
Cincinnati needs more equitable policies for neighborhood development as well as more affordable housing. The Peaslee Neighborhood Center has taken a leadership role in advocating for initiatives focusing on these needs. At the next Community Issues Forum, Joele Newman, Peaslee’s Community Organizer, and Jenn Arens, Peaslee’s Social Justice Education Coordinator, will discuss work in progress promoting inclusionary housing and its Equitable Development Rubric. This Zoom Forum takes place on Thursday May 5th at 12:00 Noon. As usual, questions and comments will be invited from Forum attendee
Forum (Virtual) Focuses on Midterm Election featuring Carrie Russell Hartman, the Political Director of the Ryan for Senate Campaign (for Congressman Tim Ryan)
Thursday, September 29, 2022 Noon
As the Midterm Election approaches, the Community Issues Forum focuses on both Ballot Issues and candidates. Carrie Russell Hartman, the Political Director of the Ryan for Senate Campaign (for Congressman Tim Ryan) and J. D. Vance (invited) will discuss why they are running for the United States Senate. Link into this session at noon on Thursday September 29th. As usual, questions and comments will be welcomed from the Zoom participants
Cincinnati Councilman Mark Jeffreys explains the City’s proposed Charter Amendment to end the Mayor’s Pocket Veto.
Forum (Virtual) Focuses on Midterm Election featuring Greg Landsman and Steve Chabot. Also, the reasons why the Mental Health Levy is an increase rather than a renewal.
Thursday, October 6, 2022 Noon via zoom
More On The Midterm Elections – Focusing On Ohio’s First Congressional District. Hear From Congressman Steve Chabot And Councilman Greg Landsman About Why They Are Competing For This Seat. Also Learn About The Hamilton County Mental Health Levy.
Part II of Preparing for the Midterms focuses on the First Congressional District Race and the Hamilton County Mental Health Levy. Hear from incumbent Congressman Steve Chabot and Councilman Greg Landsman about why they are the right person to hold this office. Also hear the reasons why the Mental Health Levy is an increase rather than a renewal this November This Community Issues Forum took place via Zoom on Thursday, October 6th at 12:00 Noon. As usual, attendees who link into the Forum will be invited to present their questions and comments.
Forum (Virtual) Focuses on What is at stake in the upcoming midterm elections?
Thursday, October 20, 2022 Noon via zoom
What is at stake in the upcoming midterm elections? Since these are far from normal times in American politics, what do citizens need to be aware of in terms of real and potential obstacles to preserving voting rights and fair and well administered elections in Ohio? Catherine Turcer, Executive Director of Common Cause Ohio and Elizabeth Brown, League of Women Voters will address what citizen need to know and what they can do to protect our currently fragile system of representative democracy.
Forum (Virtual) Focuses New Initiatives to Address Cincinnati’s Affordable Housing Crisis And To Fund The City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund
Thursday, November 17, 2022 Noon via zoom
The lack of affordable housing has been a major problem in Cincinnati for decades, and it continues to worsen. At the next Community Issues Forum, Josh Spring, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, and John Schrider, President of Advocates for Affordable Housing (AHA), will provide an update on new initiatives to address this crisis and current planning for a proposal to fund the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. This Zoom Forum takes place on Thursday November 17th at noon.
Forum (Virtual) Focuses on Addressing Health Care Inequities In Greater Cincinnati
Thursday, December 1, 2022 Noon via zoom
Inequities exist in the delivery of health care services in Greater Cincinnati. At the next Community Issues Forum, Kate Schroder, CEO of Interact For Health, and Steve Sunderland, director of the Cancer Justice Network, will discuss these inequities and the initiatives needed to address them. Schroeder will outline the major areas of inequality based on her organization’s survey of the Cincinnati area, and Sunderland will discuss the efforts to change inequality in cancer care based on a method of caring called “Navigation.” Both speakers are optimistic that healthcare can be improved though greater education and action. Questions and comments are encouraged. This in-person and Zoom Forum will take place at Christ Church Cathedral (The Forum Room) on Thursday December 1st at 12:00 Noon.