Thursday, September 20, 2012

International Visitor Leadership Program

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program CHRC met with a nine-member group from Egypt participating in a Project for Egypt entitled “Al-Azhar Religious Educators."  

Themes that were covered included:
«      Role of Community Organizations in Religious Education and Interfaith Dialogue
«      Faith-Based Initiatives and Local Government Collaboration

We would like to thank all nine visitors for coming to meet with us this morning and appreciate their enthusiasm to learn more about the U.S.

Vigil for Native Life

The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission in collaboration with Healing our Heartlands promotes the Vigil for Native Life on October 8th at 6:30. This event is presented by ARCHE-Arts Restoring Culture for Healing Earth and will be on the steps of City Hall.

The Native Life Vigil is a way to show reconciliation with Native Americans, their culture and way of life, naming October 8th First Americans Day.

First Americans Day was proclaimed last year by the honorable Mayor Mark Mallory on the same day as Columbus Day. The hope for this year is to make November Native American Heritage month in the city of Cincinnati.

Please join CHRC and  Healing our Heartlands on October 8 to celebrate First Americans Day on the steps of City Hall. The history of Native Americans will be read as well as the proclamation.

New Infocus Guests on Citicable

Citicable hosts CHRC's very own T.V. show called Infocus where our hosts focus on Human Relations issues in the city of Cincinnati. This week Infocus invited the non-profit organization Keeping All Survivors Safe Informed & Emancipated (K.A.S.S.I.E) project on the show to talk about domestic violence and how to gethelp or relief from trauma.

Cassandra was a pregnant mother murdered in her car in December of 2000 by her boyfriend, while her 7-yr old daughter slept in the back seat. This venture is in partnership with the We Must Stop Now  Tour Against Domestic Violence and is being launched under the S.T.A.C.I.E. Foundation , which provides education on domestic violence to law enforcement agencies, prisons, churches and schools across the country. We would like to thank K.A.S.S.I.E for taking the time to be on our show. For more information on K.A.S.S.I.E visit their website at 

Infocus also invited Racial Awareness Pilot Program (RAPP) on the show to talk about the work they do through the University of Cincinnati and the struggles they face. RAPP is a 9-month experiential learning program where students challenge, debate, and educate each other on issues of social justice and social positioning, such as race, culture, gender, class and sexuality. The motto "Each One Teach One" captures the importance and focus that the program places on individual understanding, effort, and commitment to social justice.Visit  for more information. You can also find them on facebook at

To learn more about Human Relations in you  community tune into Citicable and watch InFocus. or view it on the website at

Program Schedule-
· Monday- 5:30 p.m.
· Wednesday- 6:30 p.m.
· Thursday- 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
· Saturday- 2:30
· Sunday- 10:30

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Great Youth Debate Video

Check out our new ad running on Citicable for the Great Youth Debate. We are still currently looking for high school students in the Hamilton County area who are looking to learn debate skills. If you or anyone you know is interested please call Jaime Bryant at 513-352-3249.

Monday, September 17, 2012

CHRC's DDS Mentors

The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission's (CHRC) Developmental Disabilities Mentors (DDS) provide one-on-one services to people in the Cincinnati community who are disabled or ex-offenders. Mentors help clients make smart choices that affect their daily lives, as well as avoid mistakes in the future. If you , or someone you know would like some guidance, or just some words of encouragement please contact the CHRC office at 513-352-3237 for more information.

Upcoming Event-   

October 12th from 1-3 p.m. The Drop Inn Center is hosting a Mental Health Forum for people with severe mental illnesses who cycle through our prisons, shelters and hospitals. This forum with hold discussions on how to get your life on track and possible solutions. For more information, or to RSVP contact G. Stephens at

Located at The Health Foundation (Ohio Room)
3805 Edwards Rd. #500
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Vote, (My Right, My Responsibility)

Dates to Remember for Voting Purposes-
  • October 9- Deadline to register to vote & update voter information for the November 6 election
  • October 2- November 2 (6 pm) In-person absentee voting available through your county board 
  • November 3 (by noon)- Deadline for county boards to receive absentee ballot request by mail 
  • November 6- General Election Day (polls open from 6:30-7:30 pm)
For more information on voting, check out

  • Register 30 days before election 
  • Bring valid ID on voting day 
  • Know my proper polling place & precinct 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15- October 15 marks the celebrando for Hispanic Americans. Join HAH for the celebration and attend some of the fun events that are being offered. For more information check out

Upcoming Events in October


October 2- 5:30-7:30 Call to Sisters Open House
                             - Please join Inspirational Artist/Poet Annie Ruth as she unveils the community engagement plans for Dada Rafiki: Sisters of Legacy, a community exhibit and programs honoring the spirit and legacy of forty (40) phenomenal women, age 65 and older, who have left their “footprints on Cincinnati history”.  For more information please call (513) 821-9027.

October 4- 7-9 p.m. International Happy Hour located at Lunar Lounge 435 Elm St.  
                             -  InterNations is the first international online community for people who live and work abroad. Connecting people with similar work schedules, interests and needs is how InterNations helps members interact with one another. For more information about this happy hour event and InterNations as an organization check out  

October 4- 7-9 p.m. Diversity in Action located at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
                             -Find out how people in your community are making a difference worldwide and find out how to get involved. Special Guests Jenny Buccos- founder of Project Explorer will be speaking along with six other performances and speeches. (

October 5-6- Midwest Regional Conference for Diversity in Action 
                             - Register today for a day and a half of enlightening and educational conversations from all different cultures and perspectives. Join SCI for the Midwest regional Conference on how to make your community more diverse. Highlights include
 -  International reception celebration hosted by Mayor Mark Mallory. 
-Learn how to assess needs in your community and programs that diversify your programs. 
- Engage with new partners, such as the various chambers that are located in Cincinnati. 
- Increase your member diversity by learning new recruitment skills. 
For more information about Diversity in Action check out

Thursday, September 06, 2012

"Welcoming Schools"

Oyler Elementary is launching a new Human Rights Program called "Welcoming Schools" for K-5th graders. This Human Rights Program was designed to help reduce bullying and harassment for youth who are LGBT or come from families that are. Oyler school is now setting up a training for their staff to be educated on diversity, discrimination and bully prevention before they launch their new program. CHRC's Executive Director, Dr. Ericka King-Betts will be speaking at this training on September 10th about racism and classism. CHRC fully supports the LGBT community and hopes that through Oyler School the bullying and neglect will decrease through their new program.  

Wednesday, September 05, 2012


September 8th- African Summit at Xavier University Cintas Center (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) 
                - Please come out and learn more about African organizations and come check out our booth. 

September 9th- Black Brigade Commemoration at Smale Riverfront Park (5:30 p.m.) 
                 -Come celebrate the 700 African American Men that defended Cincinnati against the 
Confederate Attack during the Civil war. 

September 14th- The Purple Party located at the Purple People Bridge (10 p.m.- 2 a.m.)
                 -Join The Green Day Group and Delux Lifestyles on the Purple People Bridge to partake in the Virgo Birthday Celebration. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to CHRC. 

November 10th- The Great Youth Deabte at City Hall (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) 
                 - If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the Great Youth Debate please contact the office at 513-352-3237. (All participants must be in high school.)

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

This year celebrates the 64th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Throughout History the Declaration of Human Rights has served as the back bone to creating work and living environments for ALL people that is fair and just. To learn more about Human Rights and their newer campaign that began in 2008 check out

The Purple Party

Thank you Donny Young and the Green Day Group for wanting to donate some of the proceeds from this event to CHRC. We greatly appreciate your generosity. Everyone come out and dance on the purple people bridge September 14th and bring your friends!