Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nationwide violence is on the rise

Crime continues to rise throughout the country - Chicago homicides are up 20%.


Community Outreach Advocates (COA) Assist Cincinnati Police Department in Overnight Shootings

CHRC’s Community Outreach Advocates (COA's) are key on-the-ground workers and work in neighborhoods adversely experiencing high levels of violence alongside residents. The COAs have responded to the 4 shootings/homicides which occurred last night and into this morning. They continue to perform street outreach in response to group/gang member involved shootings to provide crisis intervention and de-escalate community tension and comfort the family.

If you have any information on any of the homicides/shootings, please call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

Monday, September 28, 2015

CHRC presents its 8th Annual Great Youth Debate!

The Great Youth Debate
Cincinnati, OH- Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, CHRC, is hosting their 8th Annual Great Youth Debate, which takes place on Saturday, November 14, 10:00am- 2:00pm in the Cincinnati City Hall Council Chambers.  This year’s debate theme is “#What’s Trending in the World 2015 “.

Six teams will participate in the debate and participants will choose the human relations topic that interests them the most and if they are debating for the affirmative or the opposition.   Job Corps, Wyoming High School, and Woodward High School are three of the schools participating.  Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.

CHRC is looking to fill a few more spots for the debate.  If you or anyone you know may be interested in participating in this event, please email Youth Services Coordinator, Megan Whalen at megan.whalen@cincinnati-oh.gov or call 513-352-3239 for more information about how to get involved.

The Great Youth Debate is inspired by the movie, “The Great Debaters,” starring Denzel Washington.  This movie is based on a true story of a head-strong debate coach who formed the students of a small East Texas college into a winning debate team that even beat Harvard’s debate team.

The Debate is a free event and open to the public.  

Happy Sukkot!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Memorial Arrangements for Former CHRC employee, Mrs. Hilda Coaston

CHRC would like to express our condolences to the family,
in the passing of former CHRC employee,
Mrs. Hilda Coaston.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 3,
11:00 AM at the 
Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
6320 Chandler Street (45227) in Madisonville

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Community Outreach Advocates "Open House", Tuesday, October 6th

The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) “Community Outreach Advocates” (COA) cordially invite you to our Open House, Tuesday, October 6, 11:30am – 1:30pm, 19 W. Elder Street (Findlay Market), Second Floor.

The Outreach Team continues to work in neighborhoods adversely impacted by high levels of violence and aid in reducing gun related violence among offenders affiliated with street/gang groups. Come learn more about the Community Outreach Advocates’ Programs, take a tour of our new office and join us for some food and refreshments.

This event is FREE and Open to the Public!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Native American Workshop, Saturday, October 10, 2015

Indian Boarding Schools:
History, Historical Trauma and Healing

Native American Workshop
October 10, 2015, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Every year, the cathedral's Native American Council holds a workshop to explore the various challenges facing Native Americans today and the ways in which people of faith can address these issues. Also every year, our nation celebrates Columbus Day. However, for some, this holiday is not a time of celebration, but serves as a painful annual remin...der of the Europeans' brutal settlement and conquest of the Americas. For this reason, CHRC is exploring efforts to transform the holiday name and supports this year's Native American workshop at the cathedral. This workshop will look at the consequences for native peoples of the European settlement, particularly in relationship to boarding schools in which Native American children were forced to enroll. Yet, the focus need not be only on the grief.

"This time can also be a time of learning and understanding," said Sarah Eagle Heart, the Episcopal Church's former officer for Indigenous Ministries. "Columbus Day could instead be a time to turn away from those things done 'on behalf' of Native Americans so that we all might come to live in justice and peace with all people."

Since lunch is being provided at no charge, registrations are required for this workshop. To register, contact John Grate: jgrate[at]fuse.net

Yom Kippur 2015 - The Jewish Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur is observed on Sept. 22-23 in 2015. Known as the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur falls on 10 Tishrei 5776 on the Hebrew calendar, which is from sundown on Sept. 22 to nightfall on Sept. 23.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Mayor John Cranley's Task Force on Immigration interviews on InFocus

Raj Chundur and Tom Fernandez of Mayor John Cranley's Task Force on Immigration talks to InFocus TV host Bill Bell about efforts made in making Cincinnati the most immigrant friendly city in America. Watch the full interview November 1 - November 15 on Time Warner Cable (CitiCable) and City of Cincinnati Livestream www.cincnnati-oh.gov/noncms/media//

InFocus TV air schedule: Mondays - 5:30am; Wednesdays - 6:30pm; Thursdays - 9:00am & 3:30pm; Fridays - 10:30pm; Saturdays - 2:30pm; Sundays - 10:30am

Council Member Kevin Flynn on InFocus (Cincinnati Charter Review Task Force)

City of Cincinnati Council Member Kevin Flynn talks to InFocus TV host Bill Bell about the creation, goals and overall process of the Cincinnati Charter Review Task Force. Watch the full interview on October 16-October 23 on Time Warner Cable 23 (CitiCable) and City of Cincinnati Livestream

InFocus TV air schedule: Mondays - 5:30am; Wednesdays - 6:30pm; Thursdays - 9:00am & 3:30pm; Fridays - 10:30pm; Saturdays - 2:30pm; Sundays - 10:30am

"Words and Images" - A Community Conversation

A Media Debrief and Community Conversation will bring stakeholders and news media together for an informative and engaging panel discussion. Moderated by former Society of Professional Journalists National President Hagit Limor, the dialogue will examine all aspects of news coverage of the death of Sam DuBose by University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing.

CHRC's Community Outreach Advocates continue to Push 4 Peace in our Communities

CHRC's Community Outreach Advocate, Aaron Pullins will deliver Pushing 4 Peace & Resources in Our Community on Sunday, September 20th, at New Friendship Baptist Church, 3212 Reading Road. All are welcome.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

October is National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.

Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by president Lyndon Johnson and the length of it was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period (September 15 - October 15). It was... enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. All declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.

Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America, starting with the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on the morning of October 12, 1492. A map of late 18th-century North America shows this presence, from the small outpost of San Francisco founded in the desolate wilderness of Alta California in 1776, through the Spanish province of Texas with its vaqueros (cowboys), to the fortress of St. Augustine, Florida — the first continuous European settlement in North America, founded in 1565, forty-two years before the English landed in Jamestown, Virginia.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Start of the Jewish New Year

If Rosh Hashanah could be summed up in one word, that word would be; love, potential, and life.

Rosh Hashanah is the autumnal festival celebrating the start of the Jewish New Year.

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, the phrase Rosh Hashanah literally means "head of the year" and thus the holiday is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Join us for the Cincinnati Screening for "Hate Crimes in the Heartland"

The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission is proud to be a promotional partner for “Hate Crimes in the Heartland”. 

Hate Crimes in the Heartland is an award winning documentary film by Emmy Award winner Rachel Lyon. Heartland portrays the shocking violence rooted in America’s history of racial hatred through the lens of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where two hate crimes, over 90 years apart, are impacting communities today. 

When: September 30th, 2015, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: UC College of Law, Room 114, Clifton Avenue & Calhoun
Refreshments will be provided. After the film there will be a Q&A panel.

Judge Susan DLott, former Chief Judge United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Daniel Hurley, Executive Producer and host for Local 12 Newsmakers and Director of  Leadership Cincinnati, Ohio​
Rachel Lyon, Producer/Director of Hate Crimes in the Heartland
Yvette Simpson, City of Cincinnati Councilmember and Chair of the Human Services, Youth, and Arts Committee
David Singleton, Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center

You won’t want to miss this eye-opening film and panel discussion.
Please RSVP by going to MAYERSONJCC.ORG.

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

COA, Dorron Hunter to escort inter-city youth to "Future Young Leaders Program"

On Friday, September 11, 2015, CHRC's Community Outreach Advocate, Dorron Hunter, will escort local inter-city youth to participate in the “Future Young Leaders Program”, a Future Leaders Program – Career Day at Ethicon Endo-Surgery Institute in Blue Ash, OH. The youth will discuss career options, hear motivational speakers, and participate in anatomy lessons and surgical training.

The National Millon Father March will take place Tuesday, September 15th

CHRC's Community Outreach Advocates (COA) will participate in the National Million Father March this Tuesday, September 15th. This event is FREE and Open to the public. Please join us!