Juan Alvarez was one of 10 undocumented
workers from Guatemala recruited by Jorge Padrilla, an undocumented
Mexican, to do the framing and drywall work for an addition at the Ohio
Theta House fraternity on Joselin Street in Clifton Heights last July.
When the eyes of the nation turn to the
All-Star Game in Cincinnati this week, viewers will likely see a
pristine version of the city. What they won’t see are hundreds of vacant
houses blighting nearby neighborhoods — a haunting reminder the
foreclosure crisis is still thriving in Cincinnati.
gray early morning of June 24, a charter bus idled outside the
Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center in Mount Auburn waiting to take a
group of Planned Parenthood supporters from Cincinnati to the state
capitol building in Columbus.
A group calling itself the Cincinnati
Educational Justice Coalition packed 60 people into a small conference
room at the West End YMCA June 18 to discuss solutions to a
long-standing issue — the stubborn gap separating low-income Cincinnati students from their more well-off peers.
Cincinnati City Council’s Budget and Finance
Committee on June 15 wrangled over the city’s upcoming $1 billion
budget, passing the operating portion of that financial plan but leaving
a fight over capital spending for another day.
On June 1, the state of Ohio stopped
asking job seekers on applications whether they have been convicted of a
crime, and a proposed measure would remove questions about criminal
history from all public job applications across the state.
While most students in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati’s urban core are
showing academic improvement in school, newly disaggregated data
reveals low-income students lagging significantly behind their
counterparts in achieving key educational goals.