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by Danny Cross 06.06.2012
 
 
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A local music teacher says Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy offered him a job and then rescinded the offer after asking him if he is gay. Jonathan Zeng says he went through the school's extensive interview process, was offered a position and then called back in for a discussion about religious questions in his application, during which he was asked directly if he is gay. Zeng says he asked why such information was pertinent, and an administrator said it was school policy not to employ teachers who are gay because they work with children and something about the sanctity of marriage. When contacted by local media CHCA released the following statement:

CHCA keeps confidential all matters discussed within a candidate's interview. We're looking into this matter, although the initial information we have seen contains inaccuracies. We will not be discussing individual hiring decisions or interviews.
Cincinnati's deficit isn't going to get better any time soon, according to a new report.

The Reds drafted high school pitcher Nick Travieso in the first round of the MLB draft on Monday. Here's a rundown of their other picks Monday and Tuesday.

Senate Republicans yesterday blocked a Democratic bill calling for equal pay in the workplace, and the Dems are going to stick it in their faces during this year's campaigns. From the AP:

As expected, the pay equity bill failed along party lines, 52-47, short of the required 60-vote threshold. But for majority Democrats, passage wasn't the only point. The debate itself was aimed at putting Republicans on the defensive on yet another women's issue, this one overtly economic after a government report showing slower-than-expected job growth.

"It is incredibly disappointing that in this make-or-break moment for the middle class, Senate Republicans put partisan politics ahead of American women and their families," Obama said in a statement after the vote.

"Even Mitt Romney has refused to publicly oppose this legislation," added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "He should show some leadership."

The Washington Post wonders whether Mitt Romney can use Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's template for surviving a recall election to try to win the presidency. It involves “big money, powerful organization and enormous enthusiasm among his base.” Exit polls in the state suggest Obama is ahead, however.

China wants foreign embassies to stop releasing reports and Tweeting about its poor air quality.

Gonorrhea growing resistant to antibiotics? Rut roh.

Dinosaurs apparently weighed less than scientists previously thought. Adjust paper-mache Brontosaurus as necessary.

Facebook is considering letting kids younger than 13 use the site.

The Boston Celtics took a 3-2 series lead over the Miami Heat on Tuesday and could send Bron Bron and Co. back home on Thursday.

 
 
by Danny Cross 05.01.2012
 
 
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Mock Rally For Western & Southern Scheduled For Wednesday

Group will show support for ‘bullying’ of Anna Louise Inn

UPDATE: The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless has canceled its Wednesday mock rally for Western & Southern Financial Group. The Coalition Tuesday evening released the following statement: "Due to a change in plans the mock 'Rally to Support Western and Southern' has been canceled. Stay tuned for upcoming gatherings and events to support the Women of the Anna Louise Inn as we fight for the right of self determination."

The following is CityBeat's Tuesday afternoon blog post in response to the event announcement:

The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless is helping to organize a mock rally to support what it believes is the bullying of the Anna Louise Inn women’s shelter by Western & Southern Financial Group. The mock group will be called “Citizens for Corporate Bullies” and will hold signs that say “Greed is Good,” “We Support Corporate Bullies,” “Poor Women Not Welcome” and “W&S Take Whatever You Want.” The event begins a noon May 2 at 4th and Sycamore streets.

The Coalition has created a fake persona who supports W&S’s desire to build condos to attract a more desirable class of residents and rhetorically asks, “Besides, what gives the Anna Louis Inn the right to stay in that building just because they own it and it’s been there for a hundred years?”

The protest is in response to ongoing legal issues surrounding the Inn’s proposed expansion and W&S’s development efforts in the neighborhood. CityBeat last October reported on the situation in a story titled, “Putting on the Pressure: Western & Southern won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.” The following is an excerpt summarizing the situation then:

Last summer the facility’s owners rebuffed an offer from the powerful Western & Southern Financial Group to buy their property, triggering a heated legal battle. The company, located near the Anna Louise Inn in the affluent Lytle Park district on downtown’s eastern edge, wanted the site so it could demolish or redevelop the Inn and build upscale condominiums.

After the offer was rejected, the Anna Louise Inn continued with a long-planned renovation and was awarded a $2.7 million loan by Cincinnati City Council. That’s when Western & Southern filed a lawsuit against the Inn and the city, alleging zoning violations. 

The showdown pits the Inn, opened in 1909 with the help of prominent attorney Charles P. Taft, against a company that ranks in the Fortune 500 and is headed by CEO John Barrett, an ex-chairman of the Cincinnati Business Committee who is widely considered one of the most powerful men in the city.

The facility’s owners and some city officials say Western & Southern is trying to use its sizable financial resources publicly, along with its political clout behind the scenes, to strong-arm opponents and get what it wants.

Representatives for W&S have stated that the company's $3 million offer to purchase the building is fair and have also offered to aid the Inn in finding a new location.

WVXU reported that supporters of the Inn held a rally April 4 calling for a quick judgment in a court case that could delay funding for the renovation.

 
 
by 05.01.2009
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World Fair Trade Day

This international celebration of Fair Trade,  with events taking place in over 80 countries, takes place on May 9. And who better to host locally than Ten Thousand Villages (2011 Madison Rd.) a store dedicated to making fair trade goods available.

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by 01.12.2009
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Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC)

Who is IJPC and what do they do? If you’ve ever wondered, here’s your chance to find out.

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by 04.21.2009
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Eating for 1,243

In 2009 Hamilton County was responsible for the lives of 1,243 children.

“They were involved with the court system because of abuse or neglect by their parents or caregivers,” according to ProKids.

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by 04.11.2009
 
 

Blowing Up Coal Plants

Ingenuity, creativity, the determination to succeed – this is the stuff of innovation that people brag about when advances in technology or positive change are highlighted. Finding a solution for an impossible situation ups the value of these bragging rights, but what drives it all is the unshakable motivation to get to a new solution.

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by 10.08.2008
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JustNews

The Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center (www.cworkers.org) is putting out a newsletter with all kinds of peace and justice events in the Queen City. To sign up, send an e-mail to calendar@cworkers.org.

In the meantime, here’s a sample of what’s coming up this week:

Saturday, Oct.11:

Amnesty International - Group 86

Location: Sitwell’s Coffee House 324 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220

Please confirm that this meeting is happening as scheduled by contacting Laura Osborn Coffey at 513-734-6043 or lozcoffey@cs.com

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Quarterly Peace Brunch

Topic: Environmental Sustainability and Justice

Presenters: Dan Korman, Park and Vine; Jim Embry, Sustainable Communities Network Facilitator: Susan Dirr, from Miami University and Peaslee Center Children’s Garden Location: Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 215 E. 14th St., Cincinnati, Contact: saad.ghosn@uc.edu

10 a.m. Workers & Immigrant Rights Meeting

Open discussion among workers and their families about solutions to problems in their workplaces and communities.

Location: The Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, 40 E McMicken St.

513-621-5991 or e-mail: cworkers@cinci.rr.com

Sunday, Oct. 12:

3-5 p.m.: Students Together Against Racism Town Hall Think Tank

Organize to undo racism and to build consciousness in our communities!

Location: Essex Place 7610 Reading Road

Contact Akosua Favors & Ben Sea via e-mail at star@nku.edu or revol-radio@hotmail.com

Monday, Oct. 13:

12 p.m.: City Council debate & vote on Environmental Justice Ordinance

Council members David Crowley, Roxanne Qualls, John Cranley, Cecil Thomas and Laketa Cole have cosponsored an ordinance for "smart and clean development." Speakers are invited to address the Health, Education and Environment Committee.

Location: Council Chambers at City Hall

Contact: David Crowley 513-352-2453

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Women in Black Vigils

Join us on the grassy island at the corner of Vine Street and Central Parkway for a vigil held every Monday protesting the Iraq war. Wear black or dark clothes. All are welcome!

Contact: For more information, call 513-579-8547

6:30-8:30 p.m.: Talk, Act, Listen, "Konnect"

A weekly program that aims to bring women of diverse backgrounds together to talk about the challenges and issues that are common to women everywhere regardless of race, socio-economic status and age.

Location: The Women's Connection's Learning Center, 4022 Glenway Ave.

Contact: Alisa Franks at 513-471-4673 ext 17 or e-mail her at afranks@thewomensconnection.org

Tuesday, Oct. 14:

6:30 a.m.: Vigil Outside Lucasville Prison for Richard Cooey

Carpool will leave from Peaslee to travel to the state prison in Lucasville for the execution of Richard Wade Cooey.

Prayer vigil will begin at 9 a.m. and last until the execution is over.  We will return to Peaslee around 1:30pm.

8:30 a.m.: Rally to Make CINTAS Safe This October

More than one and a half years since a Cintas Worker was killed on the job, the Cincinnati-based company still hasn't done enough to make its laundries safe. Join hundreds of injured Cintas workers, union members and community allies at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

Location: 6800 Cintas Blvd., Mason OH.

Contact: UNITEHERE: uniformjustice@unitehere.org or 800-872-8646

7 p.m.: Cincinnati Chapter of Ohioans to Stop Execution

Cincinnati Chapter of Ohioans to Stop Execution Meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.

Location: Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 215 E. 14th St.

Contact: 513-579-8547

— Margo Pierce

 
 
by 12.04.2009
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IJPC Holds Holiday Fundraiser

A local nonprofit group dedicated to efforts at promoting peace and social justice will hold its annual holiday sale on Saturday.

The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) will stage its seventh annual St. Nick Day Sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 215 E. 14th St., in Over-the-Rhine.

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by Danny Cross 03.12.2012
 
 
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Occupy Settlement Grants 24-Hour Public Space, Keeps Rules

Encampments, tents still banned during 1-year 'Open Period'

The city of Cincinnati and Occupy protesters have reached a legal settlement that will erase criminal charges against protesters and designate part of Piatt Park a 24-hour public space for one year. The open space will still be subject to park rules, which include the “prohibition or restriction on noise, encampments, open flames, tents, and common law nuisance principles.”

The Enquirer reported today that the settlement was expected to be filed in court this morning. The settlement will end protesters’ federal lawsuit against the city, which was based on the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble. The far eastern section of the park, which is where Occupy Cincinnati set up its encampment starting in October and where many of the arrests occurred, will reportedly be designated a 12-hour public space for one year beginning 10 p.m. March 19.

Should the city refuse to extend the Open Period, Occupy protesters are allowed to institute a new lawsuit challenging the park rules.

The city has agreed to install new signage at the park noting its modified closing time and will install signage or placards at least 14 days prior to the open time’s scheduled expiration at 11:59 p.m. March 18, 2013.

The city retains the right to terminate the Open Period should park rules not be followed. According to the lawsuit:

Consistent and persistent violations of Park Board Rules and/or generally applicable laws which constitute a public nuisance under Chapter 3767 of the Ohio Revised Code, including without limitation any conduct in violation of prohibitions or restrictions on noise, encampments, open flames, or tents, shall constitute a breach of this Agreement. As a remedy for such breach, the City may terminate the Open Period prior to the expiration date set forth in Section 3 above by obtaining an order from a court of competent jurisdiction enjoining any such nuisance and finding that termination of the Open Period is necessary to abate any such nuisance.

City Hall will appoint an individual to function as the liaison of the Park Board and schedule a public meeting within 60 days and another within 180 days to accept public input.

 
 
by 08.04.2011
 
 

Convention Aims to Reclaim Democracy

A coalition of progressive groups will hold a national convention later this month in Madison, Wis., the site of a hard-fought political battle to protect collective bargaining rights for public-sector labor unions.

Democracy Convention 2011 is scheduled for Aug. 24-28, and is envisioned as the inaugural session of what will become an annual event. It will feature several conferences on topics like community organizing, curtailing corporate influence in politics, economic democracy, independent media and constitutional reform.

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