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Owning People

How slavery continues to thrive in modern America

1 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
When people consider human trafficking or modern slavery, many conjure images of teenage girls held captive in brothels in Thailand. Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves, who’s an authority in human trafficking, has interviewed young women there.He previously described to CityBeat how he secured the “services” of two sex slaves in Thailand. He wanted to learn more about their situation but would never be permitted to conduct an interview.   

Ending Us vs. Them

In search of a model for ending homelessness and promoting inclusion

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
For some homeless people, “three hots, a cot and some assistance” won’t get them off the streets and into permanent housing, according to Pat Clifford, executive director of the Drop Inn Center. Cincinnatians understand that, and he believes that’s what really inspired the Homeless to Homes report produced by the Cincinnati/Hamilton County Continuum of Care for the Homeless.  

Learning from Ant Hills

International conservation education program helps make schools greener

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Lunch in Cincinnati, lunch in Costa Rica — is there a difference? Beyond the view, a significant difference is that you'll leave less trash behind when noshing in a rural area in the Central America country. Bethany Blevins learned that lesson last year on an Earth Expeditions program for local teachers.  

Education's Green ALLY

Nonprofit brings green education to CPS and the community

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Ally is Cincinnati’s green introduction service, but it isn’t in the businesses of helping ecologically oriented singles find compatible mates. It’s a nonprofit organization that brings together individuals, businesses and other likeminded groups to create green and healthy schools.   

'Nobody's Above the Law'

Rebel lawyer Jennifer Kinsley works to defend individual rights

2 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Cincinnati Police officers were due to sweep a homeless camp on the riverfront, arguing the responsibility to guard public safety. But local attorney Jennifer Kinsley counter-argued First Amendment protections and won a restraining order, resulting in a conversation about how to approach homeless shelters here and across the U.S.  

Sacrificing Children

Budget cuts impact children's services, putting our most vulnerable at risk

6 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Hamilton County has built an impressive network of service providers that's the envy of many Ohio counties. Yet the local system has always been overloaded, underfunded and expected to do more than it was designed for. Now Ohio and the city of Cincinnati are in the process of gutting that fragile safety net in order to close budget gaps. As a result, Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services has no choice but to make deep cuts. To date, 200 jobs have been eliminated and 40 vacant positions in child services have gone unfilled. Contracts with service providers have also been cut.  

Time to Try 'Smart on Crime'

Public defender reform could improve public safety and state/local budgets

1 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
A record 7.2 million Americans were in jail, on probation or on parole at the end of 2007, at an annual total price tag of approximately $60 billion. And so, as state and local economies try to deal with the most significant economic crisis in decades, many are starting to consider a "smart on crime" approach to positively impact public safety and save money. The best place to begin looking to implement change, according to Ohio Justice and Policy Center attorney Janet Moore, is at the bottom rung of the criminal justice system: public defenders representing indigent clients.   

Gossip, Celebrity and Politics

New York Times columnist Gail Collins offers a unique view on women having it all

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Being a drinker, having black ancestry or being a secret Catholic were more likely to end a political career in the early years of this country than being a cannibal or caught with a stripper in a compromising position. Gail Collins, New York Times columnist and Cincinnati native, provided the proof of this historical anomaly March 12 at the Cincinnati Woman's Club 16th annual National Speaker's Forum.  

'Add Market-Rate Housing and Stir'

Discussing the effectiveness of housing as a tool to end poverty

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Reduce crime, preserve architecturally significant buildings, support social diversity and create a beautiful community in which everyone is welcome — these appear to be the goals of development efforts in dilapidated urban neighborhoods such as Over-the-Rhine.  

Leveling Appalachia

Mountaintop removal mining hits new heights in environmental destruction

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Mountains explode and disappear all the time in the Appalachians. Mountaintop removal transforms small streams into raging torrents that sweep away houses several times a year and dumps arsenic, mercury, lead, copper and chromium into drinking water, some of which makes its way to Cincinnati.