In an effort to help attract the brightest
young professionals to Cincinnati, a city councilman is proposing that
domestic partners of city employees be granted health insurance
benefits. Councilman Chris Seelbach has introduced a motion requesting that city administrators research the issue.
When Cincinnati voters go to the polls in
November, they will be asked to decide on a new, permanent funding
source for local schools. The Cincinnati Board of Education is
seeking a property tax levy, which is Issue 32 on the ballot. The
measure is a permanent improvement levy for 7.95 mills. If approved, it
would provide the school district with about $49.5 million annually.
The Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati is opening a new learning station that is aimed at teaching urban dwellers how to live green. The Green Learning Station, which is opening Aug. 20, will focus on teaching city residents about composting, catching falling stormwater for reuse and how to garden anywhere.
A group of concerned citizens who have been fighting the expansion of a local landfill for over four years insist they have no intention of giving up, despite facing several recent legal setbacks. The group, Property Owners Want Equal Rights (POWER), has been fighting the proposed expansion of Rumpke Consolidation Cos. landfill in Colerain Township.
A local organization is trying to educate area schools on the importance of accepting the LGBT youth in their midst by presenting a series of documentary videos that it hopes will inspire and educate. The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is creating a series of videos called the “Stories Project.”
A federal court might finally put an end to a contested judicial race that has been bitterly disputed since the November election. A hearing date of July 18 has been set in the Hamilton County Juvenile Court judge race. At the hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Dlott will determine if provisional ballots that were originally thrown out should be counted.
A fledgling political group has slowly been gaining membership in Greater Cincinnati by organizing rallies and meetings where they try to hold local politicians accountable and ask citizens how they can reform their government. Founded in March 2010, the Cincinnati Coffee Party is a nonpartisan grassroots organization that questions the policies of government and strives to get citizens involved in the political process.
Naomi Tutu is the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first black Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town who helped bring worldwide attention to the struggle against apartheid in the 1980s. Among his many awards, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. Following in the footsteps of her father, Naomi Tutu is a renowned human rights activist who is visiting Cincinnati March 10 to discuss her first-hand accounts of apartheid, and how racism and violence can destroy the fundamentals of a community.
As a young girl growing up in Krugersdrop, South Africa, Nontombi Naomi Tutu remembers wondering why, when her family took road trips to visit her grandparents, they would have to register with the local police before they could enter the community even though both of her own parents had grown up there. Such were the daily indignities and inconveniences of growing up black under the nation's repressive apartheid era.