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Hunger Games (a Thanksgiving Phantasmagoria)

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 26, 2013
There are times when Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) CEO Steve Leeper brings to mind the Great White Explorers of yore — Christopher Columbus, Capt. John Smith — who, upon landing on foreign soil, set about making it “new” by extracting the natives who were already there to make room for the Pilgrims who will think they landed there first.  
by Kevin Osborne 04.30.2012
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Francie Pepper Wins National YWCA Award

Other winners include U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

A well-known Cincinnati philanthropist is among four people selected to receive the first-ever Women of Distinction Award by the national YWCA.   Francie Pepper is being recognized for her years of work in support of issues involving women, girls and racial justice.   Pepper has served on the board of the Cincinnati YWCA since 1996, and also served as chair of its board from 2000-04. She has played a critical role for women who have experienced domestic violence, co-chairing a YWCA capital campaign that raised $7.5 million for a larger shelter that tripled the agency’s capacity to serve battered women and their children so they wouldn’t have to be put on a waiting list.   Also, some campaign funds were used to restore the YWCA’s historic headquarters, located on Walnut Street downtown, add a childcare center to the facility.   Further, Pepper has volunteered for numerous organizations and causes in Greater Cincinnati, and her work in support of domestic violence awareness programs has gotten national recognition. She is a major supporter of the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, an internationally recognized repository of manuscripts, archives, photographs, periodicals and other primary sources in women's history, including all of the YWCA’s historical files.   Francie Pepper is the wife of John Pepper, who previously served as the chairman of the board at both Procter & Gamble and The Walt Disney Co.; she is the mother of David Pepper, a former Cincinnati city councilman and Hamilton County commissioner.   The Women of Distinction Award, bestowed by the YWCA USA, honors professional women from the private and public sectors across the United States who have demonstrated excellence, leadership and integrity in their fields and in the community, serving as role models for other successful women.   Nominations from YWCAs across the United States were solicited to find leaders whose work has made an impact on women’s economic empowerment and racial justice.   Other award recipients this year are:   • Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who survived an assassination attempt in January 2011, and is recovering from her injuries;   • Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and ex-Army helicopter pilot who combat wounds led to the amputation of her legs and cost her the use of her right arm; and• Elouise Cobell, a Native American leader who challenged the United States' mismanagement of trust funds belonging to more than 500,000 individual Native Americans, leading to a $3.4 billion settlement.
 
 

Pencil Pushers

Local society chapter shows colored pencil as a true art form

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Colored pencil art works? By grownups? If you thought the colored pencil was an artistic medium reserved for grade school, members of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America will be quick to dissuade you. The group has a show up at the downtown YWCA right now that features multiple works from more than a dozen artists.  

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.  

Cutting the Safety Net

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I've never completely understood why some people think that spending on social programs is "wasting money." Every detractor is armed and ready with some special story about how the system utterly and completely failed, taking their hard-earned tax money and giving it away to selfish, undeserving people who will never change their bad habits and, worse, are just waiting for the next handout. Cincinnati city administration officials, though, have taken this reasoning to new heights, canceling large swaths of funding for several agencies providing critical social services to our community.   

Shelter Is Protection

A day in the life of the YWCA Battered Women's Shelter

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
To seek shelter is to look for protection. To offer shelter is to provide protection, though in the case of the YWCA Battered Women's Shelter it also means to provide escape services that help women move into a new life away from a violent situation.   

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