November 29,
2012
FOR IMMEDIATE
RELEASE
Contact:
Beth Sullebarger
Vice President for Programs
Woman’s City Club
513-772-1088
Alice Skirtz to Speak on Econocide: Elimination of the Urban
Poor
The Woman’s City Club invites the public to a forum
featuring social worker and scholar Alice Skirtz speaking on her book, Econocide: Elimination of the Urban Poor.
 Tom Dutton, Director of the Miami Center for Community Engagement in
Over-the-Rhine, will serve as respondent.  
The program takes place Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm
at St John’s
Unitarian Universalist Church 320
Resor Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220
Ms. Skirtz book Econocide tells a story of how Cincinnati’s pursuit of
economic development and housing policies has hurt the urban poor.  She shows
how the Cincinnati community’s use of legislation and
its administration of public policy have privatized public assets and displaced
people without economic power and privilege.  Ms Skirtz draws on more than 40
years of experience working with programs serving homeless and disadvantaged
people as well as extensive research.
Recommending Econocide, David Mann, former Mayor and US
Congressman, commented, Alice Skirtz documents in impressive
detail the tensions in Cincinnati between development and business
interests on the one hand and the desperate needs of the poorest and most
vulnerable in our community on the other
hand.”
The program includes ample time for audience questions
and comments.
The Woman’s City Club, a civic
organization founded in 1915, works to secure a more just and
livable community for all.  WCC programs educate, encourage, and equip citizens
to play an active role in civic affairs. Promoting diversity and inclusiveness,
WCC collaborates with other community organizations toward shared
goals.
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November 29th, 2012

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The CIRV Outreach Team continues to touch many lives through their hands on outreach tactics that they have used since day one. Reno Lattimore is a success story that we are
proud to share on there behalf. He believes that if someone is willing to change, they can  start all over.
Reno
Lattimore- “I came from the streets, known in every hood in Cincinnati. I am thirty-three years old. When
I was in the streets I couldn’t even imagine myself as far as I am now. I
didn’t think I would live to see the age of thirty-three. I did seven and a
half years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute a kilo of heroin and
criminal- enterprise.  I was a part of a street organization called
“Grimmey Network”. 

Today I am a changed man. In prison I challenged
myself with things such as fasting and to stop eating meat, to learn
discipline.  If I could accomplish prison then I knew I could humble
myself to stay away from the streets. I’ve been home for six months now with the
help and support of The CIRV Outreach Team. I currently have one full-time job, and a
part-time job. I now know the true meaning of life, and how to live the right
way. I feel good to be a productive citizen and to not always have to be looking over
my shoulder. A lot of young black men are afraid of change. But if
I can do it, anyone can do it. I want to show them what it’s like to be
willing to work towards a better life.”

November 28th, 2012

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Karen Dabdoub (pictured left), a former board member of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, was recently mentioned in the Cincinnati Enquirer for her efforts to make a change in the Muslim Christian community. Throughout the past five years Christians and Muslims have been meeting in small groups to confront myths and stereotypes that concern Americans who have the wrong impressions of the Muslim community.

Through rigorous discussions on faith, violence and terrorism, group members have been sorting through misconceptions that often come up when speaking about the Muslim faith. Talking about these controversial topics is what makes these groups so unique. Karen was quoted in the Enquirer about the need and importance of groups such as these. Without the group, ” I think there would be a lot more distance between people of different faiths in our community,” said Dabdoub, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Cincinnati.

The main goal that Karen and her group members hope for, is to help Americans understand the Muslim history and culture so they can embrace it, instead of fear it.

November 27th, 2012

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The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) OutreachTeam is hosting a Resource Fair on December 8th from 11 am- 4 pm at the PriceHill Recreation Center. The CIRV Outreach Team is hosting this Resource Fair in response to the
recent shootings that occurred in the Price Hill area. The CIRV Outreach Team’s goal is to
bring the community together after such tragic events.  The Resource Fair will be a family friendly event that will include inspirational speakers,
food, games and much more. This event is free and open to the public. 

November 24th, 2012

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The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) OutreachTeam is hosting a Resource Fair on December 8th from 11 am- 4 pm at the PriceHill Recreation Center. The CIRV Outreach Team is hosting this Resource Fair in response to the
recent shootings that occurred in the Price Hill area. The CIRV Outreach Team’s goal is to
bring the community together after such tragic events.  The Resource Fair will be a family friendly event that will include inspirational speakers,
food, games and much more. This event is free and open to the public. 

November 24th, 2012

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Fifth Third Bank  

LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM 2012

Creating a Competitive Advantage through Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are imperatives in today’s business environment, but is our region ready to compete?

Join corporate and community leaders for a game-changing discussion on how we can improve our competitiveness.
  • Hear from Andres Tapia, international thought leader on diversity and inclusion, President and CEO of Diversity Best Practices, and author of The Inclusion Paradox 
  • Learn from Diverse by Design: Meeting the Talent Challenge in a Global Economy, a report commissioned by Agenda 360 and Vision 2015 to measure our region’s overall diversity and inclusion 
  • Attend focus sessions on best practices in diversity and inclusion for workforce, workplace, and marketplace 
  • Accept our challenge to join teams workingto build a more inclusive community

Wednesday, December 12
7:30 a.m. – Noon
Duke Energy Center


November 20th, 2012

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The 5th
Annual Great Youth Debate took place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from
10:00am-1:00pm in City Hall Council Chambers, followed by a reception in room
300 from 1:00pm-2:00pm. It was attended by ninety-five guests. There were
twenty-nine students who participated in the Great Youth Debate this year from
Archbishop Moeller High
School, Cincinnati
Job Corps Academy, Exclusive Services LLC, The Summit Country
Day, Walnut Hills High
School, Withrow
University High School, and Woodward Career Technical High
School. The practices were held every Saturday from
October 6th to November 3rd from 10:00am-1:00pm in City
Hall, room 115. There were two teams, Affirmative and Opposition. The
Affirmative trainers were Myron Rivers and Christie Bryant, Esq.  The Opposition
trainers were Christina Brown and Jacqueline Duhon. There were six groups of
four, and three groups per team with two researchers per group (one group had
three researchers).
The coordinator of this
event was Jaime Bryant (of CHRC).  The moderator was Michael Griffin (CEO of DVS
Solutions). Debater, Kyra Watkins, gave an excellent and eloquent speech in the
section, “message from a debater.” The judges were James Cullen (of Cincinnati
Youth Collaborative, CYC), Amanda Gray (of African American Chamber of
Commerce), Clarice Phelps (of Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Fanon Rucker (of
Hamilton County Municipal Court), and CHRC Board Member Donny Young (of The
Green Day Group). The participants were well prepared, somewhat anxious,
excited, and ready to win during the debate, which kept it stimulating. The
groups that faced off had group names. They are as listed (affirmative teams
listed first and opposition teams listed second):
-Education:
“The Great Educators vs. The Future of
Education”
-Health
care: “We Care Health care vs. The Authority on Health
care”
-Employment:
“Team Paycheck vs. Team Cincinnatus”
The theme was “The
Current State of Our Economy.” The debate topics were geared toward Education,
Health care, and Employment. Education’s debate argument was “Education is
necessary for the advancement of society.” Health care’s debate argument was
“Access to affordable health care is a right, not a privilege.” Employment’s
debate argument was “Economies of foreign countries have an impact on the
U.S. recovery.”
Cash prizes and
trophies went home with everyone. First place winners received $125.00 each.
Second place winners received $75.00. Third place winners received $50.00. And,
all of the honorable mention participants received $20.00. The participants did
a superior job defending their positions in the debate, which made the decision
difficult. However, a winner had to be chosen. They are as
follows:
*First
Place

Winners: “We Care Health care”
-Anne Klette (The
Summit Country Day
School), Joey Kregenhagen (The Summit Country Day), Philip McHugh (The Summit Country Day, and Kyra Watkins (Withrow University High
School)
*Second Place
Winners: “Team Cincinnatus”
-Mee’Asia Kyles
(Woodward Career Technical High
School), Benjamin Lefke (Moeller High
School), Mathew Messina (Moeller High
School), and A.J. Reinhart (Moeller High
School)
*Third Place Winners:
“The Future of Education”
-Edward Bullock
(Cincinnati Job Corps
Academy), Shanekqua Coates
(Cincinnati Job Corps
Academy), Gabriel Gibson
(Walnut Hills High
School), and Rockeem Wilson (Cincinnati Job
Corps
Academy)

November 16th, 2012

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The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission would like to
thank the Ohio Senate for honoring our work and achievements in the Cincinnati area. On
behalf of the members of the 129th General Assembly of Ohio, The Cincinnati
Human Relations Commission is being recognized for our work in Minority Health,
Substance Abuse, and Violence in the Community.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Ohio
Senate, and the General Assembly of Ohio for this wonderful recognition, and to
vow to uphold our mission and continue serving the community in the best ways
we can. 

November 6th, 2012

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The Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) has been featured in the news numerous times in the
past month. We would like to commend them on all their hard work and dedication
to making the community a safer place. Through building new relationships and
strengthening old ones, CIRV has been a key factor in making sure the community
knows we are here to help in any way possible. Check out the links below to
read all about what CIRV has been doing in the community lately. 
Fox 19- “Making a Difference” CLICK HERE 

Local 12- “Local Anti-Violence Group Helps Victim of OTR Shooting” CLICK HERE

Local 12- “Madison Gang Members Targeted by CIRV” CLICK HERE 

November 1st, 2012

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