By Christina Brown, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
Community Outreach Engagement Coordinator
     24 hours following the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the shooting death of Michael Brown, cities across the nation peacefully took the streets to react. Cincinnati was no exception, but the memories of 2001’s civil unrest literally lingered in the crowds of hundreds who gathered around the federal courthouse to express their anguish and anger. In what could be argued as a demonstration of solidarity with the community, Cincinnati Police Department Chief, Jeffrey Blackwell avoided the platform of speakers. Instead he stood with the crowd, neutrally observing the appreciation and critique the Cincinnati Police Department has undergone since those unnerving days.
     Cincinnati has proudly lent itself as a model for transformational community police relations yet, I can’t help but to wonder, what still needs to be done? The policies and programs which arose from despair and anguish have slowly improved the confidence of some communities of color. Subtle affirmations such as the presence of neighborhood officers at community council meetings have aided in relationship building. This accompanied by the construction of the Citizens Complaint Authority, which promises of oversight when police misconduct is alleged are worth undoubtedly replication. However, we as a city must remain hypersensitive and hypercritical about the gaps in mistrust that have historically lingered.
   While touting the victories, we must disclose the shortcomings that continue to make this journey incredibly difficult. This looks like having continued uncomfortable conversations and training about unconscious bias and policing, ongoing Know Your  Rights campaigns, amongst various other actions. As we send our thoughts and hopes to Ferguson, perhaps the most courageous act Cincinnatians can take is commiting to deconstructing why Cincinnati was Ferguson in 2001 to begin with. 

Photo Credit: Nick Swartsell of City Beat  

November 26th, 2014

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The staff from Girls on the Run® stopped by the studio to chat with InFocus TV host Khrys Styles to share with us about how our community members are impacted by this after school program.

Girls on the Run® is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where girls in the 3rd through the 8th grade knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

GOTR Mission….to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based 24-lesson curriculum that integrates running for a 5K running event.  The girls become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions.

All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

Watch the full interview on CitiCable or on City of Cincinnati Internet LiveStream, coming February 1-15, 2015!

Learn more about Girls on the Run 

November 22nd, 2014

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The
Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) hosted its Inaugural Youth
Oratorical Contest on November 15, 2014 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in City Hall
Council Chambers, which included a reception. 
The
Youth Oratorical Contest gave youth, ages 12-18, an opportunity to develop a
competition of words through self-expression. 
There were seven participants who created original speeches about “How
My Generation Relates to the World” and presented them by memory in front of approximately
fifty audience members.  The students
prepared for seven weeks to lead up to the moment of the contest.  Their nerves were somewhat heightened,
however, they gave thoughtful and articulate presentations that moved the
audience. 
The
youth had different topics based on their ages. 
The three topics for the teens were how my generation relates to
celebrities in the world, social acceptance on social media and standardized
global social norms.  The schools
represented in this contest were Hamilton County Math and Science
Academy, Sycamore
High School, Wyoming High School,
and Woodward Career Technical
High School. 
For
more information about CHRC and youth opportunities, please visit our website
at www.chrc.us or call us at (513) 352-3237.  The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
(CHRC) is a non-profit agency that focuses on anti-discrimination and improving
human relations in the City of Cincinnati.  We look forward to hearing from you!

November 18th, 2014

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The
Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) hosted its Inaugural Youth
Oratorical Contest on November 15, 2014 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in City Hall
Council Chambers, which included a reception. 
The
Youth Oratorical Contest gave youth, ages 12-18, an opportunity to develop a
competition of words through self-expression. 
There were seven participants who created original speeches about “How
My Generation Relates to the World” and presented them by memory in front of approximately
fifty audience members.  The students
prepared for seven weeks to lead up to the moment of the contest.  Their nerves were somewhat heightened,
however, they gave thoughtful and articulate presentations that moved the
audience. 
The
youth had different topics based on their ages. 
The three topics for the teens were how my generation relates to
celebrities in the world, social acceptance on social media and standardized
global social norms.  The schools
represented in this contest were Hamilton County Math and Science
Academy, Sycamore
High School, Wyoming High School,
and Woodward Career Technical
High School. 
For
more information about CHRC and youth opportunities, please visit our website
at www.chrc.us or call us at (513) 352-3237.  The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
(CHRC) is a non-profit agency that focuses on anti-discrimination and improving
human relations in the City of Cincinnati.  We look forward to hearing from you!

November 18th, 2014

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Congratulations to CHRC’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Christina Brown being selected to the 2014 Class of YWCA Rising Stars. The YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement created the Rising Star program in 2002 as a way to mentor and support younger women (age 25 – 40) in pursuit of excellence in their careers.
YWCA Rising Stars are identified as younger professional women with proven leadership qualities who would benefit from interaction with Academy members and other Rising Stars. 
Congratulations Christina!

November 14th, 2014

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Tomorrow, Saturday, November 15, 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON, The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) “Inaugural Oratorical Contest” in City Hall Council Chambers. This local competition will feature Greater Cincinnati youth, ages 12-18. Theme – “How My Generation Relates to the World.” Prizes will be awarded to winners. Ms. Jaime Bryant, Youth Services Coordinator.

November 14th, 2014

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Recently, CHRC staff experienced the opportunity
to participate ​in an introduction to Transformational Mediation
course, hosted by Xavier University’s Community Building Institute and Dayton Mediation
Center. This training
gathered 15 individuals representing different interests and agencies to introduce
communities to this innovative model. After 16 hours of training, staff is
gearing up to observe the work in action. We will keep you posted as we journey
through the process of becoming transformative mediators ourselves.

November 14th, 2014

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Congratulations to CHRC’s Senior Program Manager, Althea Barnett, who will receive the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Keep the Dream Alive” Award. The award will be presented on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 2015, 3:00 PM at the Church of the Resurrection, 1619 California Avenue in Bond Hill.
This is the fifteenth year of The Church of the Resurrection sponsoring the awards celebration and reception. Awards are given to recognize local persons who are keeping Dr. King’s dream alive by working for peace, justice and equality for all.
Again, congratulations Althea!

November 14th, 2014

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CHRC’s Community Outreach Advocates (COA) are on the move. On November 6, 2014, COA’s (Pastor Peterson Mingo, Ali Rashid Abdullah, and Victor Velez) gave a presentation in world renown Dr. Robin Engel’s class at the University of Cincinnati (UC).  About 200 students majoring in Criminal Justice attended the class. The COA’s spoke about their experiences doing outreach team and the importance of culturally sensitivity in their fields of work.

November 7th, 2014

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