NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April
29, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: CHRC Executive Director Ericka
King-Betts, PhD at chrc@cincinnati-oh.gov
or by phone at 513.352.3237
CHRC Public Statement: Police &
Community Relations / Race Relations / Human Relations
Cincinnati, OH – We at the Cincinnati Human Relations are pleased to see that
former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has taken the action of updating the
Department of Justice’s 2003 racial profiling guidance for federal law
enforcement agencies. While the Guidance is not perfect, it is a step in the
right direction. It moves us closer to correcting patterns of systemic racial
bias in policing and its negative and often lethal impact on various
communities of color. However, in order for there to be lasting widespread
reform and justice, it is imperative that the Guidance is further refined.
It is our
recommendation that the exemptions for law enforcement activities related to
screening airline passengers, patrolling our borders be removed and that the
Guidance is adopted by state and local law enforcement agencies.
We further look
forward to & will continue to work with the diverse commissions comprised
of business and community members & youth to enhance relationships between
the police and community, educate others on Cincinnati’s Collaborative Agreement, and
provide trainings on cultural sensitivity & understanding.
Since 1943, the
Cincinnati Human Relations Commission has worked tirelessly to help our
community to overcome prejudice and discrimination, build mutual respect and
understanding, and to become more harmonious and cohesive. And, we oppose
racial profiling and any other form of prejudice and discrimination.
About the
Cincinnati
Human Relations Commission
CHRC was established in November of
1943 as The Mayor’s Friendly Relations Committee. The goal was to appoint a
committee that represented various racial, industrial and religious groups to
make sure all groups felt a part of their communities and supported one another
in the city of Cincinnati.
As time passed the name was changed to CHRC and the mission grew to target a
much larger issue, discrimination. Thus, the agency’s mission is “to
help our community to overcome prejudice and discrimination, build mutual
respect and understanding, and to become more harmonious and cohesive.”
The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission is a non-profit
organization. For additional information on how you can support CHRC and its
programs, please contact Executive Director, Ericka King-Betts, PhD at
513-352-3237. 

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April 29th, 2015

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The Youth Achievement Award was created by CHRC to acknowledge youth in the Cincinnati area that are leaders and have dedicated their time to public service.
Vishnu Paranandi is a sophomore at Wyoming High School. He has numerous interests and is extremely active in the community. For his community service with Make It Happen, the Freestore Foodbank recognized him with their Community Values Award.

The Cincinnati Museum Center recognized him with their Difference Maker Award and he served as an elected state officer for the Ohio Leadership Institute. Recently, he won first place at the inaugural Cincinnati Human Relations Commission’s Youth Oratorical Contest for speaking about how his generation relates to social acceptance on social media. He plays the viola in his high school Philharmonic orchestra and piano and keyboard in various groups.

He is proud to call the Cincinnati area his home and enjoys the diverse local culture. This includes being an avid Reds and Bengals fan, enjoying the area’s food, and appreciating the city’s heritage and significance. He is currently 15 years old and will be a junior at Wyoming High School starting this fall.
CHRC’s Annual Luncheon, Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony will be held on June 26th, 2015 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W. Fifth Street at 12:00 pm. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., theologian and activist.
For more information on CHRC or the Annual Luncheon, please visit our website at http://www.chrc.us or call 513-352-3237.

April 28th, 2015

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The Bishop Herbert Thompson Award was created to honor the life and legacy of the late Bishop Herbert Thompson Jr. — the first African American elected to serve as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. Bishop Thompson lived by the personal motto, “To reconcile, to liberate, to heal, to serve.” He labored to resolve racial injus…tice and worked to strengthen relationships among diverse groups.
Alphonse Gerhardstein has focused his law practice on civil rights issues for the last 38 years. As a partner of Gerhardstein & Branch Co., LPA, he has represented the Cincinnati African American Firefighters and the Sentinel Police Association on affirmative action and employment issues. He was also lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit that resulted in the Collaborative Agreement, a national model for police reform. The agreement resulted in more officer accountability, less use of force, elimination of systemic factors related to racially-based policing, and increased engagement of the African American community through problem solving. He is currently working with African-American clients through litigation and policy advocacy to reform Taser use policies in law enforcement agencies across the region. He also is lead counsel in the Ohio cases that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28th on Marriage Equality. Gerhardstein is the Founder of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center and a Board Member of the Ohio Association for Justice.
CHRC’s Annual Luncheon, Silent Auction and Awards Ceremony will be held on June 26th, 2015 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W. Fifth Street at 12:00 pm. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Rev. Otis Moss, Jr., theologian and activist.
For more information on CHRC or the Annual Luncheon, please visit our website at http://www.chrc.us or call 513-352-3237.

April 28th, 2015

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The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission in collaboration with the Islamic Center of Cincinnati is holding an “Interfaith Peace Ring” event with various interfaith leaders on Sunday May 3, 2015 from 2:30-3:30. All faith groups are invited to join in a short prayer and help form a “peace ring” around the Islamic Center in a show of unity for acceptance of all people and faiths.

April 28th, 2015

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CHRC is hiring a FT Youth Services Coordinator to provide positive youth development activities that include: coaching, mentoring and advocacy for youth.

This position will:
•Provide outreach at various community events to promote CHRC’s programs and services to achieve the objectives of CHRC’s Youth Services activities.
•Establish relationships with area stakeholders including but not limited to Cincinnati Public Schools, surrounding school districts, youth councils & groups… to foster activities designed to enhance diverse human relations.
•Supervise the Youth Services staff and contractors to ensure that quality services are being delivered.
•Plan the Summer Y2WK opportunity in conjunction with Cincinnati City Council Committee Chair & vendors.
•Create programs, workshops and/or activities that will promote positive self-development for youth.
•Work with a committee to select the Youth Service award recipient(s).
•Work in connection with CHRC staff to plan the Great Youth Debate / Oratorical Contest, Night at the Mic, Increase the Peace Week, Culture Shock, Peace Bowl and any other Youth Services events.
•Seek out and apply for Youth Services grants.
•Submit written report to CHRC’s Senior Program Manager.
•May be required to coordinate special programs/activities and assist with special projects such as development of articles for newsletters and updates to the website, attend special community outreach events, attend community council meetings and other meetings as assigned.

Qualifications: BA, Proficient in Microsoft Word, Skilled Written & Verbal Communication, Attention to detail, Minimum of 3 years of experience in working with youth. Experience in Relationship Building, Multicultural Sensitivity Awareness, Planning and Organizing. This FT position is eligible for employee benefits.

The CHRC practices and promotes a policy of nondiscrimination. We are fully committed to the principles of equality in employment, job assignment, promotion or other terms or condition of employment and opportunity for all employees. We will not, under any circumstances, condone or knowingly tolerate conduct that may constitute discrimination in the work environment. CHRC is committed to employing individuals on the basis of their experience and qualifications.

The CHRC prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, and veteran status, physical or mental disabilities. We also observe state laws that specify additional protected classes. We apply these principles to all aspects of the employment process and relationship.

TODAY (4/24/15) is the deadline to apply. If you have questions please contact the office at (513) 352-3237. All applications MUST be faxed (513-352-2496), emailed to chrc@cincinnati-oh.gov or mailed to:
Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
Cincinnati City Hall
801 Plum Street, Suite 158
Cincinnati, OH 45202

April 24th, 2015

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Letter to Editor by Michael Hawkins, Vice President, CHRC’s Board of Commissioners

Mr. Hawkins article appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
Let’s make Cincinnati the most welcoming city http://t.co/HahaCZxuch via @enquirer

April 23rd, 2015

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Letter to Editor by Michael Hawkins, Vice President, CHRC’s Board of Commissioners

Mr. Hawkins article appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Wednesday, April 22, 2015.
Let’s make Cincinnati the most welcoming city http://t.co/HahaCZxuch via @enquirer

April 23rd, 2015

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April 21st, 2015

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Mrs. Louise Spiegel, former CHRC Board of Commissioner, will receive an honorary degree celebrating her lifetime achievements from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College on Sunday, May 3, 3:00 PM at the Cintas Center on the Xavier University Campus. Congratulations Mrs. Spiegel!

April 21st, 2015

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