Procter & Gamble latest ad “The Talk,”where a mother talks to her daughter about racial bias.

August 21st, 2017

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Dick Gregory, the pioneering standup comedian and civil rights activist who made his advocacy work a key component of his on-stage persona, died Saturday night in Washington, D.C.

Gregory was known for his folksy delivery and for incorporating commentary about segregation and discrimination into his routines.

By the mid-1960s, after his friend and fellow activist Medgar Evers was murdered, Gregory turned his focus to full-time work as an activist with Martin Luther King Jr. and others. He was a vocal advocate for the rights of African-Americans and Native Americans.

He attended the historic 1963 March on Washington. Forty years later, Gregory told Tavis Smiley on NPR about his experience at the march, describing it as “joy. It was festivity, and as far as the human eye could see.”

Dick Gregory didn’t just talk about making changes, he actively pursued it.

For the past 50 years, Gregory remained outspoken had become a very prolific public speaker.–1932-2017-comedian-civil-rights-activist-broke-racial-barriers

August 21st, 2017

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Sunday, August 27, 2017, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Wise Temple Festive Street Fair & Special Torah dedication

Wise Center

720 Plum Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

In honor of the near-end of its year of Wise Journey anniversary celebrations, marking 175 years as a congregation and 150 years of Plum Street Temple.


August 17th, 2017

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Thursday, August 17, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Conversations: Locked Up for Justice
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202

A meaningful conversation with Freedom Rider David Fankhauser as he explores the risk and sacrifice in confronting injustice and inequities.



August 17th, 2017

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Vigil held in Price Hill, Wednesday, August 16th for Timothy Janson.

Photo Credit: Rashid Abdullah


August 17th, 2017

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Statement issued by Mayor John Cranley

on behalf of the City of Cincinnati,

in the wake of the violent events in

Charlottesville, Virginia

The events that have occurred in Charlottesville can only be described as tragic. Tragic for the values we hold so dear as Americans, tragic for our continued quest for equality and even more tragic for those who became a victim of hatred today. The people of Cincinnati stand with our brothers and sisters in Charlottesville. We not only send our thoughts and prayers but a promise to strive to be an example of love, inclusion and acceptance. We will be not discouraged and we will not let the hatred in the hearts of others set us back.


John Cranley, Mayor

City of Cincinnati


August 17th, 2017

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Join the Office of Human Relations (OHR) in the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Parade on Saturday, August 19, 10:00AM at the Avondale Town Center.

Everyone  is   asked to  meet  at  the Avondale Town Center, 3529 Reading Road (in Avondale) by 9:15AM – Parade begins at 10:00 AM.

Please remember to bring lots of candy to distribute during the walk.

To register for the Parade, please click:

Any questions or concerns, please call Theresa Lockett, 513 – 352-3237.

Looking forward to seeing you!

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. 


August 16th, 2017

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Bold Fusion is the largest annual convergence of young professionals in Cincinnati USA where young, creative minds come together for provocative discussion, learning and a common purpose: to connect with one another and learn how to advance their career, their company and our community.

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM5:00 PM EDT
Place: JACK Cincinnati Casino
             1800 Broadway Street
             Cincinnati, OH 45202


August 16th, 2017

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“It’s a reminder that we as a community need to be united, both in our opposition to all forms of hate but also in the important role that memorials play in our community,” said Robert Trestan, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

August 15th, 2017

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Office of Mayor John Cranley


August 15, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Holly Stutz Smith at 513.659.9949 or

Mayor Cranley leads Cincinnaati to Sue Opioid Distributors

Sittenfeld: Lives hang in the balance

August 15 2017 – CINCINNATI – Mayor John Cranley announced today that the City of Cincinnati is taking a long-needed step to hold accountable the companies responsible for dumping millions of dollars’ worth of prescription opiates into our community, filing a public nuisance lawsuit against the wholesale drug distributors that made the opioid epidemic possible.

The City of Cincinnati has filed suit against the country’s three largest wholesale drug distributors – AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corporation. These three companies, with combined annual revenues of $400 billion and profits in the billions of dollars, together control more than 80 percent of the market for prescription opioids.

Because prescription opioids are a highly addictive substance, in 1970 Congress designed a system to control the volume of opioid pills being distributed in this country. It let only a select few wholesalers gain the right to deliver opioids. In exchange, those companies agreed to do a very important job – halt suspicious orders and control against the diversion of these dangerous drugs to illegitimate uses. But in recent years they failed to do that, and today the Cincinnati community is paying the price.

Mayor Cranley is working with a consortium of law firms to hold pharmaceutical wholesale distributors accountable for failing to do what they were charged with doing under the federal Controlled Substances Act – monitor, identify and report suspicious activity in the size and frequency of opioid shipments to pharmacies and hospitals.

“The fact that the nation has an opioid crisis is well-known,” Mayor Cranley said. “Our attorney general Mike DeWine is prosecuting the manufacturers of these highly addictive drugs. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is shutting down pill mills, and our state Board of Medicine is revoking the licenses of bad doctors. But it is the distributors who failed in their legal obligation to notify the Drug Enforcement Administration of suspicious orders, even as the number of pills flowing into our city rose and rose.”

The opioid epidemic has grown worse as people who were addicted to prescription pills have, thanks to heightened enforcement efforts, found them harder to come by. But the residents of Cincinnati continue to bear the burden of the cost of the epidemic, as the costs of treatment for addiction, education and law enforcement have continued to rise. According to a federal study, roughly one in seven people who received a refill or had a second opioid prescription authorized were still on opioids one year later.

Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld added, “The opioid epidemic is destroying lives and communities as we speak. It’s going to take a heroic collective effort to right this ship. Part of that effort must include accountability for the for-profit companies who fueled this epidemic. Lives hang in the balance, and as we fight this fight in the streets we must also fight it through legal channels.”

The city has hired five expert law firms, experienced in holding the powerful pharmaceutical industry accountable. Those firms include: Baron & Budd; Levin Papantonio; Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler; Greene Ketchum Bailey Farrell & Tweel; and McHugh Fuller Law Group.

In addition to taking legal action the City continues its ongoing efforts to fight this epidemic. This year’s City budget included $625,000 dedicated to rehabilitation and prevention efforts.

In collaboration with Talbert House, the City has deployed a Quick Response Team in Police District 3.  Quick Response Teams are composed of a police officer, a firefighter, and a rehabilitation specialist from Talbert House.  The Teams go out each week and contact those who were revived for heroin overdoses and offer them the ability to get enrolled for rehabilitation services.  So far approximately 30 percent of those contacted have been enrolled for treatment.

In 2016, Mayor Cranley led discussions with the state that resulted in lower costs for Narcan, ensuring the city has sufficient supply for its first responders. The city now provides free training to community groups on how to use the lifesaving drug.

The City of Cincinnati has responded to 2,275 overdoses over the last 12 months, and overdose calls now represent nine percent of all EMS. “Our first responders are out there doing what they do, saving lives, but this crisis places a stress on our emergency response assets,” said City Manager Harry Black.

Since 2009 the City of Cincinnati has spent more than $1.5 million on opioid-specific programs. This does not include the countless resources expended through police, fire, and health center staff who address this epidemic daily.






August 15th, 2017

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