Civil Rights Groups Seeking an End to 'Qualified Immunity' in Ohio. The group, Accountability Now Ohio, set up a petition drive in Cincinnati Saturday afternoon. Their goal is to collect about 2,000 signatures from Montgomery, Franklin and Hamilton counties in order to register as a political action committee. Once they are a PAC, they will start hosting more petition drives in at least 44 counties to reach 440,000 signatures. Their goal is to get this ballot measure on the November 2022 ballot. The measure would prohibit the use of qualified immunity on the statewide level. This is a legal practice that shields government officials from civil suits, by saying that they had made a “reasonable mistake” when performing their duties.
All-In Cincinnati aims to deepen, amplify, and multiply local and regional efforts to build equitable, thriving neighborhoods. Equity is not just about fairness and social justice. Equity drives economic growth—smart and sustainable growth. Equity is about working together, honestly and openly, to create a new, single snapshot of a county where everyone has a spot to fill and an active role to play.
Iris Roley helped reform the Cincinnati Police Department after an officer killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man in 2001, leading to riots. Now Roley says the city has allowed some of the progress it made in proper policing and community relations to stall, and it needs to reprioritize it.
In early April of 2001 I was growing up in the community of Glendale, a northern suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. I vividly remember the media coverage of the civil unrest occurring downtown in response to the killing of Timothy Thomas.1 The following interview with Iris Roley, member of the Cincinnati Black United Front, attempts to shed light on the origins of the rage felt in the city during that time period. Proactive steps have been taken since Cincinnati was placed in a national spotlight for its embarrassing race relations.
Change the Cycle’s mission promotes period equity and combats discrimination by providing feminine products to organizations that empower and improve the lives of menstruating people including youth, those experiencing homelessness, and drug addicted people.
One theme of the protests that have followed the death of George Floyd is the need for change. Several local groups have demands of their own. The Cincinnati Black United Front called a rally Thursday afternoon to read its suggestions and demands for change.
The protests sparked by George Floyd’s death shine a particularly bright spotlight on Cincinnati and its long history of community/police tension. 20 years ago that tension led to the founding of the Cincinnati Black United Front, and after two decades, the group says its work is not done.
Cincinnati Cares is the region's only public-facing search-and-discover guide to the active nonprofits in the Greater Cincinnati region. Part of the nonprofit Inspiring Service, cincinnaticares.org helps connect the public to what nonprofits need now -- from products and supplies to donations to ways to help through hands-on or skilled volunteering. Using innovative technologies, Cincinnati Cares has reversed the twice-the-national-rate-of-decline in volunteering Cincinnati had been experiencing and is helping businesses modernize the way they engage employees in helping our region's nonprofits.
The Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement is one of the most innovative plans ever devised to improve police-community relations. Created as a response to a community troubled by ongoing violence and lack of understanding between police and community members, the agreement engages both police and everyday citizens to invest in the neighborhood and make their environment a better place for both groups.
is a community to connect those who want to help with those who need it. We exist as a megaphone to amplify the voices of change in Cincinnati. We seek to bring justice to our city and spread the message that unity conquers hate
The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC) was established in November, 1943, as The Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee. Earlier that year, Detroit had erupted in a series of race riots, and leaders across the country were seeking to defuse racial tensions and promote nonviolent solutions to social and economic injustices. The purpose of agencies such as the CHRC was to give minority groups access to local government through internal advocacy, education and mediation.
Timothy Thomas was an African American young man killed by a Cincinnati police officer. His death was the culmination of a string of killings of young African American men in Cincinnati, Ohio between the fall of 2000 and the spring of 2001. His death became the flashpoint for the most serious racial riots in Cincinnati since 1968
The Cincinnati Riot was a four-day period of civil disorder that occurred in response to the shooting death of nineteen-year-old Timothy Thomas by Cincinnati Police Patrolman Stephen Roach. Officer Roach was attempting to arrest Thomas for traffic citations. The riot mostly took place in the Over the Rhine neighborhood near downtown Cincinnati, Ohio between April 9 and April 13, 2001. The riot was the largest urban disturbance in the United States since the 1992 Rodney King Riots and caused an estimated $3.6 million in damage to 120 businesses and public buildings.
The State of Ohio repealed its so called “Black Codes” mandating legal segregation in 1887. However, de facto segregation remained common throughout the State and still persists in many of Ohio’s cities today. Racial isolation in education often results from economic segregation of African Americans in low income neighborhoods or “white flight” to suburban areas. Other times, school districts consciously and sinisterly draw arbitrary lines between white and black neighborhoods in an effort to intentionally separate the races. Cincinnati struggled with racial isolation and segregation in its city school district well into the twentieth century. In 1977, eighty percent of Cincinnati’s schools failed to meet the integration goals laid out by the United States Civil Rights Commission. Marian Spencer decided that she needed to take action and help lead the effort to achieve educational equity in Cincinnati. Spencer would work for decades, beginning in the early 1970s, to integrate Cincinnati schools, reduce racial isolation, and foster diversity and inclusion in the Queen City
The Cincinnati National Day of Racial Healing, hosted by All-In Cincinnati and the Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) at the University of Cincinnati, is a time to contemplate our shared values and create the blueprint together for #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism. Held annually on the Tuesday following Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Cincinnati’s National Day of Racial Healing affirms that racial healing is at the core of racial equity.
The Citizen Complaint Authority’s (CCA) mission is to investigate serious interventions by police officers including, but not limited to discharging of firearms; deaths in custody; excessive use of force; improper pointing of firearms; improper stops; improper entries, searches and seizures; and discrimination/racial profiling. We resolve all citizen complaints in a fair and efficient manner. CCA’s ultimate goal is to address citizens’ concerns and improve citizens’ perceptions of quality police service in the city of Cincinnati. It is essential that CCA uniformly be perceived as fair and impartial, and not a vehicle for any individuals or groups to promote their own agendas.
The Center for Closing the Health Gap is a non-profit community-health grassroots organization, founded in 2004, committed to raising awareness about and eliminating racial and health disparities across Greater Cincinnati. Through advocacy, education, and community outreach, we work collaboratively with hospitals, government, associations, and businesses to address prevalent health disparities and social determinants. We focus on disease prevention, promoting healthier eating and enhancing the quality of life to make our neighborhoods and our people stronger through our many programs and initiatives.
The Cincinnati Black United Front (“Front”), the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio
Foundation, Inc. (“ACLU”), on behalf of the class, as defined herein (“the Plaintiffs”), the City of Cincinnati (“City”), and the Fraternal Order of Police (“FOP”), hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Parties” hereby enter into this Collaborative Settlement Agreement
We are shifting not only racial disparities in birth outcomes but also the conditions that drive inequity in maternal and infant health. We provide a safe space for Black mothers to support and be supported by their peers, connect, relieve stress, process trauma, and build a better world together for ourselves and our children. With our members, we are collaborating and creating an organization with purpose.
A food desert is a neighborhood or area where its residents have little or no access to healthy, fresh foods. This lack of accessibility is a major barrier to those in the community who are trying to live healthier lifestyles. There are 23.5 million Americans living in designated food deserts (USDA, 2009). An alarming 25 percent of Cincinnati’s population lives in a food desert. This just doesn’t mean that people aren’t eating as healthily as they could. Those living in affected areas experience higher rates of obesity and diet-related illnesses.
In fact if current trends continue, 1 in 3 U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050.
We believe that change is inevitable but we, the people of Lincoln Heights, must be the ones to create it. Resident-led organization serving the first predominately Black self-governing community north of the Mason-Dixon line (est. 1947); the Racial Justice Fund will support operations, advocacy efforts and help move the shooting range out of Lincoln Heights.
The Human Services Chamber is a collaboration of human services agencies in Hamilton County whose mission is to advocate for public policies that benefit the human services sector and the people it serves.
Some people think the tensions between Cincinnati's Black community and the city's police force began on a night in April 2001, when a white police officer chased a 19-year-old Black man into a dark Over-the-Rhine alleyway and killed him with a single shot to the heart. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is the shooting of Timothy Thomas by then-officer Stephen Roach was the lighted match thrown into a highly combustible cauldron of distrust and anger that had been stewing for years and led to six days and nights of civil unrest that gripped the city in fear.
In the six years leading up to the shooting of Thomas, 15 Black men had died in confrontations with police.
We are a growing group of local non-profit agencies who wish to build capacity, connect, collaborate with and learn from each other in order to meet the needs of the community. Our network of nonprofit agencies, with almost 250 nonprofit members, represents more than 17,000 employees, and provides an economic impact of over $1,300,000,000 in our community. The Leadership Council supports the nonprofit community by offering leadership development programs, training, cost savings (including medical insurance, retirement plans at no cost, and group purchasing) and networking opportunities for its members.
Levi Coffin was an important figure in the Underground Railroad network that helped thousands of fugitive slaves escape to freedom in the years before the American Civil War.In 1847, Coffin moved to Cincinnati. With the aid of abolitionists in Indiana, he opened a business that sold only goods produced by free laborers. He also became an active participant in the Underground Railroad. He purportedly helped more than three thousand slaves escape from their masters and gain their freedom in Canada. Most northern states had either outlawed slavery or implemented laws to gradually end the institution. However, the United States Constitution and the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 permitted Southern slave owners to go to free states, like Ohio and reclaim fugitive slaves.
Located in the Mill Creek Valley, Lincoln Heights was the first African American self-governing community north of the Mason-Dixon Line. The development of Lincoln Heights began in 1923 when the Haley-Livingston Land Company of Chicago sold lots of land to black families in an unincorporated area called the Cincinnati Industrial Subdivision, now the southern section of Lincoln Heights. Water and sewerage were provided by special assessment through the Works Progress Administration, there were no building and zoning code services, fires and police protection were virtually nonexistent, and street maintenance and lighting were extremely inadequate. In 1939, residents of the area began efforts to incorporate so they could provide safety and necessary services for their growing community. Several of the original petitioners for incorporation lived in the Valley View subdivision, which later became the Wright Aeronautical plant, where many black migrants from the South came to help manufacture the famous B-29 bomber. The Village of Lincoln Heights was incorporated in 1946.
The 2019 infant mortality rate is the lowest Hamilton County has ever seen for Black women. It is a fine time for a win for Black folks. Throughout the country, American citizens are reconciling the effects of racism and putting thought behind problems that are generations old. This local victory should serve as a blueprint for moving forward. It occurred because Black people, and Black women specifically, were given an opportunity to step up, and Cradle Cincinnati’s community of partners were willing not only to trust their judgment, but also to follow where they led.
Ensures black-owned businesses recover from COVID-19.NDC works with clients to take community development concepts from plan to reality. NDC Technical Assistance is designed to meet the changing needs of our clients, using the full range of current knowledge in the field and bringing our additional programs and services as necessary and appropriate: professional training, project financing, direct developer services, equity for real estate development through the use of several tax credit programs, and small business lending.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is a museum of conscience, an education center, a convener of dialogue, and a beacon of light for inclusive freedom around the globe.Our physical location in downtown Cincinnati is just a few steps from the banks of the Ohio River, the great natural barrier that separated the slave states of the South from the free states of the North. Since opening in 2004, we have filled a substantial void in our nation’s cultural heritage. Rooted in the stories of the Underground Railroad, we illuminate the true meaning of inclusive freedom by presenting permanent and special exhibits that inspire, public programming that provoke dialogue and action, and educational resources that equip modern abolitionists.
On June 4, after more than a week of protests across the United States and almost three months into a global pandemic, The Ohio Justice & Policy Center and the Cincinnati Black United Front released a list of eight recommendations. These are concrete ways for law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and local governments to respond to the two imminent threats to the livelihood of Black citizens: police brutality and the current pandemic.
A funder’s collaborative committed to equity in Ohio and working on policy to reduce the number of Ohioans incarcerated; The Ohio Transformation Fund is a collaborative fund developed by national and local funders advocating for healthy communities and an equitable democracy across Ohio. At present, the OTF focuses on transforming the justice system, supporting efforts to address the negative impact of the current system on youth, families and communities.
Price Hill Will is a nonprofit community development corporation serving the neighborhoods of East, West, and Lower Price Hill in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all residents of Price Hill using an equitable, creative, and asset-based approach to physical, civic, social, and economic development. Our programs connect residents, particularly immigrants, BIPOC, and residents with lower income or lower formal education levels, to resources, programming, neighborhood engagement opportunities, and leadership development.
Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio, a nonprofit itself, provides free business and transactional legal services to nonprofit social service organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.
A supportive network of Black women and an initiative of Cradle Cincinnati, this community empowers the voice of Black women around decision making and racial healing. The Racial Justice Fund will support operations and growth in the network’s social capital.
Explore Race and Racism in Cincinnati through history, law, and resilient communities of color in a new toolkit. The piece includes: -3 chapters of resources with articles, books, and videos -Post-reading quizzes -Exercises for reflection -Action steps, and more
At SVP we pool our partners’ monetary contributions and pair them with hands-on, in-depth coaching, training and collaboration for local nonprofits that want to help people reach their full potential in a time of increasing disparities in health, income, education and opportunity.
The Urban League has served the region’s underserved populations since 1948. The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio is recognized as the oldest and largest community-based organization devoted to empowering African American individuals and families.
Across the Color Line: Reporting 25 Years in Black Cincinnati presents newspaper reporter Mark Curnutte's stories published in The Cincinnati Enquirer over a twenty-five-year period beginning in 1993. With hard-won insights gained from years of community reporting, Curnutte describes experiences of African-Americans living in Cincinnati through individual and neighborhood profiles, explorations of community institutions, historical perspectives, and issue stories. The anthology tells a sweeping narrative of a city suffering and maturing through turn-of-the-century racial growing pains and increased racial sophistication and diversity. These stories are complimented by excerpts from Curnutte's personal journal, providing his reflection on his role as a white man and reporter making the intentional decision to work and live across the color line.
In pursuit of his foremost goal, full and equal citizenship for African Americans, Peter Humphries Clark (1829-1925) defied easy classification. He was, at various times, the country's first black socialist, a loyal supporter of the Republican Party, and an advocate for the Democrats. A pioneer educational activist, Clark led the fight for African Americans' access to Ohio's public schools and became the first black principal in the state. He supported all-black schools and staunchly defended them even after the tide turned toward desegregation. As a politician, intellectual, educator, and activist, Clark was complex and enigmatic. Though Clark influenced a generation of abolitionists and civil rights activists, he is virtually forgotten today. America's First Black Socialist draws upon speeches, correspondence, and outside commentary to provide a balanced account of this neglected and misunderstood figure. Charting Clark's changing allegiances and ideologies from the antebellum era through the 1920s, this comprehensive biography illuminates the life and legacy of an important activist while also highlighting the black radical tradition that helped democratize America.
Fascinating images of Cincinnati's African-American heritage. Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Cincinnati was incorporated as a town in 1802. It became a major stop on the Underground Railroad and the gateway to the North for thousands of African Americans during the Great Migration after the Civil War. Cincinnati's African-American heritage is revealed here through images of African-American life in the community, churches, education, politics, entrepreneurship, civil rights, community benevolence and sports.
The Underground Railroad, an often misunderstood antebellum institution, has been viewed as a simple combination of mainly white "conductors" and black "passengers." Keith P. Griffler takes a new, battlefield-level view of the war against American slavery as he reevaluates one of its front lines: the Ohio River, the longest commercial dividing line between slavery and freedom. In shifting the focus from the much discussed white-led "stations" to the primarily black-led frontline struggle along the Ohio, Griffler reveals for the first time the crucial importance of the freedom movement in the river's port cities and towns. Front Line of Freedom fully examines America's first successful interracial freedom movement, which proved to be as much a struggle to transform the states north of the Ohio as those to its south. In a climate of racial proscription, mob violence, and white hostility, the efforts of Ohio Valley African Americans to establish and maintain communities became inextricably linked to the steady stream of fugitives crossing the region. As Griffler traces the efforts of African Americans to free themselves, Griffler provides a window into the process by which this clandestine network took shape and grew into a powerful force in antebellum America.
Here is the first fully annotated edition of a landmark in early African American literature--Eliza Potter's 1859 autobiography, A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life. Potter was a freeborn black woman who, as a hairdresser, was in a unique position to hear about, receive confidences from, and observe wealthy white women--and she recorded it all in a revelatory book that delighted Cincinnati's gossip columnists at the time. But more important is Potter's portrait of herself as a wage-earning woman, proud of her work, who earned high pay and accumulated quite a bit of money as one of the nation's earliest "beauticians" at a time when most black women worked at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. Because her work offered insights into the private lives of elite white women,
Marian Alexander Spencer was born in 1920 in the Ohio River town of Gallipolis, Ohio, one year after the "Red Summer" of 1919 that saw an upsurge in race riots and lynchings. Following the example of her grandfather, an ex-slave and community leader, Marian joined the NAACP at thirteen and grew up to achieve not only a number of civic leadership firsts in her adopted home city of Cincinnati, but a legacy of lasting civil rights victories. Of these, the best known is the desegregation of Cincinnati's Coney Island amusement park. She also fought to desegregate Cincinnati schools and to stop the introduction of observers in black voting precincts in Ohio. Her campaign to raise awareness of industrial toxic-waste practices in minority neighborhoods was later adapted into national Superfund legislation. In 2012, Marian's friend and colleague Dot Christenson sat down with her to record her memories. The resulting biography not only gives us the life story of remarkable leader but encapsulates many of the twentieth century's greatest struggles and advances. Spencer's story will prove inspirational and instructive to citizens and students alike.
This brief biography of the reputed President of the Underground Railroad tells yesterday's story and raises questions for today. The author looks briefly at Levi Coffin's early efforts against slavery in North Carolina and later in Newport (now Fountain City), Indiana. The book's major focus is Levi Coffin's abolitionist activities in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1847 through the Civil War, and his work on behalf of freed blacks after the war.
Located north of Cincinnati in the Mill Creek Valley, Lincoln Heights was the first African American self-governing community north of the Mason-Dixon Line. The development of Lincoln Heights began in 1923 when the Haley-Livingston Land Company of Chicago sold lots to black families in an unincorporated area called the Cincinnati Industrial Subdivision, now the southern section of Lincoln Heights. Water and sewerage were provided by special assessment through the Works Progress Administration, there were no building and zoning code services, fire and police protection were virtually nonexistent, and street maintenance and lighting were extremely inadequate. In 1939, residents of the area began efforts to incorporate so they could provide safety and necessary services for their growing community. Several of the original petitioners for incorporation lived in the Valley View subdivision, which later became the Wright Aeronautical plant, where many black migrants from the South came to help manufacture the famous B-29 bomber.
"Provides a rich prism through which to explore the social, economic, and political development of black Cincinnati. These studies offer insight into both the dynamics of racism and a community's changing responses to it."
This is the graphic history of the 2001 Cincinnati riots, told for the first time from the perspective of the participants. When Timothy Thomas, a 19-year-old black man, was fatally shot by police, the city broke out into nonviolent civil disobedience that was met with further police violence. This was the first major uprising of the 21st Century, matched only by the LA riots a decade before and the protests in Ferguson over a decade later. Author and illustrator Dan Mendez Moore was 17 at the time when he participated in the six days of protests.
Ranging from riot-torn Cincinnati, Ohio, where the nation's racial and police issues have boiled over into the streets, to illuminating community concerns from coast to coast, Kathy Y. Wilson's big, bold perspectives on urban living, race, scandal, trends and humanity are razor-sharp and profound. Her observations on the state of cultural politics in her hometown and across America will unite and inspire readers everywhere.
Cincinnati played a large part in creatng a refuge for escaped salaves and in the Underground Railroad movement. Nearly a century after the American Revolution, the waters of the Ohio River provided a real and complex barrier for the United States to navigate. While this waterway was a symbol of freedom and equality for thousands of enslaved black Americans who had escaped from the horrible institution of enslavement, the Ohio River was also used to transport thousands of slaves down the river to the Deep South. Due to Cincinnati's location on the banks of the river, the city's economy was tied to the slave society in the South. However, a special cadre of individuals became very active in the quest for freedom undertaken by African American fugitives on their journeys to the North. Thanks to spearheading by this group of Cincinnatian trailblazers, the "Queen City" became a primary destination on the Underground Railroad, the first multiethnic, multiracial, multiclass human-rights movement in the history of the United States.