Making Democracy Work

Past Events

Date & Time        Place        Description
Monday, January 6, 2014
7pm
First Unitarian Church
536 Linton St
Cincinnati, OH 45219
POSTPONED Cincinnati NOW Commemorates 41 years of Roe v. Wade. This event has been POSTPONED.

Jennifer Branch, Civil Rights Attorney from the law firm of Gerhardstein and Branch, will lead the discussion, "Is It Too Late to Stop-41 Years of Erosion of Abortion Rights?"

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
12:00 Noon
  LWVO All-Member Conference Call. This Month's Topic: "Ohio's Watersheds: What are some of the major concerns, and what can we do about them?"

Call-In Number: 866-740-1260
PIN Number: 4691505#

(In order to anticipate the number of people on the call, the LWVO asks for an RSVP to lwvoinfo@lwvohio.org. It is not required; however, it will help LWVO administer the call effectively.)

Friday, January 10, 2014
9am-1pm
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency
1740 Langdon Farm Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237
How Long Will YOU Live?. Join the Conversation....Community Roundtable to discuss the provocative findings of a study of life expectancy in Cincinnati, and how it varies among groups and neighborhoods. The study shows Cincinnati's 47 neighborhood groupings with the highest and lowest life spans. What factors are associated with life expectancy in your neighborhood, and how can you improve it?

Please register for the event by visiting the Health Department's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CincinnatiHealthDepartment or by contacting Ms. Jenni McBride, (513) 357-7272

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
5:30-8pm
Mayerson Hall, Hebrew Union College
3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati,OH 45220
The Charter Commitee of Greater Cincinnati Presents: A Forum on Civility Moderated by Beyond Civility. Over the past few weeks, the dynamic nature of politics has been displayed at City Hall through the contentious debate around a number of issues. No matter how politically loaded an issue is, good communication is key to effective governance.
5:30 - Light Refreshments
6:30 - Program begins
Event is free but reservations are required
http://beyondcivility.org/ai1ec_event/a-forum-on-civility/?instance_id=87
Saturday, February 8, 2014
11:00am
The Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
35 W 5th St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
27th Annual Susan B. Anthony Luncheon. Plan to join us for our annual fundraiser benefiting the LWVCA Education Fund! Keynote Speaker Dr. Santa J. Ono, President of the University of Cincinnati, will discuss, "Engaging Young Adults in Today's Political Process."
Tickets are $40 per person.
11am - Noon Social Hour and Raffle/Auction
Noon - 2pm - Luncheon and Keynote Address

Please visit our RSVP page for details and to make reservations.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
5:30-8pm
St John's Unitarian Universalist Church
320 Resor Ave
Cincinnati,OH 45220
Beyond Civility: Back-to-Back on Death Penalty Issues in Ohio featuring Joe Deters and David Singleton. Joe Deters, Hamilton County Prosecutor, and David Singleton, Executive Director of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center and Assistant Professor at the Chase College of Law, will explore the various issues surrounding the Death Penalty in Ohio.

Visit Beyond Civility.org to register and learn more about the event.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
7pm
First Unitarian Church
536 Linton Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Woman's City Club Public Forum. Woman's City Club presents its 4th public forum, featuring Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, speaking on his "Youth Engagement Platform for Cincinnati." The Chief believes that engaging youth in our city in positive ways will cut down on crime, including homicides, most of which are being committed by gangs and drug dealers. Come listen to his ideas and see how you can help.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
10am-12:30pm
LWV Dayton
Talbot Tower
131 N. Ludlow St.
Dayton, OH 45402
LWVO Southwest Regional Meeting. Topics will include: LWVUS Agriculture Study Update (first hour)
Cuyahoga Area Leagues' Proposed Study of Primary Elections (10-15 minutes) -- The three Leagues in Cuyahoga County are proposing a national study of different ways to run primary elections. Join us to learn the details of this proposed study.
Judicial Voter Education (second hour) -- The second part of the meeting will discuss next steps in our judicial voter education program and anticipated voter service needs in 2014.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
7pm
St John's UUC
320 Resor Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Changing CO2urse Series: Local Solutions to a Global Crisis. Saving the Planet...With Your Fork! (Rescheduled from 01/26/14)
Local artist, curator, critic, and first amendment and environmental activist, William Messer, will discuss the environmental and health impacts of meat consumption and production. We will view a short animated documentary "The True Cost of Hamburgers" as well as clips from "Making the Connection", a British film that presents the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Cosponsors: Woman's City Club, LWVCA, Sierra Club and St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
5:30-8pm
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Merck Auditorium
620 Oak St
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Beyond Civility: Side-by-Side: Chris Monzel & Wendell Young. The next Side-by-Side event will feature Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel and Cincinnati City Council member Wendell Young.

Doors open at 5:30 for a reception with light refreshments. Program begins at 6:30 and concludes at 8:00 pm.

Visit http://www.beyondcivility.org for more information.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
7:30pm
Hyde Park Community UMC
1345 Grace Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Woman's City Club presents Candy Crowley. Candy Crowley, CNN Chief Political Correspondent and anchor of "State of the Union" will lecture on "The White House vs. Capitol Hill." Ms. Crowley came to national attention with her assertive performance during the 2012 Obama vs. Romney debate. She was the first woman to moderate a presidential debate since 1992.

Tickets: $35 for lecture; $10 for student; $135 for lecture plus private reception afterward. For more information call 513-751-0100, or visit http://www.womanscityclub.org

Monday, March 17, 2014
7pm
Xavier University Cintas Center
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207
Town Hall Meeting: Building Sustainable Local Economies in an Age of Globalization. With Michael Shuman, Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute and author of How to Shift Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. Also with Kristen Barker, founder, Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative and Michael Bertaux, Southwestern Ohio Slow Money Group. In a period where the transnational corporations seem to hold all the power, where the big box stores dominate our cityscape, where the only investments seem to be Wall Street, people are looking for new ways to invest in and build our local economies. Ideas such as local stock exchanges, slow money, and new cooperatives are beginning to appear. What can we do in Cincinnati to invest in our community, to develop new levels of self-sufficiency and new models of locally-oriented economic development? Sponsored by Green Umbrella.
Friday, March 21, 2014
7pm
St John's UUC
320 Resor Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Screening of Chasing Ice. The award-winning documentary Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. James Balog, working for National Geographic, deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world changing glaciers. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. A photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
7:30pm
Esquire Theatre
320 Ludlow Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Free Screening of Triple Divide. Triple Divide is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development. "It's the best movie on fracking to date [using] facts, not fiction or spin" wrote Pennsylvania resident, Robert Donnan.

Following the movie, we will have a short Q&A with State Representative Denise Driehaus and Food & Water Watch organizer Alison Auciello. Rep. Driehaus has co-sponsored legislation to ban the underground injection of toxic fracking waste.

Hosted by: Food & Water Watch; Southwest Ohio No Frack Forum; LWVCA; Woman's City Club; and State Rep. Denise Driehaus.

For more information on the film, visit: http://tripledividefilm.org/

Sunday, March 30, 2014
7pm
St John's UUC
320 Resor Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Changing CO2urse Series: Local Solutions to a Global Crisis. Revisiting Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth: New Realities and Local Impacts presented by Larry Falkin, Director of the City of Cincinnati Office of Environment and Sustainability.
A lot has happened since 2007 when Al Gore won the Nobel Prize for his Oscar-winning documentary, Inconvenient Truth. The threat of future climate change has turned into a reality, the effects of which we see almost every day. How has Al Gore's message changed since 2007? What does climate change mean for Cincinnati? Mr. Falkin will present the updated Al Gore Climate Reality presentation and discuss what it means locally.

Cosponsors: Woman's City Club, LWVCA, Sierra Club and St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church

Sunday, April 27, 2014
7-9pm
St. John's UU Church
32 Resor
Clifton
Changing Course: Local Solutions to a Global Crisis. Part of the Changing Course: Local Solutions to a Global Crisis

"ADVENTURES IN THE GARDEN OF EATIN'"

Wes Duren, VP of Organic Landscape and Construction at Marvin's Organic Gardens, will help us explore the connection between nature, nutrition, and sustainable living.

Wes has held many workshops on planting native edible and medicinal plants in our local neighborhood and school gardens. He holds interactive seminars at schools and universities showing students, teachers, and parents how to integrate the concept of "The Edible Schoolyard" into their curriculum and into their daily practice as a sustainable source for nutritional school meals.

He and his family have a "Giving Garden" program at their farm near Lebanon, OH, that offers tips and incentives to encourage families to plant extra produce for local food pantries.

Wes will also talk about his two trips to the heart of the Congo on a mission to promote sustainable farming in a war-torn country highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and famine.

COSPONSORS: St John's UU Green Sanctuary Partners, Woman's City Club, Environmental Action Group League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, The Environmental Community Organization (ECO)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:30am-7:30pm
  Primary Election. REMEMBER TO VOTE! Visit VOTE411, our new online voter guide, for a sample ballot including candidates and issues for the upcoming election.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
5:15-8pm
Geier Room, Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church
103 Wm. Howard Taft Rd.
Cincinnati OH 45219
Annual Meeting. Join us as we celebrate our accomplishments from the past year!

We will be electing our Board for the coming year; receive reports on League activities; and approve our budget.

Spouses and guests are also welcome to join us. We will have a buffet dinner catered by Power Inspires Progress.

5:15 p.m. - REGISTRATION AND SOCIAL 6:00 p.m. - DINNER 6:30 p.m. - COMMITTEE REPORTS 7:00 p.m. - BUSINESS MEETING 7:30 p.m. - LOOKING AHEAD WITH THE LEAGUE

DINNER & MEETING: $20 MEETING ONLY: $5

DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS - MONDAY, MAY 12

Saturday, June 14, 2014
10am-12pm
Washington Park
Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH
Housing Tour of Over-the-Rhine. The LWVCA's Summer Tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 14 and will focus on Development and Housing Issues in Over-the-Rhine. Please register for the Summer Tour, which is free, by calling the LWVCA office 513-281-8683 or e-mailing info@lwvcincinnati.org.

The event's agenda:

10 a.m. Meet at the performance stage at the north end of Washington Park. There is parking underneath the park and the elevator from the parking garage is close to this area. Some people will be car-pooling from the LWVCA office parking lot in Mt. Auburn. Meet there at 9:30 a.m. if you would like to catch a ride.

10 - 10:30 a.m. Walk with a tour guide for about three blocks. The guide will point out housing owned by the nonprofits Tender Mercies and OTR Community Housing, along with new condos.

10:30 a.m. Gather at the Miami University Center for Community Engagement (1300 Vine St.) to discuss the changes in Over the Rhine, the successful development of market rate housing and attempts to preserve affordable housing for low-income residents. Learn about relocation of the Drop Inn Center and efforts to create mixed-income housing.

Noon On your own to enjoy lunch at one of the numerous restaurants on Vine Street or explore the City Flea Market in Washington Park.

Saturday, June 14, 2014
12pm-9pm
Daniel Drake Park
5800 Red Bank Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival. Juneteenth is a nationwide celebration of the end of legal slavery in the United States. Cincinnati's annual Juneteenth Festival began in 1988. It's a family-based event with a a wide variety of entertainment (and a lot of it), historical and cultural attractions, organized children's activities, and, of course, great food. Visit the website for more information.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
7-9pm
St John's Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor in Clifton Designing Resilient Communities. Part of Changing CO2urse: Local Solutions to a Global Crisis

Peter Seidel, environmental architect-planner and author, will lead us in a discussion to imagine ways we can reshape our cities so that we can better adapt to the complex changes that threaten our future. He will examine some of the root causes of our environmental predicament as presented by Paul Ehrlich and John Holden. How can we correct for past errors -- such as urban sprawl -- in order to meet the demands of our changing environment and improve our chances of survival?

The majority of the world's population now lives in cities, but most of our cities are in crisis as a result of increasing population, inadequate infrastructure, diminishing resources, and the challenges posed by climate change. We will look at what a city really is, examine how can we reshape our communities to be better places in which to live.

Peter urges us to rethink the city as a noble expression of our specie's interdependent nature. He has authored/ co-authored three books on the topic:

"2045: A Story of Our Future" "Global Survival: The Challenge and its Implications for Thinking and Acting" "Invisible Walls: Why We Ignore the Damage We Inflict on the Planet...and Ourselves."

COSPONSORS: Woman's City Club's Environmental Action Group, St John's UU Green Sanctuary Partners, League of Women Voters' Natural Resource Committee, Miami Group Sierra Club and ECO

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
1:30-3:30pm
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
2400 Reading Rd
Cincinnati, OH
"Make your Mark" Nonprofit Voter Engagement Training. Few building blocks are more integral to the strength of our democracy than educating, motivating and mobilizing voters. As nonprofits, we have the unique opportunity to offer these activities, all of which help us advance our missions and build awareness for the work we do and the people we serve. A strong democracy helps build a stronger community, so getting involved in nonprofit, nonpartisan civic engagement is a win-win proposition!

We hope youʼll join us for our Cincinnati "Make your Mark" training on July 30. Weʼll give you month by month plans and tips on how to make your voter engagement efforts successful and effective.

Sponsored by:

OhioVOTES, a program of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) 175 S. 3rd St., Suite 250, Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-280-1984 x25

League of Women Voters of Ohio 17 S. High St, Columbus, OH 43215 614-469-1505

Saturday, August 2, 2014
7-10pm
American Sign Museum
1330 Monmouth St
Cincinnati, Ohio 45225
Community Shares' Gourmet Grub for Good 2014. Join LWVCA partner Community Shares for their Gourmet Grub for Good 2014, an amateur chef competition and fundraiser.

Gourmet Grub for Good Highlights:

Free Valet Parking Included with Tickets Guys and Gals compete for culinary greatness! Guys, Griddles and Grub now known as Gourmet Grub for Good! 300 guests come together for great food and a great cause! Up to 50 amateur chefs present their specialties in one of 6 categories: appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, side dishes and desserts. Guests sample as many dishes as they wish and vote for their favorite in each category. Prizes presented to winning chef. Great musical entertainment and premium wine raffle. Silent auction filled with enticing artwork, jewelry, gifts and special theme packages.

Learn more here: http://cintishares.org/gourmet-grub-for-good/

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
5:30-8pm
DePaul Cristo Rey High School
1133 Clifton Hills Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Beyond Civility: Income Disparity. Income Disparity: Causes, Consequences and Remedies

George Vincent and David Mann "Back-to-Back"

About the Back-to-Back Series

This series features informative "reverse debates" that challenge high-profile advocates on opposite sides of major public policy issues to demonstrate their understanding of the other side's point of view by explaining it until their counterpart concedes that they couldn't have said it better themselves. This format promotes civil, informative discussion of hotly contested issues by trading facts and clear explanations for a typical debate's spin and obfuscation.

The goal: to learn and practice techniques for communicating about our differences; communicating to hear and be heard, to understand and be understood, to show and receive respect, and to find new and better ways to solve problems...together.

George Vincent Managing Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP Former Chairman, Hamilton County Republican Party Former Chair, Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce,

David Mann Vice-Mayor, City of Cincinnati Former U.S. Congressman Partner, Mann and Mann LLC

5:30 Reception & Refreshments 6:30 to 8:00 Program

General RSVP: http://www.beyondcivility.org/reservations Attorney CLE Reservation: Click here

Parking: Parking is located behind the school

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Space is limited!

Monday, September 22, 2014
6-8pm
Cincinnati Bar Association
Fifth Floor Conference Center
225 E. Sixth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Behind the Gavel: Meet the Common Pleas Judicial Candidates. Meet the candidates running for judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas and learn what these courts do at Behind the Gavel, a voter education and candidate event.

See the flyer for this event here.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Simply Grand Catering before the formal program begins at 6:30. Space is limited, so please RSVP your intention to attend the event by emailing to becky@lwvcincinnati.org or calling the League office at 513-281-VOTE (8683).

All eighteen judicial candidates have been invited to address the public on their candidacies and there will be time before and after the formal program to informally speak with the candidates. At press time, thirteen of the eighteen candidates have committed to attend the event.

To enhance understanding there will be Live Captioning of each speaker. In addition, the Court Administrator for Common Pleas has been invited to share information on the function of the court and briefly touch on the different divisions involved (drug court, domestic relations, probate and juvenile).

Nonpartisan information will be provided to voters on all the judicial offices on the ballot in November and on electing judges in general.

This event is presented by the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area (LWVCA) and the Cincinnati Bar Association and co-sponsored by the Over-the-Rhine and Downtown Residents community councils. It is made possible in part by the Joyce Foundation and the League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund.

Interested in volunteering? Please call 513-281-VOTE (8683) or email becky@lwvcincinnati.org.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
7pm
UC Clermont College
Krueger Auditorium
Batavia
LWV Clermont County Candidates Forum. Moderator Cindi Andrews of the Cincinnati Enquirer will preside over a forum featuring candidates from:

  • US 2nd Congressional District
  • Ohio State House 66th District
  • Ohio State House 65th District
  • Clermont County Commissioner

US Congressional Dist. 2 reaches into Hamilton County, so some of LWVCA's members may be interested in attending.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
7pm
Huenenfeld Room
The Public Library of Cincinnati Main Branch
800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Issues Forum. The LWVCA Issues Forum, our annual event designed to explain the issues that will appear on the November ballot, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Huenefeld Tower Room at the Public Library's main branch (downtown). This forum is free and open to League members, guests and the public. It offers a great chance to hear about all the issues in one setting. If you are wondering about any aspect of an issue, speakers will take questions from the audience. To enhance understanding there will be Live Captioning of each speaker.

Issues to be presented are as follows:

  • Hamilton County Tax Levy Renewal + Family Services and Treatment Programs
  • Hamilton County Tax Levy Renewal + Health and Hospitalization Services
  • Hamilton County Sales and Use Tax + Union Terminal
  • Cincinnati City Schools Tax Levy Renewal
  • City Of Cincinnati Proposed Charter Amendment

The League of women Voters is committed to providing citizens with fair and impartial information for making voting choices. Our goal is to provide information both in favor of and in opposition to the issues. At the time of this writing, no organized opposition to the ballot issues has been identified.

The library is located at 800 Vine Street. The closest city garage is the Garfield Garage located on the south side of 9th Street between Vine and Race. For driving directions, detailed parking information and more, visit www.cincinnatilibrary.org.

We look forward to seeing you at the forum! Volunteers are needed for various support functions - It is a fun, easy and non-stressful way to become involved. If you are interested in volunteering, call the office at 513-281-8683.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
7-9pm
Anderson Center
7850 Five Mile Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45230
Anderson Candidate Forum. LWVCA's Anderson Unit has organized a Candidate Forum featuring two candidates for state representative in the 27th district, Tom Brinkman (R) and Joe Otis (D). Held at the Anderson Government Center on Five Mile Road, it will be televised on Anderson Cable TV.
Monday, October 20, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
3711 Clifton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220
First Public Discussion of City of Cincinnati Charter Issues. The Cincinnati Charter Review Task Force will host a public discussion about what city residents perceive to be the successes, shortcomings and dysfunction in Cincinnati city government and how these issues relate to city charter reform at a forum to be held Monday October 20, 2014 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Avenue (note: free parking at CRC lot next door)

The event is free and open to the public. Task Force leaders will explain the process for examining and proposing reforms to the city charter. Future public forums focused on specific issues will be announced.

The Charter Review Task force was created by Cincinnati City Council but it functions independently and without public financial support. This forum is being made possible by the Cincinnati Research Institute (CRI), a non-partisan, non-profit organization that is dedicated to elevating political discourse by conducting, collecting and commissioning objective public policy research.

For more information, visit mycharterreform.org or facebook.com/CharterReviewTaskForce

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Program Planning General Meeting
Geier Room, Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church
103 Wm. H. Taft Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Program Planning General Meeting. Snow date: Jan. 31 at 10 a.m.

This new year, we are trying something new! In place of the January Unit meetings, the League will hold a large group discussion on state program planning. 

Join us in the Geier Room (103 Taft Road, Cincinnati, OH 45219) for good conversation, camaraderie and refreshment.

You bring the lively discussion and we will provide lunch to keep body and soul together.  Program planning is your opportunity to make your voice heard. One of the highlights of state Convention (May 15-17 in Cincinnati) is the adoption of a state program that will position the League as a leader in advocacy and education in Ohio. In selecting issues that are important and relevant, you can ensure that the League will have an impact on the significant policy issues facing our state. During the process, members have the opportunity--especially with email and discussion lists--to organize support for topics of concern.

This will be a fun take on the very serious business of setting LWV Ohio priorities, so please bring your ideas and your appetite for great conversation!

To ensure we have enough refreshment, please RSVP to  LWVCA Office Manager Becky Haltermon at Becky@lwvcincinnati.org or 513-281-8683.

Saturday, February 14, 2015
2-4pm
The Phoenix
812 Race Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
95th Anniversary Celebration. Join us for the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area's 95th Anniversary Celebration at the Phoenix Cincinnati, 812 Race Street, downtown.

Our Development Committee has been hard at work on planning this event, and we have revamped our format. Our 95th Anniversary Celebration will be Valentine's Day themed with passed hors d'oeuvres and tasting stations of chocolate, appetizers and wine pairings! You will be able to network with your fellow League members while sampling the appetizers and desserts.

What's a party without presents? Our silent auction will be a great place to find that special something for your Valentine!

Consider meeting your League friends before or after the event. The President's Room, the Phoenix new restaurant, will be open for dinner following our celebration. Make your reservations at 513-721-2260.

The ticket price is $50 for an individual ticket and $95 for a sustainer ticket, which includes a $45 tax-deductible donation to the LWVCA Education Fund. A group of ten tickets is available for $450.

Please RSVP by Feb. 6, 2015, by returning your mailed invitation or by registering online here.

All proceeds from the 95th Anniversary Celebration support LWVCA Education Fund, and LWVCA's nonpartisan voter education activities such as the Who & What of Elections Voter's Guide, Vote411.org, They Represent Us Public Officials Guide, voter hotline at 281-VOTE, voter registration events and candidate and issues forums.

Parking is available at the Garfield Garage located on W. 9th Street. Contact the League office at 513-281-8683 or info@lwvcincinnati.org with questions.

The League of Women Voters was founded on Feb. 14, 1920, by Carrie Chapman Catt during the National American Woman Suffrage Association convention. Six months later, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.

That same year, the Woman Suffrage Committee of Greater Cincinnati met at the Woman's City Club and voted to be become the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area with Martha B. Taft serving as the first president.

League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area's 95th Anniversary Celebration 
Saturday, February, 14, 2015
2 - 4 p.m. 
The Phoenix Cincinnati
812 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Saturday, February 14, 2015
2-4pm
The Phoenix
812 Race Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
95th Anniversary Celebration. Join us for the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area's 95th Anniversary Celebration at the Phoenix Cincinnati, 812 Race Street, downtown.

Our Development Committee has been hard at work on planning this event, and we have revamped our format. Our 95th Anniversary Celebration will be Valentine's Day themed with passed hors d'oeuvres and tasting stations of chocolate, appetizers and wine pairings! You will be able to network with your fellow League members while sampling the appetizers and desserts.

What's a party without presents? Our silent auction will be a great place to find that special something for your Valentine!

Consider meeting your League friends before or after the event. The President's Room, the Phoenix new restaurant, will be open for dinner following our celebration. Make your reservations at 513-721-2260.

The ticket price is $50 for an individual ticket and $95 for a sustainer ticket, which includes a $45 tax-deductible donation to the LWVCA Education Fund. A group of ten tickets is available for $450.

Please RSVP by Feb. 6, 2015, by returning your mailed invitation or by registering online here.

All proceeds from the 95th Anniversary Celebration support LWVCA Education Fund, and LWVCA's nonpartisan voter education activities such as the Who & What of Elections Voter's Guide, Vote411.org, They Represent Us Public Officials Guide, voter hotline at 281-VOTE, voter registration events and candidate and issues forums.

Parking is available at the Garfield Garage located on W. 9th Street. Contact the League office at 513-281-8683 or info@lwvcincinnati.org with questions.

The League of Women Voters was founded on Feb. 14, 1920, by Carrie Chapman Catt during the National American Woman Suffrage Association convention. Six months later, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote after a 72-year struggle.

That same year, the Woman Suffrage Committee of Greater Cincinnati met at the Woman's City Club and voted to be become the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area with Martha B. Taft serving as the first president.

League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area's 95th Anniversary Celebration 
Saturday, February, 14, 2015
2 - 4 p.m. 
The Phoenix Cincinnati
812 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 

Thursday, March 5, 2015
7pm
Geier Room, Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church
103 Wm. H. Taft Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Criminal Justice System and African Americans (Discussion Leaders Briefing). The Discussion Leaders' Briefing regarding "Slavery by Another Name" that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 4 been postponed due to the weather.

It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in the Geier Room at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church.

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You are invited to join the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and the Juneteenth Cincinnati in a discussion of the Criminal Justice System and African Americans.

Please review the League's study pages on this subject by visiting: http://lwvcincinnati.org/files/2015-03_slavery.pdf

This year is the 150 anniversary of the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution intended to abolish slavery. Community organizations throughout the City are learning about the history of criminalization and forced labor following the 13th amendment and discussing their impact on current events involving shootings by police and the mass incarceration of Black men. We are encouraging people to watch the PBS documentary "Slavery by Another Name" prior to the March 4 meeting. It can be viewed for free on the PBS website at http://www.pbs.org/tpt/slavery-by-another-name/watch/. "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander will also be considered in this discussion.

The March 4 meeting is an opportunity to discuss the issues raised by this history and how it impacts us to this day. It also will serve as a discussion leader briefing for seven small group LWV unit meetings in March. The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission is joining us for the March 4 meeting and we invite other organizations and individuals to join us.

Saturday, March 7, 2015
10 am
LWVCA Board Room, Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church
103 Wm. H. Taft Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Criminal Justice System and African Americans (Discussion Leaders Briefing). You are invited to join the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and the Juneteenth Cincinnati in a discussion of the Criminal Justice System and African Americans.

Please review the League's study pages on this subject by visiting: http://lwvcincinnati.org/files/2015-03_slavery.pdf

This year is the 150 anniversary of the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution intended to abolish slavery. Community organizations throughout the City are learning about the history of criminalization and forced labor following the 13th amendment and discussing their impact on current events involving shootings by police and the mass incarceration of Black men. We are encouraging people to watch the PBS documentary "Slavery by Another Name" prior to the March 4 meeting. It can be viewed for free on the PBS website at http://www.pbs.org/tpt/slavery-by-another-name/watch/. "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander will also be considered in this discussion.

The March 4 meeting is an opportunity to discuss the issues raised by this history and how it impacts us to this day. It also will serve as a discussion leader briefing for seven small group LWV unit meetings in March. The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission is joining us for the March 4 meeting and we invite other organizations and individuals to join us.

Monday, April 20, 2015
7-9pm
Clifton Recreation Center
320 McAlpin Ave.
Cincinnati, 45220
Charter School Reform Forum. A public forum on April 20 will present varied perspectives on Ohio's "community schools," commonly referred to as charters. Panelists for "Ohio's Charter Schools: Are They Accountable?" will include Aaron Churchill, research analyst of the Thomas Fordham Institute, also a charter school sponsor; Steve Dyer, an attorney and education policy fellow of Innovation Ohio; and Mary Ronan, superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools. Journalist Krista Ramsey will serve as moderator for the forum.

Charter Schools were authorized by the Ohio legislature in 1997 to offer urban school children an alternative to their public schools. As incubators for innovation, they have fewer regulations so they can try different educational approaches. They could also provide competition to public schools, which would need to improve in order to maintain enrollment. They have proved popular with parents: about 380 are currently in operation, serving over 100,000 students.

Unfortunately, as widely reported in the media, many have not lived up to this promise. In Ohio their performance has been lackluster + particularly among the for-profit schools -- and finances sometimes mismanaged. Their accountability is in question. Critics worry that charters are competing with public schools for scarce resources. While acknowledging these problems, proponents of charters argue they have been allocated too few resources to operate more effectively.

The panel will address these issues: cover basic facts about the founding and funding for charter schools, as well as their promise, performance, and strategies for improvement. Speakers will present their findings and answer questions from the audience.

The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area sponsors the forum with these cosponsors: the Xavier University School of Education; University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Service; Cincinnatus Association; Parents for Public Schools of Greater Cincinnati; Woman's City Club of Greater Cincinnati; Applied Information Resources, Inc., Prepare the Future Ohio, a project of Faith & Community Alliance., and the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. For more information and questions, call 281-VOTE.

Focus for the evening: Everything you ever wanted to know about charter schools in Ohio, what works, and what the problems are.

Thursday, April 23, 2015
6-9pm
The Ascent at Roebling's Bridge Condominiums
1 Roebling Way
Covington, KY 41011
Spring Social for New Members. Join us for a evening of networking and refreshments at the Ascent.

Enjoy fantastic views of Cincinnati and stellar conversations with members both new and veteran.

Thursday, April 23 | 6 to 9 p.m. Drop-in

Friday, May 15, 2015-Sunday, May 17, 2015
 
Hyatt Regency
151 West 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
LWV Ohio Convention. Don't miss the fun! LWVO State Convention May 15-17, 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio

1920 to 2015: Celebrating 95 years of Empowering Voters and Better Government

Click here to register today!

How about making your trip to Cincinnati a combo of both work and fun?

What kind of fun? This year's state convention - during which he will be celebrating LWVO's 95th anniversary - will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio's largest playground offering a range of entertainment and recreational activities including theater, museums, nature trails and sightseeing tours of the city.

The LWVCA Convention host committee has compiled a list of attractions and activities that you can do while you are in town - check them out here.

To register for the convention, click here and to see the convention schedule, click here.

Click here for Convention Registration Information - Registration closes on Friday, May 8th. There will be an additional late fee of $20 starting May 8th, including for walk-ins.

Click here for Convention Hotel Information - The cut-off for our special rate is on Wednesday, April 15.

Promotions: Early Bird Discount: $5 of if you register before April 15th. Student and New Member Discount: $5 off for students and new members who joined within the last 12 months or join at Convention.

Please watch your email for additional Convention announcements.

If you have any questions, please contact the LWVO office (614) 469-1505 or email at lwvoinfo@lwvohio.org.

Don't miss the fun! Register today - and bring a friend!

Friday, May 15, 2015
12-2pm
Christ Church Cathedral
318 E 4th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Redistricting Reform Workshop. Come learn what's next in Ohio's long fight for fairer districts and fairer elections. Interested in working with others to push for a stronger democracy? This session provides a good overview of this November's Issue 1, an opportunity to explore ways to engage voters, and insight into how redistricting reform came to be on this November's ballot.

Panelists include: Professor Emeritus of political science at The Ohio State University Richard Gunther; Sandy Theis of ProgressOhio; Sam Gresham of Common Cause Ohio; and Gavin Devore Leonard of One Ohio Now.

RSVP to Catherine Turcer at cturcer@commoncause.org and reserve a box lunch by May 13. For questions, please call Catherine at (614) 441-9145 or Bill at (513) 381-4994.

The event is free. Drinks are complimentary and lunches are available for $6, or you can bring your own.

This event is sponsored by AIR Inc, Common Cause Ohio and the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
5:15-8pm
Social Room
Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church
103 Wm. H. Taft Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45219
LWVCA Annual Meeting. 5:15 p.m. Registration and Social

6:00 p.m. Dinner

6:30 p.m. Speaker: Harry Black, Cincinnati City Manager

7:00 p.m. Business Meeting

Dinner and Meeting $20

Meeting Only $5

Spouses and Guests are welcome!

Join us for an evening of business and socializing, as we enjoy refreshments, network, review the new budget, select members for leadership roles and enjoy the insights of a speaker.

Buffet Dinner Menu: Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Green Beans, Garden Salad with Ranch or Italian Dressing, Noodles and Company Penne Rosa (Vegetarian), Shadeau Bread and Butter, Apple pie

Deadline for reservations is Friday, May 15

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
9:00 am to noon
United Way Building, 2400 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH Summer Go-See Tour. Women and Homelessness - tour the new Anna Louise Inn and hear a speaker from the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
5-8pm
Geier Room
Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church
103 William Howard Taft Road
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Speakers Bureau Training. Educate voters by becoming a speakers bureau volunteer! Train to be part of our Speakers Bureau on Thursday, August 27, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. You will receive training that will allow you to explain ballot issues to voters throughout Cincinnati in an unbiased way. You will also gain skills on debate/forum moderating and public speaking. Many organizations request information from LWVCA, and we are only able to accommodate as many requests as we have volunteers to help. Dinner will be provided. Experienced and new speakers are welcomed. To register, contact hayley@lwvcincinnati.org or (513) 281-8683.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
 
  National Voter Registration Day. On September 22, 2015, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise.

Learn more at nationalvoterregistrationday.org

Monday, September 28, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
American Red Cross - Cincinnati Area Chapter
Auditorium
2111 Dana Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45207
Legalizing Marijuana: Is it Responsible for Ohio?. Legalizing Marijuana: Is it Responsible for Ohio? is a public forum to sort through the weeds and find the facts about the upcoming ballot initiative.

This fall, Ohio's voters will have the choice on Tuesday, Nov. 3, whether or not to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use. Theirs is a momentous decision and difficult to make, with passionate arguments for and against both legalization in general, and specific proposals. 

In an effort to help voters by providing objective, factual information on the issues, several civic organizations will hold a public forum on Monday, Sept. 28, featuring four experts. They will discuss current proposals, research evidence supporting pros and cons, medical marijuana, and the Colorado experience. RSVPs are not required.

There will be ample time for audience questions and comments. Light refreshments will be available.

Event co-sponsors: The Cincinnatus Association, Citizens for Civic Renewal, League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area, and the Woman's City Club of Greater Cincinnati.

Monday, October 5, 2015
7-8:30pm
The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Huenefeld Tower Room
800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Election 2015 Issues Forum. 2015 General Election Issues Forum is Monday, October 5, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Huenefeld Tower Room, Main Library of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Speakers will present both pro and con positions on each of the ballot issues facing voters this fall. This event is free and open to the public.The event is presented by League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area, Urban League of Southwester Ohio Young Professionals and Woman's City Club of Greater Cincinnati.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
7-9pm
The Anderson Center
7850 Five Mile Road
Cincinnati, OH
Anderson Township: Meet the Judicial Candidates and Ballot Issues Forum. The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area's Anderson Unit presents a discussion of Issue 1: Redistricting Reform Proposal and other ballot issues, followed by a "Meet & Greet" with candidates running for District 4 judicial office, as well as candidates for local office. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mt. Healthy Community Center
1541 Hill Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45231
Money in Politics Consenus General Meeting. The League of Women Voters is conducting a national update of its position on campaign finance. Supreme Court decisions and the rise of super PACs make it necessary to update our position so we can continue to be a strong voice for reform. We are fortunate to have one of the nation's leading experts on money and politics to help us understand these complex issues. Professor Daniel Tokaji is a Professor of Constitutional Law and Senior Fellow in Election Law at Ohio State University Moritz Law School. Regularly consulted by the LWV of the United States, he is author of "The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections." At the January 9 general meeting, held jointly with other Southwest Ohio Leagues, Professor Tokaji will provide an overview on money and politics issues. We'll have time for question and answers, and will then break into small groups for each league to discuss the consensus questions. To prepare we suggest (1) reading the January 2016 Study Pages (available in the January Voter Newsletter), review the background reading for each consensus question, and check out Prof. Tokaji's book online.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
2-4pm
The Phoenix Cincinnati
812 Race St
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Making Democracy Work Celebration. Join the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area as we celebrate 96 years of Making Democracy Work! Community members, local officials, League members, supporters and democracy lovers are invited to celebrate informed and active participation in government. The Making Democracy Work Celebration is our biggest event of the year to benefit the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Education Fund, an IRS-recognized charity. We will be presenting Mimi Gingold and Al Gerhardstein with our first ever Making Democracy Work Award. Our celebration will be Valentine's Day themed with passed hor d'oeuvres and tasting stations of chocolate, appetizers and wine pairings. What's a party without presents? Our silent auction will be a great place to find that special something for your Valentine. Find out more about this event.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
 
  Deadline for voter registration for March 15 presidential primary election. Feb. 16, 2016, is the last day to register to vote in the Ohio presidential primary. Find out how to register to vote or update your address or name on the Hamilton County (Ohio) Board of Elections at votehamiltoncounty.org
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Ohio Presidential Primary
Ohio Primary Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. throughout Ohio. Find out more about the presidential primary process through the LWV's nonpartisan guide, Electing the President: A Guide to the Election Process. With the battle for the White House already underway and presidential primaries looming soon, the League has answers to voters' most frequently asked questions.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
9 a.m.-4p.m.
Sheraton Hotel at Capitol Square, 75 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215 League of Women Voters of Ohio Statehouse Day. Join us for LWV Ohio Statehouse Day on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Our theme this year is "What the Candidates Should Be Talking About (But Aren't)." We will be exploring some of the big issues effecting Ohio that people want solved and yet are left waiting for government to act. Register at LWV Ohio's website
Thursday, May 19, 2016
5:30 pm
Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church
Geier Room
103 William Howard Taft Road
Cincinnati, OH 45219
League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Annual Meeting. Join LWVCA for our 2016 Annual Meeting. It's a great opportunity to get (re)acquainted with new and old members, remind ourselves why we are part of this organization, and vote on various topics to keep our League moving forward. If you have questions, contact us at info@lwvcincinnati.org.
Thursday, June 16, 2016-Sunday, June 19, 2016
 
Washington, DC League of Women Voters of the United States 52nd Convention. You are invited you to save these dates and plan to join hundreds of passionate and engaged leaders for this vibrant national gathering in our Nation's Capital in June. Find out more about the 2016 Convention at LWV.org. Interested in attending as a LWV of the Cincinnati Area delegate? Contact the League office at info@lwvcincinnati.org
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
1-3 p.m.
MSD Administration Building, 1085 Woodrow St. Cincinnati 45204 LWVCA Summer Tour: Metropolitan Sewer District Lick Run Project Tour. Join LWVCA on Wednesday, June 29 for our Summer Tour! LWVCA's Program Development Committee invites you to join us at the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) Lick Run Project Tour on Wednesday, June 29 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.in Cincinnati's South Fairmount neighborhood. The Project is working to reduce sewer overflows during rain storms and includes storm sewers, stormwater detention basins, bioswale, wetland and stream restoration. We will be meeting at the MSD Administration Building, 1085 Woodrow St. Cincinnati 45204 (Lower Price Hill area of Gest Street) to board vans for the tour. Directions: Turn from Gest Street onto Woodrow. Pass the MSD Engineering Building and drive to the end of Woodrow Street. There is parking to the right across from Administration building. RSVP is required. Contact us today at 513-281-8683 or email info@lwvcincinnati.org.

For more information on this issue, see our March 2016 study pages on MSD.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
9:30-12pm
United Way of Greater Cincinnati; 2400 Reading Rd.45202 Ready Set Vote Ohio - Nonprofit Voter Engagement Training. With all the interest in the upcoming Presidential election and the all important role of Ohio in selecting the next president, its' time to get Ready Set Vote Ohio. OhioVotes will be offering Nonprofit Voter Engagement Trainings. We'll give month-by-month plans adn tips on how to make your voter engagement efforts successful and effective. Also, League of Women Voters will offer up-to-date primer on voting in Ohio
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Showings at 3pm and 7pm
Showboat Majestic
435 E Mehring Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Watch Iron Jawed Angels with the League of Women Voters on Saturday, Sept 24, 2016. League of Women Voters and Cincinnati World Cinema invites you to watch a screening of Iron Jawed Angels, the story of how women gained the right to vote in 1920. We are hosting this powerful film because history and the right to vote truly matter; and because informed voices need to be heard at all levels of government. We encourage family attendance by grandmothers, mothers, and daughters as well as educators and students.

We will be hosting screenings on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Showboat Majestic. Purchase tickets today!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
 
Nation-wide National Voter Registration Day. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register. In 2016, we want to make sure no one is left out. On September 27, 2016, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities+allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise. Get involved at nationalvoterregistrationday.com
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
 
Ohio Last Day to Register to Vote in Ohio. The deadline to register to vote in Ohio is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Check to see if you are registered at the following websites:
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
 
Ohio Early Voting Starts in Ohio. Early voting in Ohio will begin Wednesday, October 12. Find out 3 ways to cast your ballot in this election (PDF)
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
6:30am-7:30pm
Your Polling Location Election Day. Your Vote Counts!Check Vote411.org for specific details for your polling location.