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Sept 2009
Doug Harris film to be screened at Berkeley Film Festival.

Sept 2009
Hamilton County Commissioners Vote Unanimously to Reform Ex-Offender Hiring Practices.

Sept 2009
Brunch for Local Peace and Justice Groups October 10

The next quarterly get-together brunch for local peace and justice groups will be held Saturday October 10 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The doors open at 9:30 a.m. for an informal gathering. The program begins at 10:00.

May 2009
Ohio Justice & Policy Center Leads Change in Hiring Policy

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center is leading to change a City of Cincinnati hiring policy that currently shuts its doors on all individuals with criminal records.

May 2009
Cincinnati Works

Cincinnati Works
, a local, free employment service, is currently holding information sessions which specify job areas and prospects that could assist individuals looking for employment.

May 2009
Free Legal Help at Elementz

The Ohio Justice & Policy Center (OJPC) announces that it is offering free legal help to individuals.

May 2009
Working in Neighborhoods

On April 4, 2009, Working in Neighborhoods hosted its 26th annual 5K Run and Fitness Walk and 10K Run for The American Dream fundraiser.

Jan 2009
Agencies, Businesses, Churches to Improve Collaboration on Re-entry Issues

For the individual re-entering society from prison or jail, there is currently good news. A contingent of volunteers, state officials, churches, and businesses are joining together in 2009 to help facilitate job hiring, employment training, and college admission for formerly incarcerated persons.

Jan 2009
Panel Addresses Youth Violence

During the taping of the community television program, “After the Fact,” creator and moderator of the panel discussion, author Brennan Pearl Jr. started the show by referring to a 2008 Cincinnati Enquirer news story that depicted an occasion when a child clearly experienced emotional and physical abuse. He followed with the question, “How can a young person even have a chance, when facing an environment like this?”

Jan 2009
New “Hard 2 Hire” Network Brings Innovative Approach toward Employment

Formerly incarcerated individuals are the current major focus of the new initiative, Hard 2 Hire (H2H), which is aimed at improving and coordinating services that help unemployed, low-skill, or hard-to-employ workers prepare for, enter, advance, and succeed in the labor market.

Jan 2009
“Keys to Unlocking the Incarcerated Mind” at Ohio Reformatory for Women

The Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW), in Marysville, Ohio, is preparing to offer to inmates a new group discussion and series of sessions entitled, “Keys to Unlocking the Incarcerated Mind.” Facilitated by Lucreta Bowman, Director of Having the Courage to Change and a former inmate at ORW, the series is an attempt to given inmates an deeper understanding of how to erase barriers and obstacles associated with destructive behavior and how to free themselves from behavior that led them to a place of mental and physical incarceration.

Jan 2009
Cincinnati Writer Named 2009 Peter Jennings Fellow
Streetvibes contributing writer and CityBeat news reporter, Margo Pierce, has been named a 2009 Peter Jennings Fellow.Streetvibes, an alternative newspaper, is part of the international street newspaper movement. Focusing on homelessness and social justice issue, Streetvibes reports the often-invisible story of poverty in our community. As a progressive news source, Streetvibes provides a forum for dialogue for those often left unseen and unheard.

Ohio Re-entry Support Group Gains Certification
Sept 2008
One of the most active and dedicated re-entry support groups in the state of Ohio for formerly incarcerated individuals has recently been recognized by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC)) as an authorized re-entry support group.

The Ohio Innocence Project and a Case for “The New Civil Rights Movement”
Sept 2008
The national organization called The Innocence Project has extended unforgettable miracles to 220 wrongfully convicted and imprisoned prisoner by using DNA evidence to overturn their convictions, and initiating the process for their release from prison.

“Basketball in the Barrio” to Screen at Inaugural U.S. Sports Films Festival
Sept 2008
The documentary films of popular West Coast filmmaker, Doug Harris, are currently gaining new audiences nationwide, advancing the already established view that Harris’ sports films are among the most original and intelligent being made today.

Urban Success Reaches New Goals
Sept 2008
The innovative, innercity program, Urban Success (www.urbansuccess.vpweb.com) has reached several new goals, as it strives to increase its visibility in the Greater Cincinnati region and connect with youths from mostly lower-income communities that are considered at-risk.

Captivating Additions to Moment to Moment Choices
Sept 2008
When RED! Columnist, Tiffany Peterson, first created her non-profit organization, Moment to Moment Choices (www.mtmchoices.org), she was confident that both her  website and her personal story of transformation would allow her to increasingly connect with groups, churches, schools, and most especially, with people in dire need of making positive, healthy life choices.
     
So far, in 2008, she has succeeded. With a revamped website and more new dates recently added to her speaking schedule, Tiffany is reaching more people, sharing how she survived an emotional and physical tragedy, as well as incarceration. She has also consistently been writing about her experiences in RED! since April.

New Women’s Re-entry Support Group Given Office Space
Sept 2008
A new support group for women in the Greater Cincinnati region re-entering society from incarceration will share space in a building with women belonging to the Findlay Neighborhood Center beginning in late October and early November.

RED! Columnist De’Ron Smith Speaks at Youth Summit
June 2008
RED! columnist, author, speaker, and intervention consultant, De’Ron Smith, recently spoke to 126 youths at a major Youth Summit sponsored by Mercy Franciscan Health Organization in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The summit provided a variety of educational workshops, food, and interaction for students ranging from 5th grade to high school senior. A key goal of the summit was to connect with students before their summer break and impress upon them to make right, positive decisions during summer.

Higher Ground Ministry
June 2008
Many individuals have experienced – and overcome – some manner of addiction in their lives. It could be as serious as drugs, alcohol, or gambling, or as seemingly benign as fast food, video games, or caffeine. Still, many experience addictive-compulsive behavior, and often, as an addiction continues, it may get out of hand to the point where one feels that he or she needs to get his or her fix on a regular basis.

A new recovery and renewal support group in Cincinnati, Ohio provides help to any and all addictions, and its solution is simple: Christ and other people.

New Documentary Films Showcase The Psychology of Incarceration
June 2008
The short documentary film, “Jobs, Not Jail,” will be released and available for purchase in early summer, 2008. Filmed and produced by Rasheed Jihad and William Feagins of High Impact Design, the short film focuses, in an urgent and original manner, on providing individuals re-entering society with the knowledge and tools necessary for best finding a job once released from incarceration. Emphasized in the film is the understanding how one’s thought process and positive choices can most influence or affect his or her desire for a job.

Blueprint for Success
June 2008
The program, Blueprint for Success, a vocational program in Cincinnati, Ohio that assists adults in improving job skills and in finding skill-trade employment, has achieved several successful tasks in 2008 and continues to make much progress toward helping individuals develop and attain personal goals, according to Vada Lawrence of Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CHCCAA) and Re-entry Coalition member.

GO Cincinnati
June 2008
GO Cincinnati, a study-initiative in Cincinnati, Ohio designed to stimulate job growth and employment opportunities, plans to target various industries and communities where hopeful economic and workforce development can occur.

Premier National Conference on Addiction and Criminal Behavior, September 28 – October 1, 2008
June 2008
This fall, the nation’s leading specialists, physicians, counselors, advocates, teachers, leaders, professionals, and innovators in the fields of criminology, substance abuse, incarceration, and offender re-entry will share new discoveries, strategies, and insights into incarceration, addiction, and re-entry at the 9th National Conference on Addiction and Criminal Behavior from Sept. 28 – Oct. 1 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Doug Harris Wins 2008 Beacon Award
June 2008
California documentary filmmaker, Doug Harris, has received a 2008 Beacon Award from the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC). He received the award for his film, “Bounce: The Don Barksdale Story”. An awards ceremony was held April 1st in Washington, D.C. to honor all recipients of ACC’s annual awards.

Urban Success Mentoring Program Launches
June 2008
Paulette Lewis has founded a new, volunteer-based organization called “Urban Success Mentoring Program,” which promotes peace and understanding and empowers youths to be independent and successful.

Workshops and Mentoring to Increase in 2008
March 2008
Public interest in ministering to and mentoring prison inmates and individuals re-entering society is on the rise, says Barb Tuffendsam, southwest Ohio associate for Prison Fellowship Ministries. Tuffendsam is currently organizing several mentoring groups in early 2008 to work with particularly women inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Columbus Ohio and at River City Correctional Center in Cincinnati.

Task Force to Address Re-entry Issues
March 2008
The Re-entry Task Force (for ex-offenders) in Cincinnati, Ohio, comprised of community leaders and advocates that work closely with formerly incarcerated individuals, has embarked on a series of initiatives in 2008 to better communicate the needs among individuals re-entering society from prison and jail. At a December 17 meeting, the task force decided that the first major goal of 2008 is to come up with a vision statement. Members plan for the vision statement to be settled on by February 2008.

Breakthrough Publication to Launch
March 2008
The first issue of a new print publication, Count Tyme, will be available in early 2008, according to publisher and editor, Robert Downs, Sr.  A formerly incarcerated individual, Downs has created Count Tyme to “inform and uplift the incarcerated, their families, friends, and community,” he says.

Berkeley Filmmaker Receives Acclaim
March 2008
Doug Harris, award-winning documentary filmmaker and executive director of Athletes United for Peace (AUP), has created and produced two, new major documentary films, “The Don Barksdale Story” and “Basketball in the Barrio,” both of which are receiving numerous accolades, particularly in California and western states.

 

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