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My attraction to Occupy Cincinnati
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

MY ATTRACTION TO OCCUPY CINCINNATI

Guest article by Thomas A. Dutton, Director, Miami University Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine

Occupy Cincinnati is currently going through the very positive struggle to focus its narrative.

Learning from and building upon the great social movements organized around labor, civil rights, women’s rights, and abolition that at their core addressed the politics of INCLUSION and EXCLUSION, my attraction to Occupy Cincinnati is because it can extend that politics to analyze how lines of exclusion take shape right now in Cincinnati and, indeed, the world, and how they can be challenged.

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Occupiers File Suit in Federal Court Challenging Constitutionality of Cincinnati Park Board Rule 21
Monday, October 17, 2011

A lawsuit was filed today in federal court by Occupy Cincinnati, an unincorporated association, as well as a group of private citizens, alleging that the City of Cincinnati’s Parks Rule, which prohibits gathering in public parks at certain hours of the day without a permit, has kept some Cincinnatians from exercising their constitutionally-protected rights to free speech and assembly.

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Occupy Cincinnati: General Assembly to be held at 6PM with Press Release to Follow
Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday, Columbus Day, was a flurry of activity at Piatt Park, downtown Cincinnati. Facts regarding the events today at the park are still being confirmed. A General Assembly will be held at Piatt park at 6:00 pm. At the conclusion of that General Assembly a Press Release will be provided to explain in detail the events of earlier today and any other pertinent details.

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Posted by Justin Jeffre
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Occupy Cincinnati Takes Over Garfield Park
Sunday, October 09, 2011

Occupy Cincinnati claims 1st Public Park in Cincinnati as its base of operations. Forty members of Occupy Cincinnati will be risking arrest while camping overnight tonight, and indefinitely. We are demanding Public control of Public Space and Public Policy.

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ACLU Releases Protester Advisory for Planned “Occupy” Demonstrations in Ohio
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

In anticipation of planned demonstrations around the state, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has released a protester advisory. This advisory gives basic information about the rights of protesters, the limitations of those rights, and what to do if these rights are violated.

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Aja Roberto’s “Response to the remaining board members of CincyPAC”
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Aja Roberto responded to CincyPAC’s message to their members regarding her resignation and what she said about the endorsement process at her new blog. You can read it below.

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Jean Schmidt Named One of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress
Monday, September 19, 2011

The non-partisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has released its 7th edition of CREW’s Most Corrupt Report which includes 8 Democrats and 12 Republicans.
According to their website, “Since 2005, CREW has named 71 members of Congress to the list, 32 of whom are no longer in office”. Last month the House “ethics” committee released its findings that Schmidt did not “knowingly” violate the law when she took about $500,000 in free legal services which is an “impermissible gift”.

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Why do the corporate media outlets continue to call Republicans the Tea Party?
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The other night CNN had a “Tea Party” debate which was just a Republican Party debate where they took questions from Republicans across the nation that like to call themselves the Tea Party. But they aren’t an Independent political party, they are just Republicans.

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Queen City Cookies Art Camp produced by Happen, Inc. in Fergus Park
Saturday, September 03, 2011

CINCINNATI, OHIO – September 1, 2011 – Queen City Cookies Art Camp produced by Happen, Inc.TM in Fergus Park on Saturdays, September 10 through October 8, 2011.

Five Saturdays in September through October you will see Queen City Cookies and Happen, Inc. celebrate creativity with fun art-in-the-park activities at Fergus Park (Children’s Park) in Northside. The camp brings together children, families and the community for an opportunity to explore art, eat and get creative!

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How corporate control of the media creates a conservative bias in our media
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It seems rather obvious that there would be a corporate bias from a corporate controlled media, but the liberal media bias lie has been repeated so often that some have started to believe it. Some think the media is objective or at least strives to be objective, but this is simply not the case. There’s a corporate bias.

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Secret society became model for Ku Klux Klan
Monday, August 29, 2011

UC historian and friend of the Beacon, Mark Lause details the life of George W. L. Bickley, a Cincinnatian that created a pro-slavery secret society that later became a model for the Ku Klux Klan. Here’s an interview in the Enquirer.

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Is Michele Bachman palling around with terrorists?
Monday, August 22, 2011

According to this “the evangelical organizer who helped Michele Bachmann win the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa Saturday was previously charged with terrorism in Uganda after being arrested for possession of assault rifles and ammunition in February 2006”.

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The Black War Over Obama
Monday, August 15, 2011

Tavis Smiley and Cornell West are boldly following in the footsteps of MLK by going on a 15 city poverty tour across the nation. Their criticism of Obama’s policies has outraged some black leaders and this ongoing debate in the black community that rages on. 

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Hey Enquirer, apply the thinking in your column to City Council candidates
Sunday, August 07, 2011

I just saw this item at The Enquirer, where a Washington DC columnist suggests that every candidate in the 2012 election answer a detailed question about addressing the nation’s budget—where answers are only rewarded for specificity and punished for platitudes.  The paper should apply this same thinking towards all Cincinnati City Council candidates.  What would happen if all the candidates were held to that kind of standard here locally, where platitudes about “basic services” and “public safety” would be punished, and points only granted to those who could be totally specific?

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Sir Paul McCartney Rocked Cincinnati, Again
Friday, August 05, 2011

I’ve been told by Beatle fanatics in my family that Cincinnati was the first city the Beatles played a live concert in the US. Last night I witnessed Sir Paul McCartney’s triumphant return to our fair city after being away for 18 years. The music icon rocked Great American Ball Park with hit after hit.

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Cocktail Contest at Japps on Main Street August 4th 7-9PM
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

On August 4, 2011 Edible Ohio Valley, Japp’s, and Buckeye Vodka will host the Edible Communities + St. Germain Can-Can Cocktail Classic, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The event will be held at the historic and recently re-opened bar – Japp’s (1134Main Street), and include new cocktail creations by three local bartenders noted for their craft: Molly Wellmann (Japp’s), Susy Mulroy (La Poste & The Comet), and Jeannie Murray (JR’s Table).

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ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL AT HOLY CROSS – IMMACULATA CHURCH AUGUST 5-6, 2011
Monday, August 01, 2011

An annual summer tradition in Mt. Adams, the 2011 Holy Cross-Immaculata Summer Festival will take place on Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th from 5:30 p.m. to midnight each night.

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Lloyd House Salon’s final potluck this Wedneday @ 5:30pm
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

After 10 years of potlucks every week, this Wednesday will be the final meeting of the Lloyd House Salon. Ellen Bierhorst has hosted gatherings that have attracted politicians and activists to discuss current issues of the day for a decade. We at the Beacon thank her for all that she has done for our community and wish her the best in the future. 

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Open letter to Portland PHLUSH
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dear Carol McCreary:

A few weeks ago, you left this message on a story at The Cincinnati Beacon about public restrooms.  Today I’d like to follow up more formally, with this public letter—inquiring how you were able to establish the organization PHLUSH, and to wonder about having such a group here in Cincinnati.

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Study: Companies get subsidized to move jobs out of Cincinnati & Cleveland
Saturday, July 09, 2011

Good Jobs First has released a study called Paid to Sprawl: Subsidized Job Flight from Cleveland and Cincinnati. It found that 164 companies were given lucrative property tax breaks as they moved facilities around within the Cleveland and Cincinnati metro areas.

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Duke tried to turn off my electricity…
Thursday, June 23, 2011

So, as many people know, Duke is in the process of giving everyone new meters for more efficient reporting of electric usage.  The new meters mean, among other things, that someone won’t need to enter our houses to monitor and report usage for monthly bills.  Just a couple weeks ago, we had our first visit regarding the installation of this new meter.  And yesterday, a sub-contractor showed up to turn off our electricity!  Had we not been home, we would have returned to a dark (and hot) house!  How many other people are being potentially harassed by Duke?

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The Enquirer versus Facts:  Kasich and the casinos
Friday, June 17, 2011

Yesterday, the Enquirer has published an editorial gushing all over Governor Kasich and how Ohioans will come out ahead with respect to the new deal he struck with the casino operators.  However, the Enquirer’s editorial spin seems to contradict other facts regarding the deal that make this arrangement a serious blow to Ohio as a whole, and education specifically.

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Councilmember Laure Quinlivan vs. Sacred Cow
Sunday, June 12, 2011

I’m glad to see someone on council showing the courage to take on this issue. Hopefully her fellow council members will act responsibly and make the tough decision to reverse the bad decisions of previous councils that were totally irresponsible. Below is her press release.

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10 stories that are more important than Weinergate
Friday, June 10, 2011

David Sirota points out ten news stories that are way more important than “Weinergate”. The corporate media obsesses about sex scandals like Anthony Weiner’s and muder trials like Casey Anthony’s, but they fail to cover stories that really matter. Without an informed public there can be no democracy-which we must assume is the way they want it.

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Legendary Poet and Revolutionary “Bluesologist” Gil Scott-Heron has died at 62
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gil Scott Heron was known as the Godfather of rap, but he rejected the title. Heron fused poetry, soul, jazz, blues and politics into a new sound-a revolutionary sound. He passed away on Friday, but his music lives on. 

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Alan Simpson: ‘Grover Norquist Will Be Irrelevant In A Year’
Friday, May 27, 2011

Alan Simpson-who is no liberal-recently blasted conservative activist and President of Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist, by calling him a “nut”. Norquist is about as far to the right as you can get and he will be hosting COAST’s annual fundraiser again.

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The Myth of the Do-Gooder Glut, Part One: Nonprofits in Greater Cincinnati
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Is there room for more nonprofits in Greater Cincinnati?

A new study surveys the local nonprofit landscape, comparing Greater Cincinnati’s nonprofit array with that of similar-sized cities across the Midwest. This work, combined with national data from the Urban Institute, shows that smaller nonprofits offer key opportunities for ordinary citizens to participate in community life.

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A documentary about the death of Roger Owensby, Jr. is in production
Saturday, May 14, 2011

If you or someone you know was on the jury please call 513-283-0574 to participate in the project.

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Billionaire set to propose medical-pot vote in Ohio, sentencing reforms also making progress
Thursday, May 05, 2011

According to the Columbus Dispatch, billionaire Peter Lewis is sending up smoke signals about a proposal for an Ohio ballot issue to legalize medical use of marijuana. This proposal along with the proposed sentencing reforms that are currently being considered could do wonders for Ohio’s economy.

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Friends of David “Bones” Hebert pack council chambers, demand independent investigation
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Today in Council chambers it looked like a Northside invasion of City Hall as friends of David “Bones” Hebert packed the place and gave very emotional testimony following his shooting by a police officer last week. Many questioned how far the city really has come since the riots and said they no longer feel safe or that they can trust police and their investigation into the incident.

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Today's Date in History

On today's date in The Beacon archives, we published:

Cincinnati NAACP 2011 Cincinnati City Council Legislative Report Card (2011)
Occupy Cincinnati getting arrested in Piatt Park, the people’s park! (2011)
Hitler v. Satan: An thought experiment about voting. (2010)
Bearman Cartoon: Scary Halloween Costume (2008)
Tuesday, November 4: (2008)
Sunday, November 2 (2008)
Monday, November 3: (2008)
Saturday, November 1: (2008)
Dr. Heimlich says “malariotherapy” moving forward - could Dr. Wulsin have prevented this? (2008)
Letter from the Family of Marc Frison to the Cincinnati NAACP (2007)
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