On May 4, 2011, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission
held its Annual Cultures & Communities Dinner at the Hilton
Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati. At the dinner the
following individuals were recognized: Champions for
Connecting Cultures & Communities: Dianne Dunkelman, Bill
Fee, and Marla Fuller; the CHRC Lifetime Achievement Award:
Marion & the late Donald Spencer; The Merlin Pope, Jr,
Leadership Diversity Award: Laura Brunner; The Bishop
Herbert Thompson, Jr. Distinguished Humanitarian Award: Ariel
On November 17, 1943, the Mayor’s Friendly Relations
Committee (MFRC) was created by resolution of Cincinnati City
Council. The resolution provided that the Mayor be authorized
to appoint an independent committee representing various
racial, industrial, religious, and other groups, for the purpose of
studying the problems connected with the promotion of
harmony and tolerance, and acting as an advisory committee for
the solution of such problems. The Committee, the second
group of its type established in the United States, was
composed of 36 trustees appointed by the Mayor and about 150
|ARIEL MILLER RECEIVES THE BISHOP HERBERT THOMPSON, JR.
DISTINGUISHED HUMANITARIAN AWARD
OF THE CINCINNATI HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION.
CHRC Commissioner Bertin Ondjaa, Bishop Tom Breidenthal and Ariel Miller
Ariel Miller & CHRC Commissioner
Charleston C. K. Wang
After much transition and several years of struggle over the
reorganization of the MFRC, an agreement was reached on
March 17, 1965, and City Council adopted Ordinance 112-1965
providing for the establishment of the Cincinnati Human
Relations Commission (CHRC).
Ms. Marian Spencer
CHRC has continually been a springboard and resource to other human relations related groups such as the Urban Appalachian Council,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition, community and resident councils, and individual citizens. CHRC, a trouble-shooter for human rights issues,
continues to operate under a City ordinance as an independent, non-profit organization. CHRC serves as a catalyst to unify individuals and
groups to improve human relations in the Greater Cincinnati area. For more information on the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, click
CHRC Cultures & Communities
|CINCINNATI HUMAN RELATIONS
THE 2008 GREAT YOUTH DEBATE
City Council Chambers, Cincinnati City Hall
Should use of the N-word be banned from media and the radio?
Should all types of public schools in all locations have equal total
funding per student?
Shoud gay marriage be legal throughout the United States?
Photonews from the
CINCINNATI HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION
Cincinnati City Hall
801 Plum Street, Room 158
Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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On 8/23/07, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission conducted a special information gathering meeting at the Drake Conference Center. Over 45
leaders and stakeholders from a diverse cross section of the community attended to examine what is going right for Greater Cincinnati, what issues are in
need of attention, how are they to be prioritized, and what programing can the CHRC deliver to address the issues. This was a pre-summit event and an
important part of the strategic visioning process that CHRC is undertaking to renew itself and to find better ways to serve the needs of the community. A
larger summit meeting will occur in September 2007. Shown in photo above is Cheryl Meadows, Executive Director welcoming the participants. Mr. Will
Thomas, President of CHRC is seated at furthest right of this photograph. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. James Stowe, Executive Director of the
Columbus Community Relations Commission & President of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies.
|News Update: On 8/21/07, Dante Allen, 19 was indicted for murder, felonious assault and illegally having a gun after a prior felony conviction in the death of
Ernest Crear, On 8/12/2007, Earnest Crear, 19, was shot and killed at around 2:58P.M. just south of Rockdale Avenue & Knott Street, even as the "Peace
Bowl" football games were going on. This deadly violence caused an immediate halt of the football tournament which was organized to promote community
peace. This tragic death, the 44th homicide in the City of Cincinnati, once again highlighted the urgent need to reduce gun violence on the streets.
Photos Below: On Sunday 8/12/2007, the 1st Annual Youth Football "Peace Bowl" Tournament was held at the Avondale Playfield, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Neighborhood Footballs Teams playing were Little Red Machines, Walnut Hills War Hawks, Evanston Bulldogs, Avondale Warriors, Hill Top Hawks, Tri-County
Eagles & Madisonville Tigers. Shown in photo below declaring the games open is Cheryl Meadows, Director of the CINCINNATI HUMAN RELATIONS
COMMISSION which sponsored the event with other neighborhood groups, including the Avondale Community Council, Evanston Community Council, U. S.
Bank, Boy's & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department. A Cincinnati Police Color Guard was on hand for the Opening
Ceremony. The CHRC plans to continue with the Annual Football with greater outreach with every year.
Other CHRC news: APPOINTMENT, dated 6/19/2007 submitted by Mayor Mark Mallory, pursuant to Article XXVII of the Administrative Code and subject to
the consent of Council, whereby the Mayor appointed Charleston Wang to serve as a Member of the Board of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission.
Mr. Wang will serve a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2010. The Appointment was approved 9-0 by Cincinnati City Council on 6/27/2007.
Janice Tsai Jezek Addresses CHRC Concerning
Issues Regarding Bodies ... The Exhibition
On 3/12/08, Janice Tsai Jezek provided the CHRC a summary of her concerns
regarding “Bodies ...The Exhibition”, which is the controversial exhibit displaying
REAL human bodies stripped of their skin, plasticized, cut up, and posed
(sometimes with props). This exhibit of real dead human bodies will be at the
Cincinnati Museum Center from February 1st to September 1st, 2008.
• Major ethical objection to this exhibit: These bodies are NOT donated by the
individual, thus complete lack of informed consent. Consent in our society is key—thus the reason for consent prior to donating organs.
• Exhibit company clearly states that the bodies are all "unclaimed bodies from China". If you are okay with this, would you be okay with an exhibit of
unclaimed Katrina bodies, of which there are over 100 still unclaimed?
• Bodies are ALL Chinese. Do you think an exhibit made up of any one race of bodies is appropriate? Would the exhibit have succeeded this many years, or generated greater
community outrage if all of the bodies were African-American or Jewish?
• Human Dignity. What would your reaction be if you learned of an educational exhibit in Iraq, set up exactly like the one here, made up of unclaimed bodies of U.S. Soldiers? If
you find that undignified and you would be irate, then you should also be regarding this exhibit.
• The Museum's argument is the educational merit of the exhibit. But does “educating the general public” justify the violation of basic ethical standards of consent? And if
education is the main mission, why has this exhibit been displayed primarily in U.S. shopping malls and casinos? Also, education did not justify Nazi experimentation or the
syphilis studies done between 1930 and 1970 on African-Americans. There are limits to what we as a society should do in the name of learning and education.
• This exhibit is a profit generator. Paying money in admission fees to support this exhibit further perpetuates the need for more bodies to be
procured in China and processed to support more exhibitions, thus perpetuating the cycle of violating human rights.
• Displaying people’s bodies in this manner, without consent, for profit is not only a violation of human dignity, but exploitation. What culture puts their dead on display for profit?
Is displaying another culture’s dead any better? What does this say about the degradation of our values here in the U.S.?
• If you died someday alone and went unclaimed, would you want YOUR body cut open in this way, sent on a traveling show, and displayed for the world to see? Maybe yes, and
maybe no. But shouldn’t that be YOUR choice?
If you agree with my position, please join me in making a stand in support of human rights and in recognition of the dignity and value of all people. I am advocating a unified
community opposition effort, with participation from all ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Let us come together and speak in ONE voice in opposition to this exhibit.
Janice Tsai Jezek 3/12/08
Background articles regarding this exhibit and the controversy it has generated can be found at http://morristsai.com/boycott-bodies-the-exhibition.html
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|Left photo shows the judges looking towards the debater in Cincinnati Council Chambers. Photos above from top
to bottom show the third place, Oak Hills High School, debaters Megan Damcevski (not in photo), Blake Wagner,
(not in photo) and Connor Ruebusch (top photo on right); second place, Withrow University High School debaters
Brittani Brown, Taylor McCleod, and Diamond Austin (from left to right of center photo); and first place Summit
Country Day School debaters Jay McLean, Stephanie Ogban, and Max Williams (from left to right of bottom
photo). Cheryl Meadows, Executive Director CHRC is shown presenting the awards.Anna Rahtz, CHRC Project
Coordinator is shown at right of top photo.and she has provided the following details on the Great Youth Debate:
On Saturday November 8th, high school youth from six area schools had a chance to publicly debate controversial
issues of race relations, cultural diversity, and education. The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission (CHRC),
with funding from the College of Mount Saint Joseph Student Philanthropy Project, sponsored the "Great Youth
Debate" in the Cincinnati City Council Chambers.
Modeled after the 2007 movie, "The Great Debaters," teams of three students argued the affirmative and
opposition sides of policy issues, representing their schools. The six teams were from: Madeira High School,
Oak Hills High School, Summit Country Day School, Withrow University High School, Woodward Career Technical
High School, and the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (made up of students from Western Hills University High
School and Walnut Hills High School). Don Juan Fasho of 101.1 FM, the Wiz, moderated the debate.
The topics of debate included: 1) banning the use of the N-word in the media; 2) equal funding of public schools;
and 3) legalization of gay marriage in the U.S. The debaters were scored individually and overall as a team by five
judges on an objective 10-point scale on criteria such as: professional conduct, speech delivery, effectively
rebutting opponents' arguments, and backing up arguments with reliable facts. The judges included: College of
Mount Saint Joseph students Marvin Brooks, Rhyanne McDade, and Sondra West; attorney Anisha Asha
Williamson; and Aiken University High School educator David Fairbanks.
Summit Country Day School won first place, and was presented with a $150 prize to the school. Withrow
University High School won $100 for second place, and Oak Hills High School won $50 for third place. Cash
prizes were designated to be spent by the schools on educational expenses. All debaters received participation
trophies. While the judges deliberated, the audience was given a chance to speak out on the issues, as well as to
give feedback on the event. - Report by Anna Rahtz.
Based upon the responses and requests from the audience, the CHRC plans to convene additional youth
debates in the future. The CHRC is interested in making the Great Youth Debate an Annual Event and solicits
your input in making it happen. Please contact Cheryl Meadows, CHRC Executive Director, at 352-3237.