Black Lives Matter

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Demonstrators took to the streets of Cincinnati Wednesday night to protest the grand jury decision in the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville. One officer was charged with wanton endangerment for firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. Two other officers were not charged.

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In 1853, 28 people made their escape along the Underground Railroad, making their way from Boone County, Kentucky, through College Hill and neighboring communities on their way to freedom in Canada. An outdoor pop-up exhibit seeks to tell their story in tandem with a look at current anti-racism activism.

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Updated: Wednesday, 12:10 p.m.

For more than two hours on Tuesday, arguments were heard in the Hamilton County Municipal Court regarding the potential dismissal of charges against protesters who were arrested by Cincinnati Police while protesting in support of the Black Lives Matter movement from May 29 to June 1.

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Saturday marked the first day of "BreonnaCon," a series of events intended to raise awareness about the police killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville. 

Over the course of four days, there will be barbecues, food drives and empowerment events, culminating in a march on Louisville Metro Police Department's training academy on Tuesday. 

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For more than a month now, Monica Onyedika has set up a tent and laid out blankets on the greenspace median along Central Parkway near District 1. Sometimes others join her; sometimes it's just her. No matter which way it goes, Onyedika says she will continue to be there every Friday at 6 p.m., to remind people that Black lives matter. Her life depends on it, she says.

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Cincinnati police are looking into who vandalized the Black Lives Matter mural on Eighth and Ninth streets outside of City Hall. Police say someone poured red paint on the mural early Sunday morning. 

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The group Cincinnati For Racial Justice held a protest against police brutality at Washington Park on Sunday, calling it a continuation of its first march that took place on June 7 and attracted thousands

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Cincinnati City Council's budget hearing Thursday night ended abuptly when the crowd's booing at one of the speakers led Chairman David Mann to walk out. Outside the Convention Center, where the hearing was held, a protest filled the street with calls to defund the police.

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Updated: Friday, June 19, 4:18 p.m.

Almost immediately after Cincinnati City Council approved a plan to paint a Black Lives Matter mural on Plum Street outside of City Hall Wednesday, artists got to work on the privately funded project.

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A Black Lives Matter mural will be painted on Plum Street in front of Cincinnati City Hall.

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Supporters of a former UC Police officer planned a march Monday evening at the Purple People Bridge. The demonstration was supposed to send a message of solidarity to Ray Tensing and police in general. It was canceled.

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People gathered on the University of Cincinnati campus Wednesday night carrying signs and chanting their support for Sam DuBose and others killed in officer-involved incidents.

Justice For Sam DuBose Facebook event page

Nearly a dozen groups including Black Lives Matter Cincinnati are sponsoring a rally near the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music Wednesday. The 6 p.m. rally is set for two hours before FC Cincinnati plays the Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup at Nippert Stadium.

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Members of several groups, including Black Lives Matter, want Ray Tensing convicted. The former UC police officer is on trial for the second time in the shooting death of unarmed motorist Sam DuBose. The first trial ended with a hung jury.

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A coalition of Cincinnati religious leaders wants a retrial of Ray Tensing.

A jury could not reach a unanimous decision on the charges against the former UC police officer on Saturday.  Bishop Bobby Hilton says he wants to know by next Monday if the case will be retried.


Opening statements in the trial of Ray Tensing are complete. Prosecutors will begin calling witnesses Wednesday morning.

Recognizing And Reducing Institutional Oppression

Jul 25, 2016

Institutional oppression refers to the systematic mistreatment of particular social identity groups through established laws, customs or practices within a society. It isn’t something that’s always easily seen. It may not appear as blatant racism or sexism, for example, but it does play a role in institutions such as education, health care, housing and criminal justice systems.

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Standing unified at Tryed Stone New Beginnings Church in Bond Hill, members of the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic faiths came together Tuesday to tone down what they call, "irrational racial fear," and take steps toward positive change.

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A Black Lives Matter demonstration and march through Downtown and Over-the-Rhine ended peacefully Sunday. The protest was held after the deaths of black men and women in police custody or in contact with police.  It was organized Thursday just before five Dallas Police officers were killed at a similar rally.

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Update Wednesday 1:30 p.m.:  

A spokeswoman for Cincinnati Public Schools says they have not seen a proposal from the local Black Lives Matter movement and could not comment. Janet Walsh says such a proposal may be an opportunity for the district and Cincinnati Police to have a conversation with BLM to “build their understanding” about the partnership between CPS and police.