In the News

By Hope Madden, Columbus Underground, Bussing has been an issue of civil rights from the beginning, but is there still social relevance in the topic? Jamaal Bell of The Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute says yes. Along with producer/writer Matt Martin, Bell made the documentary Free to Ride. His film explores a precedent-setting achievement. Simply installing three bus stops between Dayton and Beavercreek, Ohio made history.
 
By Antonia Ayres-Brown, Toledo Blade,  Not long after the Rev. Otis Gordon arrived in Toledo approximately 14 years ago, a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group held a rally in the city. What the Rev. Gordon remembers most about the event is the way Toledo residents rallied to organize a counter-protest. “We could not prevent them from having an opportunity to voice their opinions, but we did not have to accept that,” he said.
 
By JoAnne Viviano and Mark Ferenchik, Columbus Dispatch, Columbus city attorneys and public-health officials are preparing dozens of court cases against landlords who haven’t removed hazardous lead paint from their properties despite city orders. Some orders have languished for six years.
 
By Elizabeth Green, The Chronicle of Social Change As big data tools like predictive analytics become more prevalent, child-welfare agencies must grapple with implicit racial bias if they want to ensure that it does not cause harm, according to a new white paper published last month by the Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University.
 
By All Sides StaffWOSU Public Media (PBS affiliate) The next two-year Ohio budget is being proposed with a controversial new amendment that would give sole authority to the Ohio Health Department in overseeing the reduction of lead use. From lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan to 51 houses with known lead hazards in Columbus alone, the regulation of lead is an issue we will need to tackle whether it be at the state or local level. Join us today as we discuss the dangerous impact of lead in Ohio.
 
By Rachel Dissell, Brie Zeltner,Cleveland Plain Dealer Plenty of state laws already take aim at lead poisoning: requiring children in “high risk” areas to be tested for lead, governing how investigators who respond to poisoning cases are trained and mandating that properties be investigated after a child is poisoned, said David Norris of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University.
 
By Earl Rinehart The Columbus Dispatch David Norris, a senior researcher at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, said such a law would hamstring Toledo and other communities that want their own lead-related ordinances. He supports a Toledo ordinance that requires rental properties to undergo inspections and to do needed cleaning and repairs.
 
By Lauren Lindstrom, Toledo Blade  City council will consider changes to Toledo’s rental lead-safe ordinance to extend and stagger the compliance deadline, eliminate a required registry of names and addresses of affected tenants, and create a hardship extension program to help landlords be in compliance. Council members discussed the potential changes at a committee of the whole meeting Tuesday and are expected to vote on it next week.
 
By Clare Roth, WOSU Radio All Things Considered In 2011, the Dayton  Regional Transport Authority went to the suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio, with a seemingly simple request: add an additional three bus stops to an already existing route.
 
By Rick Rouan The Columbus Dispatch When then-President Barack Obama challenged communities across the country in 2014 to create opportunities for young black men, Columbus jumped in. But more than two years later, and with Obama’s presidency ended, city leaders are trying to determine where their My Brother’s Keeper initiative goes from here.
 
By Debbie Holmes, WOSU Public Media, Just over two years after President Obama kicked off My Brother’s Keeper, an effort to mentor young men of color, Ohio State University will begin studying how well the program works in central Ohio and how it can improve.
 
By Brent Warren Columbus Underground In 2011 the city of Beavercreek, Ohio refused a request from the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority to extend an existing bus line an additional three stops. What sounds like a minor local news story turned into much more, and a new film documenting the resultant civil rights complaint and the eventual overturning of the Beavercreek city council’s decision is about to make its Columbus premiere.
 
By Will Garbe, Dayton Daily News “Free To Ride,” the documentary about the struggles between the Greater Dayton RTA and the city of Beavercreek, won best feature documentary at the 2017 D.C. Independent Film Festival.
 
By Stephanie Beasley for Bloomberg BNA’s Beyond the Hill Is a community obligated to provide public transportation options? And if it doesn’t, is that a civil rights issue? Those are some of the questions at the core of “Free to Ride” a new documentary  produced by the Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
 
By Mark CurnutteCincinnati Enquirer “At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, we challenge and inspire visitors through our exhibits, programs, and community initiatives,” said Richard Cooper, director of museum experiences. “After testing several exhibit layouts, we decided a learning lab was the best approach in communicating the complexities of hidden biases.”
 
By Mary Rupert, Wyandotte Daily,  A multi-year study of Wyandotte County health has found that there is a significant difference in the level of health care depending on where residents live.
 
By Tom McKay, .Mic Authorities have charged a Baltimore school tutor with multiple counts of felony child abuse after allegedly breaking 7-year-old Trayvon Grayson’s jaw and knocking out several of his teeth, CNN reported Wednesday.
 
By Meg Wingerter and Jim McLean, KMUW Wichita’s NPR Station It isn’t far from the gleaming bank buildings and high-end hotels to the rent-to-own stores and corner shops that stock more chips than fruit. A visitor getting off the highway in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, would pass by a Hilton Garden Inn and several high-rise buildings bearing the names of financial companies.
 
By Aaron Mondry, Model D In the winter of 2015, Metro Detroiters read the incredible story of James Robertson, a black man in his mid-50s who walked over 20 miles, five days a week, from his Detroit home to his factory job in Rochester. He had no car and no other options. And yet, despite this obstacle, he had a perfect attendance record at work.
 
The New York TimesBy Christine Hauser Dr. Tamika Cross, a black physician at the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston, could not immediately come to the phone on Friday. She was busy delivering a baby boy by C-section. So, yes, in case anyone has any doubt, Dr. Cross is an “actual physician.”