In an effort to take extra precautions against the spread of COVID-19, the #NoDeathPenaltyOH coalition is taking Lobby Day virtual. Rather than travel to the statehouse, we will meet with legislators over the course of the week via Zoom to voice our support of death penalty abolition.

On October 19th, let’s come together as a community to stand united against the death penalty. The coalition has planned programming and events alongside opportunities throughout the week to meet with legislators. Join us and register here.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to write to your legislator, submit a letter to the editor, make a phone call, attend an event and more. Those actions take us one step closer to abolition and this work would not be possible without community. We hope you are able to join us for Lobby Day*.


*Before attending virtual Lobby Day, we ask that participants attend these trainings:

Lobbying 101
Tuesday, October 5th
6:30 PM
Register here

Lobbying 102
Tuesday, October 12th
6:30 PM
Register here

Questions? Email Bekky@IJPCcincinnati.org.

Join us for this four-session program that explores the systems of oppression present in our world. Together, we will identify the impact that different systems have on different people and communities. We will also think critically about ways to take action to lessen the impact that these systems have in our world. This is a great way to add skills and knowledge to your toolkit while in conversation with other youth from around the United States.

Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, October 12, 14, 19, and 21 | 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern (4-5:30 p.m. Pacific)

Cost: Free
Grade: 
Current 9th to 12th graders
Open to: 
Youth based in the United States
Location: 
Anywhere! This is a virtual program.

Join people of faith across Ohio to stand in solidarity for abolition of the death penalty. Recognizing the injustices in our criminal justice system, we are unwilling to participate in the cruel and inhumane practice of sentencing our fellow neighbors to death. We join together across religious traditions calling in one voice for the abolition of the death penalty. Our goal is to register 1 faith community from each of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Register here, or copy this address into your browser: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/OhioanstoStopExecutions/abolitionweek.html

There are several ways to participate:

Visual metaphors give voice to social justice issues in new exhibition at Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is turning to art in the fight for social justice. Luba Lukova: Designing Justice will feature a portfolio of social commentary prints and posters when it opens October 8.

Luba Lukova: Designing Justice addresses essential themes of humanity and injustices worldwide through images embedded with thought-provoking messages. Lukova’s artwork helps viewers develop empathy for social and cultural issues through the use of metaphors and bold, succinct symbols that communicates universal truths about desire, fear, creation, hope and man’s endless capacity for love and hate. Among the themes addressed are peace, censorship, immigration, ecology, hunger and corruption. By the time guests leave the exhibition they will have been reminded that social issues across the globe demand to be addressed – and changed – through the commitment of well-intentioned individuals. In all, Lukova’s images help provide inspiration for each of us to be a force for good in the world.

“The power of art is the power to transform. Luba Lukova’s artwork encourages viewers to look inward as they stand before her images, revealing as much about individuals as it does society,” said Woodrow Keown, Jr., president & COO of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “Designing Justice is a powerful addition to our museum experience and adds another critical step in guests’ personal journey as they reflect on the world around them and who they are in it.”

Luba Lukova: Designing Justice opens October 8 in the Freedom Center’s Skirball Gallery. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for Freedom Center Members. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit freedomcenter.org/designingjustice. The exhibition closes March 22, 2022.

Artists as Change Agents

Sunday, August 8th from Noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom

Throughout history, artists have always been agents of change. The arts have been used to unify cultures, build communities and create connections. Meet three nationally and internationally acclaimed artists who are using their art for healing, education, social awareness and transforming a world.

Moderator and Panelists:

  • Toilynn O’Neal Turner, Founder of ROMAC (Robert O’Neal Multicultural Arts Center), Moderator
  • Annie Ruth, Artist, On Her Shoulders exhibit
  • Cedric Michael Cox, Artist/Educator
  • Kunle Adewale, Artist, Founder of Arts in Medicine, Nigeria

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UU1DkRQQT769zhf5HPmFRA

Join Green Umbrella, the Ohio Environmental Council, and democracy advocates across Ohio in the fight for Fair Maps in 2021. Every community map and individual story matters in the fight for equal districts.

The OEC Democracy Team will run an interactive workshop,
Tuesday, July 20th, starting promptly at 6:00pm.
We’ll be exploring community mapmaking, showcasing how you can describe your geographic space in support of Ohio’s redistricting process. Attendees will use an online tool, DistrictR, to define their community boundaries, institutions, assets, and issues. Community maps inform the district creation process and help Mapmakers identify equable locations for boundaries based on geographic and community interests, rather than partisan interests.

In-person registration will be capped at 40 people at Green Umbrella’s Offices, 5030 Oaklawn Drive, Cincinnati.

You are also able to join virtually via ZOOM

Register Here for this FREE event at bit.ly/greenmaps2021

This Sunday, July 18, 2021 marks three years since Ohio’s last execution. IJPC joins others across the state to mark Sunday as a Day of Hope, so that we may never see another execution again. As we reflect on life today, we remember the lives of the victims, those who have been executed, and the families of all who have been left behind.

We invite you to light a candle in your home at any time on July 18, and take a picture of it and either send it to allison@otse.org or post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #NoDeathPenaltyOH. You are invited to include a comment about why you have hope for a future in Ohio without the death penalty.

Young people have been at the forefront of Black Lives Matter protests around the world, taking to the streets and the web to fight for justice and a better world. Young leaders in Cincinnati come together to discuss their experiences growing up and growing into political consciousness in the wake of Timothy Thomas’s murder and civil unrest of 2001.

Click to register.

Presented in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library and the Woman’s City Club of Cincinnati.

MAY 19TH @ 7PM- Join the program committee of EquaSion’s “A Mighty Stream” Interfaith Racial Justice Initiative for the second webinar in a four-part series examining Faith Perspectives on Racial Justice. This panel aims to explore our spiritual understanding of race, racism, and racial just ice, by applying scriptures, tenets, practices, contemporary writings and/or beliefs to discover the ways we are called individually or collectively to enter racial justice work. Panelists will consider how to enter into truly transformational relationships across difference as an active demonstration of love and justice. Register Here.

Featured Panelists

  • Rev. Canon Paul Williams, Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal
  • Aruni Marapane, Buddhist Chaplain representing eight Buddhist temples in Cincinnati
  • Jheri Neri, Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition
  • Rev. Dr. Paul Booth, Jr., Pastor, Legacy Pointe Church
  • Dr. Deborah Vance, Cincinnati Baha’i Community
  • Tammy Bennett (Host), “A Mighty Stream” Program Committee; Partner, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP