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.

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.

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 the conversation and momentum with a story that hits very close to home. From award-winning investigative journalist Kyle Swenson, Good Kids, Bad City is the true story of the longest wrongful imprisonment in the United States to end in exoneration. There will be two meetings, the first will cover Chapters 1-6 and the second will be a review of the book in total.

Tuesday, July 20th, 6:30 PM, Part One
Tuesday, August 17th, 6:30 PM, Part Two

Register here.

For more information, reach out to Bekky at bekky@IJPCcincinnati.org

During the era of two world wars on this planet, many groups advocated for peace.  The Biosophical Institute (BI) was one such group.

  • In 1936 BI founder Dr. Frederick Kettner published  an essay on “The Need for a Secretary of Peace” and presented to the First Inter-American Peace conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina a “Secretary of Peace Plan” with an endorsing petition signed by 41,000 Americans.
  • In 1939 the Biosophical Institute sponsored a peace film at the New York World’s Fair.
  • From 1955-1958 Dr. Kettner wrote a series of articles about a Secretary of Peace and peace education, presented lectures and corresponded with the U.S. State Department about establishing the First Peace University in the US.


This is just some of the Biosophical Institute’s historical peacebuilding work which continues to this day.  The Biosophical Institute’s mission is to cultivate a community and culture of peace encompassing life wisdom and deep relationships through character and peace education.

Please join the call on 7/21/21 at 5 pm PDT/ 8 pm EDT to learn more from the Institute’s Executive Director Louis Ensel.  Join us online or by phone:  https://zoom.us/j/464735321 or by phone (US: +1 929 436 2866  or +1 669 900 6833).  Meeting ID: 464 735 321 (no passcode required).

Louis Ensel brings to the BI over 20 years in non-profit management from agency and community relations to Associate Director for a regional chapter of the Anti-Defamation League.  He has worked in varied community and public environments from foodbanking to diversity education, mediation to neighborhood healing through consensus building.

The Department of Peacebuilding Campaign owes a debt of gratitude to the BI as we pay it forward with our work to cultivate a culture of peace and create a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding (DoP) in the U.S. government.  Peacebuilding is our history and our future.  We continue commemorating introduction of DoP legislation in Congress on 7/11/21 and advocating for its creation.

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.

Ohio’s death penalty is broken. In fact, 11 innocent people have been sentenced to death in our state. The good news? SB 103 and HB 183 would abolish Ohio’s death penalty and would prevent putting any more innocent lives at risk.

Join the Intercommunity Community Justice and Peace Center and the Ohio Innocence Project as we welcome Derrick Jamison, a Cincinnati native who spent 20 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Senator Cecil Thomas (D-9) and Representative Jean Schmidt (R-65) will join this virtual panel to explain why the time is now to repeal the death penalty. We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, May 26 at 7 pm.

Incarceration inflicts short- and long-term harms on the lives of those incarcerated as well as their loved ones and communities. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, in partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum and Families Against Mandatory Minimums, is examining the role race plays in mass incarceration in an upcoming virtual discussion. Modern Day Abolition: Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice brings together a panel of experts to discuss the range of collateral consequences of criminal conviction, including impediments to the restoration of rights, lingering social stigma and barriers to reentry into society. The panel will also break down the impact of incarceration on families, including on children of current and formerly incarcerated parents.

Join us as we look at the different ways that we exert people power to create deep and lasting change. We will dive into strategies and avenues for social change, and emerge with new understandings of our place in the work that we care most about. From talking to friends, to writing an op-ed, to lobbying elected officials, to participating in community projects — how are you going to make your voice heard as you strive for peace and justice in our world? Come with an issue that you care about in mind and leave with a plan as you prepare to take action.

Registration Deadline: March 12th