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"The idea of healing comes at a time of deep fractures in our communities and the continuing weight of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than turn away from these harsh realities, the Express Wide Open Mic Event is all about directly confronting these things," says Mike Templeton in this week's blog post. Hear from UACC Steward Sherry Cook Stanforth about an upcoming event organized by Originary Arts Initiative and UACC. The event will feature young writers and storytellers as well as established writers and artists from all over our region.

In addition to all the virtual events and opportunities going on in our community, please keep reading to learn more about our September COVID-19 data, an important update regarding the 2020 Census deadline, and a New York Times article about the future of Black Appalachia.

Sincerely,
UACC
UACC Research Committee September COVID-19 Data from Core Member Mike Maloney
Here is the September Update of UACC's research on Covid-19 patterns in Cincinnati and its neighborhoods.  Some of the data is by race and ethnicity, some just by neighborhood.  We are doing monthly updates and also doing advocacy work regarding equity in testing, contract tracing, and provision of care.  If you would like to help with this work in Cincinnati or other jurisdictions let us know by emailing Mike (meamon@aol.com).
 
 
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL BLOG POST
"What is the Future of Black Appalachia?" - The New York Times

The Black Lives Matter movement is not just an urban movement. Learn about what Ron and Jill Carson with the Appalachian African-American Cultural Center are doing to collecting oral histories from Black residents in rural Appalachia and educate their community about racism, white privilege, and oppression. Read the full article HERE.  

Funding for an affordable housing project in Lower Price Hill went away without explanation


 
https://www.wlwt.com/article/funding-for-an-affordable-housing-project-in-lower-price-hill-went-away-without-explanation/34168072#

Trump Administration Appeals Order That Extends Census Counting Through Oct. 31 - NPR

The Trump administration is appealing a federal court order that calls for it to abandon last-minute changes to the 2020 census schedule and extend the time for counting for an additional month. Read the full article HERE.

The U.S. Census Bureau has not made any announcements an updated timeline as of today. Here are three important messages:
  1. Proceed as if September 30th is the deadlineSpread the message that now is the time to make an impact in your community for the next decade. Do not announce this date change to the public because it may be overturned and we do not want people to procrastinate even if the October 31 deadline is a reality.
  2. Brainstorm an October contingency plan for outreach: In the case that our Census outreach can continue into October, start to brainstorm a plan to make the most of the month. What can your organization commit to doing? What communications will you send out or post on your social media?
  3. Request Census kiosk datesTo help us prepare our contingency plan, please use this form (https://forms.gle/3XysoXxc3oazpCq68) to request dates for a Census kiosk.
CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL PERFORMANCES


THIS WEEK'S FEATURED ARTIST



CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS ARTIST ON OUR CULTURAL DIRECTORY WEBPAGE
Join Us for Express: Wide Open Mic Event –“What Matters?Creative Empathy, Community Care Ethics, and Story-Listening”  
Thursday, October 1 @ 7-8:50 PM

Free and open to the public, this event promotes the spirit of a listening, caring, and just community during a time of great division. Where are you coming from? What struggles and experiences shape you? How are you rooted, planted, committed?  We'll weave diverse expressions into a tapestry of poetry, short prose, testimony, and music, offered from people all around our region.  Young Appalachian voices will join featured artists including Frank X Walker, George Ella and Steve Lyon, Chiquita Mullins Lee, Manuel Iris, Pauletta Hansel, Dick Hague, Omope Daboiku, and Desirae Hosley. Hosted by author/musician Sherry Cook Stanforth. Co-sponsored by Urban Appalachian Community Coalition and Originary Arts Initiative.  

 
Which Side Are You On?: Voices for Kentucky and Beyond
Thursday, October 1 @ 7:00 PM

Virtual music festival focused on turning out the vote with some of the biggest names in the music industry. RuralOrganizing.org and Hood to the Holler are hosting this FREE virtual music festival to encourage voter participation this election season, both in rural and urban communities, by informing all Americans about voter registration, voter eligibility, and key voting deadlines.

Click here to receive the festival link before we go live!


Virtual Teen Writing Workshop
September 30th 

Join Wordplay and Cincinnati Public Libraries for a "Writing As Activism" workshop that explores social activism through writing. Register HERE.



Express: Wide Open Mic Event –“What Matters?Creative Empathy, Community Care Ethics, and Story-Listening”  
Thursday, October 1 @ 7-8:50 PM

Free and open to the public, this event promotes the spirit of a listening, caring, and just community during a time of great division. Where are you coming from? What struggles and experiences shape you? How are you rooted, planted, committed?  We'll weave diverse expressions into a tapestry of poetry, short prose, testimony, and music, offered from people all around our region.  Young Appalachian voices will join featured artists including Frank X Walker, George Ella and Steve Lyon, Chiquita Mullins Lee, Manuel Iris, Pauletta Hansel, Dick Hague, Omope Daboiku, and Desirae Hosley. Hosted by author/musician Sherry Cook Stanforth. Co-sponsored by Urban Appalachian Community Coalition and Originary Arts Initiative.  


Apply Today: https://cincihomeless.org/2020/08/18/now-hiring-vista-community-organizers/

The COVID Garden: A Story Writing Workshop

Application Submission Deadline, Oct. 2
Workshop classes twice a week Oct. 12 - Nov 8


They invite farmers and gardeners with any or no writing experience, as well as writers who built a home garden this summer, to tell their stories. Through online meetings, they will collaborate, practicing active listening and creative documentary techniques, as they will work to share the harvest that this summer of quarantine brought to us—be it one of grief, stress, or an unexpected bliss. They will also read writing from those who have come before them, voices who can help comfort, challenge, and guide us, teaching us how to hear each other’s stories and share our own. At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to contribute to a radio documentary, produced for community radio station WMMT in Whitesburg, KY. Learn more and sign up HERE.

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Santa Maria Price Hill Health Fair
October 11, 1-4 PM @ Price Hill Recreation Center



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