Tucker's Restaurant is a local favorite known for its hearty breakfast plates and classic comfort foods but there is more to the story than what meets the eye. Tucker's was founded by urban Appalachians Ebscom and Maynie Tucker who came to Cincinnati from Russell Springs, Kentucky - like thousands of other Appalachians - looking for work in the 1940s. Learn more about their history and how the restaurant has adapted throughout the decades, including surviving a global pandemic in this week's blog post written by Mike Templeton.

In addition to Core Member Pauletta Hansel's creative writing workshops selling out, check out more upcoming virtual events hosted by the Homeless Coalition. Please also see the announcements section to learn more about the launch of local non-profit, A Picture's Worth's, newsletter and their mission.

Pauletta Hansel to give creative writing classes

Although the virtual classes are all booked up this go around for The Poet's Craft Online Workshop, Core Member, writer, and Cincinnati's first Poet Laureate will be hosting virtual classes in August to help develop and fine-tune participants' craft in poetry and memoir writing. 

"I love teaching creative writing in part because of deep community that develops when we write together,  I feared that the switch to online would not allow the same kind of bonding, but so far the experience has been rich, and with the side benefit of local writers connecting virtually with writers from throughout the Appalachian region," says Pauletta.

Be on the lookout for more writing classes from Pauletta in the near future!
Once seemingly insulated, Kentucky's Appalachian counties scramble to stop COVID-19 outbreak
The Lousiville Courier Journal discusses the severity of COVID-19 in Appalachia and reports some Appalachian Kentucky counties are reportedly some of the state's highest per-capita average daily case increases. Read the full article HERE to learn more about what's going in and what state officials are doing about the increasing cases.
Subscribe to A Picture's Worth's Newsletter
Newly announced as a 501(c)3 non-profit, A Picture's Worth, works to refocus the media narratives to reflect a world that is more value-focused, strength-focused, and inclusive. They are launching their newsletter this Thursday, August 6. Emails will focus on podcast episodes, updates, and engagement. Please consider subscribing and sharing with cohorts. Subscribe HERE.
2020 Census Information
Cincinnati Counts wants to make sure that all Cincinnatians get counted in the 2020 census. They are doing blitzes in 42 neighborhoods using popup sites in visible spaces. If you know of a good site for this let Mike Maloney ( know. The schedule for the neighborhoods and other entities is below. Westside neighborhoods are in August.

COVID-19 Testing Sites in August

Virtual Events with Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition

Homelessness 101 - Friday, Agust 7

Training for anyone who is interested in learning more about:
  • Legal Protections and Criminalization
  • The Causes of Homelessness
  • How to End Homelessness
  • Housing Protections
  • Type of Homelessness
  • Statistics and Stereotypes
  • Barriers and Health Issues
  • And More!
This event includes a discussion at the end with Coalition Staff. Get tickets HERE.

Speaker's Bureau: Melissa Mosby - Thursday, August 13
This pay-what-you-can event features Melissa Mosby who will share her story and discuss issues affecting people experiencing homelessness in our region, solutions to ending homelessness, and efforts in progress. The event virtual event will end with an open discussion with Melissa and Dr. Mark, Director of Education at the Homeless Coalition.

Melissa joined the Speakers Bureau in 2015. Melissa is an engaging community member who wears many hats speaker, mother, and Streetvibes Distributor, just to name a few. Melissa had lived on the streets of Over-the-Rhine for many years but now she is experiencing housing insecurity due to displacement in the West End. Today, she is using her bright personality and hardworking attitude to create a better life for herself and her family. She brings her story to those it can help, by building empathy and solidarity across communities. Get tickets HERE.

Over-the-Rhine People's Movement Virtual Tour - Saturday, August 15
The Homeless Coalitions Social Justice Walking Tour focuses on
the historical and contemporary struggles and successes of the Over-the-Rhine Peoples Movement. This virtual tour will use photography and storytelling to take you through the streets, alleys, and parks of the neighborhood and clarify the meaning and direction of decades of neglect and today's investment. Learn and see for yourself what gentrification looks like and how displacement affects community members.

Topics covered include:
  • Cincinnati History
  • Housing Laws and Discrimination
  • Over-the-Rhine Peoples Movement
  • Hostile Design and Architecture
  • Privatization and loss of Public Space
  • Non-profit advocacy and service organizations
  • Single Room Occupancies (SROs)
  • Cincinnati's 2001 Rebellion against police brutality
  • Gentrification and displacement
This pay-what-you-can event will end with an open discussion. Get tickets HERE.
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