Vigil Planned for Human Rights

Jun 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm

To help kickoff the long Fourth of July holiday weekend, a local anti-poverty group will hold a vigil to commemorate human rights.

The Contact Center will hold the vigil beginning at 11:45 a.m. July 1 in front of downtown's Federal Building, located at 550 Main St. The site is next to the Government Square bus depot and one block east of Fountain Square.—-

Organizers say the vigil will celebrate democracy and the concept that jobs and a strong economy are fundamental human rights. After a short ceremony, attendees will visit the offices of local members of Congress, located downtown and in Kenwood.

For more than four decades, the Contact Center has worked as a community organizer and grassroots advocate for low- and moderate-income people on various issues including housing, education and income security, with a particular focus on resident safety in Over-the-Rhine and improving neighborhood schools.

As part of its efforts, the center has created the The People's Empowerment Coalition of Ohio. It is comprised of grassroots groups from across the state to help lobby for the needs of low-income people with Ohio policymakers.

The coalition includes members from Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Southeast Ohio, Cleveland, Toledo, and other areas. It works on issues involving income support, kinship care, and health-care reform.

The Contact Center is located at 1227 Vine St., in Over-the-Rhine. For more information, call (513) 381-4242 or contact via email at [email protected].