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A sign at A Cut Above Barbershop when it was closed this spring.
David Holm / WOSU Public Media

At the beginning of the month, Franklin County and the Columbus Urban League launched a community equity fund. The $2 million in federal CARES Act funding is meant to support Black business owners who have lost revenue since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 4, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

At protest after protest in Columbus, demonstrators have waved signs with calls to action like "abolish the police," "disband the police" or "defund the police."

There's a lot of money to account for: Columbus spends more than a third of its nearly $1 billion budget on police.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is sponsoring legislation to implement police reforms, including a ban on chokeholds and no-knock warrants.

Mayor Andrew Ginther announces the selection of Tom Quinlan as the new Chief of Columbus Police, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

In a heated meeting, Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan and Mayor Andrew Ginther checked in with the Safety Advisory Commission to give a progress report on reform recommendations and gather feedback on police response to protests.

Crowds protesting the killing of George Floyd in downtown Columbus on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Demonstrations over police violence and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has spurred the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals to launch what they’re calling an economic protest.

Community members gather at the Columbus Urban League on June 25, 2019, to discuss what they want from a new Columbus Police chief.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The city of Columbus held a community forum Tuesday night to hear from residents about what they want in the next Columbus Police chief.

Columbus Urban League Building
Columbus Urban League

As the National Urban League conference continues in Columbus this week, two former employees of its Columbus chapter have filed a federal lawsuit against the group.

Redlining in Columbus

Apr 6, 2018
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The Columbus Urban League has been fighting discriminatory housing practices in Columbus for the past century. One of the issues they focus on is redlining, the illegal practice of refusing loans to those living in certain areas or with certain characteristics.

Join us today as we discuss redlining and the Columbus Urban League's efforts to combat it.

Redlining in Columbus

Feb 27, 2018
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The Columbus Urban League has been fighting discriminatory housing practices in Columbus for the past century. One of the issues they focus on is redlining, the illegal practice of refusing loans to those living in certain areas or with certain characteristics.

Join us today as we discuss redlining and the Columbus Urban League's efforts to combat it.

Debbie Holmes

Credit scores are all-important.  That number determines whether we can buy a car or house, and what we'll pay in interest.  For low income people, raising a credit score can be a challenge.  A new program aims to help people raise their scores and then keep them high. 

10:00 There are many misconceptions about fatherhood among inner-city men who are often dismissed as "deadbeat dads."  This hour, we'll take a look at how cultural changes have refocused the father-child bond and transformed the meaning of fatherhood among the urban poor. Guests

The Child Support Enforcement System

Aug 16, 2011

This hour, we'll talk about the child support enforcement system, what works best for the children and parents. Guests:

Central Ohio AIDS Community

Dec 1, 2009

Issues facing the AIDS community in Central Ohio and the challenges of raising awareness among the largest high risk groups, including African-Americans and young people age 13 - 24, with Columbus AIDS Task Force president/CEO Peggy Anderson and Columbus Urban League education and prevention services HIV/AIDS specialist Iris Velasco.