Communities United For Action organizes low-income residents and people of color to address the racism and classism that have led to environmental genocide. We believe that access to water, affordable utilities and fair housing are human rights.We work together to hold decision makers accountable for fixing our sewers, making our utilities affordable, and providing housing for everyone. We support efforts that are good for the earth, reduce our bills, and create sustainable jobs.
Cincinnati, Ohio - Tonight, Communities United For Action (CUFA) hosted a CUFA Town Hall: Unsafe Inside to lift the voices of Hamilton County residents experiencing repeated sewer backups and getting no resolution from the City or County. CUFA asked attendees to sign their Unsafe Inside petition, calling on Mayor Cranley, Cincinnati City Council and Hamilton County Commissioners to focus on improving the Sewer Backup Response and Prevention Programs. Watch the Town Hall here.
Cincinnati, Ohio - Today, CUFA sent an open letter to Mayor Cranley, Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Commissioners to ask for them to implement a requirement for public engagement on all major projects using public money.
The letter reads, in part:
"As one of Hamilton County’s most diverse grassroots organizations, Communities United For Action knows that local, neighborhood participation is essential for the success of public projects. We are writing to request your commitment to establish and require a public engagement process for the Metropolitan Sewer District and other major infrastructure and development projects in the City & County.
It is of the utmost importance that the neighbors who are affected by major projects and developments be involved in the decision-making and planning of these projects. Our government agencies must be transparent about the projects and the costs and benefits to the neighbors.
We are requesting your commitment to establish a Community Engagement Policy before undertaking any new major projects associated with Project Groundwork or any new major infrastructure or development projects for which public money will be allocated. We look forward to hearing from each of you by May 31, 2020 and will publish your answers publicly."