2018 Fall Schedule–Our 16th Semester (Click Here for Downloadable Copy To Print)

(Once a class is complete it goes to the end of this page and if Virtual you can view a recording of the class).  You can view all the previous semester classes under “Archive” tab above.

Mar5

Gene Editing Presents a Great New Threat to the World

Designer Babies? Cloned Super Soldiers?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Gene Editing with CRISPR technologies will shape the future of the human race, and it is important that we stay informed on where it may lead us.  In this class, the origins, applications, and ethics of CRISPR gene editing will be discussed.  From bacteria to designer babies, the scary and exciting possibilities of CRISPR will be explained in a simple format.

Henry Heimlich is a 9th grader at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy who has always had great interest in the topic of gene editing and manipulation.  In August of 2018, Henry had an op-ed published in the Cincinnati Enquirer on the subject of CRISPR gene editing.  He first learned about CRISPR while doing a school project on the topic of cloning.  His interest was further peaked when he saw the movie Rampage, and noticed inaccuracies surrounding CRISPR in the movie.  That led Henry to further research and to submitting the op-ed.   Along with being on his school’s Robotics team, he also trains in mixed martial arts and recently earned his red belt. Henry also enjoys performing standup comedy, and will be performing this April for the third time at his school’s annual ArtBeat event.

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Mar7

Electoral College

Is the Electoral College outdated having served its purpose, if it ever had one?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Democracy Now! Is the Electoral College outdated having served its purpose, if it ever had one? Ongoing efforts both legislatively and otherwise seek to establish the election of the President of the United States by popular vote bypassing the Electoral College system. Join Mr. Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center as he explains the function and operation of the Electoral College. How does the Electoral College fit within the American constitutional system? How will the movement to abolish the Electoral College fundamentally alter the way a President is chosen and the political relationship between the federal government and the fifty states which make up the United States of America?

Michael Maharrey serves as the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center and the managing editor of the Schiff Gold blog. He hosts his own podcast, Thoughts from Maharrey Head, as well as the Friday Gold Wrap podcast and the It’s Your Dime interview series for Schiff Gold.  Michael is the author of three books. Our Last Hope – Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty, Smashing Myths and,  Understanding Madison’s Notes on Nullification Finally, Michael joined Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin in penning Nullification Objections: Dismantling the Opposition.  He’s also penned several e-books, including The Power of No.  For more information about Mr. Maharrey and the Tenth Amendment Center please visit https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/

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Mar12

Change the World — Human Trafficking

Learn how this CHANGE court is literally saving lives!

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Judge Heather Russell’s CHANGE Court treats people caught up in the web of human trafficking as victims rather than criminals. Both local Police and Representatives are very supportive of this endeavor.  Judge Russell will share a video in which Senator Rob Portman visited the court and several survivors shared their experiences with him. Learn firsthand how this CHANGE court is literally saving lives by helping rather than incarcerating those less fortunate among us!

Judge Russell addresses the trauma, homelessness, mental and physical health of  prostituted persons, all  of whom are also fighting addiction.  During the two year program, CHANGE Court graduates gain housing, jobs, self-esteem and sobriety, they re- connected  with their families and reclaim their lives.

EDUCATION: 
1980 Miami University of Ohio
1983 University of Cincinnati College of Law; Urban Morgan Institute of International Human Rights Fellow
EXPERIENCE: 
2014 Created and currently presiding over CHANGE Court, an Ohio-Supreme-Court-certified specialty court for Sex Trafficked victims
2011 – 2016 Chief Justice O’Connor Appointee, Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Violence Advisory Committee
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 
2015 Sohsza Award for female leadership, nominated by Women Helping Women
2016 Keynote speaker for Cincinnati’s commemoration of National Police Memorial Week
2018 Judge Julia Stautberg Award from Cincinnati Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Section, “In Recognition of Outstanding Female Counselor for her Exemplary Service and Accomplishments”
Married since 1985; mother of two grown sons

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Mar14

Medical Marijuana

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dr. Sawyer will be here to help us understand and give us some up-to date information on medicinal cannabis in Ohio. Dr. Sawyer is one of five physicians in our state that has a license for “Certification To Recommend” (CTR). The patient registry for Ohio is now open and patients cannot be registered if Doctor Sawyer determines they do not meet the medical criteria. He will talk about medical conditions for medicinal cannabis, the steps required to meet the criteria for the conditions being considered in Ohio at this time. This class is sure to be informative. There will be time for questions. (non- personal conditions please)

Solo practice Family Medicine 5/1/1986 to present, Sharonville Family Medicine. Henry
the Hand Foundation, founded 1999. Hand Awareness program based upon the 4
principles of Hand washing Awareness, endorsed by the AMA and AAFP.
Dr. Sawyer has the medical license for “Certification To Recommend”(CTR) medical
marijuana for designated medical conditions as set up by the state of Ohio.
Dr. Sawyer offers a personal consultation about medicinal cannabis to those who are
interested in considering medical marijuana for themselves or a family member. He will
be able to give you a better understanding weather you or a family member may meet the
specific state criteria for the conditions being considered in Ohio.

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Mar19

Ohio Gun Laws Changes

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Returning from our 15th semester Attorney and gun law expert Sean Maloney will speak to us about the gun rights and changes for Ohio effective in March. He will talk about how we got there, what’s next.  How do outside interest groups affect Ohio legislations, and what are their hidden agendas.   Sean’s class will give you the factual insight for moving forward.

Sean a passionate defender of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Sean Maloney is a defense attorney and member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers who practices in all areas of firearm-related law, including 2nd Amendment rights, criminal defense, federal and state restoration of gun rights, and federal NICS appeals. He has appeared as an expert witness in a variety of civil lawsuits related to firearms.
As an attorney, Sean’s law practice focuses on defending the rights of law-abiding gun owners who are forced to use their firearms in self-defense through Second Call Defense, which he co-founded.

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Mar26

’Confidence’, Instead of Chaos with Dementia

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Dementia has touched many of our lives and even left some families with damage they will never recover from. Teresa Youngstrom understands Dementia and will provide an interactive workshop to help you gain knowledge and confidence with your care.

You will identify key signs and symptoms of cognitive decline related to Dementia then discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness. You might be surprised by the answer to this question, “Do they even know they are sick?” There will be hands-on training to further incorporate new coping skills to reduce agitation and promote cooperation with your loved one. The use of sedating medications will be addressed including some solutions to help us avoid these medications when possible. Ultimately you will see that we need to understand the value of consistent positive reinforcement in order to promote well-being and reduce the incidence of challenging behaviors. You just need to be here to appreciate the experience.

Teresa Youngstrom is a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years of Clinical and Leadership experience in the Cincinnati area. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner with the NCCDP and a PAC Certified Independent Trainer.  She has extensive experience in the hospital and health care industry and is the local expert on Dementia and Alzheimer Care.  Teresa is also the owner of A Better Approach to Memory Care.  Her knowledge, hands-on demonstrations, and personal experience stories will provide you with many new tools to use in with your clients and family members.

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Apr2

Elon Musk and His Audacious Plan to Build a City on Mars

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

We know Elon Musk as an inventor, innovator, engineer, and one of the smartest and most visionary entrepreneurs of modern times.  He has founded or been in leadership positions in several companies, starting with the internet companies Zip2, X.com and PayPal, followed by Solar City, Tesla, SpaceX, OpenAI, Neuralink and The Boring Company.

Jerry Black will briefly cover Elon Musk’s life and his many companies.  However, the focus of the talk will be on SpaceX and the most audacious of Musk’s goals, to establish a human settlement on the Red Planet.

Jerry Black is a retired engineer who worked in the aerospace industry for over 40 years. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked as a Rocket Test Engineer at Bell Aerosystems Company from 1967 to 1968. One of the rocket engines that Jerry helped test was the engine for the ascent stage of the Apollo Lunar Module. Following this he worked for 39 years as a Staff Engineer at GE Aviation, where he worked on jet engine development.
Jerry’s interests include nuclear fusion power, aircraft and rocket propulsion, space travel and Mars exploration. Jerry was the chair of the Ohio chapter of the Mars Society from 2009 through 2017. He is a member of the Space Development Steering Committee, an advocacy group that works on space policy issues. Other activities include tutoring, contra dancing, bridge and chess.

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Apr15

10 Year Anniversary of the Tea Party

What Was Accomplished, What is left?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Monday, April 15, 2019

In 2009, Mike Wilson was frustrated with the direction of the country under the Obama Administration. His concern prompted him to spend a Sunday afternoon 10-years ago booking Fountain Square for 3 weeks out, creating a website, and starting conversations with family and friends about building an event.
He had low expectations for attendance for what would become the Tea Party’s first march on Fountain Square March 15, 2009.

Mike had read that morning about a few rallies that occurred the day before against the recently passed stimulus bill in cities out west.
With that inspiration, the Cincinnati Tea Party was born and with the help of those family and friends (and several people that heard about the plans and got involved early)three weeks later, more than 6,000 people showed up with signs to Fountain Square to ceremonially dump tea bags and listen to speakers from all walks of life.
 During the three weeks leading up to the event in Cincinnati, other tea party events had been held across the nation, but this was the first to draw national media coverage and it unleashed a wave of momentum leading up to Tax Day 2009 where thousands of events were held and nearly a million people attended to advocate for three core values – free markets, fiscal responsibility, and limited government – first championed by the group in Cincinnati and adopted by national groups created to help coordinate efforts and provide resources moving forward.

In Cincinnati, the tax day event was held on a cold and wet Wednesday afternoon and still drew more than 4500 people to Fountain Square for a few speakers followed by a march to City Hall to deliver a petition.  For the first time, many regular people felt like they had a voice in politics and found out that participating in politics could actually be a little bit fun as they fought against Cap and Trade (and won), Card Check (and won), and Obamacare (which ultimately passed but with massive consequences to the Democratic Party)
Mike Wilson wasn’t a politician either.  He was a Cincinnati native and graduate of St. Xavier High School/University of Cincinnati with 3 young kids who was now at the forefront of the Tea Party movement locally and across the State of Ohio.  In between working as an IT Consultant/Manager and coaching basketball games, Mike built a team that helped other groups grow across our region and drive a level of citizen engagement that we haven’t seen before or since.  People were encouraged to run for office – from getting engaged as a precinct executive in their party to local government to reaching even higher.  Mike put his money where his mouth is and announced his candidacy for Ohio House District 28 at a September event that drew 18,000 people to Voice of America Park.  He won the Republican primary easily in a 4-way race and faced off against the Democratic incumbent.  In a good Republican year, but terrible district, Mike finished election night down 5 votes out of more than 43,000 cast and ultimately lost the race once provisional votes were counted.
After the race, Mike continued the fight against Obamacare and helped lead the effort to collect 450,000 petitions to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in Ohio to protect healthcare freedom.  This effort was successful and Mike was chairman of the 2011 campaign that won 2/3 of the vote and enshrined this in the Ohio Constitution.   Mike ran again in 2012 and unfortunately lost again in a difficult year for Republicans all across the ballot.  He then took the opportunity to step back from politics and reengage in his IT career as head of technical operations and a partner in Interlink Cloud Advisors which has grown into the top Microsoft partner in the region.
Joining Mike this night will be three of the leaders involved in the Tea Party movement.
 
George Bruenemann was the leader of the successful Southwest Ohio Tea Party.   An Engineer and Patriot, George led the efforts on the West side of town at the large group that met most often at the Farm.   
 
Nita Thomas

had a 30 year career at AT&T as a project manager.   After her retirement she led the 
Northwest Ohio Tea Party that was one of the first groups to get off the ground once things started in Cincinnati. Later, Nita became the Executive Director of EmpowerUOhio.org for 7 years and was the inspiration behind over 280 classes that have been offered.. Her hard work and inspiration made EmpowerU what it has become. 
 
Justin Binik Thomas is a senior manager at a drug development research organization. In this capacity, he is responsible for mitigating risk, maximizing revenue, and growing relationships with internal and external customers. He holds undergraduate degrees in pharmacy and biology and a graduate degree in business. In his personal time, Justin enjoys being a father and husband and sharing this beautiful countryside with his favorite people. Justin is an active volunteer with his synagogue by chairing the wellness program and serving as a volunteer chaplain. Learn Justin’s interesting story of how he was targeted by a coordinated attempt of our government to silence conservative speech and thought and the chilling effect this had on tea party groups across the nation (…which included EmpowerU).   Two of Justin’s most enjoyable side project-OH Congress! And Read the Bill.
You’ve got a frontrow seat to learn what really happened 10 Years Ago to start the Tea Party.   What did the Tea Party Accomplish? What is Left to Accomplish?
Please Bring A Box of Tea For Charity

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Apr16

The Doolittle Raid

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, commenced on April 18, 1942.  Sixteen U.S. Army Air Forces B-25B Mitchell medium bombers were launched without fighter escort from the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Hornet, led by (then Col.) Jimmy Doolittle.

The Raid was a total secret to all involved and the members of the raid were chosen by volunteering for a “dangerous secret mission”. The members did not know the target destination until the planes were loaded on the ship and the raid was underway.  This was to prevent any “leakage” of information about the raid.

The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders were a group of eighty men from all walks of life who flew into history. They were to fly over Japan, drop their bombs and fly on to land in a part of China that was still free.

Fifteen of the aircraft reached China, and the other one landed in the Soviet Union.  All but three of the crew survived, but all the aircraft were lost.  Eight crewmen were captured by the Japanese Army in China; three of these were executed.  At 103 Richard Cole is the last living veteran.

Intelligence Operations Airman 2nd Class Raymond G. Hughes, Petersburg, KY, entered the Air Force in 1956, serving for four years in the USAF intelligence school Target Planning & Survival unit until 1960. Hughes served during the Cold War with the 8th Air Force 100 Bomb Wing Intelligence Division, primarily with Strategic Air Command. 
Airman Hughes continued to serve his community as an instructor at the Yudan School of Self Defense Karate and Judo, where he trained men, women, and children in the art of self-defense. He became a voice for veterans and one of the most respected members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, where he dedicated his time and energy in making life more comfortable for other members. 
Raymond serves as historian and even manager for the USS Hornet Breakfast Group conducts events for veterans at the Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library, and interviews veterans of all wars in collaboration with the National Archives in Washington, D.C. where he has interviewed 75 veterans to date. Twice each month, he can be found transporting veterans from Twin Towers Retirement Center to shop for personal items. Raymond is involved in the Sons of the American Revolution and takes pride in helping others trace their ancestral lineage. 

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Apr19

Crosley Field Remembered

Forest Park Senior Center
11555 Winton Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45240
Friday, April 19, 2019

Relive the memorable 1919 and 1940 Reds World Championships brought to you by Roush and Lombardi. Experience the excitement of the 1960s again with the arrival of Reds greats Rose, Bench, Perez and Nolan. Grab your lunch for the Brown Bag Lecture Series and head over to the Forest Park Senior Center. Lectures are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but spaces are limited.

Sponsored by Cincinnati Museum Center

 

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Apr23

Jack Grossman Child of the Forest

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Escaping the Horochów ghetto was just the beginning for twelve-year-old Musia Perlmutter. Alone, starving, freezing at times, and running and hiding for her life, Musia sought refuge in the forest for two years while Holocaust death camps loomed nearby. Child of the Forest is based on the true story and tribulations of Shulamit “Musia” Perlmutter, born in 1929 to Simcha and Fruma Perlmutter, and stands as a memorial to her extraordinary courage.
When Jack Grossman committed to this project in 2006, he didn’t realize it would take twelve years to bring it to fruition. The journey was dotted with events such as the economic meltdown, a near-death stroke, and several other traumatic life experiences. Jack is a believer in the saying that there is a reason for everything, and he believes that in the end, this book is the culmination of aligning the perfect people at the perfect time. Child of the Forest is based on the life story of a courageous young girl who bore witness to humanity’s darkest time. When Jack faces challenges now, he simply thinks of Charlene, and it puts life back into perspective.
I’ve been asked by many people if I had any photos of Charlene when she was younger that I could post. This photo was taken just before leaving for America. Here is the cutline:Charlene Schiff, born, Shulamit Perlmutter, right, poses for a photograph before she leaves for America. The original caption reads, “To Dear Muszka, So that she should remember that we love her and ask her not to forget us, even in America. Ania and Sala.” (U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum)
Jack will present EmpowerU with an engaging reading with interactive, thought-provoking discussion about the Holocaust. A lot of narrative will presented along with an powerpoint presentation that follows the readings.   Jack will be signing paperback copies of the book before the event at 6:30 pm for a discounted price of $12, and hardback books for the discounted price of $18.00.
Speaker Bio:
 

Jack has written and designed award-winning advertising, having won numerous awards including 5 Addy Awards for regional and national clients. Jack has also won a 1st Place Award in the Tampa Bay Region Billboard Magazine Songwriting Contest, along with dozens of other advertising/design and songwriting awards. His housewares invention in the late 1980s was featured in Spiegel Catalog, Neiman-Marcus, Brookstone Company, and scores of other department stores and catalogs nationwide. 

Jack has also been highly recognized for his community service work, having been presented numerous Humanitarian Awards, including The Award of Excellence; one of only three presented by a billion-dollar NYSE company in 1998. As a result, he was featured with his family in a :60 second TV commercial that aired during the final episode of Spin City, The Academy of Country Music Awards and the Dallas 500 NASCAR Race. He was recognized with a Power Board Award by Boys & Girls Club National for turning an almost defunct Florida Boys & Girls Club into a thriving organization that built and moved into a new 5,500 sq. ft. facility under his leadership, all within 15 months of Jack joining the Board. Jack is also a Founding Member and a Legacy Board Member of Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center, where he has raised over $4.5-million and once again led a campaign that built a new $2.2-million state-of-the-art facility during the economic downturn of 2008, with 93% of the project being donated under his leadership. The facility serves sexually abused children and is affectionately referred to as “The House that Jack Built”. Jack is also an original Founder of the Lake Norman Jewish Community which has now transformed into Temple Kol Tikvah. Jack was recently named Mooresville, South Iredell, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for his work with Dove House.
Jack suffered a brainstem stroke in 2010, which initially left him totally paralyzed on his left side. After intense physical therapy and a drive to continue to help others and produce the Child of the Forest book/film project, Jack is now 85% – 90% recovered and is back to work 100%. He has a beautiful wife, 4 daughters, and one grandson, and resides in Mooresville, North Carolina.

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Apr30

Doris Day — America’s Sweetheart

West Side Brewery
3044 Harrison Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45211
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Take a sentimental journey through the life of Doris Day.
This great lady of American entertainment was born in Cincinnati and began her spectacular singing career with the Barney Rapp Orchestra. 
Upon arriving in Hollywood, she began a film career, starring in 39 movies.
With pictures, stories and the vocal stylings of a local professional singer, ten songs made famous by Doris will be performed live during the presentation.
“Dolores Raye” (Dee Mason) – Before relocating back home to downtown Cincinnati in December, 2011, with her and sound/music engineer Michael Schultz, Dolores lived in Estero, Florida, maintaining two homes in both locations.  While living in Estero she was in management at Page Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Fort Myers, Florida. She is a local graduate of Princeton High School, class of 1964. She joined TWA as an overseas flight attendant in 1968 retiring in 2001. During her years of working, and living in Europe while with the airline, she sang in several different hotels and clubs throughout Europe, the British Isles, and later while living in Florida.  She continues to perform her own shows locally. She enjoys her work with Cincinnati Heritage Programs at the Cincinnati Museum Center, where she performs the music in our shows and is involved in other volunteer work with Heritage Programs.

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May2

The Democratic’s Civil War

& The 2020 Nomination Battle

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, May 2, 2019

After their loss of the Presidency in 2008, the Republicans engaged in a vicious civil war over the direction of the Party … Tea Party Republicans v. establishment Republicans. That battle raged until shortly before Donald Trump was nominated in 2016. Ironically, the end of that war and the election of Donald Trump signaled the beginning of a civil war in the Democratic Party. At the core of the new war is the battle for control of the Party between the left-wing progressives and the Democratic establishment.

This battle within the Party will play out in multiple ways during the 2020 nomination contest. Not only will it be progressives v. establishment, but also women v. men, minorities v. whites, coastal candidates v. heartland, and old faces v. new. Dr. Tuchfarber will describe and explain these battles and the candidates that are waging them. He will also elucidate how the Party’s debate rules, primary rules, and convention rules add extra complexity to the struggle that will rage from early 2019 through the convention in July 2020.

 Alfred J Tuchfarber PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science – University of Cincinnati
Owner – Tuchfarber Political-Economics, LLC
Blogger – TuchfarberReport.com
In 2014 and 2016 Tuchfarber predicted the American election results with great accuracy, unlike a large majority of the pundits. He did so because he has a deep understanding of the voters’ priorities and thinking, as well as of the rapidly changing coalitions that make up the American political parties. As a political-economic analyst and author of the Tuchfarber Report, Al brings you insights and forecasts that you will not find elsewhere.

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Jun12

Reagan and the Brandenburg Gate Speech 31 Years Later

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

EmpowerU will watch one of the most famous speeches of all time 31 years after date that Ronald Reagan delivered the Brandenburg Gate speech.   The Brandenburg Gate, was built between 1788 and 1791 by Prussian King Frederick William II as a key entry point to the city of Berlin. In 1987 it stood as a symbol of communism in the West when the wall went up in 1961 access to the gate now located in East Berlin was cut off.
The “tear down this wall” speech was not the first time Ronald Reagan had addressed the issue of the Berlin Wall: in a visit to West Berlin in June 1982, he’d stated “I’d like to ask the Soviet leaders one question “Why is the wall there?”,] and in 1986, 25 years after the construction of the wall, in response to West German newspaper Bild-Zeitung asking when he thought the wall could be “torn down”, Reagan said, “I call upon those responsible to dismantle it today.”
The speech was also a source of considerable controversy within the Reagan administration itself, with several senior staffers and aides advising against the phrase, saying anything that might cause further East-West tensions or potential embarrassment to Gorbachev, with whom President Reagan had built a good relationship, should be omitted.
American officials in West Germany and presidential speechwriters, including Peter Robinson, thought otherwise. Robinson traveled to West Germany to inspect potential speech venues, and gained an overall sense that the majority of West Berliners opposed the wall.
On Monday, May 18, 1987, President Reagan met with his speechwriters and responded to the speech by saying, “I thought it was a good, solid draft.” White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker objected, saying it sounded “extreme” and “unpresidential”, and Deputy U.S. National Security Advisor Colin Powell agreed. Nevertheless, Reagan liked the passage, saying, “I think we’ll leave it in.”
Join EmpowerU as we watch the entire speech on film 31 years later.   We will set up our conversation with what was going on in the Country before, and after to give you historical perspective.   This speech is as meaningful today as it was back on June 12, 1987.
Speaker Bio:
 
Matt Byrne will moderate this class by taking us through the events leading up to Reagan’s important speech.   He will walk through the historical context of the speech-what was happening politically, where were we at with Russia and the Cold War.   Matt Byrne primarily represents clients in state and federal trial court and appellate litigation, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies. His litigation experience includes the full spectrum of employment matters, ranging from individual claims to complex class and collective actions. He has represented clients in appeals before the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, among other appellate courts.
After the Speech we will hear from Harald Ziegler to talk about what it was like to live behind the wall and the Iron curtain.   Harald was raised behind the Iron Curtain, fully indoctrinated with the communistic ideology, he was a card-carrying member of the communist party of East Germany, when his belief system was scattered by the confrontation with GOD’s word; as a graduated electronic engineer, he served at a Navy base until he was expelled for publicly declaring his faith. After a ten year fight with the almighty State Security Police (STASI), he could leave, what he calls one of the largest prisons on earth. Twenty years later he realized his lifetime dream and immigrated to the United States. Harald was one of the co-founders of the Cincinnati Tea Party and her Senior Strategist for many years.

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