May 2021 Plain Press Community Board

May 2021 Community Board


CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE’S STATION HOPE virtual celebration will be presented virtually on Saturday, May 1, from 5:00-9:00pm. CPT Staff will broadcast live while artists envision, interrogate, and seek out hope from where they are stationed. Station Hope is a jubilant community event celebrating Cleveland’s social justice history and exploring contemporary struggles for freedom and equity. Audience members will participate virtually and witness livestreamed performances of theatre, music, storytelling, and dance inspired by the most important issues of our time. Station Hope is free, for all ages, and open to all – to be livestreamed on CPT’s website at

ACTION IS HOPE; panel discussion sponsored by Cleveland Public Theatre livestreaming April 30 from 7:00-8:15pm.Local leaders who have changed their community through activism in different ways speak about their process and what called them to activism. Action is Hope: a panel discussion is a call to action and a sharing of ideas to move us all toward action within our communities. Panelists include Francisca Da Silveira, Danielle Sydnor, Makayla Mattocks, and the discussion will be moderated by MyRon P. Edmonds, DMin. Visit to learn more about the Panelists and Moderator.


CONSENT DECREE COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: The next meeting is at 6:00 pm on May 12, and the theme will be Crisis Intervention and Officer Wellness. To offer your input on police reform in Cleveland, or to express your concerns and ask your questions, register for any of the eight remaining Consent Decree public meetings by visiting


OHIO DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE reminds Ohioans it is a resource to help them become more knowledgeable and empowered insurance consumers.  Educational insurance tips sheets, guides, and toolkits are available on the department’s website, To talk with a department insurance expert, call 1-800-686-1526 and 1-800-686-1578 for Medicare help. You can also participate in the department’s interactive insurance webinars.


THE CLEVELAND WESTSIDE VILLAGE is hosting an educational program, “Protecting Assets from Nursing Homes, Unraveling the Myths of Medicaid and Planning for Long Ferm Care.”  Our presenter is David Banas, an attorney with the law firm Hickman and Lowder.  The program will be Saturday, May 15 from10:00 a.m. until noon by zoom. Register to receive the zoom link at:

THE LITERACY COOPERATIVE, the Cuyahoga County affiliate to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, offers a monthly free book to children until they reach age five. To register your child, please visit: For more information call 216-776-6181.


NEIGHBOR UP CIRCULAR CLEVELAND COMMUNITY GRANTS: Applications for the Circular Cleveland Community Grants are available now through May 7th to neighborhood groups, faith-based organizations and small non-profit organizations (with an operating budget of less than $250,000) to support their community work related to the circular economy. What is a circular economy? A circular economy diverts waste from the landfill and reduces pollution, keeps products and materials in use and restores and renews the natural system.  Find more details including how to apply at

NEIGHBOR UP COMMUNITY GARDEN AND FARMERS MARKET GRANTS: grants available for community gardens, farmers markets, and for garden art in the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland. Grants will be reviewed on a rolling basis each week starting May 1st through June 15th. Find details at

OHIO CLIMATE JUSTICE FUND (OCJF): This newly launched fund will invest in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) organizations in Ohio, working at the intersection of racial justice and climate action. The OCJF will award competitive, one-time grants between $15,000-$30,000 to BIPOC led organizations across Ohio to host community listening sessions and lead communities in conversations about the best and most effective ways to address climate and environmental justice in their communities. Grant applications are due by COB on May 19, 2021. To learn more, visit, or email Leah D. Hudnall, Director of The Ohio Climate Justice Fund at To stay connected to this effort, follow the OCJF on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


COVID 19 VACCINE: Urban Kutz Barbershop at 11106 Detroit Avenue will have the COVID-19 Vaccine first shot available May 8th from Noon to 4:30 p.m. Pfizer or Moderna. Walk in Only – no appointment necessary. Second shot in June.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 VACCINATION SIGNUP: Appointments can be made at Have questions about the mass vaccination clinics, or need assistance scheduling an appointment? Call 1-833-4ASK-ODH/1-833-427-5634 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. for assistance.

JOURNEY CENTER FOR SAFETY AND HEALING (Formerly Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center) Our mission is to provide services that foster safety and healing for those affected by child abuse and domestic violence and to prevent abuse through education, advocacy, and systemic change. Get Help Now. Call or text 216-391-4357 (HELP).


NORTHEAST OHIO AREAWIE COORDINATING AGENCY (NOACA) will hold a virtual public meeting on Monday, May 3, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. to reveal its draft long-range plan, eENO2050: An Equitable Future for Northeast Ohio. This comprehensive plan for Northeast Ohio will guide major infrastructure investments and set the agenda for all forms of transportation and access within the region, including automobile, bridge and roadway, transit, bicycle, walking, and the movement of freight.  Use your telephone or mobile phone to access the meeting at: 1-301-715-8592,  watch live on You Tube at or visit Zoom at Enter the following Webinar ID and Passcode to join meeting: Webinar ID: 848 7550 2741Passcode: 548600. You can also download the app or view from your browser with this link below:

 Oppose Ohio’s Anti-Protest Bills now in Ohio state legislature: 4 bills which can lead to imprisonment for protesting. Offenses include blocking streets or sidewalks; yelling at a police officer; or providing support to a group who organize a protest. The demonstrations are sponsored by the End Poverty Now Coalition. For more information contact: <> Facebook Page: Protest While you Can in Cleveland.


LAKE EFFECTS: PROGRESSIVE THINKING FOR THE CLEVELAND WE WANT: A website created by David Beach is now online at: The goal of the site is to create a resource for citizens and candidates for Mayor and City Council that will provide a useful collection of issues and ideas while stimulating a discussion about what a progressive city can be like. David Beach is the founder and former director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute and served as the editor of the Plain Press in the early 1980s.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN POLICY COMMITTEE (AAPC) encourages all those who will, to come to the table to seek out solutions, rooted in public policy, that will help solve these myriad crises facing African American communities in Northeast Ohio. The AAPC meets the first Monday of every month from 2-3 p.m. For more information visit: , call 216-295-0283 or email:


CLEVELAND METRO PARKS OFFERS FREE MOBILE APP: Visitors to Cleveland Metroparks now have a new way to find trails and hidden gems across the 24,000 acre park district with the Cleveland Metroparks mobile app! The free mobile app is now available for download on all Apple and Android devices. Download the Cleveland Metroparks mobile app today and Find Your Path at

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