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Twenty groups protest anti-protest efforts that are happening locally and statewide

Twenty groups protest anti-protest efforts that are happening locally and statewide (Plain Press, January 2022)           Defending Democracy and Dissent, along with 20 other organizations, held a protest on Saturday, December 4th, that began on Public Square and ended in front of the Justice Center. The protest highlighted recent efforts to criminalize peaceful protesting in Cuyahoga County … Continue reading

Help for youth aging-out of foster care

Help for youth aging-out of foster care by Tonya Sams (Plain Press, December 2021)                 Aging out of the foster care system can be a very challenging time for youth who are also navigating the transition from childhood to adulthood. Without a birth certificate, social security card, or other identifying documentation, it can be extremely difficult to … Continue reading

Ohio Department of Transportation seeks public input on replacing Buhrer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge over I-71 in the City of Cleveland

Ohio Department of Transportation seeks public input on replacing Buhrer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge over I-71 in the City of Cleveland The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is proposing replace the Buhrer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge over I-71 in the City of Cleveland.  The Buhrer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will be closed for a period of eight months … Continue reading

Redistricting: What’s the Big Deal?

Redistricting: What’s the Big Deal? by Joel Gorski (Plain Press, September 2021)      Monday morning, August 23, Cleveland State University’s student center ballroom was filled with a standing-room-only crowd estimated at 200 people.  Many were preparing comments and questions for Ohio’s very first Redistricting Commission as they waited. Most, if not all, of the attendees at this first … Continue reading

More cash means more stability for children and families

More cash means more stability for children and families by Will Petrik (Plain Press, August 2021)     All children and families, no matter where they live or what they look like, deserve stability, security, and basic human dignity. But for decades, certain state and federal lawmakers have prioritized tax giveaways for the wealthy while 46% of Cleveland children … Continue reading

City of Cleveland is quietly blocking citizen planning efforts for safer, bike-friendly streets

City of Cleveland is quietly blocking citizen planning efforts for safer, bike-friendly streets by Lee Chilcote (Plain Press, August 2021)     For more than a decade, community developers on Cleveland’s near west side have been working to create a new, improved streetscape on Lorain Avenue between West 25th and West 65th Street. It was always about more than potholes and … Continue reading

Formerly homeless youth leads charge in Cleveland for affordable housing

Formerly homeless youth leads charge in Cleveland for affordable housing by Dan Polletta (Plain Press, August 2021)     When Kai Cotton offers advice to youth struggling with homelessness, they listen, because she was once in their shoes.       She’s no typical charity worker. She’s one who’s been homeless, who knows exactly what it is to have the rights and … Continue reading

Wendy Park Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Whiskey Island

If elected mayor, State Senator Sandra Williams promises to rebuild Cleveland

If elected mayor, State Senator Sandra Williams promises to rebuild Cleveland  by Bruce Checefsky    State Senator Sandra Williams was greeted by supporters as she entered the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on June 8 where she filed petitions to run for Mayor of Cleveland. She pledged a campaign focused on a new, better Cleveland. Williams, who has held positions in … Continue reading

City Club hosts Clevelanders for Public Comment in a forum and a mock public comments session

City Club hosts Clevelanders for Public Comment in a forum and a mock public comments session by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, May 2021)      The resident led movement, Clevelanders for Public Comment, now has a majority of Cleveland City Council — nine members — committed to passing legislation written by Near West Side activist Jessica Trivisonno that … Continue reading

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