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Featured Staff Pick The 50 Year Policy Legacy of Mayor Carl B. Stokes
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Friday, November 03, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ballroom A & B | Huntington Convention Center
  300 Lakeside Avenue East Cleveland, Ohio 44113

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the election of Carl Stokes, the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Shortly after the election and in an effort to initiate sweeping changes to improve the lives of Clevelanders, Mayor Stokes created Cleveland NOW! as his signature proposal to address the challenges of his time. Many of the challenges that motivated...

From Incarceration to Advocacy: A New Approach to Criminal Justice Reform
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Social Justice

Friday, June 18, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

From Incarceration to Advocacy: A New Approach to Criminal Justice Reform

After spending more than 44 years working to support and advocate for people returning to community from incarceration, Charles R. See retired from Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LMM) in 2017. A native Clevelander, See is known for his leadership in addressing...

Beyond Pride: Why LGBTQ+ Visibility Matters
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Thursday, June 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

Beyond Pride: Why LGBTQ+ Visibility Matters

It's vital that there be accurate and inclusive representation of LGBTQ people in the stories we tell. Are the right people telling these stories? If not, why? Earlier this year, the LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD released its annual Where We Are...

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Politics & Public Policy

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

No More "Snake on the Lake:" The Future of Redistricting in Ohio

In May, the U.S. Census Bureau announced population statistics following the completion of the 2020 census. Ohio, for the sixth consecutive time, will lose a seat in the House of Representatives, bringing the number of representatives from 16 to 15....

Judicial Crisis?: Dark Money, Court Capture, and the Future of American Democracy
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Politics & Public Policy

Friday, June 11, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Judicial Crisis?: Dark Money, Court Capture, and the Future of American Democracy

In May, 2020, Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), released a report examining a decades-long effort by conservative interests to remake the federal judiciary. The 54-page report, Captured Courts: The GOP's Big Money Assault on...

Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White
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Tuesday, June 08, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White

On April 5, 1968, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Senator Robert F. Kennedy stood at The City Club of Cleveland's podium and delivered the Mindless Menace of Violence speech, now considered one of the most important...

Beyond the Stage: How Karamu House is Catalyzing Creativity and Community
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Arts & Culture

Friday, June 04, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Beyond the Stage: How Karamu House is Catalyzing Creativity and Community

In 1915, a pair of Oberlin College graduates opened a settlement house in an area of Cleveland called “The Roaring Third,” located at the corner of East 38th Street and Central Avenue. The institution set out to establish a common...

Investing in Change(makers): Equitably Developing America’s Small and Mid-Sized Legacy Cities
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Business & Economy

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

Investing in Change(makers): Equitably Developing America’s Small and Mid-Sized Legacy Cities

In cities that have long struggled with disinvestment and the loss of jobs, leaders might be tempted to focus on growth at all costs. However, a growing body of evidence shows that revitalization works best when everyone shares in its...

Youth Forum: Youth Voices on Free Speech
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Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Youth Forum: Youth Voices on Free Speech

It was the legendary civil rights leader and human rights advocate John Lewis who famously said in his autobiography Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, "I believe in freedom of speech, but I also believe that we...

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