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Want to know what is on our minds? Find blog posts written here, by the City Club staff, members, and partners. Every week you can find a new edition of #FreeSpeech in the News — a collection of related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century that’s making the news. You’ll also find takes on current events, past forums, and issues surrounding Northeast Ohio. Read on for all things City Club.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Facing Eviction? Good Luck Getting a Lawyer

Hazel Remesch, Attorney, The Legal Aid Society, Fellow, Sisters of Charity Foundation

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland’s fellowship, known as The Innovation Mission, is a powerful opportunity for accomplished professionals to advance their innovative ideas to change the trajectory of poverty in Cleveland. The five professionals we selected for The Innovation Mission began the fellowship in November 2017. We will be sharing their journey over...

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

How Guns Have Destroyed American Idealism

Guest Author

By James D. Robenalt, author of the upcoming book, Ballots and Bullets, Black Power Politics and Urban Guerrilla Warfare in 1968 Cleveland Perhaps there is no coincidence that in the same week that the Department of Justice confirmed Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election, seventeen young Americans were gunned down by a troubled young man...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Reflections on the #MeToo Movement

Jocelyn Ting, Senior, Shaker Heights High School, Youth Forum Council

Last April, my sophomore year teacher was accused of having sex with a student in 1995. In October, among the rise of the #MeToo movement, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine months in prison. Tarana Burke began the movement in 2006 after a shattering interaction at youth camp, when she could not bring herself...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news – and what you should know about – in the past week. 1.) Fight against Russian election...

Friday, February 16, 2018

Trying to Keep Up with the ‘Dreamers’ Debate? Here are 6 Essential Reads

Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

By Danielle Douez, Associate Editor, Politics + Society The future remains uncertain for a group of young people who were brought to the U.S. as children without legal authorization. Some of these so-called “Dreamers” were temporarily shielded from deportation through an Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. In 2017, President Donald Trump announced...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cleveland-Area Reading of 'Evicted' Seeks Creative Solutions to Inequality and Housing Challenges

Dan Moulthrop, Chief Executive Officer, The City Club of Cleveland

There is a haunting description in the opening pages of Matthew Desmond's 2016 book "Evicted." As he describes the journey of a woman named Arleen and her two children from a homeless shelter in search of stable housing, he throws in a minor detail about the home the family briefly rented for $525 a month:...

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