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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.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Why the history of real estate matters

Last month, The City Club joined the Cuyahoga Place Matters team to take a deeper look at the legacy of mid-twentieth century real estate development and lending practices. The event was ostensibly to hear the results of a report by Jason Reece and his colleagues at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and...

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Transgender Activists Push For Equality At City Club Forum

An introspective, respectful and sold-out City Club audience gathered to consider the long march to equality for transgender people in Northeast Ohio. Activist Stacey Parsons spoke directly to the elected officials in the room: “Without your support, nothing can change. Your being here says so much to the community.” Darius Stubbs, a Cleveland teaching artist,...

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cleveland's Race Problem, revisited

When I started writing a recent piece for Politico on Cleveland's race problem, I was thinking a lot about the conversations we have and the conversations we don't have. As a community, we've had city council listening sessions, actions by Greater Cleveland Congregations, meetings at churches and ward clubs. In the midst of these many...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Researcher Richard Rothstein Makes Compelling Push To Address Modern Segregation

In a popular U.S. high school history textbook, The Americans, there is only one sentence—in passive voice—on housing discrimination among more than 1200 pages of text: “African-Americans found themselves forced into segregated neighborhoods.” So noted researcher Richard Rothstein, who cited this fact as an exemplar of American “collective amnesia” when it comes to how we discuss...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cleveland Teens Add Their Voices To Conversation On Racism, Injustice

  Moderator Anthony Price of Shaw High School; Shakyra Diaz of the ACLU of Ohio; Jonathan Gordon of CWRU School of Law; Basheer Jones, writer and poet; Andres Gonzalez, chief of police of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Shakyra Diaz, policy manager for the ACLU of Ohio, asked everyone in a...

Thursday, January 08, 2015

We are Charlie

By now, we all know what happened in Paris on January 7th. Gunmen attacked the staff of the century old satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The gunmen apparently called out journalists by name before murdering them and then proclaimed, as they left the building "God is great... We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad. We have killed...

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