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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.

Monday, November 26, 2018

#FREESPEECH IN THE NEWS: NOVEMBER 26, 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.) Free-speech protects Wisconsin students...

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Your Support Encourages Dialogue, Diversity, and Democracy

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

I want to be direct with you. I'm concerned about the state of our nation.There’s a divisiveness to so much political conversation and there are fractures in so many communities. Common ground seems so rare. But as the year comes to a close, I reflect on the words shown above on the Freedom of Speech...

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lies, damn lies and post-truth

Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

by Lee McIntyre, Boston University Most politicians lie. Or do they? Even if we could find some isolated example of a politician who was scrupulously honest – former President Jimmy Carter, perhaps – the question is how to think about the rest of them. And if most politicians lie, then why are some Americans so hard on President Donald...

Monday, November 19, 2018

#FREESPEECH IN THE NEWS: NOVEMBER 19, 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.) Neo-Nazi Harassment Is Not...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hate speech is still easy to find on social media

Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

by Jennifer Grygiel, Syracuse University Shortly after the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, I noticed that the word “Jews” was trending on Twitter. As a social media researcher and educator, I became concerned that the violence would spread online, as it has in the past. The alleged synagogue shooter’s activity on the Gab social media site has drawn...

Monday, November 12, 2018

Democratizing Cleveland: An Introduction

Bliss Davis, Content Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

By Randy Cunningham Excerpted from Democratizing Cleveland: The Rise and Fall of Community Organizing in Cleveland, Ohio 1975-1985, originally published 2007 and reprinted by Belt Publishing, 2018. Use CLE25 to take 25% off Democratizing Cleveland at the Belt store. For a decade between the mid-1970s and 1980s, the neighborhoods of Cleveland, Ohio hosted a vibrant community organizing...

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