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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, March 25, 2019

#FREESPEECH IN THE NEWS: MARCH 25, 2019

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.) Prosecutors slam 'free speech'...

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Bike-friendly cities should be designed for everyone, not just for wealthy white cyclists

Guest Author

by Anne Lusk, Research Scientist, Harvard University Designing for bikes has become a hallmark of forward-looking modern cities worldwide. Bike-friendly city ratings abound, and advocates promote cycling as a way to reduce problems ranging from air pollution to traffic deaths. But urban cycling investments tend to focus on the needs of wealthy riders and neglect lower-income residents...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Personal View: Impact of childhood trauma affects entire community

Guest Author

by Habeebah R. Grimes We've long recognized that extreme stress can lead to mental health problems. We rightfully hold veterans in our hearts and sympathize with the life-altering effects of war. We are arguably open to the idea that intense stress in daily life increases our risks for heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and the...

Monday, March 18, 2019

#FREESPEECH IN THE NEWS: MARCH 18, 2019

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.) Middle finger protected by...

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Political Parties are Still in a Fierce Fight for Control Leading into 2020

Guest Author

by Nancy Martorano Miller, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Dayton Across the U.S., Republicans control 30 statehouses and the Democrats control 18. That is the largest number of one-party controlled state legislatures since 1914. Minnesota is currently the only state where there’s not one party in control of the state legislature – Republicans have a...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tia Speece on Conquering Classism and Sexism to Win the 2019 High School Debate Championship

Guest Author

by Tia Speece, Debater at Kenston High School and the 2019 High School Debate Championship Winner I started debate in my sophomore year, the same year that my school initiated its program. I was one of two kids that showed up for the team. I had no idea what I was doing. I learned from my...

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