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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, December 22, 2014

Fund for Our Economic Future should be investing in resolving Cleveland's racial issues: Letter to the Editor

The Reverends Moss and Campbell brought both historic and fresh insights to the timely discussion of racial issues at the City Club on Dec. 12. Rev. Campbell proposed that in confrontation between the races, we ask whether the "other side" would consider alternative views and Rev. Moss reminded us there is a real economic cost...

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Civil Rights Leader Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. Calls For “Deliberate Action” At City Club Of Cleveland

Two elders of the American Civil Rights movement—Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. andRev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell—went before a sold-out Cleveland crowd to consider “the unfinished business of race,” a topic heightened by the November police killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old playing with a toy gun in a city park. Photo Credit: Donn Nottage...

Monday, December 08, 2014

Red Cross CEO Misstates How Donor Dollars Are Spent

“On average, 91 cents of every dollar that’s donated to the Red Cross goes directly to the services that we provide.” Gail McGovern, the American Red Cross’s CEO, spelled out this promise to donors in front of a City Club audience on June 20, 2014: Recently, this statistic has come under scrutiny from NPR...

Monday, December 01, 2014

New City Club book reminds us of its history as leading forum for dialogue on race

The Club has done much in recent years to address what outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder referred to as America’s cowardice when it comes to discussing race. Just this summer, Ta-Nehisi Coates addressed the Club and its national audience on the subject of reparations. The just-published book, A Century of Free Speech at the...

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Century of Free Speech: Featured Speakers

Know somebody—a friend, a work colleague, a boss, a client?—who admires one of the extraordinary people whose forum address is highlighted in the City Club's handsomely produced new book written by Carol Poh? Wouldn't a copy, inscribed by you, make the perfect holiday gift? Featured speakers include: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, February 10, 1987 President Ronald...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Case For Reparations Revisited

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a writer for The Atlantic, wrote an article on May 21, 2014, grabbing the attention of many. In “The Case for Reparations” he argues America is responsible not only for the monetary compensation of the African American community, but that it is America’s moral obligation to make amends for the wrong it has...

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