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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.

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...

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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...

Monday, March 11, 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.) Facebook, Charter Say Robocall...

Friday, March 08, 2019

International Women’s Day: Women have been written out of power

Guest Author

by Ella Tennant, Teaching Fellow, Language Centre and Liberal Arts, Keele University As we mark International Women’s Day after a year of renewed media attention to issues of gender inequality, it could be that there are more important threats facing women and the survival of our planet, than mere words. But after the #MeToo campaigns, exposure...

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

The Rise of the Black Panther

Guest Author

by Kesav Kosana, Sophomore, Solon High School Finding popularity in the 1940s, comic stories have evolved and progressed significantly in the past 70 years, surely leaving their mark on modern culture. However, there are aspects of the comic world that we rarely considered, such as race, gender, and other various societal aspects. These factors are more...

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Join the City Club at #CIFF43 for the 2019 FilmForums

Julia Wang, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, The City Club of Cleveland

The Cleveland International Film Festival is almost here and once again, your favorite free speech forum will be in attendance! We’re partnering with CIFF to bring you 9 FilmForums - moderated and interactive panel discussions exploring important, complex, and relevant social issues that cannot and should not be ignored. Find the featured films below but...

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