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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, 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...

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...

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...

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