This forum is SOLD OUT. On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot by police officer Darren Wilson in the northern St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Within the next year, Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and Freddie Gray in Baltimore were all killed by police officers, each setting off protests surrounding police use of force in their respective cities. These incidents caused Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery to question the data around police shootings. His inquiry spurred The Post's investigative data-gathering project The Fatal Force which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Lowery's experiences traveling across the country covering police shootings are chronicled in his book They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement. In it, he also describes the events that led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and how black activists used social media to elevate their messag...
African-Americans represent 13 percent of the national population, but only represent seven percent of visitors to the National Park Service. The reasons for this disconnect are varied: for many, the outdoors evokes lynchings, trauma, and flight from slavery and discrimination. Others simply feel excluded as parks and outdoor activities are largely led by whites. Access to the outdoors and greenspaces is vital to the social fabric of a community and to individual's health and well-being. Many initiatives are underway at both the national and local level to increase the use of parks by minorities and to diversify the employment staff of park systems. How do we ensure equitable access to parks, greenspace, and natural amenities? What efforts are underway in Cleveland - and are they working? Join us for a conversation with local and national leaders on diversity, inclusion, and the future of parks and recreation. Panelists include:Dudley Edmondson, photographer a...
The Sixth Amendment guarantees that “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.” And yet, in today's criminal justice system, very few cases go to trial. Instead, most cases are resolved through a plea bargaining process by which the accused plead guilty - even for crimes they didn't commit - to avoid a trial and lengthy prison sentence. Ninety-four percent of felony convictions at the state level and 97 percent of felony convictions at the federal level are the result of plea bargains. This practice contributes to the rise of mass incarceration of the poor and minorities in the U.S. How can we make sense of the plea process? Can it be reformed? Join us to hear from several local leaders in this latest installment of the Anatomy of Justice series. Panelists include:Saleh Awadallah, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor The Honorable Michael P. Donnelly, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court&nbs...
recent violence in Charlottesville is one painfully visible reminder of the
division, distrust, and hateful extremism that is on the rise in the United
States. Since January, there have been more than 65 bomb threats against Jewish
Community Centers in 27 states, and as our politics become more divided, the
time for critical, civil dialogue is now. Join the City Club of the Mahoning Valley for its first Views & Brews event, a free
discussion on extremism, racism, and violence in America today, the root
causes, and what we can do as citizens to counter this growing threat. Panelists
include: Tiffany M.B. Anderson, Ph.D., Assistant
Professor of English and Director of Africana Studies, Youngstown State
UniversityJacob Ari Labendz, Ph.D., Clayman Assistant Professor of Judaic and
Holocaust Studies, Youngstown State UniversityDolores V. Sisco, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English and Director
of American Studies, Youngstown State University&n...
MOCA Cleveland is partnering with For Freedoms, an artist-run Super PAC founded by artists Hank Willis
Thomas and Eric Gottesman, in a two-year
residency focused on a series of free, quarterly Town Hall discussions.
Co-produced with The City Club of Cleveland, the nation’s oldest continuous
forum for free speech, these programs provide
safe platforms for topical conversations that seek to encourage a more active,
collaborative, inclusive, and empathic community. Inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s historic Four Freedoms speech outlining four
essential human rights, the September program explores freedom from fear through the subject of migration. This event features
panelists born outside of the United States who now live in this country, many
of them in Cleveland. Using a method called Question Bridge, the
panelists--along with anyone in the audience who self-identifies as an
immigrant--will ask and respond to each other’s questions. The discussion will