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59 minutes | 2 days ago
Happy Dog Takes on the World: 10 Years of War in Syria
In March of 2011, protestors took to the streets in Syria to show solidarity with the growing pro-democracy movements in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. Across the region, these protests sparked a domino effect of citizens taking to the streets to demand democratic reforms and greater freedoms; on a larger scale, this period became known as the Arab Spring. In Syria, however, the initial uprisings were followed by a government and military crackdown, successive resignations from Syrian government officials, human rights abuses, and an exodus of thousands of Syrian residents. This shaped the start of the Syrian Civil War.\r\n\r\nTen years after the first protests began, the brutal violence has subsided, but peace remains elusive. An estimated 593,000 people have died, more than 11 million currently need humanitarian assistance, approximately six million people are displaced within Syria, and more than million Syrian refugees have relocated across the globe. Outside of the humanitarian disaster and need for assistance, the Syrian conflict has numerous domestic actors competing for government control as well as larger geopolitical implications, as the U.S., Iran, Russia, and Turkey all have a hand at the table.\r\n\r\nJoin us for a conversation on the state of affairs in Syria, 10 years since those first uprisings, and what the ongoing instability there means for the region.
57 minutes | 6 days ago
2021 Law Day
President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day in 1958 to mark the nation\'s commitment to the rule of law. The 2021 Law Day theme - Advancing the Rule of Law, Now- reminds all of us that we the people share the responsibility to promote the rule of law, defend liberty, and pursue justice.\r\n\r\nNo society can thrive, or even continue to exist, without the rule of law and respect for institutions of law. The Constitution is the foundation of law in the United States, but its significance is much deeper than simply outlining America's legal structure. The Constitution is symbolic; it is both a codification of our common values and a set of ideals to continue to strive toward. It is a tool of accountability, but perhaps even more a social contract, a contract that commits Americans to the pursuit of equality, justice, and peace.\r\n\r\nPeter N. Kirsanow is a partner with the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, working within its Labor and Employment Practice Group. He is a Black civil rights commissioner and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, serving his fourth consecutive six-year term, which he was reappointed to by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in December 2019. He is the longest-serving member among the current commission.\r\n\r\nJoin us for our annual Law Day forum, a conversation about the fundamental intersections between law and democracy. Mr Kirsanow will be introduced by Joseph N. Gross, 2020-2021 President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Partner with Benesch.
60 minutes | 7 days ago
Building a Lead Safe Cleveland
For years, researchers, experts, and journalists have raised alarm bells about the rising numbers of Northeast Ohio children presenting with elevated blood lead levels and lead poisoning. One study even found that the rates of lead poisoning in Ohio rivaled that of Flint, Michigan. The region\'s industrial past and aging buildings and housing stock laden with lead paint are often cited as culprits.\r\n\r\nBut there is a concerted effort underway to prevent lead poisoning and curb the \"poisoning-to-prison\" path of school struggles, juvenile crime, adult incarceration, and homelessness that many young people face. Launched in January 2019, the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition is comprised of more than 450 members, 120 organizations, state and local governments, and families impacted by lead all working together to address the issue of lead poisoning. While from different backgrounds, they all agree that no child should ever be poisoning by lead.\r\n\r\nThe Coalition supported the passage of groundbreaking law to proactively require rental units be lead safe certified in the City of Cleveland. And last year, to complement the law, the Coalition launched the Lead Safe Home Fund, a first-of-its-kind, public-private fund to help families and landlords comply with the new Lead Safe Certification requirement.\r\n\r\nThe Lead Safe Home Fund has a target budget of $99.4 million over five years to support a Lead Safe Resource Center, train lead safe workers, and provide landlords with lead safe home loans and grants. Today, these services are open and available to the public. The Coalition has had tremendous success fundraising for the Lead Safe Home Fund but is pressing on in order to create a lead safe Cleveland.\r\n\r\nJoin us as Coalition leaders share their progress and challenges, and discuss how this lead safe model can and should be replicated in other communities.
59 minutes | 9 days ago
The Parallel Pandemic: COVID-19 and Mental Health
While the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe over the last year, experts forecasted a \"parallel pandemic\" of declining mental health due to the stress, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety brought on by job loss, economic uncertainty, and work and social restrictions. For those who already suffered from mental health and substance abuse disorders, the pandemic often exacerbated their symptoms and created new barriers for treatment.\r\n\r\nMental distress during the pandemic occurred against a backdrop of high rates of mental illness and substance use that existed prior to the current crisis. A recent survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that four in 10 U.S. adults now report symptoms of anxiety or a depressive disorder, up from one in 10 adults who reported these symptoms at the same time in 2019. Another 11 percent reported having seriously considered suicide in the past month. The increase in symptoms was most striking for young people aged 18-24. In addition, in December 2020, the CDC reported that the 12-month period ending May 2020 had the highest recorded number of drug overdose deaths in the United States, more than 81,000.\r\n\r\nAt the same time, Americans, especially people of color and people with marginalized gender identities, are finding it even more difficult to access behavioral health services. President Biden, initially criticized for not including mental health services in his COVID-19 recovery plans, has included $1.5 billion for community mental health service block grants and another $1.5 billion in block grants to fund substance-use disorder prevention and treatment in the recently announced American Rescue Plan. But is it enough, especially for states like Ohio?\r\n\r\nJoin us as local experts discuss the current mental and behavioral health crisis and share new approaches to help improve the mental health of Northeast Ohio residents.
57 minutes | 13 days ago
Paving the Way for Downtown's Future
Joe Marinucci will retire from the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) at the end of April, after serving as President and CEO since its inception 16 years ago. Created in 2006, DCA manages services within a district that stretches from the Cuyahoga River to East 18th Street and includes areas in and around the Flats. The Alliance\'s most visible presence is in the form of the yellow-clad Downtown Ambassadors who walk or ride bicycles throughout the neighborhood, encouraging a cleaner and safer environment for residents, workers, and visitors.\r\n\r\nDuring Mr. Marinucci\'s tenure, Downtown Cleveland changed dramatically. The city center is now home to 20,000 new residents, wecolmed several new hotels, re-opened Public Square, and hosted the 2016 Republican National Convention, the NBA Finals and a World Series. He helped bring $7.3 billion dollars of investment to Downtown and formed the Downtown Recovery Response Fund that helps small businesses deal with the effects of last year\'s civil unrest and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.\r\n\r\nNow, as Cleveland begins to recover from the pandemic, Downtown faces both new opportunities and new challenges. Within the next 12 months, Cleveland will operate a mass vaccination clinic at the Wolstein Center, host the NFL Draft and the NBA All-Star Game, and re-open Playhouse Square. While construction continues on new apartments and housing, concerns remain about the long-term viability of some small business and restaurants, as well as the future of Downtown office space as many companies increase the number of remote workers.\r\n\r\nJoin us as Mr. Marinucci shares how the tools, resources and investments of the last 16 years can help pave the way for Downtown\'s future.
58 minutes | 15 days ago
Breaking the Silence: A New Tradition of Public Comment in Cleveland?
The lack of public comment at Cleveland City Council meetings has been a source of resident anger and frustration for decades. Except for a brief time in the 1920s and 1930s when the city was under a city manager form of government without an elected mayor, Cleveland City Council has not routinely held a space for public comment in its regular meetings. This is in stark contrast to other Ohio cities like Columbus, Akron and Youngstown, all of which allow residents to provide live public comment at their city council meetings. Cuyahoga County Council also permits public comment.\r\n\r\nClevelanders for Public Comment is a growing grassroots coalition comprised of dozens of organizations, elected leaders, candidates for office and residents of all 17 wards. They have conducted research, drafted an ordinance, and are urging City Council to act quickly in implementing a public comment period in 2021.\r\n\r\nThis forum will consist of a moderated conversation featuring Jessica Trivisonno, author of the proposed ordinance, and two City Council members who are in support of its adoption. Following the conversation, there will be 30 minutes of a simulated public comment session.\r\n\r\nAnyone interested in participating will have up to three minutes to make a comments about any matter that concerns the legislative, administrative, or public affairs of the city. Commenters are also encouraged to make comments on how to best invest the $541 million in stimulus funds slated to come to Cleveland from the American Rescue Plan. Individuals can sign up to make a comment by completing the Mock Public Comment Form at cle4publiccomment.com or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
57 minutes | 20 days ago
Missing from History: Black Suffragists and the Right to Vote
Last year, the United States commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Women and men of all races, ethnicities, and identities fought for-and against-women's right to vote. The national movement that led to the women\'s right to vote is not only a story about women's rights, but is also an American story of race, class, citizenship, gender, immigration, political identity, and values.\r\n\r\nIt\'s a story that continues today. Black women are now the largest voting bloc in the United States and they had a dramatic impact on the 2020 election. All across the country, Black women worked to ensure that all eligible voters have their voices heard at the polls. In Georgia, former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is credited with dramatically increasing voter registration and voter education which lead to Georgia to flip from red to blue for only the third time since 1972.\r\n\r\nPaula J. Giddings, the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor Emerita of Africana Studies at Smith College, is known for her writings on the complicated history of Black women in America, including Ida: A Sword Among Lions, the award-winning biography of anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells. She\'s also written extensively on the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, one of the largest Black women\'s organizations in the United States.\r\n\r\nJoin us as Giddings discusses the 19th Amendment: the political tradition of African American women, their struggle to be enfranchised, and how their activism led to the influence that Black women have on today's electorate. This is a history far too little known and one which adds depth, complexity, and richness to the quest for women's rights.
61 minutes | 23 days ago
A La Calle: People, Protest, and the Road to Restoring Democracy in Venezuela
The crisis in Venezuela has been making headlines for years. As violence erupts in the streets, people without food, water, or electricity have been fleeing the country in droves. Unsustainable economic practices compounded by Nicol?s Maduro's authoritarian reign has created the perfect storm for a national catastrophe, and has inspired enormous demonstrations throughout the country, uniting people of all walks of life against the corrupt institutions that hold them down.\r\n\r\nThis ongoing humanitarian and political crisis in Venezuela was captured in the riveting documentary A La Calle, which tells the story of the Venezuelan people's attempts to reclaim their country's democracy. Over the course of filming, A La Calle captures opposition figures, grassroot activists, and every day citizens that work to uplift the voices of other Venezuelans and their fight against the Maduro regime.\r\n\r\nJoin us as those involved in the making of the film discuss the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and its implications for every day Venezuelans and global citizens.\r\n\r\nA La Calle is part of the 45th Cleveland International Film Festival. Tickets to the film can be purchased here. Use code CITYCLUB to receive a discount.
57 minutes | a month ago
The Forum of Football: Browns Alumni’s Platform for Social Equality
Cleveland Browns\' teammates Andrew Hawkins and Joe Thomas are co-hosts of the popular The ThomaHawk Show podcast in addition to their current roles with NFL Media.\r\n\r\nAn undrafted wide receiver out of Toledo, Hawkins started his professional football career with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes before joining the NFL in 2011, playing first for the Cincinnati Bengals before signing on with the Cleveland Browns in 2014. Hawkins also serves as the Director of Business Development for The SpringHill Company, a video-production and entertainment organization led by LeBron James and Maverick Carter.\r\n\r\nThomas was a 10-time Pro Bowl selection and played every offensive snap at left tackle (NFL-record 10,363 consecutive) during his 11-year career with the Browns. He is a two-time Browns Walter Payton Man of the Year honoree (2010 and 2016), which recognizes a player's excellence in the community and on-field performance.\r\n\r\nJoin us as Hawkins and Thomas discuss their NFL careers and how they continue to use their platform as professional athletes and on-air media personalities to raise awareness for important social justice topics, including creating equality and opportunities in sports, education, and throughout the entire community.
63 minutes | a month ago
Happy Dog Takes on the World: Why Rust Belts Matter Around the World
In America and other Western democracies, older industrial communities are in a painful process of economic transition. These geographic regions were once economic powerhouses, but have experienced a decline in manufacturing, and a subsequent decline in local economies, property taxes, education, and other community assets. Research has shown that when election season rolls around, residents of these geographic regions are also increasingly likely to latch onto populist candidates like Donald Trump or Marine le Pen.\r\n\r\nNeopopulism thrives in rust belt communities across the globe - communities where residents are responsive to the messages of nationalism, nativism, retreat from the international community, and nostalgia for days gone by offered up by right-wing populists. Yet, evidence also suggests that when these communities have economic hope, the appeal of populism wanes. Economic condition and the appeal of populism are inseparable, and if the United States and Europe do not address the feelings of alienation and desperation produced in these communities, they will continue to face the rise of angry electorates willing to give voice to chaos-causing, antidemocratic candidates.\r\n\r\nJoin us as national experts discuss the transatlantic effort to diminish the appeal of populism, revitalize rust belt economies, and restore democracy.
57 minutes | a month ago
Democrats Divided? The Future of the Democratic Party
For the first time in more than a decade, the Democrats control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. Their majorities in congress are exceptionally slim, requiring them to govern and legislate with unity-which they don't always have. United in their effort to deny President Trump a second term, they rebuilt the \"blue wall\" in the Midwest, expanded their base in the popular Sun Belt cities of Atlanta, Houston, and Phoenix, and turned Georgia blue for the first time since 1992. This was accomplished, in large part, due to the efforts of Black voters and communities.\r\n\r\nDespite success at the ballot box, deep divisions remain between the party\'s moderate and progressive wings. Progressives are pushing proposals such as Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, the cancellation of student loan debt, and a Green New Deal-and are willing to abolish the filibuster to ensure these policies are enacted. The moderates appear more concerned with job creation, lowering taxes, and, in many cases, support maintaining the filibuster and working across party lines to pass legislation, despite the difficulty of doing so. These divisions are reflected in their voter base which is arguably the most diverse in history and is likely become more diverse if demographic trends continue.\r\n\r\nGiven all these factors, what is the future for the Democratic Party? What should their priorities be? Who should make those decisions? And how should the Biden administration navigate the deeply rooted beliefs in different wings of the party? Join us for a conversation with two political strategists about the future of the country's oldest political party.
65 minutes | a month ago
Learning Disrupted?: The Future of K-12 Education after a Pandemic
This March, many Ohio students will return to the classroom for the first time in a year, after schools first shut down because of COVID-19 last spring. Teachers, administrators and parents have worked tirelessly to educate these students, but most agree that remote instruction simply cannot replace the learning done in-person with a teacher and student face-to-face. Some educators and policy makers, fear that, for some students, the educational and social losses that have occurred as a result of remote learning are steep and will be hard to surmount.\r\n\r\nOhio Governor Mike DeWine recently asked all Ohio public school districts to formulate and submit a plan to address the educational losses of the past year by April 1st. Some suggestions have included extended school-day hours, more tutoring, adding days to the beginning or end of the school year, or the creation of robust summer learning programs. This request comes just a few weeks after the Ohio Department of Education published a solemn report on literacy statistics in the state: Almost half of literacy tests administered to kindergarteners revealed that these students scored "not on track," and third grade reading proficiency rates dropped by eight percentage points.\r\n\r\nJoin us as national and regional educators discuss what learning loss is, how severe its effects really are, and what school districts are doing to mitigate it. We'll also discuss what teachers, parents and students may have gained educationally during the pandemic.
57 minutes | a month ago
Building the Factory of the Future: The Intersection of Technology and Manufacturing
Despite the attention paid to tech and gig jobs and workers, the manufacturing industry continues to occupy a central place in the American economy. For many, a manufacturing job provides the most promising path to job stability and upward mobility. However, over the last decade, the implementation of technological advances in manufacturing - digitalization, automation, robots, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things (IoT) - led to heightened fears of job loss, especially for workers without a college degree. The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated these fears, creating deep divisions between workers able to engage in remote work and those unable to do so.\r\n\r\nNow, as vaccine efforts ramp up, the United States is about to enter a \"new normal\" and recover from the economic downturn, while also re-engaging previous efforts to revitalize and develop its manufacturing industries, in both traditional and emerging sectors. What does the \"factory of the future\" look like post-COVID? Will the reliance on emerging technologies deepen - and, if so, what effect does that have on workers? Is it possible for the manufacturing industry actually gain resilience through the adoption of technology?
57 minutes | 2 months ago
One Year Later: COVID-19 Pandemic and the Road to Ohio's Recovery
It has been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic entered Ohio. Now, hioans are hopeful that we\'re at the beginning of the end of the pandemic. Vaccine distribution is accelerating, confirmed cases and positivity rates are declining, schools are returning to in-person classes, and certain restrictions are being lifted. Governor Mike DeWine discusses what\'s next for the state of Ohio.\r\n\r\nThis forum is the The Annual Bolton Memorial Forum on National Politics. Support for City Club Virtual Forums is provided by Bank of America, KeyBank, PNC and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with ideastream is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.
62 minutes | 2 months ago
Youth Forum: The Future of Admissions Testing in Education
Dwindling enrollment. Another look at the digital divide. Hybrid and totally remote learning. The pandemic has sent ripples through the education system in the United States, in many ways permanently changing how our nation's children learn. Amongst these change, how students are tested has been altered as well.\r\n\r\nAfter schools were shut down a year ago, several college and universities made submitting SAT and ACT test scores optional. Prior to the pandemic, there were 1,070 schools that were test-optional - one of whom was test-blind. That figure has jumped to nearly 1,700 and counting, with more than 70 considering themselves test-blind for enrollment this coming fall semester. The College Board, the non-profit organization with a mission of making higher education accessible for all, recently announced they are no longer offering the SAT Subject Tests and the essay. With standardized testing under more scrutiny than ever before, educators, parents and student are taking a deeper look at the organization and the history and legacy of testing in the U.S. The College Board nearly operates as a monopoly with more than $1 billion in annual revenue. In recent years, studies and data have found that that testing in general puts our nation's most vulnerable children at a socioeconomic disadvantage, leading to the College Board creating its controversial Adversity Index. In that same vein, opponents of say testing can actually give some kids an extra advantage.\r\n\r\nNow, some colleges are phasing out the test altogether or, in some cases, creating their own entrance exam as is the case with the University of California school system.\r\n\r\nThe effects of the pandemic aren't limited to college testing-high school and elementary school systems around the country are also taking another look at the benefits and shortcomings of standardized testing as well.\r\n\r\nIs standardized testing in the U.S. in jeopardy? How can doing away with testing altogether help or harm students? Join us for a City Club Youth forum to discuss standardized testing.\r\n\r\nThe livestream will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @cityclubyouth or send a text to 330.541.5794.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
2021 High School Debate Championship
For more than 30 years, The City Club of Cleveland has hosted the annual High School Debate Championship in which the top two area high school debaters square off in a classic \"Lincoln-Douglas\" style debate. Despite the pandemic, we are moving forward with this tradition and presenting the championship virtually.\r\nThe two finalists, Sophia Avery, a junior at Chagrin Falls High School, and Soren Palencik, a senior at Hawken School, will be debating Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal child care.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
A Conversation with Ross DiBello
In 2021, Cleveland faces a mayoral election. Leading up to the primary, the City Club will be speaking with candidates seeking the city\'s highest office.\r\n\r\nRoss DiBello grew up in Chesterland and graduated from both The Ohio State University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. An attorney, he spent most of his career working for Judge Cassandra Collier-Williams, most recently as her staff attorney at the Court of Common Pleas.\r\n\r\nDiBello formally announced his candidacy for Mayor of Cleveland on October 28, 2020. As mayor, he plans to institute more democratic procedures on Cleveland City Council and increase transparency, prioritize public transportation, close Burke Lakefront Airport and create a vibrant lakefront, and increase innovation in education.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Bridging the Civil Justice Gap
A recent poll from the Associated Press and the National Opinion Research Center found that 91 percent of Americans favor some sort of criminal justice system and police reform. But that\'s not the only aspect of our legal system hampered by decades of discrimination, racism, and classism. There is also a persistent civil justice gap in America - and it\'s widening.\r\n\r\nThe civil justice gap is described as the difference between the civil legal needs of low-income Americans and the resources available to meet those needs. According to one recent study, poor and low-income Americans received adequate legal attention for only 14 percent of the civil problems they reported. The vast majority, unable to afford representation, too often navigate the courts and other bureaucracies on their own as they face eviction, debt collection lawsuits, issues with immigration, disability, and domestic violence. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated this problem. What is it about the way our courts work that make it so hard for ordinary people to navigate them and get the resolutions they need?\r\n\r\nJoin us as national and local experts discuss the scope and scale of the problems that people encounter in the civil legal system, and explore some potential solutions.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
Workforce Crisis: Child Care, Women, and the Future of the Economy
As the nation begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we\'re learning that the availability of child care, decisions regarding when to safely re-open schools, and the broader workforce are inextricably connected.\r\n\r\nWhile child care professionals were initially lauded as essential employees at the start of the pandemic, their prioritization declined as time passed. Statewide lockdowns, the closing of schools and in-person learning, and the dramatic increase in the number of parents working from home or not working at all resulted in the shuttering of many child care centers, some permanently. It is estimated that up to 40 percent of child care centers will never reopen after the pandemic subsides.\r\n\r\nThis situation has and will continue to disproportionately affect women. With schools closed and limited options for safe and affordable child care available, women have dropped out of the workforce. According to the National Women's Law Center, women have accounted for 55 percent of the net 9.8 million jobs lost since February 2020. The lack of high-quality, affordable early care and education has been a barrier to women\'s employment and advancement for decades. Now, if current trends are left unaddressed, we risk exacerbating existing inequalities and reversing decades of progress toward the creation of an inclusive economy for women and people of color.\r\n\r\nWe\'re at a critical point in our state - and our nation\'s - history. The decisions made in the near term will impact child care providers, working women, businesses that employ parents, and our children, the future of Ohio's workforce. Join us as two local leaders discuss efforts underway in Northeast Ohio to address the child care crisis.
57 minutes | 2 months ago
Combatting Eviction in a Time of COVID
More than 22 million Americans have lost their jobs since the onset of the pandemic. As a result, in early January, American households were $40 billion behind in utility bills and $32 billion in rental arrears. A stimulus package that earmarked $25 billion in rent and utility assistance helped some as did a federal moratorium on evictions, issued first by the Centers of Disease Control, followed by Congress, and extended by President Biden through March, 2021. But is it enough?\r\n\r\nOver the past few years, Cleveland has made great strides in combatting evictions. In June, 2020, the right-to-counsel program was launched, guaranteeing free legal representation in eviction cases for extremely low-income residents. Yet the threat of eviction isn\'t solely an urban problem. In Cuyahoga County, there are about 76,000 renters, who are facing
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