Legal Issues

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Lakeview Terrace residents have not received mail in over a month

by Bri Dion (December 2018, Plain Press)        Recently, mail services have been a serious problem for residents of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority low rise apartments at Lakeview Terrace. Most people expect to receive mail every day. However, many residents at Lakeview Terrace have not received their mail in over a month. The exact number of … Continue reading

The Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) GoVoter Project survey seeks feedback from voters with disabilities

by the SABE GoVoter Project (December 2018, Plain Press) “Having a disability is not the problem with voting, it is having the accessible equipment, accessible location, and the respect to do so.” – Nancy Ward, Oklahoma People First    If you voted in the 2018 General Election, how did you cast your ballot…mail in, early voting or on … Continue reading

Legal Aid to pick up some services as Cleveland Tenants Organization closes

Legal Aid to pick up some services as Cleveland Tenants Organization closes (Plain Press, April 2018)       Due to declining financial support, the Cleveland Tenants Organization (CTO) ceased operations in February. CTO served the Cleveland community providing tenant and landlord education and advocacy for affordable, fair and quality rental housing since its founding in 1975. … Continue reading

April 2018 Issue of the Plain Press


Law You Can Use: Consumer Information Column

Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery by Tabitha Woodruff (Plain Press, February 2018)        Human trafficking is the illegal ownership and sale of human beings; in modern times it takes many different forms. The federal Trafficking Victim Protection Act of 2000 divided human trafficking into two categories: forced sex work, which is termed “sex trafficking,” and forced … Continue reading

Panel tackles police accountability and the use of body-worn police cameras

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, May 2015) At the April 18th meeting of the Greater Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Coalition, a panel of seven people with a variety of different areas of expertise weighed in on the question of whether or not Body-Worn Cameras will increase police accountability. Shakyra Diaz, a Policy Manager for … Continue reading

Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations holds its first community meeting in Cleveland

by Chuck Hoven The Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations convened by Governor John Kasich to address the issue of police community relations on a statewide basis held its first community meeting at Cleveland State University on January 20th.  The Task Force formed in the wake of the U.S. Justice Department report on excessive use … Continue reading


Cleveland reacts to deaths of citizens as the result of police use of force by Chuck Hoven.  The tragic death of 12-year old Tamir Rice on November 22nd at Cudell Recreation Center has had a profound affect on the citizens of the City of Cleveland. The impact of this event on Cleveland’s children is of … Continue reading

Collaborative for a Fair, Safe and Just Cleveland works for inclusion of citizens in efforts to reform Cleveland Police Division of Police

by Chuck Hoven.  (Plain Press, January 2015) Over seventy people attended the December 20th meeting of the Collaborative for a Fair, Safe and Just Cleveland. The group’s agenda includes working on a set of demands to address excessive use of force by Cleveland police, and working to make sure citizens are stakeholders in a long-term … Continue reading

NOBLE makes platform recommendations for next Ohio Budget

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, December 2014) The dust had barely settled after the November election in the State of Ohio when Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislation Equality (NOBLE) gathered to start organizing to have an impact on the next biennial State of Ohio Budget. At a Saturday, November 15th meeting NOBLE members gathered to … Continue reading