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Truth Commission on Poverty to be held at Franklin Circle Church on October 14

by Alyssa Apollo (Plain Press, October 2017) The End Poverty Now! Coalition, a large coalition of Cleveland organizations, will be holding a truth commission on Saturday, October 14 from 10-4 pm. The group has modeled the upcoming Cleveland Truth Commission on Poverty after worldwide and historical Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. The event is free and … Continue reading

Greater Cleveland Congregations challenge “the politics of privilege”

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, September 2017)     Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) has a simple idea, if we can raise huge sums of public money to benefit a downtown development project like the expansion of the Quicken Loans Arena (the Q), we should be able to raise a similar amount to address real needs of Cleveland … Continue reading

In Memory: Norman Wolfe

(Plain Press, September 2017)       The Near West Side and Cleveland lost a tenacious activist and advocate for the issues of low income Clevelanders when Norman Wolfe died on August 4. Formerly homeless himself, Norman Wolfe became a long-time advocate for homeless individuals and homeless issues. Recognizing his many contributions, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the … Continue reading

Greater Cleveland Congregations provides much needed moral voice

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, June 2017)      Greater Cleveland Congregations has provided a much-needed moral voice challenging both Cleveland City Council and the Cuyahoga County Council to work with them to develop a fund to address the many needs of Clevelanders living in poverty. The group not only has given voice to the plight … Continue reading

NOBLE urges citizens to contact legislators about concerns in upcoming state budget

(Plain Press, April 2017)                Northern Ohioans for Budget Legislation Equality (NOBLE), a community based coalition working to make the community’s voice heard in the State of Ohio’s legislative process, is currently mobilizing residents to lobby the State Legislature concerning the next two-year state budget. On March 29th, local members of NOBLE boarded a bus … Continue reading

Raise Up Cleveland announces start of statewide effort to raise minimum wage

(Plain Press, February 2017)        Members of Raise Up Cleveland came to the Cleveland City Council meeting on January 10th to announce they will take their campaign to raise the minimum wage statewide. The also came to voice their displeasure at the move by Cleveland City Council’s leadership and Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration to thwart … Continue reading

Mayor Frank Jackson forgets where he came from

by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, December 2016)            Mayor Frank Jackson is soft putty in the hands of the corporate downtown plutocracy. The mayor, from the most deprived area of the city, has allowed and perpetuated for a decade Cleveland’s downtown to become a city within the city—pampered and showered with freebies. What downtown wants, … Continue reading

What fool taxes himself or herself?

by Roldo Bartimole (Plain Press, November 2016)    If the Cleveland Establishment forces—you know them—can’t back a $15 an hour wage, then they shouldn’t tax the first $15 an hour of pay. Or even, not tax the minimum Ohio wage of $8.10. That would make the first $16,848 ineligible for the city tax. That would … Continue reading

Poverty growth in Cleveland neighborhoods continues

CHILD POVERTY GROWS IN ALL NEIGHBORHOODS SERVED BY PLAIN PRESS by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, October, 2016)       Despite the many community development projects in Cleveland neighborhoods, the poverty rate in Cleveland was estimated to be higher in 2012 than it was in the year 2000. The 2000 Census listed the poverty rate in Cleveland at … Continue reading

Tackling poverty is the most effective way to improve performance of students in Cleveland schools

by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, October 2016)          The End Poverty Now! march was by far the largest demonstration in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. The marchers brought their message before the national media to draw attention to a critical issue. The message should also be heeded here in Cleveland. Census bureau data published … Continue reading