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University Circle Activists Advocate For a Balanced Circle While Institutions Rethink

Residents of University Circle made their voices heard by University Circle Incorporated at three meetings in 2004 concerning the "College Town" proposal. And perhaps even Case Western Reserve University has listened to neighbors a little bit concerning the proposed 20,000 square foot Mandel Center for Non-profit Organizations proposed for the popular "Harmony Park" and the Hessler Community Garden at the corner of Bellflower Rd. and Hessler Court.
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Keith McHenry Will Speak at Oberlin

Keith McHenry will be speaking at Oberlin College on the history of Food Not Bombs, anarchism, and his life, Thursday, April 21st at 7:30pm in King Building, Room 106. Keith has been a peace activist for over 30 years. He has volunteered with the Coalition for Direct Action at Seabrook, Mobilization for Survival, The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, Boston Alliance Against the Draft, Iraqi Pledge of Resistance and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. He is a co-founder Food Not Bombs which shares free vegetarian food in hundreds of communities. It is one of the worlds largest all volunteer international movements taking direct action for peace and justice. He helped start the first chapter in Boston in 1980. He designed the movement's logo and co-wrote with C.T. Butler, the book, Food Not Bombs, How to Feed the Hungry and Build Community.
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Senate Bill 24 Threatens Free Speech at Ohio Colleges

Ohio Senate Bill 24 threatens to restrict professors and administrators from discussing or taking positions on "controversial" issues. Faculty and Student Senates across the state have expressed outrage against what they perceive to be a right-wing assault on higher education.
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Students Confront Violence on Their Campus

In the past three months alone, there have been 4 reported incidents of sexual-violence on the John Carroll campus. There have also been reports of racist graffiti, and homophobia within the student body. About 400 people attended a town hall meeting held by the university on Friday December 3 to address the issues and concerns that have arisen from these events. On Monday, students organized an open forum to voice their thoughts and feelings and to stress their commitment to address these issues. Both the university and students have made it clear that the only major changes in actions & attitudes of the student body must come from students themselves.

A letter by a JCU student expressed a need to go beyond warnings to women and address core issues of male dominence and hold men accountable for their actions.

Students have also planned a rally on Thursday, December 9, at 12:15pm on the JCU quad. The rally will bring survivors, allies, friends, family, faculty, and staff together to speak out against these incidents - and to generate positive social change through the formation of new anti-oppression groups and activities on campus.

Read letter to the editor by a JCU student | Statement by university

C-Space Community Center
C-Space members would like to invite you to a benefit dinner and discussion about C-Space, a new community project in Cleveland.

Saturday December 11
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

C-Space is an independent group building a community center in Cleveland to inspire do-it-yourself educational, creative, political and social projects. Possibilities for projects to be housed in C-Space include a community school, computer lab, library and tool library, art resources, and a performance venue.

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Anti-Oppression Group Starting in Cleveland
There is a new anti-oppression group starting in Cleveland. We will be having monthly meetings to confront sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, and any other form of oppression through honest discussion of our experiences and feelings. Anyone from the area is welcome to plan and participate in the group.

The First Meeting:
Saturday December 18th
3:00 - 5:00 pm
The Center 6600 Detroit Ave (just west of W.65th)

At the first meeting, we're going to discuss the upcoming speeches by Tim Wise (info below). Tim Wise is a white anti-racist author and speaker, who challenges systemic white supremacy (not the insidious acts of hate groups). you can download the speech. If you need a tape instead, let us know.

Contact us @ 216.373-0084 or There will also be a screening of the speeches just before the first discussion group meeting.

If you need childcare please let us know! you can get a flier from:
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This Halloween, NEMA Cleveland is inviting you to a weekend of workshops and mutual aid in our lovely city. This conference will be the third(ish) meeting of NEMA participants. In addition to reportbacks and updates from NEMA working-groups, this will be a time for new people to contribute to defining NEMA and for the network to further test its functionality as a tool for groups to grow together in the general area.

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UPDATE 10/14/04

On October 12th a public court hearing will be held to establish temporary and/or permanent custody of Amina, Layla, and Sami Al-Jailani. Support Michele Swensen as she continues to defend her family from the effects of the Patriot Act.
Please come and show your support for local mother of three and wife of uncharged detainee Ashraf Al-Jailani PLEASE BRING SIGNS

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Military Recruiters Invade Bowling Green High School Classes
I'm a high school student in Bowling Green, and the other day a guy from the ROTC came in & took over my gym class. We were forced to go through military drills (attention, saluting, laps, jumping jacks, push ups, etc). Hmm, what does this have to do with physical education? Anyone showing any interest in the military was pressed to join...The recruiter said that having tables in the cafeteria hadn't been getting enough people enlisting, so this was their way to get more recruits. Full Article

Woe is Cleveland, City Named Poorest in U$
As many were focused on the major RNC protests in NYC, the u$ census bureau released new statistics on poverty. Cleveland was on the top of the heap in many categories leading it to be named the new "Poorest Big City" in the country. 31.3 percent of Cleveland's households live below the poverty line according to the survey, and almost half of the city's children are "poor". But, according to a report from Cleveland-based research institute Policy Matters Ohio, the entire state is in an equally depressed condition. Full Article

Community Radio Stations Targeted by Feds
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Two community radio stations, one in Knoxville, TN and the second in Santa Cruz, CA have been raided in the last 2 weeks by armed US Marshalls (and/or FBI) and the FCC. Last October, San Francisco Police and the FCC raided a popular Bay Area radio station. Despite the federal government's war on community media, radio activists across the US are operating community stations in open defiance of FCC regulations. Full Article

Allied Media Conference
Bowling Green Ohio June 18, 19, 20

If you believe communities should control their media... If you believe everyone should have the tools to create and distribute their own books, movies, music, newspapers, and more... If you believe communication is a human right... Then you Should be at the Allied Media Conference. The AMC focuses on sharing skills, building alternatives to corporate media, and using media for positive social change. In addition to hands-on, DIY workshops, the conference includes film screenings, artist presentations, and a large exhibition hall to share our work. There are caucuses for video activists, community newspapers, and Indymedia members and a series of workshops for educators on using independent media in the classroom. Set in a small, midwest town, it's also a space to strengthen our community and enjoy each other's company.

For complete information: Allied Media Conference website

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Tremont Says No To Gentrification
Debate spurs over who can afford to live in Tremont area wkyc channel 3 news coverage of event

Clevelandís Tremont area is home to many trendy restaurants and bars but itís also home to the poor working class who say theyíre being squeezed out by new development.

Last Friday, June 11, there was a anti-gentrification event in Tremont at the corner of Jefferson and Professor. Further details are in the fliers below.

Cleveland Food Not Bombs! Served a tasty assortment of free food, and the radical cheerleaders shouted out. A free CD of local music, literature about gentrification and Tremont, and a whole lotta Tremonters tired of being ignored and pushed around, the event was sure to be a powerful criticism of both city and corporate plans for Tremont.

Thursday, June 24: Tremont Anti-Gentrification Follow-Up Community Meeting

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Saturday April 17, 2004 - Cleveland

Local and national groups teamed up today to present GRASSROOTS AMERICA SHAPES THE DEBATE: The People's Platform at St. Ignatius High School on the west side of Cleveland. The organizers of the event were able to mobilize over 100 people on relatively short notice to participate in discussions on issues such as Jobs, Housing, Education, and Healthcare and develop strategies to address these issues at the local, state and national levels of government.

The event consisted of mainly discussion in the form of speakers from various groups and working group sessions focusing on the four main issues. Panelists and facilitators led the working groups with an opportunity for interaction from those in attendance. The results of the working group sessions were then presented to all in attendance and elected officials and/or their representatives. These results will also shape what organizers of the event are calling "The Peoples Platform of Cleveland" and may provide points of unity for many groups and individuals to organize around. Many of the officials present took the opportunity to show their support for the discussions and results of the four working sessions.

The results of the event will be made available to those who attended as well as the general public via many of the group websites and independent media sources like this one. Those who attended the event are encouraged to publish your own account on this site's newswire, and those who didn't can continue the discussions using the comment feature of this website.

To read more click here or for additional info, why not visit... | | Schools, Crooked Superintendent, Wicked Mayor, and our Youth
by Comrade X, Kleveland/Social Nerve

The situation in the Cleveland School District needs serious debate and attention. Please read this important article and start a lively conversation on the problems facing our community and our children, why is the city neglecting our youth, and what can we as activists do about it. In this article I would like to give some voice to the problem of the Cleveland Public School District. I will discuss the issues of low graduation, the mayoral control of the school system, and the many problems that plague the failing district. Education is an important issue, one that is rarely debated and discussed in activist circles. And although it is a very tiring issue it needs to be discussed and debated, people have to get involved and struggle for student rights. The children in America are getting the worst treatment in schools. Inner city schools are plagued by violence, dilapidated schools, and horribly oppressive restrictions. Therefore this article is also a call to action, to urge people to get more involved with the schools in their communities. The youth of America deserves better. Also, I will raise some questions about the economy and the education process.

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Public Housing to be Demolished in Tremont

During a discussion at Ola St. Joseph Church on W14th in tremont, it was announced that plans have been nearly finalized to tear down the public housing complex Valley View Estates between W5th and W7th. The meeting, which occured Tuesday, Jan. 6th at 7pm, explained the official plans for the area, and gave community members an opportunity to question city officials and private developers an on the issues.

Underneath the facade of "betterment" and "community development" it's interesting to note the movement of money and what's really going on, namely the gentrification of a neighborhood

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