GCC: Gun Violence Victory Event

GCC Victory: We Did Not Stand Idly By!
where we were, where we are, and where we are going

Greater Cleveland Congregations: We did it. We moved the president. As a top leader in Metro IAF’s Do Not Stand Idly By campaign, we have helped pressure President Obama to use his executive power to act to reduce gun violence in our country.

On Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairmount Presbyterian Church (2757 Fairmount Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118), come celebrate GCC’s great work in this campaign around smart gun technology, and use the momentum to push our strategy around “bad apple” gun stores in Cuyahoga County. [Read more…]

GCC Education Team Meeting

Greater Cleveland Congregations Education Team will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church, 6114 Francis Ave. If your congregation is wrestling with how to engage or deepen your relationship with a school, come strategize with GCC to rethink your role and our plan.
In order to achieve our goals of quality education for all children – in CMSD and other districts, we need core teams in congregations who are willing to deepen relationships in schools. There is much more we can do, beyond donations and tutoring, to become allies of parents. [Read more…]

GCC October & November Meetings

Greater Cleveland Congregations has several upcoming events:

Thursday, Oct. 8 – 7 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral with a Money Training with Bob Connolly, an IAF organizer and professional congregational fundraiser. This training will not only help us understand how organized money is power, but give us tools to confidently raise money–for GCC, our congregations, and any other organizations.

Thursday, Oct. 15 – 6:30 p.m. at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church  The Criminal Justice Team will meet and discuss updates on the County Prosecutor strategy, approaches to engage the Police Commission, and the recent Gun Violence as it relates to our Criminal Justice work.

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GCC Listening Session

Pastries at 9 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23

The Trinity Greater Cleveland Congregations Core Team will host a listening session Aug. 23 to hear general thoughts about “why I’m no longer actively involved with GCC.” Target audience is those once associated with GCC when it was organized in 2011, newcomers and potential future supporters.

Stop by for coffee, juice and pastry and share your thoughts!

Questions? Please contact any of the following Trinity members:

Sandy Redmond

Aretha McCreary

Natalie Belle 

Yvonne Conner 


GCC, We Can’t Wait

All eyes are on Greater Cleveland Congregations after a hugely successful action on May 26. With more than 600 people in attendance, we made waves on local and national news outlets. We will come together as GCC on June 25th at 7 pm at St. John AME, 2261 E 40th, Cleveland in order to do a few things:

  • Respond to and evaluate the May 26 Action
  • Teach and clarify our Next Steps regarding our demands to the Mayor and Prosecutor
  • Review the Consent Decree and it’s inclusion of GCC recommendations
  • Look ahead to upcoming possible actions, such as the Tamir Rice verdict

Other upcoming meetings include:

  • July 16, 7 p.m. Location TBD
    Criminal Justice Action Meeting
  • July 19, 3-8 p.m. Forest Hill Presbyterian Church
    Core Team Training
  • July 23, 7 p.m. Location TBD
    Delegate Assembly

To learn more about the Trinity GCC team, contact Yvonne Conner.

GCC Media Roundup from Greater Cleveland Unite: We Can’t Wait!

On Tuesday, May 26, Greater Cleveland Congregations held a public action in downtown Cleveland with the theme: “Greater Cleveland Unite: We Can’t Wait!” The effort is another by GCC to call for long-term, county wide, criminal justice reform. Click here for a list of media coverage from the event.

GCC Action for Comprehensive Countywide Criminal Justice Reform

Trinity GCC Core Team Meeting  Sunday, May 17 at 12:45 p.m. – Attend the meeting to learn more about the action below or contact Yvonne Conner.

GCC, we are engaged in the long-term fight for Criminal Justice Reform. As the largest broad-based community organizing group in Northeast Ohio, we have the power to transform the criminal justice system in our city and suburbs and throughout Cuyahoga County. [Read more…]

Upcoming GCC Meetings: March 2015

In February, Greater Cleveland Congregations held a successful 1,000-person Public Action and 3-day IAF training for new GCC leaders. In March, GCC will focus on continuing its work in criminal justice, building relationships and engaging in schools. Please mark your calenders for these upcoming meetings. [Read more…]

GCC Core Team Meets March 1

Trinity Greater Cleveland Congregations Core Team
Sunday, March 1  12:45 p.m.

At this meeting we will discuss:

  • GCC University – the 2.5 day training session hosted at Trinity Feb. 15-17. There were about 30-35 individuals in this session. I was the only representative from Trinity. I found it a very helpful venue to hear about the GCC philosophy and historical footprint. It would be good to hear from others who have attended earlier sessions of this training; would like to compare notes.
  • What is a Core Team – there are about three active local GCC core teams. Being one of the three, we can play a role in shaping how the team functions as a listeners and intrepreters of community needs around issues of justice and the suggested role of our congregation.
  • Local team member activities – we look forward to hearing an update from those who will have participated in local GCC meetings (Education, Criminal Justice) on behalf of the Trinity GCC Core Team .

To learn more about Trinity’s GCC team, stop by the meeting or contact Yvonne Conner.

GCC University & Upcoming Meetings

GCC University
Feb. 15-17

Training is free and a unique opportunity to learn more about Greater Cleveland Congregations organizing philosophy. Recommended for persons considering future local GCC volunteer leadership positions. Attendees must commit to 100% presence at all sessions. Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 16 and 17 – full-day commitments. Sessions will be held at Trinity Commons. Pre-registration is required. Register by sending an email to Anna Risch at anna.risch@greaterclevelandcongregations.org. [Read more…]