Gun Violence Action on Sept. 16

The GCC Gun Violence Reduction Team has had a season of hard work and major victories including international relationships, a national strategy, work to stop the pipeline of illegal guns in the County, and many meetings with and letters to local mayors and elected officials. GCC is a leader in the Do Not Stand Idly By gun violence reduction campaign, and NOW is the time to publicize and claim recognition for this work. [Read more…]

GCC Education Team: Kick Off for CMSD School Year

Based on our unanimous vote to recommend to the Strategy Team to support the CMSD Bond Renewal Levy, we have three upcoming opportunities to have conversations and gather research. Please RSVP to Anna at if you plan on attending any of these events or if you have any questions. Let’s kick off the CMSD school year Listening, Acting and Winning! [Read more…]

July 15: Listen. Act. Win. Education Meeting

Listen, Act and Win quality education in our schools on Tuesday, July 15, at 6 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (2230 Euclid Ave, just a few blocks from Marion-Sterling School.) 

At our May 15 Action, we won victories for two of our schools! [Read more…]

GCC Mental Health Research Team Meeting

Greater Cleveland Congregations will host a Mental Health Research Team meeting on Tuesday, July 1 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral. The group will continue to explore how Mental Health connects with GCC’s current issue areas of Education and Criminal Justice/ Gun Violence. [Read more…]

Still Listening, Acting and Winning! May 15 Follow-up and Next Steps

Dear GCC Education Team:

As GCC wraps up our Month of Action, it’s time to look at the work we’ve done to inform our next steps. We had some major victories at our Action on May 15 with CEO Gordon. [Read more…]

United Power Builds a Greater Cleveland Assembly Recap

On Thursday, Greater Cleveland Congregations, the largest inter-faith, multi-racial organization in Greater Cleveland, organized 971 members from 40 congregations, schools and associations to call for shutting down the felon factory in Cuyahoga County and stopping the flow of illegal guns into our communities. Read the entire message here.

GCC Mass Assembly: May 29 at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, May 29th at 7p.m. Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) will be hosting a mass assembly at the the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church (8712 Quincy Ave.). [Read more…]

Important Response to Gun Violence from GCC Co-Chairs

Dear GCC Strategy Team, Criminal Justice Team, and GCC Leaders: 
As discussed at the last Strategy Team Meeting on April 24, GCC is working on a number of levels on the issue of gun violence.  We are part of Metro IAF’s Do Not Stand Idly By campaign. Our strategy is to use the purchasing power of local governments to bring safer gun technology to the marketplace, as well as more secure distribution practices.  We have also been researching potential actions around local gun stores, such as Atlantic Gun and Tackle, who are known to area law enforcement as problematic crime gun dealers. Read the full letter from the Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Rev. Jawanza Colvin and Rabbi Josh Caruso here.

May 15: Listen. Act. Win.

GCC, we are on the edge of a movement that can change education in Cleveland. We have a unique partnership of trust with CEO Gordon, and are building school teams of parents, teachers, principals, students, and neighborhoods. We have had 250 conversations in 12 schools during our 3-month Listening Campaign.

At 7 pm on May 15 at Marion-Sterling School, GCC members who are committed to creating quality Education for all will unite with these school bases to Listen, Act, and Win. More details here.

United Power Builds a Greater Cleveland: GCC Assembly May 29th

On May 29th, GCC will assemble 1,000 leaders to call for a direct response to gun violence in Cuyahoga County, and for the end of the practice of overcharging in our Criminal Justice system.

Please join the Strategy Team to hear more about the assembly this Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. We will meet at Temple EmanuEl, 4545 Brainard Rd. We will also take May 29th quotas from each organization on Thursday. 

Everyone is invited to attend this extended informational Strategy Meeting. RSVP to Anna at

We look forward to seeing you all there, and to continuing our work toward May 29th together!