GCC Criminal Justice Team to Hold Write-a-Thon April 29

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On Sunday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Trinity’s Greater Cleveland Congregations Criminal Justice team will hold a write-a-thon. Stop by and write a letter or postcard to legislators and the governor demanding an immediate moratorium on executions in the State of Ohio. Pre-addressed postcards, stationery and pens will be provided. Computers with internet access and printers will also be available, so that you may look up legislator information as needed and also print out your letters, if you prefer to type them rather than write them out by hand. For more information, contact the Rev. Canon Will Mebane.

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GCC Panel on Ohio Education Funding Issues

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Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 – 9 p.m.First Unitarian Church21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights, 44122 Panelists and topics include: Atty. James Hardiman (ACLU & NAACP) – a legal history in Ohio from desegregation, to DeRolph, and beyond Piet van Lier (Policy Matters Ohio) – the fiscal state of education in Ohio (“alarming levels of fiscal distress at districts across the state“)

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GCC Candidate Accountability Action Meeting: Feb. 20

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7-9 p.m. at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple (23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood) The March 6 primary election for the position of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor is of great importance to Greater Cleveland Congregations’ goal for fair and equal treatment of all persons in all aspects of the criminal justice system. Bill Mason, current County Prosecutor, is retiring and five candidates—Subodh Chandra, James McDonnell, Tim McGinty, Robert Triozzi and Stephanie Hall—are running for the open seat. At GCC’s County Prosecutor Candidate Accountability Action meeting on Feb. 20, GCC members will ask the candidates to commit to improving the way the office handles crucial…

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GCC Delegate Assembly

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Greater Cleveland Congregations will hold a delegate assembly on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church (8869 Cedar Ave., Cleveland). At the assembly, attendees will hear reports from all five issue action teams, and ratify specific action steps that have been recommended by the Criminal Justice and Health Care teams and approved by the GCC Strategy Team for action. We will also hear updates from our Education, Jobs, and Food Accessibility teams on research that may lead to action proposals in the future. Members of GCC congregation core teams are encouraged to attend.  

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GCC Criminal Justice Research Opportunity

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Adrian Griffin, Northern Ohio Organizer for Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) will visit Trinity on Tuesday, Jan. 17 from 7–9 p.m. All individuals engaged in GCC Criminal Justice Issue/Action Teams are invited to be briefed on the death penalty in Ohio. Griffin will give context about where we are in Ohio with our death penalty system (including legislation currently in the State Legislature); how we compare to other states; walk through some of the issues that frequently come up with the death penalty such as its often negative impact on murder victims’ family members, costs, innocence, and disparities with how…

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Important Update on Dec. 8 GCC Education Assembly

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GCC Celebrates Restoration of Education Cuts Date: Thursday, Dec. 8 Time: 7-9 p.m. (guests are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to ensure a prompt start) Location: Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, 8712 Quincy Ave. Stand together: Trinity has pledged to have 151 people in attendance!  On Friday, Dec. 2, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Teacher’s Union responded to Greater Cleveland Congregation’s call and struck a tentative deal that will restore funding to early childhood education, high school transportation, summer school, athletics and more. Making sure that the deal sticks, it is now more important than ever, says…

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GCC Criminal Justice Team to Meet with ACLU Civil Rights Experts

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On Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. at The Temple Tifereth Israel (26000 Shaker Boulevard, Beachwood), the GCC Criminal Justice team will meet with civil rights experts from the ACLU. Click here to RSVP. Panelists include: Chris Link, executive director, ACLU of Ohio; Shakyra Diaz, policy director, ACLU of Ohio; Sam Amata, head Cuyahoga County public defender, juvenile division; and Edward Little, juvenile court advisory board member. The state of Ohio has 88 counties. While violent crime is at record lows in Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland, 20% of those detained in both our adult and juvenile corrections facilities…

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GCC: October Issue Research Opportunities

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Greater Cleveland Congregations has announced the following issue research opportunities for October: Team: Education Event: Conversation with Peter Raskind, former interim CEO of Cleveland Municipal School District Date and time: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m. Location: Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple (23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood) RSVP to: leahck.lewis@greaterclevelandcongregations.org Special Note: This event is taking place as an education opportunity between Yom Kippur worship services at Fairmount Temple. All GCC members are invited to attend. However, please be mindful of the dress code (what you would wear to a formal religious service) and the fact that members of the synagogue will be…

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Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues

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Sr. Helen Prejean Wednesday, November 16 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public Sister Helen Prejean, acclaimed author of the international bestseller Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, has been at the forefront of the anti-death penalty in the United States for several decades. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 1957. In the early 1980s, Prejean became involved with prison ministry, counseling death row inmates in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. She also works with murder victims’ families and founded Survive, a victims’ advocacy group in New Orleans….

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