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Monday, September 30, 2013

ON THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS



 Thought for the day:


[Freedom of Speech] Opinions, conjecture, complaints, observations, / legal redress, voting are rights that citizens have.



Surveillance, invasions of privacy, intimidation, excessive force, misconduct, and acts of retaliation by public officials/public employees because a citizen exercises their rights is called abuse of power/position and there should and must be legal consequences for the person/persons who abuse their power/position. (See also "Color of Law")



Related:
Color of Law Abuses 

DOJ - Color of Law 


Filing Complaints for Color of Law Abuses:

To file a color of law complaint, contact your local FBI office by telephone, in writing, or in person. The following information should be provided:

  • All identifying information for the victim(s);
  • As much identifying information as possible for the subject(s), including position, rank, and agency employed;
  • Date and time of incident;
  • Location of incident;
  • Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witness(es);
  • A complete chronology of events; and
  • Any report numbers and charges with respect to the incident.

You may also contact the United States Attorney’s Office in your district or send a written complaint to:

Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division
Criminal Section
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest
Washington, DC 20530


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Newsletter, The Leadership Conference:


Take Action: Make sure your family and friends are informed about the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace, which begins enrollment on October 1. Help spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends and family! 

 

You may have heard that some politicians in Washington are attempting to discredit the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. “Obamacare,” and the important goal it set forward to address – expanding access to affordable health care. In 2010, Congress passed the ACA to make health insurance, and ultimately health care itself, more accessible. The benefits of ACA are wide-ranging and will have important impacts on our nation’s most underserved communities. 


Health care is a basic human right, and with the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans now have a historic opportunity to access quality health care coverage. That starts with participation in the Health Insurance Marketplace, available for enrollment on October 1.

 
What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

 
The Health Insurance Marketplace allows eligible individuals to choose from affordable health insurance options with enrollment starting on October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. Health insurance coverage will begin as soon as January 1, 2014. To participate, it is critical that individuals meet the March 31, 2014, deadline to apply for the Health Insurance Marketplace. 

 
Here’s how an individual can prepare for the Health Insurance Marketplace:
1.    Review information about the Health Insurance Marketplace;
2.   On October 1, visit the official website to find your state’s application instructions and see all the plans and programs you’re eligible for;
3.    Choose a plan that meets your needs and enroll!


If you have questions or need help, call 1-800-318-2596 – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Let’s spread the word to make sure every person is insured.


Take Action: Make sure your family and friends are informed about the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace, which begins enrollment on October 1. Help spread the word by forwarding this email to your friends and family!

Monday, September 23, 2013

NAACP TO HOST MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT RECEPTION, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013

The Cleveland NAACP Membership Committee is hosting a Membership Recruitment Reception. The reception will take place at 6:30pm on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Minority Business Solutions, 16400 Miles Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44128. If you are not a member, or have friends or family who are not members, we encourage you all to come out to hear what the NAACP is doing in the community as well as upcoming initiatives.

SHERROD BROWN NEWSLETTER: ENROLLING FOR A NEW HEALTH PLAN

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Enrolling for a New Health Plan 


 In less than two weeks, enrollment begins for the health law’s new insurance marketplace, allowing almost one million Ohioans to become eligible for financial assistance to purchase quality, affordable health insurance. 



Starting October 1, Ohioans without insurance, or those who would like to change their insurance plans, can shop for health insurance coverage at www.healthcare.gov



For years, we’ve heard stories of Americans frustrated and failed by our health system. But today, the tide is turning and we are starting to see the health law take effect. 



When this enrollment period begins, more than 916,000 Ohio residents will be eligible for financial assistance to buy insurance that provides quality coverage at a price they can afford. And Ohioans suffering from pre-existing conditions will no longer be denied coverage or charged higher premiums. 



For Ohioans like Robert, a cancer survivor from New Matamoras, the new health law means that insurers cannot turn him away based on his pre-existing condition. For Aaron in Cincinnati, it means not having to choose between tuition and health care. And for Stephen in West Chester, it means being able to feel secure in his retirement.



Health care enrollment marks a milestone for millions of Ohioans – including myself. In 1992, I made a promise that I wouldn’t accept Congressional health insurance until similar coverage was available to all Americans. Today, I can now say that I will be enrolling in the health care marketplace this fall alongside hundreds of thousands of Ohioans.



While the new enrollment period will soon allow all Ohioans to access quality, affordable health coverage, millions of people in our state are already benefiting from provisions in the health care law. 



For example, 97,000 young adults in Ohio are now able to stay on their parents’ insurance until their 26th birthday. We are also closing the ‘donut hole’ for seniors’ prescription drugs – saving Ohio seniors an average of $774 on their medication costs. More than 900,000 Ohioans have received free preventive care, and children are no longer being denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, like asthma, diabetes, and cancer.



For millions across the Buckeye state, the new law will mean less worry and more money in their wallets. And for many Americans, the health insurance marketplace will lower premiums nearly 14 percent more than previously expected.



There is still more work to be done to perfect our nation’s health care system. But on October 1, I will join millions of Ohioans as we take a step towards a future where worry and failed protections will soon become a thing of the past.

Sincerely,

Signature

Sherrod Brown
U.S. Senator


RELATED:

How do I apply for Marketplace coverage? (other choices besides the website)

NETWORKING EVENT - TUESDAYS - CLUB VADA

PRESS RELEASE: ESOP Celebrates 20th Anniversary Honoring Two Valued Community Partners




For Immediate Release
September 23, 2013

Contact:
Deonna Kirkpatrick

(216)361-0718 dkirkpatrick@esop-cleveland.org

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESOP Celebrates 20th Anniversary Honoring Two Valued Community Partners

 

Third Federal Savings & Loan and Center for Community Planning & Development at Cleveland State University to Receive Awards at Luncheon October 16th.

 
CLEVELAND, OH – As Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People celebrates twenty years of helping people improve their lives and communities, our focus is on Building Partnerships for Economic Empowerment. We are excited to announce awards for two longtime partners that help us foster the economic empowerment of disenfranchised communities.

The awards will be presented at ESOP’s 20th Anniversary Luncheon.

Keynote Speaker: Senator Sherrod Brown
Date: Wednesday. October 16, 2013
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Ariel International Center, 1163 East 40th Street, Cleveland, OH 44121
 

 
       Earlier this year ESOP’s founder Inez Killingsworth passed away after a long battle with cancer. She was an inspiring leader with a commitment to community and an example that everyday people can make an extraordinary and lasting impact. In honor of her memory ESOP has established the Inez Tillman Killingsworth Community Leadership Award.


       The inaugural recipient of the award will be Third Federal Savings & Loan. Under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Marc Stefanski, Third Federal Savings & Loan has demonstrated a commitment to Ohio homeowners, offering fair products, investing in communities and maintaining its corporate headquarters in the Slavic Village neighborhood where it was founded since 1938.


       Stefanski and his team have been friends and partners to ESOP throughout the years and had a special relationship with Inez. In 2011 they established the Inez Killingsworth Scholarship for a deserving student at Cleveland Central Catholic High School.
“Third Federal was founded 75 years ago on the principle of doing what is right for our customers and communities,” said Marc Stefanski, chairman and CEO of Third Federal Savings & Loan. “Our friend Inez Killingsworth shared that belief, so we are very honored to be the first recipient of this very special award. Inez’ positive impact will live on through ESOP, this award, and the academic scholarship that bears her name.”


     This year’s Above & Beyond award will be given to the Center for Community Planning and Development at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs for its commitment to researching and documenting the work being done to help stem the tide of foreclosures in Cuyahoga County.


       “We are honored to be recognized for our role as researchers in this important program,” said Kathryn W. Hexter, director of the Center for Community Planning and Development at Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. “With all of the bad news about people losing their homes to foreclosure, it is easy to lose sight of the good work that is being done to help people stay in their homes. Our job has been to tell the story of how ESOP and the other organizations (Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland, Community Housing Solutions, Cleveland Housing Network, Home Repair Resource Center) involved in the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Prevention Program have helped more than 4,500 homeowners. The centerpiece of this program is face-to-face foreclosure prevention counseling resulting in a loan modification, which has proven to be effective in keeping people in their homes. Housing stability benefits homeowners, neighborhoods, cities and the entire county.”


       The Center for Community Planning and Development at CSU’s Levin College is dedicated to strengthening the practice of planning and community development through independent research, technical assistance and civic education and engagement. The Center works in partnership with public, private and nonprofit organizations, local governments and development and planning professionals.


       For 20 years Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (“ESOP”) has worked tirelessly to empower people to improve their lives and communities. ESOP’s work over the last two decades to end predatory lending and abusive mortgage servicing and to prevent foreclosures has helped thousands of families across Ohio to stay in their homes and to stabilize neighborhoods. Today with the hiring of new Executive Director Roslyn Quarto, ESOP’s leadership is embracing a time of change, identifying emerging issues that continue to threaten the stability of our communities and collaborating with our partners to find solutions.


       Join us Wednesday, October 16th for our 20th Anniversary Luncheon. The keynote speaker will be Senator Sherrod Brown. We hope you can join us for this important conversation about how the non-profit, public and private sectors can join forces to help disenfranchised communities move forward from the foreclosure crisis.

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ESOP is a HUD-approved foreclosure prevention counseling agency. We have seven offices across Ohio to help urban, suburban and rural homeowners. ESOP has been on the frontlines of the predatory lending and foreclosure epidemic since 1999, combining community organizing, foreclosure prevention and advocacy.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

PRESIDENTIAL SPEAKER SERIES: NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON AT KENT STATE SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

           
 Tyson Headshot
 
Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m.
Kent Student Center Ballroom

DIRECTIONS

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D., is an astrophysicist and the Frederick P. Rose director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson’s professional research interests include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of our Milky Way. In The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet, he chronicles his experience at the center of the controversy over Pluto’s planetary status.



In February 2012, he released his 10th book, containing every thought he has ever had on the past, present and future of space exploration: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier. Currently, Tyson is working on a 21st-century reboot of Carl Sagan’s landmark television series COSMOS, to air in 13 episodes on the FOX network in the spring of 2014.


Learn More About Neil deGrasse Tyson

Sunday, September 15, 2013

CUYAHOGA COUNTY JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FORUM

BLACK EXPRESSIONS AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOK CLUB

BLACK EXPRESSIONS AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOK CLUB


SATURDAYS: 12NOON TO 1PM


CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS BRANCH
4415 NORTHFIELD RD
216.464.5280

 
**MEET NIKKI GIOVANNI TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH


SEPT 21ST .. "SILVER SPARROW" BY TAYARI JONES / OCTOBER 19TH ... "BICYCLES: LOVE POEMS" BY NIKKI GIOVANNI / NOVEMBER 16TH ... "THE NEW JIM CROW" BY MICHELLE ALEXANDER

THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE OF THE CLEVELAND NAACP WILL HOLD PUBLIC FORUM ON USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE

The Criminal Justice Committee of the Cleveland Branch NAACP will be conducting an excessive use of force public forum.



When: Thursday September 19th at 5:30 pm



Where: CMHA Headquarters


8120 Kinsman Road


Cleveland Ohio 44104




The forum is to raise much needed awareness around policing tactics and community relationship building as well as to discuss alleged incidents of excessive use of force by the Cleveland Police Department. (Residents from other cities feel free to attend.) The NAACP has asked the US Justice Department to come and document citizen's accounts as part of an ongoing investigation into the Cleveland Police Department.


Moderator will be Harry Boomer

Saturday, September 14, 2013

FROM NEWSLETTER: THE STARTALKER, ISSUE 46

The StarTalker

 
Issue 46, September 12, 2013
Breaking News:
StarTalk Live at Town Hall NYC Exclusive Fan Pre-Sale Date
Show: Monday, November 4, 2013, 8 PM ET
Fan Presale: Friday, September 13, Noon, ET
Public Sale: Tuesday, September 17, Noon ET


 
StarTalk Live Nov 4 Town Hall This Friday the 13th is your lucky day! Exclusive fan presale begins tomorrow at 12:00 Noon ET and runs until Tuesday, 9/17 at noon, when tickets go on sale for the general public.

To get your tickets, click on the following link, which won't be live until noon tomorrow:
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/03004B297C507B29


The code to purchase tickets for the presale is: COSMIC. See you all at Town Hall, NYC, on November 4th!

Photo Credit: © 2013 Elliot Severn. All rights reserved. 


This Week's New Podcast
StarTalk Live at Town Hall with Buzz Aldrin (Part 1)
September 15, 2013, 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT


 
Town Hall Live Part 1  








For StarTalk’s first mission to Town Hall in NYC, Commander Neil deGrasse Tyson and Co-Pilot Eugene Mirman recruited a crack crew: astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon, and, in the spirit of international cooperation, a little known British comedian named John Oliver. The team explored why we went to the moon, what it was like once we got there, and why conspiracy theorists who say we never actually went are full of… dust. The most surprising discovery of the evening was that the guy who got the most laughs that night wasn’t Eugene or John, but Buzz Aldrin himself. Listen to Part 1 on our website Sunday, September 15 at 7:00pm ET and on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher by 7:30pm ET. 
 
Photo Credit: © 2013 Elliot Severn. All rights reserved. 


Catch Up on Last Week's Podcast
Cosmic Queries: The Sun and Other Stars
September 8, 2013 

 
Cosmic Queries: Sun and Other Stars  









The Sun is the star as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer fan questions in this solar edition of Cosmic Queries. Learn how a gas cloud condensed to form our Sun, and how we can keep it from expanding and burning out. Find out what Immanuel Kant’s Nebular Hypothesis is, what electron degeneracy pressure does, how neutron stars form, whether dust clouds around stars cause electrical storms, and if the Sun will die before we collide with the Andromeda galaxy. It’s filled with rogue stars, thermonuclear fusion, emotionally conflicted planets, pigeons and Mexican food. Listen now.
Photo Credit: Credit: ESO / L. Cal├žada.
 

Best of the Blog
Revisiting Our Special Episode about 9/11
Posted September 11, 2013 


 
Tribute in Light  









“…I lived three and a half blocks from what would later be known as Ground Zero. I was home that morning, and the entire series of events unfolded outside my dining room window… I don’t want to retell that now. What I’d rather try to do is measure the magnitude of the events of that morning…”  Twelve years ago, Neil deGrasse Tyson witnessed the events of 9/11 at close range. Two years ago, on the tenth anniversary, StarTalk Radio produced a special episode about that day, 9/11 Memorial. If you haven’t heard the episode yet, and with so many new fans that’s likely, I recommend you listen now... Read more.

Have You Seen Our New "Behind the Scenes" Video?
Neil deGrasse Tyson Explores the Vacuum of Space 

 

Vacuum  








Could you capture the vacuum of space and bring it back to Earth? What would happen? And if “nature abhors a vacuum,” why doesn’t Earth’s atmosphere go rushing out into space? Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson fill the informational void as he answers this Cosmic Query with Eugene Mirman, then rethinks and clarifies that answer. Watch now.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PRIMARY ELECTION OVERVIEW_SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

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 SEE ELECTION RESULTS AT http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/RaceResultsAll.aspx

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CONGRATULATIONS TO Edwina Agee, District 7 &

Alex Adams, District 1

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Primary Elections by jadeisnumbr1

Saturday, September 7, 2013

CONGRESSWOMAN MARCIA FUDGE -_SEPTEMBER 2013 E-NEWSLETTER

Marcia L. Fudge Representing the 11th District of Ohio






Dear Friends,

In the coming weeks, Congress has much to do and on your behalf, I stand ready to work for fair and just legislation that meets the needs of our district.
  • The House must revisit the Farm Bill, having stripped all nutrition programs including SNAP (food stamps) from consideration in the agriculture bill that passed in June. Reportedly, House Leadership will present a bill with up to $40 billion in cuts to SNAP over 10 years which would result in millions of people losing benefits. I strongly oppose deep cuts to SNAP at a time when 47 million Americans are struggling to make ends meet and they rely on these benefits to put food on the table.
  • According to the Federal Highway Administration, Ohio has the fourth busiest interstates in the nation. A study by the American Society of Civil Engineers found that in 2013, 9% of Ohio's bridges are structurally deficient. Despite the urgent need to maintain and repair our infrastructure, the House failed in July to pass a Transportation Bill. Moderates on both sides of the aisle could not support the steep cuts included in a bill that House leadership pulled from the floor before a final vote. This measure would have cost jobs and denied resources to states and cities to maintain roads, water and sewer infrastructure, as well as public housing.
  • By October 1st, the House must also take action on what is known as a continuing resolution. This is a legislative mechanism to ensure that our federal government has the authority to fund its courts, agencies and meet its other obligations. Also during the month of October, the government will reach the debt ceiling. It must be raised to ensure that our nation has the resources to pay its outstanding bills. Refusal to raise the debt limit directly threatens our government's ability to issue Social Security checks, meet military payroll and pay for all other operations. It would also likely result in higher borrowing costs in the future.
  • Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on October 1st and I have included in this e-newsletter important information for the thousands of Northeast Ohioans who are eligible to participate.
If you have questions or concerns about these issues or any other federal legislation or programs, please feel free to contact my District or Washington, D.C. offices and my staff will be happy to assist you.

Marcia L. Fudge
U.S. Representative, 11th District of Ohio


UPDATE: CLEARING THE VETERANS CLAIMS BACKLOG
  • The claims backlog now stands at: 490,000 (claims pending more than 125 days; reduced by almost 20 percent from its highest point in April).
  • In July, VA completed 104,923 claims.
  • VA has completed more than 1 million claims each year from the last three years.

ENROLLMENT FOR THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE BEGINS OCTOBER 1, 2013

Consumers who purchase their own insurance have a new option. They will be able to shop for plans available through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Enrollment begins on October 1st for plan coverage that goes into effect beginning January 1, 2014. For the first time, individuals cannot be denied coverage by insurance companies based on pre-existing conditions or lifetime caps. In Ohio, 14 insurers have filed plans with more than 200 options for individual insurance, and seven insurance companies have filed plans to offer 84 options for small businesses. (In most cases, the Marketplace is not for individuals who obtain health coverage through a group plan offered by an employer or a government program such as Medicare or Medicaid. If you fall into any of those categories, you can continue to apply for coverage through those entities.)

 
Subsidies are available on a sliding scale for individuals with an income up to 400% of the federal poverty line. The chart below which was prepared by CNN, provides examples of subsidies based on income for the second lowest silver grade plan. The Marketplace offers different types of health plans to meet a variety of needs and budgets. You’ll need to figure out how much you want to spend on health coverage each month. Under the Affordable Care Act however, all plans must offer a required minimum level of essential benefits such as coverage for hospitalization, doctor’s services, prescription drugs and maternity/newborn care.

 
The Cleveland Public Library (CPL) will have dedicated computers for customers who wish to enroll in the Health Marketplace. In September, CPL will also hold free informational sessions conducted by Care Source on Affordable Care Act programs. The sessions will be held at the Main Library and 15 branches. Please contact your nearest library branch for more information.
 

Example of monthly premiums adjusted for tax subsidies for a single individual


(Premiums will vary depending on family size, type of health plan selected and income.)
Courtesy CNN

Where to Enroll and Get More Information


Directly online, go to healthcare.gov,
Call the toll-free number, 1-800-318-2596.
Although enrollment does not begin until October 1, 2013, you can get information about the Marketplace through either of those resources right away, or by calling my Cuyahoga County District office at 216-522-4900.
 


VIEW THE REST OF THE NEWSLETTER ONLINE 
 
 

CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND NEWSLETTER _ MENTORS MATTER

Take Action
Mentors Matter
These are the words of an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school in a high-poverty neighborhood in the nation’s capital: “Where I live, which is Ward 7, everyone is the same . . . If you follow the crowd, you’re going to end up dead or in jail because that’s where most of them are. But if you’re a leader and you make your own decisions, then you can set your path for life.”
 
Mike Ruff had to make up his mind a while back that he was going to step up and become one of the leaders. That’s what he told participants at the recent symposium “Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years,” sponsored by the Educational Testing Service and the Children’s Defense Fund. Mike explained how he came to embrace standing out from the crowd by defying low expectations—and how he reached a key turning point when a mentor told him he couldn’t succeed.
 
College and career planning wasn’t a reality for the people he knew: “Ninety-five percent of the students are poor. We come from basically nothing, because our parents were in the same situations that we are.” His father had dropped out of school in tenth grade, and when Mike started high school he seemed to be heading down a similar track: “Ninety percent of the school did the same thing I did—skipped class, left school, and no one seemed to try to find out what the problem was.” His grade point average freshman year was a 2.5, and at the time his main ambition was to keep up a D average so he could graduate.
 
But then he met with Mr. Mungin, one of the adults he’d met through an enrichment program he’d enrolled in during middle school, who asked Mike how his plans for life after high school were coming. Mike told Mr. Mungin he’d started thinking about a career in hospitality management, and Mr. Mungin asked to see his grades: “So he looked at my transcript, just for that ninth grade year . . . saw my grades, D, D, B, D, D, A, and looked back up at me with the straightest face and said, ‘You can’t do it.’ So that kind of hurt me, for a grown man telling me that I can't do something. So then I just got up, walked out, and [caught] the bus home.”
 
With some uncaring and uninterested adults, that’s exactly where the story would end. Mike would have left discouraged from having a dream at all. But that wasn’t Mike’s story: “By the time I arrived home, there is Mr. Mungin already there. I was wondering, why is this man at my house after he told me that I can’t do something?” Mike had been lucky enough to find a true mentor on a mission. As Mr. Mungin talked to Mike and his mother that day he was able to show Mike that of course he believed he could succeed, but he also knew the path Mike was on so far wasn’t going to get him there. Mike took the message to heart. Other mentors stepped in along the way to support him. By eleventh grade Mike had brought his GPA up to a 3.0, and by twelfth grade, a 3.75.
 
Now Mike is attending Tuskegee University, a historically Black university in Alabama founded by Booker T. Washington and the alma mater of the brilliant scientist George Washington Carver and many other scholars and leaders, where he plans to double major in hospitality management and psychology. Mike knows that in his graduating class he is one of the lucky ones: “We started off in this twelfth grade with at least 300 students . . . but only 130 twelfth graders graduated.”
Mr. Mungin helped Mike realize he needed to change, and every one of the other young Black male leaders on the panel—all college students and recent college graduates—agreed on the importance of the mentors in their lives. But what happens to the students who never know a Mr. Mungin? What will happen to the other students in Mike’s high school class who didn’t graduate at all or were content to get out with mostly Ds? Far too many young Black boys are only hearing the first part of the message—“You can’t do it.” We need supports in place to show them that they can choose a different path—and even if no one else they know has done it, they can decide to be the ones to step up and lead the way.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

CLEVELAND ASSOCIATION OF BLACK STORYTELLERS CELEBRATES BLACK STORYTELLING WEEK





































Peace and Blessings CABS Members and Friends,

Black Storytelling Week is fast approaching and CABS has a wonderful week of presentations planned.

  
Our feature presentation is the Storytelling Concert "HerStories" at Karamu Arena Theater on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7 PM, Reception at 6 PM.

Tickets are $20 and are available at our phone number 216-556-3313. 

The concert features phenomenal storytellers Felecia Tinker, Kwanza Brewer, Deborah Wright and Brenda Parker.  

All of them have something to say, so come and hear their stories.
Activities begin on Saturday, September 21, 2013, 1p.m., with the Free Children's Concert and Addie Doll Birthday Party at the Rice Library.

Storytelling continues with "OPEN MIC NIGHT" on Tuesday, September, 24th at the beautiful NEGATIVE SPACE GALLERY AT 3820 Superior Avenue at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  NEW LOCATION Entrance is in the back on the 2nd floor.  Bring a friend, bring a story or poem, join the fun.  

Join CABS at the Annual Membership Meeting at the Richmond Mall at  6:00 pm in the mall near Macy's.  Don't miss Storytelling and so much more.

Please invite your friends,

CALL for Tickets and information:  216-556-3313.

CABS members we will be performing at several locations during the week.  Please call if you would like to participate.

Barbara Eady
216-544-9159