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  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Cleveland City Club in Cleveland, OH

    Not a Crime to be Poor: Criminalization of Poverty in America

    In the wake of Michael Brown’s death, the Justice Department investigated the police department of Ferguson, Missouri, and found routine constitutional violations as well as a regular mistreatment of individuals because they are black, poor, or both. This trend can be found in communities all over the country. 

    To address the relationship of poverty and race, Georgetown Professor Peter Edelman, has released his most recent book – Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. Edelman explains that Ferguson is a representation of America and how the numerous fees involved in law enforcement, substitution of prisons and jails for mental hospitals, and welfare policies have made it a crime to be poor.

    Edelman, who famously resigned from the Clinton administration over the 1996 welfare reform bill, has dedicated his life to anti-poverty work. He is an award winning author, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center and faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. He has served in all three branches of the government with Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the Clinton administration, and with the Assistant Attorney General John Douglas. He joins us to discuss his new book and the disproportionate way in which lacking money can turn citizens into criminals.

    Hosted by The City Club of Cleveland

    Tickets: $20 for City Club Members, $35 for nonmembers can be purchased here.

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    CCPC Office in Lakewood, OH

    CCPC Gubernatorial Candidate Forum: Constance Gadell-Newton (Green Party)

    CCPC has invited the four announced Democratic Party candidates as well as the Green Party candidate to speak to our membership and answer questions in separate Forums. Our goal is to conduct all five of the Forums between the end or our November Regional Meetings and the Holiday Season. CCPC's endorsement in the Governor's race will be determined by a vote of our membership in early 2018. We are hopeful that these Forum's will help our members make an informed decision on who to vote for in our endorsement process. All 5 candidates have agreed to participate.

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  • Friday, December 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Cleveland City Club in Cleveland, OH

    The Future of Public Higher Education in Ohio

    Public higher education institutions across the country are experiencing decreased budgets. Compared to levels prior to the recession, state support for public two and four year colleges has dropped by nearly $10 billion. In Ohio, state funding for higher education in 2017 is a half-billion lower than pre-recession levels. 

    However, the context appears to be shifting. The 2016-2017 budget had a 7.6 percent boost of $274 million in state share of instruction, as well as almost a 13 percent increase in need based aid. In addition, public Northeast Ohio colleges are showing strong enrollment numbers of increasingly academically prepared students, despite fewer high school graduates and increased competition among colleges. 

    As public higher education is increasingly looked at as a pipeline for economic growth and opportunity, affordability and access remain important factors in student enrollment.What is being done in Ohio and what more can be done? 

    Panelists include:
    Ronald M. Berkman, Ph.D., President, Cleveland State University
    Alex Johnson, Ph.D., President, Cuyahoga Community College 
    Matthew Wilson, Ph.D., President and Professor of Law, The University of Akron 

    This conversation will be moderated by WKYC President and General Manager Micki Byrnes.

    Hosted by The City Club of Cleveland

    Tickets: $20 for City Club Members, $35 for nonmembers can be purchased here.

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  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Newburgh Heights Village Hall in Newburgh Heights, OH

    CCPC Gubernatorial Candidate Forum: Betty Sutton

    CCPC has invited the four announced Democratic Party candidates as well as the Green Party candidate to speak to our membership and answer questions in separate Forums. Our goal is to conduct all five of the Forums between the end of our November Regional Meetings and the Holiday Season. CCPC's endorsement in the Governor's race will be determined by a vote of our membership in early 2018. We are hopeful that these Forum's will help our members make an informed decision on who to vote for in our endorsement process. All 5 candidates have agreed to participate.

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