Scene magazine 2017 People Issue

July 19-25, 2017

Four years ago, we met around a table, smacked our foreheads and decided it was high time we featured Clevelanders doing cool things in the region. We put together a long list of candidates. The only real qualifications were that we thought our subjects were interesting: They were young, old, black, brown, white, straight, gay, trans, cis, artistic, entrepreneurial, social, political and smart. They were weird and wonderful and enthusiastic about things that we sometimes were, and sometimes were not, also enthusiastic about. We had so much fun talking to our subjects that we did the same thing the next year, and the year after that, and the year after that.

This is our fifth annual People Issue, and once again we’ve been bowled over by the energy and diversity of the human beings with whom we share a city. In the following pages, you’ll meet artists, activists and an architect; writers, teachers and chefs. You’ll meet a rapper and a lawyer, a hardwood restoration specialist and a naturalist. You might meet someone you know — but you’ll certainly meet 27 people who you’ll want to know.

This is the Scene People Issue: Don’t be shy.

People 2017 photos by Ken Blaze Photography.

Greg Coleridge



Interview on The Forum with Mansfield Frazier

WTAM, 1100 AM, Cleveland, Sunday, February 21 (interview begins at 18:02)

We chatted about the Move to Amend movement, corporate constitutional rights, money in elections and citizen initiative campaigns in Cleveland, Shaker Hts. & S. Euclid)

Listen at       (interview begins at 18:02)

The Impact of Corporate Power and Money in Ohio

A new video from the Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee. It was produced and narrated by Hannah Yackley, our John Looney Peace, Justice and Nonviolence intern.

With attention spans being what they are these days, a 4 minute video is better than 40 minutes for being watched in large numbers.

Please forward far and wide via email and social media.


Response to U.S. Sabre-Rattling against Russia OpEd

My response to the linked below OpEd in yesterday’s Cleveland Plain Dealer


The greatest threat to peace in Europe isn’t Russia, it’s pro-war maniacs in the U.S. administration and the Pentagon.

George Friedman, the founder of the ‘private CIA’ firm Stratfor, said last year that the overthrow of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev in February 2014 had been “the most blatant coup in history.”

The coup was orchestrated by the U.S. when U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Asian Affairs, Victoria Nuland instructed the U.S. Ambassador in Kiev to get “Yats” ( Arseniy Yatsenyuk ) appointed as the junta’s honcho. That’s exactly what happened two weeks later.

The neo-Nazis now running Ukraine, backed by the the U.S. and our tax dollars, invaded Donbass, killing thousands.

The U.S. desperately wants to create and maintain chaos in Ukraine for multiple reasons:
– to ensure that Russia doesn’t move closer economically to Europe
– to justify continuing to build overpriced and cold-war obsolete weapons that enrich military contractors
– to maintain fear in general, which serves to justify slashing civil liberties
– to distract attention from a crumbling domestic economy
– to force Europe to move closer to the US — which includes forcing it to support the super-secret Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) anti-democratic mis-named “trade” agreement.

Ditch the corporate press for learning what’s going in Ukraine. Like the buildup to the war in Iraq, they are mostly mouthpieces to the power elite who are doing their darkest to foment fear and not present the complete picture.

Sadly, this op-ed is part of that narrative.

While NATO sleeps, Putin has his way: Ronald E. Powaski (Opinion)

Internationally Acclaimed “Shadows of Liberty” Documentary Comes to the West Shore UU Church for a Special Free Screening

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Rocky River, OH — On MONDAY, JUNE 1, at 7:00 PM at the West Shore UU Church (20401 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River, OH 44116) the Shadows of Liberty USA Screening & Media Reform Action Tour will come to town for a special screening sponsored Cleveland Move to Amend, Common Cause Ohio, DocFactory, the Northeast Ohio AFSC, the Northeast Ohio Newspaper Guild-CWA, Local 1, Ohio AFL-CIO, Progress Ohio, Veterans For Peace-NE Ohio Chapter 39, and the West Shore Unitarian University Church.

Film Website:
Film Trailer:

The documentary film Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.

Filmmaker and film contributors are available for interviews between now and the screening. For more information and to review a film screener, call Debra at 720-917-4900 or email

In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics including DANNY GLOVER, JULIAN ASSANGE, DAN RATHER, AMY GOODMAN, DAVID SIMON, NORMAN SOLOMON, BOB BEAR, ROBERTA BASKIN, JOHN MACARTHUR, DANIEL ELLSBERG, JANINE JACKSON, CHRIS HEDGES, ROBERT MCCHESNEY,KRISTINA BORJESSON and JOHN NICHOLS give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.

Shadows of Liberty is dedicated to the journalists and information freedom fighters, the heroes of our time, who dedicate their lives to our right to freedom of information – the central pillar of a free society. Shadows of Liberty provides a platform for voices that have been silenced and in doing so, attempts to inspire change and accountability. This film champions the idea of an independent media where truth and integrity are the norm, not the exception.

After the screening, there will be a panel discussion.
This is a free event, with donations greatly appreciated.

About the Sponsors:

Cleveland Move to Amend is part of the national MTA coalition, which seeks a 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would abolish corporate “personhood” and money defined as “free speech.” It currently is working on collecting signatures for a citizens initiative that would place on the November 2016 ballot a call for Congress to pass the MTA constitutional amendment.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the core values of American democracy, reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard in the political process. In this spirit, Common Cause serves as an independent voice for change and a watchdog against corruption and abuse of power.

DocFactory was created in 2005 to produce independent documentary films to bring awareness and inspire change for important social issues worldwide. DocFactory creates films that break the mould and reveal important stories that focus on injustices. DocFactory is also committed to innovative, strategic outreach campaigns.

Northeast Ohio AFSC educates, advocates and organizes around issues of political and economic justice. This includes the national Move to Amend proposed constitutional amendment to abolish corporate “personhood” and money defined as “free speech;” sane and humane federal, state, and local budget priorities and tax and monetary policies; and creating and nurturing local economic alternatives.

The Northeast Ohio Newspaper works to improve the working conditions and advance the economic interests of our members.

ProgressOhio is Ohio’s largest progressive, state-based 501(c)(4). In addition to communicating directly with our 300,000+ members, we serve as a non-profit progressive messaging and earned media hub to hundreds of partner groups. Our mission is to promote progressive solutions, correct right-wing misinformation, and hold public leaders accountable, helping make an Ohio that works for everyone.

Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, and most significantly, working to end all wars.

West Shore Church: Our vision is to inspire more people to lead lives of meaning and purpose. We do this by providing: transcendent worship; a nurturing, inclusive community; lifespan faith development; service to others within our congregation, our local community and the world beyond; and by spreading the news of Unitarian Universalism and our church.

Poster cub for anti-democratic TPP


The power elite is pulling out all the stops to convince the public to support the anti-democratic Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. The latest technique is to emphasize a provision in the corporate governance agreement that would reduce wildlife trafficking, as reported in a gruesome story this morning on NPR.

Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?

Call it the “Poster Cub” for the super secret agreement that would usurp democratic laws and regulations protecting consumers, workers and the environment.

Wildlife trafficking is a sickening problem. Using it as a shield to peddle the real skinning of self governance is far worse.

The NPR story would be fine to air if it was placed in context — i.e. if it was aired after many other equally in-depth stories explaining the negatives of the TPP were first reported. This hasn’t happened. Therefore, NPR is shilling for transnational corporations that will profit economically and politically by usurping national laws and regulations by taking disputes before corporate-friendly “Tribunals” mandated in the proposed agreement.

Don’t be fooled. Other avenues can be found other than the TPP to address wildlife trafficking. The poachers of our self-determination over corporate rule are the greater threat.