Frank Jackson Has Raised A Whole Lot More Money Than All Other Mayoral Challengers Combined

All the political cash is sickening. Am quoted in the article below, but a few points were left out: “The system of legalized bribery (e.g. campaign financing) is alive and well in Cleveland as demonstrated by Frank Jackson’s rapid rise of his campaign war chest…Legalized bribery will only end by legalizing democracy — via lower contribution limits and, ultimately, by amending the US Constitution to give voice to the needs of people and communities by abolishing the doctrines that money is constitutionally protected ‘free speech’ and corporations possess inalienable constitutional ‘personhood’ rights.”

Frank Jackson Has Raised A Whole Lot More Money Than All Other Mayoral Challengers Combined


Election Results


The big winner in the election was the rigged political and economic system that rewards and empowers the rich and corporations and exploits, oppresses and disenfranchises people, especially the working class, the poor and people of color — not to mention is utterly destroying the planet. The solution for too many in search of change was a simple one — elect a single person (not even sweep out all political incumbents) who co-opted the language, but not the platform of populists of conscience rather than seek to mobilize and organize democratic and independent social movements that is the only way to challenge and change our unjust, violent and unsustainable political and economic system.

It’s appropriate to take time to reflect and love and acknowledge those we care about (be they family, friends, co-workers, etc.). For people of conscience, however, it’s unacceptable to accept or be distracted by harmful to people and the planet proposals that will come in shiny “little guy,” nativist or patriotic wrappings.

We must both resist, but also always promote and point out just, nonviolent, democratic and sustainable alternatives.

People’s Justice & Peace Convention in Cleveland, July 15-17

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Join us for the People’s Justice & Peace Convention

July 15-16, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, 8712 Quincy Ave., Cleveland
July 17, Masonic Auditorium, 3615 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Open to the public. Free (donations accepted). Registration required.
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Detailed information at

Current public policies disproportionately benefit corporations and the wealthiest individuals and promote and expand U.S. militarism, while the concerns of the vast majority of people are ignored, distorted and/or manipulated for political and/or economic gain. The People’s Convention will include a diversity of voices and experiences, transcending any one political party or perspective. Its purpose is to lift up issues and problems that the Republican National Convention (RNC) will not authentically address and to develop collectively agreed-to solutions, a “People’s Justice & Peace Platform,” that will achieve just, nonviolent, democratic and sustainable results.

Speakers • Workshops • Edutainment • Participatory development of “People’s Justice & Peace Platform” to be presented to both the RNC and Democratic National Convention (DNC)

• Michael Eric Dyson, Academic, Author, Radio Host and Professor
• Connie Burton, Poor People’s Advocate
• Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO
• Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink

Workshops and Plank development in 5 areas:
• Racial and Social justice
• Economic Justice
• Environmental justice
• Political justice
• International justice

Also: Saturday afternoon educational workshops and continuous showing of “The Fixers,” a collaborative film series about democratic process, public policy and who tells Cleveland’s story during the 2016 RNC.


Black-on-Black Crime, CAIR-Cleveland, The Carl Stokes Brigade, Cleveland Human & Civil Rights Coalition, Cleveland Nonviolence Network, Cleveland Peace Action, InterReligious Task Force on Central America, NE Ohio American Friends Service Committee, Northeast Ohio Industrial Workers of the World, Organize Ohio, Peace In The Hood, Faith Communities Together for a Sustainable Future (FaCT), NE Ohio Sierra Club and others…

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NEOhio AFSC June 3, 2016 Podcast


Listen to podcast here

We summarize last week’s activities; share next week’s upcoming events; and interview Genevieve Mitchell, NE Ohio AFSC committee member and spokesperson for the July 15-17 People’s Justice & Peace Convention in Cleveland, which will take place just prior to the Republican National Convention (RNC). (length 31:34)

Statement on Brutality


This is a powerful and prophetic piece by Genevieve Mitchell, a potent political activist in Cleveland, that makes the connections between racial, economic and political injustice — and the need for ongoing grassroots social action. It was presented last Saturday at the Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Coalition Meeting.


We are confused about what to do when we see downtown ferguson decorated and lit up for Christmas with  “seasons greetings” signs strewn across the light posts, amidst the backdrop of 2500 uniformed police and national guard, armed with tanks, rifles, mace, smoke bombs and bullets… locked and loaded to kill civilians protesting police brutality. Merry Christmas.

We are angry because the purveyors of institutionalized racism advance the notion that black life has no value as black men, women and children are killed with political impunity.

We are frustrated with a system that we recognize, has failed us.

The civil unrest in ferguson, new york, cleveland and throughout the nation is the direct result of state sanctioned abuse of police power and authority.

It is a political problem that requires a political solution.

The tragic deaths of Michael brown, Tamir rice, Eric garner, timothy Russell, Malissa Williams and thousands of others has an historic premise. Long before “911” and isil ever existed, blacks, minorities and the poor have seen the paddy rollers, posses, gulags, and the Klan.

Our mothers and fathers have seen a few things. They’ve seen lynchings. And bombings. They’ve seen their country churches and homes burned to the ground. They’ve seen emmett till’s, Medgar evers’, Fannie lou hamer’s and Carolina skeletons’. Black men in military uniform with a rope around their neck, swingin from a tree.  mama done seen a few things.

They’ve had to sit in the back of the bus and be denied the right to read and be educated. They’ve been remanded to the nations’ jails and prisons for vagrancy and peonage, with life sentences. They’ve seen “no nigger signs on stores and restaurants and hotels”. And been denied housing or had to pay more for less. Mama, done seen a few things.

They sharecropped and no matter how hard they worked, it was never enough to do more than break even or still owe the plantation boss. Couldn’t never get free! They done seen the aftermath of what happened to three civil rights workers tryin’ to register blacks in the Mississippi Delta to vote. Mama….. done seen a few things.

Terrorism to black people then, is a relative term. We recognize it when we see it.
We recognize when someone ain’t treatin somebody right. we recognize it when we don’t get treated right.

It is all part of a much larger narrative on slavery, race, racism, class, privilege, and the residual effect of state sanctioned violence, social control and power over those deemed ….expendable.

It’s a sad day in this country, but I’m hopeful. I am so very hopeful, because I saw young folk; white, black, Hispanic, Asian marching in the street for justice and social change and that’s a good thing. It’s a good place to start, but the real work has yet to be done.

The real internal work is to perform an “exorcism” on the American psyche, to excise the racism and hatred that creates the rules that allow a grown black man to be murdered on international television with no one called to account.

The real work is to change the modus operandi of the institutions that defund black studies. The real work is to change institutional behavior that won’t allow black institutions to exist and thrive with the same propensity as other institutions.
The real work is to Change the core of police departments nationwide. The real works is to work toward judicial reform. The real work is to change court dynamics which remand black and poor to the nation’s prisons.  The real work is fighting for government system reforms that create an environment inclusive of everyone. The real work is to change the internal operations of the nation’s academic and cultural institutions to include the youth locked out and on the street, giving them an opportunity to succeed.  Additionally, the real work is to work for changes in sentencing and shut down the nation’s privatized prison systems. To create campaign finance reforms that does not allow political incumbents, beholden to private interests with ulterior motives and not public interest, to exist and proliferate.

To work to humanely protect and value the lives of all of us in a way that is growth oriented and sustainable. That is substantive and not superficial.

Dr. King said, America has been issued a blank check that has been sent to the nation’s repositories for the black, brown and poor white folk, marked insufficient funds. This check is now payable and due, the collateral of which, must be paid in full. This then, is the great work which must be done if America is to save itself, from itself. This is our charge, this is our moment, this is our time…..carpe diem!

– Genevieve Mitchell