Keepin’ it real during RNC week: News from Policy Matters
Posted July 14, 2016 in eNews
– Is there room to discuss poverty during RNC week? Yes, there is! Join us for a spirited conversation to demand that federal policy create opportunities for those who struggle in our economy, Monday, July 18 at 9:15 a.m. at the Waetjen Auditorium at Cleveland State. Sponsoring partners include CSU, Policy Matters and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity. Our director Amy Hanauer will moderate, along with CNN political editor Juana Summers. Panelists include John Corlett of the Center for Community Solutions; CSU urban studies professor Ronnie Dunn; Baldemar Velasquez of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, and Colleen Cotter of Legal Aid Society of Greater Cleveland. Free and open to all – register here.
At the library – We’ll join – and you should, too – two great discussions at America’s Civic Square, a series hosted by Cleveland Public Library during the RNC. On Monday, July 18, our research director Zach Schiller will join a noon discussion on who is being left out of Cleveland’s renaissance, at the main library in the Eastman Reading Garden. On Tuesday, July 19, our outreach coordinator Daniel Ortiz will participate in a panel about what women want from the 2016 election. Both programs feature other amazing community leaders, and both are at noon at the main library Eastman Reading Garden.
American Dream – Also on Tuesday the 19th, Hanauer will join a phenomenal panel called The American Dream: A Symposium at the Intersection of Art and Politics, starting at 1 p.m. at the Transformer Station gallery. The event, put on jointly by the City Club, the Rock Hall, SPACES Gallery and the Transformer Station, asks who shapes our community narratives and what this means for access and opportunity. Anchored in the work of the film series The Fixers, this conversation will explore how those themes play out in policy, politics, and art. Panelists will include Hanauer, Fixers creators Kate Sopko and RA Washington, and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Connie Schultz.
Rally and march – Day 1 of the RNC also features a rally and march for economic justice. End Poverty Now! kicks off the rally at 2 p.m. on East 45th Street, just north of Superior Avenue. The march to Quicken Loans Arena starts at 3 p.m.
What democracy looks like: Our friends at the American Civil Liberties Union and at Progress Ohio have each assembled exhaustive lists of some of the dozens of rallies, protests, talks and more going on in Cleveland. Disclaimer – not all of these are non-partisan and we don’t endorse them. Find them here and here. Remember to stay caffeinated, hydrated and informed