Municipalities across Northeast Ohio declared racism a public health crisis nearly two years ago following George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis. The Land, in partnership with Ideastream Public Media, is keeping an eye on what they’ve accomplished since while covering other stories that demonstrate the relationship of race and health.
Environmental justice matters to Clevelanders on all sides of the city. Through this series, The Land will report on the sustainability challenges facing our city, especially communities of color, as well as examine solutions to those challenges.
Why does Cleveland have such poor health outcomes despite having a world renowned healthcare sector? What is, can and should be done about that? The Land is seeking to answer those questions by researching and reporting on critical efforts to bridge our city’s health disparities.
Clevelanders resoundingly voted for change in the 2021 elections, electing more women to city council, approving a charter amendment to increase civilian oversight of the police and choosing a young, nonprofit executive to take up the mayor’s seat after 16 years of Frank Jackson’s reserved leadership. Cleveland has been called the poorest big city in the country, and the 2021 elections made clear that Clevelanders want to change that.
Cleveland, like many cities across the country, has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A one-time $500 million payout to help ease the city out of the pandemic. It could be a game changer for Cleveland, recently called the poorest big city in the country. That’s where The Land’s reporting comes in. We want to follow that $500 million as it makes its way through city hall, and ideally, into your neighborhoods.