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What Trump and Biden should debate at the Cleveland Clinic: Why the hospital’s private police mostly arrest black people

A few minutes after noon on a September day in 2018, Jacarvi Jackson and Darcell Williams were crossing Euclid Avenue, a main road through Cleveland’s medical area. Both of them worked for a vendor that supplies food to patients at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Still in their work uniforms after finishing their eight-hour shifts at the hospital’s loading dock, they were heading to a Burger King lot where their cars were parked. They were in a hurry — Jackson was worried about getting to his classes at Cleveland State University — and didn’t take the crosswalk.

Bratenahl declared racism a public health crisis, now it should stop over-policing its neighbors and reform the mayor’s court

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter protests that have rocked our cities and small towns, the village of Bratenahl recently sponsored a resolution calling on Congress and the state legislature to “ensure Black Americans have equal protections under the law” and declare racism a public health crisis.

Masks4Community coalition will distribute 60,000 washable masks to communities of color

A grassroots collaborative is assembling and distributing 60,000 washable cloth masks along with voter and Census information to communities of color and LGBTQ+ people in Cleveland. Shanelle Smith Whigham, Ohio director of the Trust for Public Land, who helps lead the coalition, says she created the group because too many vulnerable people lack access to PPE.

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