On May 30, when peaceful demonstrations in downtown Cleveland escalated into riots, Heather Holmes felt torn.
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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.
When Angelo Trivisonno, an attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office who lives in Ohio City and is on the board of Ohio City Incorporated (OCI), learned that anyone who organizes a block party event in Cleveland is required to hire two armed off-duty police officers, he was at first puzzled, then incensed.