The recent fight over the former Q Arena deal is about much more than the arena itself. It is about the return of grassroots progressive activism in Cleveland.
The most appropriate label for my writing is that it is hopes to tell the stories of activists in grassroots social movements. I write from the perspective of having been a participant/observer in many of those movements. Social movements are mother lodes of interesting stories and interesting people. My style is a hybrid of straight history and essay writing served up with a rich polemical sauce. So far, my literary claim to fame is the 2007 book Democratizing Cleveland: The rise and fall of community organizing in Cleveland, Ohio 1975-1985 (Belt Publishing, 2018). I am proud to say it has become a best seller among the new crop of young Cleveland activists. I am currently fighting my way out of a second book on grassroots environmental organizing that I hope to start shopping around by the end of the summer. I retired from the Cleveland Tenants Organization in 2014, after 30+ years of housing work in the non-profit and public sectors. I live with my wife on the West Side of Cleveland. We met in a meeting.