The ADAMHS Board removed the word ‘racism’ from its anti-racist declaration, replacing it with the word ‘discrimination.’ The board’s chair initiated the change, saying, “There is only one race — that’s the human race.”
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Mayor Justin Bibb’s office recently posted a position for a senior strategist to oversee the city’s efforts to combat lead poisoning that would report to the mayor. One of the issues the new cabinet member will have to tackle is the plummeting numbers of children screened for the toxin during the pandemic.
Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and other local politicians caught an earful when they gathered at a shopping plaza in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood in mid-August to discuss a “surge” of funding to address poverty and inequity in the area. Neighborhood residents who gathered in the plaza’s parking lot said these ideas didn’t meet their needs.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) will be offering free summer learning experiences for students in preschool through 12th grade. According to the CMSD website, these summer learning experiences offer students the opportunity to “finish, enrich and engage” in learning.
The wider availability of Covid-19 vaccines in recent weeks has many Clevelanders weighing whether to get the shots. Cleveland Documenters interviewed more than 40 friends, family members, neighbors and residents from across the city over the past several weeks to understand their views, which in some cases were still evolving.
In the early months of the pandemic, Cleveland Councilwoman Jasmin Santana, who represents a West Side ward with the densest population of Latinos in the city, said health department officials reassured her that when the city released urgent health updates, they would be translated into Spanish. It didn’t happen.