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Free text-message course to help Clevelanders access local public records

If knowledge is power, then the skills to get public records are a superpower – one that will soon be available to all curious Clevelanders. Want information on how the city is spending taxpayer money? Looking for a police policy or court record? All you have to do is know how to ask. The Northeast Ohio Solutions Journalism Collaborative has teamed up with the Cleveland Documenters to create a new, free course.

Keep it to yourself: Public comment is a city council tradition in many places, but Clevelanders hear “Shhhh”

At gatherings of Cleveland City Council, members of the public are not allowed to address the council. A group called Citizens for Public Comment is trying to change that in the run-up to the 2021 elections, hoping to foster public participation in decision making at a time when the mayoral race, and all 17 council seats, are up for grabs.

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