Chinenye Nkemere addresses council about the Cleveland Commission on Black Women and Girls.
Chinenye Nkemere addresses council about the Cleveland Commission on Black Women and Girls. Credit: Cleveland City Council YouTube

Covered by Documenter Chau Tang

What happened: Andre’ Dailey of Collinwood made a public comment about the displacement of more than 100 residents of the Euclid Beach Mobile Home Community. Western Reserve Land Conservancy plans to create a new park along Lake Erie. Some residents who live on the property along Lakeshore Boulevard have been told they need to leave by September 2024, according to News 5 Cleveland. “Everybody should be able to age in place,” said Dailey, who urged council to ensure those residents are taken care of. 

‘Do you believe in Black women?’: Chinenye Nkemere, co-founder of Enlightened Solutions, asked about the status of a new city commission her firm consulted on. City Council approved the Commission on Black Women and Girls by law in June 2022. But officials have not formally established it. Angela Shute-Woodson, director of the city’s Community Relations Board, said last month that interviews were ongoing and the city hoped to make an announcement in March. The commission will advise on improving Black women and girls’ well-being. A 2020 Bloomberg report ranked Cleveland last among major U.S. cities for Black women overall, considering health, education, and economic outcomes. Nkemere asked the city to accelerate the process and fund the commission. “I believe in you,” she said. “Do you believe in Black women?”

And also: Council passed an ordinance approving Tax Increment Financing for the Bridgeworks project in Ward 3. Documenter Christina Easter has more on that project from an earlier committee meeting.

Check out the live-tweet thread by Documenter Chau Tang:

Watch the full public comments or read transcripts edited by Gennifer Harding-Gosnell on the Public Comment CLE website created by Ohio City resident Angelo Trivisonno.

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