Public commenters urged Cleveland City Council to act on policies to combat gun violence and to support library workers and thanked officials for creating a Community Benefits Agreements to help ensure all residents benefit from developments in Cleveland.
The Public Comment CLE website has all of the week’s comments and transcripts edited by Cleveland Documenter Gennifer Harding-Gosnell. Register to make a public comment or learn more about the process in our guide to public comment at Cleveland City Council.
Leslie Jennings-Maldonado, of Ward 6, spoke about Project Ripple, a coalition of violence prevention groups in Cleveland, in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Month. Maldonado said that filtering small amounts of money to different groups will not be effective in confronting gun violence. She and two other commenters asked that gun violence be declared a public health crisis. Michelle Bell talked about the loss of her son Andre, who was shot and killed in 2019, and Sharri Thomas, who goes by Ashley B, talked about supporting community members taking action against gun violence.
Michael Wood, Service Employees’ International Union‘s lead organizer, encouraged council to support and engage with workers in the Cleveland Public Library system.
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Marty McGann, of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, thanked council for passing a Community Benefits Agreement ordinance. He said his economic development group is ready to move forward with council to implement the agreement.