GCC DOJ REPORT STRATEGY CHANGE

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At meetings held with Department of Justice officials and GCC representatives on Thursday, it became clear that the three teach-ins previously announced by GCC regarding the Department of Justice Findings about the Cleveland Police’s excessive use of force must be re-purposed. The critical time to raise our common voice and take advantage of this historic opportunity to make Cleveland a more just city will be sooner than expected: in early February, as the Consent Decree is being negotiated between the City and the DOJ. 

The teach-ins previously announced for January 13, January 29, and February 3 have now become steps leading up to a major General Assembly of GCC on February 3 where we will present our position on police reforms to US Attorney Steve Dettelbach, Department of Justice officials and to the City of Cleveland.

Please keep the three dates on your calendar, but understand that they now have different purposes so that we can make the most powerful witness possible. The first step is to encourage your congregation and organization members to come out to the teach-in at Antioch Baptist Church on Jan 13 at 7pm, and preparing for an ‘all-call’ GCC action on February 3.
 
Read the full DOJ Report HERE, and the Executive Summary HERE.
  • JANUARY 13, Antioch Baptist Church, 8869 Cedar Ave, 7pm:
Please RSVP to Anna at info@greaterclevelandcongregations.org
The Teach-in announced for January 13 at 7 PM at Antioch Baptist Church will be the only teach-in we offer, and is a critical event for all GCC congregation and organization members to attend to understand what is in, and what is missing, from the DOJ Investigation Report. The teach-in will offer executive summaries of the recommendations that focus on a use of excessive force by Cleveland Police that is “neither isolated nor sporadic."  You will also hear about why the report does not address a significant issue that GCC must address:  the racial disparities that are evident in Cleveland Police stops, arrests, and use of force.  
To be able to make a powerful statement on these issues, we need our congregation members to be well informed about the DOJ report, and to come prepared to work towards a major turnout for an assembly when we expect all of GCC to meet with US Attorney Steve Dettelbach and possibly other elected officials. On January 13, we will ask the team from your congregation or organization to make a turnout commitment for this GCC General Assembly of a thousand people on February 3.

 
  • JANUARY 29, West Shore UU Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd, 7pm:
Our event on January 29 West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River will become, instead of a teach-in, an open delegate assembly of GCC, at which recommendations from research teams will be presented as a GCC platform to be approved.  For this meeting, your GCC voting delegate and your core team leaders are particularly invited to attend. It will still be an opportunity for anyone wishing to attend to learn about the DOJ report, but those presentations will be brief so that we can focus on the demands we are making for what needs to be in the Consent Decree between the DOJ and the City.
 
  • FEBRUARY 3, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, 8712 Quincy Ave, 7pm:
For February 3, instead of a teach-in, we will hold a General Assembly with the largest turnout possible. US Attorney Steve Dettelbach has confirmed his attendance. This is an all-call GCC action, and an unprecedented opportunity for Greater Cleveland Congregations to have an influence on the direction of the criminal justice system in Cleveland for years to come.
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