RNC in Cleveland: One Year Out

 

Last summer in Cleveland was filled with Republicans electing the future President of the United States.  NEOCH was busy organizing, protesting and keeping homeless people safe.  We posted a few images from last year on the front of our website and those will be available on our photo galleries page. We reflected on the RNC last July and you can read that by clicking on the blue text.

We started out joining a lawsuit with the ACLU and both pro Trump and anti Trump protestors against the City of Cleveland.  Our interest was the overly broad enforcement "event area," and whether all these out of town police could disrupt homeless encampments.  This would have allowed law enforcement to search, sieze and bar movement from many areas where homeless people sleep especially across the river.  We won in court and the City had to reduce the event zone.  NEOCH staff provided a one page sheet on how to assist homeless people to the two thousand police who came to town.

We worked to keep homeless people safe with transportation from the East Side to the drop in centers on the West Side.  NEOCH staff did some voter registration activities on the West Side of Cleveland so they did not have to cross the river during the RNC.  We had to figure out where homeless people could go during the day since the Cosgrove Center drop in Center was closed for the week. There was much media about homelessness and the convention both nationally and locally.

NEOCH staff were involved in the protest on the Monday of the RNC that Organize Ohio put together.   We made signs to End Poverty.  We marched.  We listened to speeches asking for Republican leaders to think about the affordable housing crisis, health care for all, increasing income, and stabilizing disability assistance in America.   It was a hot day and a long walk from Lutheran Metro Ministry down to just outside of the "event zone" at Chester Commons.  There were some fantastic speeches like the mom worried about the incendiary language during the campaign about immigrants. There were environmentalists who were concerned about global warming.  There were Black Lives Matter activists worried about unaccountable police. And there were activists asking for a $15 minimum wage and universal access to healthcare in the United States.

Overall, the best of Cleveland was shown to the United States last summer.  We could protest peacefully.  There were very few arrests during the week.  The Police Chief was out among the people talking, keeping the peace and wearing shorts and not riot gear.  Homeless people were not harrassed and could stand with the other pedestrians on the Lorain Carnegie Bridge in peaceful prayer.  There were no arrests or sweeps of homeless people as happened in previous high profile events in the United States.  It was a huge disruption for the one week and it was difficult getting across the river, but it was also quite a spectcle to watch.  I saw people walking downtown that I have never seen before in our fair city.  There were suburban folks from Nebraska who had never seen so much concrete.  There were cowboy hat and boot wearing young men from Montana who had not seen this many minority citizens in the same location. 

Very few of the 20,000 Republican delegates and guests had thought much about homelessness and we did all that we could to get homeless people into the news last summer.  I was skeptical about bringing a party that has a history of hostility toward those living in poverty to a majority Democratic city, but it worked.  There were precincts in the City of Cleveland in 2012 that not one person in that precinct voted for the Republican candidate for President.  I was worried that there would be hostility between the two groups, but Clevelanders were extremely welcoming and hospitable to people who largely see the world differently from most residents of Cleveland.  The Republican Convention of 2016 benefitted the City of Cleveland, and I hope that other cities will look at our ability to host a secure event without harming the residents (including homeless people) in the process and use that as an example. 

Brian Davis

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People's Convention Solve Problems in Pittsburgh

I was blessed with an opportunity to go to the People’s Convention in Pittsburgh, PA, which was held July 8-9, 2016.  This was a non-partisan and campaign free event.  It was organized by a diverse group of people and organizations.  Their commitment was to “lift up issues and problems that the Republican National Convention (RNC) will not authentically address and to develop collectively agreed to solutions."  It is referred to as “a People’s Justice and Peace Platform that will achieve just nonviolent, democratic, and sustainable results."  The People’s Convention was held prior to the RNC Convention in Cleveland in 2016.

A non-profit organization, Common Good Ohio, is dedicated to “fight for stronger and healthier communities," and made it possible for me (NEOCH) and other Ohio charities such as Organize! Ohio to attend the People’s Convention.  The campaigns I came across included Fed Up, “supporting the $15 minimum wage efforts in Cleveland, voter contact programs for the renewal of the tax levy for Cleveland Public Schools, and progressive candidates running for elected office in Ohio.

The campaign called Fed Up is in 2 parts: 1) “focused on putting pressure on the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low temporarily, so the vulnerable communities can catch up and 2) to increase the diversity of each Federal Reserve’s region’s Board of Directors.”  This is so important in Ohio because there is a Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland and “we have the opportunity to highlight the economic struggle” directly to the Regional Reserve President.

We left for Pittsburgh on Thursday, July 7th, so we would be able to have breakfast
Friday morning and attend the opening Plenary and Roll Call.  There were a variety of speakers informing us about the struggles and issues that are being addressed at the Convention.  We had lunch, another session to welcome allies and funders, and then prepared to “take it to the streets."  The “Still We Rise” March began at 2:30pm.  As we marched, we sang songs like, “We Shall Not Be Moved” and “We Will Win."  We also shouted chants like, “Still We Rise”, “The people united, will never be defeated!"  “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now”!, “Ain’t no power like the power of people, cause the power of people don’t stop!”, and “Whose Streets? Our Streets”!  We had a peaceful march to a few designated areas and downtown Pittsburgh, then back up to the Convention Center. 

After dinner, we had an evening Plenary and there were a number of speakers addressing the March from different areas such as New York and Texas.  We then had a choice of being entertained by a comedian, W. Kamau, who did “a comedic exploration of the current state of America’s racism” or a true story movie about an immigrant mother’s struggle to survive in New York City with her two children.  It was a Spanish film with English subtitles, as there was a very diverse population of participants.  The day ended with a rooftop party and then it was time to prepare for Saturday’s events and we turned in.  By the way, we stayed at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel and the rooms were very nice.

Saturday breakfast started at 8:00am. While everyone had breakfast there was a Break-Out Session which was a gathering of Executive Director's partners.  After breakfast, we had a morning Plenary and “Still We Rise” was recited by the community organization representatives.  When the representatives finished making their presentation, it was time to break for lunch. 

For the rest of the day there were a series of workshops available.  The series of workshops were called:  Fighting for What We Want.  There were 37 workshops to choose from and they were broken up into 7 categories:  1) And Still We Rise-Lifting Up Our Stories In Order To Win.  There were six workshops under this category, 2) We Want Power And Democracy!  There were seven workshops under this category, 3) We Want Freedom!  There were eight workshops under this category, 4) We Want An Economy That Works For All Of Us!  There were four workshops under this category, 5) We Want Our Homes, Our Schools, And Our Neighborhoods.  We Want Opportunity!  There were four workshops under this category, 6) We Want Our Health And Our Planet! There were five workshops under this category, and 7) Breakout Sessions During The Workshops.  There were 3 workshops under this category which included two field trips.

The workshop I choose to attend was very interesting.  It was the name of the workshop that captured my attention.  This was the one entitled End Poverty-A Universal Basic Income for Everyone.  There were two presenters and about 12 people including myself attending this workshop.  We discussed the Alaska once a year payout.  A tax is imposed on oil companies and put into a fund.  The citizens of Alaska would receive a yearly payment of approximately $2,500 a year.  This was done because the oil companies do not own the oil, they own the company.  We also discussed Switzerland’s attempt to put a Universal Income in place.  Switzerland would increase taxes on the wealthy corporations etc. and these taxes would assist to make the funds available for the citizens to receive a monthly benefit of $2,500.  The argument was that this would “replace social safety nets, minimize robust government needs, and this would increase workers’ bargaining powers in terms of employment."  It was placed on the ballot and failed.  If it had passed, Switzerland would have a Universal Basic Income.  The workshop was to get some input to find out if this would be a feasible possibility for the United States.

There was a lot of discussion and at the end of the workshop we were given some reading material and directed to the website if we wanted to pursue any further involvement. 

After the workshop, we had some free time to mingle.  Since I was going to be participating in the March to End Poverty Now in Cleveland on the July 18th, I met with some of the activist there, passed out flyers with information about the march and invited them to march with us for Economic Justice.  Later that evening there was a block party scheduled called, The People’s Block Party.  Although we wanted to stay and attend, the bus was leaving before it began.  We had a nice quiet ride back to Cleveland and a chance to relax and reflect on what we had done and learned.  We also got some really nice gear at the convention.  We got two tee shirts, a water bottle, scarf, backpack, and a wallet that can be worn around the neck.  I feel that I have grown and I am better prepared for the march I will be participating in prior to the RNC.

by Ramona Turnbull

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News Media About Homelessness and RNC

Three articles in Huffington Post and two from the Stranger in Seattle over the last week.  We got a nice piece on WEWS Channel 5 and one in Scene Magazine regarding the RNC and homelessness.

The Stranger Alternative Paper in Seattle

Interviews with Homeless People and West Side Catholic:  http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2016/07/20/24366324/clevelands-homeless-on-the-rnc-go-downtown-and-youll-find-out-how-many-rights-you-have

Panhandling article: http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2016/07/18/24355659/hello-cleveland-were-on-the-ground-at-the-rnc

Local News Channel 5 ABC Affiliate:

Drop in Center Closed: http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/cleveland-metro/rnc-forces-homeless-out-of-the-area-and-most-have-been-moved-to-the-west-side

Huffington Post National News Outlet:

Visiting the Campsites:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cleveland-is-calling-on-homeless-people-to-keep-city-safe-during-rnc_us_578fa931e4b0f180da63f12a

Homeless Interactions with Police: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cleveland-police-homeless_us_578f6995e4b0f180da63a91b

Visting Laura's Home: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rnc-homeless-crisis-center_us_578e31b4e4b0a0ae97c35f06

Cleveland Local Alternative Paper Scene Magazine:

Intake Tightened to Get to Shelter: http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2016/07/20/homeless-shelters-tighten-intake-turn-away-people-in-town-just-to-protest-rnc

KMRG Local Television station from Tulsa OK

http://www.krmg.com/news/news/national/police-enlist-clevelands-homeless-extra-eyes-durin/nrzTH/

Esquire National Magazine:

Homeless mentioned in the security plan: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a46791/cleveland-police-rnc/

Here is another story from FastCompany that we missed in the lead up to the RNC

http://www.fastcompany.com/3061897/cleveland-girds-for-a-potentially-violent-rnc-week

America Magazine (National Catholic Magazine)

St. Malachi Food Window: http://americamagazine.org/issue/clevelands-poor-homeless-ignore-convention-hoopla

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Assessment of the RNC for Cleveland

I can't believe that the RNC went so well for Cleveland and homeless people.  It started out last week when there were people, strangers and out-of-towners, showing up looking for help at the Coordinated Intake for shelter and there was a contingent down in the Flats looking to pitch a tent.  This was worrisome and there was concern that we were going to be flooded with additional homeless people looking for a place to sleep.  The only other city to have guaranteed access to shelter and host a convention was New York City and there is not a lot we can learn from a city with 50,000 people sleeping in shelter every night (Cleveland has 1,800 in shelter every night). 

We were ready and the social service providers really pulled together to make this work and not face disruption.  We tried to find an alternative place for the daytime on the East Side of Cleveland in order to replace the Cosgrove Center.  This did not work, but HandsOn NEO and the Foodbank really stepped up to provide bagged lunches everyday for those staying outside in Cleveland.  Thanks to Catholic Charities for helping with the lunches.  It was helpful to have the shelters open 24/7 so people did not get caught up in the demonstrations or had to interact with the 2,800 police from out of town. 

The Coordinated Intake stepped up to screen people and find alternatives for those who were not really homeless and not from Cleveland.  The outreach team stepped up to provide transportation to the West Side and they regularly talked to those staying outside to make sure they were safe.  We also must thank all the services on the West Side who extended their hours including West Side Catholic, St. Herman's, St. Pauls and St Malachi.  A special thanks to Metanoia for opening in the summer and serving 60 people per night.  They really helped to keep people safe, and were critical to keeping down problems with overflow.  Metanoia being open was critical to our successful management of the homeless situation in a caring and dignified manner during this major event.

Roger from the Cleveland Foodbank

We did not forcibly displace anyone in Cleveland.  We started this last month with the City forgetting to include homeless people in the plans.  NEOCH went to court with the help of the ACLU to correct this oversight.  The Police and all the law enforcement were very helpful and treated homeless people as they treated other residents.  They visited many of the encampments to warn them about "outside agitators."  Once the convention started, I did not hear any complaints or concerns about interactions with law enforcement.  I did not get any calls from shelter providers, outreach workers or homeless people. 

It was all amazingly smooth.  The demonstrations were peaceful and extremely hot.  Organize Ohio did a great job with the March to End Poverty and we have two reflections on our blog about the walk from Ramona and Megan.  Public Square was packed full of strange people and delegates who had very little in common with Clevelanders.  There were older hippies, religious zealots, law enforcement, media and average Cleveland amazed by all the guests visiting our city.  All of these diverse groups were interacting in peace and without the anger we saw on the convention floor.  It was a good week for Cleveland, but we all have to admit we are glad it is over.

Brian Davis

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NEOCH Media Regarding RNC

New Law for the RNC

Persons possessing an item listed above when (i) the person resides within the Event Zone; and (ii) the possession of said item is kept and used within the person’s residence. The City’s homeless population currently in the Event Zone shall be considered residents of the Event Zone and the place where they are known to reside  shall be considered their residence for purposes of these Regulations;

This is the language that will guide all the law enforcement in Cleveland for the RNC July 18 to the 21st.  This is all we were looking for and we thank the ACLU for intervening on our behalf.  We now need to focus on where people will be on the East Side of Cleveland during the day.  

Brian Davis
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ACLU Settles Lawsuit with City of Cleveland Over RNC

ACLU representing NEOCH, Organize Ohio and Citizen's for Trump sued the City of Cleveland two weeks ago.  In a whirlwind case before Federal District Court Judge James Gwin.  The ACLU and NEOCH won in the first hearing on this issue, and the City of Cleveland immediately filed an appeal.  There were hours of negotiations last Thursday and then back and forth hammering out a written settlement.  As soon as we get the settlement agreement, we will post it.  Here is some new coverage, both national and local on the issue. 

The PBS Newshour covered the story here. 

  • District Judge Gwin ruled City’s protest regulations unconstitutional, ordered negotiations
  • ACLU argued that City’s Event Zone was too large, and that rules within it were too restrictive; judge agreed
  • ACLU and City came to an agreement Friday, settlement is likely to be finalized Monday
  • Citizens for Trump and Organize Ohio sued due to protest restrictions
  • NEOCH sued because some prohibited items in the Event Zone are needed by homeless who live there

The Cleveland Plain Dealer had some very good coverage of the lawsuit and the settlement here.  They also published a nice editorial about how bad these rules were for protestors and homeless people here.

  • Agreement reached Friday between ACLU and City will result in smaller Event Zone
  • New Zone will exclude west side of Cuyahoga River and public parks
  • The hours of the protest will be longer so that they correspond to when delegates are actually present in Cleveland.
  • Deal includes longer parade route that are closer to the site of the convention. 
  • Event Zone restrictions will not apply to homeless population.
  • "Negotiations are being handled by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, who is known for his ability to broker settlements," according to the Plain Dealer.

The Toledo Blade had a good summary of the story here and tied the story to the lawsuit filed in Philadelphia over the Democratic convention. 

  • District Judge Gwin ruled Thursday that City’s event zone restrictions violated First Amendment
  • Dismissed lawsuit filed by ACLU on behalf of Citizens for Trump, Organize Ohio and NEOCH and ordered mediation by District Judge Polster on Friday
  • Shortly after settlement announced Friday, ACLU of PA filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Philadelphia regarding restrictions during Democratic National Convention.

The LA Times also gave a summary of the story here and had colorful language about the free speech implications.

  • In court Thursday, ACLU argued that RNC Event Zone was a “black hole for 1st Amendment activities”; City countered that Cleveland’s regulations were less restrictive than other cities
  • District Judge Gwin ruled that “unduly large” security zone was not tailored to security issues
  • Gwin ordered negotiations between the ACLU and the City in order to narrow the restrictions

Here is the coverage from Channel 3 WKYC

Here is the Atlantic magazine coverage is here.

Politico's story focused on how both pro and anti-Trump protests under the City's original plan were going to be in the same are causing issues of possible turmoil.

The American Bar Association Journal talked about the judge questioning how the City could successfully stage a CAVS championship parade for a million, but could not handle a couple thousand protestors.  "However, Gwin questioned the city’s reasoning and asked how the convention protests were different from the more than 1 million people who filled downtown Wednesday for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship parade and “traveled through streets in what will become the event zone,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported."

by Brian Davis and Megan the 2016 Intern

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Why Did NEOCH Sue City of Cleveland

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit today over the extremely large "event zone" and the overly broad prohibited items in that the Zone during the Republican National Convention.  Below is the language of items that are not allowed--many of which are common to homeless people.  The legislation could have excluded homeless people by declaring them residents of the city.   We keep hearing, "Don't worry we are not going to harass homeless people," but have yet to see anything in writing.  We heard from various reporters and police that they were not going to waste time looking at campsites,  but we need something that we distribute and post from someone in the City. Also below is the map provided by the City on the "event zone," which is huge.  Way bigger than we were led to believe, and involves a majority of the homeless population. 

The map is basically West 25th all the way over to the freeway at East 27th St. all the way back to St. Vincent's hospital to the Lake.  This involves four of the five largest shelters in Cleveland, and around 100 people who live outside.  We join with our friends at Organize!Ohio over the limiting of free speech with protests limited to the no man's zone of the Lorain Carnegie Bridge, but our main concern is over the treatment of homeless people during the RNC.

Brian Davis

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RNC and Homeless People Update

Nice article in the PD today by Mark Naymik about the problems with the expansive event zone restrictions announced last week.  The Police have assured the Plain Dealer and WEWS TV 5 reporter Joe Pagonakis that they will not displace homeless people.  We have not seen this in writing yet and do not understand why homeless people were not specifically referenced in the legislation published on May 25.  with all the outside law enforcement coming into town, we need to have something in writing.   Below is the letter that we sent.

We need someone from the City to put in writing the policy regarding residents who stay outside downtown.  By the way, we got some grief for identifying general places that homeless people sleep in Cleveland.  We saw that Naymik was criticized for identifying Riverbed Road and other hotspots.  This is silly.  If you live in Cleveland or work downtown, you know where generally homeless people sleep. It is not a secret, and nor should it be a secret.  We do not believe that we should ignore or hide homeless people.  We should be talking everyday about how to get our neighbors back into housing.  No one has a right to be ignored.  Many are living on public property and we should be working everyday to get them inside.  It is disrespectful and undignified in the richest country on the planet to have all these people living outside.  We cannot sue the City over their sweeps policy of trying to move people out of sight and out of mind, and then keep their homes secret from the media or politicians.  The more visible, the more likely they will be housed.  I would expect if my street were targeted for destruction during the RNC that a reporter would come to my door to ask, "What do you think?" Just as they are doing now with homeless people.

But we will continue to push for a resolution of the problem with the upcoming RNC. Here is the link to the article featured on WEWS.

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Are Homeless Going to Be Displaced During RNC?

From Republican National Convention Official Event Zone Permit Regulations

Released May 25, 2016 by the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Police  (pdf here)

Section_III. Prohibited Items
(a) Definitions. As used in this section:
(1) The terms “Convention Period,” ”Event Zone,” “Public Grounds,” “Secure Zone,” “Sidewalk,” and “Street” shall have the same meaning as Section II of these Regulations; and
(2) ”Public Access Areas” shall mean any space in the Event Zone, excluding spaces designated as the Secure Zone, that is open to access by the general public, including Streets, Sidewalks and Public Grounds.
(b) Within all Public Access Areas, the following items are prohibited during the Convention Period:

(18) Tents and other shelters, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, mattresses, cots, hammocks, bivy sacks, or stoves;
(19) Coolers or ice chests;
(20) Backpacks and bags exceeding the size of 18” x 13” x 7”;

The map released as part of the press release shows a huge area of the Downtown, Ohio City and the Campus District.  It extends from the Lake back to St. Vincent Hospital then from West 25th to the I-90 or East 27th on the East Side of Cleveland.  This area has four of the five largest shelters in Cleveland.  There are probably 90 to 110 homeless people living in this area.  There is a drop in center and a health care for homeless facility. 

There is language about employees or residents who work in this area are exempt from these rules.  Yet no exemption for homeless people.  Will they consider homeless people who live outside as residents of the neighborhood?  I don't understand why the area has to be so huge?  How could a protestor, Donald Trump supporter or homeless person living over by the Muny Lot or on the West Bank of the Flats have any impact on the convention?   This is going to be an issue with all the out of state police who may not have a full understanding of the relationship between homeless people and the Cleveland Police Department.  We do not want to go back to the days when we were regularly in federal court over sweeps.  We have a good agreement that has survived 16 years. 

We have sent a letter to the Police outlying our concerns. 

Brian Davis

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Cleveland Police Meet to Discuss RNC and Homeless People

The homeless social service providers had a really good meeting with the Cleveland Police Department in early May to talk about the upcoming Republican National Convention. There is a lot of concern that homeless people especially those who do not use the shelters will be targeted by angry demonstrators.  There is concern from homeless social service providers that this fragile population will be swept up in the anger of the current political environment in America.  Police also have a concern that demonstrators who are only in Cleveland for disorder and chaos will attempt to blend into the homeless community.

Thanks to Commander Stephens and Officer Petkac for hosting the meeting at their brand new Station on Chester.  We also need to thank new Council member Kerry McCormack and all the homeless service providers who attended. 

Some of the things we need to work on include:

  1. Security planners are trying for the smallest footprint to minimize disruptions to as close as possible to the Quicken Loan Arena as possible. Key working strategy is "minimally invasive."
  2. We need to solidify plans for the near West Side of Cleveland including an overnight drop in center.  We need to have a safe place two weeks before and during the convention for homeless people. We hope Metanoia will be open for one or two weeks.
  3. We need to make sure that the shelters keep people during the day so that they do not have to be out during the day.
  4. We also need a day time drop in center on the East Side of Cleveland.  This came into question because a number of facilities are having issues with not having security available.  Cleveland Police cannot be deployed to private facilities during the Convention.  They have to be ready to work all of the hours of the convention if necessary.
  5. We are going to offer training advice with police from out of town with a "Dos and Don'ts in working with homeless people in Cleveland flyer.  These flyers can be distributed and will be a part of the orientation.
  6. NEOCH staff will be the liaison between the police and the outreach teams.  Any issues contact Brian at NEOCH and he will get with our contacts at the Police Department.
  7.  Jim Schlecht talked about securing rental assistance for a group of homeless people during the convention.  He mentioned how New York City had helped 85 people get into housing when they hosted the convention in the past.
  8. There was also discussion of some tickets to special events or creating a "Stand Down" type event so there are alternatives to homeless people to being downtown during the convention. 
  9.  We did learn that there should not be major road closures despite the rumors to the contrary.  At this point the Lorain Carnegie Bridge will not be closed, but it could be packed full of travel buses so may want to be avoided.
  10.  It looks like East 9th St. will be dedicated to transporting media and delegates with a lane for these buses and livery vehicles.  This means that cross traffic will only be allowed at Lakeside, Superior, Euclid and Carnegie.  Best to walk Downtown and avoid using a vehicle during the convention. 
  11. Payne Ave. will have a parking lane for police cars, but should be available for auto traffic.
  12. We will have one final discussion with the Cleveland Police in late June to get all of our ducks in a row.

On a personal note, the homeless community is going to miss Commander Stephens who will retire after the convention.  He was very forthcoming and transparent in his dealings with homeless people over the last five or six years.  He came to the Homeless Congress after the shooting death of two homeless people in 2012 and asked for calm.  He guaranteed that there would be an investigation and admitted the police had made extreme errors in judgement that contributed to the death of these unarmed citizens.  He was committed to a fair process for investigating and seeking justice in the death of Williams and Russell.  He agreed to return to explain the results after the judicial system had completed their work.  This was before the trials, the justice department intervention and all that has transpired since that fateful night in the East Cleveland school yard.   Commander Stephens has tried to foster a level of respect for those without housing living in the Third District in Cleveland and continue the work of Commander Gonzalez.

Brian Davis

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End Homelessness Rally in July in Cleveland

Mark your calendar for the End Poverty Now March.  With the sucker punches and violence at Donald Trump rallies over these last few weeks and the candidate egging on the crowd, inciting or even encouraging violence, I am worried for the Cleveland RNC convention.   Will these supporters of the presumptive nominee, confront the thousands of protesters expected in Cleveland with attacks?   Will they take their anger out on the most visible sign of the problems facing America with the fragile and vulnerable  homeless people who sleep outside?   Getting worried about July in Cleveland and a tsunami of hate headed our way.

Brian Davis

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