Juneteenth

What Is Juneteenth? Juneteenth commemorates an effective end of slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. Juneteenth 2024 will occur on Wednesday, June 19.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in...

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Maria Pujana

Dr. Maria J. Pujana receives the 2023 Angel Guzman Outstanding Achievement Award

During a Galla Event that took place on October 13, 2023, at the Cleveland City Hall Rotonda, Dr. Maria J. Pujana, MD received the 2023 Angel Guzman Outstanding Achievement Award. This honor, presented as part of the City of Cleveland’s Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizes those who embody the spirit of active involvement, selfless service, and unwavering dedication to the betterment of a diverse community.

The recipient of this award was endorsed by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland, Ohio Justin M. Bibb, the Director of the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board Angela Shute-Woodson, the City of Cleveland Hispanic Liaison Christopher Martínez, and the City of Cleveland Hispanic Board of Trustees...

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Franklin Graham

The backlash against right-wing evangelicals is reshaping American politics and faith

Some sociologists believe that the rising number of non-religious Americans is a reaction against right-wing evangelicals. But that’s just part of the story.

What if I were to tell you that the following trends in American religion were all connected: rising numbers of people who are religiously unaffiliated (“nones”) or identify as “spiritual but not religious”; a spike in positive attention to the “religious left”; the depoliticization of liberal religion; and the purification and radicalization of the religious right? As a sociologist who has studied American religion and...

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Park Side Rendering

A New Home for the Cleveland Foundation

The Cleveland Foundation is excited to join residents, nonprofit partners, and community leaders as part of a larger movement of equitable growth and place-keeping efforts already underway across Cleveland’s MidTown and Hough neighborhoods...

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James Saunders

Shaker Heights lawyer who donated to Trump headed to prison for voting twice in the same election year

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Andrew Santoli sentenced a Shaker Heights attorney to three years in prison for voting in Ohio and Florida in the same election year in the last two general elections, 2020 and 2022.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Andrew Santoli called 56-year-old James Saunders’ actions “purposeful, intentional and cavalier” in handing down the maximum sentence. Santoli also fined Saunders $10,000...

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Asteroid

Asteroid discovery suggests ingredients for life on Earth came from space

Two organic compounds essential for living organisms have been found in samples retrieved from the asteroid Ryugu, buttressing the notion that some ingredients crucial for the advent of life arrived on Earth aboard rocks from space billions of years ago...

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Data Products Built by and for Puerto Rican Communities

The Opportunity Project Tackles Challenges Specific to Puerto Rico, Including Supporting Children’s Mental Health and Renewable Energy

The Opportunity Project (TOP) wrapped up 2022 with a collection of new federal open data products produced by and for Puerto Rican communities...

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SNAP

Criminals stealing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in Ohio

According to the Federal Food and Nutrition Service, Ohio is among several states being targeted by criminals stealing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This is known as skimming...

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Cop Trainers

Investigation Shows Hundreds of US Cops Being Trained by Far-Right Extremists

"Bad training is instilling bad behavior," said one criminal justice reform advocate.

Reuters identified five law enforcement trainers who have been hired by police and sheriffs' departments nationwide despite their support for right-wing militia groups, including...

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Supreme Puerto Rico

Supreme Court rules Puerto Ricans don't have constitutional right to some federal benefits

Congress can exclude residents of Puerto Rico from some federal disability benefits available to those who live in the 50 states, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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Critical Race Theory

LatCrits: How Latinos shaped Critical Race Theory

Critical race theory is an academic framework that examines systemic racism in the U.S. legal system. Richard Delgado, the son of a Mexican immigrant, helped develop the framework five decades ago.

Why it matters...

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Biden

US employs unusual intel strategy to counter Putin

The White House has aggressively worked to rebut false narratives emanating from Russia about the crisis in Ukraine by proactively releasing intelligence information, a highly unusual strategy that experts and former officials say has knocked Russian President Vladimir Putin off his ...

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Mercosur

Mercosur can't agree on a joint communiqué on the Ukraine conflict

President Bolsonaro did not approve the strong wording condemning Russia for the military invasion of Ukraine.

Lack of consensus on the drafting of a Mercosur joint statement on the...

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The Basque genetic uniqueness may be due to the "linguistic barrier" since the Iron Age

An internal population is the result of its genetic continuity since the Iron Age, characterized by isolation and low mix. The main factor: "The language barrier"...

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2 Americas

GOP registration drop after Capitol attack is part of a larger trend

As voters and former elected officials leave the Republican party, the drifts in voter identification come into focus. In the weeks since the January riot at the Capitol, there has been a raft of stories about voters across the country leaving the Republican Party. Some of the numbers are...

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Iran

Iran’s Regional Dominance Conceals Severe Domestic Discontent

Iran has invested more of its limited capabilities in its aspiration to upend the U.S.-led world order than perhaps any other country in the world, including China and Russia. In so doing, it has neglected the well-being of its people and made itself poorer and...

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Obama

Conservatives complain “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama."

The sentence I hear most from well-meaning, conservative friends since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama.”

Fair enough. Let’s take a look...

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vote by email

HOW ARE WE VOTING ON NOVEMBER 3?

States may shift primary dates, but only Congress can change the federal elections. We spoke to an elections expert to learn what you need to know about how coronavirus could affect the way voters cast their ballots in November.

[March 19, 2020] - As the novel coronavirus spreads through the U.S. during presidential primaries, election and government officials are scrambling to figure out how to allow voters to cast their ballots safely ― or postpone primaries altogether. Managing in-person voting during an unprecedented pandemic...

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Voter Registration - Frequently Asked Questions Download a Voter Registration Form

Does everyone who wants to vote in Ohio have to be registered to vote here?

Yes.

How do I know whether I am qualified to register and to vote in Ohio?

You are qualified to register to vote in Ohio if you meet all the following requirements:

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Child

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services is partnering with the Ohio Dept. of Education to provide families with children in kindergarten through twelfth grade, that have been eligible for free or reduced-price...

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LatinX

DON’T TINX SO!

Over the last 70 years, we’ve been identified by the U.S. government as “of Mexican origin,” “Spanish Mother Tongue,” “Spanish Surname,” “Spanish speaking,” “Latino,” and “Hispanic.” During the 2010 Census, my cousin, a Mexican, called me to ask, “primo, what am I?” After all these labels, any confusion over what to call ourselves should be understandable. The only identifier that has stuck is Hispanic.

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Mexican Government awards highest honor to a NE Ohio Hispanic Advocate

Dr. María José Pujana, MD of Westlake, Ohio is one of the recipients of the 2015 “Ohtli Award.” She was recognized for her years of work and success in helping the Hispanic/Latino and Mexican communities throughout the Northeast Ohio region.

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Rep. Jim Jordan Denies He Knew Of Decades-Long Sexual Abuse

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, one of the most powerful conservatives in Congress, has denied reports that he ignored the alleged sexual abuse of athletes.

Allegations that Jordan was aware of sexual misconduct and explicitly was informed of specific incidents of alleged assault by the wrestling team's doctor, first surfaced in an NBC news story on Tuesday. But Jordan - who was an assistant coach from 1987 until 1995, when he was elected to the state legislature - has refuted the claims.

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Justice

Ohio Supreme Court rejects legislative maps again

For the second time, Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, a Republican, joined with three Democratic justices to reject legislative maps that Republicans drew to disproportionately favor their candidates.

Advocates of redistricting reform hailed the decision as a resounding victory for Ohio voters who overwhelmingly approved changes to the state constitution to limit partisan line-drawing in 2015.

The maps could have given Republicans a 57-42 advantage in the House and a 20-13 advantage in the Senate

“This ruling sends a clear message to lawmakers in Ohio: they may not put politics over people," said attorney...

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syndrome abortion

Justice Department backs Ohio Down syndrome abortion ban

The Justice Department sided with the state of Ohio on Wednesday on its legislation that outlaws physicians from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

In its filing, the federal government stated: "Nothing in Ohio’s law creates a substantial obstacle to women obtaining an abortion, and nothing in the Constitution or Supreme Court precedent requires States to ...

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