CLASH in the News

Oct 11, 2021. Cleveland Scene. Winners and Losers in the Cleveland Mayoral Debate: Bibb Kicks Kelley's Ass. "...Bibb's strongest moment came in the discussion of the lead paint crisis. Bibb celebrated the work of CLASH activists and said it was a shame it took their efforts to finally force city government's hand on lead. He said he wants to beef up housing code enforcement to ensure landlord compliance, appoint a lead czar in his administration and spend ARPA dollars to establish an endowment to fully eradicate lead poisoning in Cleveland. Ambitious? Sure. But Kelley took exception to Bibb's plan to ;beef up' code enforcement — this was another buzzword, presumably — and talked about the challenges of recruiting employees in the building and housing department. Though he did say the city can't make excuses, he said the lead safe Cleveland initiative had been stalled by the pan

City Council Comment October 1, 2021

Thanks to Yvonka, Darrick and Mario who testified at the VERY FIRST Citizen Comment period at City Hall. Focus of testimony was using American Rescue Plan funding for expanding child lead testing in Cleveland. The remarks were well received with applause from the other citizens. Erika and Spencer sat in the audience and were supportive. Sitting in the audience TJ summed it up this way: "I streamed your public comment last night. I'm so proud of you. Yall killed it! In solidarity." Cleveland City Council allows public comments at meeting for first time in a century.

Tremont Arts and Culture

Thanks to BrianH, ChantalD, DalonzoC, DarrickW, DaveG, and MarioP for their help at the Tremont A&C festival this past weekend. 7 Lead Test KIt applications; 15 Stay in Touch signups, and lots of questions from tenants and landlords. One repeated question: what's going to happen to lead water lines in Cleveland? CLASH will be doing some research into the current status of funding and pushing the Mayoral candidates to be prepared to apply for Federal funding if/when the Infrastructure Bill (BIF) is passed by the House and Senate. CLASH was able to be there thanks to GailL who provided paid for our table space.

Harvard Square Family Fun Day September 4, 2021

8 guests to our table signed up for the Stay in Touch newsletter and 4 requested for lead test kits. Celebrity guests who stopped by included Mayoral candidates Ross DiBello and Zack Reed, Council candidate Kevin Bishop, and State rep Kenny Yuko.

CWRU Know Your Neighbor

Tae-Hee and Dalonzo are providing information to attendees at CWRU's Know Your Neighbors on Saturday August 28th. Sixteen table guests signed up for Stay in Touch Newsletter. One guest received a Lead Test Kit.

Pilgrim Church of Christ Summer Resource Fair

"I saw you on TV!" One of our table guests recognized Erika from a clip shown on Channel 19. They got to share information on lead poisoning.

Sleep Out on the Steps of City Hall

Thanks to Mayoral candidates Justin Bibb, Dennis Kucinich and Zack Reed for participating. Their commitment to support lead safe housing is appreciated!

Read more at East Side Daily News, page 7. There's another story coming up later this week. Thank ESDN.

Thanks to Richard T. Andrews of the Real Deal Press for supporting the Sleep out on the steps of City Hall.

You can watch the whole event on youtube at and at

Thanks to Larry Gardner for the videos!

Black on Black Crime hosts an Activists Convention to end gun violence

CLASH has signed on as a supporter. Childhood lead poisoning is directly related to young adult contact with the criminal justice system.

  • In Cleveland 30% of children with elevated blood lead levels have contact with the Juvenile Justice System

  • In Milwaukee, 50% of people involved in gun violence had elevated blood lead levels.

  • In Ohio the rate of elevated blood lead levels in children 0-6 years of age is almost 3 times the national rate.

Preventing lead exposure plus early diagnosis and treatment can reduce gun violence in Cleveland.

Saturday tabling at Shaw Jr. High event--Bridges to the Future. We had about 20 visitors to the table, 5 sign ups. Yvonka was on a panel in a break out session.