CLASH in Action
Stand up for our children on August 11, 2023 was not a CLASH event, but CLASHers were there in support of our member organizations, Black on Black Crime Inc. and Black Lives Matter Cuyahoga County. Both Channel 5 and Channel 19 carried the demand that elected officials offer support for youth. Channel 19 and Channel 5 both covered the event.
August 5th Noon-6PM at New Day In Hough. Andre, Dalonzo and Jeff took the first shift. Darrick and Spencer took the second. But Jeff hung around to help table on the breaks and did some politicing on the side. Councilman Conwell hung out with us and laughlingly called us a bunch of radicals. Still here's there when we need his voice on Health Committee. Other pols stopped to say "hi" but they weren't as funny.
Love in Action Friday. July 21, 2023. 1PM-3PM at Changing Lives Ministry, 12651 St. Clair Avenue in the Community Room. Small turn out, but hearty discussions. Molly's friends stopped by for a snapshot.
Love in Action. Thursday. July 27, 2023. 1PM-4PM at Euclid Beach Villa. Darrick at the table. Good discussions around upcoming SoilSHOP events; children with high EBLLs; Seniors who have grandchildren over to visit and chipping peeling paint throughout the highrise.
University Heights 2nd Juneteenth Celebration started slow, but that's OK. There was time for some deep discussions. 10 sign ups including a nice mix of health and lead professionals, DIYers, new parents, homeowners, landlords looking for financial assistance, and newcomers to Cleveland -- 2 of our sign ups were folks moving to Cleveland from California and Florida respectively!
Famicos Health and Digital Expo. June 9, 2023
Eleven Glenville residents stopped by the CLASH tent on Friday at Famicos' Health and Digital Expo. Eight attendees took literature on lead safety and five signed up for this Stay in Touch newsletter. In addition, CLASH volunteers made contact with representatives from NEON and Medworks to set up future events.
Maple Heights Housing Resource Fair May 13, 2023
CLASH volunteers greeted one and all. Thanks to Maple Heights Mayor Annette M. Blackwell and the Department of Building and Housing for the invitation.
Cleveland Asia Fest, May 11-12 was a block of displays and guests from all over NEO. CLASH was there with Lead Safety information, parent surveys and guest visitors.
Site of the explosion taken from the sidewalk at 22500 Alexander Road.
Creek behind the plant runs into a culvert under Alexander Road. Lead levels were 10 times the "risk" standard.
Run off creek along the Marginal Road next to I-77.
Aug. 14, 2023. Cleveland.com. OSHA faults I. Schumann & Co. for fatal explosion at Oakwood plant. No mention of the lead contamination that was documented by CLASH volunteers at the time of the explosion. CLASH will resume its investigation into the explosion as time permits. Another news report here.
Tabling moves indoors! On December 3, 2022, CLASH participated in the Health, Housing, and Jobs Fair sponsored by Famicos. It was a big event. Well over 100 guests came through the gymnasium at the East Professional Center. Thanks to Chantal and Ashley for covering the the event with Lila. Dalonzo stopped by the table and Samario Ford had CLASH information at the NEOBHC table.
University Heights Fall Fest October 2, 2022. Noon to 5PM at Stinson Park. Lila and Chantal worked a decidedly professional crowd in University Heights.
NEOBHC Fall Fest October 1st
On October 1st, CLASH joined the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition for a Autumn Health and Wellness Fest. Andre shared lead safety information at the CLASH Table.
Lila reports: CLASH gained big support from University Heights Mayor Brennan and Vice Mayor Michele Weiss. "I had the support of Bob Parker from SPAN 12p-2p and I rocked out with the crowd until 5pm. We had the coziest tent btw."
Andre and Ashley report: There was a child-filled in the Harvard Square area when NEOBCH brought the Fall Health Fair to Cawthorn Park. Lots of pols stopped by too!
Lots of kids meant lots of CLASH buttons in the crowd.
September 24, 2020: CLASH Team Picnic
Special thanks to Andre at the grill, Molly in the kitchen, Raconteur Darrick, Special Guests: Judge Wanda Jones, Chris Ronayne, Rachel Dissell. And our hostess, Yvonka Hall.
Rosemary and Darrick
Jeff, Darrick, Andre talk politics
Molly and Yvonka in the kitchen
Tabling in August 2022
Thursday, August 4, 2022. 6PM-8PM. Summer Trick or Treat. Harvard Community Service Center, 18240 Harvard. Andre and spencer covered the back to school event at Harvard Community Services on Thursday. Thanks to everyone who signed up for the "stay in touch" email newsletter.
Saturday, June 30th, Lila covered the Health Fair at Maple Heights Library on. Many public officials stopped to talk about the feedback they are getting from Maple Heights residents. Looks like CLASH will be setting up follow up events around lead safety education and engagement.
Andre and Spencer provided information on lead safe housing at the Famicos at McDonalds Resource Fair on Thursday, July 21, 2022. Thanks to Famicos for producing an exciting event. The wind from the lake made the hot temperatures bearable. The mood on the 17 visitors to our booth was curious and experienced! Most took literature on lead safe housing.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022. 6 PM-7.30 PM. Our Voices Matter. MidTown Techhive, 6815 Euclid. Andre and spencer report "Lots of young people in a combination of a resource fair and a training event for young activists."
Darrick and Earth Justice proclaim support for the Lead Safe Housing for Kids Act in the US Congress. " 'It is past time for HUD to adopt a primary prevention strategy for addressing lead in federally assisted housing. Preventing lead exposure is cheaper than fixing the problem after a child has been poisoned. Not only cheaper, but morally imperative,' said Darrick Wade, board of directors, Cleveland Lead Advocates for Safe Housing."
Lila's ready to share information
Dr. Chantal talks lead safety with residents
Dr. Chantal Dothey and Spencer at the Famicos Festival on May 12, 2022
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
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.
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.