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"Demystifying This Season of Voting" - Session 1: Laying the Ground Rules Tuesday September 22, 2020 6:00 PM The Institute is pleased to introduce its Virtual Civics Workshop Series. As the 2020 Presidential election approaches, we are hosting a series for community members to learn, engage and participate in civic dialogues about one of our most important responsibilities as citizens: Voting. We want to ensure that voters have access to information and a clear understanding about the voting process, candidates running for office, and important issues on the ballot. Future workshops will be hosted on Oct. 6, Oct. 20, & Nov. 10. All meetings are at 6:00 PM. Mark your calendars! Visit our Facebook Event page here. ...

NLI is pleased to once again invite you to join our Community Book Club. Book #3 is Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Healthcare by Dayna Bowen Matthew.  Dozens of community members have contributed to ongoing dialogue on social justice in previous groups. Now, you can join in for our Book #3 discussions on October 14th. Guests will participate in weekly conversations led by NLI facilitator GiGi Elder. We anticipate these discussions will run Oct 14 - Nov 11.  Health disparities have remained stubbornly entrenched in the American health care system, and in Just Medicine, Dayna Bowen Matthew finds that they principally arise from unconscious racial and ethnic biases held by physicians, institutional providers, and their patients. Registration is now open! Click here to sign up and join us. ...

NLI encourages you to take action steps for social justice! Every one of us must seriously consider the importance of civic engagement and participation. Three easy steps pave the way to making a difference for our community - (1) Complete the 2020 Census (2) Register to vote and (3) VOTE!  Along with program updates and other social justice information, this edition features the work of NLC Class 19 graduate Jenice Contreras, who now serves as the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development. You can access our latest newsletter HERE. We hope you find it informative and helpful!...

There have been many changes in our community and around the world since the onset of Covid-19. Families have been impacted in so many ways and the need for even basic essentials has increased in ways no one could have ever foreseen. As a community-based service, Neighborhood Leadership Institute’s Healthy Communities has a group of dedicated Neighborhood Navigators working one-on-one with Cuyahoga County’s pregnant residents to learn, understand and connect those residents to the resources and items they need. In response to one of those needs, they partnered with the Diaper Bank of Greater Cleveland on August 19, 2020 to provide diapers, wipes and books to mothers and families in the community. The staff of Healthy Communities, (Marie Jones, Beverly Moore, and Nailah Muhammad), the founder and CEO of the Diaper Bank of Greater Cleveland (Nakeisha Wells, accompanied by  dedicated members of her board), and 20 volunteers came together to ensure that 200 registered families received the diapers and wipes they needed. While the diaper distribution was a success the need did not stop there. There is still a need for more diaper distributions as well as providing other basic essentials for families. NLI Healthy Communities and the Diaper Bank of Greater Cleveland are partnering for future events such as additional diaper drives and Community Baby Showers to continue to support, advocate and provide needed resources to community members. If you are pregnant or know of a pregnant resident in need of support, please reach out for support by calling our hotline at 216-658-1355. You will receive a call back within 24-48 hours. Please connect via social media for resources and information on future events please follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NLIHealthyCommunities/  or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/nli_healthycommunities/.   ...

NLI's highly popular Community Book Club is moving on to its second book. On August 11th, we will begin facilitated discussions on The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. This book will be discussed at weekly online sessions hosted again by NLI facilitator GiGi Elder. We anticipate these discussions will run from August 11th to September 15th.  Rothstein's The Color of Law outlines a powerful and disturbing history, and exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide (New York Times book review).  Interested in joining this Community Book Club? Register here. ...

NLI programs are in full swing this summer! Join us as we celebrate the newest cohort of NLC grads. Also, NLI has formed a second Community Book Club group to discuss The New Jim Crow book. There's still time to sign up. Updates are provided for Summer Tennis and Summer Leadership Academy, too. You can access the newsletter HERE....

Neighborhood Leadership Institute kicked off its Community Book Club last month. Due to increasing demand, we are adding a second group! We invite members of the community to join Group 2 as we discuss books addressing important issues in today’s society. Our first book is The New Jim Crow: Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. This book will be discussed at weekly online sessions hosted by NLI facilitator GiGi Elder. We anticipate these discussions will run from July 29th to September 23rd. You can register for Group 2 here.   ...

There's much going on this month. Our nation continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and we face continued unrest caused by the ongoing challenges of racial inequities. NLI provides helpful resources to its community and is working to provide engaging programming as well. Learn about our new Community Book Club in this edition. You can access this update HERE....

This month, Neighborhood Leadership Institute kicks off its Community Book Club! We invite members of the community to join us as we read and discuss books addressing important issues in today’s society. On June 30th, we’ll host our first virtual club meeting on Zoom. GiGi Elder and Annie Morino will facilitate the meetings and we’ll discuss a new chapter each week. Our first book is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Participants are expected to have read chapter 1 by June 30th. We anticipate that interested friends will obtain their own copy of the book (paper, online, etc). However, NLI has secured a limited number of copies and can make them available to those unable to purchase a book at this time. Interested in joining the Community Book Club? Please contact Michelle Broome at 216.658.1358 or michelle@neighborhoodleadership.org. Weekly Zoom meeting links will be sent to you once you have signed up. You can REGISTER FOR THE BOOK CLUB here. ...

Hello All, Over the past four years it has been my pleasure to be a part of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute experience. NLI is a special place defined by working collectively, with the goal of building a better community. For those who are graduates of Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland, you are part of a network that has utilized this unifying, collective approach to build, and contribute to countless initiatives, organizations, events, etc. that have had a tremendous impact on our region. While a shared, unifying effort is key to reaching our goals as a community, and will remain so; we have to begin our work toward this goal with the reality that life simply does not present an equivalent set of challenges for everyone in our community. On behalf of the Institute, I express our sadness concerning the death of George Floyd. He was the victim of an unjust act, and that act occurred in a system that far too often does not render justice in cases such as these.  The video recordings of his treatment, and the subsequent protests that followed in our community and across the nation, remind us that horrific acts like this are impacting brown and black skinned citizens at an alarming rate. The majority of individuals in this country have the luxury of relying on systems that they believe will work ultimately in their best interest. Unfortunately, African Americans and people of color have not experienced this luxury.  Conversely, the weight of racial injustice is one that is too familiar to African-Americans, who for generations, have lived with the stark reality that systems - criminal justice, healthcare, education, etc. - have not only been structured to mete out results that are not in the best interest of our community, but have been weaponized to halt progress. This latest incident of police brutality has stoked the flames that have been burning deep within us for decades. The Minneapolis officers’ actions were visibly clear,...