Change is coming. Connect with groups in Cleveland and across the country making it happen.
Cleveland/Ohio Based Organizations
Cleveland Community Police Commission
Cleveland’s Community Police Commission (CPC) was mandated by the consent decree. It serves to represent community voices and interests in the reform process, and develop recommendations that reflect an understanding of the values and priorities of Cleveland residents. As such, the CPC depends on public participation. Please consider attending their monthly meetings to add your voice to the conversation on police reform in Cleveland.
Upcoming Community Police Commission (CPC) Meetings:
View the CPC's most updated meeting schedule at https://www.clecpc.org/events-calendar.
Citizens for a Safer Cleveland
Citizens for a Safer Cleveland is a diverse coalition of concerned organizations, activists, and individuals – with the leadership of families who have lost a loved one to police violence – who are working together to pass a common-sense approach to police oversight, establishing independent investigations of police misconduct and giving power back to our communities. Issue 24 will expand the powers of the Civilian Police Review Board, make the role of the Community Police Commission permanent, and ensure investigations into police misconduct are truly independent. Issue 24 be on the 2021 ballot in Cleveland.
American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio
The ACLU of Ohio is an affiliate of the national ACLU. Founded in 1920, the national ACLU includes more than 500,000 members in all 50 states, making it our country’s foremost advocate of individual rights. Through education, litigation, and lobbying the ACLU seeks to preserve civil liberties for each new generation. The ACLU of Ohio has nearly 30,000 members and supporters statewide.
Black Lives Matter CLE
BLM CLE is the Cleveland chapter of Black Lives Matter, a national organization working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. We affirm our contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.
Greater Cleveland Congregations
Greater Cleveland Congregations is a non-partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice. GCC unites people across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to promote public, private, and civic sector actions which strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods.
Hack Cleveland is a community-powered think tank, comprised of civic-minded makers and social justice advocates. Together we build solutions to the systemic challenges in our city, and work to transform the structures that promote disenfranchisement.
National Lawyers Guild Ohio Chapter
The National Lawyers Guild is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.
Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Twitter: @OHorganizing https://twitter.com/ohorganizing
Formed in 2007 the Ohio Organizing Collaborative is an innovative statewide organization that unites community organizing groups, labor unions, faith organizations, and policy institutes across Ohio. OOC consists of 18 member organizations with members in every major metropolitan area across the state. The vision of OOC is to organize everyday Ohioans to build a transformative base of power for the purpose of achieving social, racial, and economic justice in Ohio.
Ohio Student Association
Formed in 2012, Ohio Student Association is a statewide organization led by young people. OSA engages in values-based issue and electoral organizing, non-violent direct action, advocacy for progressive public policy, and leadership development.
Puncture the Silence
Puncture the Silence began as an answer to the Stop Mass Incarceration Network‘s call in October 2014 for a month of resistance to the New Jim Crow. This is our answer to Michelle Alexander’s call for a movement for racial justice in her book “The New Jim Crow.” Since then, we have continued our efforts to “puncture the silence” about the discriminatory injustices incarcerating a generation of youth of color. It is our moral responsibility to bring awareness to the New Jim Crow and ultimately end it.
Showing Up for Racial Justice – Northeast Ohio
SURJ NEO is the Northeast Ohio chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts.
Black Youth Project 100
Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of black 18-to-35-year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all black people. This is done through building a collective focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and education.
Dream Defenders is an uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing.
The Organization for Black Struggle
The Organization for Black Struggle was founded in 1980 by activists, students, union organizers, and other community members in order to build a movement that fights for political empowerment, economic justice, and the cultural dignity of the African-American community, especially the black working class.