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Friday, February 22, 2013

Gov. Kasich invokes 'the Good Book' while urging Medicaid expansion -Cleveland Plain Dealer

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Gov. John Kasich touted expansion of Ohio’s Medicaid program in his State of the State address as the right and compassionate thing to do, invoking his personal faith and lessons from “the Good Book” as a guide in his decision.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Governors Fall Away in G.O.P. Opposition to More Medicaid -The New York Times

Under pressure from the health care industry and consumer advocates, seven Republican governors are cautiously moving to expand Medicaid, giving an unexpected boost to President Obama’s plan to insure some 30 million more Americans.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Ohio's Gov. John Kasich to seek Medicaid expansion -Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Saying that an expansion of Medicaid will help some of the poorest Ohioans, Gov. John Kasich included the much-anticipated announcement in his two-year budget proposal Monday.... Greater Cleveland Congregations, a coalition of 40 religious groups and the lead organizer of the Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition, pledged Monday to do our part to make sure Ohio legislators understand that expanding Medicaid will keep Ohioans tax dollars here in our state, working to help our economy, our health and our state budget.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cleveland area congregations call for state to expand Medicaid -ABC Channel 5

CLEVELAND - More than a thousand people filled Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland Thursday to demonstrate widespread community support for Ohio Medicaid expansion. "If people have medical insurance they're more likely to see a doctor, they're more likely to get preventative care, they're going to stay healthier," said Dr. Kristin Englund who came out for the rally.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Religious, community members rally to urge Gov. Kasich to expand Medicaid in Ohio -Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio --- More than 1,000 rallied at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland on Thursday night to show their support for expanding Medicaid in Ohio. The assembly brought together members of religious congregations, community groups and major health care providers to demonstrate community support for expanding Medicaid.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Will Ohio Gov. John Kasich expand Medicaid? "Too important to leave hanging" -Cleveland Plain Dealer

For Ohio’s health care industry and patient advocates, all eyes are on Gov. John Kasich and the two-year state budget he’s expected to propose on Feb. 4.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Supporters of Cleveland Schools levy rally voters ahead of November election -ABC News Channel 5

CLEVELAND - Supporters of the levy for Cleveland Public Schools are warning against laying off teachers, and a potential $50 million deficit.
Over the weekend in an east side church basement, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers and concerned citizens met up for a voter registration drive.
This group is part a coalition of local churches, synagogues and mosques in Cleveland trying to get voters to pass the Cleveland Municipal School District's levy on the November ballot.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

GCC hosts ceremonial signing of Collateral Sanctions Bill -Call and Post

CLEVELAND – Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) hosted Governor John Kasich, Senator Shirley Smith, and other sponsors of Senate Bill 337 (SB 337) for a ceremonial signing to highlight the importance of this new legislation.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ohio Gov. John Kasich begins to win converts in unexpected places: Phillip Morris -Cleveland Plain Dealer

Gov. John Kasich had signed Senate Bill 337 into law days earlier, but he recognized the opportunity that came with a "ceremonial" signing in front of a Cleveland audience that until recently would have been unpredictable, if not hostile. Before Kasich re-enacted the signing of the criminal justice reform measure on Monday, he closely scanned the crowd crammed into the stifling gymnasium of Elizabeth Baptist Church. He needed a prop. Smiling politicians, staff and clergymen surrounded him, but he needed someone else.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Governor signs Collateral Sanction Reform Bill -WOIO

Governor John Kasich met with Greater Cleveland Congregations members Monday to discuss collateral sanctions reforms. "You don't want to look the other way when you have a human being that has a chance to realize their God given potential," Kasich said. With that realization, Kasich ceremonially signed into law the Collateral Sanction Reform Bill. It removes job barriers for nearly 2 million Ohioans with criminal records.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Moving forward on criminal justice reform: Rev. Jawanza Colvin, Rabbi Joshua Caruso and The Very Rev. Tracey Lind -Cleveland Plain Dealer

Earlier this year, nearly 1,000 people from the 40 diverse religious and community groups that constitute Greater Cleveland Congregations gathered at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood to speak with one voice: Our state needs criminal justice reform. Senate Bill 337, which revises Ohio's archaic system of collateral sanctions for ex-offenders re-integrating into our communities, is a tremendous step in the right direction, and we celebrate Gov. John Kasich signing this bill into law.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Openness is key to Cleveland school reform: Rabbi Joshua Caruso, Rev. Jawanza Colvin and The Very Rev. Tracey Lind -Cleveland Plain Dealer

Greater Cleveland Congregations supports the legislation agreed upon by Mayor Frank Jackson and the Cleveland Teachers Union to reform the Cleveland School District, and urges the Ohio General Assembly to pass it in its current form.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Five county prosecutor candidates pledge reform -Cleveland Jewish News

Five Democratic candidates for Cuyahoga County prosecutor promised criminal justice reforms to a standing-room only crowd nearly 1,000 at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple at a February 20 forum organized by Greater Cleveland Congregations. No Republican entered the race, so the March 6 Democratic primary will determine the next prosecutor.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

County Prosecutor Candidates Talk Diversion, Overcharging: Over 750 people attended Greater Cleveland Congregations Forum -Beachwood Patch

Fairmount Temple’s 750-seat congregation hall was filled to capacity at Monday’s Greater Cleveland Congregations’ forum for county prosecutor candidates.

Congregants from 40 churches and synagogues gathered to see the five candidates answer to how they would support the organization’s priorities if elected.

The GCC outlined four topics that they wanted candidates to address: preventing juveniles from waiving their right to an attorney, overcharging defendants with crimes, racial disparities in the justice system and adult and juvenile diversion programs.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Greater Cleveland Congregations hosting candidate forum -Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Greater Cleveland Congregations, an interfaith group representing 40 religious and community organizations, is holding a forum Monday to hear from candidates in the race for Cuyahoga County prosecutor.
All five candidates, as well as 700 people from various congregations, are expected to attend the 7 p.m. event at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Congregations celebrate restoration of school programs at CMSD -ABC News 5

CLEVELAND - Members of 40 religious congregations packed Olivet Baptist Church in Cleveland Thursday night to celebrate the restoration of programs vital for students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

The programs, which include pre-school, high school transportation, and spring sports, were going to be eliminated in January in order to help erase a $13 million budget deficit. But a tentative contract agreement reached last week between the school district and its teachers union will free up about $7 million to restore those programs for this school year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Over eight hundred people rally to fight education cuts -Call and Post

Students, teachers, clergy, parents and community leaders came together Thursday evening to celebrate the restoration of education cuts. This Education Assembly was convened by the Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), a new coalition of religious congregations and community organizations from throughout Cuyahoga County working together to make the region a more just and prosperous place.

Friday, December 9, 2011

More than 800 celebrate tentative deal that could save Cleveland schools' programs targeted for cuts -Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- More than 800 people celebrated education at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church Thursday night.

The Greater Cleveland Congregations, a new coalition of 40 religious congregations and groups, sent out a resounding thank-you to the Cleveland schools' chief Eric Gordon, Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in the wake of a tentative agreement that could head off some of the major proposed cuts for the school district.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Community Celebrates Tentative Deal with CMSD -Fox 8 News

It was a celebration Thursday night at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.

Over 800 people from 40 different churches and community organizations celebrated the tentative contract agreement between the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Teachers Union.

"The fact that both sides recognized there had to be sacrifices speaks to their recognition of the challenges and rewards of education," said Reverend Jawanza Colvin, Pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hundreds gather to show support for Cleveland schools -NBC 3 News

CLEVELAND -- Hundreds of people gather tonight, in support of the Cleveland schools.

Parents and students were urging the teachers union, to vote in favor of a deal, that would restore some of the deep cuts made in the district.

More than 800 people from 40 religious congregations and community organizations gathered at Mr. Olivet Institutional Baptist Church. The meeting was to show Cleveland school leaders, the teachers union and Mayor Frank Jackson, they're glad an agreement has been reached, but ratification is most important.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Multifaith coalition urges Cleveland schools to restore programs -Cleveland Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In its first major public action, Greater Cleveland Congregations, a newly formed coalition of churches, synagogues and mosques, is calling on the Cleveland school district to restore programs recently cut to save money.

The district has trimmed $13.1 million from its annual budget to balance its books, as required by state law. The belt-tightening eliminates some preschool programs, busing for high school students, summer school, some sports and other extracurricular activities.

The GCC, comprised of 40 religious congregations and community groups, is holding a rally at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, urging the school district and the Cleveland Teachers Union to find ways to restore the programs.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New interfaith group seeks peace, justice: Messages of Faith -Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Congregations Convene for a Greater Cleveland -Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial Page

Slammed by foreclosures, persistent unemployment and poverty, Northeast Ohio can use all the help it can get, spiritual and secular. So the creation of the Greater Cleveland Congregations, a coalition of 40 local religious congregations, could be heaven-sent. The organization, a patchwork of faiths from both city and suburban congregations, promises to put aside theological, geographical and racial differences to concentrate on activism that can improve lives in Greater Cleveland.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Greater Cleveland Congregated -The Civic Commons Radio Show

What do you get when Minsters, Rabbis, Imams and other assorted holy men and women bring thousands of their congregants to the Masonic temple to talk, laugh and sing? Hint: it's not the setup for a really bad joke. It is the Founding Assembly of the new organization called the Greater Cleveland Congregations. Host Dan Moulthrop and producer Luke Frazier get the heavenly inspired (ouch) story behind the group and their mission to positively impact the social and economic challenges dragging the region down.

Among the guests are a Baptist, a Unitarian and the President of the Islamic Center of Greater Cleveland (no, they didn't walk into a bar). The Greater Cleveland Congregations means business when it comes to being a divine force for good in Northeast Ohio.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Greater Cleveland Congregations -The Sound of Ideas (NPR/Ideastream)

A new faith-based organization says it will advocate for social justice policies in Northeast Ohio, putting more than just the power of prayer behind its efforts. Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations are banding together. On the next Sound of Ideas, we'll ask what differentiates this effort from many others intended to help the neediest.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Churches Come Together, Create Greater Cleveland Congregations -Cleveland Call and Post

The Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) held its inaugural Founding Assembly on Monday, June 6, at the Masonic Temple located at 3615 Euclid Avenue. Over two thousand people of all faiths came together to be a part of history.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Multi-faith coalition kicks off in Cleveland -Cleveland Jewish News

Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk asked the overflow crowd that packed the Masonic Auditorium on Mon., June 6, to look at their hands. What can those hands do to fix what is broken within their struggling city, asked the Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple senior spiritual leader.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A collaboration of congregations in Cleveland: Connie Schultz -Cleveland Plain Dealer

Churchgoing Christians are used to hearing their ministers quote from Matthew 25:35: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.

However, most Christians never get to hear Jesus' message delivered by a rabbi -- and one who quotes Islamic text, too: One should like for his neighbor what he loves for himself.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Greater Cleveland Congregations Pledges to Use Interfaith Muscle for Social Justice -Ideastream WVIZ/NPR

Just as tough economic times are prompting local governments to work more collaboratively, some of Greater Cleveland's most influential churches are banding together to find solutions to common problems. ideastream's David C. Barnett reports that about 40 mosques, temples and churches are planning to use their influence to push for social justice issues.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Interfaith service hopes to improve city -WEWS ABC 5 News

CLEVELAND - An estimated two thousand people packed an interfaith service Monday night in Cleveland with the goal of making the city a "more just and prosperous place."

Greater Cleveland Congregations united people from 40 different churches, synagogues, mosques, and neighbored centers at the Masonic Auditorium. The event was part political convention, part religious revival. It launched a six-month plan to address five concerns: education, jobs, healthcare, criminal justice reform and sustainable food.