On Thursday August 24th, EYEJ and Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute will lead a discussion with 32 CWRU students as part of CWRU Connects First-Year Student Service Day. The […]
On Thursday August 24th, EYEJ and Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute will lead a discussion with 32 CWRU students as part of CWRU Connects First-Year Student Service Day. The conversation will be extended to virtual audiences via a tweet up campaign using the hashtag #SocialJusticeCLE so that anyone concerned about the future of Cleveland can participate.
The aim of the event is to continue to advance the dialogue around how we can achieve equal justice and opportunity for all of Cleveland’s residents and youth. Our hope is that we can help inspire tomorrow’s leaders, from CWRU and beyond, to take an active role in shaping a better, more equitable Cleveland and helping to empower our youth.
Let’s help empower our youth in Northeast, Ohio and achieve #SocialJusticeCLE
The challenge is real. According to research and data compiled by the Center for Community Solutions, Cleveland ranks among the most segregated major cities in the country. And where racial segregation persists, socioeconomic disparities widen. In Cleveland, African-American babies are 3x more likely to die before their first birthday than Caucasian babies. In the Cleveland Metro area, where EYEJ is active, ranks the top 10 nationally for residents living in concentrated poverty. In Cuyahoga County, 73% of the prison population is African-American, despite being only 31% of the population.
At the core of EYEJ’s mission is to empower students through connections. EYEJ believes that solution-focused discussions on social justice and equality between participants from across the privilege spectrum, can be an important first step in enacting change. Central to this dialogue, is amplifying the voices and stories of Cleveland’s underserved youth. For them, inequality is not a data point, but a daily reality.
Whether from our group together or online via Twitter with you, our hope is that Thursday’s discussion can serve as a catalyst for action and involvement.
Cleveland is ground zero for many of the issues that define the modern day civil rights movement. As disheartening as the disparities are, they represent an opportunity for all of us to be an active part of the change we seek.
Join the discussion by following @eyejcleveland on Twitter or by using the hashtag #SocialJusticeCLE, August 24th from 10-12PM.
EYEJ Discussion Series Speaker Volunteer