Weekly News from LMM

Celebrating Founder's Day 2023

In 1969, Rev. Richard Sering and dozens of community, civic and faith leaders came together to speak out against racism, injustice and inequality.

Over the years, LMM's mission has become more and more relevant by an unwavering commitment to advocating for justice and advancing innovative programs.

From that founding meeting in a church in the 60s, to the countless days of service and being a voice for the voiceless - we remain committed to justice, mercy and humility.

Join LMM for the third annual Founder's Day Celebration, which will be celebrated virtually on Wednesday, February 2 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. We look forward to celebrating with you and reflecting on Rev. Sering's legacy. More info and registration details to come!

APART Documentary: Free Screening + Q&A

Join us Saturday, January 14 at 1:00pm for a free screening of the award-winning PBS documentary APART, followed by a Q&A with the director, film participants, and change-makers from LMM and The Edna House, two local organizations serving the needs of formerly incarcerated women.

Set right here in Cleveland, APART follows three unforgettable mothers—Tomika, Lydia, and Amanda— as they return home from prison and rebuild their lives after being separated from their children for years. Their stories overlap in LMM's Chopping for Change program, run by Malika Kidd, an advocate formerly incarcerated in the same prison. Filmed over 3 ½ years, APART traces their steps as they reconstruct lives derailed by drugs and prison.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan 14 @ 1:00pm-3:30pm

WHERE: Cedar Lee Theatre, 2163 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH (Plenty of free parking in the area!)

Event made possible by a grant from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation.

For more info, visit www.apartthemovie.com/jan14. Click the link below to register for the event.


LMM Staffer Awarded $15,000 Emerging Leader Grant

LMM Community Engagement Coordinator, Gloria Craig, was recently awarded a $15,000 Emerging Leader Grant from the We Raise Foundation to fund the creation of her A Walk in My Shoes documentary. This project is based on residents at the Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside and aims to educate the community on the experiences faced by individuals experiencing homelessness, while also highlighting how systematic barriers to employment and/or housing can contribute to extended stays in shelters.

In addition to Gloria, LMM's Academic Program Manager, Elizabeth Stiles, was also awarded an Emerging Leader Grant from We Raise to conduct her Digging Deeper study, which will focus on the expansion of LMM's Chopping for Change program to the Grafton Correction Facility for men. Click the link below to read more about Liz and Gloria's Emerging Leader grants.


Participatory Budgeting in CLE

Participatory Budgeting Cleveland (PB CLE) held a press conference on the front steps of City Hall earlier this week to call on Cleveland City Council to support legislation recently introduced by the Bibb administration that would provide $5.5mil in ARPA funding towards participatory budgeting.

Want to learn more about PB CLE and participatory budgeting as a whole? Click the button below.


National Day of Racial Healing

The National Day of Racial Healing, hosted by the W.K Kellogg Foundation, is an annual observance dedicated to restoring individuals and communities to wholeness, repairing the damage caused by racism, facilitating trust and bridging divides. This day is observed every year on the Tuesday following Martin Luther King Jr Day.

To see events taking place in Ohio during the National Day of Healing, please click here. Interested in celebrating the National Day of Racial Healing by leading your own conversation? Here are a few tools that may be helpful in making space and facilitating a conversation on racial healing:

Remarks from City Council President Blaine Griffin

Join The City Club on Wednesday, January 25 at 12:00pm featuring The Honorable Blaine A. Griffin, as he shares his vision for the future of Cleveland, accomplishments of the 119th Cleveland City Council and what can we expect as priorities moving into 2023. 

This forum is sold out for in-person attendance, but you can tune in for the livestream of the event at cityclub.org!

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