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Social Justice/Greater Cleveland Congregations Committee

We work with Greater Cleveland Congregations, a non-partisan coalition of faith-based communities and neighborhood organizations from across Cuyahoga County. The purpose is to work together across divides of race, class, and religion to promote civic actions that improve the quality of life for everyone in Greater Cleveland. This committee also identifies and participates in social justice activities and actions, beyond the work of GCC, that are of particular interest and relevance to B'nai Jeshurun and committee members. For more information, or to get involved, contact Lee Markowitz, Committee Chair. 

Justice for Our Children GCC Action Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 7pm

Greater Cleveland Congregations is holding a Public Action on the topic of Youth Bindover on December 6th, 2022 at 7pm. The event will be both in-person at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church and via Zoom.

 Cuyahoga County sends many more youths to adult court than do other urban counties in Ohio—and that over 90% of youth bound over in our county are Black or Brown.

■ Bindover does not reduce crime; it decreases community safety. 

■ Bindover of youth has serious negative consequences such as increased recidivism and increased chance of suicide. 

■ Bindover deprives our youth of access to a wide range of rehabilitative services offered by the juvenile court. 

A big turnout for this event is very important to draw attention to the excessive use of bindover in our county and to show public officials and the general public the urgent need for reform.  GCC's goal is at least 600 people present.

Register for both in-person and Zoom attendance  here


GCC Delegate Assembly                                  Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 7pm


GCC continues to grow! We have added new members and new staff and we have taken on new issues with a passion that is the hallmark of our organization. With this growth, it is important that we look for ways to engage those in our member organizations who may not be active on our issue teams, but who care deeply about the fabric of a democratic society.

Next Thursday, June 30th at 7pm at our Delegate Assembly, we will be introducing our Engage GCC campaign, a way for us to more strongly connect with and involve people within our member institutions and ignite their passion for the issues they care about.

Register for the June 30th Delegate Assembly here.

All are welcome to learn about this exciting campaign! 


GCC Teach-In and Action Planning MeetingTuesday, June 28,2022 at 7pm

The Pretrial Justice branch of GCC’s Criminal Justice Team invites everyone to our Teach-In and Action Planning Meeting - next Tuesday, June 28th, 7-8:30pm.

This meeting is to update all of us and to develop an action plan for a solution.

We will cover:

· The problem of unjustly jailing people before trial, mostly because they are black or brown and/or poor;

· A potential solution (specifically pretrial services, including bail changes); and

· GCC’s important role in stopping the injustice.

The current system hurts people every day and the public pays for unjustly jailing people without any increase in public safety. GCC must act. We can do it together. Join us.

Register here


Tue, December 6 2022 12 Kislev 5783