Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) is a non-partisan coalition of over 39 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. Currently we are working in the areas of Education, Health Care and Criminal Justice. GCC provides leadership development as well as professional organizers to guide the community leaders.
We are part of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith coalitions, and we draw on their seven decades of experience winning tough battles across the nation.
A very informative link to what Greater Cleveland Congregations has been doing to combat Gun Violence, CLICK HERE.
Over 100 members of Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) gathered at Trinity Cathedral on Sunday, January 5, for an interfaith service to celebrate the passage of Medicaid Expansion in Ohio, including members of NCJW. GCC was instrumental in putting together the coalition of 32 hospitals and other agencies, called NEOMEC, that ultimately convinced Governor Kasich that it was imperative for Medicaid Expansion to happen.
The Expansion covers 275,000 uninsured Ohioans and brings many dollars to the state in the form of taxes, jobs and healthy Ohioans who will not lose time at work through illness.
NCJW/ GCC monthly meetings take place on the second Wednesday of each month at Fairmount Temple’s library at 9:30. The hour long meetings focus on gun violence , although GCC actually has 3 other teams: health care, education and criminal justice.
Please join us for our next meeting:
Date: Wednesday July
Location: Fairmount Temple Library, 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, Ohio
RSVP: LynnKleinman at email@example.com
Chair: Lynn Kleinman
Right now our team has decided to research Ohio gun laws, keep an eye and respond to Ohio legislature pending guns proposals , and safe gun technology.
At our July meeting we had a lively discussion regarding fallout from the Charleston shootings and the meaning of the confederate flag. We also learned about a program in Richmond, California. This group has identified potential urban young men who have a history of gun violence . Instead of policing these young men, they offer a stipend if they refrain from using guns for a specified period. Our NCJW / GCC team is doing more research to find out if we can urge our city , county or GCC , to undertake a pilot program in a small geographical Cleveland area. We are very excited about this idea.
Please join us on any second Wednesday. The larger our group, the more power we have to make a difference. Use my email or call for more information. New members, Becky Brouman will be happy to connect you with our team.
GCC In The News
Channel 3 covers the well-attended and emotionally impactful GCC meeting of May 29, 2014. Click on this link to watch it.