Mayor Michael R. White Interview, Parts One – Five (video)

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Michael R. White was Mayor of Cleveland from 1990-2002. He was interviewed for Teaching Cleveland Digital on July 24, 2013. Cameras by Jerry Mann and Meagan Lawton, Edited by Jerry Mann, Interviewed by Michael Baron. © 2013 Jerry Mann and Teaching Cleveland Digital.

Part one covers Mayor White’s formative years in the Cleveland neighborhood of Glenville, living in Cleveland during the election of Carl Stokes in 1967 and White’s election as the first African-American Student Union President at The Ohio State University in 1973.

Part two covers his work with Columbus Republican Mayor Tom Moody, his return to Cleveland, working with and learning from Council President George Forbes and his election to Cleveland City Council.

Part three covers the 1980’s in Cleveland when Mayor George Voinovich and Council President George Forbes were in power. White then speaks about being elected Mayor of Cleveland, and his first challenge as Mayor: the baseball team wants a new ballpark, so White spearheads the Gateway development.

From Wikipedia:

White, who grew up in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, began his political career early on during his college years at Ohio State University, when he protested against the discriminatory policies of the Columbus public bus system and was subsequently arrested. White then ran the following year for Student Union President and won, becoming the college’s first black student body leader. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 and a Master of Public Administration degree in 1974.

After college, White returned to Cleveland. He served on Cleveland City Council as an administrative assistant from 1976 to 1977 and later served as city councilman from the Glenville area from 1978 to 1984. During his time in city council, White became a prominent protégé of councilman George L. Forbes. White then represented the area’s 21st District in the Ohio Senate, serving as a Democratic assistant minority whip.

In 1989, White entered the heavily-contested race for mayor of Cleveland, along with several other notable candidates including Forbes, Ralph J. Perk Jr. (the son of former Cleveland mayor, Ralph J. Perk), Benny Bonanno (Clerk of the Cleveland Municipal Court), and Tim Hagan (Cuyahoga County commissioner). Out of all the candidates Forbes and White made it to the general election. It was the first time two Black candidates would emerge as the number one and two contenders in a primary election in Cleveland history.

In Cleveland, incumbent Mike White won re-election against council president George Forbes, who ran as the candidate of black power and the public sector unions. Angering the unions by eliminating some of the city’s exotic work rules, White presented himself as pro-business, pro-police and an effective manager above all, arguing that “jobs were the cure for the ‘addiction to the mailbox,'” referring to welfare checks. [1]

White ended up winning the race receiving 81 percent of the vote in predominantly white wards and 30 percent in the predominantly black wards.


League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland Public Policy Issue Forums 2015-2018 Wednesday April 25, 2018 6:30-8pm Single Payer Healthcare- How does it Work? Could it work in the U.S.? moderated by Ginger Christ, Plain Dealer Heathcare Reporter

Local Public Policy Issue Forums 2015-2018
League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland

“Women in Politics: How to get more women to run for office in Ohio” Wednesday May 16, 2018 moderated by Mary Kilpatrick, Reporter,
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“Single Payer/Universal Healthcare- How does it Work? Could it work in the U.S.?” Wednesday April 25, 2018 Moderated by Ginger Christ, Plain Dealer Heathcare Reporter
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“Redistricting and Gerrymandering in America and Ohio: the effort to reform how districts are drawn” Tuesday March 20, 2018 Moderated by Rich Exner,
“Shaker Heights-“State of the City” delivered by Shaker Mayor Leiken Thursday March 15, 2018
“Consumer Scams. How to spot, avoid & respond” Thursday March 8, 2018
Moderated by Teresa Dixon-Murray, The Plain Dealer
Opportunity Corridor —will the opportunity be realized? Wednesday February 21, 2018, moderated by Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer
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“Is Northeast Ohio a Sanctuary Region? Laws and policies: Where does our region stand on immigration?” Wednesday January 17, 2018
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“A look at the political crystal ball for 2018” Thursday November 16, 2017  moderated by Andrew Tobias,
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“The Nuts and Bolts of Ohio Campaign Finance” Thursday October 26, 2017
“Home Rule for NE Ohio Communities. Should it be stronger or weaker?”
Tuesday October 17, 2017 moderated by Tom Beres/WKYC-TV emeritus
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“Race and infant mortality in NE Ohio: why are black babies dying more and what can be done” Wednesday September 27, 2017
moderated by: Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer

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THE OHIO BOARD OF EDUCATION aka The State School Board How can they help us? How can we help them? Monday, September 25, 2017
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The “Ohio Drug Price Act-Issue #2” forum
September 19, 2017 moderated by Jeremy Pelzer,
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Video from the Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Forum (8/30/2017) Cleveland Public Library

“The Election for Mayor: A Discussion about the future of Cleveland” August 29, 2017, Leila Atassi, moderator
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“Shaker Square: Its past, present and future” July 25, 2017 Steven Litt, Plain Dealer, moderator
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“Wildlife in Northeast Ohio: why can’t we all just get along?” July 17, 2017 Jim McCarty, Plain Dealer, moderator
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“Transportation in Northeast Ohio: Where’s the Equity?”
-June 14, 2017 Ginger Chirst, The Plain Dealer, moderator
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Fracking and the Impact of the Utica Shale on Ohio
-May 16, 2017 Dan Shingler, Crain’s Cleveland Business moderator
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East Side Development: Prospects for Reinvention
-May 9, 2017 Terry Schwarz, #CLE Urban Design Collaboration, KSU/moderator
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The Foster Care System in Northeast Ohio. Is it Broken?
-April 19, 2017 Phillip Morris, Plain Dealer/moderator
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The Proposed Merger of Cleveland and East Cleveland. How could this happen? Should it?
-January 31, 2017 Nick Castele/Ideastream moderator
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Shaker Hts. Library, Schools, Council forum
– December 8, 2016

“Sports Stadium Financing in Cleveland” forum
– November 17, 2016 Peter Krouse/ moderator
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“Relationship Between Cleveland Police and the Community” forum November 15, 2016 Mark Naymik/ moderator
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“Regionalism and the West Shore Communities” forum
November 14, 2016 Janice Patterson, LWV-Greater Cleveland moderator
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“Marijuana Legalization in Ohio” forum
October 13, 2016 Jackie Borchardt, moderator
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“Water Quality of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River” forum
September 15, 2016 Jim McCarty, Plain Dealer moderator
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“Redistricting and Voting Rights in Ohio” forum
August 25, 2016 Tom Suddes, moderator
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“Regionalism and Shaker Heights” forum
August 18, 2016 Judy Rawson, moderator
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‪Internet Bandwidth in Shaker Heights 6.9.16

“2016 Republican National Convention: What’s it mean to Cleveland?” forum
May 17, 2016 Andrew Tobias,, moderator
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The “Van Aken Project” Forum in Shaker Heights 4.21.16

Public Policy: Pre-School Education in Northeast Ohio 4/12/2016

2016 Ohio and U.S. Primary Preview 3.1.16

“Cuyahoga County Waterfronts and Neighborhood Development” forum
February 9, 2016 Steven Litt, Plain Dealer, moderator
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‪”Your Money, Your Healthcare: Accessing Quality Treatment at a Time of Rapid Change”
January 19, 2016
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“Housing Crisis in Northeast Ohio – Where are We in 2015?”
October 8, 2015
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“How to Become an Education Activist in Northeast Ohio” forum
August 19, 2015
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“Land Use in Cuyahoga County” forum
– Wednesday July 29, 2015

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‪”Regional Cooperation in Northeast Ohio or How to get 59 Civic Entities to Play Together” forum
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From Outhwaite to Advocate – Public Housing & the Stokes Legacy (video) May 2017

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Cleveland is home to some of the first public housing projects in the nation. Outhwaite Homes, Cedar Apartments and Lakeview Terrace–all built in the late 1930s–were the first public housing projects to receive funding from the federal government’s newly-created Public Works Administration. This public housing was conceived as a way to help struggling, but upwardly mobile families out of slums and tenements. More than simply shelter, these “estates” included green space, murals and playgrounds designed to produce positive American values and strong children.

Brothers Carl and Louis Stokes moved into Outhwaite Homes Estates with their mother in 1938. Carl became the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city when he was elected mayor of Cleveland in 1967. Louis was the first black congressman elected in the state of Ohio, and served 15 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both Carl and Louis credited moving to Outhwaite as a key to their eventual success. Both advocated for public housing and worked to improve its effectiveness throughout their political careers.

As part of our ongoing Living History series, which looks to Cleveland’s past to inform its future, ideastream hosted a community conversation on the history of the Outhwaite Homes and public housing in Cleveland, on the Stokes brothers’ public housing advocacy, and a look at where public housing stands today.

Presented in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College’s project “Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future,” a yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes’ election as mayor of Cleveland, and a celebration of Carl and Louis Stokes’ lasting contributions to Cleveland and the nation.

City Club of Cleveland forum on Wind Power in Northeast Ohio 4/28/2017

City Club of Cleveland forum on Wind Power in Northeast Ohio

“According to a report recently released by the American Wind Energy Association, wind is now the largest renewable energy source in the United States. The Department of Energy estimates that 20 percent of energy consumed in the U.S. could come from wind by 2030.”

Watch this panel discuss what is happening in NE Ohio now

Published on Apr 28, 2017

Patrick Fullenkamp, Director, Technical Services, GLWN Global Wind Network ; Shilpa Kedar, Program Director for Economic Development, Cleveland Foundation; Andrew R. Thomas, Executive In Residence, Energy Policy Center, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University; and Lorry Wagner, Ph.D., President, LEEDCo, discuss the value of water to Northeast Ohio’s future in the offshore wind industry in a conversation moderated by ideastream® reporter/producer Elizabeth Miller

The Battle for the Right to Vote in Ohio – Video Western Reserve PBS

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The Battle for the Right to Vote

  • Aired: 04/18/2017
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  • Nearly a century ago in Northeast Ohio, both women and men fought for women’s right to vote. This half-hour local production explores moments in Akron and Cleveland history that fueled this battle. Examples include Sojourner Truth’s famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech and Belle Sherwin’s participation in the suffrage movement.

Newton D. Baker – The Civil Warrior (documentary)

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A Teaching Cleveland Documentary. Camera, production and editing by Jeremy Borison. Special thanks to Dr. John J. Grabowski, Tom Suddes, Greg Deegan and Brent Larkin. Also to the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland State University Special Collections and the Western Reserve Historical Society.