The debate over the Indians’ name, too, technically. Anyway, here’s this week’s cover of Scene, with a story by Sam Allard that includes more detail about last week’s Opening Day encounter between Robert Roche (at left) and Pedro Rodriguez (in redface), including a lot of quotes from Roche and Rodriguez themselves, as well as from other Cleveland baseball fans who shared their thoughts about the anti-Wahoo and team name protesters.
“Only twice in three hours did we observe pro-Wahoo folks talk politely with the protesters about the root of their opposition or try to explain their own difficulties with the logo,” Allard writes, before getting to specifics, like, “Talk to Obama if you think it’s racist,” and “It’s funny because they all look homeless.”
Thanks to the folks at Scene for continuing to keep a light on this issue.
Please check back tomorrow or Saturday with a post on a big Sin Tax/Issue 7- related announcement, and for an excellent read check out Dan McGraw’s latest at Belt Magazine on Cleveland’s problem with attracting and integrating immigrants into the City.
About 45 minutes before the first pitch of the Cleveland Indians’ home opener on Friday against the Minnesota Twins, I took the below photo just outside of Gate C at Progressive Field, where a protest against the Cleveland team’s name and Chief Wahoo logo was being held by a group organized by the local chapter of the American Indian Movement (AIM).
Pictured at left is Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache tribe member, AIM member, Executive Director of the American Indian Education Center in Parma, Ohio, and more. At right is Cleveland Indians baseball fan Pedro Rodriguez, who is not a Native American.
Shortly after snapping the photo I posted it to the Cleveland Frowns Twitter account from where it was quickly picked up by a number of national outlets, including Deadspin, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, SB Nation, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and Yahoo. Scene’s Sam Allard, who also witnessed this confrontation, posted some pictures of his own along with a first-person account and roundup of responses to the anti-Wahoo protesters. And the photo has been discussed at length on local sports talk radio programs, including yesterday on ESPN Cleveland 850 AM where Rodriguez was interviewed by Aaron Goldhammer and explained (or at least gave the impression) that he believed he was “set up” for the photo.
Here’s what really happened: [click to continue…]
Earlier this week, the Coalition Against the Sin Tax (C.A.S.T.) visted a popular Cleveland-area bingo game to speak with citizens about Issue 7 — the proposed $260+ million Sin Tax on alcohol and cigarettes that Cuyahoga County’s business and political leaders want to take from the County’s residents to give to Cleveland’s pro sports teams for improvements to their facilities. Not surprisingly, the bingo players were none too pleased with the idea of the sports owners reaching back into their kitty.
Unfortunately, there’s far too much doubt as to whether informed opinions of regular Clevelanders will be heard in this low-turnout May election, especially with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of “Keep Cleveland Strong” propaganda flooding the County like something out of an Orwell novel. And the problems caused by money’s corrupting influence on politics won’t be subsiding anytime soon, with the U.S. Supreme Court having ruled this week that [click to continue…]
The Coalition Against the Sin Tax (C.A.S.T.) spent last Saturday at Cleveland’s West Side Market, asking shoppers and vendors what they would do with $260 million in proposed Sin Tax revenues that Cuyahoga County’s business and political leaders want to give to Cleveland’s pro sports owners for improvements to their facilities.
Market denizens were quick to point to better uses for these public funds. [click to continue…]
Below is a document from the Coalition Against the Sin Tax that summarizes why Issue 7 should be defeated at the ballot box on May 6. Everybody loves Cleveland’s sports teams, but that’s no excuse to rush into “a lazy solution to an undefined problem.” In these times of massive and growing inequality, the rush to renew the Sin Tax on terms from 30 years ago represents government at its worst. While the team owners and their corporate sponsors will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to pass Issue 7, the facts are overwhelmingly on the opposition’s side. What’s most important is to get people talking about those facts, so please join the effort in any way that you can, including by sharing and discussing the below document, signing up for our mailing list at www.noclevelandsintax.com, “Liking” the Coalition Against the Sin Tax Facebook page, and following @noCLEsintax on Twitter. Also, please offer any feedback as to how the below document might be improved, either in the comments here or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Next week we’ll get to unpacking the Pro Sin Tax “Keep Cleveland Strong” campaign’s veiled threats in greater detail.
Just a quick reminder about tomorrow’s meeting that was announced here last week, as well as a few links to more information, including the new official Coalition Against the Sin Tax Facebook page (please follow for campaign updates and further discussion of Issue 7), a pair of interviews with WKYC and Cool Cleveland on the formation of the opposition campaign, and a pair of Sin Tax FAQs, one by Cleveland Councilman Brian Cummins and one by the editors of Belt Magazine.
If you can’t make it to tomorrow’s meeting and want to know more about how you can join the fight against the Sin Tax, please sign up for the mailing list at www.noclevelandsintax.com, email email@example.com, and follow the new Facebook page for updates. Stay tuned here for more here as well. Thanks.