We support the resident-led call for a public comment period at Cleveland City Council meetings.
An open and transparent government is critical to a robust and durable democracy. We strongly believe that a public comment period will lead to a more engaged public and improved public policy outcomes in Cleveland.
This is an important, budget neutral reform to democratize the practices of City Council. Moreover, the adoption of a public comment period will better align us with other cities from Akron to Columbus in Ohio to larger cities nationally, including: Chicago, New York and Seattle.
We urge City Council to act quickly in implementing a public comment period in 2021.
ACLU of Ohio • Amos Project • Bend The Arc Cleveland • Black Lives Matter Cleveland • Cleveland Advocates for Lead Safe Housing • Cleveland Jobs with Justice • Cleveland Stonewall Democrats • Cleveland VOTES • Clevelanders for Public Transit • Cleveland Votes • Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus • Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus • DSA Cleveland • End Poverty Now • Equality Ohio • GrassRoots Resistance • InterReligious Task Force on Central America • North Shore AFL-CIO • Ohio Women’s Alliance • OPAWL • OPEIU Local 1794 • Showing Up for Racial Justice, Northeast Ohio Chapter • The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and others