United Church of Christ

By Christmas, Protect the Children

The Cleveland City Council Must Act to Prevent Lead Poisoning!

In 2015, the Plain Dealer began an investigative series entitled “Toxic Neglect: Curing Cleveland’s Legacy of Lead Poisoning.” The series highlighted the severe impact of lead on thousands of children in the Cleveland area while noting, “The problem isn't a new one. We've known about it for decades.” Three years later we are in much the same position in confronting this solvable problem. To a significant extent, the crisis we are facing is a crisis of leadership. The time has come for the City Council of Cleveland to act! The Council’s Development, Planning, and Sustainability Committee is currently sitting on a proposed ordinance for lead safe housing. This ordinance would ensure that rental housing in Cleveland is certified “lead safe” by a state-licensed lead risk assessor. Email the City Councilors of Cleveland today to demand that they pass an ordinance for lead safe housing by Christmas. Anything less is morally unconscionable. Our children deserve it!

Click on the name of the council member below to send an email:

Joe Jones-Ward 1

Kevin Bishop-Ward 2 (Member of the Development, Planning, and Sustainability Committee)

Kerry McCormack-Ward 3 (Member of the Development, Planning, and Sustainability Committee)

Kenneth Johnson-Ward 4

Phyllis Cleveland-Ward 5 (Vice Chair of the Development, Planning, and Sustainability Committee)

Blaine Griffin-Ward 6

Basheer Jones-Ward 7 (Member of the Development, Planning, and Sustainability Committee)

Michael Polensek-Ward 8

Kevin Conwell-Ward 9

Anthony Hairston-Ward 10 (Member of the Development, Planning, and Sustainability Committee)

Dona Brady-Ward 11

Anthony Brancatelli-Ward 12 (Chair of the Development, Planning, and Sustainability Committee)

Kevin Kelley-Ward 13

Jasmin Santana-Ward 14

Matthew Zone-Ward 15

Brian Kazy-Ward 16

Martin Keane-Ward 17 (Member of the Development, Planning, and Sustainability Committee)

 

For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, the United Church of Christ Minister for Environmental Justice.