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"There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives."

- Audre Lorde

Here you will find resources and organizations you can support that tie in to each of the five chapters of the film. This is not the actual discussion guide, which for each chapter provides in-depth contexts, historical overviews, broader conversational topics and interviews with experts in the field, along with discussion questions and introductions to the people and organizations involved in Dispatches From Cleveland.  This site enables a more accessible way to engage with organizations involved in criminal justice and housing reform, racial and economic  justice campaigns, LGBTQ rights, and civic and voter engagement. We encourage you to use this website in conjunction with the discussion guide and the film to strengthen intersectional organizing work in your communities. 

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Each documentary module of the film follows ordinary people whose love for their home pushes them to work together to bring about real change. The discussion guide complements each  of the five film modules to delve deeply into the topics covered and offer points of engagement and action for individuals and communities.

  Discussion Guide Credits:  Written by: Jumoke Balogun Edited by Catherine Gund and Erin Sorenson   Advisors/Readers:  Amanda King                         Fred Ward Billy Wimsatt                         Kirk Noden DaMareo Cooper                 Ryan Clopton-Zymler Edward Little                          Shakyra Diaz Erika Anthony

Discussion Guide Credits:
Written by: Jumoke Balogun
Edited by Catherine Gund and Erin Sorenson

Amanda King                         Fred Ward
Billy Wimsatt                         Kirk Noden
DaMareo Cooper                 Ryan Clopton-Zymler
Edward Little                          Shakyra Diaz
Erika Anthony


DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND: MAKING OUR VOICES COUNT! is a guide for those who are ready to turn neighborhoods into communities, advocate for community policing, and push for an intersectional approach to racial and social justice. The film series, which begins with a contextual understanding of the Tamir Rice shooting and the history of racial injustice in Cleveland, makes the case for a community organizing approach to power-building. We do this in collaboration with Clevelanders on the ground who are still in the midst of a multi-pronged fight for LGBT rights, housing, economic justice, and racial justice.

This guide and the film are a candid look at the complexities of our “big tent” strategy and the barriers that inhibit intersectional organizing.

Whether your group is organizing a voter drive or a town hall about police brutality, we hope DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND: MAKING OUR VOICES COUNT! will inspire you, your students, your organization, your place of faith, and your community to action that can bend the arc of justice!


Aubin Pictures produced the Dispatches from Cleveland film and discussion guide. It was formed as a not-for-profit organization in 1996 by Catherine Gund, with a mission to develop, produce, and distribute documentary films and videos that promote cultural and social awareness and strategic and sustainable social transformation.

Our Partners!

·       Alliance for Safety and Justice is a national organization that aims to win new safety priorities in states across the country. ASJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state reform through networking, coalition building, research, education and advocacy. ASJ also brings together diverse crime survivors to advance policies that help communities most harmed by crime and violence. 

·       CAIR-Ohio works to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

·       Changelab is a grassroots political lab that explores how U.S. demographic change is affecting racial justice politics, with a strategic focus on Asian American identity.

·       Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) is leading the revitalization of Cleveland’s neighborhoods. It impacts the community by providing financial support, training and capacity building efforts to community development corporations (CDCs), supporting and performing place making activities to improve residential, commercial and greenspace properties, and delivering economic opportunity programming to ensure city residents can thrive where they live.

·       The Cleveland Water Alliance is a non-profit organization that joins Northeast Ohio corporations, universities and government agencies to drive economic development through water innovation and promote the value of water to our region.

·       Color of Change  is a progressive nonprofit civil rights advocacy organization in the United States. It was formed in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in order to use online resources to strengthen the political voice of African Americans.

·       Free Speech TV is a national, independent news network committed to advancing progressive social change. Dispatches from Cleveland premiered nationwide on Free Speech TV.

·       GetEQUAL is a grassroots network that believes the energy, vision, and work toward our collective liberation can and must come from the ground, in communities that are most directly impacted by the work.

·      Greater Cleveland Partnership supports collaborative and linchpin efforts to boost the economic vitality of the Cleveland Plus region.

·       Golden Ciphers is an African American grassroots organization designed to assist in reconnecting our family structures and recreating our communities (villages), thus empowering us to grow mentally, culturally and spiritually, developing healthier communities and lifestyle.

·       Khnemu Lighthouse Center provides inner city communities, especially the youth, with a viable deterrent to poverty, crime and dilapidated living conditions by directly interacting with community and providing various educational, cultural, and social awareness programs that will develop the skills needed to improve their quality of life.

·       LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland seeks to create a community that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every person regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and inclusive of class, race and ability.

·       Northeast  Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH) organizes individuals, organizations and neighborhoods trying to improve their quality of life into a supportive and united entity that uses civic engagement to achieve measurable progress.

·       Ohio Organizing Collaborative is a non-profit statewide organization focused on uniting community organizers and organizing groups across Ohio with similar interest.

·       Ohio Student Association is a statewide organization led by young people. OSA engages in values-based issue & electoral organizing, nonviolent direct action, advocacy for progressive public policy, and leadership development.

·       Policy Matters Ohio creates a more vibrant, equitable, sustainable and inclusive Ohio through research, strategic communications, coalition building and policy advocacy.

·      Saint Luke’s Foundation is dedicated to improving and transforming social and physical conditions in our neighborhood, and improving the health and well-being of individuals and families in Greater Cleveland. Our program strategy framework positions us to build sustainable solutions to key issues that impact our community.

·      Social Justice Institute at Case Western works toward equal access to opportunity for all people through understanding and addressing the root causes of social injustice and developing innovative solutions.

·       Shooting Without Bullets is an arts-based program that assists black and brown teens to process complex social problems experienced by them, including racial injustice and police encounters and provides a radical expressive platform for them to inform and impact juvenile justice related reform.