Cleveland, OH, is getting some respect lately, being the home of the NBA champion Cavaliers and the site of the Republican National Convention. But with glory comes responsibility. The Cavaliers celebration parade left a mess in the streets, and the Republicans are on the way. Who’s going to tidy up the place?
To solve this problem, some members of the Cleveland running community asked others to come out and help clean up. After all, they’re out running around, anyway. A notice was posted on Facebook starting with:
“OK, Cleveland running community. Invite your friends and invite your peers! CALL TO ACTION. After yesterday’s CAVS parade, downtown is an absolute mess of trash and overloaded garbage cans.”
The runners were requested to meet at the West Side Market parking lot and then split into two groups, one cleaning up the Cavs parade route and the other working toward Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention will be held. The volunteers were asked to wear gloves and bring both trash bags and recycling bags. Once the bags were full, though, they could drop them along the streets. The city workers would also be out picking up, and they could take care of the bags.
It’s a civic-minded project, and every little bit helps. Cleveland is spending big bucks on the Republican convention; $50 million on security money.cnn.com and $9.5 million on insurance alone bigstory.ap.org.
Ordinary Clevelanders take pride in their city, too. After all, Cleveland rocks!
Monday kicked off the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland with a floor fight among the delegates inside the convention hall at the Quicken Loans Arena downtown. Meanwhile, outside the convention center, rival protesters squared off for the beginning of what looks like a week of rising temperatures.
There were fireworks on the convention floor early Monday, as delegates fought over the party rules. Party leaders rebuked attempts by anti-Trump forces to demand a roll call vote on whether to adopt rules that would allow delegates to vote their conscious. This mean the delegates won in the primaries are bound to Trump, giving him the 1,237 needed for nomination. Tensions also seem to mount between the Trump camp and Governor John Kasich of Ohio who has refused to endorse Trump’s candidacy up to this point. Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, repeatedly criticize Kasich on the Sunday morning talk show circuit. Many in the Ohio delegation who backed Kasich are still weighing whether to support Trump in the general election. .
Outside the convention hall, protests began early Sunday evening with demonstrators attempting to stop traffic through downtown while chanting “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” While protests were generally peaceful Sunday, police are expecting protest to grow over the course of the week as adversaries start jockeying to voice competing messages. The city has taken steps to prepare for massive arrest and processing of protesters, while hospitals are planning for emergency medical care growing out of convention-related strife.