Thousands demand end to ‘school-to-prison’ pipeline

May 1, 2017. WCMH-TV Columbus.

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — 26,000. That’s the number of suspensions given out just last year alone in the Columbus Public School District, according to the Ohio Department of Education. Monday night thousands met in Columbus to demand an end to what they call the school-to-prison pipeline.

Of the 26,000 suspensions, we don’t know how many are from the same student. Still, it’s a shocking number. The B.R.E.A.D. Organization said it’s too many and that students who get suspended are more likely to fail, drop out and end up in prison.

BREAD plans annual community activism event

April 28, 2017. The Columbus Dispatch.

More than 2,000 people will flow into the Celeste Center at the Ohio State Fairgrounds on Monday evening for BREAD’s annual Nehemiah Action event. Afterward, Cathy Levine hopes they leave feeling the power they have to accomplish “wonderful things” in the community.

Levine, a committee chairwoman with the interfaith group BREAD — Building Responsibility, Equality And Dignity — and other group officials are hosting the event at 7 p.m. Monday.

Should Columbus issue its own ID card?

January 10, 2017. The Columbus Dispatch.

A growing number of cities have adopted local IDs as a way to help vulnerable people — domestic-violence victims, ex-cons, foster teens, low-income seniors, the homeless, transgender adults or undocumented immigrants — who sometimes have difficulty obtaining a traditional ID.

Imagine having a card that would prove your identity and residency, plus give you access to city services, business discounts and memberships to museums and other venues.

That’s the idea behind a proposal by a coalition of faith leaders and social-welfare groups that wants Columbus City Council to adopt a municipal ID card.

Interfaith group launches actions to help Linden, Hilltop neighborhoods

May 8, 2016. The Columbus Dispatch.

As a Jewish woman, Cathy Levine takes to heart the concept of tikkun olam — repair of the world.

One of her efforts to put that concept into action is her work with the Building Responsibility, Equality And Dignity interfaith group, commonly known as BREAD.