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The ‘digital divide’ is among our greatest enemies!
We are calling on all of our friends to act now!


The Problem:  According to José Feliciano, Sr., Chair of Cleveland’s The Hispanic Roundtable, the digital divide is “among our greatest enemies!”

In a 2018 report “by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Cleveland was ranked the fourth worst internet-connected city in the United States. Couple this with a pandemic, economic challenges, language barriers, lack of infrastructure, and support, and we have a recipe for disaster,” said Mr. Feliciano Sr. See Mr. Feliciano’s ‘Letter to the Editor and Community’ below for possible solutions.

In light of this digital divide, on Sept. 3, 2020, the Hispanic Roundtable canvassed the Clark Fulton neighborhood in Cleveland, along with a variety of students, supporters, and community leaders including Cleveland Councilwoman Jasmin Santana.
 

In the photo are José Feliciano Sr., Angela Bennett (Digital C), Maggie Rivera (U.S Bank), and Melissa Hirch (CMSD, Technology). La Prensa photo by photojournalist Mychal Lilly.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR AND COMMUNITY

The digital divide is among our greatest enemies! We are calling on all of our friends to act now.

The Problem:
The digital divide is among our greatest enemies! According to a 2018 report by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Cleveland was ranked the fourth worst internet-connected city in the United States. Couple this with a pandemic, economic challenges, language barriers, lack of infrastructure, and support, and we have a recipe for disaster.

The digital divide gap between people who have sufficient knowledge of and access to technology and those who do not-can perpetuate and even worsen educational, socioeconomic, health, and other disparities for already underserved groups. Every student needs adequate access to instructional resources and support services to succeed academically, and it’s up to us to ensure that no student gets left behind!

On behalf of the Hispanic Roundtable, we wish to do just that by ensuring that you are aware of an incredible opportunity to improve lives and connect the unconnected within our community particularly to schools, doctors, and social services and with virtually the whole world through the internet.

Action required:
We are asking that you please share all this information with your constituents, friends, and neighbors immediately! Please help us spread the word and ensure that no student gets left behind!


In addition, we will be canvassing the Clark Fulton neighborhood on September 3rd from 3 pm-7 pm. Please share this flyer below and information with everyone you know so they are aware as to what we are doing in the neighborhood.

The solution:

First, supporting students with access to education:

For Cleveland public school families, you can receive free high-speed internet through the partnership with Empower Cle. The district pays your installation costs as long as a student lives in the home. That’s right, free! No hidden charges and no bait and switch. Moreover, the school system will provide your child with a computer.

That service is now available in the Clark Fulton area. To participate in the program, you have to opt-in by calling 216-777-3859.  Do not wait till the last minute, call today while supplies last!

For all other residents in the Clark Fulton area:

Even though you do not have a child in the Cleveland school system, you can have high-speed internet in your home for less than $10 per month through Empower Cle. That’s right, no installation cost and no monthly fees. That service is available in the Clark Fulton area. Call 216-777-3859.

¡Adelante!

 

José Feliciano Sr.

Chairman of The Hispanic Roundtable

 

 

 

 

 
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