Saturday, July 21st, 2018

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Community Shares Justice Rocks!

Megan Conway, Michele Lieberth and Rachel Kacenjar
Justice Rocks!)

Maria Miranda and Mike Kinsella
(Justice Rocks!)

Elson Yo, Weichun Lin and Ken Hsu
(Justice Rocks!)

Seth Hrbek, Cynthia Ries and Mike Brickner
(Justice Rocks!)

Community Shares
“Justice Rocks!”

    The diverse group of supporters at Justice Rocks was a tribute to the makeup and mission of Community Shares. Held at Beachland Tavern, the 100 party-goers were treated to four diverse bands, enjoyed food and beverages, and celebrated the local nonprofits that are members of Community Shares.
    Organized by Executive Director Cynthia Ries, staff member Mike Brickner and president Mary Ellen Gardner, the target audience of Justice Rocks was “Shares YP,” the younger members who work in the nonprofit agencies. “They like to think of themselves as ‘cutting edge’ and support to grass roots causes that benefit the people of our city” said Ms. Ries. “They have a strong interest in social justice causes.”
    Member organizations of Community Shares include social service agencies, arts organizations and political activists for marginalized citizens. Most members were represented at Justice Rocks.
    In Cleveland for less than two months, Elson Yo, Weichun Lin and Ken Hsu from Taiwan experienced their first snowfall — a blizzard. Two are engineering students at CWRU and one a piano major at CIM.  
    Justice Rocks informed the party-goers about the member agencies. Donors contribute through payroll deduction, and designate which agencies receive their support. The event also featured a raffle of donated items. The several thousand dollars raised will go to Community Shares — the Voice of Social Justice. STORY BY ART THOMAS/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT WETZLER

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