The National Institute for Restorative Justice
"Educating for Advocacy"
15226 Lakeshore Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
It Started With Discussion
"In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become a part of a
society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to
be radically changed.  This means that we are going to have to learn to
think in radical terms. I use the term radical in its original meaning - getting
down to and understanding the root cause.  It means facing a system that does not
lend itself to your needs and devising means by which you can change that system."

“One of the major emphasis... was that of working with indigenous people,
not working for them, but trying to develop their capacity for leadership.”
Ella J. Baker
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Backs, Brains,
Bucks & Ballots!
Crafting Indigenous
Controlled Communities
In The Age Of Mass
Black Urban Removal
Political Economist and
President,National Economic

Associate Professor of
Community Justice  
and Social Economic
John Jay College
City University of
New York

Affiliate Scholar
Center of Race & Wealth
Howard University

Affiliate Scholar
Centre For The
Study of Cooperatives
Saskachewan University
A Community Justice &
Indigenous Leadership
Empowerment Summit
May 25—26, 2012
Mt. Olivet Church
1221 East 99 Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44108
Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Opening Address
Lead Discussion Guide & Strategist
BA Yale University
(Magna Cum Laude)
M.A.T. Howard University
MA, PhD  University of
Massachusetts, Amherst
Opening Address & Discussion
Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, PhD
Sustainable Community Controlled Development:
Indigenous Leadership Empowerment
and Community Justice
Saturday, May 26, 2012 ~ 8 AM - 6:30 PM
Crafting Community!
Leveraging Our
Collective Human &
Property Resources:
Framing Community Culture
Identifying Social Capital
Controlling Our Institutions

Mittie Davis Jones
Discussion Guide & Strategist

Turning Our Dollars
Into Sense!
Leveraging Our Collective
Economic Power:
Building Communal Wealth,
Monitoring Municipal
Public Funding Resources

Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Discussion Guide & Strategist
Blocking our Ballots!
Leveraging Our Collective
Political Power:
Educating & Protecting Our
Vote, Identifying and
Empowering Legislative &
Administrative Leadership

Joseph Worthy
Discussion Guide & Strategist
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Ages: 16* and older
(* younger students enrolled in high school
may also participate with an adult)

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a youth (16* - 17)
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Friday, May 25, 2012 ~ 6 - 9 PM
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Jessica Gordon
Nembhard PhD
John Jay
Professor of
Justice & Social
Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard is an
economist specializing in economic
development policy, Black political
economy, popular economic literacy, and
community justice. Her research has
focused on community and asset- based
economic development; and cooperative
economics and worker ownership;
alternative urban economic and youth
educational development strategies; and
racial and economic wealth inequality and
wealth accumulation in communities of

Dr. Gordon Nembhard joined the faculty
of John Jay College in 2009 as Associate
Professor in the Department of Africana
Studies, where she teaches Community
Justice and Social Economic Development.
She also serves as an Affiliate Scholar at
Howard University and the University of
Saskatchewan in Canada, where she also
served as a research affiliate for the
“Linking, Leverage, Learning: Social
Enterprises, Knowledgeable Economies
and Sustainable Communities” project.

Prior to joining the faculty of John Jay
College, Dr. Gordon Nembhard was an  
Assistant Professor of African American
Studies at the University of Maryland,
College Park; Research Director of the
Preamble Center (Washington, DC);
Senior Economist at the Institute for Urban
Research, Morgan State University; and
Acting Deputy Director and Economic
Development Analyst for the Black
Community Crusade for Children at the
Children's Defense Fund.

Dr. Gordon Nembhard earned both a Ph.
D. and an M.A. in economics from the
University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  
She earned her A.B. degree, magna cum
laude, in Literature and African American
Studies from Yale University; and a M.A.T.
in Elementary Curriculum and Teaching
from Howard University.

She is  the recipient of a Henry C.
Welcome Fellowship Grant from the
Maryland Higher Education Commission
(2001-2004), and a 2008 USDA grant on
the economic impact of cooperatives
distributed through the University of
Wisconsin's Center for Cooperatives, to
study wealth accumulation through
cooperative ownership. She  was a
Visiting Scholar and Senior
Urban Fellow at Brown University's
Annenberg Institute for School Reform
from June 1998-June 2000.

Dr. Gordon Nembhard  was Treasurer of
the National Economic Association (NEA)
from 2001-2008, and continues as
President of the board of directors of the
NEA.  In addition, She is a board member
of the Political Economy Research Institute
at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst; and a member of the Black
Enterprise Board of Economists since
October 1999.

Along with her parents and siblings, Dr.
Gordon Nembhard is a founding member
and Trustee of the CEJJES Institute, a
cultural, educational and research
foundation dedicated to improving the
educational and social conditions of all
disenfranchised people, with particular
emphasis on people of color.

Her community work is as follows: a co-
founder of The Democracy Collaborative
at the University of Maryland, College
Park; the U.S. Solidarity Economy
Network; and the Eastern Conference for
Workplace Democracy.  In addition, Dr.
Gordon Nembhard is a founding member
of the US Federation of Worker
Cooperatives.  Currently, she is a
member of Grassroots Economic
Organizing (GEO) Newsletter Collective
(of the Ecological Democracy Institute of
North America), The Association of
Cooperative Educators, the Canadian
Association for the Study of Cooperatives,
The Federation of Southern
Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund,and
Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE)

Dr. Gordon Nembhard’s recent
publications include Wealth Accumulation
and Communities of Color in the US:
Current Issues (University of Michigan
Press 2006, co-edited with Ngina Chiteji);
“Alternative Economics, a Missing
Component in the African American
Studies Curriculum” (in a special issue co-
edited by Gordon Nembhard and Mathew
Forstater of the Journal of Black Studies,
May 2008); “Growing Transformative
Businesses: Community-Based Economic
Development” (in the Solidarity Economy
proceedings published by Change Maker
Publications 2008). In addition, she is the
author of "A Cooperatives and Wealth
Accumulation" in the American Economic
Review; "A Non Traditional Analyses of
Cooperative Economic Impacts" in the
Review of International Co-operation, "A
Cooperative Ownership in the Struggle
for African American Economic
Empowerment" in Humanity & Society,
and “Educating Black Youth for Economic
Empowerment: Democratic Economic
Participation and School Reform Practices
and Policies,” in the Handbook of African
American Education edited by Linda
Tillman (Sage 2008). Dr. Gordon
Nembhard recently completed
a book on the history of African
American cooperative businesses.

Photograph courtesy CEJJES Institute
Davis Jones
Vice Chair and
Professor of
Urban Affairs
Defense Fund
National Coordinator of
Youth  Leadership &
Dr. Mittie Davis Jones is Vice Chair and
Associate Professor of Urban Studies at the
Maxine Goodman Levin College for Urban
Affairs at Cleveland State University.  Her
research interests include urban politics,
public policy analysis, housing and
community development, public housing,
fair housing, and race relations.  Dr. Jones'
articles have appeared in Policy Studies
Review, Journal of Planning Education and
Research, and Housing Policy Debate. She
has conducted evaluations of the 21st
Century Community Learning Center
Program, the HOPE VI Revitalization Program
and programs funded by the National
Institutes of Health to address health

Dr. Jones has been a practitioner, student,
and researcher in the field of urban affairs
for over 35 years. Her previous work
experience includes positions in city
planning, public housing management, and
housing program development.

She has served on the boards of and as
technical advisor to a number of
community-based organizations in Detroit
and Cleveland. She is the former Director of
Urban Child Research Center, and currently
serves as President of the board of the
Empowerment Center of Cleveland, an
organization founded in 1966 as a grassroots
movement serving low-income people of
diverse ethnic backgrounds. The
organization was by a small group of welfare
recipients participating in a walk from
Cleveland to Columbus to dramatize the
conditions of low-income people and to
demand that all persons in need of
assistance would have their basic needs met
and human dignity upheld in the process.

Dr. Jones also represents the Ohio
Conference on the United Church of Christ
Economic Justice Task Force.

Dr. Jones earned her Ph.D. in political
science and her Master of Urban Planning
from Wayne State University. She earned a
B.A. at Michigan State University.

Photograph courtesy Cleveland State
Joseph Worthy is the Children’s Defense
Fund’s National Coordinator of Youth
Leadership and Development.  He is
responsible for curriculum development and
evaluation of CDF's Young Advocate
Leadership Training (YALT) program.  Based
in his native Cleveland, he also works to
expand the CDF Freedom Schools program
The Children’s Defense Fund is committed to
developing the next generation of servant
leaders to serve as a strong and effective
voice for all children and to pay special
attention to those children left behind without
a healthy, fair, safe or moral start in life. The
Young Advocate Leadership Training
program is a core component of CDF’s youth
leadership development work that connects
young adult servant leaders with ongoing
service and advocacy campaigns in
communities across America. The YALT
program is an action-oriented training series
offered on beginner, intermediate, and
advanced levels to equip servant leaders
with the skills and supports needed to take
national, state, and community action to
dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline®, a
national crisis that leaves a Black boy born in
2001 with a one in three lifetime chance of
going to prison and a Latino boy a one in six
risk of the same fate.

Under Worthy's leadership, The YALT
program has trained young adult servant
leaders from 32 states and the District of
Columbia. YALT alumni have taken actions
such as launching child advocacy campaigns
on college campuses; engaging local, state,
and national legislatures on policies that
positively impact children and families;
building careers in child advocacy and social
justice as policy makers, educators, service
providers, and community organizers; and
serving as a consistent voice for children.

Joseph is a graduate of Heidelberg
University where he majored in Political
Science.  He also studied at the Harvard
Kennedy School as a Community Fellow.  
Prior to his work with CDF, Joseph worked at
The Education Resources Institute (TERI).  He
is a former City Year Corps member who led
the effort to hold a Cradle to Prison Pipeline
Youth Summit for 150 City Year Corps
members in Boston.        

Photograph: Jeff Ivey
On Friday, May 25, 2012
beginning at 6:00 p.m.,
Washington DC based and
internationally regarded
political economist, Jessica
Gordon Nembhard will give the
opening address for The
National Institute For
Restorative Justice's first
Community Justice and
Indigenous Leadership
Empowerment Summit.

The summit will continue through
Saturday, May 26, 2012, and will be
held at Greater Mt. Olivet Church
of God in Christ, located at 1221
East 99 Street, Cleveland, Ohio

The Summit is open to the public.  
Registration is Required.  For
information or to register call
216.721.6630, or register below

Convened by the Institute's
Sustainable Community Controlled
Development Initiative, the
Summit will include the Friday
opening address titled "Indigenous
Leadership Empowerment and
Community Justice," and three
Saturday sessions as follows:
"Crafting Community: Leveraging
Our Human and Property
Resources" guided by Dr. Mittie
Davis Jones, PhD, Vice Chair of
Urban Studies at Cleveland State
University Levin College of Urban
Affairs; "Turning Our Dollars Into
Sense: Leveraging Our Collective
Economic Resources" guided by
Dr. Jessica Nembhard, PhD,
President of the National Economic
Association, Associate Professor of
Africana Studies, John Jay College
CUNY; and, "Blocking Our Ballots:
Leveraging Our Collective Political
Power," guided by Joseph Worthy,
National Coordinator for Youth
Leadership and Development, The
Children's Defense Fund.  

To read more about The National
Institutes reasoning for the Summit
visit the Chair's message page by
clicking here.
Why Do We Need A Summit?
Like many predominantly black urban communities in
Cleveland, Ohio are in trouble.  We sit in the middle
Like many predominantly black urban communities of
billions of dollars of development from downtown to
across the nation, the central city-core black communities
University Circle, from the Circle to the great Lake Erie.  
Yet, we have the highest unemployment rates; access to
banking and government funding for business
development is consistently denied; our property is
being seized by bank and tax foreclosures, forced
probate sales and code violations; our public schools are
closing while private charter schools and juvenile
prisons are opening; public transportation routes are
being shut down; we are left unprotected from the
dangerous conditions created by mass abandoned
property; and, our votes are being suppressed.  We
need to come together to strategically discuss and
implement ways to stop this assault on Black America!
What Will We Do At The Summit?
We will do three things:  We will listen and learn about ways
same problems
we face today; We will strategically discuss
ways by which
we can deal with the challenges in our
community, based on
our specific needs and available
We will identify areas of interest and activities
where each of
us can work to improve and stabilize our
What Will We Do After The Summit?
iWe will organize, develop a strategic plan, and work in/on
our different areas of interest and activities to bring about the
we need to improve and stabilize our community.
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