Advocacy News from LMM
Honoring Rev. George Hrbek
We are saddened to hear of the passing of beloved LMM family member, Rev. George Hrbek. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, Stephanie, the entire Hrbek family, and friends. George was one of the earliest members of the LMM staff, our former interim executive director, and a passionate, decades-long advocate for those who are oppressed, forgotten and hurting.

Our faithful friend left a lasting, life-changing impact on many he encountered through his years of commitment and service to people in need. Thank you, Rev. Hrbek, for leaving behind a legacy of peace, justice, and civic engagement in the face of adversity. We will keep your memory alive at LMM for many generations to come.

Click the button below to read a written piece Rev. Hrbek wrote for LMM in 2020, in which he left the message:

"So keep on, LMM, as a dynamic advocate and ally with our sisters and brothers of color in making a beloved community of right-relationships a liberating, life-giving reality for all."
Mark Your Calendars!
Save the date for Friday, April 23 from 11:30am - 1:00pm and stay tuned for more registration info at for the 2023 Charles R. See Forum on Reentry, featuring keynote speaker, Andre Ward!
Unpacking the Impact of the Apart Documentary and Chopping for Change
Each year, across the U.S., long-term incarceration will separate over 130,000 children from their mothers, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. In addition to this, according to the Prison Policy Initiative, 58% of all women in U.S. prisons are mothers, as are 80% of women in jails. Click 'Read More' below to read LMM's blog highlighting the impact of the Apart documentary and the life-changing work being done through LMM’s Chopping for Change program.
Invisibility is Not Our Superpower
"How different would American history be if those who want to make invisible the unpopular truths and uncomfortable chapters of our nation’s story, were brave and bold enough to embrace the reality of the lingering effects of racism, discrimination and slavery?"

LMM's VP of Development & Communications, Marcella Brown, reflects on Black History Month in her piece Invisibility is Not Our Superpower.
Victims' Rights and Mass Incarceration Forum
LMM recently had the opportunity to sponsor a table at the City Club of Cleveland's In Their Names: The Untold Story of Victims’ Rights, Mass Incarceration, and the Future of Public Safety forum, featuring speakers Lenore Anderson, co-founder and president of Alliance for Safety and Justice; along with Brenda Glass, Founder and CEO of Brenda Glass Trauma Center and Shakyra Diaz, Chief of Federal Advocacy at ASJ to discuss how state leaders and advocates can create effective public safety solutions that replace over-incarceration.

To watch a recording of the event, please click the link here
Maximize Tax Refunds with the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition
Do you want to maximize your tax credits and keep your full tax refund? If so, the Cuyahoga EITC Coalition can help! Individuals and families earning less than $60,000 a year, qualify for free tax preparation services. There is no catch. You can file for free and keep your full refund. 

The Cuyahoga EITC Coalition is part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Since 2005, we have been helping hardworking families and individuals in Cuyahoga County make use of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a tax credit that may give you money back at tax time or lower the federal taxes you owe. The main requirement is that you must earn money from a job.

Tax sites are available throughout Cuyahoga County for easy accessibility. Translation services are also available in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Arabic, and American Sign Language. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit