The ‘digital divide’ is among our greatest enemies!
We are calling on all of our friends to act now!
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
and Melissa Hirch (CMSD, Technology).
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 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
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.
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
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
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.
José Feliciano Sr.
Chairman of The Hispanic Roundtable
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