The Observer

Cannon: Human trafficking and the forgotten women of Cleveland

Christopher Alan Cannon, Columnist

December 1, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This September marked one of the few occasions that I could recall a highly publicized sentencing of a pimp in Cleveland. I wasn’t shocked by the premise of a pimp operating or prospering in Cleveland. In my experience, sex workers were never cloaked by the pitch-black shadows of the streets—they...

Cannon: Speaking about addiction without stigma

Cannon: Speaking about addiction without stigma

Christopher Alan Cannon, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

When you come from a family that has been dramatically affected by addiction, you have two choices: You passionately abstain from drug use, or you find yourself trekking the same self-destructive path. We need to start speaking constructively about addiction without demonizing addicts. My mother...

Cannon: Police brutality, prejudice and White allyship

Christopher Alan Cannon, Columnist

October 13, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“Man, did you see that video of them cops beating that kid in Euclid?” My Facebook inbox was flooded with unread messages on the afternoon of Aug. 18. Unbeknownst to me, bystanders had recently uploaded a video of Euclid police officers assaulting Richard Hubbard III. The 25-year-old is seen b...

Cannon: Growing up in East Cleveland and the perils of gun violence

Christopher Alan Cannon, Columnist

September 29, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was born in East Cleveland. My childhood was pillaged by the systemic extensions of poverty. The project buildings near the corner of East 40th and Woodland Avenue  were not Case Western Reserve University. It was not my teenage home of Chagrin Falls. It was this dichotomous place of magic...

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