Discovery of an increased level of lead in Cleveland’s children due to contaminated drinking water was a hot topic during the Jan. 21 edition of America’s Work Force.
Cleveland City Councilman Mike Polensek stated that 90 percent of children in Cleveland test positive for lead from local water, which is well above the federal standard for lead levels. He said that not only is the level of lead in these children a health concern, but it is also affecting their emotions, attitudes and other brain functions. Polensek also talked about the increase in the homicide rate in Cleveland and how it is higher than New York City and Chicago. He then spoke about changing the dynamic in Cleveland by replacing older and retiring police officers with a method called lateral transferring, which would bring in already trained and qualified police officers.
Judge Charles Patton spoke about meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his interview on Jan. 21 with America’s Work Force. Judge Patton said that when he was a young teenager, him and his friend walked to go see Dr. Martin Luther King give a speech at a church in Cleveland. He said that him and his friend found seats in the basement where they listened to his speech on the radio, and after the speech was over, they were able to meet Dr. King. Patton said that during his encounter with Dr. King, he told him that more professionals were needed in his movement and he told the young Judge Patton that he should become an attorney when he grows up.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as we celebrate his movement. Flash played a clip from one of Dr. King’s speeches discussing dignity of work.