Molly Nagin is a red-diaper baby and club chair of the Cleveland, OH chapter of CPUSA. She works by trade as a massage therapist and grassroots organizer. Currently, Molly is working on issues of mass incarceration, police brutality, and criminal in-justice at the level of city and county government systems. She also hosts a communist book club to help pass down the knowledge of communist elders and ancestors to her generation.
- Studied at The Evergreen State College.
Licensed Massage Therapist at Just Healing: Massage Therapy for Revolutionaries
- Worked at For Our Future Ohio
Young Communists in Cleveland, Ohio, are participating in a “Vote For Tamir” campaign, an initiative started by Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy killed by police in 2014. He would have been 18-years-old this year and eligible to vote in his first election. Coming in the wake of the recent Black Lives Matter protests following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the “Vote For Tamir” initiative is gaining positive attention in the community and raising awareness about how fundamental change starts at the local level.
The YCL in Cleveland also helped to organize a coalition rally at the site of the first presidential debate on Sept. 29. Molly Nagin, a YCL leader in the city, took the mic and expressed solidarity saying, “I too was radicalized by the murder of Tamir Rice, despite coming from a Communist family… As a member of the Communist Party USA, I want to reiterate that Trump is indeed a fascist danger, and we have to get him out of here.”.
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Cuyahoga County jail protest
Protests against conditions in the Cuyahoga County jail continued Jan. 8 2019 as nearly 100 picketed the facility located in the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland.
Devin Climaco, a former inmate and U.S. Air Force veteran, told the rally he was in a cell with 40 people with two assigned to each available bunk. He said guards would not use prisoners’ names but called them “jumpsuit” or used their assigned numbers.
Other speakers denounced the authorities responsible for the jail including County Executive Armond Budish and the members of the County Council.
A speaker from the Ohio Student Association said funds existed to alleviate the conditions.
Molly Nagin, speaking on behalf of the Young Communist League and the Tamir Rice Foundation said the county had an economic incentive to maintain overcrowding and inferior services since it receives $100 a night from each municipality for each prisoner sent there. Surplus money now goes into the County’s General Fund, which can then be accessed by developers, contractors and other business interests who contribute to the campaigns of elected officials, she said.
Drawing loud cheers, Nagin said that, just as the Cleveland Housing Court has ordered slum landlords to live for a time in the houses they rent to others, Budish and the members of the County Council should be required to spend a week in the jail.
Tamir Rice memorial garden
In 2016 deconstruction was underway at the gazebo at the Cuddell Recreation Center where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by Cleveland police in Nov. of 2014.
Wednesday morning crews began tearing the gazebo down, but it won't be demolished. The gazebo will be preserved and moved to Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago. Led by former City Councilman Jay Westbrook, several Cleveland leaders worked out a plan and had all of the services donated.
"I think that this is more than just Cleveland history," he said. "I think this is national history. I think this goes as far as Trayvon Martin, you know, two young boys in their neighborhood, doing what young boys do, and tragically find themselves dead. That's more than just a local story, that's a national story."
There are plans to still memorialize Tamir at Cudell. Several have talked about putting a stone memorial in place of the gazebo but the plan is still in the works.
Crews started taking the gazebo down around 9:45 a.m, working through the light rain that started Wednesday morning. Several leaders and community activists attended, including Molly Nagin, who designed the Tamir Rice memorial garden, and Sgt. Major Stokes of the Black Man's Army.
Jasmin Santana connection
October 26, 2018 ·
Molly Nagin with Jasmin Santana.