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Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call from Behind the Lines

Presented by The City Club of Cleveland at The City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland OH

May 13 2022
Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call from Behind the Lines

David Pepper, Author, and Former Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, speaks at the City Club of Cleveland

The greatest threat to American democracy, says David Pepper isn’t the high-profile antics of national politicians. In his new book, Laboratories of Autocracy, he posits that the greatest danger to democracy is in our own statehouses, and the dismantling of democratic institutions is happening right under our noses.

Pepper points to often unchecked state legislatures that enjoy immense power with what seems like total anonymity. Most Americans cannot name their state representatives, yet state

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$25 City Club members / $38 nonmembers

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After the forum, a book signing with David Pepper will be available. Mac’s Backs will be on site for book sales.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00pm. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

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The City Club of Cleveland

850 Euclid Avenue, 2nd floor, Cleveland, OH 44114


If you’re driving, parking is available immediately west of the City Club building in the Euclid Prospect Gateway Garage. The cost is $10.00 before 4:00 pm and $4.00 after 4:00 pm. Special event pricing does apply. If you are at the city club between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm, bring your ticket with you into the City Club and we will validate your ticket to reduce the cost to $3.00.

Discounted valet parking is available at the Metropolitan at the 9 hotel. Bring your ticket in with you to the City Club to receive a discount validation.

Additional, non-discounted downtown parking can be found in the Atrium Garage (645 W. Prospect), Ameritrust Garage (900 W. Prospect), and Gateway Prospect Parking (944/1002 W. Prospect). More parking information can also be found here.

Or, skip the drive and hop on a UH Bike—there’s a station right across the street from the City Club. Use discount code G3TR1D1NG for 30 minutes of free ride time on us.


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