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Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM
On December 13th from 11:00-12:00, a group of residents in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio will rally to launch an effort to make our region’s economic development process inclusive and equitable.
The launch will take place outside of 1801 Superior Avenue. Inside, 15 of our region’s business and non-profit leaders are convening a private meeting at noon to plan a 2019 economic summit.
Participants in Thursday’s rally demand that any regional summit be governed and led by a board that is representative of our region’s diversity. A majority of the members of a governing board must be selected by the community and better represent the region in race, income, profession, gender identity, and geography than the current board of 15 elite business and non-profit leaders. The current organizers should secure funding from participating organizations to compensate community board members for their time.
The rally on December 13th is the beginning of a longer effort. The organizers will solicit applications from the public and hold an open candidate’s night in January to vote on the community representatives who should be invited to steer the planning process for the 2019 summit.
“The response is necessary because the organizers of this meeting have failed to create a transparent and inclusive process,” says Rebecca Maurer, co-organizer of the rally. “The group claims to have invited a broad set of community members to this crucial conversation. In fact, a private invitation went out to only a few dozen well-connected people. Since the invite list is secret, we have no idea if Cleveland will be well-represented in its true diversity or breadth of experience. We suspect not.”
“Cleveland has seen this type of economic development planning process before,” adds co-organizer Yvonka Hall, Director of Outreach for the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus. “For decades, it's left people doing well even better off, and the average Clevelander far behind.
This group claims to be different, but so far, it’s just replicating the mistakes of the past. Our society is deeply unequal. Black families in Ohio have only been able to save $2.60 for every $100 saved by white families.
And in recent decades, the racial wealth gap has expanded under the type of economic planning efforts that this group is continuing. We cannot solve these problems through the same old process. The community needs a seat at the table.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 07:00 PMCapitol Theatre in Cleveland, OH
Join the Midwest CannaWomen as we present the Ohio premiere screening of Mary Janes: The Women of Weed!
"Women are changing the face of today’s fastest growing industry - cannabis. Join filmmaker Windy Borman as she explores the movement to end marijuana prohibition, her own relationship to the plant, and the stereotypes surrounding it. Through a series of empowering and educational interviews with a broad diversity of women leading the industry today, Windy’s own assumptions are transformed as she discovers cannabis liberation intersects with the most urgent social justice issues of our time. She learns how this green revolution has big effects on environmental sustainability, ending the War on Drugs and the Prison-Industrial Complex, and the destructive domination of Big Pharma."
The gorgeously restored Capitol Theatre in Cleveland is the perfect place to enjoy this special presentation! Come eat, drink, and be merry with the female movers and shakers in the regional cannabis industry, and view one of the most talked-about films in the cannabis space! Stay after for a Q & A session with special guests to be announced. Pease order your tickets ASAP, this is a one-time only event. Kick off the holiday season with camaraderie and an intelligent look at the way women are changing the face of today's fastest growing industry.
We have several sponsorship packages that are available. If you would like to sponsor this screening, please contact us at email@example.com
We can't wait to see you at this unique and powerful event!
Buy your tickets soon as seats are limited and this screening will likely sell out in advance!
Midwest CannaWomen is a non-profit organization founded by women from diverse backgrounds created for women who are pioneering into the regional cannabis industry!
Hosted by Midwest CannaWomen
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 08:00 PM through December 16, 2018Flats East Bank in Cleveland , OH
12 Bars of Charity makes its way to CLEVELAND for the first time! The event is a friendly competition amongst 8 of the area's most popular charities, split up into teams, with the ultimate goal of having the most people signed up under their cause.
12 Bars of Charity is a great opportunity for you to round up your crew, support a local charity, and have one heck of a time out on the town!
It's $30 to participate and you receive...
- 12BOC SWEATSHIRT (each charity is a different color)
- 💵 $10 donation to the charity of your choice.
- 🚌 FREE Shuttle Rides to take you to 12+ Bars
- 🍻 Ridiculous Drink Specials at All 12+ Bars
- 🌠 Experience the magical feeling that only the world's most charitable bar crawl can give you!
📣 SIGN UP IN OCTOBER AND $15 GOES BACK TO THE CHARITY OF YOUR CHOICE!
PARTICIPATING CHARITIES TEAMS
Cleveland Animal Protective League
A Special Wish Cleveland Chapter
Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection
Best Buddies Ohio
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Cleveland Kids' Book Bank
Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter
Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland
PARTICIPATING BARS TBA NOVEMBER 5TH!
TICKETS GO ON SALE OCT 1ST AT 8AM
FOR MORE DETAILS GO TO...https://goo.gl/cfnukg
Monday, December 17, 2018 at 06:00 PMTower City Center in Cleveland, OH
Come celebrate the holidays with Clevelanders for Public Transit!
Food, bus tunes, and good people provided.
Join us as we look back at the great work that was done this year and what's in store for 2019.
The party will be at the All Aboard Ohio office in Tower City.
All Aboard Ohio is located in Tower City above American Greetings.
Call or text us at 216-714-2164 with any questions.
Happy Holidays & See you there!
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 06:00 PMLGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland in Cleveland, OH
Come join Equality Ohio for a volunteer night at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland! We need data-driven folks who are not afraid of a little Excel fun to help us research school board policies across Ohio.
Your hard work will allow us to make a map tool available to the public that will show what school districts have policies in place that protect LGBTQ+ students. This map will allow Equality Ohio to better advocate for LGBTQ+ students across the state and make the information more user friendly!
Please bring a laptop if you have one available. If you still want to participate but do not have access to a laptop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for alternative arrangements.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 09:00 AMCuyahoga Community College Workforce Development in Cleveland, OH
Cuyahoga Community College invites you to participate in a powerful learning experience that creates insight into the chronic crisis that consumes so many working poor families. FREE.
Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cuyahoga Community College
Manufacturing Technology Center
2415 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
CAPS exists to:
• Promote Poverty Awareness: During the simulation, role-play a month in poverty and experience low-income families' lives.
• Increase Understanding: After the simulation, you will unpack your learning and brainstorm community change.
• Inspire Local Change: Together, you can be a voice to end poverty in your family, friends and community.
The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people.
Please register through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-action-poverty-simulation-caps-at-cuyahoga-community-college-tickets-43363050050
Hosted by Cuyahoga Community College
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 06:00 PMKhnemu Foundation Lighthouse Center
Join us for a follow up meeting after the POWERFUL County Council Meeting Protest and Press Conference (which took place on 12/11/18), as we collectively determine next steps in the campaign to demand justice at the Cuyahoga County Jail!
A Coalition of Clevelanders Demand: Stop the Inhumanity at The Cuyahoga County Jail!
We are a coalition of deeply concerned Clevelanders and Northeast Ohio residents that held a protest outside of the Cuyahoga County Administration building on 12/11/18 in downtown Cleveland to demand an end to the abuse and neglect at the Cuyahoga County Jail.
We met before the Cuyahoga County Council meeting because the members of this Council claim to represent us and other county residents. We presented them with a set of urgent demands. “It takes time” is not good enough. The horrors inside the jail must end today.
For Cuyahoga County’s representatives in Council and County Executive, Armond Budish, and judicial officers to allow this to go on is unacceptable. Accordingly, we have come together to cry out for an end to the gross maltreatment of our fellow human beings being warehoused at the Cuyahoga County jail.
After 7 deaths and 55 suicide attempts inside the walls of the Cuyahoga County jail in the last several months alone, dangerous overcrowding (a safety concern for both inmates and correctional officers) which includes pregnant women sleeping on mattresses on the floor, vermin in the food, and host of other disturbing reports, including the most recent announcement that the US Marshals Service will no longer house their detainees there due to the severely substandard and abusive conditions, we demand action now!
To that end, the coalition stood in solidarity behind a set of demands that were delivered inside the County Council meeting on 12/11/2018 just after a press conference held outside.
Our coalition demands that the correctional facilities in Cuyahoga County recognize the full humanity and dignity of those in the Cuyahoga County Jail system. We demand swift and immediate action to address the inhumane and abusive conditions identified in the U.S. Marshal Report.
1. We demand that Cuyahoga County Council, County Executive Armond Budish, and the Sheriff’s office bring the jail into compliance. We demand a thorough update for the public at every Cuyahoga County council meeting until all of the following demands are met.
2. Swift Implementation of Bail Reform: We demand the release for all inmates held pre-trial for low level, nonviolent offenses. This use of pretrial detention should be severely limited, and if deemed necessary, a recorded justification for imposing any bail must be met and available to the public upon request.
3. Data Collection, Reporting, and Transparency: A thorough and updated collection of pretrial case information and jail conditions report made available to the public. Data collected should include 1) conditions of bail, 2) conditions of jail operations, 3) demographic information (including race, gender, and LGBTQ status), 4) length of time spent in Cuyahoga County jail prior to release, 5) current risk assessment scores and evaluation, 6) compliance with conditions of bail, and 7) eventual case outcomes.
4. Independent Oversight and Accountability for the Criminal Justice Reform Task Force: The Criminal Justice Reform Task Force failed to propose a timeline on promised reforms to the county’s bail system, nor included the communities most impacted by the criminal justice system in the decision-making process. We demand this task force propose a timeline and agree to independent oversight governed and led by a committee of affected community members.
5. Increase funding to support reentry support services: Implement policies and approaches that link those reentering society with the treatment, housing, employment, they need. End the use of criminal history in determining eligibility for housing, education, licenses, voting, loans, employment, and other services and needs.
6. End the transfer of children to adult correctional facilities: Children are physically, psychologically, and developmentally different than adults. Juvenile justice must focus on the rehabilitation and treatment of its youth. End the criminalization and dehumanization of our youth.
7. Provide full access to healthcare services: An immediate end to the deprivation of resources including food, water, and medicine/medical services.
Puncture the Silence-Stop Mass Incarceration
Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus (CCPC)
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) NEO
Refuse Fascism Ohio
Cleveland Black Lives Matter
The Carl Stokes Brigade
Survivors/Victims of Tragedy, Inc.
Black on Black Crime Inc.
Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition
Cleveland Lead Safe Network
Imperial Women Coalition
Ohio Student Association
Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Tamir E. Rice Foundation
Quotes from Coalition Members
“Armond Budish is shirking responsibility and trying to deflect blame. These warning signs have been there for quite some time but he hasn’t been interested in them. There is a lack of concern for folks in jail; there is a presumption of guilt automatically once you get tangled in the system, even if you’re a victim of finances or circumstance. Once that presumption is there, there is a lack of empathy for you.” - Kareem Abdul-Nafi, Black Lives Matter Cleveland
“What’s going on in the county jail is directly related to what is going on in the juvenile justice center. There is negligence on the part of the county. There have been no real provisions made knowing that these youth are going to be there for some months. There is no bail for youth. None of them goes in there for a day, a week - they go in for a month or more, even a year before their case gets resolved. There’s no continuance for education, medical provisions, no substantive programs in place for rehabilitation or mental health. We’ve seen people die or face hospitalization, we know the horrible conditions in the county for adults - the same is true for the kids. The issue here is the prevailing culture within the system, and that’s what needs to change.” - Kareem Abdul-Nafi, Black Lives Matter Cleveland
“This is an issue that concerns all residents of Cuyahoga County. Our most vulnerable community members are being abused and neglected in our name. I know that we see ourselves as a loving and progressive community, but the atrocities happening in our county jail paint a very different picture, and the silence from community leaders allows this abuse to continue. We have a collective responsibility to demand justice for those who are currently suffering in Cuyahoga County Jail, almost all of whom are there simply because of the color of their skin and their economic inability to make bail.” - Avery Martens, Showing Up for Racial Justice Northeast Ohio
We invite all concerned citizens who care about equity, human rights, justice, and democracy to join this effort!
Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 07:00 PMBeachwood Library in Beachwood, OH
Join supporters of Moms Demand Action for the monthly meeting of the Cleveland local group in Beachwood. Learn how you can get involved with gun violence prevention efforts here in Ohio.
Please RSVP using this link so that we can easily keep you updated of any changes to this event and future opportunities: https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/14741/signup/?source=mdmo_MomsTakeAction&akid=&zip=
Want to help but can't make the event? Consider a donation! Half of everything you give stays right here in Ohio! You can also join our fundraising team and make a fundraising link of your own with your story of why gun violence prevention is important to you: https://give.momsdemandaction.org/team/150563
Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 04:00 PMSenior Center in Brooklyn, OH
When Nickie takes her seat in the Ohio State Senate, she will be breaking ground as the first woman to represent State Senate District 23. She will also be the first member of the LGBTQ community ever elected to the Ohio State Senate. As our champion for good paying jobs, quality education, and healthy and safe communities this win is shared by all of us! You are invited to attend and celebrate this historic event in the center of Senate District 23.
Saturday, December 22nd
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Brooklyn Senior Center
7727 Memphis Avenue
Brooklyn, Ohio 44144
Saturday, January 05, 2019 at 02:00 PMCleveland Heights - University Heights Public Library in Cleveland Heights, OH
On November 17, 2018, Northeast Ohio was devastated to learn that Aisha M. Fraser was murdered by her husband, former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason. In the days following her brutal death, the world would learn the horrific and unjust details behind her killer’s sentencing from a prior assault of Aisha in 2014, and how devastatingly weak our laws are pertaining to protecting victims of domestic violence.
This forum is open to anyone wanting and willing to come together to make a change to how we look at and respond to domestic violence. Too many women (and men) are living in silence and fear because they are with a partner who’s abusive. We will hear stories from survivors, as well as form committees to begin working towards solutions to the issues with our laws and law enforcement.
Sister2Sister is a safe environment for everyone. We are an organization that will provide resources and assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Refreshments will be served.