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  • Monday, February 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM
    Cleveland City Hall in Cleveland, OH

    Dennis Kucinich Rally and Community Meeting

    Join us for our first rally to ban assault weapons in Cleveland this Monday, February 19th at noon, on the steps of Cleveland City Hall (601 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114), followed by a community meeting.

    Hosted by Kucinich for Ohio

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 05:30 PM

    What Makes Migrants Sick and Why Should We Care?

    Sarah S. Willen, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut and Director of the Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute at UConn , will discuss the health consequences of migrant illegality and the challenges involved in activist mobilization on behalf of unauthorized migrants’ health and social welfare needs. Drawing on 18 years of ethnographic engagement with West African and Southeast Asian migrants and Israeli migrant rights advocates in Tel Aviv, Willen will consider the experiential, sociopolitical, and health implica-tions of unauthorized migrants’ exclusion and ask: What makes migrants sick, and why should we care? What challenges are involved in social justice advocacy efforts on behalf of unauthorized migrant populations?

    Learn too how the migrant workers and immigrants in the greater Cleveland area are impacted by health care policies and advocacy efforts, with remarks from Sana Loue (CWRU School of Medicine Vice-Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity, Professor of International Health). A question-and-answer session will follow, along with a conversation about how we can serve as advocates for change.

    This event is free and open to the community; light refreshments will be served. RSVP to socialjustice@case.edu.

    Hosted by CWRU Social Justice Institute

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    Neighborhood Connections in Cleveland, OH

    Stand Against RTA Fare Hikes - February Riders' Meeting

    CPT riders will be presenting a plan to improve public transit in Cleveland. Your support and input is crucial! ​

    ​Attend the Riders Meeting 2/20 at Neighborhood Connections.

    Public transit in Cleveland needs help! CPT riders have also been working hard on a bylaws to make CPT a lasting organization. We want you involved! Consider running for a position on coordinating committee.

    Full details in our updated bylaws below.

    Bylaws will be discussed tonight so please bring any feedback.

    See you Tuesday, 2/20, at 6pm at Neighborhood Connections, 5000 Euclid Ave, right above the Agora Theatre​. Food will be provided!

    Bylaws: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yabcFjMqZSK-Gqw7NM5XxQWTTTCEkS8q6Ma_SaR1Rbw/edit?usp=sharing

    Hosted by Clevelanders for Public Transit

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  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Euclid Public Library in Euclid, OH

    Gerrymandering 202: A campaign update on redistricting reform

    An update on the campaign to reform how Congressional Districts are drawn in Ohio

    The Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland are hosting a petition training and strategy workshop on Tuesday, February 20 at 7p.m. at Euclid Public Library.

    We’ll have the latest news on efforts to reform how Congressional districts are drawn in Ohio.

    Learn the correct way to manage petitions and get legal signatures. Get the word out about congressional redistricting reform and educate others about the Fair Districts = Fair Elections proposal. We will have petitions for you to take with you and will give you the tools to get signatures correctly. 

    Hosted by League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp

    Gerrymandering 202: A campaign update on redistricting reform

    Tristan Rader, Matt Kuhns and Fair Districts = Fair Elections Coalition is holding a petition training and strategy workshop on Wednesday, February 21 at 7p.m. at the offices of the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus in Lakewood. We’ll have the latest news on efforts to reform how Congressional districts are drawn in Ohio.

    Learn the correct way to manage petitions and get legal signatures. Get the word out about congressional redistricting reform and educate others about the Fair Districts = Fair Elections proposal. We will have petitions for you to take with you and will give you the tools to get signatures correctly.

    Hosted by League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland

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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 07:00 PM

    Opportunity Corridor - Will the opportunity be realized?

    Opportunity Corridor ---will the opportunity be realized?
    moderated by Steven Litt Plain Dealer, Art, Architecture, Urban Design and City Planning Reporter

    The Opportunity Corridor provides a connection between west and east sides; through neighborhoods that would benefit from economic renewal. It has been condemned, extolled, and now is becoming a reality. But what will it do in reality?

    Panelists
    Chris Alvarado, Executive Director, Slavic Village Development

    Freddy L. Collier, Director, City Planning Commission, City of Cleveland

    Blaine A. Griffin. Cleveland Ward 6 Councilperson (tentative)

    Chris Ronayne, President, University Circle Inc

    Denise VanLeer, Executive Director, Fairfax Renaissance

    Cost: Free & Open to the Public
    Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus
    11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland OH 44106

    Cosponsored by
    Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning Program, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com/Plain Dealer plus Heights, Lakewood, Shaker and Cuyahoga County Library Systems.

    Corporate Sponsor: First Interstate Ltd.

    Hosted by League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland

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  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 06:00 PM

    Redistributing White Wealth

    In 2018 it is essential that we put our money where our values are, and prioritize the redistribution of white wealth. We invite you to consider a monthly contribution to a fund that will be distributed between Black Lives Matter Cleveland, the Committee of 500 Years of Dignity & Resistance, and HOLA Ohio. 

    How You Can Support!
    To kick-off our commitment to this work, we’re hosting a Phone Banking Pizza Party on Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00-8:30pm at Pilgrim Church in Tremont. That evening we’ll be calling members of the SURJ Northeast Ohio network and beyond to invite them to financially support the incredible work of these three organizations through monthly donations.

    --> Why go through SURJ for a monthly contribution, instead of going directly to these organization’s websites? 
    SURJ provides an accountability network that will both remind you to make monthly contributions and also provide resources as to why it is essential as white folks to give our money to organizations led by People of Color. If you'd like to contribute directly to these organizations' websites and simply want a reminder each month to do so, we can help with that, too!

    --> Why will SURJ NEO give to these three organizations?
    We have developed accountability relationships with these three organizations through racial justice organizing efforts in Northeast Ohio. We encourage you to give your money to other organizations led by People of Color, as well, and our goal is to grow the number of organizations that will receive monthly donations from this fund.

    -->How do I know all my money is going to these three organizations?
    We have two treasurers that carefully track donations and funds. These treasurers are accountable to the larger group of SURJ NEO, our fiscal sponsor, and the public.

    Please join us if you enjoy talking with others about ways that white folks can leverage our access to resources in support racial justice!

    Important reads on the need to redistribute white wealth:

    White families have nearly 10 times the net worth of black families. And the gap is growing:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/28/black-and-hispanic-families-are-making-more-money-but-they-still-lag-far-behind-whites/?utm_term=.6cfcc32358b8

    The Asset Value of Whiteness: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap:
    http://www.demos.org/publication/asset-value-whiteness-understanding-racial-wealth-gap

    It’s Not Class, It’s Race: Why America Can’t Move Forward Until It Addresses the Racial Wealth Gap:
    https://www.theroot.com/it-s-not-class-it-s-race-why-america-can-t-move-forwa-1819275543

    Donating funds to organizations led by People of Color through monthly donations is just a starting point in redistributing white wealth. It is an invitation to think more deeply on the realities of structural and systemic racism, and how the momentum of over 250+ years of racism created the economic disparities of today. How can we build on individual giving, to intervene on the same level that systemic inequity was created? Check out the Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform, which details policy initiatives for true economic justice and reparations: https://policy.m4bl.org/.

    We want to lift up the reality of class, and acknowledge the different financial positions we all find ourselves in. This event does not imply all white people are wealthy -- rather, that after centuries of oppression and theft from communities of color, white communities hold a hugely disproportionate amount of the country's wealth. If you cannot donate at this time, there are countless other ways to get involved in the fight for racial justice.

    Hosted by www.surjneo.org

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  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    5 Points Coffee and Tea in Cleveland, OH

    Volunteer Meeting for Steve Holecko for OH State Representative- District 14

    Let's get the band back together!

    The May 8 primary is barely a dozen weeks away, and the race to represent House District 14 is wide open. I'm running to bring a provide our communities a needed progressive voice.

    Please join me to discuss how we can build on the grassroots campaign we started in 2014, and win this year's primary with your help!

    I look forward to seeing old friends and new friends alike.

    Hosted by Steve Holecko for Ohio State Representative - District 14

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  • Friday, February 23, 2018 at 08:30 AM · 1 rsvp

    It's Time to Talk

    Throughout the past few years, we’ve seen numerous stories across the nightly news and on social media that have exposed the very deep and real ways in which racial profiling and unconscious bias have caused harm to our communities and fellow citizens.

    This year’s forum will feature powerful keynote speakers Andrew Collins and Jameel McGee. Collins was a police officer for nearly five years. He then served 18 months is prison for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute. McGee was falsely arrested by Collins on drug charges and served four years in prison until his case was overturned when Collins admitted to falsifying evidence. McGee and Collins now regularly speak together at universities, schools, churches, and civic organizations about their path to forgiveness and friendship.

    Today, more than ever, it is essential that we step out of our comfort zones and engage with multiple voices, and embrace the reality that various perspectives are necessary for problem solving. ITT hopes to create a safe space for participants to listen to, learn from and teach others, so that we may find positive solutions for community change.

    Hosted by YWCA Greater Cleveland.

     

     

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  • Friday, February 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM
    The City Club of Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

    Evicted at Home: The realities of housing in Northeast Ohio

    In the prologue to Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, author Matthew Desmond points out how completely ordinary and common the eviction experience is in most cities across the nation. Through his Pulitzer Prize winning book, he reports from Milwaukee, "There is nothing special about Milwaukee when it comes to eviction. The numbers are similar in Kansas City, Cleveland, Chicago, and other cities. In 2013, one in eight poor renting families nationwide were unable to pay off all of their rent, and a similar number thought it was likely they would be evicted soon." But simply knowing that one in eight poor families might be on the verge of eviction doesn't paint the full picture of what it happening in Northeast Ohio communities.

    Join us for a look inside the issues, the courts, the lived experience, and the solutions that might change the situation for our families and neighbors at the margins.

    Panelists:
    Kris Keniray, Associate Director, The Housing Center
    The Honorable Ronald J.H. O'Leary, Cleveland Municipal Court
    Hazel Remesch, Supervising Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cleveland, and Fellow, Sisters of Charity Foundation Innovation Mission

    Hosted by The City Club of Cleveland

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