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  • Monday, December 11, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    Newburgh Heights Village Hall in Newburgh Heights, OH

    CCPC Gubernatorial Candidate Forum: Joe Schiavoni

    CCPC has invited the four announced Democratic Party candidates as well as the Green Party candidate to speak to our membership and answer questions in separate Forums. Our goal is to conduct all five of the Forums between the end of our November Regional Meetings and the Holiday Season. CCPC's endorsement in the Governor's race will be determined by a vote of our membership in early 2018. We are hopeful that these Forum's will help our members make an informed decision on who to vote for in our endorsement process. All 5 candidates have agreed to participate.

  • Monday, December 11, 2017 at 06:45 PM
    South Euclid City Hall in South Euclid, OH

    Show Up for Equality in South Euclid

    In June, the city of South Euclid introduced legislation to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The ordinance got a third reading in October and there’s a possibility that South Euclid could become the 20th city in Ohio to pass LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections at this meeting. At the last meeting, there were voices speaking against the nondiscrimination law, so we want as many supporters there as the fire code will allow! 

    Wear BLUE to show council we’re united for equality! 

    Arrive at 6:45, committee meeting is at 7:00, full council meeting is at 8:00

    Hosted by Equality Ohio

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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 05:00 PM

    Free Bag Initiative County Coucil Vote

    As you may know legislation has been introduced in County Council  to reduce the use of plastic and paper carryout bags by retailers in Cuyahoga County. The legislation targets larger retailers (over 7,000 sq. ft.) and will require a 10 cent fee for those wishing to use a plastic or paper carryout bag for their purchases. The money generated by the sale of bags will be designated to provide 4 cents per bag going to the retailer for the administrative costs of collecting the fees and managing the system. The remaining 6 cents will go into the County’s Environmental Remediation Fund and may be used to pay costs of eligible environmental expenses including clean-up of lakes, rivers and waterways, pollution prevention and remediation, litter removal, education and awareness and other activities intended to combat the polluting effects of and accompanying blight caused by plastic and paper carryout bags on the environment in Cuyahoga County. The fee revenue will also be used to provide high quality, re-useable bags to Cuyahoga County residents FREE of charge. With the Trump Administration making significant cuts to Lake Erie cleanup and environmental cleanup and protection efforts in general, it will be up to us to lead the way if we want to keep our Lake, beaches, parks and neighborhoods clean from the litter caused by plastic and paper carryout bags. We are on a tight timeline as the legislation is scheduled for a final vote on December 12We need your help in mobilizing support. There are several key actions that will help make our voices heard:

    • Attend the Council Meeting on December 12 at 5 pm when the vote on the legislation will take place. Location is 2079 E. 9th St. Cleveland 44115 (Parking is free at the County Parking Garage)

    • Call and/or email your County Councilperson urging them to support the Carryout bag legislation. You can find their contact information here

    • Go to our website www.freebaginitiative.com and/or Facebook page www.facebook.com/Free-Bag-Initiative  and sign the online petition.

    • Forward the link to the petition to your friends

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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 05:00 PM

    Cuyahoga County Council Free Bag Initiative Vote

    As you may know legislation has been introduced in County Council  to reduce the use of plastic and paper carryout bags by retailers in Cuyahoga County. The legislation targets larger retailers (over 7,000 sq. ft.) and will require a 10 cent fee for those wishing to use a plastic or paper carryout bag for their purchases. The money generated by the sale of bags will be designated to provide 4 cents per bag going to the retailer for the administrative costs of collecting the fees and managing the system. The remaining 6 cents will go into the County’s Environmental Remediation Fund and may be used to pay costs of eligible environmental expenses including clean-up of lakes, rivers and waterways, pollution prevention and remediation, litter removal, education and awareness and other activities intended to combat the polluting effects of and accompanying blight caused by plastic and paper carryout bags on the environment in Cuyahoga County. The fee revenue will also be used to provide high quality, re-useable bags to Cuyahoga County residents FREE of charge. With the Trump Administration making significant cuts to Lake Erie cleanup and environmental cleanup and protection efforts in general, it will be up to us to lead the way if we want to keep our Lake, beaches, parks and neighborhoods clean from the litter caused by plastic and paper carryout bags. We are on a tight timeline as the legislation is scheduled for second reading of the legislation on November 28 and final vote on December 12We need your help in mobilizing support. There are several key actions that will help make our voices heard:

    • Attend the County Council Meetings on Tuesday, November 28 at 5 pm for the second reading and the Council Meeting on December 12 at 5 pm when the vote on the legislation will take place. (Parking is free at the County Parking Garage)

    • Call and/or email your County Councilperson urging them to support the Carryout bag legislation. You can find their contact information here

    • Go to our website www.freebaginitiative.com and/or Facebook page www.facebook.com/Free-Bag-Initiative  and sign the online petition.

    • Forward the link to the petition to your friends

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  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    LGBT Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

    The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland is excited to come together with community members and key stakeholders to break ground on its new facility 
    (http://lgbtcleveland.org/facility-announcement.html)  in the Gordon Square Arts District on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. The ceremony will begin at 12 PM and will include a gathering outside of the new facility location, a ceremonial groundbreaking by Executive Director Phyllis Harris and the Board of Directors, followed by photos and a brief reception. For those unable to attend this historic moment in person, the groundbreaking event will be livestreamed on the Center's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LGBTCLEVELAND/

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Development Manager Shae London at (216) 651-5428 x 109, or by email at SLondon@lgbtcleveland.org.
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  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Cleveland City Club in Cleveland, OH

    Not a Crime to be Poor: Criminalization of Poverty in America

    In the wake of Michael Brown’s death, the Justice Department investigated the police department of Ferguson, Missouri, and found routine constitutional violations as well as a regular mistreatment of individuals because they are black, poor, or both. This trend can be found in communities all over the country. 

    To address the relationship of poverty and race, Georgetown Professor Peter Edelman, has released his most recent book – Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. Edelman explains that Ferguson is a representation of America and how the numerous fees involved in law enforcement, substitution of prisons and jails for mental hospitals, and welfare policies have made it a crime to be poor.

    Edelman, who famously resigned from the Clinton administration over the 1996 welfare reform bill, has dedicated his life to anti-poverty work. He is an award winning author, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center and faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. He has served in all three branches of the government with Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the Clinton administration, and with the Assistant Attorney General John Douglas. He joins us to discuss his new book and the disproportionate way in which lacking money can turn citizens into criminals.

    Hosted by The City Club of Cleveland

    Tickets: $20 for City Club Members, $35 for nonmembers can be purchased here.

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, OH

    Stop The Bans: Hold Kasich Accountable Rally

    The Ohio State Legislature is pushing through abortion bans like nobody's business, and as you know, Gov. Kasich loves taking away our rights with the stroke of a pen and signing these awful bans into law.

    Since his reign began in 2011, Kasich has signed a whopping EIGHTEEN abortion bans into law and by the looks of it, he's likely to sign a few more next month at the rate these bills are moving in the Statehouse. We can't allow him to continue painting himself as a moderate when he's restricting access to basic reproductive healthcare. And we can't allow Ohio's gubernatorial candidates for 2018 think that they can continue these attacks.

    So, when repro rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back! 

    We have crafted some gorgeous banners detailing all NINETEEN of Kasich's abortion bans and we need reproductive rights warriors showing up IN FORCE at the Statehouse in Columbus, on December 14 to display them. We'll be arranging carpools from all over Ohio so that we can gather together, show our power, and send Kasich a message he and Ohio won't soon forget.

    Hosted by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    CCPC Office in Lakewood, OH

    CCPC Gubernatorial Candidate Forum: Constance Gadell-Newton (Green Party)

    CCPC has invited the four announced Democratic Party candidates as well as the Green Party candidate to speak to our membership and answer questions in separate Forums. Our goal is to conduct all five of the Forums between the end or our November Regional Meetings and the Holiday Season. CCPC's endorsement in the Governor's race will be determined by a vote of our membership in early 2018. We are hopeful that these Forum's will help our members make an informed decision on who to vote for in our endorsement process. All 5 candidates have agreed to participate.

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  • Friday, December 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Cleveland City Club in Cleveland, OH

    The Future of Public Higher Education in Ohio

    Public higher education institutions across the country are experiencing decreased budgets. Compared to levels prior to the recession, state support for public two and four year colleges has dropped by nearly $10 billion. In Ohio, state funding for higher education in 2017 is a half-billion lower than pre-recession levels. 

    However, the context appears to be shifting. The 2016-2017 budget had a 7.6 percent boost of $274 million in state share of instruction, as well as almost a 13 percent increase in need based aid. In addition, public Northeast Ohio colleges are showing strong enrollment numbers of increasingly academically prepared students, despite fewer high school graduates and increased competition among colleges. 

    As public higher education is increasingly looked at as a pipeline for economic growth and opportunity, affordability and access remain important factors in student enrollment.What is being done in Ohio and what more can be done? 

    Panelists include:
    Ronald M. Berkman, Ph.D., President, Cleveland State University
    Alex Johnson, Ph.D., President, Cuyahoga Community College 
    Matthew Wilson, Ph.D., President and Professor of Law, The University of Akron 

    This conversation will be moderated by WKYC President and General Manager Micki Byrnes.

    Hosted by The City Club of Cleveland

    Tickets: $20 for City Club Members, $35 for nonmembers can be purchased here.

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  • Monday, December 18, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 1 rsvp
    CCPC Office in Lakewood, OH

    Clevelanders for Public Transit Holiday Party

    Come to CPT's holiday party and plan for next year!

    Join us Monday, December 18th from 5:30-8:30pm at the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus at 11910 Detroit Ave. We'll discuss plans for CPT in 2018 and hang out together. Food will be provided!

    Also, after December we will return to the east side at MLK Library on Thursday 1/11 at 5:30pm. More info soon.

    Hosted by Clevelanders for Public Transit

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