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  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    RTA Headquarters in Cleveland, OH

    RTA Board Meeting: Give or Support Public Comment on Fare Enforcement

    A Cleveland Judge Has Ruled RTA's HealthLine Fare Enforcement Method Unconstitutional.

    At our recent meetings we have been discussing the inequitable effects of RTA's current fare enforcement. Many of us have shared our experiences with transit police targeting riders on the HealthLine. Now RTA's fare enforcement on the HealthLine has been ruled unconstitutional.

    This is good news for riders that are tired of being interrupted by armed transit police. The bad news is that the HealthLine is getting slowed down by drivers having to check fares resulting in "bus bunching" shown above. Further delays will not be tolerated by riders already paying too much for declining service. What can be done?


    Clevelanders for Public Transit is calling on RTA to immediately take the following actions in order to implement convenient and equitable fare enforcement:

    • Commit to establishing a system-wide proof-of-payment system:
      • To be enforced by unarmed fare inspectors
      • With consistent inspection across routes and time of day
    • Decriminalize fare evasion by reducing fare evasion to a civil penalty as opposed to a criminal offense.
    • Reinstate a 2.5 hour period for a single-trip fares.
    • Expand all-door boarding to include other heavily used routes in order to reduce trip time and operating costs.

    Removing armed transit police while expanding a proof-of-payment gives us the best of both worlds. A faster trip with less interaction with police. Fares must also be decriminalized and reduced to a civil penalty.

    RTA spends over $14 million dollars annually on transit police. They have 400% more transit police officers to serve less than half the ridership of the 1970's. Is this the best use of limited taxpayer dollars?

    Riders and supporters of riders are encouraged to attend RTA’s next board meeting to provide public comments and share their experiences with RTA fare enforcement. 

    Hosted by Clevelanders for Public Transit

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 02:00 PM
    Federal Courthouse in Cleveland, OH

    Cleveland Consent Decree Hearing

    Judge Soloman Oliver Jr. will hold a hearing on The Office of Professional Standards continuing failure to make the progress required by the Consent Decree. Judge Oliver has ordered Safety Director McGrath to be prepared to speak. Your attendance is respectfully requested.

  • Monday, November 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Portman's Cleveland Office in Cleveland, OH

    Sit-In at Portman's

    Monday the 27th is a national Indivisible day of action to stop the terrible #TrumpTaxScam. Many groups will be doing sit-ins at their Senators' offices, and we can't let Rob Portman off the hook!

    Portman has been flogging the tax scam for weeks now. It's no surprise that he wants to harm normal Ohioans to help the rich, since he's received obscene amounts of money from the Koch Brothers and their extremist network.

    On the 27th, we'll be meeting at Portman's office at 10AM and will be staying until 2PM. We want his staff to listen to our concerns, and our continued presence will be sure to drive home the point that we're sick of Portman's lies about this scam. We'll have some fun activities to help pass the time (staring at Portman's portrait is not one of them.)

    If you can't stay the entire time, that's fine- we know it's a big commitment. Stay as long as you can, even if you can only pop in to leave a comment. We CAN and MUST stop this tax scam!

    Hosted by Indivisible CLE

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  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 07:00 AM
    Bus leaves from Liberty Plaza in Independence, OH

    Day Trip to West Virginia to Speak for Clean Air and Climate at EPA Meeting

    Speak up for clean air! Defend climate! Free day trip to EPA hearing in Charleston, WV coordinated by the National Wildlife Federation! Reserve your seat by RSVPing for this event!
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    On Tuesday, Nov 28, Ohioans will take a day trip to West Virginia to speak at the Trump EPA’s only public hearing about its plan to roll back clean air standards and climate protections by abolishing the Clean Power Plan. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt – who has spent the majority of his tenure meeting with and acting on priorities of fossil fuel interests - scheduled a single, solitary hearing in West Virginia, making it difficult for many to participate and thereby limiting public input. EPA has also imposed a registration deadline for citizens who want to speak: this Thursday, Nov. 16 (click this link to sign up to speak at the hearing https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/forms/public-hearing-request-speak-repealing-clean-power-plan).

    Let’s make our voices heard! The Clean Power Plan was adopted after years of input from industry and citizens alike and will result in enormous benefits to public health and climate. Let’s tell Trump and Pruitt not to roll back these benefits in a manner designed to muzzle the public’s voice.

    Cleveland-Canton Bus
    7:00 AM
    Depart from CLEVELAND: Passengers board bus and park cars all day at Liberty Plaza, 5000 Rockside Rd, Independence, 44131. (Note: GPS sometimes takes you across the street by mistake.) Free parking throughout the day for passengers.
    7:50 AM
    Passenger pick up in CANTON at Travel America truck stop, 4450 Portage St., NW, North Canton, OH 44720. Free parking throughout the day for passengers.
    12:10 PM
    Arrival in Charleston, WV to attend EPA hearing on repeal of Clean Power Plan
    4:00 PM
    Depart from Charleston, WV for return trip.
    8:00 PM
    Passenger drop-off in CANTON at Travel America truck stop, 4450 Portage St., NW, North Canton, OH 44720.
    9:10 PM
    Passengers drop-off in CLEVELAND at Liberty Plaza, 5000 Rockside Rd, Independence, 44131.

     

     

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  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 05:00 PM

    Cuyahoga County Council Free Bag Initiative Second Committee Reading

    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 other 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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  • Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 07:00 PM · 1 rsvp

    Berea CCPC November Team Meeting

    Agenda:
             1) Brief review of the past elections.
             2) Gubernatorial candidate forums. 
             3) Upcoming Central Committee (precinct captain) elections.
             4) Planning for other 2018 elections.
             5) Progress on the Fair Districts Ohio petition effort.
             6) Sanctuary signs and the effort to get Berea to become a sanctuary or welcoming community.
             7) Feel free to raise other issues of concern and interest or projects you would like to start or join.
             8) Team WordPress web site.

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  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    NEOCH in Cleveland, OH

    Cleveland Lead Safe Network Fall Convening

    Agenda Items Include: 1) Learn About Cleveland's Lead Safe Ordinance 2) Focusing on Lead Prevention Takes a Village 3) Why we must build on the current work that is being done in the Community and 4) Challenging the State and Federal Government' Special Guests: Rachel Dissell and Brie Zeltner from Cleveland.com. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 216 359 1060 or email clevelandleadsafe@gmail.com. Hosted by Cleveland Lead Safe Network.

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  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 06:00 PM
    CCPC Office in Lakewood, OH

    Clevelanders for Public Transit November Riders Meeting

    **The red line will be running shuttle buses between Tower City and W 117th. If you need a ride please leave a voice mail or text us at 216-714-2164**

    *November's meeting will be held at Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus at 11910 Detroit Ave. We will be discussing rotating riders meetings in neighborhoods versus same central location each month.*

    Clevelanders for Public Transit holds regular monthly meetings and encourages riders to get involved.

    Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 29th from 6:00-7:30pm.

    We will be putting together an action plan to raise awareness and prevent the fare increase in August 2018. Bring your ideas! 

    We will continue to discuss our bylaws, with the official coordinating committee starting early 2018. Will you run for a position? 

    We will also discuss issues with bus stops access during construction. This has been an issue for awhile, we need riders to get together and take action. 

    Link to proposed bylaws (updated 10/30):
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DZWVH-Apfkc5eame8EkTlxO_RKzDU1GtZHTWGomKyCQ/edit?usp=sharing

    Hosted by Cleveland Democratic Socialists of America and Clevelanders for Public Transit

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  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 06:30 PM
    Newburgh Heights Village Hall in Newburgh Heights, OH

    CCPC Gubernatorial Candidate Forum: Connie Pillich

    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.

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  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    CCPC Office in Lakewood, OH

    Indivisible CLE November General Body Meeting

    We will be discussing actions against the GOP tax scam, DREAMERS, and more as time goes on.

    Bring your creative hats with you!! There will be an activity that the group will work on to send to our MoCs :-)

    Hosted by Indivisible CLE

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