December 31st, 2016

The lineup of social action/political events for progressives in Cuyahoga County over the next two months is nothing short of jaw-dropping amazing. One of my 2015 predictions (and, frankly hopes) for the years to follow the election of Donald Trump as President of The United States of America, was that President Trump would energize progressives in ways that have not been seen for more than a century. If the list of events below are any indication, that is exactly what is happening.

I’ll be attending the Southwest Regional Meeting on Tuesday, January 10. You should pick a meeting and attend. Right now I’m thinking that the local is more important than the national, and that’s where I’ll be putting my money, but you might want to consider Our Revolution in your plans as well.

The four Regional January Membership Meetings all have the same agenda. The intent is to have smaller group settings and provide a meeting location close to where you live.

Agenda items include:

1) CCPC in 2017
2) Working inside and outside the County and State Democratic Parties
3) CCPC endorsement of candidates in 2017
4) Emergency response teams when Trump becomes president.

All meetings are from 7 to 8:30 pm.:

Southeast Regional Meeting—Tuesday, January 3 Cuyahoga County Public Library Southeast Branch 70 Columbus Rd. Bedford 44146.

Northeast Regional Meeting—Thursday, January 5 Frederick and Berler Law Office 767 E.185th St. Cleveland 44119.

Southwest Regional Meeting—Tuesday, January 10 Steve Holecko’s House 14035 Claremont Ave. Middleburg Heights 44130.

Northwest Regional Meeting—Thursday, January 12 CCPC Westside Office 11910 Detroit Ave. Lakewood 44107.


Kasich Veto’s Freeze on Renewable Energy Standards! If you missed this Christmas Miracle you can read the story here. A Special Thanks to those of you who made calls to the governor urging him to do the right thing and although this is hard for us to do we must also do the right thing and thank Governor Kasich for doing the right thing.

Columnist Brent Larkin also does the right thing. If you’ve read his columns over the years you know that this is rare event and a Christmas Miracle itself. In the column here Larkin suggests that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert should pay for all of the cost of the Quicken Loans Arena renovations instead of splitting the cost with Cleveland and Cuyahoga County taxpayers. CCPC agrees and wants to take action on this. What do you think?

Trump does not do the right thing. His appointments to cabinet level roles in his administration are horrifying. His nominees have promoted white nationalism, attacked climate science, and used their power as Wall Street insiders and corporate lobbyists to fleece working families. You can read more details here and sign a petition urging the Senate to reject this cabinet of greed. Remember the Senate is only 52 to 48 Republican so another Christmas Miracle is possible! By the way click here if you want to see how else Trump is sending us his Seasons Greetings.

Hands Off Our Medicare! As you may know Paul Ryan wants to dismantle Medicare and replace it with a voucher system. On Wednesday, January 4 The Alliance for Retired Americans is planning a National Day of Action. The ask is simple, call your representative at 866 828 4162 and leave this simple message “Hands off our Medicare” and remember the Christmas Miracle while doing so.

Hands Off Our Social Security! The Republicans have also introduced legislation to make devastating changes to Social Security: raising the retirement age to 69, cutting earned Social Security Benefits and reducing COLA’s. The only thing standing in their way is us! Please click here to sign a petition to Congress telling them “Hands Off Our Social Security” and remember the Christmas Miracle while doing so.

Save the Date: Sunday, January 15: Our First Stand: Save Healthcare On that date Bernie Sanders is organizing rally’s across the country to protest the proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. You can read the story here. We do not yet know details about what’s happening in Cuyahoga County except that CCPC intends to be a large part of it. We’ll let you know as soon as we find out.


CCPC January Community Issues Forum—Monday, January 16 6 to 8:30 pm Newburgh Heights Village Hall 3801 Harvard Ave. Newburgh Heights 44105.

This event is a continuation of the standing room only Community Issues Forum we had on December 1. It is a partial preview of the issues, communities and campaigns CCPC will be supporting in 2017. Each speaker will give a presentation followed by questions from the audience. Speakers include: Chris Stocking, Clevelanders for Public Transit; Debbie Silverstein, State Director of Single Payer Action Network Ohio; Danielle Drake, Community Relations Manager of Us Together, a refugee resettlement organization; and Isam Zaiem, Board President of the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio Council on American-Islamic Affairs.

Click here for more details and links to RSVP to the above CCPC events.

NOW Greater Cleveland Organizing Meeting—Wednesday, January 4 from 6 to 8 pm SEIU #1199 1771 E. 30th St. Cleveland 44114

This is an organizing meeting for NOW Greater Cleveland, the local chapter of the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the U.S. Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. All people are welcome.
Click here for more details and a link to RSVP.

Presentation: County Level Environmental Actions—Wednesday, January 4 from 7 to 9 pm at Highland Heights Community Center 5827 Highland Rd. Highland Heights 44143

Cuyahoga County Director of Sustainability Mike Foley will explain how local actions are more important than ever in terms of environmental sustainability. Find out about the work being done in the County and Sustainability Toolkit which the county has put together for local governments and green task forces. Sponsored by the Highland Heights Green Task Force. For more information contact Judy Dearden at 440 646 9820 or email

Cleveland Rocks with Standing Rock Part 2—Sunday, January 8 from 4:30 to 11 pm. Beachland Ballroom and Tavern 15711 Waterloo Rd. Cleveland 44110

$7 for the Seven Nations at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. There will be many activities going on throughout the event including raffle drawings (must be present to win). Food and drinks served and sold by the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern. There will be information about our organization and many others that align with our cause. Local artists will be displaying their work for silent auction. Local Bands and Musical Talents will be playing throughout the event on stage along with guest speakers and other entertainment.

Chagrin Falls Transition Town Organizational Meeting—Thursday, January 12 from 7 to 9 pm Kelly’s Working Well Farm 16519 South Franklin Street Chagrin Falls 44023
Concerned about the future? Do you want to take positive action to improve your community in the face of economic and political uncertainty, climate change, resource scarcity, etc.? We envision a more vibrant, abundant and resilient community that is prepared to tackle the uncertainties of the future with enthusiasm and creativity. Meet with like-minded folks to talk about starting a Transition Town-like movement in our area (Tansition Town). For more information contact Kelly at

Local Conversation on the Department of Justice, Annual Update—Saturday, January 14 9 am to 1 pm Harvard Community Services Center 18240 Harvard Ave. Cleveland 44128.

The Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition presents the 3rd Anniversary Community Update on the Local Conversation on the Department of Justice. Topics include: 1) Insufficient accountability; 2) Inadequate training; 3) Ineffective policies; and 4) Inadequate engagement with the community. Speakers from The Department of Justice, Cleveland Community Police Commission, Cleveland Police Department, Black Lives Matter Cleveland, Multi Ethnic Advocates for Cultural Dependency, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland and the Consent Monitoring Team will present. Click here for more details and a link to RSVP.

Year of Vibrant Green Space Kickoff—Friday, January 20 11 am to 2 pm Cleveland City Hall Rotunda 601 Lakeside Ave. Cleveland 44114.

This is the first event for this new year of Sustainable Cleveland 2017. Learn what you can do to help create thriving green spaces for our communities. Free and open to the public. Click here for more details and a link to RSVP.

Women’s March on Washington—Saturday, January 21 10 am to 4 pm Washington DC Location to be determined.

On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection or our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. This is an INCLUSIVE march and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome. Click here for more details.

A Talk with my Daughters: Spiritual Healing for African American Women—Saturday, February 4 from 9 am to 1 pm Maple Heights Regional Library 5225 Library Lane Maple Heights 44137

Join the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition, National Council of Negro Women Cuyahoga Section, Girl Trek, New Voices Cleveland, The Brown Report, Coalition of 100 Black Women, National Congress of Black Women, Elyria YWCA, Trumbull County African American Achievers, Lorain County Negro Business and Professional Women, as we honor the birth of the mother of civil rights Rosa Parks. Village Elders Lady Gilmore, Lucky Caswell Harris, Jessica Home and others will guide us as we reflect on our past, challenge our present and take control of our future. African American women will discuss how we can channel our ancestors in order to heal ourselves, our loved ones and our spirit relations to help build a better Northeast Ohio.

17th Annual Social Justice Teach-in—Saturday, February 4 10:30 am to 3:30 pm Tinkham Veale Center 11038 Bellflower Rd. Cleveland 44106.

$10 admission fee (students free) Sponsored by IRTF and CWRU. Choose from over 30 workshops on local and global justice issues. Get skills to work for social change. For more information or to register call 216.916.0003 or email

Shelter From the Storm: A Concert to Benefit the Metanoia Project—Saturday, February 4 from 8 to 11 pm. Wilberts Food and Music 812 Huron Rd. Cleveland 44115

Shelter from the Storm: A concert to benefit the Metanoia Project that provides food, clothing, shelter, showers and resources to the homeless men and women of Cleveland featuring the songs of Bob Dylan. Performers include Michael McDonald, Sur Lawrence Trupe, Kevin Telecky, Tracy Marie, Mike Pella, Howard Micenmacher, John D. Miller, Ann Marie Micenmacher and Austin Stambaugh.

Cleveland City Club: Lessons from the Bernie Revolution with Nina Turner—Monday, February 16 from 5 to 8 pm Cleveland City Club 850 Euclid Ave. Second Floor Cleveland 44114

What can politicians and policy makers learn from the Bernie Sanders campaign? How can the Democrats mobilize his supporters to continue to affect change? Join us as City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop talks with Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator and Sanders campaign surrogate on the campaign trail about lessons learned from the Political Revolution. Tickets are $20 for City Club members $30 for non-members and can be ordered here

State of Education Disparities in the African American Community—Saturday, February 25 from 9 am to 1 pm. Warrensville Heights Library Branch Friends 4415 Northfield Rd. Warrensville Heights 44128

African American students educational attainment across the country still significantly lags behind that of white students despite overall gains in academic achievement. African American students come to school behind their white peers and never catch up due to systems and circumstances that are beyond their control. The State of Education Disparities in the African American Community Workshop will explore the graduation deficit, the school to prison pipeline, the gifted education program, and charter and public education systems.

For more details and links to RSVP to the events above that don’t have links of their own go to our calendar link here

Steve Holecko, CCPC Political Director, 440 220 1874

Tristan Rader, CCPC Operations Director, 440 315 2852

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  1. ryan says:

    every new invention has nearly no value in conventional economic sense because it is not manufactured here. America outsources to spend more on advertising and planned-obsolescence. In addition to the assembly line workers, there are no millwrights, machinists, foreman, electricians, and middle managers. The outcome is to waste as many resources as possible. This paradigm has a higher defect rate, so we end up spending more on trying to teach high school 19 year olds sixth grade math and grammar, let alone college-prep.

    in an effort to save face, the leaders keep trying to overthrow secular middle eastern governments. The results are terminal warzones overwhelmed by Islamic extremists. I don’t quite understand the motivation for this, but it might be a combination of envy and incomprehension over America “winning world war 2”, and paranoia over the country we’ve outsourced the most manufacturing to.

  2. Jeff Hess says:


    Did you mean for this to be a comment on ROBOTS, NOT MEXICANS, ARE TAKING OUR JOBS…?


  3. ryan says:

    most of the stuff outsourced is pretty much made the same way there as it was here. This is the spend more on advertising, or design it to be easier to break.

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