January 14th, 2017

I was one of more than 100 people who attended the monthly regional membership meetings last week. The CCPC now has more than 1,400 members in Cuyahoga County and the number—encouraged by the pending inauguration of Donald John Trump as our 45th President—continues to grow. If you think that President Trump, and his billionaire agenda, is a bad idea, I encourage you to first, join the CCPC (it’s free); become involved in the CCPC (there are lots of opportunities for varied levels of involvement, see below); and download and read Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting The Trump Agenda.

Here’s what going on with the CCPC in Cuyahoga County now:

Big Martin Luther King Weekend of Activism!

This morning—Local Conversation on the Department of Justice Annual Update. 9 am to 1 pm at Harvard Community Services Center 18240 Harvard Ave.

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 Cleveland Consent Monitoring Team will present.

Sunday—Our First Stand: Save Social Security and Healthcare National Day of Action Cleveland Rally. 4:30 to 6:30 pm at SEIU Local #1199 Union Hall 1771 East 30th Street.

The Republican Congress will soon begin their efforts to dismantle America’s Healthcare System including Medicare, Medicaid and The Affordable Healthcare Act. Stopping this assault on the working class of this country will require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community in our country. Speakers include: Dan O’Malley—North Shore AFL-CIO and Lakewood City Coucilman, Dave Pavlik – Single Payer Action Network Ohio, Steve Holecko—CCPC Political Director, Tristan Rader CCPC Operations Director, Harriet Applegate—North Shore AFL-CIO President, Nickie Antonio – District 13 Ohio State Representative and Marcy Kaptur—U.S. Congressional District 9 Representative. Join us for the Our First Stand Cleveland Rally.

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

This event is a continuation of the standing room only Community Issues Forum we held in December. 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; Ted Seuss – Single Payer Action Network Ohio: Isam Zaiem—Board President of the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio Council on American-Islamic Relations and Danielle Drake—Community Relations Manager of Us Together, a refugee resettlement organization.

For more details and links to RSVP to this weekends events please click our calendar link.


One Year Ago This Week—The first Bernie Sanders campaign office in Ohio opened up at 11910 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. That office was all volunteer funded and all volunteer staffed by a group of activists known as Northeast Ohio for Bernie Sanders. That office never closed. Today that location is still all volunteer funded and still all volunteer staffed by a group of activists known as the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus. A special thanks to those of you who were with us then and are still with us today. In honor of our first anniversary please click here to donate $27 to help make sure we have many more anniversary’s to celebrate.

CCPC Regional Membership Meetings were attended the last two weeks by well over 100 people! Thanks to all of you who attended and gave us valuable insight to help make CCPC a stronger organization. Among the topics discussed were the Trump Emergency Response Teams which CCPC is organizing to provide lightning quick response to the atrocities the Trump administration is likely to commit. Please click here for more information and to sign up to become a part of the team! Also discussed was The Indivisible Guide which CCPC intends to use as our guide to plan local resistance to Trump. CCPC is proud to be one of the over 1500 resistance groups using the guide across the country! If you have not yet seen it please click here. Dates and locations for February membership meetings should be set in time for next week’s CCPC News and Events.

Not yet a CCPC member? If not join now by clicking here. Membership is free! Membership enables you to vote on our bylaws, on changes to the bylaws and on candidates we plan to endorse in 2017!

CCPC helping to restore the Glass-Steagall Act. CCPC is working closely with lobbyists and members of Congress in Washington to help make Trump honor his campaign promise to restore the Glass-Steadall Act. There are two action steps you can take to help. The first is easy. Click here to read and then sign the letter that we are going to send to Trump. The second is a little bit more difficult but much more rewarding and that is to join us for our Road Trip to Washington DC on February 1. On that day we’re scheduling appointments with our members of Congress as citizen lobbyists to urge restoration of the Act. If you think you might want to come along please call Steve Holecko at 440 220 1874 for more details.

Last Mondays Cleveland City Council Meeting was Shame and Embarrassment for City Council and a great day for Clevelanders for Public Transit and the Fight for 15 campaign. Shame and embarrassment first occurred when it was revealed that City Council would rather force RTA to return $12 million in taxpayer money to the federal government for violating terms of a grant that required the square be kept open to public transit instead of simply reopening the square to avoid repaying the grant money. Shame and embarrassment then occurred when a question was asked about renovating the Square and leaving the section of Superior Rd. between the renovations intact and then closing the road after renovations were completed. The question was why would you leave a now useless section of pavement between the renovations? Shame and Embarrassment also occurred when it was revealed that the Dino (Democrat in Name Only) leadership of City Council payed $48,000 in taxpayer money to the Batchelder lobbying group (which has close ties to the Koch brothers and ALEC) to lobby Republicans in the State House to prevent the voters of Cleveland from deciding the $15 minimum wage issue. Chants from the audience of We will remember in November ended the evening. CCPC intends to help folks remember in November. Special thanks to the CCPC members who came to the meeting to support Clevelanders for Public Transit and The Fight for 15 campaign. Special thanks also to City Council members Jeff Johnson and Zach Reed for asking the right questions about council leaderships actions. Coverage of the meeting can be found here.

An Open Letter from CCPC to Mayor Jackson: Please respond to the Rice Family
It has been over two years since since the murder of Tamir Rice. It has been over a year since Mayor Jackson promised an Administrative Review into possible disciplinary action for officer’s Timothy Lehman and Frank Garmback. What is the delay? Please click here to read the open letter CCPC sent to Mayor Jackson demanding response to the Rice family. An action step you can take to help: Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone is Chairman of the City Council Safety Committee. He can be contacted at 216-664-4235 or 216-664-2850 or Please contact him and demand that the Safety Committee schedule a meeting about this issue. Ask him two questions; 1) Why is this process taking so long? and 2) How soon will the results become available? By the way, there are 439 other unresolved complaints against the police department going back to 2014. You can read that appalling story here.

We Are Not All In. At a Press Conference outside Quicken Loans Arena yesterday representatives of Greater Cleveland Congregations announced the We Are Not All In Campaign to oppose the use of $160 million of taxpayer money to renovate the arena. You can read the story here. CCPC intends to support GCC in this fight in any way we can. We’ll let you know of events and actions you can take to help out as soon as they develop.

Keith Ellison for DNC Chair. If you have yet contacted Ohio DNC members to urge them to vote for Keith Ellison for DNC Chairmen please do so soon. The link to their contact information is here.

Other Upcoming Events

Rally to Save Giant Eagle. Saturday, January 14 from 2 to 3 pm at the Giant Eagle located at 13820 Lorain Ave.

Giant Eagle is taking away our neighborhood grocery store, pharmacy and local bank. Please stop by and show support to those losing their employment, the seniors who are losing their pharmacy and the working class who need to find another bank. Let’s show Giant Eagle that they cannot do this to our neighborhood without a fight. If they do close, let’s fight to have Giant Eagle release the property for future development. Let’s show we care about our neighborhood! Click here for more details and a link to RSVP$.

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

This is the first event for the 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.

ShutDownJ20. Friday, January 20 from 11 to 12 am at Cleveland Public Square.

On January 20 Donald Trump will be sworn into office. We will be marching in opposition to this racist, sexist, transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic, fascist. We will show him that we will continue to resist. Hosted by Come At Me Trump.

Renew, Resist, Recommit: A Vigil for Justice. Friday, January 20 from noon to 2 pm at Amistad Chapel at United Church of Christ 700 Prospect Ave.

The incoming presidential administration has threatened to send our nations climate policies into reverse at a time when we should be accelerating our movement forward with heightened moral resolve. Now is the time to renew ourselves to resist harmful policies and recommit to a brighter future that reflects our values. Our vigil will begin at the same time the new administration starts its term.

Women’s March on Cleveland. Saturday, January 21 from 10 am to 1 pm at Cleveland Public Square.

Hosted by Resistance CWRU. This march is in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. We will meet on Public Square at 10 am. At 11 am we will begin our march up Ontario St. eventually arriving at City Hall/Willard Park then circling back to Public Square

Women’s March on Washington. Saturday, January 21 from 10 am to 4 pm. Capital Building at Independence NW Ave. and Third Street SW.

On January 21, 2017 we will unit in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of 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.

Cleveland Heights “Democracy Day” Public Hearing. Wednesday, January 25 from 7 to 9 pm at Cleveland Heights City Hall 40 Severance Circle.

Think there’s too much money in politics? Does it seem that corporations have too much power? In 2013, Cleveland Heights voters passed, with a 77 percent “yes” vote, Issue 32 in support of a Constitutional Amendment clearly stating that corporations do not have constitutional rights, and money is not speech. Issue 32 also established annual public hearings to examine the impact on our city, our state and our nation of the political influence by corporate entities and big money in elections. This is the 4th Annual Public Hearing. Members of the general public will be afforded the opportunity to speak on these matters for up to five minutes per person. Speakers do not have to be Cleveland Heights residents. Weather you wish to speak or just to listen please plan to attend. It’s your Democracy!

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

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, Elyria YWCA, Trumbull County African American Achievers, Lorain County Negro Bussiness and Professional Women as we honor the birth of the mother of civl 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, 2017 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm Tinkham Veale Center 11038 Bellflower Rd.

$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 at Wilberts Food and Music 812 Huron Rd.

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 Trupo, 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. Thursday, February 16 from 5 to 8 pm at The Cleveland City Club 850 Euclid Ave. Second Floor.

What can politicians and policy makers learn from the Bernie Sanders campaign? How can 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 and $30 for nonmembers and can be reserved here.

Fix It—Healthcare at Tipping Point Movie Showing. Monday, February 20 form 7 to 9 pm at the Lakewood Public Library Main Branch 15425 Detroit Ave.

The average American family of four incurs an annual healthcare insurance tab of $23,000. In many cases this astronomical sum doesn’t afford them nearly enough coverage for emergency medical care. That’s just one of the startling facts in Fix It:Healthcare at the Tipping Point, a distressing examination of the country’s badly broken system.

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

African American students educational attainment across the country still significantly lags 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 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 above events that do not have separate links please click here.

Please let us know if you know of other events or news that should be included in CCPC News and Events

Hope to see you this weekend!

Steve Holecko
Political Director

Tristan Rader
Operations Director

Yvonka Hall
Outreach Director

Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, 11910 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, United States

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