February 1st, 2017

From The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus:

Local Resistance to Trump off to a Great Start!

Women’s March on Cleveland: 15,000 showed up last Saturday for this glorious event in solidarity with the millions who marched around the world! A special thanks to all of you who marched and to our CCPC Super Volunteer’s who staffed our table, carried our banner, and circulated through the crowd to recruit nearly 400 new CCPC members!. A special thanks also to CCPC members Laura Johnson and Klaountia Pasmatsiou who put this wonderful event together with no previous experience in about two weeks.

Say NO to Jeff Sessions—Visit to Rob Portman’s Office: A special thanks to the 250 of you who participated in this event last Tuesday and waited patiently in line in the Federal Building to give Portman’s staff your thoughts on the Trump cabinet nominees. A special thanks also to the CCPC Trump Response Team who made calls Monday to get folks to the event. This event was the first Resist Trump event that the Indivisible Guide, and The Working Families Party are planning nationwide for Trumps first 100 day’s in office. CCPC plans to be a proud sponsor of these events in Northeast Ohio. We’ll let you know as soon as we get the details of the next one.

Welcome New Members! About 500 of you joined this last week! If you have not already done so please go to to get an idea of what we’re all about. If you have not yet joined CCPC go to Membership and sign up to become a member for free. Then please drop by Trump Response Team to see if this something you can help us with. If possible then please drop by Donate. Our organization is all volunteer staffed and all volunteer funded.To keep membership free we need small contribution’s from those of you who can so that those of you who cannot can remain a part of CCPC. Also please check out and like our CCPC Facebook page where you can see great photo’s and video’s of last week’s events as well as many other things.

CCPC Office Hours: Are 3 to 8 pm on Tuesday and Thursday and Noon to 5 pm on Saturday. Our office is located at 11910 Detroit Ave. Lakewood. Please stop in! We can show you the most effective to write letters and make calls to your congressmen. We also have an urgent need for help with our data. If possible please bring your cell phone and laptop.

CCPC February Membership Meetings

Congressional District Regional Meetings: These meetings are organized by congressional district so that we can discuss specific Trump resistance strategies for your district. If you are unsure of your congressional district please go to Find Your Representative. Please try to read through The Indivisible Guide before your meeting as we plan to discuss it. If you are a Trump Response Team member please make every effort to attend as we plan to discuss more specifics of the role for your district. Meeting Agenda 1) CCPC strategy discussion 2) Using The Indivisible Guide in your district and 3) Role of The Trump Response Team in your district.

District 14 Regional Meeting—Sunday, February 5, 2 to 3:30 pm @ Cuyahoga County Library Solon Branch 34125 Portz Parkway, Solon 44139.

District 16 Regional Meeting—Monday, February 6, 7 to 8:30 pm @ Cuyahoga County Library Middleburg Heights Branch 15600 Bagley Rd. Middleburg Heights 44130.

District 11 Regional Meeting—Thursday, February 9, 7 to 8:30 pm @ Harvard Community Services Center 18204 Harvard Ave. Cleveland 44128.

District 9 Regional Meeting—Sunday, February 12, 2 to 3:30 pm @ Cuyahoga County Brooklyn Branch 4480 Ridge Rd. Brooklyn 44144.

City of Cleveland Meeting: Thursday, February 23 7 to 8:30 pm @ SEIU 1199 Hall, 1771 East 30th Street, Cleveland 44114. This meeting will deal exclusively with politics and issues in the city of Cleveland. However if you live in the suburbs and have an interest in Cleveland politics and issues feel free to attend. Agenda Items: 1) Development of a Progressive Cleveland Platform 2) CCPC candidate recruitment and endorsement process and 3) Your role in the 2017 election.

For more details and links to RSVP to the CCPC February click our calendar link at the bottom of this email

In the News this Week: This Week’s Trump Atrocities

Trump orders Construction of Border Wall

Trump to ban Refugees from Syria and other Mideast Countries

Trump calls for Major Investigation into Unsubstantiated Allegations of Voter Fraud

Agencies told to Halt Communications as Trump Administration Moves In

Trump administration tells EPA to freeze all grants, contracts

Top Republicans accept “alternative facts” from Trump

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final and most essential command”—1984.

Trump Plans to Eliminate National Endowments for Arts, Humanities

“There will be no art, no literature, no science”—also from 1984.

Trump resumes NoDAPL

You can help fight this here

Meanwhile at Cleveland City Council this Week: Seems like a revolt may be brewing in the palace of the Kelly/Jackson cabal. Although the $3.2 million Dirt Bike expenditure was approved, it was only by a narrow 9-7 margin with those dissenting wondering why this money couldn’t be spent in the neighborhoods on more urgent projects. A special thanks to councilmen Brian Cummins, TJ Dow, Jeff Johnson (now a mayoral candidate), Brian Kazy, Marty Keane, Mike Polensek and Zach Reed for voting against the expenditure. Initial discussions also began on the cabal’s intent to give an $88 million corporate welfare grant to the Q for its renovation project. Many councilmen also wondered if this money could also be used elsewhere on more urgent projects in the neighborhoods.You can read the story here.

Save the Date—February 14. On that date the Cuyahoga County Council will begin their discussion on their part of the corporate welfare grant to the Q’s renovation project. CCPC intends to have a large presence at this event. We don’t know the exact time yet but we do know it will be during the day so you’ll be able to be with your sweetheart in the evening for Valentine’s Day. We’ll get you the details as soon as we get them.

Other Upcoming Events

Information and Advocacy Session on proposed cuts to the National Endowment to the Arts and Humanities. Monday, January 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm @ Maple Heights Regional Library 5225 Library Lane Maple Heights 44137. Are you concerned about the possible funding cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS and NPR)? If so come to this highly informative session and learn how you can become a citizen advocate and help protect these important government programs. There will be opportunities to sign letters to Federal Officials, as well as gather contact information for key leaders. Sponsored by Cultural Sites Advocacy Group.

Forum: Climate Change and Public Health Forum. Tuesday, January 31 from 6 to 7:30 pm @ Market Garden Brewery 1947 West 25th St. Cleveland 44113. As a new group of elected officials takes office, join us for a round table discussion on the anticipated attacks on climate change progress, how rollbacks on climate change progress could impact public health: and local efforts to invest in clean energy and climate resiliency. Speakers: Dr. Eric Schreiber, retired physician and Climate Reality speaker; Rev. Tony Minor, Director of Advocacy at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry; Chad Stephens, Climate Resiliency and Urban Greening Coordinator Cleveland Neighborhood Progress: Jen Miller, Director Sierra Club-Ohio Chapter; Mike Foley, Director of Sustainability, Cuyahoga County (Moderator). Sponsored by Ohio Sierra Club

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 Section 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 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 from 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 call 216 916 0003 or email

No DAPL Cleveland Rally. Saturday, February 4 from noon to 2 pm @ Southeast corner of W. 25th and Lorain. The pipeline companies are at it again, with the help of President Trump. One of the first things he did in office was to sign executive orders approving construction of the KXL pipeline and the completion of the DAPL pipeline that the Standing Rock Sioux have so heroically resisted. This is a rally to restate our opposition to both these pipelines and our solidarity with pipeline fighters everywhere. For more information call Randy Cunningham at 216 245 1073 or email at Sponsored by CLEAN and the soon to be revived Cleveland Pledge of Resistance Campaign.

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.

Resist Trump Tuesday—February 7 location TBA

Powerhouse Community Meetings on Clean Energy. East Side Meeting—Tuesday, February 7 from 6 to 7:30 pm @ Khnemu Foundation Lighthouse Center 966 E. 105th Cleveland 44108. West Side Meeting – Wednesday, February 8 from 6 to 7:30 pm Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization 6516 Detroit Ave. Cleveland 44102. Did you know that 1) The Cleveland area ranks ninth nationally for air pollution related deaths and serious illness 2) For every three lumps of coal First Energy burns two are wasted and 3) Powering our city with locally sourced renewable energy would not only be healthier and more efficient, but would also create jobs and 4) You can make this happen. Join Communities United for Responsible Energy at one of our upcoming Powerhouse Community Meetings and take action to put Cleveland on the path to 100% locally sourced renewable energy.

Resist Trump Tuesday—February 14 event TBA

Fundraiser to Benefit Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. Wednesday, February 15 from 5 to 8 pm @ Toast Restaurant 1365 W. 65th St. Cleveland 44102. $20 suggested donation includes valet parking. light hors d’oeuvres and a bar discount. Stay for dinner! 10% of all checks will be donated to Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio.

Establishing Immigrant Justice. Thursday, February 9 from 7 to 9 pm @ Organize Ohio! 3500 Lorain Ave. Ste 501 Cleveland 44113. Join us in solidarity, information and action to embrace our immigrant communities. Immigration legal advocate, Kim Alabasi Esq. will speak to address the status of people affected by President Obama’s executive order granting relief to children of undocumented immigrants and parents of U.S.citizens. We will also welcome our new board members, Chantal Dothey and Ahlem Azaaeed: and honor Elisa Bredendiek for her many years of service with Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network. Snacks and beverages will be served. Contributions will be requested to benefit children caught in immigrant proceedings.

Cleveland City Club: Lessons from the Bernie Revolution with Nina Turner. Thursday, 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 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 non-members and can be reserved here.

Fix It—Healthcare at the Tipping Point Movie. Monday, February 20 from 7 to 9 pm @ Lakewood Public Library Main Branch 15425 Detroit Ave. Lakewood 44107.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 realities presented in Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point, a distressing examination of the country’s badly broken system.

Resist Trump Tuesday—February 21 event TBA.

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

Resist Trump Tuesday—February 28 event TBA

Community Rights for Social Justice growing Roots and Rights Workshop. Saturday, April 1 from 8:45 am to 5:30 pm @ CWRU Pytte Center Atrium Clapp Hall Room 108, 2080 Adelbert Rd. Cleveland 44106. In this workshop, we explore why we don’t have the power to establish minimum wage laws, LGBT Rights, stop pipelines, and others facing our communities. We look at how the corporate state overrides local democratic decision making and forces unjust labor, environmental, and discriminating practices into our communities. And we delve into what communities are doing to elevate the rights of communities and nature over the corporate state. Cost $27 (includes book and lunch). Payment can be made at registration via credit card.We also accept checks. Please make them payable to CELDF and mail to PO Box 360, Mercersburg PA 17236

Save these Dates:

Tuesday, April 4th @ 4pm. 7th Annual March in Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Education, Employment, Social Justice, and Women’s Equality. Grand Marshals Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. Sponsored by National Action Network Greater Cleveland Chapter. Location TBA.

Saturday, April 29. We Resist. We Build. We Rise. March for jobs, justice and the climate in Washington DC. Join the March!

For more details and links to RSVP to any of the above events that do not have a separate link please click here.

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

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