February 3rd, 2017

From The Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus:

Emergency Rally Todayt! March for Refugees and Sanctuary. 4 to 6 pm @ corner of West 25th St. and Lorain. The new US president is moving forward on his walls, blocking refugees, punishing sanctuary cities and islamophobic policies. A coalition of human rights groups are calling on people of conscious to take part in this rally/march and contact legislators to resist fear and hate mongering policies and rhetoric. Sponsored by Cleveland Jobs with Justice, Dream Activist Ohio, Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, The Interreligious Task Force on Central America and Columbia, Lorain Ohio Immigrant Rights Association, Ohio Voices and Others.

Special Thanks to all of you who came out to the Cleveland Airport Rally last Sunday to join thousands of others at airports around the country to soundly reject Trumps Executive Order banning refugees from Muslim countries. Hundreds protest Trump travel ban at Hopkins Airport describes the event.


CCPC Members visit The Swamp, aAlso known as Washington DC. Yesterday, CCPC members Debbie Lattau, Dennis Slotnik, Diane Morgan. Janet Garret, Tammy Kennedy, Dr. Ras Matunji, Steve Holecko and Tristan Rader spent the day on Capitalist Hill (also known as Capital Hill) lobbying legislator’s to restore checks on the banking industry that were place in the Glass-Steagall Act before it was repealed. The day began with conversation with Senator Rob Portman. Portman said he knew of our January 28 visit with 250 people to to his Cleveland office and told us to come back any time. Although he probably wasn’t serious we’re thinking we should take him up on his offer. Next, we participated in a press conference by Representative Marcy Kaptur in which she introduced The Return to Prudent Banking Act she is submitting to essentially restore Glass Steagal. CCPC was proud to give Marcy over 500 letters supporting this action which she is going to get to President Trump. CCPC was also proud of member Tammy Kennedy who spoke at the press conference about her family’s loss during the mortgage crisis. You can read more at Ohio Democrats want Donald Trump to make good on his promise to reign in banks. The rest of the day was spent visiting congressional offices to gain support and co-sponsors for the bill. You can see photos of the visit on CCPC’s Facebook page.

CCPC Membership is now near 1900! It took our organization nearly 6 months to reach 1000 members and a month later we’re near 2000! This is a reflection of a new spirit of Progressive Activism sweeping the country to Resist Trump as well as widespread acknowledgement that CCPC is the premier Progressive organization in Northeast Ohio. Membership is free. If you have not yet joined please do so now at CCPC Membership. As we grow and grow we will need more and more help from you to provide the resources we need to function. Our staff is all volunteer so anything you Donate goes only for office rent and supplies and other resources we need to resist Trump.

Resist Trump Tuesday’s continue! Weather kind of messed up this week’s but we’ll resume next Tuesday. As soon as the action is planned we’ll let you know.

CCPC Office Hours for Volunteers are Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 8 pm and noon to 5 pm on Saturday. CCPC office is located at 11910 Detroit Ave.Lakewood 44107. Please stop in and help make calls and/or write letter’s to legislators. We also need folks to make calls to our members to get them to events. There’s also a lot of data work that you can do at home with your computer. If you can help out with data please give CCPC Data Coordinator Jeanette Riffle a call at 216 308 9024.

CCPC February Regional Membership Meetings. The February Membership Meetings are organized by congressional district so that we can discuss specific Trump resistance strategies for your congressional district. If you are unsure of your congressional district please go to Find Your Representative. Please try to read the Indivisible Guide before the meeting as we plan to discuss it. If you are a member of the Trump Response Team please make every effort to attend your congressional district meeting as we plan to further define the role. Meeting Agenda: 1) CCPC strategy discussion 2) Using the Indivisible Guide in your congressional district and 3) Role of the Trump Response Team in your congressional district. District 14 Regional Meeting – Sunday, February 5 from 2 to 3:30 pm @ Cuyahoga County Library Solon Branch, 34125 Portz Parkway, Solon 44139. District 16 Regional Meeting – Monday, February 6 from 7 to 8:30 pm @ Cuyahoga County Middleburg Heights Branch, 15600 Bagley Rd. Middleburg Heights, 44130. District 11 Regional Meeting – Thursday, February 9 from 7 to 8:30 pm @ Harvard Community Services Center, 18204 Harvard Ave. Cleveland 44128. District 9 Regional Meeting – Sunday, February 12 from 2 to 3:30 pm @ Cuyahoga County Brooklyn Library, 4480 Ridge Rd. Brooklyn 44144.

CCPC City of Cleveland Membership Meeting. Thursday, February 23 from 7 to 8:30 pm @ SEIU #1199 Union Hall, 1771 East 30th Street, Cleveland 44114. This meeting will deal exclusively with politics and activism in the city of Cleveland. However, If you have an interest in Cleveland politics and activism and are not a Cleveland resident feel free to attend. 1) Development of a Progressive Cleveland Platform 2) CCPC candidate recruitment and endorsement process and 3) Your role in the 2017 election.

Trump Atrocities This Week

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch in his youth: “Fascism Forever”

Not to mention his record as a Scalia “Originalist”

Trump fires acting attorney general for refusing to defend unconstitutional refugee ban because she “betrayed” the administration

A Richard Nixon type Saturday Night Massacre just 10 days into the Trump administration

Trump signs executive order aiming to slash regulations

Who needs protections for consumers and the environment

Trump had heated exchange with Australian PM, talked “tough Hombres” with Mexican Leader

And these are our allies

Republicans want to Pass a National Right-to-Work Law

Wonder what the Union’s and Union Worker’s who supported Trump think of this.

Other Upcoming Events

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

We’re Not All In presence at Cuyahoga County Council meeting. Tuesday, February 14 from 5 to 7 pm @ Cuyahoga County Council 2079 East 9th street, 8th floor Cleveland 44115.At this meeting Cuyahoga County Council is expected to begin discussion on the proposed corporate welfare gift to the Q for its renovation project. Please make an effort to attend and voice your opposition to this misuse of taxpayer dollars.

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.

Brecksville Democracy Day. Monday, February 27 6:30 to 9:30 pm @ Brecksville Human Services Center / Community Center, 2 Community Dr. Brecksville 44141. Meeting is open to the pubic. In the past two events people outside of Brecksville were allowed to speak. We could use all the bodies we can get to support our effort to reverse the 2010 Citizens United decision. With the Trump election, this conservative city may come out in droves to protest our effort.

Resist Trump Tuesday—February 28 event TBA

Nina Turner for Governor—Cleveland Meeting. Saturday, March 4 @ 3 pm Location TBA
This will be the FIRST grassroots organizing meeting for NINA TURNER for Governor in Northeast Ohio. Let’s kick this off right and make Nina Turner the most progressive leader our state has ever seen.

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

March for Science—Cleveland—Details to be announced soon.

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 (NAN) 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.

For further information or to add your event to the list, please contact:

Steve Holecko
Political Director

Tristan Rader
Operations Director
440-315-2852, or

Yvonka Hall
Outreach Director

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

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