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Jan 20 and 27 - Community Forums - DUE TO WEATHER, THE JAN 20 FORUM WILL NOT TAKE PLACE
Jan 24 - NEOYBD Membership Mixer
Jan 25 - Swearing-In Ceremony: Emily Hagan, Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Jan 27 - Town Hall - Ohio House District 12
Feb 7 - Public Policy Forum: Voting Rights
Feb 9 - Speaking Truth to Power: Inspiring Change through Truth Telling
Feb 15 - It's Time to Talk: YWCA's 5th Annual Forum on Race
Feb 16 - Justice for Our Sisters - Domestic Violence Forum
Feb 17 - Fundraiser: State Representative Janine Boyd
Feb 26 - Reception in Support of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart
Feb 26 - Public Policy Forum: How Can We Reduce Gun Violence in Cleveland?
Mar 1-29 - 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge
Mar 5 - Public Policy Forum: The Immigration Acts of 1921 & 1924: How they changed Cleveland
Requests for listing should be sent to info@CuyahogaDWC.org 

Community Forums
Sundays, January 20 and 27
9:30 - 10:45 am
First Unitarian Church of Cleveland
21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Heights 44122 

History, Politics, and the Backfire Theory

With: Brent Larkin, Plain Dealer columnist and former PD editorial director 

Did fear, lies and racism grow stronger throughout the state in the 2018 election. The history of Ohio's elections trends toward deep seated Republican conservatism, especially in rural areas. How can progressives work with conservatives?  According to the “Backfire Theory,” when your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger. Is this true? 

January 27 
Dialogues on Activism and Elections: 2019 and Beyond 

What is the role of activists in advancing their agenda this year? What specific community issues, actions, policies, or media encourage volunteer commitment?  Countywide activist groups grew immensely in 2018. Will they continue to be stable, grow, or taper off?  How can we personally strategize our activist time and resources?  

Panelists: Steve Holecko, director, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucas; Audrey Morris, co-chair, League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland; Norman Robbins, research director, Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates 
Moderator: Erika Anthony, vice president, government relations, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and co-chair, Cleveland Votes


First Unitarian Church of Cleveland


Make one of your New Year's resolutions to BECOME A MEMBER of NEOYBD!
We'll see you at our first Membership Mixer!

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Don Ramon's Mexican Restaurant
5708 Mayfield Rd, Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124 
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Public Policy Forum
Voting Rights 

Thursday, February 07, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 pm
CWRU Siegal Beachwood Facility - Landmark Centre Building
25700 Science Park Dr #100, Beachwood 44122

What have we learned about how to increase voter registration turnout?

Rich Exner, Cleveland.com


* Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State
* Michael Li, Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center's Democracy Program
* Camille Wimbish, Director, Ohio Voter Rights Coalition

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Co-sponsored by: Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, League of Women Voters of the Akron Area, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties Ltd.

Speaking Truth to Power: Inspiring Change through Truth Telling

Saturday, February 9, 2019 
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tinkham Veale Center 
11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106

  • Free for high school students, college students, graduate students
  • $10 others (by Feb 8) - $15 at the door
Or mail your check to IRTF, 3606 Bridge Ave, Cleveland OH 44113

IRTF & CWRU's 19th Annual Social Justice Teach-In is a great opportunity for people of all ages to gain the information and practical skills to work for peace, economic justice, and human rights!

This annual event attracts 650+ participants, many from area high schools and colleges. The Teach-In provides participants with information, practical skills, and resources to support justice and human rights programming at their schools, congregations, or civic groups.

Choose from 30+ workshops on local and global justice issues.

Get skills training to work for social change!

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Join us on Friday, February 15th, 2019 for our 5th Annual It's Time to Talk (ITT) forum on race. This year's event will ask the question, "Can humor heal?"

Our Keynote Speaker is Founder and CEO of Haha Institute, Karen Williams.Karen graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State University with a personally-designed major in "Humor and Healing." She earned a Master of Education degree from CSU's Adult Learning & Development program. Karen will be exploring the theme of humor and diversity with our guests.

ABOUT ITT: It's Time to Talk (ITT) is a unique one-day forum on combating racism and unconscious bias. ITT features a keynote, a gallery walk, small group circle conversations, as well as a World Cafe. ITT gives participants the opportunity to share their lived experience, learn from others, and begin the work of finding solutions that will allow us to begin to heal our community from the harm caused by racial profiling and unconscious bias.

PURPOSE: To expand racial understanding and cultural competency through dialogue among community and business members of different races with the ultimate goal of eliminating barriers that foster racism and discrimination. We do this by creating a safe space for dialogue where community participants can actively work through the issues of racism and discrimination.

STRATEGY: Create opportunities for significant dialogue and conversations that move beyond the superficial. Invite people from every ethnicity and community to participate in a dialogue to affirm how important diversity is to Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

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YWCA Greater Cleveland. 4019 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, OH 44103. 216-881-6878.  

Justice For Our Sisters Forum #2: Next Steps

The second forum for Justice For Our Sisters will target coming up with solutions and will be a working session for attendees.
Our first forum was quite successful as we touched on the heart of those who are going through or have survived domestic violence and abusive relationships. The goals of Sister2Sister are to not only seek justice for our fallen sisters, but to primarily serve as a preventative area for those involved in unhealthy relationships. Our goal: get to the root of the situation and come up with measures of healing.

This forum will cover the following areas:
  • Law and Order: How to navigate and use all levels of the legal system effectively to ensure protection and prevention of future physical acts of violence.
  • Resources and Assistance: Learn about the many community resources and organizations available to victims and their families, including access to mental and physical health services.
  • Community Engagement: How can we as a community help to stop domestic violence and abuse? What are the warning signs of a potential domestic abuse situation? How can we help those who are in it, get out of it?
Registration is required. Register here: http://bit.ly/2CbvOep 

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This challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. and Debby Irving and has been adapted by many organizations across the country. The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

Participants will be prompted daily with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more.

Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you'll join us and accept this challenge.

Our challenge starts on Friday, March 1st and continues (Monday-Friday) through March 29th.

Before Day 1, you will receive an introductory email explaining the purpose of the challenge and your Challenge Reflection Log - a tool to ensure you are taking full advantage of what the challenge has to offer. Starting on March 1st, expect to receive daily emails containing your challenge options.

YWCA Greater Cleveland. 4019 Prospect Ave. Cleveland, OH 44103. 216-881-6878.  info@ywcaofcleveland.org 

Public Policy Forum
How Can We Reduce Gun Violence in Cleveland?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland OH 44106

How can we reduce gun violence in Cleveland (when the laws are made in Columbus)?

Pete KrouseCleveland.com
Free and open to the public. Register here.

Co-sponsored by: Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer, Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter, and the League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland. Corporate Sponsor: First Interstate Properties Ltd.

Public Policy Forum
The Immigration Acts of 1921 & 1924: 
How they changed Cleveland

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus
11038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland OH 44106

A talk by Dr. John J. Grabowski, CWRU Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History with a brief update on Immigration 2019 in #CLE by Lynn Tramonte, Immigrant Alliance Ohio

Free and open to the public. Register here.
Co-sponsored by: Case Western Reserve University Siegal Lifelong Learning, Case Western Reserve University Department of History, League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland, Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer. Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Properties Ltd.

Cuyahoga Democratic Women's Caucus
Email: info@cuyahogadwc.org
Telephone: 216-479-6622