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Cuyahoga Democratic Women's Caucus
Goals

  • Participate in the selection and development of strong local, county, and state Democratic Party strategists, leaders, and candidates — especially women — to win at all levels of government.

  • Help formulate a winning Democratic agenda for Ohio.

  • Advocate and promote Democratic positions, issues, and values by forming coalitions with other local, state, and national organizations.



 
Cuyahoga Democratic Women's Caucus
Steering Committee
Cynthia Demsey (chair), Jennifer Janketic (treasurer), Katie Solender (web editor); Juanita Brent, Jane Buder Shapiro, Emily Hagan, Karolyn Isenhart, Lana Moresky, Jan Roller, Susan Stechschulte, 
Linda Striefsky, Kim Thomas, Gigi Traore, Mary Wilson, Sandi White, Melissa Yasinow   
 
 
 


CDWC events have featured the following:

August 31, 2017: "Let's Talk About Abortion" with Patients to Advocates fellows as panelists and commentary from State Rep.Stephanie Howse (co-sponsored with NOW Cleveland)

August 21, 2017: Meet and Greet with Candidates for Chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party with State Senator Sandra Williams, Newburgh Heights Mayor Trevor Elkins, and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Shontel Brown (co-sponsored with Black Women's PAC, Northeast Ohio Young Democrats, Cuyahoga Young Democrats, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats)

July 29, 2017: County-wide Meet-Up for City Council Incumbents and Candidates (co-sponsored with Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats) 

July 18, 2017: CDWC Endorsement Meeting

July 17, 2017: "Our Party, Our Choices" - A Meeting with Cuyahoga County Democratic Precinct Leaders with Trevor Elkins, candidate for chair, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party (co-sponsored with Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus Shaker Heihgts, Eastside Progressive Action, Indivisible Shaker) 

June 6, 2017: "Saving Liberty and Justice for All: Getting from Core Values to Effective Action" with Danielle Allen, Ph.D., author of Our Declaration, professor, Harvard University, and contributing columnist, Washington Post (co-sponsored with Shaker Heights Democratic Club, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats,  Cleveland Action Democrats, Cleveland Heights Democratic Club, South Euclid Democrats)

June 5, 2017: "Monday Salon" with State Representative Stephanie Howse

May 30, 2017: Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper (co-sponsored with South Euclid Democrats, District 11 Indivisible, Democratic Clubs of Lyndhurst, Shaker Heights, Beachwood, Richmond Heights, Cleveland Heights)

May 20, 2017: Main Street Candidate Training (co-sponsored with Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, Cuyahoga County Young Democrats, Lakewood Democratic Club) 

May 6, 2017: 8th Annual Brunch and Conversation with U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California and Columbus City Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown

April 29, 2017: "Ready to Run"- Campaign Training for Women (co-sponsored with The Ohio State University's John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs) 

April 20, 2017: Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (co-sponsored with the Democratic Clubs of Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, Pepper Pike/Orange, Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats, Cuyahoga County Young Democrats, Tri-City Democrats)

March 25, 2017: "Saturday Salon" with State Representative Nickie Antonio, Lakewood City Councilwoman Cindy Marx, and Gabrielle Jackson, president, Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats 

February 28, 2017: Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper (co-sponsored with Cuyahoga Young Democrats, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, and Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats)

February 8, 2017: Panel on Immigration, Trump's Executive Order, and the Refugee Ban with immigration attorneys Melissa A. Laubenthal, Karen Gabriel Moss, and Svetlana Schreiber, joined by Danielle Drake, community relations director of US Together Inc.

January 17, 2017: CDWC's 2017 Kick-off meeting on Voter Engagement with State Representatives Janine Boyd and Stephanie Howse, along with Gabrielle Jackson, president of Northeast Ohio Young Black Democrats; Kim Thomas, local activist; Dave Wondolowski, executive secretary/business manager, Cleveland Building Trades Council; and Shannon Welch, campaign manager for Tommy Greene for State Representative

November 21, 2016: "Post-Election Listening & Learning Session - First Mourn, Then Organize!"

October 26, 2016: "Women's Early Vote Happening" with State Representatives Nickie Antonio, Janine Boyd, and Emilia Sykes; Orange Village Mayor Kathy Mulcahy; Cuyahoga County Council Member Sunny Simon; Cleveland Heights City Council Member Carol Roe, and Beachwood City Council Member Barbara Bellin Janovitz 

October 17, 2016: U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Civil Rights Attorney Subodh Chandra (co-sponsored with Shaker Heights Democratic Club, University Heights Democratic Club, Cleveland Heights Democratic Club, South Euclid Democrats, Geauga County Democratic Party, Tri-City Democratic Club, Beachwood Democratic Club, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, South Euclid Democratic Club, Lyndhurst Democratic Club, Euclid Democratic Club)

August 25, 2016: "End of Summer Soiree/Countdown to Election Day" with special guest Eleanor Smeal, president & co-founder of the Feminist Majority Foundation

June 1, 2016: "The Road Map to Victory: Winning BLUE in November" with Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper

April 30, 2016: 7th Annual Brunch and Conversation with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (18th District, Texas)

March 15, 2016: CDWC Endorsement Meeting

 
February 3, 2016: U.S. Senate Candidate Ted Strickland (co-sponsored with The Shaker Heights Democratic Club, University Heights Democrtic Club, Cleveland Heights Democratic Club, Geauga County Democratic Party, and Tri-City Democratic Club)

January 20, 2016: Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (co-sponsored with Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, Shaker Heights Democratic Club, Cleveland Heights Democratic Club, South Euclid Democratic Club, and Northeast Ohio Chapter of Ohio Young Black Democrats)

September 15, 2015: CDWC Endorsement Meeting

August 11, 2015: State Reps. Kathleen Clyde and Stephanie Howse, and Cleveland Heights City Council Member Melissa Yasinow  

July 21, 2015: U.S. Senate Candidate Ted Strickland (co-sponsored with the Westlake Democratic Clubs)

June 26, 2015: Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper and Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (co-sponsored with the Ohio Democratic Party)

May 9, 2015: 6th Annual Brunch and Conversation with Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge 

November 20, 2014: Forum on the Future of the Ohio Democratic Party (co-sponsored with Cleveland Stonewall Democrats and NEO-OYBD) 

September 3, 2014: Forum with Democratic county-wide candidates, featuring County Executive Candidate Armond Budish (co-sponsored with Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, Shaker Heights Democratic Club, Cleveland Heights Democratic Club) 

 
August 28, 2014: Forum on JobsOhio with State Senator Mike Skindell and Judge John O'Donnell, Democratic Candidate for Ohio Supreme Court 

August 26, 2014: Forum on Education Spending in Ohio with David Pepper, candidate for Ohio Attorney General and Rep. John Carney, candidate for Ohio Auditor; guest presenter: Steve Dyer, Education Policy Fellow, Innovation Ohio

July 10, 2014: An evening with Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler 

May 10, 2014: 5th Annual Brunch and Conversation with State Senator Nina Turner, candidate for Secretary of State and guest appearance by Sharen Neuhardt, candidate for Lieutenant Governor

April 7, 2014: CDWC's first-ever candidates endorsement meeting 

April 2, 2014: District 9 State Representative Forum with candidates Janine Boyd & Sean Malone (co-sponsored with Shaker Heights Democratic Club)  

February 5, 2014: 2014 County Executive Candidates Forum (co-sponsored with Shaker Heights Democratic Club, Tri-City Democratic Club, University Heights Democratic Club, Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, Beachwood Democratic Club, Cleveland Heights Democratic Club, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Democrats)   

January 30, 2014: Panel discussion on "ACLU/Preterm vs. Kasich: The ACLU Lawsuit Challenging Three Ohio Budget Amendments Restricting Reproductive Rights" (co-sponsored with Lakewood Democratic Club, West Side Democrats, and the  Westshore Democratic Clubs) and featuring Jessie Hill, co-counsel on the ACLU lawsuit; Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Research and Laura B. Chisolm Distinguished Research Scholar and Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve School of Law; Nancy Pitts, director of communications, Preterm; and Justine Konicki, associate, Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz LLP

January 26, 2014: Workshop - "How to Run for Precinct Committee Member" 

November 19, 2013:  "ACLU/Preterm vs. Kasich" - panel discussion with Susan Scheutzow, ACLU cooperating attorney, Chrisse France, executive director of Preterm, and Jessie Hill, co-counsel on the ACLU lawsuit

September 21, 2013: Campaign Workshop focusing on social media

July 2, 2013:  Press conference with State Rep. Nickie Antonio and County Executive and candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald regarding state budget's restrictions on women's acces to reproductive healthcare and family planning services

June 14, 2013: Connie Pillich, Democratic Candidate for Ohio Treasurer

June 12, 2013: David Pepper, Democratic candidate for Ohio Attorney General 

May 15, 2013: Campaign Workshop focusing on finance and communications 

April 27, 2013: 4th Annual Brunch and Conversation with Terry O'Neill, President, National Organization for Women, Washington, D.C. 

March 19, 2013: Stephanie Kight, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

February 28, 2013: Ed FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County Executive  

February 21, 2013: Senator Nina Turner, State Senator for Ohio's 25th District and Senate Minority Whip 

November 29, 2012: "Election 2012: The Real Scoop," with Jane Platten, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

July 18, 2012: "Women and Politics" with Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science at CWRU and Dorothy C. Miller, D.S.W., Director of CWRU's Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

June 1, 2012: “The Affordable Care Act: What’s at Stake for Women,” with Kathy Bonk, Executive Director, Communications Consortium Media Center and the CCMC Action Fund of Washington, DC

April 28, 2012: 3rd Annual Brunch & Conversation with Pulitzer-Prize winner Connie Schultz and Kathy Bonk, Executive Director, Communications Consortium Media Center and the CCMC Action Fund of Washington, DC

February 1, 2012: General meeting, including legislative update by State Representative Nickie Antonio

September 22, 2011: H.B. 194 with Dora Rose, Former General Counsel and Director of Voter Protection, Ohio Democratic Party & Dennis L. Anderson Community Outreach Department, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

August 25, 2011: Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge

April 30, 2011: 2nd Annual Brunch & Conversation with U.S. Congresswoman Betty Sutton & State Representative Nickie Antonio

March 10, 2011: Kellie Copeland, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio

January 20, 2011: Ohio Democratic Party Strategy with Doug Kelly, Executive Director, and Lauren Groh-Wargo, Deputy Director, Ohio Democratic Party

November 11, 2010: Post-Election Analysis and Discussion with Nickie Antonio, State Rep-elect for District 13, Sunny Simon, elected to County Council District 11, Nicole Dailey Jones, who ran for County Council, District 1, and Annmarie Donegan, who ran for County Council, District 5

August 5, 2010: West side forum for Democratic candidates for Cuyahoga County Executive & County Council Districts 3, 4 & 5 (candidates running in the September 7 primary)

July 20, 2010: East side forum for Democratic candidates for Cuyahoga County Executive & County Council Districts 6-8, 10, & 11 (candidates running in the September 7 primary)

April 20, 2010: Pre-Primary Candidates Night (for May 4 primary candidates)

March 27, 2010: 1st Annual Brunch & Conversation with U.S. Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge & Democratic Candidate for Ohio Lt. Governor Yvette McGee Brown

November 19, 2009: "Post-Election Analysis: Now Where Do We Go?" with Mark Naymik, political reporter, Plain Dealer

October 20, 2009: Forum on Ballot Issues 2 & 3

August 20, 2009: Cleveland Candidates Night (for Sept 8 primary candidates)

May 21, 2009: Lillian J. Greene, Cuyahoga County Recorder

February 19, 2009: Jane Platten, Director, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

October 16, 2008: "Critical Issues Facing Ohio: Why National and International Policies Matter" - a panel discussion on national issues that affect Ohio and Cuyahoga County, featuring: Marcia Fudge, Mayor of Warrensville Heights; Michael Skindell, State Representative, Ohio House District 13; & Peter Lawson Jones, Cuyahoga County Commssioner

August 13, 2008: Jackie Bray, Statewide Field Director for the Obama Campaign in Ohio (via conference call)

June 25, 2008: Stephanie Howse, Ohio Democratic Party, "Neighborhood Leaders Training"

February 21, 2008: "Prep for the March 4 Primary" Candidates Night

November 15, 2007: Shirley Smith, Ohio State Senator (District 21)

September 19, 2007: Colleeen Corrigan Day, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party

June 20, 2007: Harriet Applegate, Executive Secretary, Northshore Federation of Labor

April 25, 2007: Mark Naymik, political reporter, The Plain Dealer

February 21, 2007: Rosemary Palmer & Paul Schroeder, co-founders, Families of the Fallen for Change

January 17, 2007: Chris Redfern, Chair, Ohio Democratic Party

October 18, 2006: Ballot Issues Panel

September 7, 2006: Jennifer Brunner, Democratic candidate for Ohio Secretary of State

August 8, 2006: Anne Hill, Director, Ted Strickland campaign, Northeast Ohio

July 6, 2006: Frances Strickland, wife of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland

June 7, 2006:
Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and wife of Democratic senatorial candidate Sherrod Brown

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