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Feb 27 - Lecture - Beyond Suffrage: Women's Reform Networks and the Road for Women's Rights
Feb 28 - City Club Forum: The Twilight of Judicial Independence
Mar 1 - Community Forum: Presidential Primaries and Political Parties: Who Wins and How?
Mar 2-30 - 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge
Mar 2 - Meet the Matriots
Mar 2 - Fundraiser: Jennifer O'Donnell for Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas 
Mar 5 - International Women's Day Summit 2020
Mar 8 - International Women's Day - Cleveland Rally & March
Mar 10 - Forum - Health & Human Services Levy
Mar 15 - Ohio Democratic Party's 2020 Legacy Dinner in Columbus
Mar 24 - Indivisible Strongsville screening of Suppressed: The Right to Vote
Mar 25 - Save the Date: Women's Lobby Day in Columbus
Apr 1 - Freedom of Choice Ohio Advocacy Day in Columbus
Apr 1 - Film Screening: Join the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party for ACTIVIZED
Apr 17 - YWCA's Annual Forum on Race
Apr 18 - Women’s Suffrage Centennial Symposium: From Complex Legacy to Collective Action 
June 6 - Save the Date: Price in the CLE 
Requests for listing should be sent to info@CuyahogaDWC.org 

Beyond Suffrage: 
Women's Reform Networks and the Road for Women's Rights
Lecture by Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Landmark Centre Building
25700 Science Park Dr #100, Beachwood 44122

This talk will explore how the local activism of women in various reform causes in Cleveland and elsewhere led to their involvement in the suffrage movement, thus situating the right to vote in a broader activist agenda to advance women's rights and equality before and after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended.

Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Seigal Lifelong Learning, CWRU

The City Club of Cleveland
The Twilight of Judicial Independence
Charles Geyh, John F. Kimberling Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University at Bloomingon

Friday, February 28, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Judicial independence, the ability of courts and judges to perform their duties free of influence or control by other branches of government or shifting popular opinion, has been a defining feature of the American Constitutional landscape for centuries. The architecture of judicial independence, however, has never been fully explained or understood.

As long as the foundations of judicial independence have remained sound and the structure has been adequate to support the weight of episodic attacks, there has been no pressing need to fully understand why or how. But that is changing due to developments - including the current Presidents' questioning the legitimacy of judges who disagree with him and giving agencies room to ignore court rulings - that are variously cyclical, sustained, and sudden.

Many believe these developments threaten the future of an independent judiciary in arguably unprecedented ways, and counsel the need for a deeper, and more systemic evaluation of judicial independence and its vulnerabilities. How did the architecture of judicial independence norms begin -and when did they start to erode? Why is independence essential to the role of the judiciary in American government, and how it can be rescued and defended?

The City Club of Cleveland

Community Forum
Part of a series of discussions on important issues that impact our lives

Sunday, March 1, 2020
9:30 - 10:45 am
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland
21600 Shaker Blvd, Shaker Heights 

Presidential Primaries and Political Parties: Who Wins and How?
Speaker: Tom Sutton, Professor, Baldwin Wallace Political Science Department, and Director, Community Research Institute
Primaries are important. In Ohio, 136 delegates will be awarded between Democrats and Republicans based on last November's competitive election results. On March 17, how will both parties be affected by the incessant social media messaging, continuous ads, super-pac funding, and the enormous numbers of unaffiliated voters?
Professor Sutton has spearheaded the Great Lakes Research Report, an in-depth analysis of voter views in four Midwest states (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan) that all voted for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016 - by slim margins. The poll covers impeachment, the 2020 Democratic primary field, and the Bloomberg factor, as well as health care, immigration, foreign affairs, and the environment. 
Coming up: 
March 15 - Religion and Politics: 1787-2020
Speaker: Joseph White, Political Scientist and Director, CWRU Graduate Studies, and Director, Center for Policy Studies 
What are the religious roots of the partisan divide? How will political issues impact religious institutions and vice versa? Will religious beliefs have an effect on the 2020 Presidential Election?

March 2 - 30, 2020

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 Monday, March 2nd and continues (Monday-Friday) through March 30th.

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 




Thursday, March 5 2020
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

CMBA Conference Center
1375 East 9th Street
One Cleveland Center 
2nd Level
Cleveland, OH 44114 
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
5th Annual International Women's Day Summit

International Women's Day is a global day acknowledging the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also serving as a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The campaign theme for 2020 is #EachforEqual. As described by the global organizers, "Women's equality can't wait. It's going to take everyone to think and be inclusive - all the time, everywhere." 

This collaborative 2020 Cleveland Summit will give women and men the opportunity to learn from and celebrate women of great achievement, in addition to inspiring one another to continue the pursuit for equality. The day-long Summit features a keynote address by nationally renowned sports journalist Christine Brennan, followed by four incredible panel discussions spotlighting significant gains that have been made - and how they were made - in once male-dominated arenas, including STEM, coaching and sports management, the entertainment industry, holding political office, and more. 

Speaking of politics, note this panel, happening in the afternoon:

3:00 - 4:15 pm 
Ready to Run: Women in Politics
  • Annette Blackwell, Mayor, City of Maple Heights
  • Justice Judith L. French, Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Betsy Rader, Candidate for Ohio State Senate
  • Moderator: Leila L. Vespoli, Retired, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Regulatory Affairs & Chief Legal Officer, FirstEnergy
This year's Summit will also feature the American Bar Association's traveling exhibit commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which guarantees women's constitutional right to vote. The exhibit includes historic photos and artifacts detailing the story of the battle for women's suffrage and outlining the challenges that remain today.


We will celebrate greater Cleveland women in office and in activism at this event that will also include a rally.
Join us for the 4th annual International Women's Day March Cleveland on Sunday, March 8, 2020 on the steps
of Cleveland City Hall at 3:00 pm, with speeches at 3:00 and a 4:00 march from City Hall to Public Square.
This year's theme in Cleveland is "March To The Polls," as the event is Sunday, March 8, 2020 - nine days
before the March 17 Ohio Primary. This is a nonpartisan event, and women and their supporters are invited
across the board. Speakers and affiliated organizations to be announced. The year 2020 marks the 100th
anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional
right to vote.This rally will also address disparities relative to Black women.

CONTACT TEL: 216-659-0473. Find us on Facebook.




Join Ohio Democrats as we kick off primary week

Featuring special guest Rep. Joe Kennedy III

*Additional Speakers TBA - all 2020 presidential candidates have been invited

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Battelle Grand Ballroom, Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus OH 43215

Contact Megan Reenock with any questions at mreenock@ohiodems.org  or call (614) 221-6563.

All funds solicited in connection with this event are by the Ohio Democratic Party and not by any special guest or candidate.

Ohio Democratic Party

Join the Freedom of Choice Ohio Coalition for our annual Advocacy Day! We're gathering at the capital on April 1st, 2020 to send a clear message to Ohio's legislators: Don't fool around with our rights. On April Fool's Day, we're denouncing the lies, shame, and the stigma that has been spewing out of the Ohio Statehouse. Enough is enough and we're demanding truth and dignity for our people and communities. Folks from across Ohio will spend the day together to learn advocacy skills, share stories, hear from various speakers, and take our voices directly to our state representative and senator. We won't be played as fools. No jokes or pranks when it comes to our health, rights, and justice. Together, we will debunk misinformation and demystify the legislative process.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Columbus Athenaeum
32 North 4th Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Join the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party 
at Capitol Theatre for a film screening!

The film's director is Eric Stange, an award-winning independent documentary film producer, director, and writer who specializes in current affairs.
Many of his works have been featured on PBS American Experience.

For tickets or questions, please email rpuente@cuydem.com or call (216) 621-9750.

To watch the trailer, please visit: https://vimeo.com/353770605

Cuyahoga County Democratic Party

APRIL 17, 2020

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The Jack Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center
4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, OH 44122

It's Time for Equity is an event aimed at combating racism and unconscious bias. It's Time for Equity will feature a keynote by Dr. Robin DiAngelo on white fragility, group conversations, and activities. 
Equity is defined as the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups.


Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of New York Times Bestseller, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism. Dr. Diangelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.

Women's Suffrage Centennial Symposium:
From Complex Legacy to Collective Action

Saturday, April 18, 2020,
9:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Tinkham Veale University Center 
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)

This symposium brings together leading voices on the women's struggle for the vote and will reflect on the historical meaning of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and the extension of the franchise to women.

Ticket price, including lunch:
$35 General Public, $10 Students

Admission for CWRU and CSU students is free, but registration is required.

CWRU student admission is generously subsidized by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. CSU student admimssion is generously subsidized by the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. 

Morning speakers:
  • Paula J. Giddings, retired professor of Africana Studies, Smith College, and author of When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in AmericaIn Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement, and Ida: A Sword Among Lions - Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching
  • Dawn Teele, professor, Political Science Department, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Women's Vote

Panel discussion "Where do we go from here? A Call to Action Moment"
  • Amy Hanauer, Executive Director of Ohio Policy Matters, will moderate. 

Panelists include:

  • Crystal Bryant, Do-project Director, Cleveland Votes
  • Destinee Henton, Ohio Outreach Coordinator, Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Rebecca Maurer, Maurer Law LCC, Lead Member Cleveland Advocates for Safe Housing (CLASH)
  • Jasmine Santana, Councilwoman, Cleveland City Council Ward 14
Lunchtime facilitated discussions

Keynote speaker
Virginia Kase, CEO of the League of Women Voters of the U. S., will wrap up during dessert, with a "charge" to move forward and get involved.

Cosponsoring with the LWV of Greater Cleveland are CWRU Flora Stone Mather Center for Women - CWRU Political Science Department - CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning - CWRU Center for Civic Engagement and learning - CWRU African American Studies - CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences - CWRU Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Omega Chapter - Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Women in Law Section - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter - Facing History and Ourselves -Hispanic Roundtable - The Junior League of Cleveland - The Western Reserve (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated - National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland - Norman S. Minor Bar Association - Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Cleveland Chapter  - Urban League of Greater Cleveland - Women of Color Foundation - YWCA of Greater Cleveland

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