Upcoming Live Public Policy Forums

Upcoming Live Public Policy Forums
All are free and open to the public

Thursday July 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Domestic Violence Forum
Shaker Public Library Main Branch
16500 Van Aken Boulevard

Shaker Heights, OH 44120
A devastating and potentially tragic problem, an epidemic that is often ignored

Panelists
Rep Janine Boyd (D), District 9, Ohio House of Representatives
Judge K.J. Mongomery Shaker Municipal Court
Alexandria Ruden, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Representative, Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center
Moderated by Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer
Sponsored by LWV Shaker Chapter and the Shaker Public Library

Thursday August 29 7pm
“Plastics and Ohio”
Rocky River Public Library
1600 Hampton Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116
Cosponsored by Sierra Club and the LWV Greater Cleveland
 
Thursday September 12 7pm
“The 2020 Census”
Moderated by Rich Exner Cleveland.com 
CWRU Siegal Beachwood
Landmark Centre
25700 Science Park Dr., Suite 100, Beachwood, OH 44122
Cosponsored by Cleveland.com, LWV-Greater Cleveland and CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning 
 
Tuesday Sept 17 6:30pm
“Women’s Health in Ohio” 
Moderated by Marlene Harris Taylor Ideastream
Lakewood Public Library Main
15425 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Cosponsored by Ideastream, LWV-Greater Cleveland and CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning 

All open to the public. Please contact if you have questions about any of these events: teachingcleveland@earthlink.net

A Cuyahoga River timeline, from Moses Cleaveland to Blazing Paddles By Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com June 19, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The history of the Cuyahoga River is much more than a fire.
The 100 miles of curves has always mixed city and nature, recreation and industry.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the fire that caught the nation’s attention, learn more about what shaped the Cuyahoga River and how the river shapes us.
By Emily Bamforth, cleveland.com June 19, 2019
 

Re-visiting Mayor Stokes’ Cuyahoga River Pollution Tour, 50 Years Later WCPN 6/18/19

Re-visiting Mayor Stokes’ Cuyahoga River Pollution Tour, 50 Years Later
WCPN 6/18/19 by Elizabeth Miller
On June 23, 1969, a day after the fire on the Cuyahoga River, Mayor Carl Stokes took reporters on a four-stop pollution tour. It would turn out to be the last fire on the river. We retraced the tour 50 years later.
by Elizabeth Miller 90.3 WCPN ideastream
The link is here
 
https://www.ideastream.org/news/re-visiting-mayor-stokes-cuyahoga-river-pollution-tour-50-years-later

Domestic Violence Forum July 25, 2019


Thursday July 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Domestic Violence Forum
Shaker Public Library Main Branch
16500 Van Aken Boulevard Shaker Heights, OH 44120
A devastating and potentially tragic problem, an epidemic that is often ignored

What is domestic violence?
From the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center: “Often referred to as battering, relationship abuse, or intimate partner violence; it is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over someone through fear and intimidation. It often includes the threat or use of violence, and can include physical, emotional, verbal, financial/resource, and sexual abuse.”
Find out how you can protect yourself, your loved ones, your friends and colleagues.

Panelists
Rep Janine Boyd (D), District 9, Ohio House of Representatives
Judge K.J. Mongomery Shaker Municipal Court
Alexandria Ruden, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Representative, Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center
Former student, Shaker Heights High School

Moderated by Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer
Sponsored by LWV Shaker Chapter and the Shaker Public Library

Keeping Kids Safe in an Online World, a forum on June 17, 2019

Keeping Kids Safe in an Online World 
The flyer is here
The preview is here
Monday June 17 at 6:30pm
Lakewood Public Library Main Branch
15425 Detroit Avenue

Children today are more connected to the world than any generation in history.

They have access to information and social networks at their fingertips, but with opportunity comes danger – predators lurking in the shadows of the internet. With the summer quickly approaching, now is the time to be informed about the dangers of our digital world. Parents often tell their children not talk to strangers and issue directions on how to stay safe in public places like malls and playgrounds. But how many parents give those same warnings about interactions on the internet?

Our panel of experts:
U.S. Attorney: Justin Herdman

FBI Special Agent in Charge: Eric Smith

Cleveland Metropolitan Schools Psychologist: Bill Stencil

Join Spectrum News 1 moderator Lindsay Oliver at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 17 at the Lakewood Public Library, 15425 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107, for a community discussion on Keeping Kids Safe in an Online World. Learn how predators are working together to prey on children online and how to talk to your children about internet safety.

To RSVP to this free community discussion, please RSVP to SpectrumNewsOH@Charter.com as space is limited, or use the contact us form below to send feedback and include your registration information.

This forum is being produced by Spectrum News 1, the U.S. Attorney’s office for Northern Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Special thanks to Lakewood Public Library for hosting the event.

https://spectrumnews1.com/oh/columbus/news/2019/05/28/town-hall–keeping-kids-safe-in-an-online-world

Cosponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Spectrum News 1 and League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland

Food Insecurity in Shaker Heights, a forum on June 13, 2019

Food Insecurity in Shaker Heights
How big is the problem? What are we doing about it? How can we do better?
The flyer is here

The slides from the talk by Loren Anthes are here
Forum write up by Ryan Brady

Thursday June 13, 2019 at 7pm
Shaker Hts Public Library Main Branch
16500 Van Aken Blvd. 44120

Hunger is a growing problem in Shaker Hts that is estimated to impact over 5,000 residents yearly including children, adults and seniors. What are we doing to make sure every person has access to the food they need? How can we do better?

Learn from experts, city representatives and volunteers. You can be part of the solution in Shaker Hts.
Panelists will include
•Loren Anthes, The Center for Community Solutions,
•Kimberly LoVano, Director of Advocacy & Public Education Greater Cleveland Food Bank,
•Nancy Moore and Trey Roeder, Shaker Heights City Council,

•Representatives Little Free Pantry in Shaker Hts.

Cosponsored by The League of Women Voters-Shaker Chapter and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Links to the organizations mentioned in the forum:

Center for Community Solutions Research in Cleveland
Cleveland Foodbank Call for Advocate Assistance
Cleveland Foodbank Help Center
Heights Christian Church Community Meal
Little Free Pantry of Shaker Heights
City of Shaker Heights Senior Services

 

Waste Water and the West Side…what are the issues? a forum on June 5, 2019

The flyer is here

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
6:30 – 8:00pm
Waste Water and the West Side…what are the issues?
Lakewood Public Library-Main
15425 Detroit Avenue Lakewood 44107

Panelists
Frank Greenland, Dir. Of Watershed Prog., NE Ohio Reg. Sewer District

Janine Rybka, Director, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

Mike Summers, Mayor, City of Lakewood

Moderated by Prof. Howard E. Katz, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Cosponsored by CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning and the LWV Lakewood, Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted,
Rocky River & Westlake Chapters. Corporate Sponsor: First Interstate

Making Sense of Local Judicial Elections a forum on May 7, 2019

Making Sense of Local Judicial Elections
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
7:00 – 8:30pm
Heights Library Main Branch
2345 Lee Road Cleveland Hts 44118
The flyer is here
The handout from the forum is here
The video is here

Panelists
Deborah Coleman, Esq., Chair, Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition

The Honorable C. Ellen Connally, Cleveland Municipal Court (retired)

Judge J.J. Costello, Cleveland Heights Municipal Court

Judge Robert C. McClelland, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Moderated by Catherine LaCroix, LWV-Greater Cleveland

Did you know that far too many Ohio voters skip the judicial portion of their ballot? Some call it ballot fatigue, or the SAT effect—but the reality is that most voters don’t know who or what they’re voting for. Our panelists will explain the structure of the Ohio judicial system and the role local judges play in our everyday lives. And they’ll give you the tools you need to research judicial candidates so you can make informed choices on Election Day. Please join us on Tuesday, May 7 – and bring a friend!

Free and open to the public
Cosponsored by
Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University
League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
Corporate sponsor: First Interstate Ltd.

How Do We Increase Voter Turn Out? a forum on May 29, 2019

The flyer is here
The forum summary is here
The video is here

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 7:00 – 8:30pm
How Do We Increase Voter Turn Out?
(aka where are the next 50,000 Cuyahoga County voters going to come from)
Rocky River Public Library 1600 Hampton Road 44116

Panelists
Erika Anthony, Director, Cleveland Votes

Mike Brickner, Ohio State Director, All Voting is Local

Anthony W. Perlatti, Director, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

Moderated by Jen Miller, Director, League of Women Voters-Ohio

Cosponsored by Rocky River Public Library, Lakewood, Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River & Westlake Chapters

MONEY IN POLITICS:  The impact of unchecked campaign financing and what we can do about it – April 10, 2019


MONEY IN POLITICS:  The impact of unchecked campaign financing and what we can do about it
The flyer is here
The video is here

WHEN:  7-8:30pm, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
WHERE:  Olin Hall, Room 124, University of Akron, 361 Buchtel Common, Akron 44304
MODERATOR:  Bruce Winges, Retired V.P. and Editor, Akron Beacon Journal
PANELISTS:
Cyndra Miller Cole, Lecturer, Bliss Institute for Public Policy, U. of Akron

William D. Rich, Emeritus Professor, University of Akron School of Law; Chairman, Summit County Board of Elections

Catherine Turcer, Executive Director, Common Cause Ohio

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

It’s been nine years since The Supreme Court issued its Citizens United Ruling. While we know campaign financing has increased exponentially, what we don’t know is where all the money’s coming from.  Dark money, money from non-profit political action committees (PACs) that do not require source disclosures, has become more prevalent in state and local office campaigns.  What can we do, if anything, to shed light and stem the flow.

CO-SPONSORED BY:  The Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron; The League of Women Voters of the Akron Area; The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland; Common Cause Ohio