2020 Women’s Empowerment Series (Starting Jan 28, 2020)

the series flyer is here

Our Voices, Our Vote: Courage and Persistence in Black Women’s Struggle for Voting Rights
Joy Bostic

Interim Vice President, Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity; Associate Professor, Religion, CWRU

Talk will be at Tinkham Veale University Center on CWRU campus
11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106
the flyer is here

Tuesday January 28 7-8:30 p.m.
This talk will delve into the core values and organizing strategies Black women use locally and nationally in the struggle for inclusive voting rights in the United States. This series is held in partnership with The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program Case Western Reserve University and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.

Free and open to the public.
RSVP here

                

 

Beyond Suffrage: Women’s Reform Networks
and the Road for Women’s Rights
Einav Rabinovitch-Fox
Visiting Assistant Professor, History, CWRU

Talk will be at CWRU Siegal Facility on Richmond Rd
25700 Science Park Dr Beachwood, OH 44122

Thursday February 27 7-8:30 p.m.

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. This series is held in partnership with The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program Case Western Reserve University and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.

Free and open to the public.
RSVP here

        

A Collector’s Tale: Memorabilia Of The American Women’s Suffrage Movement

Angela Clark-Taylor
Director, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, CWRU

Talk will be at Lakewood Public Library, Main
15425 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

Thursday March 26  6:30 – 8 p.m.

This interactive lecture will utilize artifacts and ephemera from the American Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Anti-Suffrage Movement to provide a brief history of women’s suffrage and the memorabilia suffragists created to develop a mainstream market appeal for their movement to the American people. This series is held in partnership with The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program Case Western Reserve University and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.

Free and open to the public.
RSVP here

 


Symposium Link

 

                

From The 19th Amendment to the Occupy
Movement: 100 Years Of Women’s Social Movement Activism

Heather Hurwitz
Lecturer, Sociology, CWRU

Talk will be at One University Circle
10730 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

Wednesday May 20 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

This talk will explore the range of social movement activism that women have engaged in since the passage of the 19th amendment. Topics include the pursuit of racial and gender equality, women in environmental movements, feminists in the Occupy movement, and more. Since suffrage, women have continued to fight for equality even within progressive movements. This series is held in partnership with The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program Case Western Reserve University and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.

Free and open to the public.
RSVP here

 

Cosponsored by

   

Our Voices, Our Vote: Courage and Persistence in Black Women’s Struggle for Voting Rights Joy Bostic Tues Jan 28, 2020 7pm CANCELLED/POSTPONED

the flyer is here
the preview is here

CANCELLED/POSTPONED will be rescheduled. stay tuned…

Our Voices, Our Vote: Courage and Persistence in Black Women’s Struggle for Voting Rights
Joy Bostic

Interim Vice President, Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity; Associate Professor, Religion, CWRU

Talk will be at Tinkham Veale University Center on CWRU campus
11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106

Tuesday January 28 7-8:30 p.m.
This talk will delve into the core values and organizing strategies Black women use locally and nationally in the struggle for inclusive voting rights in the United States. This series is held in partnership with The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program Case Western Reserve University and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.

Free and open to the public.
RSVP here

                

 

Preschool and Early Child Education forum Jan 30, 2020 at Shaker Hts Public Library


Preschool and Early Child Education forum

Thursday, January 30, 2020 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Shaker Heights Public Library Main 16500 Van Aken Blvd 44122
The flyer is here

The role of PreK in closing the achievement gap is clear. Engage with experts discussing the difference early childhood education makes and Shaker Schools’ preK plans.

with panelists:
Rebekah Dorman, Director, Cuyahoga County Office of Early         Childhood/Invest in Children

Billie Osborne Fears, Executive Director, Starting Point

Dr. Marla Robinson, Chief Academic Officer, Shaker Hts. Schools

Beth Price, Executive Director, Early Childhood Enrichment Center

moderated by Sharon Broussard, Former editorial writer, The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com

Sharon Broussard

Cosponsored by Shaker Heights Public Library and the League of Women Voters Greater Cleveland- Shaker Hts. Chapter

 

“School Funding in Ohio: The Possibilities and Challenges of Creating a Solution” Feb 10, 2020 at Heights High

School Funding in Ohio: The Possibilities and Challenges of Creating a Solution
Monday February 10, 2020 7:00p.m.
Cleveland Heights High School, 16263 Cedar Road
w/Representative John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Bill Phillis, Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding

School funding in Ohio has been deemed unconstitutional for over 20 years.
 
Rep. Patterson (D – Jefferson) and Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) led a three-year process to address the shortcomings of Ohio’s school funding system. HB 305 is now making its way through the legislature.
 
In the 1997 DeRolph decision, the Ohio Supreme Court found Ohio’s funding system unconstitutional. Bill Phillis, Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity & Adequacy of School Funding, the organization that brought the lawsuit, will provide the history of Ohio’s funding lawsuit and an overview of the constitutional issues that need to be solved.
 
Rep. Patterson will address the challenges in defining a realistic estimate of the costs of education, in determining how much state aid is required and distributing it fairly, and in garnering enough public and lawmaker support for necessary changes.
State Representative Janine Boyd, will introduce the experts and participate in the question and answer portion of the meeting.
 
Event sponsors are Heights Coalition for Public Education, League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Reaching Heights, CHUH PTA Council, NE Ohio Friends of Public Education, the Cleveland Heights Teachers Union, CH-UH Board of Education.
 

Cuyahoga County Plastic Bag Ban January 2020

      
Thank you Governor DeWine for supporting home rule and protecting Lake Erie.

Please tell your Ohio State Senator to let local areas determine their own laws, especially on plastics which can harm our lakes and rivers

This from the Sierra Club of Ohio:
EVERYONE make calls to Governor DeWine’s office applauding his position against the container law preemption bills and for local government freedom to develop solutions to plastic pollution. (Pats on the back are always nice, and hopefully it will encourage him to hold strong on his position and veto any bills that may make it to his desk)  (614) 644-4357

To find your Ohio State Senator (or Rep.), click here

Here are tools we can use to educate about the Cuyahoga County Single-Use Plastic Bag ban

 

“EdChoice/Voucher/Ohio School Funding” a forum on Feb 25, 2020


EdChoice/Voucher/Ohio School Funding Forum

February 25, 2020 7:00p.m.
The flyer is here
25700 Science Park Dr #100 in Landmark Centre, Beachwood, OH 44122
with panelists:
• Chad L. Aldis, Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
• Stephen Dyer, Education Policy Fellow, Innovation Ohio
• Barbara Shaner, Ohio Assoc of Schools Business Officials
Moderated by Patrick O’Donnell, Plain Dealer Education Reporter

Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer

Cosponsored by The Plain Dealer, CWRU Siegal Lifelong Learning and the League of Women Voters-Greater Cleveland
Corporate Sponsor: First Interstate Properties Ltd.

Voucher/EdChoice in Ohio January 2020

State Senator Peggy Lehner tells the state school board Tuesday she hopes legislators will be cautious in making quick changes to the state’s private school tuition voucher program. (cleveland.com 1/14/2020)

Voucher/EdChoice in Ohio January 2020

1. Read what LWV Schools advocate Susie Kaeser wrote:
Diversion of Ohio school dollars to non-public schools has become a raging river. It must stop: Susie Kaeser
Op-ed on January 10, 2020 cleveland.com

2. Read more about Vouchers and EdChoice in Ohio in these articles:

Change To Exploding Voucher Program Likely Coming, But Time Is Running Out
by Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Jan 17, 2020

Do vouchers need a big “fix” or a small one? Legislature leaves two weeks to decide
by Patrick O’Donnell 

With Feb. 1 deadline looming, Ohio House seeks to change school voucher program
by Laura Hancock, cleveland.com

 

Expansion of Ohio’s EdChoice voucher program puts state’s complicated school funding formula in spotlight
by Todd Dykes WLWT Cincinnati

Lawmaker Questions Republican Willingness to Correct Massive School Voucher Expansion

by Karen Kasler WKSU

Dublin, Upper Arlington, Worthington schools ‘under-performing’? New system to expand Ohio vouchers flags even top-tier suburban public schools

by Anna Staver Columbus Dispatch

 

Heights Schools Ask For Help Fighting Voucher Program Losses
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District lost $4.2 million to voucher deductions in 2019, one school official said.
By Chris Mosby, Patch

Larry Householder should aim for nothing less than a truly comprehensive Ohio school-funding fix

By Editorial Board, cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer

 

Editorial: Revisit rules to make school voucher program more rational
Columbus Dispatch Editorial Board

 

Increase in private school tuition vouchers is costing districts – and soon you
By Patrick O’Donnell The Plain Dealer

3. More from Susan Kaeser
Voucher Update
Rural and urban interests are frequently at odds when Ohio’s lawmakers assert their interests. This division no longer applies to school vouchers.  

Starting with the 2020 school year, every member of the state legislature will represent at least one school district that must use local funds to pay for students to attend a private school under Ohio’s EdChoice voucher program. 

Because test scores drive eligibility and scores reflect income, the first victims of the voucher laws were high poverty districts – urban districts.  

But new laws – inserted in the new state budget without public review – made the issue ubiquitous.  In just three years EdChoice districts grew from 39 to more than 400 – two-thirds of the state’s 612 school districts. 

The legislature needs to staunch the bleeding of public school budgets by ending the requirement that local districts pay for students they don’t educate at the expense of those they do. 

Legislatures can unite on this one! They can freeze the growth of vouchers, change rules defining Edchoice schools, only grant vouchers to students leaving a public school, and starting with this school year, pay for any new vouchers they approved but didn’t fund for 2019-20. 

4. Forum video:

“How do school vouchers affect our public schools and taxpayers?” Thursday March 14, 2019. 7:00-8:30pm 

This panel will present information on how Ohio’s school voucher policies impact the Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools, as well as other schools in Cuyahoga County and beyond. 

Panelists: Susie Kaeser, LWVO Lobby Corps and Hts Coalition for Public Education 

James Posch, Cleveland Hts-Univ. Hts (CH-UH) Board of Education 

Scott Gainer, CFO/Treasurer, CH-UH City School District 

Meryl Johnson, Ohio State Board of Education, District 11 

Moderator:Jayne Geneva, past chair Lay Finance Committee for the CH-UH Board of Education 

Heights Library Main Branch 2345 Lee Road Cleveland Hts 44118 Cosponsored by Heights Coalition for Public Schools and the CHUH Council of PTAs

5. CALL TO ACTION: LWV-Ohio request
League of Women Voters of Ohio

ADVOCACY WORKS! The legislature is beginning to respond to the backlash against public funds going to private schools. Have you contacted your legislator yet? Click on link

 

Beyond Suffrage: Women’s Reform Networks and the Road for Women’s Rights, a lecture by Einav Rabinovitch-Fox 2/27/2020 at 7pm

                

Beyond Suffrage: Women’s Reform Networks
and the Road for Women’s Rights
Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Visiting Assistant Professor, History, CWRU
Thursday February 27, 2020 at 7p.m.

Talk will be at CWRU Siegal Facility on Richmond Rd
25700 Science Park Dr Beachwood, OH 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. This series is held in partnership with The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program Case Western Reserve University and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.

Free and open to the public.
RSVP here

Paula Giddings Book Discussions (2/28/2020 and 3/27/2020)

2020 Centennial Celebration of the Women’s Vote
Paula Giddings Book Discussions

Friday, February 28, 2020; 2:15 to 4:15pm
Fairview Park Library
21255 Lorain Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44126

Facilitators:  Dr. Dorothy Salem, Phyllis W. Benjamin

WHEN AND WHERE I ENTER: THE IMPACT OF BLACK WOMEN ON RACE AND SEX by Paula Giddings.
This “ is an eloquent testimonial to the profound influence of African-American women on race and women’s movements throughout American history. Drawing on speeches, diaries, letters, and other original documents, Paula Giddings powerfully portrays how black women have transcended racist and sexist attitudes – often confronting white feminists and black male leaders alike – to initiate social and political reform.  From the open disregard for the rights of slave women to examples of today’s more covert racism and sexism in civil rights and women’s organizations, Giddings illuminates the black woman’s crusade for equality.  In the process, she paints unforgettable portraits of black female leaders, such as anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, educator and FDR advisor Mary McLeod Bethune, and the heroic civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer, among others, who fought both overt and institutionalized oppression.  “When and Where I Enter” reveals the immense moral power black women possessed and sought to wield throughout their history—the same power that prompted Anna Julia Cooper in 1892 to tell a group of black clergymen, “Only the black woman can say “when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or patronage, then and there the whole….race enters with me.””

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Friday, March 27, 2020; 2:00 to 4:00
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
2345 Lee Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

IN SEARCH OF SISTERHOOD:  DELTA SIGMA THETA AND THE CHALLENGE OF THE BLACK SORORITY MOVEMENT by Paula Giddings

Facilitators:  Dr. Regennia Williams, Dr. Dorothy Salem, Phyllis W. Benjamin with the support of the CH-UH Library’s leadership.

This history of the largest block women’s organization in the United States is not only the story of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (DST), but also tells of the increasing involvement of black women in the political, social, and economic affairs of America. Founded at a time when liberal arts education was widely seen as either futile, dangerous, or impractical for blacks, especially women, DST is, in Giddings’s words, a “compelling reflection of block women’s aspirations for themselves and for society.”
Giddings notes that unlike other organizations with racial goals, Delta Sigma Theta was created to change and benefit individuals rather than society. As a sorority, it was formed to bring women together as sisters, but at the some time to address the divisive, often class-related issues confronting black women in our society. There is, in Giddings’s eyes, a tension between these goals that makes Delta Sigma Theta a fascinating microcosm of the struggles of black women and their organizations.
DST members have included Mary McLeod Bethune, Mary Church Terrell, Margaret Murray Washington, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, and, on the cultural side, Leontyne Price, Lena Horne, Ruby Dee, Judith Jamison, and Roberta Flack. In Search of Sisterhood is full of compelling, fascinating anecdotes told by the Deltas themselves, and illustrated with rare early photographs of the Delta women.

Convened by the Education Committee of the LWV GC

Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy March 17, 2020

(Ideastream photo)

Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy
To be on the March 17, 2020 ballot

Educational Forums:
Thursday March 5, 2020 at Shaker Heights Public Library @7pm
William Tarter, Jr., Center of Community Solutions, Public Policy and External Affairs Associate
David Merriman, Interim Director of Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services

Moderated by Marcia Goldberg, League of Women Voters
16500 Van Aken Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120
Cosponsored by League of Women Voters-Shaker Chapter and Shaker Heights Public Library

Tuesday March 10, 2020 at Rocky River Public Library @7pm
•William Tarter, Jr., Center of Community Solutions, Public Policy and External Affairs Associate
•David Merriman, Interim Director of Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services

Moderated by Janice Patterson, League of Women Voters
1600 Hampton Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116
Sponsored by Rocky River Public Library, League of Women Voters-Rocky River, Westlake/North Olmsted, Bay Village, Fairview Park and Lakewood Chapters

Materials to read:
Levy increase on the ballot next year
by William Tarter, Jr. The Center for Community Solutions 11/18/2019

Tax increase for health and human services merits your support, despite Cuyahoga County’s bad messaging
cleveland.com editorial  1/7/2020

Two health-care leaders pledge oversight of how Cuyahoga County would spend tax increase
by Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com 12/19/2019

Cuyahoga County releases first details about how health and human services tax increase would be used
by Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com 12/19/2019

Greater Cleveland Partnership Reluctant to Endorse Cuyahoga County’s Health and Human Services Levy 
by Kim Palmer, Crains Cleveland Business 12/19/2019

Cuyahoga County Asks Voters For Health And Human Services Tax Increase
by Nick Castele, Ideastream 12/10/2019

Cuyahoga County proposes tax increase for health and human services
by Courtney Astolfi, cleveland.com 11/8/2019

Explaining Cuyahoga County’s Health And Human Services Levy Deficit
by Nick Castele, Ideastream 6/3/2019