Cleveland NOW meeting: We’re going to Pride! Meeting May 15th 6:30

Dear Cleveland NOW members:

Reminder that our monthly meeting is scheduled for this Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Cleveland Community Shares community room, 3631 Perkins Ave., Cleveland  44114. Enter through the door up the ramp on the parking lot side of the building.

We’ll be preparing for Pride in the CLE on Saturday, June 2nd, and to help inspire us, we’re welcoming special guest Viniyak Kurup. Vini is the 17 year old LGBTQ activist and writer behind MVMENT, a new online journal created by and for students, that uses personal stories, investigative journalism, opinion pieces, visual art and more, to fight gender and sexuality inequalities in our communities and beyond. Here’s a link to the MVMENT web site:

Also on the agenda: deciding on a direct action or actions for our booth, recruiting volunteers to help staff the table, brainstorming button imagery and handouts, and next steps for the chapter after the June elections and annual meeting.
Please plan to join us. NOW’s power rests in its membership.
See you Tuesday!
Pam and Leslie
PS Interested in a leadership role? Remember to submit your brief (250 words or less) candidate’s statements for elected office to by Tuesday!

Minutes from April 24th, 2018

Dear Cleveland NOW members:
At our April meeting, we endorsed several candidates for office from Cuyahoga County. A full description of the process, together with a list of the endorsed candidates, is attached. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read over it, and remember to vote this May 8th.
Also, in June, we’ll hold our own elections for chapter officers. All seats are open, so please consider stepping into leadership of the organization. We’ll be electing a new president, vice president for action, and secretary-treasurer. Terms are one year. You’ll find descriptions of the responsibilities for each position in the bylaws and operating rules (also attached).
If you are interested in running for office, please send a brief (250 words) candidate’s statement to by May 15th describing why you are interested and providing some background information. A nominating committee will collect these statements and distribute them to the membership in advance of the June meeting.
Please note: if we do not have candidates for office, we will be forced to suspend the chapter. I will be stepping down as president, and Leslie Phillips will also step down as secretary/treasurer.
Pam McKee

March Meeting

Greater Cleveland NOW members and friends:
We have several important announcements to share, so please take a minute to read through this and mark your calendars for these upcoming events. First, we’re proud to sponsor a public forum on gun violence. Representatives from Moms Demand Action; Black Lives Matter; Everytown for Gun Safety; and New Voices for Reproductive Justice will briefly discuss the work their organizations are doing to raise awareness about issues of gun violence in our community, and the ways you can support that work. Then, Susan Reis from Ohioans for Gun Safety will discuss the need for universal background checks, and the steps that we can all take to move those policies forward.
Approaches to Curbing Gun Violence: A Public Forum
Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Location:  SEIU District 1199 Union Hall, 1771 E. 30th Street, Cleveland, OH  44114 (Between Chester and Payne; look for the Budget Office Furniture Signs and park behind the building)
Because of this month’s gun forum, our March chapter meeting will be held via conference call. The meeting will be very brief, as we’re primarily looking to form an elections committee to help secure candidates for the positions of Chapter President; Action Vice President; Secretary; and Treasurer. We’ll also discuss participation in this year’s Pride festival.
Service on the Election committee will require only a few hours’ time at most between now and our annual meeting in June, so please consider joining it. And of course, I hope you’ll consider running for one of the officer positions. You can find descriptions of each position, as well as information about qualifying for office, length of term, etc., in the Chapter Bylaws and Operating Rules.
Chapter Meeting Conference Call: Creating an election committee for this June’s chapter elections
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Dial in number: (515) 739-6210
Access code: 391158
Finally, we are thrilled to announce that Greater Cleveland NOW is a community partner for this year’s Cleveland International Film Festival. Our film this year is Geek Girls, a documentary that explores women’s experiences in the world of online gaming, anime, comics, and science-fi. There are three screenings, and if you use the code NOW when purchasing tickets, you’ll enjoy $2 off the price!  Find out more about this terrific new film here:
NOW at the Film Fest: Geek Girls
Dates: Thursday, April 5th, 9:00 pm; Friday, April 6th, 12:10 pm; Sunday, April 8th, 5:15 pm
Location: Tower City Cinemas
Discount code: NOW (and it’s good for ANY CIFF film this year!)
Looking ahead, remember that chapter meetings are now scheduled for the third Tuesday of the month. Recognizing that people are really busy, I’m hoping to reserve in-person meetings for when we have a guest speaker or a direct action, and use the conference call format for brief check-ins to cover chapter business. With that in mind, please note the following:
Upcoming Chapter Meetings:
Tuesday, March 20th, 6:30 pm Conference Call (515) 739-6210
Tuesday, April 17th, 6:30 pm In person: Greater Cleveland Community Shares, 3631 Perkins Ave, Cleveland  44114
Tuesday, May 15th, 6:30 pm TBA
Tuesday, June 19th, 6:30 pm In person: Election of New Officers. 3631 Perkins Ave, Cleveland  44114
If you have a suggestion for a speaker or activity you’d like the chapter to sponsor, please let us know! As a membership organization, your voice, your opinion, and your engagement matter.
Thanks, and I hope to see you at the Gun Forum next week,
Pam McKee
Chapter President

February Meeting By-laws

Please plan to join the Greater Cleveland chapter of NOW for a chapter meeting:
Tuesday, Feb. 20th
Greater Cleveland Community Shares
3631 Perkins Ave.
Cleveland, OH  44114

We’ll discuss upcoming officer elections, political strategy for 2018, and have a briefing on where things stand with reproductive rights in Ohio after the recent Ohio Supreme Court rulings in two key cases.

Also, mark your calendars: chapter meetings will now be held monthly on the THIRD TUESDAY of the month, at the Community Shares location.

These are the current by-laws and we’ll need them to set the date and for the election of officers.

NOW Cleveland Chapter Bylaws and Operating Rules

June Chapter Meeting

Greetings NOW members:
Join us as we welcome Brian Harrington, board member at the LGBT Center, and tri-chair of the recent Pride in the CLE festival, who will discuss exciting developments at the Center, and will help us debrief on Pride in the CLE. Then we’ll plan for our booth at Cleveland Pride.

We will need volunteers to help staff our booth, and we really need to borrow a 10 x 10 tent! If you can help out, please email Pam at or let Leslie know at the meeting.

We will also vote on proposed bylaws and operating rules. You can find those here:

Proposed NOW Cleveland Chapter Bylaws and Operating Rules

*Please note that only members in good standing are permitted to vote.

The Particulars

Greater Cleveland NOW Chapter Meeting

When: Thursday, June 22
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: SEIU District 1199 Union Hall

Hope you can join us,
Pam McKee, Leslie Phillips, and Dawn Hanson
Greater Cleveland NOW

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Ratify: April meeting

Greetings NOW Cleveland members:

Several important announcements!

Chapter meeting: Plan to join us Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. in our new location at the Community Shares meeting room. Community Shares is located at  3631 Perkins Ave., Cleveland, 44113It’s in a large warehouse on north side of Perkins between E 36th and E 40.   Perkins is between Chester and Payne. Parking and entry is off Perkins east of the bldg. Enter through the door closest to Perkins.  Directions to meeting room are posted inside the bldg.
The minutes from our March meeting are attached. Thank you to Mary Boyle for serving as our scribe!
A key agenda item will be discussion of the proposed Chapter Bylaws and Operating Rules (please see attached), which we’ll vote on at the June meeting.
Other agenda items include creating a banner and signs for the upcoming March for Science (April 22nd in downtown Cleveland), for which we are a community partner; recruiting members for NOW’s team for the upcoming Bowl-a-Thon to benefit Preterm’s Access Fund (which helps women needing abortion care afford their procedure—see link below); organizing carpools if needed for the Roe Together Statehouse Advocacy Day (a.k.a. Pro-Choice Lobby Day) on May 3rd; and discussion of participation in Cleveland Pride and other summer events.

Finally, below are two important links: the first is to the Eventbrite page for the Roe Together event. Registration is required. There will be bus service from Cleveland for those needing transportation, but seats are limited. Once you are on the ticket order page, you’ll find a checkbox at the very bottom that you can use to indicate your interest in reserving a seat, if available.  The second is a link to the Bowl-a-Thon page. Note that only bowlers are permitted at the event because of space limitation, and each bowler must commit to raising a minimum of $50. We’re hoping to do some group fundraising at the meeting!

We very much hope to see you Wednesday. If you are unable to attend, but have comments or concerns about the proposed bylaws and operating rules, please send them via email to Pam McKee at

With thanks,
Pam McKee, Leslie Phillips and Dawn Hanson
Co-leaders, Greater Cleveland NOW

NOW We Strike! Cleveland NOW’s Bowl-a-Thon Team to raise money for Preterm:

For your review

NOW Cleveland Chapter Bylaws and Operating Rules

NOW Chapter Meeting Minutes 3-22-17