March 13, 2018/
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: https://www.clevelandfilm.org/
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,