Ohio State Senator Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) will be the Guest Speaker at the October 5, 2017 meeting of the Fairview Park Democratic Club.

Candidate night begins at 7pm and will give members and guests an opportunity to meet and hear about Joe Schiavoni…the man…the State Senator…the 2018 Candidate for Ohio Governor!  Join us for this evening at Fairview Park City Hall (Dunson Room) with plenty of parking in the lower lot.

For more information on this Candidate you can visit: ohiosenate.gov/schiavoni or joeforohio.com

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On September 7, 2017 the Fairview Park Democratic Club resumed monthly meetings at the Dunson Room of Fairview Park City Hall.  Participants were met by Mitzie Bugie and Twyla Sales who provided Hospitality and the “Sign-In,” while our Club  Treasurer Rod Reilly accepted membership applications and dues payments from new and renewing members.  Twenty-six Proud Democrats attended the meeting begun by President Troy Greenfield with the Pledge of Allegiance and a hearty “Welcome Back!”

Vice-President Gail Nanowsky provided a summary of Club members participating in “Summerfest 2017,” announced the yield of $222 from our Prize Raffles, and the unfortunate destruction of our Booth Tent frame during a powerful storm that “rocked the Booth” on Friday night.  Seven people joined the Club during Summerfest 2017!

 

Four of our current Precinct Leaders were in attendance, namely, Bill McGinty, Amy Hook, Gail Nanowsky, and Troy Greenfield. While we currently have 6 Precinct Leaders,  Troy extended an invitation for members to consider taking on the role of Precinct Leader.  We have seven openings at this time.  Peg Cleary also accepted the nomination for City Leader, as Danielle Sundburg has stepped down from this role.  On September 20, 2017, a representative from the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party will come to witness the election of our next City Leader. Our City Leader and Precinct Leaders will play an important role in preparing our citizens for the upcoming elections in 2018.

Shontel Brown, newly elected Interim Chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, has asked Troy Greenfield to serve as a Vice-Chair during her Administration.  We congratulate Troy on accepting this new volunteer role with the Democratic Party!

Jan Hoeffler , Political Action Chair, provided us a brief summary of Donald Trump’s  “ACCOMPLISHMENTS” during the past eight months, namely:  he won nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, signed 42 bills into law (15 reversing Obama regulations, 14 ceremonial and routine lawmaking bills, 5 bureaucratic tweaks, 4 Space and Science bills, and 4 Veteran bills).   Trump has reportedly also added 49 for-profit businesses to his empire! He raised the Debt Ceiling and FEMA funding is approved for emergency relief from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

 

Rob Hoeffler reminded us that Resistance efforts helped to prevent the #1 Trump promise to overthrow of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  Rob also reminded us that Trump’s Campaign antics have provided full employment for Robert Mueller’s team investigating the Russia “connections” to our 2016 elections! Of course, we celebrated OUR actions via calls, visits, letters-to-the-editor, protests  and emails to our Members of Congress to rescind the DACA shut-down, to condemn the rejection of Trangender members in our Military, to continue supporting Democratic values in their deliberations and voting, to oppose “The Wall,” to establish Fair Voting Districts, and to oppose White Supremacy, Nationalism, and Neo-Nazis. Rob reminded us of how busy we’ve been!

 

The Welcome Blanket Project was introduced as an alternative activist approach to consider. (See earlier website post on this project.) Contact Jan Hoeffler with any questions. Troy Greenfield & Judy Meinert reminded all of the upcoming “Welcome Home, Fairview Park” event on September 20th (see earlier website post on this event), and of the September 23, 2017 Lakewood Democrats Picnic from Noon-2pm.

 

Rod Reilly gave the Treasurer’s Report and conducted the 50/50 Raffle. We were grateful for no expenses during August 2017!

 

Troy announced Gubernatorial Candidate Joe Schiavoni as our guest speaker for the October 5, 2017 meeting. We will also try to inform the members of any additional Gubernatorial Candidate visits in neighboring Democratic Clubs. All members present were given a copy of the Fairview Park Democratic Club Postcard and are encouraged to write a note and mail it to someone you’d like to consider joining us at future Club meetings! See you again at our next meeting on October 5th!

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It’s time for the latest “craftivism” project of the Resistance!

Jayna Zweiman, co-founder of the “Pussyhat Project” wants people coming to this country to feel valued … because they are! Just as the “Pussyhats” quickly became a symbol of Resistance for women, Jayna Zweiman hopes to mimic that astounding success with the “Welcome Blanket.”

This new initiative called “Welcome Blanket” takes the length of Donald Trump’s proposed US-Mexico border wall and reimagines it as thousands of “welcome” blankets for refugees.  The goal is to knit blankets from 2,000 miles of yarn…the projected length of the border wall…over several months…with a deadline of November 4, 2017.

This project isn’t just for seasoned knitters.  Jayna Zweiman and Kat Coyle (designer of the original pattern for the Pussyhats) created a step-by-step photo and texture tutorial for beginners to follow, teaching them how to create their blankets from start to finish. https://www.welcomeblanket.org will provide full instructional details.

Fairview Park Democratic Club members who want further information can contact Jan Hoeffler at 440-779-4315.

 

 

Vigil in support of DACA, DREAMers, and immigrants

On September 13, 2017, in Blog Example, by Jane Justice

Market Square Park in Cleveland’s Ohio City was crowded on September 7, 2017. Nearly 250 people attended a candlelight vigil to support those who could be affected by the end of DACA.

 

DACA participants,  called DREAMers after legislation called the DREAM Act(Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) would have give them a path to citizenship, but that proposed legislation failed in Congress, giving way to the creation of the DACA program.

President Barack Obama created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012, giving unauthorized immigrants who came to the USA before age 16 a chance to stay if they meet conditions of education and avoiding criminal conviction.

 

Fairview Park Democratic Club members Pat Despins and John and Susan Streitel participated in the DACA Vigil, representing our Club among the many groups in attendance.

 

ACTION STEP: Visit the website:  unitedwedream.org to learn how you can support the DREAM ACT of 2017 and to keep current on developments regarding this very important issue.

 

 

 

 

Welcome Home, Fairview Park!

On September 12, 2017, in Blog Example, by Jane Justice

You’re invited to Welcome Home, Fairview Park!

 

Dear Resident of Fairview Park,

If you ask your neighbor why they love Fairview Park, most will say “because of the feeling of community that exists here.”  The small-town ambience in Fairview Park is no accident.  It is the result of a civic-minded community that includes a rich network of community groups dedicated to serving and improving Fairview Park.

On September 20, 2017, you are invited to the first “Welcome Home, Fairview Park” where you can meet-and-greet with the civic and community organizations and businesses that Fairview Park has to offer. As many as 65 vendors will be on hand to provide information an offer you opportunities to get involved in and make a difference in our community.

I hope you choose to attend this FREE event.  I am confident you will find the experience worthwhile, and see why “Fairview Park is A Great Place to Grow!”

Sincerely,

Mayor Eileen Ann Patton

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Hosted by the Fairview Park Community Council at the Gemini Center, 21225 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, Ohio on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 6-9pm.