The Future of the Supreme Court

On March 24, 2017, in Blog Example, by Jane Justice

Fairview Park Democrats are invited to join

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown

and special guest

U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware)

for an energizing reception and discussion about

“The Future of the Supreme Court”

Friday, March 31, 2017  – 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

at the “SPEAKEASY”

(located below Bier Markt & Bar Cento) at 1948 West 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.

SPONSOR – $500 / HOST – $250

FRIEND – $150 / SUPPORTER – $100

Please RSVP to Meg Yee at or at (916) 799 – 2898 by 3/28/2017

Senator Chris Coons is a member of the Senate Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship & Ethics Committees.  He is a graduate of Amherst College in Chemistry and Political Science, a graduate of YALE Law School, and earned a Master’s Degree in Ethics from YALE Divinity School.  Senator Coons and his wife, Annie, and their 3 children live in Wilmington, Delaware.

Senator Coons recently appeared with Chris Matthews  on “Hardball” at MSNBC and also questioned Judge Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court Nominee on March 22, 2017.  Check the video at




Heroin … a public enemy threatens Fairview Park!

On March 24, 2017, in Blog Example, by Jane Justice

HEROIN has its hooks in our community! 

You may have attended the 2015 Community Discussion:  “It’s Time for the Talk about Heroin” at Fairview Park High School on November 5, 2015. You may have seen the 2016 video on a local news channel: http:// pd.  Now it’s 2017, and Fairview Park Police could readily update you on the frequency of their response to calls about the continuing and devastating impact of heroin in our own city.

YES, heroin addiction is an insidious disease present in Fairview Park, Ohio!  Heroin is an insidious disease that works or spreads harmful effects on people. families, and communities in a very subtle or stealthy manner.

Heroin addiction is also a public enemy in Rocky River, Ohio!

Heroin addiction is also a menace to the public in Westlake, Ohio!

Public officials will agree that heroin addiction and heroin overdoses are skyrocketing in every Zip Code in Ohio and in every state across America!  Fairview Park residents of all ages can’t afford to miss the upcoming public event on March 28, 2017 at 7pm at the Umerley Civic Center , 21016 Hilliard Boulevard in Rocky River.  During this evening titled: “Challenges and Solutions for Heroin Addiction,” four major guests will address this community threat from the perspective of Cuyahoga County efforts, local court efforts, school system efforts, and a very personal effort to challenge this evil that is causing life-changing harm in people of all generations in our time.  This program is sponsored by the Rocky River Democratic Club. Questions about the program?  Contact:







There’s no “Spring Break” for Democrats!

On March 22, 2017, in Blog Example, by Jane Justice

The traditional “Spring Break” for college and university students gives them opportunities to get away, relax, take a break from their studies, and maybe party with friends.  In the midst of such turbulent times for our country and world, with current Congressional Hearings for a SCOTUS nominee, and the FBI investigation of the Trump Campaign, there’s no time for a “Spring Break” getaway for Democrats!  Our voices must be heard by Members of Congress in the House and Senate as they are about to vote on the American Health Care Act!  Call Rep. Jim Renacci. Tell him you are a resident of Congressional District 16 and state your opposition to the American Health Care Act, which is expected to eliminate healthcare coverage for 24 million Americans and cut $880 billion from Medicaid over the next decade! (Parma – 440-882-6779) (Washington,DC – 202-225-3876)

Rocky River Democratic Club invites us all to attend on March 28,2017 at 7pm when the topic of “Challenges and Solutions for Heroin Addiction” will be discussed at the Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Boulevard, Rock River.  Speakers include:  Bill Denihan (CEO ADAMHS Board) – county resources for treatment.  Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons – current challenges and court efforts to treat addicts. Dr. Michael Shoaf (Rocky River School Superintendent) – Education and Prevention efforts with our students. Barbara Folds (Activist) – her personal struggle in losing a loved one to heroin.

March 31, 2017 – Fundraiser Event by Friends of Sherrod Brown supporting the re-election campaign of Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. Further details provided by Thommy Butchko at our April 6, 2017 meeting.

Peggy Cleary, Fairview Park Councilwoman-At-Large will be speak about the Fairview Park City Budget at our April 6, 2017 meeting at 7pm in the Dunson Room at Fairview Park City Hall.  City Council President, Michael P. Kilbane, will also be joining us for the meeting, and hopefully other Council Members.

Our Club Members will be invited to give updates on their efforts since our last meeting to take Action Steps influencing Members of Congress on special issues.

It is the mission of the Fairview Park Democratic Club to connect with current Democratic members of our community and build relationships to help strengthen the Democratic Party in Fairview Park.  We are starting this process early in preparation for upcoming 2018 and 2020 elections locally and statewide.

Please join us at the monthly meetings!  All are welcome.






Legislative Advancements for Veterans

On March 20, 2017, in Blog Example, by Jane Justice

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is an advocacy group dedicated to United States veterans of the War in Iraq and the War in Afghanistan.  This is a 501c3 organization founded by Paul Rieckhoff, an American writer, social entrepreneur, advocate, activist and veteran of the United States Army and the Iraq War.

IAVA was founded in 2004 to provide resources to and community for post-9/11 veterans.  The organization is headquartered in New York City and maintains a policy office in Washington, DC.  The mission is to unite, empower and connect post-9/11 veterans through education, advocacy and community.

The Westlake Democratic Club will host IAVA speaker, Art Davis,  on March 21, 2017 at 7pm at The Western Cuyahoga Lodge, FOP Hall #25, 26145 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145.  His topic will be:          ” Legislative Advancements for Veterans.”  All are welcome to attend.  Contact Jeanne (440-892-3430) with any questions about the program.

Visit this website later this week for news about Fairview Park Democratic Club’s next meeting on April 6, 2017.



On March 8, 2017, in Blog Example, by Jane Justice

Our March 2, 2017 meeting night brought more cold weather and snow, but the 20 attendees enjoyed the warmth of the City Council Chambers, and the pleasure of hearing from our guests and one another about Democratic issues and values.

Presentations by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ashley Kilbane and Magistrate Retanio Rucker gave us a glimpse at their education and career work.  Contact for information about the 3/28/17 Rocky River Symposium entitled “Solutions for the Heroin Epidemic,” to be held at the Emerly Civic Center. Also Fairview Park Dems willing to mentor first time candidates for Rocky River City Council, please email to Ashley.

Peggy Cleary, Fairview Park Councilwoman-At-Large, invited all to attend the 3/13/17 City Council meeting at 7pm, as the City Budget is on the agenda.  Meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month and are open to the public.

Club President Troy Greenfield led a lively discussion of the “Indivisible Guide” and provided contact info for our Members of Congress (MoCs). (See “Steps To Take Action” in an earlier post on this site.)

Many Club members participated in recent protests regarding Trump Cabinet nominations, in visits to the Portman and Renacci offices, in making daily/frequent calls to MoCs to support/oppose various issues. Jane Reilly encouraged writing “Letters to the Editor” of local newspapers, mentioning the names of our Representative/Senator, as these usually catch their eye and may gain support from them on some of our preferred values and votes.

Peggy Cleary will write a letter to Representative Jim Renacci to urge him to hold a Town Hall meeting during the Easter recess in April 2017.  Stay tuned for information about this possibility.

Club members are encouraged to support H.R. 669 and S.200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017, introduced by Congressman Ted Lieu (D-California) and Senator Edward Markey (D- Mass.)

Rod Reilly reminded us of 2018 Ohio elections, which will include Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General, and encourages all to begin studying and supporting our most viable Democratic candidates.

Sam Salim can access tickets for the upcoming 3/19/2017 Cuyahoga County Annual Democratic Banquet at the downtown Medical Mart. Tickets are $200./person.  Email Sam at:

On March 22, 2017 everyone will want to attend the “State of the Community” address by Mayor Eileen Patton and Superintendent Wagner at the Gemini Center at 7pm.  Any Club members willing to help to staff our Democratic Club information table are welcome to do so, beginning at 6:45 pm.

Our next meeting of the Fairview Democratic Club will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7pm in the Dunson Room at City Hall.  Plan to attend, and bring a family member, neighbor, or a friend.

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” M.L. King, Jr.