Fairview Park resident Christy Harst Rodriguez shared her family story on October 4th at the monthly meeting of the Fairview Park Democratic Club. She described the ongoing impact of ICE Raids on families in Ohio, specifically in nearby Norwalk. In some families one or both parents were arrested, leaving children without their parents’ love, protection, guidance, and care.
Christy’s personal commitment is to help these children and families by collecting and delivering children’s books, rice, beans, and more. She is collaborating with “Hola Ohio,” a grassroots Latino organization based in northeast Ohio, focusing on community organizing, leadership development, and civic engagement. They applied for 50lc3 status recently and currently operate under their fiscal sponsor, the Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association. http://holatoday.org
Fairview Park Democrats are invited to join in support of this effort at our November 1, 2018 meeting in one or more of the following ways: Please bring a.) generous packages of dry black beans and white rice, or b.) Christmas gift cards for Teens from Target, Walmart, JC Penny, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, or c.) monetary donations to help replenish the Hola Ohio Rainy Day Fund by making a check payable to “Hola Ohio “ with “Rainy Day Christy” in the note field. The Rainy Day Fund assists with small amount requests for food, household supplies & materials, etc., when a family runs short on cash. Since the last ICE Raid, they’ve completely emptied the Rainy Day Fund!
Christy will be attend our November 1st meeting to collect all our donations, and plans to make a delivery in time for the upcoming holidays. Thanks for your help to benefit our Norwalk neighbors!
Ohio Senator Michael J. Skindell made his annual visit to our Club meeting and updated us on his work on the Legislative Water Quality Working Group to find real solutions to the toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie. He also spoke of loopholes discovered in the Ohio Payday Lending industry and efforts to reduce the outrageous APRs required of Ohioans in these scenarios. We appreciate the focus on facts provided by Sen. Skindell at our meeting.
Candidates Cassimir Svigelj (Ohio 16th District Representative), Bill McGinty (Judge – Common Pleas Court), and John D. Sutula (re-elect for Judge – Common Pleas Court) re-introduced themselves and asked for our support in the November 6, 2018 election.
Nominating Committee members, Twyla Sales and Jan and Rob Hoeffler announced those running for election as Officers of our Club, including: President – Troy Greenfield, Vice-President – Kimberly Mann, and Communications Officer – Bridget C. King. They are still seeking volunteers willing to consider being nominated for the Treasurer role. Contact Twyla Sales. Voting for election of Officers for 2018-2020 will be held on November 1, 2018.
Bridget King provided the Treasurer’s report and conducted the 50/50 Raffle for the evening. Members and Guests present were invited to sign up for Phone Banking and/or Door-to-Door Canvassing during October in efforts to help Get Out the Vote on November 6, 2018!
Anyone available for Wednesday Night Phone Banking can call Erica Roitblat-Bowers at 440-429-5415. Canvassing Volunteers are welcome to call Troy Greenfield at 313-350-1558 for details on weekend dates, times, etc. Thanks to ALL who have helped to GOTV for the 2018 mid-terms!