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The Sierra Club stands with the Cleveland Nonviolence Network to invite you to an inspiring event, The State of Nonviolence 2024. Join the event on February 24, 2:30 PM at North Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, as they explore how environmentalism and nonviolence can coalesce to create a more just and sustainable world.

Here’s the press release about the event from the Cleveland Nonviolence Network:

The Cleveland Nonviolence Network announces the 2024 State of Nonviolence Address, February 24, 2:30 PM at North Presbyterian Church, 4515 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103. The State of Nonviolence is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about the value of nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution. Previous speakers include Angela Jill Lederach, Harry Bury, Buddy Bell, Paul Chappell, Sarah Thompson, Brian Terrell, Malaz Elgemiabby, Kathy Kelly, Frida Berrigan, and John LaForge.

This year’s address will be presented by Art Laffin, a member of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, D.C. and long-time organizer in the faith-based nonviolent movement for peace, social justice, and eradicating poverty and war. As a member of a murder victim’s family, he has been actively involved in the national and global campaign to abolish the death penalty. He has participated in numerous actions for, among other things, abolishing nuclear weapons, upholding human rights for the homeless, and prohibiting torture and racial violence. He has been imprisoned for his involvement in the Trident Nein and Thames River plowshares actions and was recently arrested (Nov. 13, 2023) with 8 other peacemakers for a nonviolent action at the General Dynamics/Electric Boat works in New London, CT calling for the cancellation of the new Columbia-class nuclear submarine program. He is also involved with Christians 4 Ceasefire, a Washington D.C. group that has organized several pray-ins outside the White House and at the U.S. Capitol calling for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. He is co-author of The Risk of the Cross and co-editor of Swords Into Plowshares. His address will focus on sharing his experience in faith-based nonviolent resistance movements spanning four decades and the imperative for our society to heed Dr. King’s admonition in these perilous times: “The choice today is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.”

The Cleveland Nonviolence Network is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting nonviolent conflict resolution. Begun in 2001, the organization has sponsored numerous protests and actions in the Cleveland area, including protests of the military’s presence at the Cleveland Air Show, sponsorship of the 2016 People’s Justice and Peace Convention, and the current Fast for Gaza, an invitation to fast one day a week for peace and restorative justice in Palestine and Israel. As a principle of nonviolence, CNVN recognizes that brutalizing another equates to brutalizing oneself.

Are you interested in reducing your energy costs and increasing your independence from the grid? The Sierra Club is excited to invite you to a special Solar Co-op Information Session. This event, held in partnership with Solar United Neighbors, is designed to educate residents and small business owners about the advantages of rooftop solar.

Attendees will learn how to save money through below-market group rate pricing, understand the process of purchasing a rooftop solar system, explore available financial incentives, and much more. With over 100 successful installations in 2022 alone, members are projected to save significant amounts over the next 25 years. Don’t miss this opportunity to make an informed decision about solar energy and how it can benefit you.

Event Details:

  • When: Saturday, February 17, 11:00 AM—Noon
  • Where: Berea Branch Library, 7 Berea Commons, Berea, 44017
  • Topics Include: Process of purchasing solar, federal tax credits, long-term savings, program overview, and financial assistance options.
  • Online Option: Can’t make it in person? Register for the online webinar at solarunitedneighbors.org/cuyahoga (under the ‘Events’ tab).

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Welcome to a pivotal moment for the Northeast Ohio Sierra Club as we approach the 2023 Executive Committee elections. This year’s ballot presents three dedicated candidates, each bringing a unique blend of experience and passion for environmental causes. Our candidates – Linda New, Steve McPhee, and David Simons – have dedicated their lives to environmental advocacy and stewardship.

From organizing community educational events to advocating for environmental justice and equity, their diverse backgrounds reflect a shared commitment to the Sierra Club’s mission. Join us in exploring their visions and understand how they plan to drive forward our collective goals.

As we face new challenges in climate change and sustainability, the leadership of the Sierra Club remains crucial. Your vote will help shape the direction of our group and impact our local and global environment. Read on to learn more about each candidate and make an informed decision for our future.

Thursday, September 7 at 6pm in the Club House room

Gather at Forest City Brewery Thursday at 6 pm for appetizers, beverages, and to talk about Cleveland’s new electric aggregation provider and Sierra Club energy work.

Please RSVP here.

SOPEC will tell us about their program and other information about Cleveland’s electric aggregation agreement.

Chad Stephens will update us on his work for Ready for 100 and other energy related programs with National and Ohio Sierra Club.

It has been a long time, so come and catch up with your friends and fellow Sierra Club members to share our stories and build a more sustainable future.

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Date: Sun, Apr 23, 2023, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Huntington Beach in Bay Village

Join the Northeast Group for an Earth Day celebration at Huntington Beach! Help us tidy up our beautiful shoreline and show Mother Earth some love. 🌊💚

Sign up here: https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q000002O96AAAS

Don’t forget to sign the waiver! Check your confirmation email for the link, or click “More info” when registering.

👟 Dress code: Closed-toed shoes, long pants, long sleeves (safety first!)
🧤 Bring: Water, gardening/work gloves, recycled trash bags/bucket
🌦️ Weather: Rain or shine, we’re ready! (Just bring a rain jacket for light drizzle)

Got questions? Reach out to our awesome organizer, Steve McPhee at steve.neosierra@gmail.com or (440) 467-0079.

P.S. We’ll send the exact meeting spot and extra details closer to the event. Stay tuned!

smell of moneyIf you attend the March 26 screening of the documentary film, The Smell of Money, at the Cleveland International Film  Festival,  you can take advantage of a Q and A with the filmmakers right after the movie is shown.  The Q and A will  be held in the Westfield Studio Theater located in the Idea Center at Playhouse Square.  Remember, NEO Sierra Club is a community partner for The Smell  of Money and urges you to attend this  important environmental film.

About the Film

NEO Sierra Club is again partnering with the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) to promote an environmentally themed film to be shown at the upcoming festival. This year NEO is partnering on The Smell of Money, a documentary about industrial scale hog farms that have created serious pollution problems in rural North Carolina. The film depicts rural citizens, mostly African-Americans, as they ban together to fight back against agro-industry corporations. The film has relevance to Ohio as similar hog farms are a primary source of the nutrients that cause toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.

Showings

The film will be shown on Sunday, March 26 at 9:25 AM in the State Theater at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. It will also be streamed online between 11 AM April 2 and 11:59 PM April 9. Tickets for either in-person or streamed screenings may be purchased online by going to www.clevelandfilm.org. They also may be purchased by visiting the CIFF box office in the lobby of the State Theater or by calling the box office at 877-304-3456. Sales to CIFF members begin on March 6, and sales to the general public begin March 10. Ticket prices for in-person screenings at Playhouse Square are $18 for non-members and $16 for CIFF members. Prices for online streams are $14 for non-members and $12 for members. By using the codeword, “SIERRA,” you can receive a $1.00 discount on each ticket purchased.

Please plan to see this important film and check out the CIFF website (www.clevelandfilm.org) for more information about the festival and a schedule for all of the films. Remember, if you are not a resident of the Cleveland area, you may still see the films through the streaming option. We may have an opportunity to interact with the director and/or others involved with the production of The Smell of Money; check the NEO Sierra website for future announcements about that.

If you have questions about NEO Sierra Club’s partnership with CIFF, contact Michael Melampy at 440-263-6483 or mmelampy@bw.edu.

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The residents of northeast Ohio will have a unique opportunity to learn about the problems caused by plastic trash on April 17. On that date, the Baldwin Wallace University Department of Sociology in conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Sierra Club and Sustainable Berea will screen Microplastics Madness, a documentary film that details the efforts of a fifth grade class in Brooklyn, NY to study plastic pollution and respond to the threats posed by it. The students spent two years studying the causes and environmental effects of plastic pollution and then took action that can serve as a template for action in schools and communities around the nation.

This award winning film will be screened at 7 PM, April 17 in the Surrarrer Auditorium located in Telfer Hall on the north end of the Baldwin Wallace campus. The screening is free and open to the public. A panel discussion concerning plastic pollution will follow the film. Join us to learn more about the plastic that surrounds us!!

For more information, contact Michael Melampy at 440-263-6483 or mmelampy@bw.edu.

smell of moneyNEO Sierra Club is again partnering with the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) to promote an environmentally themed film to be shown at the upcoming festival. This year NEO is partnering on The Smell of Money, a documentary about industrial scale hog farms that have created serious pollution problems in rural North Carolina. The film depicts rural citizens, mostly African-Americans, as they ban together to fight back against agro-industry corporations. The film has relevance to Ohio as similar hog farms are a primary source of the nutrients that cause toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.

The film will be shown on Sunday, March 26 at 9:25 AM in the State Theater at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. It will also be streamed online between 11 AM April 2 and 11:59 PM April 9. Tickets for either in-person or streamed screenings may be purchased online by going to www.clevelandfilm.org. They also may be purchased by visiting the CIFF box office in the lobby of the State Theater or by calling the box office at 877-304-3456. Sales to CIFF members begin on March 6, and sales to the general public begin March 10. Ticket prices for in-person screenings at Playhouse Square are $18 for non-members and $16 for CIFF members. Prices for online streams are $14 for non-members and $12 for members. By using the codeword, “SIERRA,” you can receive a $1.00 discount on each ticket purchased.

Please plan to see this important film and check out the CIFF website (www.clevelandfilm.org) for more information about the festival and a schedule for all of the films. Remember, if you are not a resident of the Cleveland area, you may still see the films through the streaming option. We may have an opportunity to interact with the director and/or others involved with the production of The Smell of Money; check the NEO Sierra website for future announcements about that.

If you have questions about NEO Sierra Club’s partnership with CIFF, contact Michael Melampy at 440-263-6483 or mmelampy@bw.edu.

On Saturday, February 4, 2023 experts of the Rocky River watershed will present a river protection plan at the Berea Branch Library.

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CLEVELAND NONVIOLENCE NETWORK
2023 ANNUAL STATE OF NONVIOLENCE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2023 AT 2:00 P.M.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER JOHN LAFORGE

REGISTER HERE

John La Forge has worked in the peace and anti-nuclear movement since 1979. He has been employed by the peace organization Nukewatch since 1992 as a researcher, editor of Nukewatch Quarterly, and co-director. In his first job for Nukewatch, he traveled about 30,000 miles over a 3-month period to visit all 1,000 land-based
intercontinental ballistic missile sites then in the United States. The research was for the Nukewatch book Nuclear Heartland which featured the first public atlas detailing the exact locations of the giant ICBMs. On January 7, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom, John will speak on the topic of nuclear disarmament as the keynote for the Cleveland Nonviolence Network’s 2023 State of Nonviolence Event via Zoom.

The Cleveland Nonviolence Network [CNVN] is a collection of groups and individuals in the greater Cleveland area that formed to articulate nonviolence as an alternative to a military response to “9/11.” Its focus has been promoting education and discourse on the inefficacy of war, the huge Pentagon budget and the efficacy of nonviolence. It co-sponsored the Cleveland Peace Show for 10 years, an event that presented free, nonmilitarized, family entertainment at the Free Stamp on Labor Day–a sharp contrast to the highly militarized Air Show at the adjacent Burke Airport. CNVN sent over 400 signed postcards to the Great Lakes Science Center requesting an exhibit demonstrating the emerging science of nonviolence. CNVN also organized the 2016
People’s Justice and Peace Convention which produced a People’s Platform that was presented to both the Republican and Democratic Parties to consider. CNVN sponsors an annual event, The State of Nonviolence, which highlights a current effort to promote nonviolent social change. The 2019 State of Nonviolence sponsored a Holiday Bazaar and featured Malaz Elgemiabby who spoke on the creativity and persistence of the
nonviolent movement in Sudan, while the 2020 State of Nonviolence featured Frida Berrigan as the keynote and Andrew Bacevich was the 2021 keynote. CNVN drafted a sample local Resolution for Cleveland City Council to consider to foster dialogue on how the enormous Pentagon budget adversely impacts local communities in
need of funds for basic human needs.

For more information about CNVN’s ongoing activities, please check out and “like” our Facebook pages – https://www.facebook.com/clevelandnonviolencenetwork and https://www.facebook.com/pjpc2016

Register here to attend the 2023 State of Nonviolence event with John LaForge:
https://www.eventbrite.com/x/2023-annual-state-of-nonviolence-tickets-484354706967

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