Annual Membership Meeting

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Keynote speaker: Greg Coleridge“Cultivating Peace with Justice in a Militarized World”

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

See Greg’s presentation on our YouTube channel

Annual election of board members and officers for Cleveland Peace Action and Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund.

See candidate slate and read bios for new candidates, Jabir Asa, Terry Lodge, and Mark Alvarado

On Moving Towards Peace in Ukraine

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May 9, 2022

Cleveland Peace Action condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which continues to indiscriminately kill civilians as well as destroy vital infrastructure. We condemn Russian imperialism in relation to Ukraine. We call for an immediate ceasefire by all forces in Ukraine and negotiations to resolve disagreements between the two nations.

We stand with the Ukrainian people and with our comrades, Russian antiwar activists who are now subject to retribution and imprisonment for their peace advocacy and opposition to this war.

We also recognize our own government’s role in promoting de-stabilization in the region and escalating tensions with Russia. We demand our government take the following steps toward reducing tensions and ending this war:

  • Reject calls to enforce a No-Fly-Zone
  • Pledge No First Use of nuclear weapons
  • No US warplanes to Ukraine
  • End efforts to include Ukraine in NATO
  • Reject any additional funding for the Pentagon
  • Dial down inflammatory statements about Putin and Russia
  • Funds for humanitarian assistance and the rebuilding of Ukraine

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Not “A Nation of Immigrants”

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Book discussion Saturday, April 23rd, 2022

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Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz in conversation with Detroit-based activist and writer Frank Joyce.

The eye-opening and transformative new book from the author of An Indigenous People’s History of the United States will challenge what you believe about U.S. history. An essential text for the twenty-first century, Not “A Nation of Immigrants” charges that it’s time to stop perpetuating simplistic and ahistorical fantasies and embrace the true, complex and often sobering history of these United States.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. She lives in San Francisco.

Frank Joyce is a lifelong Detroit based writer and activist.  He is co-editor with Karin Aguilar-San Juan of The People Make The Peace: Lessons From the Vietnam Antiwar Movement and he is currently writing a book about unlearning white supremacy. 

Co-sponsored by these bookstores: Mac’s Backs, Loganberry, Learned Owl
Other co-sponsors include American Indian Movement-Ohio, Cleveland Nonviolence Network,
Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, InterReligious Task Force on Central America, Hip Hop
Congress, Black on Black Crime Inc., Lake Erie Native American Council, End Poverty Now!, Ohio
Poor People’s Campaign, NEOH Black Health Coalition, Young Latino Network

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2020 Board Elections

Officers: One-year term beginning 5/18/22

Mark Weber, President
Dena Magoulias, Treasurer

Meghan Donovan, Secretary

Two-year term beginning 5/18/22

*Mark Alvarado

*Jabir Asa

Don Bryant

Chantal Dothey

Elizabeth Kravanya

*Terry Lodge

Faten Odeh

Thomas Sodders

Mark Weber

Two-year term beginning 5/14/21 (no vote necessary)

Francis Chiappa

Meghan Donovan
Dena Magoulias 

Mary Ober

Stephanie Riccobene

*Indicates new board member

New Board Member Candidates

Marc Alvarado

Jabir Asa was born in Akron, Ohio in 1991. Their family migrated to Akron from Pinola, Mississippi in the 1960s. They attended high school in both Mississippi and Ohio and after initial struggles, eventually completed high school at the age of 21 in 2012.

Jabir first got most actively involved in politics through the 2015-2016 Bernie Sanders campaign. They actively canvassed online and offline for his election. Once Sanders dropped out, Jabir moved to Portland and worked for Greenpeace USA as a frontline activist. Life eventually brought Jabir back to Ohio, and there they joined the Party for Socialism and Liberation in 2020, before leaving a year later for the All African People’s Revolutionary Party.

During the height of the pandemic, Jabir started an online political education platform called Bread Theory, where people would read and discuss theory together. It grew to be over 800 people.  During this time, Jabir used their considerable online presence to get people organizing in their own communities, and eventually joined the Huey P. Newton Gun Club Alpha Company – Cleveland, becoming their social media minister.

Terry Lodge of the Toledo area has opposed every U.S. war beginning with Vietnam. As a civil and environmental rights lawyer for 43 years, he’s opposed nuclear power and weapons, corporate welfare, mountaintop removal mining and fracking, and has tested the right to free speech and protest for antiwar demonstrators and civil disobeyers opposed to prevailing energy policies. Lodge is a field attorney for CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and has pursued ballot access for legal initiatives on the rights of nature and public control of the commons. He was a co-founder of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition in September 2001. He received the Judy Johnsrud Unsung Heroes award from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in 2018 and was recognized as an Ohio Civil Liberties Union Champion in 2006.

Cleveland Rally for Peace in Europe

12 Noon, Saturday April 2nd, Market Square Park

Calling for immediate action by the collective governments of US, Russia, and Ukraine.
 
Ceasefire Now!
Unconditional Humanitarian Assistance!
Reject No-Fly -Zone!
Reject Funds to the Pentagon!
No NATO Expansion!
No Use of Nuclear Weapons!
Negotiate Peace!

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