Solidarity School Meeting
6:30 pm18:30

Solidarity School Meeting

  • CUFA


Date: April 4th, 2017

Time:6:30p-8:30p (Registration beginning at 6:15)

Location: CUFA 1814 Dreman Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45223 (Directions Here)

Dinner will be provided: Caterer TBD

Please RSVP through email @ or call/text Rachel @ 513-545-9367

About Cincinnati Solidarity School:

Solidarity is an independent socialist organization dedicated to forming a broad regrouping of the U.S. left. We include activists from many long-standing socialist traditions, as well as younger members from newer movements. We do not attempt to put forward a monolithic platform which we all have adapted to; rather, we rely on the richness of our traditions and the creativity and newer experiences of our younger members to foster and develop a forward-looking socialist thought.

Solidarity was founded in 1986 by revolutionary socialists who stand for "socialism from below," the self-organization of the working class and oppressed peoples. We are feminist, anti-racist, and democratic. Within our group, we are trying to foster cultural diversity, flexible practice, and straight-forward socialist politics.

We are activists in many grassroots movements. We are members of unions, where we oppose corporations as well as bureaucratic "business unionism." We are involved in solidarity with the people of Central and South America, Indonesia, Iraq, the Balkans, Palestine, and many other countries, where we fight against U.S. aggression and imperialism. We work for reproductive rights and other feminist demands. We fight for an ecologically balanced society. We support the struggles of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activists. We include activists of color and we work in solidarity with people of color organized independently fighting for dignity and power and self determination.

In these movements, we try to build broad coalitions, organize the unorganized, activate the apathetic, develop ties between movements and strengthen the rank-and-file democracy.

We argue against participation in the Democratic Party, which has been the graveyard of radical movements, and promote the idea of a new, independent political party.

We see Solidarity as a contribution to a new U.S. left, one neither sectarian nor reformist. We advocate a new, creative politics with an attitude of openness and collaboration.

Members of the local Cincinnati branch are involved in a variety of movements and areas of activist work, such as housing rights, labor organizing, and Middle East solidarity.


2017 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit
8:30 am08:30

2017 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit

  • Xavier University, Schiff Conference Center

In 2017, the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will explore new and promising areas of environmental sustainability, while also taking a deeper look at the issue of equity. They explore why equity is often overlooked in the discussion around sustainability, and the ways in which new economic opportunities can be pursued that are both socially and environmentally just. To underscore this point, the keynote speaker this year is Van Jones. Jones is, among many things, a leader working to build an equitable green economy. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in linking the economy, the environment and social justice, notably through initiatives he has founded such as The Dream Corps, Green for All and Rebuild the Dream.

Highlights for this year’s Summit:

  • A keynote address by Van Jones (read full bio here),
  • A lunchtime awards ceremony honoring area small business leaders who have successfully incorporated sustainability into their business practices, and
  • Breakout sessions where attendees can dive deeper into issues such as energy conservation, water quality, local food access, outdoor recreation, sustainable business supply chains and waste reduction.

Tickets & Info:

Sponsorships are available: Please view their 2017 Sponsorship Package or contact Amy Yokel at Green Umbrella for more information.

Jessica Gordon Nembhard Lecture
2:00 pm14:00

Jessica Gordon Nembhard Lecture

  • Main Public Library

2pm March 5th
Main Library,
301 York Street,
Louisville, KY

Her groundbreaking work chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality. Through her research, Gordon Nembhard finds that African Americans, as well as other people of color and low-income people, have benefited greatly from cooperative ownership and democratic economic participation throughout the nation’s history.

This program is free, but tickets are required - register here for the March 5th lecture at the Public Library.

SVP's 4th Annual Fast Pitch
5:30 pm17:30

SVP's 4th Annual Fast Pitch

  • Duke Energy Convention Center

What is Fast Pitch?

Fast Pitch is a technique borrowed from the venture capital and startup community and a way to showcase and accelerate nonprofits making a difference in our city! Nonprofits get training in telling effective, inspiring stories and then compete via a 3-minute pitch.

Come see our Fast Pitch Finalists tell their inspiring stories in just 3 minutes.  Network with philanthropists, community leaders and entrepreneurs.  Every ticket purchased is an act of philanthropy and an investment in social innovation.  You don’t want to miss it!

Fast Pitch 2017 is coming!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Duke Energy Convention Center, Grand Ballroom

Reception at 5:30 PM, Pitches start at 6:30 PM


For the Love of Community (Fundraiser for Community Shares)
6:00 pm18:00

For the Love of Community (Fundraiser for Community Shares)

  • Hotel Covington Ballroom

There is a lot of positive change happening at Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati! In years past our annual fundraiser was "Gourmet Grub for Good", an amateur chef cook-off. While this event is fun, it is a lot of work to pull off for our member organizations. For 2017 we have planned for you a new event, a Valentines Party "For the Love of the Community". This special gathering will serve as our only fundraising event of the year, and enable our member organizations to better focus on their missions.


Come, join the Community Shares community of supporters.  

The dollars we raise provide critical support for our operations. Please purchase your tickets  HERE. Sponsorship opportunities are available. The event is from 6pm-9pm on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at the Hotel Covington. 

Valentines Day Potluck (Apple Street Market)
5:30 pm17:30

Valentines Day Potluck (Apple Street Market)

  • North Church

5:30-8:30pm February 11th
North Church
4222 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH, 45223

Roses and heart-shaped boxes are optional when we break bread with friends and neighbors at this uniquely Northside potluck dinner. 

Apple Street Market has always had a focus on community, which is why we want to invite everyone to our Potluck happening Saturday, February 11th at 5:30pm – 8:30pm, hosted by North Church, 4222 Hamilton Ave.

One of the ways the store is focusing on community is by creating a space on our webpage that will highlight the favorite recipes of families in the neighborhood. The diversity in the neighborhood can lead to excitingly different dishes. We also hope it encourages families to explore the creation of the dishes together by having “Family Favorites Friday.”

In these cold wintery days it warms my heart to think of families picking out a “Family Favorite” recipe from some unknown but nearby neighbor and cooking it together in their warm kitchen…little sis setting the table and big brother standing on a step stool stirring the bubbling pot while mom/dad/aunt/uncle/grandma or grandpa check the oven. Community building, one child, one family at a time.

Go to to reserve your seat(s) and share your family’s favorite recipe (appetizer, side dish, main dish, dessert). All are welcome. Musical entertainment will be provided by one of the Northside Farmers Market favorite musicians, Andy Hopkins. We also look forward to share the most recent Apple Street Market news and you’ll get a sneak peak of the floor plan being submitted to the city’s permit office early this month that includes a teaching kitchen, growler station, deli, butcher and café area. (We’ll share it with all of you in The Northsider after the permit gets approved.)


Creating an Economy That Works for All Celebration! (CUCI Annual Dinner)
3:30 pm15:30

Creating an Economy That Works for All Celebration! (CUCI Annual Dinner)

  • Letter Carriers Hall

Join us as we celebrate the continued success and journey of Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative and Union Cooperatives!

For full event detail and registration:

Since 2012, CUCI has launched four cooperative initiatives, investigated three others, created 20 jobs and leveraged over $3 million in grants and loans.  Some highlights from 2016:

  • Our Harvest employed 15 people, served as a practicum site for 20 students, held a memorable event and wrote an inspiring book to celebrate the Bahr Farm’s centennial anniversary
  • Sustainergy saved over 100 homeowners, on an average, $600 to $700 per household in utility savings
  • Apple Street Market completed a 10-year financial projection that demonstrates its viability and is well on its way to closing the funding gap
  • Renting Partnerships, organized as a land trust, supports efforts around the country to share its innovative approach to wealth building for low-income renters
  • CUCI launched its manufacturing initiative, which aims to bring Mondragon-style cooperative ownership to the manufacturing sector in Southwest Ohio as a succession strategy for retiring business owners

 This year we recognize individuals working with us to build the foundation of an economy that works for all. This year’s honorees are:

  • Phil Amadon and Casey Whitten Amadon for incredible personal solidarity to the co-op movement
  • Michael Coffey of Greater Cincinnati Foundation as a key funding partner in launching the Union Co-op Training Institute
  • Mary Jo Minerich and Renee Martin of GBBN Architects for their outstanding volunteer commitment and support in designing Apple Street Market and making it a reality
  • James Clark, International President of the IUE-CWA, a visionary leader who is helping to advance union co-op work in manufacturing 

Special Showcase: CUCI is excited to introduce the Union Co-op Training Institute, which will systematize the development of worker owners and the union co-op culture. Equally important, the Institute will better position us to meet the increasing demand for future co-ops. Currently 14 groups have approached us about creating co-ops. Isabel Uribe, one of Mondragon’s most experienced cooperative development specialists who has helped deploy the model in a number of countries, will be moving to Cincinnati to advance this project.

Evening will Feature: Tasty tapas featuring produce from Our Harvest Cooperative, meet & greet with union cooperative members, music, split the pot, inspiration and tons of fun!

Please call (513) 549-3381 if you have any questions or need further information. Thank you for your support!