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Take Action to Support the Nuclear Ban Treaty! Honduras has become the 50th country to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This means that the treaty has reached the number needed to go into effect. This will start on January 2022 according to the United Nations. 122 countries out of the 193-member UN General Assembly have expressed support and 84 have signed the treaty. Write your representatives and tell them to support this effort! According to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres this development, “represents a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.” But this is only the beginning. Countries with nuclear weapons, including the United States, Russia, and China, have shown opposition to the treaty which aims to destroy all nuclear weapons and ban new ones. The countries that possess nuclear weapons, the US, Russia, the UK, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel have not signed the treaty. Changing perspectives in nuclear countries is incredibly important in the movement for nuclear disarmament. Citizens and residents of nuclear powers need to use their voices to support the elimination of these dangerous weapons. Tell your representatives that you want them to push for the United States to join the treaty! 



 

Events and Meetings:  


Monday, March 27, 2023, 5:00 PM.  Grassroots Election Protection Coalition/Alliance 4 Grassroots DemocracyRegister here.  

 

Monday, March 27, 2023, 6:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) Candidate Forum, Columbus CIty Local Candidates.  Location:  First Church of God, 3480 Refugee Rd, Columbus. Presented by the National Council of Negro Women.

 

Monday, March 27, 2023, 7:00 PM.  Indivisible Central Ohio Zoom Meeting.  Weekly meeting for Indivisible Central Ohio (formerly OH12). Join us!  Register here

 

Monday, March 27, 2023, 8:30 PM. Our Revolution Monday Night Call.   Our guests will be Rep. Jamie Raskin and Greenpeace. Part of the discussion will be regarding Rep. Raskin's landmark bill.  In 2022, Raskin introduced a landmark bill to protect free speech from baseless legal attacks and combat Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, commonly referred to as “SLAPPs”. This is the nation’s first such bill at the federal level, building on the nonpartisan success of legislation in 32 states and the District of Columbia. The fossil fuel industry has used SLAPPs widely in recent years: a report from EarthRights International released Monday found that the industry used SLAPP tactics to target more than 150 people and organizations over the past 10 years. Over 50 have been targeted in the last five years alone.  Register here

 

Monday, March 27, 2023, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Sunrise Columbus General Meeting.   We’re speaking truth to power and ensuring community voices get heard! Hear how our testimony to the COTA Board went and help plot out the next steps from our Transit4ALL campaign. New people are always welcome. Can't wait to see you there!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch - Room 3B
96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215.  Register here

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 1:00 PM.  Remembrance and Accountability: The Iraq War at 20It’s been 20 years since the start of the U.S.-led war on Iraq, and its impacts reverberate today. Join our online conversation with Iraqi-American lawyer and human rights advocate Sally Al-Ghazali, antiwar activist and former AFSC staff member Peter Lems, and AFSC's Sonia Tuma. We'll discuss what we have learned from the Iraq War and how we can work toward a more just, peaceful future for all.  American Friends Service Committee Webinar.  Register here

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 11:00 AM.  KUMI Now:  Conditions in Gaza.  Gaza’s woes began in 1948 when, at the end of the 1948 War, it came under the control of Egypt. An influx of refugees fleeing the Palestinian villages and towns occupied and destroyed by Zionist forces quickly strained the Gaza infrastructure. Its status as the biggest prison on Earth was cemented by the Israeli occupation of Gaza in 1967. In 1994 administration of Gaza passed to the Palestinian National Authority, and in 2005 Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza. However, following Hamas’s takeover of the government in 2007, Israel and Egypt enforced the blockade of Gaza, and the years since then have seen bouts of violence and retaliation from both sides. Israel would argue that their incursions into Gaza were retaliation for missiles fired from Gaza. The reality, however, is that while both sides have suffered, the casualties inflicted upon Gazans by Israeli forces have been severely disproportionate and often indiscriminately target civilian areas.  Register here

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 7:00 PM.  ACLU Central Ohio Action Team.  Meeting on organizing for reproductive rights.   Join on Zoom.  The official petitions can be picked up at on Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and on Tuesdays from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM at the ACLU of Ohio Columbus Office, 1108 City Park Avenue #203, Columbus 43206.  Training will be available on the spot. 

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 10:30 – 12:00 PM.  The Crisis of Apartheid: Report Back from Palestine.  In 2023 Israeli apartheid is intensifying. While Palestinians remain steadfast on their land, the new far right government is outright encouraging settlers to violently attack Palestinians and giving the green light to Occupation forces to carry out explicit ethnic cleansing policies. As more and more people around the world turn their attention to Palestine and demand accountability for apartheid, we will gather for a report back from two Palestinian experts on nonviolence and conflict resolution about their recent experiences on the ground.  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Movement Generation's Webinar: Resisting EcofascismEcofascism. It’s real, and it’s dangerous. It’s a term that describes how environmentalism is leveraged to justify fascist violence against marginalized peoples, including Black, Indigenous people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+ folks, disabled folks, poor folks, and more. While our movements continue to do the significant work of stopping the bad on all fronts, ecofascists are making headway on the political front by codifying their hate. We know that our best defense is organizing and continuing to build the good. AND meanwhile, we cannot let ecofascist threats become blank spots. We must actively coordinate in our organizing to neutralize ecofascist ideas. One way to do that is to study up, together.  Quinton Sankofa of Movement Generation will join our guest presenter Hilary Moore, political educator and co-author of No Fascist USA!, for a 2-hour webinar on ecofascism.  Register here

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  March Green Drinks We are only a few weeks away from the start of Earth Day Columbus, and there are over 100 community worksites in need of volunteers. On 3/28, come learn about the projects happening near you, sign up to volunteer, and enjoy $3 beers from Great Lakes Brewing Company. Attendees who register to volunteer during April will receive a free drink! All proceeds from this event will go toward the cost of soil, mulch, and tree seedlings for community worksites. Green Columbus.  Location:  COhatch Upper Arlington, 1733 W. Lane Ave., Columbus.  More information here

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 7:30 PM.  JVP Central Ohio Chapter Meeting with Author Mandy Shunnarah.  Mandy will tell the story of her grandparents immigrating to the US, the challenges they faced, the forced assimilation of their kids, and how generational trauma is inherited.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio.  Register for the meeting hereFacebook Event

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2023, 7:00 PM.   What Should U.S. Policy Towards Taiwan Be?  What should U.S. policy toward Taiwan be? Can U.S.-Chinese military operations and tensions over Taiwan be defused? If so, how?  With the U.S. and China engaged in provocative military operations in and near Taiwan or miscalculation could trigger a catastrophic U.S.-Chinese war, very possibly nuclear, in which other nations, including Japan and South Korea, would be involved.  The Biden Administration and a confrontational Congress have undermined the “One China” policy which since 1979 has served as the foundation of U.S.-China relations since 1979. The planned visit of Taiwanese President Tsai to the United States in late March and early April is certain to further exacerbate U.S.-Chinese tensions. Meanwhile, in closing China’s National People’s Congress earlier this month, President Xi Jinping stressed the need for “national reunification” with Taiwan as the “essence of national rejuvenation,” making Taiwan’s relationship with China a primary issue for his third term in office.  Other ways are possible. Join China scholars Zhiqun Zhu, Mike Mochizuki, and Michael Klare in exploring alternative U.S. policies that we can press on Congress and the Biden Administration.  Massachusetts Peace Action and others.  Register here

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2023, 7:00 PM.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors:  Sharing Our Stories.  Who Are the Mennonites with Julie Hart, PhD?  Julie Hart is a semi-retired Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace & Justice at Ohio Dominican University.  She received her M.A. in International Peace Studies and PhD in Sociology, both from the University of Notre Dame, and teaches courses in nonviolent social change, racial justice, and conflict resolution at ODU. She is the author of the book Pathways to Pacifism and Antiwar Activism among U.S. Veterans: The Role of Moral Identity in Personal Transformation.  Julie volunteered for 19 summers with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Israel/Palestine and later also in Colombia, South America. She and her husband lived in Guatemala for two years doing peace & justice education with the Mennonite Seminary and Julie continues to teach a course in Guatemala with Ohio Dominican University students.  Julie converted to the Mennonite faith as an adult and is an active member of Columbus Mennonite Church. She works for social justice in Central Ohio through the BREAD coalition that identifies and advocates for social justice programs and policies each year.  She is the mother of two grown sons and has two granddaughters. She enjoys gardening, legislative advocacy, sewing and tutoring aspiring GED students.   Julie will discuss her personal faith journey, the origin of Mennonites in Europe, and beliefs and practices of current-day groups in the US from conservative to progressive. She will describe characteristics that Mennonites share with other Christians as well as beliefs and practices that make them unique.  Julie will describe programs and outreach that demonstrate her church’s focus on issues of peace and justice.  Location:  In-person at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington.   Also, via zoom.  To request a Zoom invitation and meeting ID number, please email windiversity@gmail.com

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 7:00 PM.  Webinar: Transporting High-Level Radioactive Nuclear Waste: How To Prevent Unnecessary Risks.  Featuring Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Specialist with Beyond Nuclear.  As we have seen the past few weeks, train derailments are becoming more common. We have 90-some nuclear power plants in the United States whose combined cumulative radioactive waste is over 90,000 metric tons, increasing by about 2,000 metric tons each year (not including military's waste). Some have begun the decommissioning process. Yucca Mountain in Nevada on Western Shoshone land was not viable as a nuclear waste repository, so Consolidated Interim Storage (Facilities) - CiS(F) are being proposed for New Mexico and Texas to receive and "temporarily store" this radioactive waste, despite sustained vocal and written objections of thousands of people - citizens, lawyers, elected officials, an extensive list of individuals and organizations throughout the region and country. New Mexico is a majority/minority BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Environmental Justice state that has long been disproportionately overburdened with pollution. (As I write this today, March 11, 2023, the 12th Anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster, we are reminded that accidents happen. Each nuclear accident has been different from the one before it, caused by human error and conditions unforeseen.  Transporting high-level radioactive waste, the government plans to bring this radioactive waste from decommissioning power plants around the United States to New Mexico and Texas, if/when the CISF were to be built, no area of the country would be exempt from radioactive nuclear waste-bearing trains passing through their towns, cities, counties, states. In this webinar, we will emphasize that unnecessary high-risks MUST BE AVOIDED and what the alternatives are. We will take your questions, discuss these and related issues.  Presented by Sierra Club NYC Group Sustainability Series.  Register here

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 6:00 PM.  Voter ID Assistance Letter Writing Party.  Ohio recently enacted the nation's strictest voter ID law, and it will already be in effect for our May primary and Early Vote beginning April 4. The Ohio Voter Rights Coalition is teaming up with VoteRiders to deliver timely and important voter ID information and assistance directly to voters who may be impacted by the new law.  We need your help to ensure that every voter has the ID they need to cast a ballot that counts. Join us as we write letters to individuals who have voted with alternative ID in the past so they know their options when it comes to obtaining a free ID or voting by mail.  Every letter we send delivers essential information and assistance to the voters most likely to be disenfranchised by voter ID laws.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northern Lights Branch, 4093 Cleveland Ave., Columbus.  Facebook Event

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 7:00 PM.  What Should U.S. Policy Towards Taiwan Be?  What should U.S. policy toward Taiwan be? Can U.S.-Chinese military operations and tensions over Taiwan be defused? If so, how?  With the U.S. and China engaged in provocative military operations in and near Taiwan or miscalculation could trigger a catastrophic U.S.-Chinese war, very possibly nuclear, in which other nations, including Japan and South Korea, would be involved.  The Biden Administration and a confrontational Congress have undermined the “One China” policy which since 1979 has served as the foundation of U.S.-China relations since 1979. The planned visit of Taiwanese President Tsai to the United States in late March and early April is certain to further exacerbate U.S.-Chinese tensions. Meanwhile, in closing China’s National People’s Congress earlier this month, President Xi Jinping stressed the need for “national reunification” with Taiwan as the “essence of national rejuvenation,” making Taiwan’s relationship with China a primary issue for his third term in office.  Other ways are possible. Join China scholars Zhiqun Zhu, Mike Mochizuki, and Michael Klare in exploring alternative U.S. policies that we can press on Congress and the Biden Administration. Initiated by The Committee for a Sane U.S.-China Policy.  Co-sponsored by The Campaign for Peace, Disarmament & Common Security, and Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 7:00 PM.  How Did We Get Here? How understanding the roots of Israeli extremism empowers the fight for a just futureIn the context of a massive mobilization among American Jews against Netanyahu's proposed judicial reforms, IfNotNow is hosting a webinar featuring Lara Friedman and Yousef Munayyer to discuss where we go from here.  Lara and Yousef will discuss the connection between figures like Smotrich and Ben Gvir and decades of occupation and apartheid, as well as the role of the US in enabling the Israeli right’s annexationist agenda. More information and registration here

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 12:00 PM. Sierra Forum: Meet Ben Jealous.  Please join us on Thursday, March 30 for a forum hosted by SIERRA magazine Editor in Chief Jason Mark in conversation Sierra Club's new Executive Director Ben Jealous. You'll hear takeaways from Ben's nationwide chapter tour, his vision for Sierra Club, and our priorities for the year.  Register here

 

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 7:00 PM.  Lessons of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement.  PBS will screen The Movement and the “Madman”, a new documentary about the anti-Vietnam war movement and its impact on President Nixon’s war policy, on March 28 on all PBS stations and will also stream on PBS.org during and after the premiere.  Our panel two nights later will feature Massachusetts activists responding to the film and sharing their own memories of the Vietnam Moratorium and antiwar movement.  Register here

 

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 AM. 100 Days of Israeli Foreign Policy under the New Government.  Three months after the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office, its initial impact on Israel’s foreign policy is already discernible. While choosing to pursue far-reaching legal reforms that seek to alter Israel’s system of governance and erode its democracy, the government initially sought to maintain a sense of continuity in foreign relations, especially regarding ties with the U.S. and the Arab world. Aspirations were even voiced to advance normalization with Saudi Arabia. However, the government’s structure, composition, and policies, as well as the mass pro-democracy protest movement that evolved in Israel in response, prevent a business-as-usual approach on both the domestic and diplomatic fronts. Israeli relations with the Biden administration, with liberal democratic allies in Europe, with Arab countries who signed peace agreements and normalized ties, and with the Palestinian Authority, have all suffered. Criticism of Israel is mounting, and regional cooperation endeavors are slowing down.  More information and registration here

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 8:00 PM.  A Night with the Experts – M.V. Ramana, Professor and Author:  Small Modular Nuclear Reactors:  More Problematic than Large Reactors.  Dr. Ramana will explain what Small Modular (Nuclear) Reactors are. He will then discuss why there is a push for SMNRs by describing global trends in nuclear energy, specifically the economic challenges confronting the nuclear industry (high construction costs, delays, inability to compete economically with alternatives). He will then briefly go over the various promises made by SMNR vendors and offer a reality check, explaining why these cannot be realized, and why SMNRs will not solve the problems associated with nuclear power.  Nuclear Energy Information Service.  Zoom Location:  https://bit.ly/3iwFObk

 

Friday, March 31, 2023, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Shock and Awe Revisited: Legacies of the Iraq War 20 Years Later. In the Mershon Center’s tradition of bringing the humanities into dialogue with conventional security studies, this one-day conference gathers experts from history, anthropology, journalism, and other fields to discuss the costs, consequences, and historical legacies of the Iraq War, twenty years after the U.S. invasion of Baghdad. The anniversary provides an important occasion for a collective remembering of the Iraq War and an analysis of its long-term implications and impacts. How did the war shape the future of military intervention, state-building, governance, and security? How did it affect the peoples, groups, societies, and nations involved?  Mershon Center postdoctoral fellow and conference organizer Dr. Zaynab Quadri will offer framing remarks. The main event will consist of three panels with room for discussion and audience Q&A: “The Political and Social Costs of Intervention,” “Historical Contexts and Memories,” and “Culture, Journalism, and the First Draft of History.” Informal conversation will continue during lunch and refreshment breaks; lunch will be provided for registered attendees.   Location Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave Mall, Columbus.  The event will be in person with a Zoom attendance option.  Register for the live or virtual event here

 

Friday, March 31, 2023, 5:00 PM.  Queer Youth Assemble and Central Ohio Youth Liberation’s March for Queer & Trans Youth Autonomy. Location:  Goodale Park, West Goodale St., Columbus.  For more information, email to coyl614@gmail.com or DM on Instagram.

 

Sunday, April 2, 2023, 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Redbird Books to Prisoners.  We collect, pack, and send books to Ohio prisoners every 1st and 3rd Sunday.  Location: Thirdhand Bike Coop, 979 East 5th Ave, Columbus. Please wear a mask, and please don't park in front of the building.

 

Monday, April 2, 2023, 7:00 PM. Cutting through the Chatter: Gender Matters in the Atomic Age. Speaker:  Mary Olson, Founder and Director, Gender and Radiation Impact Project (GRIP).  Education in the USA doesn't include much on international bodies like the UN, agreements like Treaties, or other international laws, and so we are generally unaware of enormous progress being made on nuclear weapons at the global level. Olson will introduce, and frame her talk by sharing a few of the moving parts of both the United Nations where she has been a participant since 1998 and also the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).  Olson's work centers on an independent, and confirming finding she made in 2011 that ionizing radiation from the US nuclear attack on Japan in 1945 impacted the female A-bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki more than the males. This finding remains under-reported, and yet, is a keystone for bringing nuclear weapons into the domain of Humanitarian law at the UN, and the new TPNW itself. Olson acknowledges that biological sex (where the finding on radiation resides) and gender (much more complex) are not the same, and welcomes discussion of both.  Register here

 

Monday, April 3, 2023, 7:00 PM.  Cutting through the Chatter: Gender Matters in the Atomic Age.  Speaker:  Mary Olson, Founder and Director, Gender and Radiation Impact Project (GRIP).  Education in the USA doesn't include much on international bodies like the UN, agreements like Treaties, or other international laws, and so we are generally unaware of enormous progress being made on nuclear weapons at the global level. Olson will introduce, and frame her talk by sharing a few of the moving parts of both the United Nations where she has been a participant since 1998 and also the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).  Olson's work centers on an independent, and confirming finding she made in 2011 that ionizing radiation from the US nuclear attack on Japan in 1945 impacted the female A-bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki more than the males. This finding remains under-reported, and yet, is a keystone for bringing nuclear weapons into the domain of Humanitarian law at the UN, and the new TPNW itself. Olson acknowledges that biological sex (where the finding on radiation resides) and gender (much more complex) are not the same and welcomes discussion of both.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 12:00 PM.  Unwinding the Public Health Emergency: How to Prepare for the Harmful Impact on SNAP.  As the Federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) ends on May 11, SNAP clients and stakeholders must prepare for the unwinding of SNAP flexibilities. This unwinding will affect college students, able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs), and state agencies in critical ways.  This webinar will provide advocates with resources and information to prepare for the PHE unwinding and ensure that SNAP continues to serve households in need.  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 4:00 PM.  What Will It Take to Get to a Russian-Ukrainian Ceasefire and Negotiations?  Peace and anti-war movements around the world have called for a ceasefire and negotiations to end the Ukraine War. Pope Frances, President Lula of Brazil have echoed that call, while China has called for a ceasefire and put forward its peace proposal. Yet the deadly and devastating war goes on.  Join leading U.S. and European peace movement leaders to get their takes on what and who will be needed to stop the fighting and begin Ukrainian-Russian peace negotiations. Massachusetts Peace Action and the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security.  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 7:00 PM. Beyond Vietnam: Militarism, Racism and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Enduring Legacy.  On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was murdered, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave an historic sermon at New York’s Riverside Church on the profound connection between US militarism abroad with violence, racial repression, and widespread deprivation on the home front.  Over 50 years later, from Ukraine to Uvalde, the crises of militarism, materialism, racism and the prospect of spiritual death that Dr. King warned us about are still very much with us. Not only does this militarism abroad continue to seed violence and poverty at home, it now aggravates the climate crisis and consumes vital resources that could alleviate climate-related suffering. The New Democracy Coalition (NDC), Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA), and cosponsors will present a public reading of “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”, May 2, with 100 readers, on Boston City Hall Plaza, to bring community focus to the issues of war, militarism and racism.  This April 4 online program will be a time to reflect on how the Beyond Vietnam speech came to be and why it is as significant today as it was on the day it was delivered.  More information and registration here

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 12:00 PM.  A Nation Grappling with its Sins?  Institutions and the Struggle for Truth and Healing.   In 1851, California’s first governor, Peter Burnett, told the Legislature to expect war “until the Indian race becomes extinct.” Recounting the state’s dark history, in 2019 Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a formal apology to Native American tribal leaders for California's history of repression and violence. Since then, the state of California has passed several bills and issued a number of executive orders supporting a broad range of equity and reparative initiatives, including the California Truth and Healing Council.  In the context of several emerging state and local initiatives aimed at racial equity, justice, truth-telling, and healing, the New York Times (6/19/2019) wondered if the governor’s proclamation was part of a “cultural moment” in which Americans were increasingly grappling with the nation’s sins. Is it possible to reckon with and repair this country’s racial past? What obstacles stand in the way of moving forward? In the context of California, what does reparation and restoration mean to the Native American peoples in California – and is justice and healing even possible?  Join our conversation with Dr. Kessler-Mata to learn more about reconciliation and indigenous community efforts taking place in the United States. As a political scientist, she will discuss some of the realities of navigating such extensive, historical, and bureaucratic processes – including her experiences as a councilmember on the California Truth and Healing Council. Finally, and more personally, Dr. Kessler-Mata will reflect upon justice as holistic, communal, and restorative - a framing that invites healing and transformation.  This program is co-sponsored by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland Executive, Ulster University, University of Bradford, and the Divided Community Project at the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University.  Register here

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 8:00 PM.  Invading the Campus: The Military Industrial Complex's Quest for Academic Know-How.  Michael Klare will report on his research on the Pentagon’s quest to exploit academic research on emerging technologies - artificial intelligence, robotics, and hypersonics, among others - for military purposes. As the U.S. gears up for possible conflict with China and Russia, it seeks to attain mastery in these technologies, considered vital to success in the high-tech battles of the future. But expertise in AI and other emerging technologies is not available from the Pentagon's traditional contractors, with their focus on metal; for tanks, planes, and other standard weapons; rather, it must be extracted from academic centers of innovation, like MIT and Carnegie Mellon University. To acquire this knowledge and employ it for military purposes, the Pentagon is establishing outposts on these and other campuses, and their personnel in university labs and classrooms. This invasion threatens to distort academic research and convert top universities into tools of the Pentagon. A vigorous debate is therefore needed on the moral and ethical consequences of the military use of academic know-how. Indigo Olivier will report on her research on the engineering degree to defense industry pipeline. Decades of disinvestment in public higher education have resulted in dwindling university budgets and ballooning student debt. Through scholarships, sponsored research, and a robust campus presence, the
defense industry has been able to funnel some of the nation’s top scientific talent into weapons development. Olivier will discuss how our national budget priorities have influenced academic research and what these defense industry partnerships look like on the ground.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here

Thursday, April 6, 2023, 7:00 PM.  Solidarity, Community and Well Being: The Surprising Rewards of Degrowth.  Where in the world are we going? Our fossil-fueled growth economy is driving climate catastrophe. We need a paradigm shift.  The term “degrowth” refers to a set of visions, principles and strategies being discussed and developed by activists of various stripes. The speakers will address this topic.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here

 

Tuesday, April 11, 1023, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  CELDF Webinar:  How Wealth Rules.  Join Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's, Ben G. Price, for a lively and engaging discussion on his award-winning book, How Wealth Rules the World: Saving Our Communities and Freedoms from the Dictatorship of Property.  CELDF is making available a serialization of Ben Price's book. Read this award-winning book in free installments of downloadable pdf files on our website. This webinar will focus on HOW WEALTH RULES - PART ONE - One Right to Rule Them All, The Dark Side of Property. Please read Part One in advance of the webinar. You will find all relevant content in the registration link below.  More information and registration here

 

April 11, 12, 18, 19, 2023, 9:00 – 11:30 PM.  CELDF Democracy School.  Additional information on CELDF's Democracy School, including the Zoom link, will be sent to you closer to the start of the school.  Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.  Cost $40.00.  Register here.

 

Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 12:00 PM.  The Warped Universe: the quest to discover Einstein’s elusive gravitational waves.  Scientists for Palestine and the Bisan Center will welcome Prof. Nergis Mavalvala, Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics and Dean of the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Mavalvala will deliver a captivating lecture describing the 2015 revolutionary discovery of gravitational waves. The Bisan Center for Research and Development which sponsors the BLS and which gives it its name, is a non-governmental, nonprofit, democratic and progressive Civil Society Organization (CSO) that seeks to enhance Palestinian abilities and potentials for building an active civil and democratic community. The Bisan Center is one of the six prominent Palestinian civil society organizations designated by the Israeli Defense Minister “terrorist organizations” on October 19, 2021. The BLS is a response by the international academic community to this baseless Israeli attack on the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, in particular their rights to education and academic freedom. Register here

 

Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  A Structural Approach to Palestinian Health.  The destruction and de-development of the Palestinian health system in the occupied territory, and the inequitable health outcomes of Palestinian citizens of Israel and refugees just beyond its borders, are often theorized as the results of a longstanding conflict. But these health realities are instead best conceptualized as part of a broader effort toward Palestinian dispossession, one in which the United States is an active participant. In the last few years, leading Israeli and international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and B'Tselem, have joined numerous Palestinian voices in declaring that the system of control that dominates Palestinian lives amounts to apartheid. Just as the WHO declared in 1981 that an apartheid system was inconsistent with the right to health, this session will explore how the structures that delimit Palestinian lives generate corrosive health determinants through direct and structural violence, including movement limitations, a healthcare permit regime, inadequate funding and resources, and humanitarian aid dependence, among others. We will also discuss an example of a community-based movement for health improvement and agency in West Bank refugee camps, as well as highlight key steps toward sustainable remediation of Palestinian health determinants. In-person at Tufts University and on zoom.  Register here

 

Friday, April 14, 2023, 1:00 PM.  Webinar – People of Faith Responding to Apartheid.  Palestinian rights group Al-Haq, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, and the global organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have reported that Israel has created a situation of apartheid. Unitarian Universalists are urged to center Palestinians as their oppression increases. Panelists will give an update on the situation on the ground in Palestine/Israel and then guide attendees in how they can take action as people of faith. A new initiative, Apartheid-Free Communities, will be introduced. Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East.  Register here

 

Sunday, April 16, 2023, 3:00 PM.  Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: Marketing the Israeli Occupation - Part One.   “Support for Israel” is often called the third-rail of U.S. politics. Any elected official daring to criticize Israel in any way will get “burned.” Why is that? What exactly is the Israel Lobby, and what is the extent of its power?  When Al Jazeera produced a 4-part documentary series on this lobbying “industry,” it received such intense pressure it was forced to cancel the broadcast. Then, The Electronic Intifada posted a leaked copy. THE LOBBY–USA, Episode 4 of series follows an undercover journalist posing as a pro-Israel volunteer who gets unprecedented access to the operations of Israel lobby groups in Washington, D.C. We watch as Israel’s covert campaign strives to influence partisan politics, campus life, major network news reporting, and social media in America. This will be the first in a series of VFHL salons on the theme “Marketing the Israeli Occupation.”  Register below and join us on April 16 at 3:00 PM Eastern for a discussion of the film "The Lobby - USA (Episode 4)" with panelists: Grant Smith, author and Director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, Edward Ahmed Mitchell, National Deputy Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  Our moderator will be Rebecca Wilkomerson, author and former Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace.  Watch the Trailer: https://tinyurl.com/VFHL-TheLobby. Once you register, you will get a confirmation email from Zoom with a link to the meeting and a link with to watch the film.  Watch the film at your convenience before the event.  Then join the salon with your thoughts and questions for our speakers at the Q&A Discussion on April 16 at 3:00 PM.  Register here

 

Monday, April 17, 2023, 6:00 – 7:00 PM.  Anti-Death Penalty Statewide Grassroots Meeting.  Over the past two years, the No Death Penalty Ohio Coalition built a movement that saw historic legislative progress. Though the legislation that would end Ohio’s death penalty did not pass, we are determined to keep pushing for repeal. It’s a new session and new bills ending Ohio’s death penalty are poised for introduction. Join us at a statewide grassroots meeting to learn about the campaign, ignite or reignite the spark for abolishing the death penalty, and to learn how you can play a role.  We need people like you to join the bipartisan movement to end the death penalty.  Register for the meeting here

 

Thursday, April 20, 2023, 6:30 – 7:30 PM.  SURJ Meetings – Every Third Thursday.  Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills, and political analysis to act for change. Some meetings will be in-person and some will be via zoom, however in-person meetings will be hybrid for those unable to attend in-person. The best way to get updates on if meetings will be fully virtual or hybrid is via the monthly e-newsletter or via SURJCO’s social media channels (Instagram: @surjco614; Facebook: @surjco).  CLICK HERE to register for the zoom link and to add all upcoming meetings to your calendar.  Interested in getting involved, but can't attend the next meeting? Email us at surjcentralohio@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, April 23, 2023, 3:00 PM.  Lesbian Visibility Week.  Come and celebrate the LBA's (Lesbians Benefitting the Arts) first Lesbian Visibility Week!  Dr. Bonnie Morris - professor, author, speaker and historian, will be speaking about her most recent book "What's The Score: 25 Years of Teaching Women's Sports History".   Location:  Open Door Art Studio and Gallery, 1050 Goodale Blvd, Columbus 43212.

Monday, April 24, 2023, 1:30 PM.  The Joint Memorial Ceremony.   Every year, the Joint Memorial Ceremony takes place on Yom Hazikaron - Israel’s Memorial Day, a solemn day in which Israelis remember those they have lost to the ongoing violence. Traditionally, this day and related ceremonies erase the Palestinian experience and reinforce narratives of blame and hopelessness.  The American Friends of Combatants for Peace Joint Memorial Ceremony is different - it provides a unique opportunity for Israelis and Palestinians to grieve and heal together. In mourning side by side, we seek not to equate narratives but to transform despair into hope and build bridges of deep compassion that can change reality. By unifying our pain and longing for peace, we demonstrate to the world our power to stop the violence, end the occupation, and co-create a safe and free future. More information here.  Register here

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 7:00 PM.  Negotiating Medicare Prescription Drug PricesWill It Really Work? Will it really work? How will it work? How do they pick the drugs that get negotiated pricing?  Why are they doing so few drugs?  Will this be sustainable?  What happens if there is a change of party and ideology in Washington?  Join SPAN Ohio to will from Margaret McInnes, health care legislative aide for Representative Marcy Kaptur and Benjamin Rome, MD, MPH.  Dr. Rome is an Associate Physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Primary Care and a faculty member of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. As a primary care physician at the Phyllis Jen Center, Dr. Rome is committed to providing patient-centered and evidenced-based care, including prevention and chronic disease management.  In addition to seeing patients, he spends time researching prescription drug prices, including how out-of-pocket costs affect patient medication adherence. Single Payer Action Network Ohio.  Register here

 

 

Sunday, May 7, 2023, 2:00 – 5:00 PM.  May Day Celebration.  Join the Central Ohio Workers Center for a community celebration.  Location:  Westgate Park Shelter House, Columbus, Ohio. 

 

Monday, May 15, 2023, 7:00 PM.  Repression of Human Rights in the Middle East: The U.S. role. Despite a recent orientation toward great power competition with China and Russia, the United States continues to play a major role in the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. provides vast resources – military aid, economic assistance, arms transfers, political support – to the region’s leaders, nearly all of whom have presided over years of human rights abuse in their countries. Yet, U.S. influence in the region is waning, and new poles are emerging, including around Israel and the Gulf. This discussion will explore America’s role in the Middle East and North Africa and its impact on the repression of human rights.  Our speaker, Allison McManus, is the managing director of the Freedom Initiative, a Washington D.C.-based organization dedicated to ending abusive detention practices in the Middle East and North Africa. She previously served as the research director of the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.  Register here