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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, February 6, 2023, 12:00 – 1:30 PM. Water, War, and Diplomacy in Human History. If the wars of this century were fought over oil, the wars of the next century will be fought over water” - Ismail Serageldin, Vice-President, World Bank, 1995. This oft-quoted prediction of a world at war with itself is a reminder of the tremendous, existential importance of fresh, clean water for human life. But, we should ask, how often do human communities actually take up violence as a solution to water crises? How accurate is Serageldin’s prediction and what are the specific conditions that most likely spark a “water war”? When does water scarcity act as a crisis multiplier leading to battle? Or, does water, because it is so non-negotiable to human life, lead more readily to compromise, diplomacy, and peaceful resolutions. Nicholas Breyfogle (History) leads us in discussion. Location: Derby Hall room 1039, 154 N Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210. Register here.
Monday, February 6, 2023, 7:00 PM. Central Ohio Indivisible Monthly Leadership and Planning Meeting. We’ll be looking back at the work we did in 2022 and looking ahead to what we want to take on in 2023. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Register HERE.
Tuesday, February 7, 2033, 9:00 – 11:00 PM. A Civil Rights Conversation: Novelist Jamila Minnicks & Dr. Hasan Jeffries! Jamila Minnicks, recipient of the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, will be in conversation with noted Ohio State University civil rights scholar Hasan Jeffries to discuss Minnicks’s debut novel, Moonrise Over New Jessup, a thought-provoking and enchanting debut about a Black woman doing whatever it takes to protect all she loves at the beginning of the civil rights movement in Alabama. Minnicks’s novel is both a celebration of Black joy and a timely examination of the opposing viewpoints that attended desegregation in America. Location: Gramercy Books, 2424 East Main Street Columbus, OH 43209. Cost $5.00 (waived with purchase of the book). More information and link to registration/ticket purchase here.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 11:00 AM. Fugitive Dreams. Join Kumi Now as we celebrate the recent release of Ramsey Hanhan‘s book Fugitive Dreams: Chronicles of Occupation and Resistance. We will be joined by the author, Ramsey Hanhan. Register here.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 6:30 (social time), 7:00 PM Forum. Clintonville Area Progressives Meeting Candidates Forum for Columbus City Council. We will discuss the new election process for the City Council. This is the first election with districts for those elected to Council. There are some wrinkles to this procedure to explain and learn about. We have commitments from several candidates. Come and learn about them and how our City Council will change after this election. Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whetstone Branch, 3909 N. High St., Columbus 43214.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio Virtual Voices. We are excited to host our next Virtual Voices event featuring Treva B. Lindsey, an award-winning Black feminist historian, professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University, and author. Professor Lindsey will join our own President and CEO, Iris E. Harvey, for a conversation on Black feminism and the impact of anti-Blackness. Professor Lindsey is the founder of the Transformative Black Feminism Initiative at The Ohio State University and the co-founder of Black Feminist Night School at Zora's House in Columbus. Her latest book entitled America, Goddam: Violence, Black Women, and The Struggle for Justice explores contemporary violence against Black women and girls and how they mobilize to halt violence against them. Register here.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 8:00 PM. CODEPINK Congress Capitol Calling Party - our People's State of the Union. An hour before President Biden delivers his State of the Union address, CODEPINK Congress will deliver our own non-partisan People’s State of the Union. Join us as we discuss whether it’s time–in the interests of world peace and justice– to wish President Biden a happy retirement come 2024. Register here.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 3:00 – 4:15 PM. Limited Paradigms. Part 2 of the four-part series, Learning and Unlearning Palestine, co-organized by the al-Shabaka and the Foundation for Middle East Peace, featuring: Dr. Muhannad Ayyash and Dr. Lana Tatour in conversation with Al Shabaka Senior Analyst Dr. Yara Hawari. More information and to register for the webinar here.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 6:00 PM. Fair Districts Ohio All Volunteer Huddle. Register here.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 6:00 PM. Ramp Up for Repro. Fired up to protect abortion rights in 2023 but aren't sure where to start? Join Pro-Choice Ohio during February's Ramp Up for Repro! Our monthly Ramp Up for Repro! trainings will further acquaint you with political advocacy tactics, repro lingo, and help you find the best way to get involved. Every month, we'll dive into movement ecology, abortion messaging, the current landscape of abortion access, and provide next steps for you to take action! Register here.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 8:00 PM. Peace in Ukraine (a War Industry Resisters Network webinar). The war in Ukraine tragically goes on and on, creating enormous suffering, most intensely inside Ukraine, but also across Russia, and, with soaring energy prices and grain shortages, around the planet. The United States continues to send billions of dollars worth of military weapons to Ukraine, generating enormous profits for the war industry. This webinar will examine how US military contractors and the energy companies are benefiting from the war, their influence in government policies, and how we can oppose the war profiteers and politicians who are content to see this war drag on and on. Speakers: Medea Benjamin is a co-founder of CODEPINK, Nicolas J. S. Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands, and Dan Kovalik who teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. More information and registration here.
Thursday, February 9 and 16, 2023, 7:00 PM. Black Workers and the American Labor Movement: Reconstruction to Modern Day. The stories of well-known trailblazers are ripe for Black History Month and are usually part of the narrative concerning the Black experience in America. This year, United Steelworkers Civil and Human Rights Department invites members to learn about the collective work of Black people who may not be well-known, but whose gifts to labor and labor history are invaluable. We will take a journey from Reconstruction to the present, to re-examine Black peoples’ bestowal in labor history, and to grasp the importance and urgency of organizing Black workers for a healthy and growing labor movement. Register here.
Thursday, February 9, 2023, 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Webinar: The Impact of the Radical Right on Palestinian Civil Society. A conversation with Palestinian businessman, activist and entrepreneur, Sam Bahour on the new Israeli government, and how its policies will affect all aspects of Palestinian Civil Society - and what can be done about it. Register here.
Thursday, February 9, 2023, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The Deadly Intersection of White Supremacy and Firearms. Experts and survivors will discuss the intersection of white supremacy, political violence and firearms and the devastation it causes. White supremacy not only encompasses the belief that white people are inherently superior to people of other races – it also constitutes the political, social, and economic structures that enable white people to retain power over people of other races. Hate crimes and political violence are expressions of as well as functions of the maintenance of white supremacy. The intersection of access to guns, hate crimes, and political violence enable violent and deadly manifestations of white supremacy that serve to maintain the status quo and prevent Black, Brown, and Indigenous people from attaining and exercising social, political, and economic power in the United States. The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative are co-hosting a virtual symposium "The Deadly Intersection of White Supremacy and Firearms." The event is supported by the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. More information and registration here.
Thursday, February 9, 2023, 12:30 PM. Assault on the Judiciary: Inside Netanyahu’s Plan to Establish and Dominate an Illiberal Israel. In recent weeks, tens of thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets to protest Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plan to overturn Israel’s form of government: To undo the separation of powers, end judicial oversight, and remove any remaining checks and balances that limit his power, and that of the Israeli rightwing. With Israeli resisters describing this as no less than an “autocoup”, Netanyahu’s designs have elicited comparisons to Orbán’s Hungary, Erdoğan’s Turkey, even Putin’s Russia. Partners for Progressive Israel will be joined by a panel of experts who will explain the nuts-and-bolts of Netanyahu’s so-called “judicial reform” and also explore how the changes would serve as a cornerstone for the Israeli right’s broader agenda, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territory. Following the discussion, there will be time for Q&A with the Zoom audience. Register for the webinar here.
Thursday, February 9, 2023, 7:00 PM. Reimagining Public Safety: People For's All Safe Policy Solutions. Join People for the American way for a discussion of the events that occurred in Memphis around the tragic and preventable death of Tyre Nichols. As tragedies like these continue to unfold around the country, what is clear is that the culture of violence and abuse within police departments is a failure of the U.S. policing system – not just of individual officers. Police killings and other egregious abuses will never end until we adopt long-term systemic solutions that weed out violent officers in the application process and change systems so we prioritize unarmed responses to non-violent emergencies. Speakers will be: London Lamar, Tennessee State Senator who represents the Memphis area, Andrea Sosa, Policy Manager at PFAW, and Alana Byrd, Field Director at PFAW. During the call we’ll talk about the tragedy in Memphis, practical policy reforms that are discussed in the All Safe report, and ways advocates can engage right now to create change in their communities. Register here.
Thursday, February 9, 2023, 8:30 – 9:30 PM. Welcome to Sunrise! It’s us vs. fossil fuel executives and the politicians they employ driving us to climate catastrophe... We can’t let them win. We must be as ambitious as our opponents. It's time for us to get serious about building long term power and organizing a movement across race and class that can transform our society and take over every level of government. Sunrise is building a movement of young people across race and class to stop the climate crisis and win a Green New Deal. We will force the government to end the reign of fossil fuel elites, invest in Black, brown and working class communities, and create millions of good union jobs. We’re on a mission to put everyday people back in charge and build a world that works for all of us, now and for generations to come. Join us for a 1-hr video call every Tuesday and Friday evening to connect with people like you across the country, hear our plan to win, and find your home in the movement. Register here.
Thursday, February 9, 2023, 7:00 – 9:30 PM. February program: Is nuclear power a great way or a terrible way to cut CO2? Several prominent thinkers, including Bill McKibben, Greta Thunberg, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, are saying that we need nuclear power to combat climate change. Others, including the Sierra Club, NRDC, and Greenpeace, oppose all nuclear power. Illinois's Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) promotes nuclear power through 2030 but phases it out by 2050. Is nuclear power an important part of a carbon-free future or a danger that we must avoid? We will hear from experts on both sides of this question. David Kraft of Chicago is a safe-energy/anti-nuclear advocate and co-founder of Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS). He has served as its director since its inception in 1981. He has been called upon to testify in hearings related to nuclear power at the state and federal levels. Madison Hilly of Chicago is founder and executive director of the Campaign for a Green Nuclear Deal (CGND). She has supported and co-authored analyses that have been cited in Forbes, the Washington Post, USA Today, and the New York Times. Alan Medsker of Arlington Heights is Illinois coordinator of CGND. This in-person in Indiana is also available online. Register here.
Friday, February 10, 2023, 7:00 PM. John F. Kennedy's Peace Speech. Join Massachusetts Peace Action for a video showing and discussion of John F. Kennedy's Peace speech. Hosted by Marty Schotz (Chair, JFK Peace Speech Committee). Register here.
Friday, February 10, 2022, 5:00 - 5:30 PM. GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding. Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.
Saturday, February 11, 2023, 10:00 AM. Gun Violence is a Healthcare Issue. Gun violence is a crisis in the United States. From Sandy Hook to Las Vegas to Dayton to Uvalde and too many more, we mourn each loss of life. But little is said about the survivors. What hap-pens to the people who witness such violence and survive it? How do school children deal with the aftermath of their classmates’ deaths? How does gun violence tax our health care system? Panelists are Kelly Drane, Research Director, Giffords Law Center, Dr. John Leskovan, Trauma Surgeon, St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, Toledo, and Students Demand Action (invited). Gun violence is far more deadly than many of us realize. Join Single Payer Action Network (SPAN Ohio) for this webinar. Register here.
Sunday, February 12, 2023, 2:00 PM. GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding. Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.
February 12, 2023, 5:30 PM dinner, 6:30 PM film, 8:00 PM discussion. Worthington Interfaith Neighbors 2023 Film Series. Where do We Go Now. Christians and Muslims lived peacefully together for years in this small Lebanese village, but animosities begin to build among the men as a result of slights and misunderstandings. The women of the village conspire to avert sectarian strife though a series of harebrained plans, none of which succeeds in slowing down the escalating spiral of violence. When tragedy strikes, the women find themselves driven to make a deeply personal sacrifice for the sake of peace. - The Oddball. LEBANESE DINNER CATERED BY OLIVE AND LIME. Meal reservation email@example.com in advance. Location: Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St., Worthington, Ohio 43085. Discussion tickets $5 cash at door.
Sunday, February 12, 2023, 3:00 PM. Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: "'Til Kingdom Come." Millions of American Evangelicals are praying for the State of Israel. Among them are a dynasty of Kentucky pastors and their Evangelical congregants in an impoverished coal mining town. They donate sacrificially to Israel’s foremost philanthropic organization, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, because they fervently believe the Jews are crucial to Jesus’ return. This film traces this unusual relationship, from rural Kentucky to the halls of government in Washington, through the moving of the American Embassy in Jerusalem and to plans for annexing the West Bank. It exposes a stunning backstory of the Trump and Netanyahu administrations, where financial, political and messianic motivations intersect with the apocalyptic worldview that is insistently reshaping American foreign policy toward Israel. Watch the film for free at your convenience; then join the Q&A Discussion on February 12 with an expert panel: Mark Braverman: Author, Executive Director of Kairos USA, Bruce Fisk: Author, Senior Research Fellow at Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East, Maya Zinshtein: Israeli Filmmaker and investigative journalist, and Don Wagner: Author, Presbyterian Minister, former National Program Director at FOSNA. WHEN YOU REGISTER BELOW, you will immediately get a "Meeting Registration Approved" note with your Q&A login. ALSO YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM ZOOM IN YOUR INBOX with links for watching the film. Be sure to review that email. This event is co-sponsored by: Churches for Middle East Peace and Episcopal Peace Fellowship - Palestine Israel Network. Watch the Trailer: http://tinyurl.com/VFHL-KingdomTrailer. Register here.
Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 1:00 PM. Webinar: The new Israeli far-right government — and the resistance to it. Join Just Vision, +972 Magazine and Local Call on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 pm ET for a timely webinar on the new far-right Israeli government, the escalation in violence in Israel-Palestine, and the responses coming from communities on the ground. It’s been just over a month since the new Israeli government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu and a collection of ultra-nationalist coalition partners, was sworn in. Over this short time period, the world has been watching as the government begins advancing its hardline agenda that includes weakening the judiciary and the media, intensifying the brutal oppression of Palestinians, accelerating annexation in the West Bank, stripping funding from culture shapers who challenge Israeli policy and much more. In Israeli society, opposition to the government has grown quickly, with diverse communities — from lawyers and former judges, to LGBTQ+ rights activists, to the high tech and finance sectors — all joining the mass anti-government protests, the largest the country has seen in over a decade. Meanwhile, Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation and rule have remained defiant in the face of increased police, army and settler violence, including a recent deadly incursion on Jenin refugee camp, followed by a deadly attack on Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem. And yet, experts and analysts remain uncertain: are we witnessing a watershed moment in Israel-Palestine, or merely a continuation of a decades-long reality of Israeli impunity and Palestinian oppression? Are the anti-government protests a call to return to the “normal” status quo of occupation and apartheid, or could they turn into a true call for change across Israel-Palestine? Register here.
Sunday, February 19, 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.
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 3:30 PM. US Grand Strategy and the Ukraine War. The Mershon Center for International Security Studies welcomes Dr. Thomas Mahnken to the Ohio Union Senate Chamber. Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He is a Senior Research Professor at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). This event is co-sponsored by the Koch Foundation. Register here.
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Legislative Update & Lobby Training. The Ohio Legislature recently kicked off the 135th General Assembly, and some bills of interest to the Sierra Club are starting to be introduced. Join Sierra Club Ohio to learn more about the Club's legislative priorities in 2023 and specifically about the biennial statewide Transportation Budget bill, which will be introduced by the Governor in early February. We will also conduct a brief lobby training that covers how to effectively communicate with state and local decision-makers about our priorities. Register here.
Thursday, February 23, 2023, 7:00 PM. OH-OH-The Current State of Gun Laws in Ohio. Please join Moms Demand Action for an overview of the current state of gun laws in Ohio. Over the past decade, Ohio gun laws have become progressively laxer, while gun deaths have continued to rise. In the 134th General Assembly, the Ohio legislature passed Stand Your Ground, Permitless Carry, and Arming Untrained Teachers, three policies we had been fighting off for years. As we regroup for future legislative advocacy, including our in-person Advocacy Day on March 22, please join us for a review of where we stand on gun laws in Ohio, and a discussion of a way forward. News Flash! We will have breakout rooms for short local group meetings at the end of the main meeting. Register for the zoom meeting here.
Friday, February 24, 2023, 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM. The Ohio State Law Journal presents their 2023 Symposium: The Ukraine War and its Legal Ramifications. The keynote address will be given by Harold Hongju Koh who is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He returned to Yale Law School in January 2013 after serving for nearly four years as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. This event will feature panels on US National Security Law, the Economic War and its Legal Ramifications, International Law and the Use of Force, and Human Security and Justice. Peter Mansoor, Mershon’s General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History, will give the welcome. This program is presented by Vorys and co-sponsored by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Jones Day, and Baker Hostetler. Location: Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, OSU, 55 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210. Register here to attend in-person or online.
Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Webinar: The Impact of the Radical Right on Human Rights. A conversation with Sarit Michaeli, International Advocacy Director of B'tselem and Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch. The focus of this talk will be the new Israeli government, and how its policies will effect human rights across the region. Register here.
Friday, March 3, 2023, 5:00 PM – Sunday, March 5, 2023, 3:00 PM. Amnesty International USA's 2023 Virtual Annual General Meeting. For more than 60 years, Amnesty International USA has hosted our Annual General Meeting. Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth, and dignity are denied. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) is an opportunity for members and activists to come together and inspire one another, learn about each other’s efforts and campaigns, share stories and experiences, and listen and participate in our sessions and panels. Throughout the weekend, you will meet and interact with individuals and groups who share your commitment to human rights. We hope that when you leave AGM, you leave with new skills, inspiring stories, and a refreshed sense of hope and determination. Join us for AGM in March! Cost: $10-15. Register for the online conference and more information here. The in-person conference registration in San Diego ($55 – 145) is here.
March 3 – 12, 2023. One Earth Film Festival. Check it out here.
Wednesday, March 23, 2023, 9:00 AM. OH-OH-Advocacy Day 2023. Join Moms Demand Action for Advocacy Day 2023, a critical day of action at the Ohio Statehouse. We will kick off the event with a rally for safety and sensible gun laws. Following the rally, we will meet with our state representatives and senators to share why we care about gun violence prevention and need common sense gun reforms. We want to share the concerns of rural, urban, and suburban supporters across the state of every political stripe. Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. More information and registration here.