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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, November 28, 2022, 8:00 PM.  Move the Money "What's War Got to Do With It? Fund Human Need Not Pentagon Greed."  This webinar will address the ways in which military and national security state spending undercuts domestic social program funding and detracts from meeting already underserved human needs. Presentation speakers will be Sandy Eaton of CCDS and the Massachusetts Care Single-Payer Network and Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director for the Coalition of Funding Human Needs.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 11:00 AM.  KUMI Now.  The Kairos Document. In the midst of apartheid, it was difficult to see a future where apartheid was no more. Yet, in 1985, forward-thinking South African theologians came together to issue the Kairos Document. Its goal was to look critically at the misuse of Christian theology used to justify apartheid, and by doing so then unite Christians to action in order to challenge apartheid. This remarkable example of liberation theology and introspection was a driving force in the Christian reaction to apartheid and has served as a model for other movements around the world. Thus, during the 2008–9 assault on Gaza, as Christians were looking for a path towards peace, it was the South African document that led the way.  You can read the Kairos Palestine document, and then sign the "Cry of Hope".    Register here.    

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, How to Act in Solidarity with the Palestinian People.  On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2022, you’re invited to join us for a live discussion on what bold and active solidarity looks like. For 74+ years, the native Palestinian people have been resisting Israel’s violent colonialism and fighting for freedom. And right now, the Palestinian people are loudly demanding justice in the streets, calling on the world to finally stop Israel’s horrific violence. You can respond to their call here in the U.S., where our government actively funds the Israeli military by $3.8+ billion a year.  Justice is political, and to achieve it we must support the Palestinian people’s demands. Nov. 29 is both #PalestineSolidarityDay and #GivingTuesday, a day you can answer the call to solidarity. Join us to learn more about how you can take action, from supporting BDS, to organizing, to giving to USCPR’s work for Palestinian liberation.  Featured speakers: Mariam Barghouti, Palestinian journalist and researcher, and Iman Abid, Organizing & Advocacy Director at USCPR. Moderated by USCPR Executive Director Ahmad Abuznaid.  Register here

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 4:00 – 5:15 PM.  Fiction and Non-Fiction in time of Catastrophe.  Intellectuals Fleeing Europe Under Nazi OccupationA public event with Adrien Bosc (writer and publisher, resident at Villa Albertine, New York), Bruno Cabanes (Professor of History, Ohio State), Alice Conklin (Professor of History, Ohio State), and Eric Jennings (Professor of History, University of Toronto).  In his novel Capitaine (2008; translated as: Outrageous Horizon in 2021) prize-winning writer and publisher Adrien Bosc traces the improbable voyage of a cargo-ship crammed with intellectual titans, considered “undesirable” by the Vichy regime, and hunted by the Nazis, from Marseille to the Americas via Martinique in 1941. The story of these personalities on board the Capitaine Paul Lemerle, including André Breton and Claude Levi-Strauss, covers some very similar ground to renowned historian Eric Jennings’s recent book of non-fiction titled Escape from Vichy: the Refugee Exodus to the French Caribbean (Harvard University Press, 2018), which follows this as well as many other transatlantic crossings during World War II.  This event, co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Center for Excellence at the Ohio State Department of French and Italian, will shed light on intellectual life in France under Nazi occupation, the exile of scholars, artists, and thinkers, some of them French Jews, other German dissidents, or Spanish Republicans, as well as on the complex relationship between fiction and history.  Location:  Thompson Library, Room 165, OSU.  More information here

 

Tuesday, November 29, 4:00 PM.  English Book Club – The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin.  Join us for our next Book Club meeting, hosted by OSU Department of English faculty, and enjoy conversation about some of the greatest books of all time. The featured books are a mix of titles submitted by our alumni, along with some faculty favorites. Titles are available from your local library digital books program or your local bookstores.  Register here

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 8:00 PM.  Expanding Our Conversation on Israel-PalestineJehad Abusalim, the Education and Policy Coordinator of the Palestine Activism Program at the American Friends Service Committee and a PHD candidate in Jewish history at New York University, will be our speaker.  The Gaza Strip, home to 2.2 million Palestinians of whom 70 percent are 1948 refugees, is often described as the world's largest open-air prison and a site of brutal siege, blockade, and recurring military escalation. However, the current discourse on Gaza lacks the depth, nuance, and context necessary to make sense of the Gazan experience and to understand Gaza's place in the broader Palestinian quest for return and liberation. Jehad Abusalim will situate Gaza's story within the broader context of Palestinian history and politics and explore Gaza's past, its present reality, and visions for its future.   Jehad Abusalim is Education and Policy Coordinator of the Palestine Activism Program at the American Friends Service Committee. He is completing his PhD in History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, focusing on Arab and Palestinian intellectual discourse on Zionism, antisemitism, and the plight of the Jewish people in Europe between 1870 and 1948. He also studies the social and political history of Gaza Strip and the continuing impact of the Nakba. Abusalim has been published in the Washington Post, al-Jazeera, the New Arab, and Vox. He recently co-edited Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire, an anthology of essays and poems available from Haymarket Books. Abusalim is from Gaza. He family currently lives there.  Register here

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 7:00 PM.  Trump’s Appeal in ‘Lost-Cause’ America: The roots of MAGA in the lost war in Vietnam.  Some observers find Trumpist roots in the 1990s' broadcasts of Rush Limbaugh and the political voice of Pat Buchanan. Jerry Lembcke looks deeper and sees the lost war in Vietnam as the spawning ground for Trumpism's revanchist themes.  Jerry Lembcke is a Vietnam Veteran, author several books on the aftermath of Vietnam, and Associate Professor Emeritus at the College of the Holy Cross.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM. Today’s Refugees, Tomorrow’s Deportees: When Forced Migration & White Supremacy are Public PolicyWhile we support refugees and understand how they are subject to forced migration, “refugee” is simply a label. Once settled in the US that label denotes a temporary status on the way to legal permanent resident and often citizenship. However, missteps and misfortune during that process can result in a new label- “deportee.” Scholarly work on forced migration often leaves out the practice of deportation because of an assumption that the state is acting with just authority. However, when the current US practice of deportation is placed in the broader historical context of colonization, the transatlantic slave trade and the American Colonization Society, as well as Jim Crow and mass incarceration, it tells a very different story. This expanded narrative cannot be explained without considering white supremacy as a “push factor.” In this new context forced migration is also not unidirectional but rather multidirectional and at times cyclical. Our panelists all have experience with deportation from different perspectives. We hope that they will challenge participants to help redefine deportation as being a part of forced migration that is often state sponsored violence, propelled by white supremacy.  All are invited to join this Pax Christi webinar. More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, Trump’s Appeal in ‘Lost-Cause’ America: The roots of MAGA in the lost war in Vietnam.  Some observers find Trumpist roots in the 1990s' broadcasts of Rush Limbaugh and the political voice of Pat Buchanan. Jerry Lembcke looks deeper and sees the lost war in Vietnam as the spawning ground for Trumpism's revanchist themes. Jerry Lembcke is a Vietnam Veteran, author several books on the aftermath of Vietnam, and Associate Professor Emeritus at the College of the Holy Cross.

Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here.

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 7:00 PM.  Inhale/Exhale.  Ohio Voice.  Inhale/Exhale is a space for restorative healing for organizers and activists in our lovely ecosystem. We welcome all organizers in the progressive and left movements to honor their bodies by resting and entering this space to learn various ways to heal.  Register here

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 8:00 PM.  Expanding Our Conversation on Israel-PalestineA series of learning opportunities featuring Palestinian scholars and activists. Sponsored by congregations affiliated with the Reconstructionist movement. Jehad Abusalim is the Education and Policy Coordinator of the Palestine Activism Program at the American Friends Service Committee. His presentation is entitled, “Light in Gaza: Reflections on Gaza's Past, Present, and Future.” He is completing his PhD in History and Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, focusing on Arab and Palestinian intellectual discourse on Zionism, antisemitism, and the plight of the Jewish people in Europe between 1870 and 1948.  Register here

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022, 12:00 PM. A Deadly Year for Palestinian Children.  Please join the #nowaytotreatachild campaign co-leaders from Defense for Children International - Palestine and American Friends Service Committee for a webinar.  We will share an analysis of documentation by Defense for Children International - Palestine of situations where Israeli forces have killed, detained, and injured Palestinian children in 2022—a particularly deadly year for Palestinian children. We'll also share a roundup of U.S. election results and the impact on advocacy for Palestinian rights.  Register here

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 6:00 PM. Ramp Up for Repro! There are many ways to join the movement for reproductive freedom — if you're not sure where to start, looking for more information, or want to deepen your involvement, then join Pro-Choice Ohio as we 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! Find registration links on our events page

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 7:00 PM.   Skirting History: Reflections by Eva Moseley.  Eva Moseley was on the MAPA board from 1987, when she moved to Cambridge from Medford, until 2022.  She was one of the founders of its Palestine/Israel Working Group, and one of the organizers of our Music for Peace concert series.  In Medford, she was active in the Freeze movement, organizing her comrades to march in the militaristic Memorial Day parade, and glad to be represented by Ed Markey when he was first elected to the House. She was born in Vienna and was able to emigrate with her secular Jewish family in 1939.  Her memoir, Skirting History: Holocaust Refugee to Dissenting Citizen, details memories of her own life against the background of war and Cold War, with examples of how public events impinge on private lives.  The story includes growing up among other lefty refugees, education at some of the “best” public and private schools, a pre-Roe abortion, a precipitous marriage, and an unsolved murder; here and there in among the sometimes grim story are jokes and even a few recipes.  Socrates might not approve of Eva but he might approve of her attempts to live, and write about, an examined life.  Register here

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 7:00 PM.  Skirting History: Reflections by Eva Moseley.  Eva Moseley was on the MAPA board from 1987, when she moved to Cambridge from Medford, until 2022.  She was one of the founders of its Palestine/Israel Working Group, and one of the organizers of our Music for Peace concert series.  In Medford, she was active in the Freeze movement, organizing her comrades to march in the militaristic Memorial Day parade, and glad to be represented by Ed Markey when he was first elected to the House. She was born in Vienna and was able to emigrate with her secular Jewish family in 1939.  Her memoir, Skirting History: Holocaust Refugee to Dissenting Citizen, details memories of her own life against the background of war and Cold War, with examples of how public events impinge on private lives.  The story includes growing up among other lefty refugees, education at some of the “best” public and private schools, a pre-Roe abortion, a precipitous marriage, and an unsolved murder; here and there in among the sometimes grim story are jokes and even a few recipes.  Socrates might not approve of Eva but he might approve of her attempts to live, and write about, an examined life.  Register here

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 8:00 – 10:00 PM.  Ending the War in Ukraine, Not Life on Earth.  Please join Ryan Black, Mandy Carter, Dennis Kucinich, Pastor Mike McBride, Khury Petersen-Smith, David Swanson, Marcy Winograd, and Ann Wright for a discussion on ending the war in Ukraine.  Register here

 

Thursday, December 1, 2022, Truth Killers: The Corporate Media and the Military-Industrial Complex.  The first casualty of war, and militarism, is the truth. And the corporate mainstream media works diligently hand-in-glove with the US military-industrial complex to make this happen. Through its unquestioning repetition of government propaganda, its lies of omission, and its ratings-hungry war mongering, the media have become an essential part of the information war so endemic to US imperialism. This webinar will describe this deadly relationship and how it has evolved to the point where virtually no dissent, no call for peace, no real understanding of declared adversaries is allowed. From Operation Mockingbird to CIA Director William Casey’s famous quote (“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false”), the control of the US public’s perceptions of its government’s role in the world has been long in the making.  Now that we are on the brink of nuclear armageddon as a result of the US/NATO pursuit of continuous war against Russia and soon, it appears, with China, it has never been more important to see through the lies fed to us from the corporate media. This webinar is a step in that direction.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here

 

Thursday, December 1, 2022, 5:30 – 7:00 PM.  Joseph J. Kurzel Lecture:  A Conversation with Fiona Hill. Fiona Hill visits the Mershon Center for a conversation on the latest developments in the war on Ukraine and their implications for world affairs. Hill is the Robert Bosch Senior Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. She served as deputy assistant to the president and senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council from 2017 to 2019. From 2006 to 2009, she served as national intelligence officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council. She has researched and published extensively on issues related to Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, regional conflicts, energy, and strategic issues. Most recently, she is author of “There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century” (Mariner Books, 2021) and co-author of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” (Brookings Institution Press, 2015). She holds a master’s degree in Soviet studies and a doctorate in history from Harvard University and a master’s in Russian and modern history from St. Andrews University in Scotland. She also has pursued studies at Moscow’s Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages. Hill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Location:  OSU Pomerene Hall, Ideation Zone, Building 067, 1760 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210.  More information and link to registration here

 

Friday, December 2, 2022, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Fire Drill Fridays with Jane Fonda.  Firefighters - it's time!  This December 2, we are getting back out in the streets of our nation's capital to sound the alarm on the climate emergency.  Join Jane Fonda and friends for a day of inspiration and action. Make your voice heard and demand a cleaner, greener, healthier world. And of course, wear your red!  Can't make it in person? Not to worry – the event will be live-streaming on firedrillfridays.com, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, so you can rally with us from wherever you are.  Location:  Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.  Register here

 

Friday, December 2, 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

 

Friday, December 2, 2022, 4:00 - 5:00 PM.  Honk and Wave for Our Revolution. Join us at the pedestrian bridge overlooking route 315 (near Whetstone Park) as we wave to the folks on their way home for the weekend. bring signs and a smile and a wave!  Location:  4261 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214.  Register with Our Revolution here

 

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  Occupy for Our Revolution.  Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity.  Register with Our Revolution here

 

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Facing our Challenges in Dangerous Times. We live at a time characterized by numerous dire threats to justice, peace, and the very stability of our country. Among these threats are rampant militarism, galloping climate change, growing inequality, an ongoing and divisive pandemic, and the emergence of a dangerous right-wing extremist movement. The goal of this Conference is to explore with activists and thought leaders how to address these enormous obstacles to the fulfillment of a progressive vision.  Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and others.  Location:  Worcester State University, May Street Building, 280 May St, Worcester, MA 01602 and online.  Cost: $40.00.   More information here

 

Sunday, December 4, 2022, 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

 

December 4, 2022, 4:00 PM.  Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) Prayer Gathering and Potluck Dinner will address the theme: “Compassion & Responsibility in This Time of Turmoil: with our Heads, Hearts, Words and Hands.”  The theme reflects that we live in a time of turmoil – that calls for both compassion and responsibility. IACO has used the phrase: Heads, Hearts, and Hands – as part of our annual Prayer Gathering in the past -- to reflect that we need to “understand” the issue and values that bring us together (with our Heads); we need to “feel” the hopes and needs expressed (with our Hearts); and we need to take “action” (with our Hands). This year, we also want to think about how in our “interactions” with others, we can both “hurt and heal” (with our Words). We live in an age where through social media, words can and have been weaponized to defame those who have an opposing view from the speaker.  Participants are asked to bring a vegetarian dish for the potluck.   Location:  University Baptist Church, 50 W. Lane Ave., Columbus.  More information and registration here

 

Sunday, December 4, 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, December 5, 2022, 5:00 PM. Guatemala: Supranational Arbitration As A Pressure TacticThe Peaceful Resistance La Puya is caught in the crosshairs of the first mining company claim against Guatemala for over $400 million dollars, as well as the beginnings of a court-ordered consultation process. In both cases, their struggle of nearly eleven years for clean water, land, health and dignity is at risk of being marginalized. Nevada-based Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA) is only after more profit, whether through its claim being heard in a little-known World Bank arbitration tribunal or restarting its mine. After relying on the Peaceful Resistance’s arguments to defend itself in the arbitration process, the Guatemalan government once again seems to be favoring the company in the early stages of the consultation process. Join us for an update on how these two processes intersect and how La Puya is responding.  With participation from the Peaceful Resistance La Puya, Transnational Institute, El Observador, and Observatorio de Industrias Extractivas.  Register here

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 1:00 PM.  The far right won the Israeli elections. What now?  On November 1, while the US was preparing for the midterm elections, Israeli citizens elected the most overtly racist parliament in the country’s history. Now, as politicians quibble over ministerial posts, declare war on human rights defenders and further entrench Jewish supremacy across Israel-Palestine, those on the frontlines of the struggle for a just future in the region are bracing for the long road ahead. Join Just Vision, Local Call and +972 Magazine for a webinar on some of the key questions Palestinians and Israelis are facing following the elections, including: What do we know thus far of the policy agenda of the new expected coalition government and their impact on marginalized communities? What is the future of Palestinian mobilization inside Israel? How is the new far right different from previous rightwing governments? And can the Israeli anti-occupation camp regroup?  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 11:30 AM – 4:15 PM. 2022 Budget Training Academy Summit.  Join us for an in-person training featuring expert panelists and in-depth discussions on the upcoming 2024-2025 State Operating Budget. Sponsored by Community Solutions and Advocates for Ohio’s Future.  Cost:  $30.  More information and registration here.  

 

December 6, 7, and 8, 2022, 12:00 PM.  Understanding The How And Why Of U.S. Radiation Regulation.  Dave Lochbaum and Diane D’Arrigo (Nuclear Information and Resource Service) join us in presenting a historical perspective, the current primary federal regulations, how these are implemented; and a thorough review of both the current Reference Man, and the proposal being promoted by both Beyond Nuclear and Gender and Radiation Impact Project for Reference Girl. Cindy and Mary will also present. Participants watch videos at their own pace ahead to prepare for discussion and questions during class time (Zoom). REGISTRATION REQUIRED We are charging fees on a sliding scale ($30—$300) —AND we have a scholarship fund. No one turned away for financial reasons.  Register here

 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 12:00 PM.  Defending Human Rights in the context of Global Counter-Terrorism Regulation.  A Conversation with Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights.  Join the OSU Mershon Center as we welcome Special Rapporteur Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin to a virtual conversation about the role of human rights protection in the context of global counter-terrorism regulation. Register here

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Screening of My Tree.  Jewish Voice for Peace invites to watch My Tree with us on zoom.  My Tree follows Jason Sherman's journey to find the tree that was planted in his name in Israel many years earlier. When he discovers that it stands on the remains of a Palestinian village that was destroyed in 1967, he embarks on another journey -- to determine his responsibility in helping to cover up the destruction.  Register in advance for this meeting here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. All are welcome.

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 9:45 AM. Fair Districts Moore v Harper SCOTUS oral arguments listening party. Join with other Fair Districts volunteers to listen to oral arguments in the “Independent State Legislature theory” case that could have a direct impact on the fight over Ohio’s congressional map re-draw.  Register here

 

Friday, December 9, 2022, 12:00 PM.  Election Reflections: A roundtable of election law experts. Please join us as our stellar panel of election law experts reflects on the midterm elections and considers key issues confronting our election systems in the months and years ahead.  Hosted by:  Edward B. Foley, Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law, Moritz College of Law, and Director, Election Law at Ohio State.  More information and registration here.    

Sunday, December 11, 2022, 3:00 PM.  Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: "Come and See; Go and Tell."  Why do we travel, take tours, and make “pilgrimages” to the Holy Land? We see the antiquities, experience different cultures, and worship sacred sites while being welcomed and guided by people who live there. What does tourism today mean to them? What are the ethical, political, and personal implications of a journey to holy sites surrounded by 30-foot-high concrete walls, where soldiers patrol the streets and residents live under military occupation? Are there ways to be a traveler and meaningfully engage with all of the lived realities in the Holy Land while also honoring the basic tenants of our faiths? Three recent, short documentaries present a variety of voices, viewpoints, and visions of the Holy Land as offered by people living there today.  Register below and join us for a discussion of tourism, travel, and pilgrimage with Rifat Kassis - General Coordinator for Kairos Palestine and Global Kairos for Justice; Sam Bahour - Ramallah-based Palestinan-American writer, businessperson, activist; and Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon - Executive Director Churches for Middle East Peace. Our moderator will be Dr. Michael Spath, founder of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace. After you register you will get: 1) an immediate response in your browser that says "Meeting Registration Approved" and includes your link to the Dec. 11 event, PLUS 2) a separate email from "Zoom" with the subject line "Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: 'Come and See; Go and Tell' Confirmation" The links to the films as well as the link to join the Q&A panel discussion on December 11th will be in the second email. Both the "Approved" message and the Confirmation email are sent automatically by Zoom. If you don't see the second email within a few minutes, please check your "spam" filter.  Register here

 

Sunday, December 11, 2022, 1:00 PM. Zaporizhzhia: Facing the Dangers of Nuclear Plants in War and PeaceAs we learned from Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, dangers are inherent to the generation of nuclear power.  These dangers expand exponentially in wartime. With six reactors, Zaporizhzhia is the largest nuclear plant in Ukraine and all of  Europe. It has been occupied by Russian military forces since early March but has continued to be operated by its Ukrainian staff.  Near the frontline of the war, the plant has been damaged by shelling of disputed origins, and all six reactors have been shut down. Faced with the dangers of a possible incident that could transform the plant into a massive dirty bomb and fallout impacting much of Europe and possibly Russia, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been leading efforts to establish a safety and security zone at, and around, the plant.  In this webinar, Russian and U.S. experts will explain the present situation at the Zaporizhzhia plant, the dangers by the plant and others across Ukraine, and what the international community do to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  More information and registration here

 

Monday, December 12, 2022, 12:00 PM.  Getting from the Unsustainable Here to the Sustainable There: Mechanisms of Transition to a Post-Growth Future.  Unsustainable economic growth has put the planet at peril. Unlimited extraction of resources and consumption of goods, disproportionately by the Global North, has led to global warming, widespread pollution, and the accelerated extinction of species. A reduction of carbon emissions is necessary but not sufficient to address this peril. A much more serious rethink of the global economic and energy systems is necessary.  But what would this transition look like? What kind of radically different energy, economic, climate, and development policies can bring the planet back from the brink?  Our four distinguished panelists will provide a snapshot of this ongoing rethinking of the way humanity organizes its economic activities to move in the direction of greater sustainability and equity.  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 8:00 – 9:00 PM.  Nuclear Risks & Consequences of Russia's War on Ukraine.  President Vladimir Putin's repeated threats of nuclear use since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February has put the world on high alert. We continue to navigate a fraught moment in time when the threat of nuclear use has never been higher since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Amidst growing tensions that risk further escalation, many people around the world—from experts to everyday citizens—are asking what impacts the use of nuclear weapons might have on Ukrainians and the rest of the world. The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a virtual discussion on the risks and consequences of nuclear escalation in Russia's war on Ukraine.  Register here

 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 9:00 AM.  Can the World Save the World? Global Governance and Climate ChangeVirtually everyone on the planet has now been affected by the droughts, fires, and superstorms associated with climate change. The United Nations, the scientific community, and NGOs are all working overtime to reduce carbon emissions and promote a shift to clean energy. But emissions continue to rise.  Do we have the right institutions at the global level to address the problem of climate change? Can existing institutions--the UN Environmental Programme, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Green Climate Fund, the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, Climate Action Network International--be made more effective? What new institutions do we need, and what are the new approaches at the global level that can mobilize global action and resources to make a real difference before it's too late?  More information and registration here

 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, 8:00 PM.  Dunn County Referendum Wins!  Join National Single Payer celebrate Dunn County's victory with the referendum organizers! Celebrate Dunn County’s victory! Their referendum, “Shall Congress and the President of the United States enact into law the creation of a publicly financed, non-profit, national health insurance program that would fully cover medical care costs for all Americans?” passed 51% to 49%.  In this right-leaning county in rural Wisconsin, Trump beat Biden in 2020 by 14 percentage points. It’s clear the referendum wasn't just supported by left-leaning voters. It out-performed the Democratic candidate for governor by 6 points and the Democratic candidate for Senate by 8 points. In a conservative, rural county, this win is huge, proving that a national, single payer, health insurance program is a popular issue among all voters.  Hear Dunn County organizers discuss the results, what they learned, and where to go from here.  You can read more about Dunn County's victory here and here.   Register here

 

Saturday, December 17, 2022, 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Join our St Stephen’s “Christmas Cares, Unions Share” Event Team.  As we head into the beginning of the holiday season, we are excited to share our first community give back event. Please sign up to join our team as we help out at the “Christmas Cares, Union Shares” event where St Stephen’s distributes two weeks of minimally processed food to over 3,000 households in Franklin county. Watch this three minute video to learn more, and then SIGN UP to help out on Saturday, December 17, 2-5pm. (Slots are limited so sign up soon!).