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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, July 8, 2024, 5:00 PM.  Grassroots Election Protection Coalition/ALLIANCE 4 GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY.  Weekly zoom meeting.  Register here

 

Monday, July 8 – Thursday, July 11, 2024, 3:00 PM.  Power Half-Hour for Gaza: Channel grief & fear into action to stop a genocide.  This week very Monday – Thursday.  Many of us are grieving, angry, scared and confused. Wherever you are, you are needed urgently now to act to stave off imminent genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. As we hold the devastating pain of the last few days, in which thousands of Palestinians and Israelis have been killed, we are terrified. The U.S. government is rushing to send more weapons to the Israeli military as it wreaks devastation on the over 2 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza. We must act together to demand the U.S. immediately de-escalate to prevent imminent genocide after 75 years of Israeli military occupation and apartheid. Invite your friends to this daily power-half hour to take action in the political community.  Call on Congress to demand they stop fueling violence -Get messaging resources and pointers for having the hard conversations with people in your life -Intervene in the media narrative beating the drums of war against Palestinians Come to channel grief and fear into action to stop the bloodshed. All are welcome. All are needed. URGENT: We need all hands on deck now to act. Register here.  If the Zoom room is full, join us on YouTube

 

Monday, July 8, 2024, 12:00 PM. ATFL-MEI Policy Brief Launch Event: Securing Lebanon to Prevent a Larger Hezbollah-Israel War and Wider Escalation.  As tensions between Israel and Hezbollah escalate, the prospect of Lebanon becoming a theater of regional war that will directly challenge US interests in the Middle East calls for a recalibration of US-Lebanon policy. Lebanon’s descent into a quasi-failed state following a financial collapse engineered by a governing elite under the influence of Iran reinforces the need for such a policy to, on the one hand, prioritize improved governance and accountability and, on the other respond more effectively to Iran’s destabilizing role within Lebanon and in the region. Here, a bi-partisan consensus on US engagement in Lebanon is instrumental to, not just preventing a Hezbollah-Israel war, but also ensuring the survivability and recovery of the Lebanese state.  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 11:00 AM.  Kumi Now! Rise Up Together for JusticeKumi Now is an online gathering every Tuesday with a guest activist on the ground exploring issues of critical relevance to the Palestinian people and how you can get involved. Register here.

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024,11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.  Teach-in and Rally against Plastics Incineration.

Huntington has a climate problem in Ohio: They are funding the toxic "chemical recycling” – aka incineration – facility for plastic waste in Licking County. False promises about plastic waste give the fossil fuel industry an excuse to pollute. Tell Huntington to stop making Ohio a sacrifice zone!  This event, sponsored by Third Act Ohio, is part of Elders Week during the Summer of Heat on Wall Street, organized by Climate Defenders and co-sponsored by Third Act, Stop the Money Pipeline, and other organizations. Other events will be held July 8-10 in Cleveland, Athens, and Cincinnati.  Location:  Huntington Bank Center, 41 S. High St., Columbus.  Facebook event.

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 12:00 PM.  War in Gaza - Voices of Palestinian WorkersThe National Labor Network for Ceasefire hosts a conversation with Palestinian trade union leaders. We’ll hear from representatives of the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate and the General Union of Transport and Communications Workers on their struggle to live, work, and organize under devastating conditions of war and military occupation. We will also hear a special message from the General Union of Health Services Workers in Gaza. In addition, Workers in Palestine (UK) will report on their work to support world-wide international labor efforts to promote a ceasefire and permanent peace in Gaza. This will be a unique opportunity for trade unionists in the United States and Palestine to communicate directly with one another. Join us as we build solidarity with our union siblings in Palestine, strengthen our call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, and work to forge a path for peace for working people everywhere.  Register here

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 6:30 PM.  The BDS Movement:  Ending Complicity with Genocide.  All are invited to our Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio monthly meeting. There will be a short business meeting. We will be showing a video with Omar Barghouti, "BDS: Ending Complicity in Genocide and Apartheid," followed by an open discussion.  Location:  Northwood High Building, room 100, 2231 N High St, Columbus, 43201. Northwood High Room 100 parking is permitted free of charge at spaces marked "R - Reserved/Rardin Clinic/Patient Parking. Unauthorized cars parked at "A" and "B" permit spaces will result in a $60.00 citation. Free parking is also available on adjacent Norwich and Northwood Avenues after 6:00pm on weekdays and anytime on the weekend.  Facebook Event.   Register for the zoom option here

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 7:00 PM.  Migration Justice Webinar Series: Hard Conversations.  Please join AFSC staff from Colorado and New Hampshire to explore how to have meaningful conversations about immigration issues in ways that help people connect with our shared values. You'll learn about the results of a recent messaging study that showed that a majority of people nationwide strongly agree that the federal government should take steps to create a welcoming and dignified immigration system. This will be an interactive session where you will be able to share your ideas and thoughts as we work toward creating positive messaging about immigrants throughout the U.S.  American Friends Service Committee.  Register here

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 8:00 PM.  Debunking Dangerous Deterrence Theory and Moving Toward Global Nuclear Weapons AbolitionFor too long, deterrence theory has been used as the legitimizing foundation for US and global nuclear weapons policy. Deterrence is rarely examined, let alone questioned, but it is often waved around like some verbal magic wand to justify extremely dangerous and exorbitant policies that threaten life on Earth. Our speakers will examine the very frightening flaws of deterrence theory that have too often brought humanity to the brink of extinction, and offer practical strategies and tactics to replace it, and to advance the cause of global nuclear disarmament. We will hear from the following experts: Tadatoshi (Tad) Akiba, former Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan Professor Elaine Scarry, Harvard University, author of Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing between Democracy and Doom Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, United for Peace and Justice, Mayors for Peace Emma Claire Foley, Defuse Nuclear War and Roots Action Moderators: Joseph Gerson, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security and Kevin Martin, Peace Action Education Fund.  Register here

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 1:00 PM.  The Stones Cry Out Webinar Series. Issa Amro, Hebron-based non-violent activist, founder Youth Against SettlementsRegister here

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 6:00 PM.  Educating for Palestine:  Black & Palestinian Solidarity.  Join JUST.614 and Students for Justice in Palestine for an impactful discussion and interactive event on the genocide in Palestine.  Location:  4C (Cooperative Chess Cultural Center), 80 Parsons Ave. Columbus 43215.  Instagram

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 6:00 PM.  Fair Districts All Volunteer HuddleJoin Fair Districts leaders and volunteers for a monthly meeting. We will be celebrating the end of signature collection, the turn in of petition booklets, and the beginning of the next phase of the campaign! Second Wednesday of the month at 6 PM!  Register here

 

Thursday, July 11, 2024,7:00 PM.  European Peace Movement Perspectives: Ukraine, Gaza, Nukes & Elections.  Russia's summer offensive is on, and U.S. supplied weapons are being launched against targets threatening a wider, potentially nuclear, war. Israel's genocidal assault on Gaza and settler violence in the West Bank continue, reinforced by U.S. and German weapons. The world's sixty year-old arms control architecture is in shambles, and in the absence of strategic stability we are on the verge of an all-out arms race. Europeans are going to the polls to elect a new European Parliament, and in the United States voters face the disheartening choice between Biden and the would-be dictator Trump.  Massachusetts Peace Action Webinar.  More information and registration here

 

Thursday, July 11, 2024, 10:00 – 10:30 AM.  Weekly briefing on current news regarding the Hamas and Israel War. Join us on Zoom for a weekly briefing on current news regarding the Hamas and Israel War from Churches for Middle East Peace and other experts.  Register here

 

Thursday, July 11, 2024, 10:00 AM.  The Looming Israel-Hezbollah War: Prospects, Deterrence, and ImpactsIt has been almost nine months since military attacks and counterattacks began between Israel and Hezbollah on the Israeli-Lebanese border. While both sides have said that they would like to avoid an all-out war, the prospects of such a possibility are increasing daily. Threats and counterthreats abound, with Israeli leaders vowing to return Lebanon to the stone age if said war commences and those of Hezbollah promising to reach every worthy target in Israel. Already, Israel has destroyed many Lebanese border villages and displaced almost 100,000 people, while Hezbollah attacks have resulted in the abandonment of Israeli border towns by tens of thousands of Israelis who have moved to other areas of the country.  With the Israeli war on Gaza continuing to kill Gazans and destroy any semblance of organized human existence without achieving any military or political objectives, it is hard to see how Israel’s leaders can think of starting another with Hezbollah. From its side, and pledging adherence to the “unity of the fronts” concept, Hezbollah vows that it will not end its attacks until Israel ends its war on Gaza. Both sides are indeed primed for a confrontation. On the other hand, diplomatic efforts by the United States, the United Nations, France, and others continue but have not yet produced the conditions necessary for a sustainable cessation of hostilities. Arab Center Washington DC is convening a panel of experts to discuss the escalation on the Israel-Lebanon border and the potential for an all-out war. Panelists will also explore the ongoing efforts for deterrence and their prospects, as well as the political, humanitarian, and regional implications of further escalation. Register here

 

Thursday, July 11, 2024, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  An Eye-Witness Report from Vietnam.  Darrias Campbell of Columbus will present a report to the community about his ten-day trip to Vietnam, with special attention to social, economic, and political developments.  Location:  Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, 43221.  Facebook Event

 

Friday, July 12, 2024, 12:00 PM. AFSC Action Hour – Ceasefire Now.  Join AFSC staff every Friday to hear updates from Gaza. Then, take action with us as we contact our elected officials and call for an immediate cease-fire and humanitarian access to Gaza. Our elected officials need to keep hearing from us. Register here.

 

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 7:00 PM.  Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: A Decent Respect to the Opinions of All: JFK and the Effort for World PeaceColonel (retired) Lawrence Wilkerson will be joining us for our monthly screening of JFK's Peace Speech. Col. Wilkerson will be offering remarks and responding to Q&A after the screening.  JFK Peace Speech Committee and the Community Church of Boston.  More information and registration here

 

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Ohio Election Protection Summit.  We invite all poll workers, Election Protection volunteers & Peacekeepers to our inaugural.  The Summit will include joint sessions, keynote, lunch, and breakouts.  Location:  League of Women Voters Ohio office, 471 E. Broad St., Columbus 43215. More information and registration here

 

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Weekly Rally for Peace.  Location:  East North Broadway and High St., Columbus. 

 

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Ohio Voter Rights Coalition Election Protection Summit.  We are bringing together our statewide network of democracy defenders with elections experts to celebrate and prepare for the election season ahead. Lunch, swag, and good company provided!

Extremism and distrust of our elections is on the rise. The Election Protection Summit is our chance to counter that distrust by gathering to protect a pro-voter, pro-democracy vision of Ohio. Hear from the professionals who run elections, study our voting equipment, and advocate for fair and open elections. Deepen your understanding of the roles of poll worker, poll monitor, peacekeeper, and post-election observer with dedicated break out groups, and leave knowing you are part of a critical democracy protection team!  Location:  League of Women Voters of Ohio Offices, 471 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215.  Register here

 

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 6:00 PM. Action for the Holy Land.  Join Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon and Rev. Nate Hosler at the Manassas Church of the Brethren for reflections on their recent time in the Holy Land. Participants will also hear action steps that both they and their communities can take to mobilize and be in solidarity with our siblings in the Holy Land. Churches for Middle East Peace.  This event will also be live streamed.  Register here

 

Sunday, July 14, 2024, 4:00 PM.  Progressive Democrats of America Sunday Progressive Town Hall.  Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Click Here to Join.  Please submit any questions to: info@pdamerica.org.

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 4:00 PM.  Gathering Voices: Judaism and Nonviolence w/Elliot Ratzman.  Dr. Elliot Ratzman is an academic and activist from Cincinnati, Ohio who teaches courses on religion, race, and Jewish studies. He is completing his first book, Zipporah's Knife, on the ethics of Jewish anti-racism. He is currently researching the history of American Jewish pacifism. He has been involved with projects for peace and justice in the Middle East for decades and is on the leadership team for Bend the Arc-Jewish Action Ohio.  Fellowship of Reconciliation.   Register here

 

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Building Christian Solidarity with Palestine. This teach-in will focus on how Christians can embody solidarity through delegations, protests, nonviolent direct action, and other means. Speakers include three delegates of the recent Stones Cry Out Delegation to Palestine, a Christian solidarity delegation (Feb/Mar 2024).  Event Sponsors include Washington City Church of the Brethren, Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), and Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace (PCAP).

In person in Washington D.C. and on zoom.  Register here

 

Sunday, July 21, 2024, 11:30 AM.  Christian principles and the Gaza Crisis.  Join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon at St. John's Episcopal Church- Norwood Parish for a post-worship conversation on Christians' role in advocating for an end to the violence in Gaza. The conversation will be held at 11:30 AM in the church parish hall immediately following 10:00 AM worship. Attendees will hear from Rev. Dr. Cannon about CMEP's ongoing work advocating for justice since October 7th, recent travel to the Holy Land, and action steps for getting involved in working towards peace. This event is open to all and will also be livestreamed.  Register here

 

Sunday, July 21, 2024, 1:00 – 3:15 PM.  What’s next for Palestine, the Vision for a Free, Post Zionist Palestine, Talk and Book Signing by Miko Peled.  Miko Peled is the founder and head of the newly formed Palestine House of Freedom, Dar Alhurriya, in Washington DC.  Peled is a writer and activist, author of The “General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,” and “Injustice, the story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”  He is considered one of the clearest voices calling for dismantling the Zionist apartheid regime and establishing a free democratic Palestine with equal rights. Live and on zoom.   Register here

 

Sunday, July 21, 2024, 3:00 PM.  Voices From the Holy Land Online Film Salon: "In Conversation: 'Humanity in Gaza' Revisited."  At our July 2024 Salon, guest conversation will center on two short documentaries: "Australian Doctor REVEALS Experience INSIDE Gaza", and "Gaza’s war through a child’s eye", and an excerpt from our December 2023 Salon. Register below and join us on July 21 at 3:00 PM Eastern for a discussion of the mental and psychological effects of the continuing attacks and the process of recovery with: - Alice Rothchild: Author, filmmaker, and assistant professor, Harvard Medical School (Ret’d); founder, Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council - Walaa Sabah: Journalist, activist, Coordinator of Operations of We Are Not Numbers - Catherine Baker: Author, Senior Editor at We Are Not Numbers, Steering Committee member of Voices From the Holy Land, runner for Iqraa, board member of Palestine Poster Project NOTE: After you register, you will immediately get an Approved response - BUT then look in your email for an email From: Zoom with the word "Confirmation" at the end of the subject line...there you'll find the link and password to watch the film in advance of the Salon event.  Register here

 

Monday, July 22, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM.  Countering American Fascism: Lessons from Organizing in the U.S. Heartland.  Join us for The First Annual Henry A. Wallace Symposium, with John Nichols, correspondent for The Nation, Sulma Arias of People’s Action, a Tennessee UAW member, and IPS Executive Director Tope Folarin, to discuss the challenges confronting American democracy in the face of rising fascism. How are social movements working to counter this dangerous force by building an alternative vision of a multi-racial democracy and an economy that works for us all? What lessons can we learn from organizing in rural communities and from union campaigns in southern states? This symposium is a capstone event of the Henry A. Wallace Fellowship Program at the Institute for Policy Studies, which is supported by the Wallace Global Fund. Location:  Busboys & Poets – 14th & V, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 and on zoom.  Register here

 

Thursday, July 25, 2024, 8:00 PM. Night with the Experts. Climate Change’s Impact on Nuclear Plant Safety and the NRC’s Non-Response.  Jeff Mitman, Nuclear Engineer and Probabilistic Risk Analysis Consultant.  It is widely accepted today that climate change is occurring, impacting weather patterns that have come to define Earth’s local, regional and global climates. Mitman will discuss the implications of climate change on nuclear power plant safety and reliability.  Nuclear power plants are subject to two sources of hazards that can lead to accidents, internal and external. Internal sources include pipe breaks and other equipment failures. External hazards include earthquakes, floods and tornadoes. While climate change will have small impact on internal events, its impact on external ones is a very serious matter. Climate change will cause increased frequency and intensity of storms (hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, derechos, etc.) and sea level rise. Thus, climate change will impact nuclear reactor safety by decreasing safety margins.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has taken a wait-and-see position. In other words, it has not investigated climate change impacts on safety or required any action by reactor owners.  Register here

 

Saturday, July 27, 2024, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Why Climate Justice Matters.  The event aims to raise awareness about the urgency of climate justice and spark meaningful conversations on how we can collectively address environmental challenges.  Location:  905 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus 43203. Columbus Standup and others.   More information and registration here

 

Wednesday, July 31, 2024, 1:00 PM.  The Stones Cry Out Webinar Series.   Speakers:    Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council, human rights activist, Rev. Allison Tanner, Apartheid Free Communities Initiative, and Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, Congregational Justice Organizer, Unitarian Universalist Association.  Register here

 

Wednesday, July 31, 2024, 1:00 PM.  Sabeel Conference Webinar: Apartheid.   Speakers to be announced. Register here.  

 

Wednesday Jul 31, 2024, 1:00 PM.  Stones Cry Out Virtual Delegation: “Maintaining the Momentum, Mobilizing for ChangeThroughout the summer, Stones Cry Out is offering a series of webinars as part of a Virtual Delegation, focused on equipping, mobilizing, and empowering a broad spectrum of faith leaders for advocacy. The capstone for and culmination of these summer webinars will be a September 23-27, Washington D.C. gathering of church leaders and human rights activists, there to speak out to the Biden Administration and Congress, through witness, worship, advocacy, and direct action. The goal is to change U.S. policy on Palestine and Israel. Learn more here. Allison Tanner, the Apartheid-Free Communities National Organizer will be featured as a guest speaker at the July 31st Stones Cry Out webinar, along with interfaith leaders Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb and Ranwa Hammamy. Register here.

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2024, 1:00 PM.  The Stones Cry Out Webinar Series. Huwaida ArrafInternational Solidarity Movement, activist and lawyer.  Register here

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2024, 1:00 PM.  The Stones Cry Out Webinar Series. David Wildman, Human Rights and Racial Justice, United Methodist Church.  Register here

 

August 30 – September 2, 2024, Socialism 2024.  The last year has changed us all.  As global crises deepen, social movements the world over are striving toward new visions and experimenting with new strategies. From Palestine to the US and beyond, radical politics have re-emerged as necessary for both survival and full liberation. At this critical juncture, the Socialism 2024 Conference will be a vital gathering space for today’s left.  A four-day conference featuring dozens of participatory discussions, lectures, and workshops organized by activists from all over the country, the Socialism Conference will host exchanges between existing organizers and organizations, while bringing in new layers of the politically curious as part of building our radical traditions and movements.  Location:  Chicago.  More information and registration here

 

Thursday, September 5, 2024, 1:00 PM.  The Stones Cry Out Webinar SeriesRev. Wendell Griffen, Retired judge, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference.  Register here

 

Thursday, September 12, 2024, 1:00 PM.  The Stones Cry Out Webinar Series.  Ali Abunimah, Political analyst, Electronic Intifada.  Register here

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2024, 1:00 PM.  The Stones Cry Out Webinar Series.  Speakers:  Mark Braverman, Kairos USA, and Jonathan Kuttab, Friends of Sabeel North America.  Register here

 

Thursday, September 19, 2024, 7:15 AM - 3:30 PM.  2024 Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.  Protecting the Spaces and Places of Ohio’s EnvironmentHosted by the Ohio Environmental Council and Environmental Professionals Network.  Location:  Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH.  Virtual attendance will be possible for main stage discussions only.  Registration:  $25.00.  More information and registration here