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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:
Now through August 31, 2022. Simply Living to Screen Revolution Generation "A Manifesto for Today's Youth." "The Revolution Generation" documentary was created by the activist/filmmaker team Josh Tickell and Rebecca Harrell-Tickell, and is the follow-up to their previous documentary "Kiss the Ground". When you register you will receive a virtual link to watch the documentary anytime through August 31st. We plan to hold a discussion later this summer with young millennial activists. The film gives a roadmap for how today’s youth can revolutionize the political, social and economic systems that have exploited and failed them. This upbeat documentary explores “an alternate history” of the sweeping changes that lead to the world that young people are inheriting and paints a powerful, hopeful, and actionable picture of how today’s youth can solve the global climate crisis. See the Trailer Now. Register Here.
Monday, June 27, 2022, 7:00 PM. The Power of Political Social Work. Join hundreds of others interested in hearing from American Promise leaders and top professionals in the social work field helping to make our systems work better for all Americans and advance justice and equality during this online American Promise Connect conversation. Register here.
Monday, June 27, 2022, 7:00 PM. Indivisible OH12 Monday Meeting. At these weekly Monday-night meetings we chat about voter registration and other projects. Going forward, we hope to meet in person once a month. Keep an eye out for those events! Facebook Event. Register here.
Monday, June 27, 2022, 7:00 PM. Post-Dobbs Community Update. Join the Pro-Choice Ohio team (and some friends from Preterm Clinic) as we hold space for community, solidarity, hope, and action following the announcement of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization and the impact that the decision will ultimately have on Ohioans. Learn how the final opinion language will impact Ohioans seeking abortion care and what you can do to help us fight to restore access in Ohio after it's lost. Register here.
Monday, June 27, 2022, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Central Ohio Community Care Event. The Supreme Court has overturned Roe, but our work is not close to over. Ohioans will not back down. We know that to continue our work for true bodily autonomy for all people, we also need to heal, grieve, plan, and care for one another. Planned Parenthood is inviting folks in Central Ohio to join us at Land Grant Brewing to do just that. Location: Land Grant Brewing Company, 424 W Town St, Columbus, OH 43215. Register here.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. How to Win the Midterms in Ohio! Hosted by Ohio Progressive Action Leaders. “The Media Says the Dems will Lose Big in November. They're wrong! Attend our Winning the Midterms Town Hall and learn: Why this election may be the most consequential in our lifetimes (yes, even more so than defeating Trump); Why the media's doom and gloom predictions for this November's midterms are WRONG; Which voters are critical to success and how we reach them; and, What YOU can do to help win races and save democracy in Ohio. Register here.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 11:00 AM. Nuclear Israel. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was signed on July 1, 1968. According to the U.N., “More countries have ratified the NPT than any other arms limitation and disarmament agreement, a testament to the treaty’s significance.” Only five countries are not party to the treaty: North Korea, South Sudan, India, Pakistan, and Israel. Our guest will be representatives of Earth Caravan. Register here.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 10:00 AM. Women’s voice from Masafer Yatta. This webinar will feature the stories of three women from villages in Masafer Yatta. The webinar is organized by Haqel, the organization dedicated to preservation of human rights. Register for the webinar by emailing to email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 2:30 PM. The Government's Nuclear Scam: How building new Nuclear Power Stations will Cost the Earth and do nothing for UK Energy Security or your Energy Bills. A panel discussion to show how the recently-announced and reckless Conservative government energy plan will worsen the energy and climate crisis, leave people in fuel poverty, deprive workers of jobs in the fastest-growing renewable energy sector and drive energy bills higher. How can we best change this? Register here.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 6:00 PM. ACLU Ohio Bail Reform Update Townhall. If the last few months of bail reform legislation have your head spinning, you are not alone! After fighting to push proactive legislation forward for a year, in May and June we saw renewed attempts to derail our work and the most significant progress to reform bail to date. There's been A LOT going on. We want to take some time to answer your questions and debrief the last few months of the legislative session. Register here.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Policies Against Humanity. U.S. Immigration Policies and Current Trends. There are thousands of people taking on the long and dangerous journey to the U.S. border every year to escape violence, poverty and persecution in their home country. Here, they are met with a wall of forms and policies and categories to fit into in order to cross the border in hopes of eventually receiving legal status in the U.S. The U.S. immigration system is turning immigration into a matter of paperwork and legal procedures, rather than a matter of solidarity and humanity. As a country we are becoming less welcoming and open to people seeking safety. Current immigration trends show: (1) more people placed into deportation proceedings (including minors), (2) more deportations ordered in immigration court (including minors), (3) more detentions (mostly in for-profit prisons), and (4) more “Alternatives to Detention” (like painful and humiliating ankle bracelets and other surveillance). All of this is occurring against the backdrop of two primary programs that create significant and onerous barriers to the right to seek asylum: (1) Title 42 expulsions (determined unnecessary by Centers for Disease Control) and (2) Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP, aka Remain in Mexico). More information and link to register for the webinar here.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 12:00 PM. The Future of the Philippines Under a Marcos-Duterte Presidency. Since 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has steered the Philippines with an iron first and a vulgar tongue. His six years in power were marked by a bloody drug war, attacks on press freedom, corruption scandals, environmental disregard, political oppression, disinformation campaigns, a haphazard pandemic response, and appeasement to Chinese bullying. Yet despite these crises, the May 2022 Philippine elections sent a message of continuity, not revolution. More than 30 million Filipinos chose their future by electing their past — sending the once disgraced and exiled Marcos family back to Malacañang Palace. With BongBong Marcos Jr. as the country’s first majority leader, the elections also launched Sara Duterte, daughter of the incumbent president, to the second highest office in the land. A Marcos-Duterte administration is now set to govern the Philippines. What lies ahead for this once promising liberal democracy? “The Future of the Philippines Under a Marcos-Duterte Presidency” brings together leading Philippine scholars and practitioners to analyze how Filipinos got to this moment; what the responses are on the ground; and what this all means for Philippine, regional, and global democracy and human rights. Sponsors: Institute for Policy Studies, Foreign Policy in Focus, New York Southeast Asia Network, UC Berkeley Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, Sulo: Philippine Studies Initiative at NYU, Global Philippine Studies Forum. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 8:00 PM. National Strategy Call - Nurses' Campaign to Win Medicare for All. National Nurses United - Patients over Profits! Join the Nurses' Campaign to Win Medicare for All to hear the latest in our plans for the summer and beyond. We'll give updates on our work so far this year and talk about the exciting new ways that you can get involved - no matter where you live - in the next phase of our campaign for health care justice. Register here.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 5:30 PM (doors open), 6:00 PM (program). THE POWER TO HEAL: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution. Please join us for a viewing of the documentary, group discussion and collective call to action. “THE POWER TO HEAL” is a documentary about how Medicare was formed as a way to desegregate American hospitals and enforce civil rights. This powerful piece remains timeless and a necessary conversation for all interested in equity, social justice and healthcare. Film runs 56 minutes and discussion follows. Hosted by the Multi-ethnic Advocates for Culture Competency Inc. and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Ohio Chapter. Pizza will be provided. Location: Columbus Metropolitan Main Library Downtown, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus OH 43215. Register here.
Tuesday, June 28, July 5 and 12, 2022, 2:30-3:45 PM. How Strong is the Biblical Basis for Christian Zionism? In a mini-course co-hosted by Churches for Middle East Peace and Embrace the Middle East, Colin Chapman presents material from his book Christian Zionism and the Restoration of Israel: how should we interpret the scriptures? (Wipf & Stock, May 2021). Christian Zionists argue that Zionism and the creation of the state of Israel should be seen as the fulfillment of biblical promises and prophecies and therefore tend to be very supportive of Israel. But is this the only way to use the Bible to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What do Old Testament writers say about the nation of Israel and the promised land? And how do New Testament writers interpret these Old Testament promises and prophecies? What does it mean for Christians today to be peacemakers and hunger and thirst after righteousness/justice? All the webinars are designed to be as interactive as possible. The first three include a 40-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A, and the fourth contains presentations from speakers with differing viewpoints. More information and registration here.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 12:30 PM. Hope Behind the Headlines. When crisis strikes—whether conflict, natural disaster or climate change—the International Rescue Committee is there to provide immediate relief and assistance. In the past year, the IRC stepped up during unprecedented emergencies in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Yemen and beyond. Please join our Global Virtual Event and celebrate the vital work of the International Rescue Committee teams, and the courage and resilience of refugees and displaced people around the world. This live online broadcast will feature stories of courageous refugees and displaced people, the impactful work of IRC staff members all around the world, and stunning musical performances. More information and registration for the livestream here.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 12:00 PM. Gaza Above the Siege: The Blockade 15 Years Later. Since 1948, the Gaza Strip has grappled with numerous episodes of isolation, closure, and blockade as part of Israel’s policy of collective punishment. In 2007, the harshest chapter of Israel’s violence against Palestinians in Gaza began as Israel imposed a land and sea blockade on the Gaza Strip. After 15 years, the blockade rendered the Gaza Strip “unlivable,” and in addition to Israeli military assaults, Palestinians in Gaza suffer from abject unemployment and poverty, a debilitated health-care sector, and extreme environmental hardship. In the face of these challenges, Palestinians in Gaza have embarked on efforts to challenge the blockade. Join Adalah Justice Project for a conversation with Hadeel Assali and Toufic Haddad to talk about the blockade on Gaza 15 years later. Our panelists will help us understand how the blockade as a policy has shifted over the time, what allows it to persist, and who the players are that contribute to its continuation. More information and registration here.
Thursday, June 30, 2022, 7:00 PM. CELDF Webinar: Putting Our Heads in the Clouds: Landmark Decision in Ecuador Points to Protection over Exploitation. Join CELDF in this first conversation about the ruling: what it says, what it means, and how it can serve as an example for how to create rights of nature laws and uphold them. This webinar is only a “kick-off” of a much deeper dive into an analysis of the Rights of Nature movement over the past 16 years. REGISTER HERE. Facebook Event.
Thursday, June 30, 2022, 8:00 PM. Uber for Nurses? The "Gigification" of Health Care. Join National Nurses United for the second webinar in our Summer 2022 Public Education Webinar Series 'The Fight for the Future of Health Care'. This session will look at how the hospital industry's quest to maximize profits by automating and relocating care from hospitals to the home actually opens the door to shifting more nurses and health care workers into a precarious gig-worker model. We will examine the implications for quality of care, job quality, and worker power as a result of these shifting circumstances. Finally, this session will explore how the "gigification" of health care is a symptom of the fundamental difference between the corporate, for-profit model and the care-driven model of Medicare for All that the nurses envision. Register here.
Thursday, June 30, 2022, 8:00 PM. Nuclear Power in the World: Closing the Gap Between Perception and Reality. Nuclear Energy Information Services’ Night with the Experts with Mycle Schneider. The gap between the perception of the nuclear industry and reality has never been greater than today. While the public as well as decision-makers get the impression that it is a blooming industrial sector it has been on the decline for decades. New-build projects are essentially limited to China Building at home and Russia abroad. As a consequence, the worlds, nuclear fleet keeps again. Many reactors show rapidly declining performance. Mycle Schneider, an independent, international energy and nuclear policy consultant, will share his insights and expertise. Link for the zoom meeting.
Thursday, June 30, 2022, 7:00 PM. Reproductive Rights and the Fight Against the Ring Wing. An International Feminist Perspective. At our Summer Solidarity Fest, join us to learn from feminist activists from Poland and Chile about their fights against right wing attacks on reproductive rights across the world. As we await the Supreme Court decision about Roe vs. Wade, which will likely drop on June 27, we want to connect the struggle for reproductive health care in the US to a global feminist struggle. We'll hear from activists who have been fighting back with massive mobilizations against right wing attacks on reproductive health care. They'll share stories and lessons from their organizing and open discussion about how we can bring solidarity across borders to the fight for access to abortion. Sponsored by Justice is Global. Register here.
Thursday, June 30, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM. American Complicity in the Israeli Occupation... and what we can do about it. A conversation with Dr. Jim Zogby, founder and President of the Arab American Institute and Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and President of J Street. Each year, the United States provides $3.8 billion dollars in military assistance to Israel. Despite a variety of Congressional mechanisms in place to ensure that American taxpayer dollars are not used to abuse human rights abroad, there is little transparency or supervision over the ways in which U.S. assistance to Israel is used. Without a clear understanding of how U.S. military assistance to Israel is used, Congress, and by extension the American people, remain complicit in the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. What can be done to address this reality? How can we effectively advocate with Congress to ensure U.S. taxpayer funds are not and cannot be used to deepen the occupation and abuse Palestinian human rights? Join us for a conversation between Jim Zogby, Founder and President of the Arab American Institute and Jeremy Ben-Ami, Founder and President of J Street where they will discuss how the US must act to help peacefully end the occupation -- instead of exacerbating it. This webinar is hosted in partnership with The Arab American Institute, J Street, Churches for Middle East Peace and Combatants for Peace. Register here.
Friday, July 1, 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, July 1, 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, July 2, 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.
Sunday, July 3, 2022, 12:00 PM. An Invisible Crisis: Mental health care in the shadow of Israel’s 15-year closure of Gaza. In late 2021, Gisha and the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) convened a group of mental health professionals working in the Gaza Strip to share insights on what it’s like caring for a population experiencing continuous trauma, when they themselves are also subject to the same reality. Join us in a discussion about the current situation on the ground and the interventions of care providers. Register here.
Sunday, July 3, 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.
Sunday, July 3, 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.