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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, September 26, 2022, 12:00 – 1:30 PM. Mershon Mondays: Revising the Practical Guide to Planning Initiatives for Working Together to Advance Racial Equity. Nancy Rogers and Carl Smallwood (both Law) and Teri Murphy (Mershon associate director) of the co-sponsored Divided Communities Project discuss the process of revising the Practical Guide to Planning Initiatives for Working Together to Advance Racial Equity in the light of user feedback and ongoing events. No pre-registration is required and a light lunch will be served to attendees. This is an in-person event only.
Location: OSU, 1039 Derby Hall, 154 N Oval Mall. More information here.
Monday, September 26, 2022, 2:00 PM. Challenging the Military Contractors Building Nuclear Weapons. International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Susi Snyder is an expert on nuclear weapons, with over two decades experience working at the intersect between nuclear weapons and human rights. She currently works as the financial sector coordinator for ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Susi coordinated the Don’t Bank on the Bomb research and campaign from 2013. In addition to the annual Don’t Bank on the Bomb reports, Susi has published numerous reports and articles, including Squandered: 2021 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending (2022), 101 investors say no to nuclear weapons (2022), Perilous Profiteering: The companies building nuclear arsenals and their financial backers (2021) among others. Susi will be addressing us from the Netherlands where she is based. Massachusetts Peace Action. More information and registration here.
Monday, September 26, 2022, 7:00 PM. Indivisible Central Ohio Monday Night Meeting. Register HERE.
Tuesday, September 27, October 25, November 15, 2022, 12:00PM OR 6:00 PM. #NoDeathPenaltyOH Virtual Training Series. More information about each session and registration here.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 11:00 AM. KUMI Now: Bedouin Rights. In Israel the Bedouin are a minority group often singled out by Israel for harassment. Israel’s failure to understand the traditional nomadic Bedouin lifestyle and efforts to get them to settle in permanent villages and integrate into mainstream Israeli society—while at the same time coveting Bedouin land for use by the state and Jewish Israelis—eerily mirror American mistreatment of Native American tribes as they were forced onto reservations and their land was used for European settlers and fortune seekers. Register here.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 12:00 PM or 6:00 PM. #NoDeathPenaltyOH Virtual Training Series: Social Media Organizing. Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE). It’s 2022, and not much is done without using social media. Join us to learn how to use social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to further our efforts to end the death penalty. You’ll hear from our communications gurus in this campaign. You won’t want to miss this. Register for the noon webinar here. Register for the 6:00 PM webinar here.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 7:00 PM. Worthington Interfaith Neighbors presents: Sharing Our Stories: Fleeing Afghanistan. Irfan Ali Shah Akhundzada, his wife Shahgul, and five of their seven children fled from the country of their birth, Afghanistan, in August 2021 amid the chaos of the American armed forces withdrawal. Ali will share the dramatic story of his family’s difficult departure from Afghanistan, and their more than five-month journey to Columbus, where they are establishing a new life. Additionally, Ali will talk about growing up in Afghanistan, his work with the US Army and the challenges and discoveries he and his family have experienced as they begin their new lives here in the United States. All are welcome. There is no charge for this program. To request your Zoom invitation and meeting ID number, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 1:00 PM. IPEF, “Digital Trade” and Data in a Post-Roe World. The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework could become the biggest trade initiative of the Biden administration. Join us to learn more about impacts of the new trade deal on privacy and reproductive health data. Register here.
Tuesday, September 28, 2022, All in! Preventing Nuclear War Means Defending Democracy. American democracy is under siege. The 2022 federal elections will be a harbinger of whether American democracy survives and with it the disarmament community's -- and all of civil society's -- ability to function and make meaningful progress. To prevent nuclear war and build the power needed to abolish nuclear weapons we must defend democracy and focus our efforts and those of peace and disarmament advocates to fight back against voter suppression, defend the integrity of elections, empower and register voters, and make common cause with the most marginalized and threatened in our communities. Speakers include Shailly Gupta Barnes of the Poor People’s Campaign; Justin Kwasa of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund; Mike Latner of the Union of Concerned Scientists; and Kimberly Scott of Georgia WAND. An audience Q&A follows the roundtable. Sponsor: Back from the Brink. Register here.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 3:00 PM. Justice Talks: The Rise of Christian Nationalism. Register now to hear from Church and Society staff of the United Methodist Church and ecumenical partners about the rise of Christian nationalism, why we should be concerned, and what we can do to protect religious freedom for all. Register here.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Climate Change Impacts: How Massachusetts Can Stand in Solidarity with Cuba. CREW will be joined by Jessica Fernandez Casañas, head of the Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba! Ms. Fernandez will discuss the Republic of Cuba’s plan for climate mitigation and resilience, and then have a Q&A about how people in the United States can look forward and create cooperative relationships with the people of Cuba as the impacts of climate change are felt all around the world. This event is being co-sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action. There will be a Spanish interpreter present at the event. More information and link to the registration here.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 7:00 PM. New Simply Living Book Club Selection Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation, by Paul Hawken. Organizing meeting. Regeneration is a radical new approach to the climate crisis, one that weaves justice, climate, biodiversity, and human dignity into a seamless tapestry of action, policy, and transformation that can end the climate crisis in one generation. It is the first book to describe and define the burgeoning regeneration movement spreading rapidly throughout the world. More here. Browse the website Regeneration.org before the Organizing Meeting, where future sessions will be planned. There will be 10 sessions, 1 for each chapter in the book. Free book for first 12 who Register. Location: CoHatch Hardware Store, 659 High St in Worthington. Questions? Contact Chuck@Simplyliving.org or cell at 613-354-6172
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. What Climate Debt Does the North Owe the South?
Co-sponsored by the EcoSocial Pact of the South and the Global Just Transition project of the Institute for Policy Studies. The richest countries in the world are responsible for roughly 80 percent of the carbon emissions that have gone into the atmosphere since 1850. Yet, as the devastating floods that recently swept through Pakistan have again demonstrated, the countries least responsible for the climate crisis are bearing the brunt of its effects. What do the world's richest countries owe to the poorest in terms of climate debt? How can such financial resources be best used to help the Global South close the development gap while also not using up all the rest of the world's natural resources? What are the prospects for actually delivering on the promises that northern governments have made to the people of the south? Three experts on the issue of climate debt and reparations will address these questions in a provocative discussion sponsored by the Ecosocial Pact of the South and the Global Just Transition project of the Institute for Policy Studies. More information and registration here.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 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! Register here.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 7:00 PM. Will the real death panelists please stand up? The recent Supreme Court decisions put our health at risk. This SPAN Ohio webinar will focus on the Supreme Court decisions that have hobbled the Affordable Care Act and the Dobbs decision overturning Roe that has compromised reproductive health across the nation. We will discuss the health impact of these decisions and what healthcare for all advocates can do to promote an improved expanded Medicare for all and envision an ethical response. We will be joined first for discussion and questions on SCOTUS and the ACA by Steve Wagner, Executive Director of the Universal Healthcare Action Network of Ohio. Next, Dr. Mae Winchester, an OB-Gyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and Dr. Mardge Cohen, a Global Health and Women’s Health activist and Public Health expert will join us to discuss the Dobbs decision and its likely adverse impact on women’s reproductive rights and general population health and well-being. There will be plenty of time for questions, discussion, and suggested action plans. More information and link to the registration here.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM. Prison Fellowship screening of Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops. A special access link to watch the full, HBO version of Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops for a limited time will be made available to all event registrants after the webinar. Access link will be provided upon registration. This virtual event is free, but registration is required. More information and registration here.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Columbus City Council Community Meeting – Southside. The Council Community Meeting series gives members and residents additional opportunities to listen, learn and exchange ideas in an informal, one-on-one setting with Councilmembers, staff and department leadership. To RSVP to this community meeting, please email Nancy Sully at email@example.com. Location: Barack Community Center, 580 E Woodrow Ave, Columbus 43207.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health presents an important opportunity to make ending hunger a national priority Alongside in-person events, the Conference is expected to feature a robust digital experience, including livestreaming. Register today to watch the Conference in real time!
Thursday, September 29, 2022, Two Confederation Models, One Common Aim: Can Israel and Palestine Form Two Cooperative States in One Open Land? Over the past few years, the idea of an Israeli-Palestinian confederation has gradually been gaining momentum – as well as mainstream adherents. Many now believe a confederative approach, while facing its own obstacles, could help overcome the immense difficulties inherent in the traditional two-state solution. We’ll be joined by representatives of two different confederation models, A Land for All - Two States One Homeland, founded in 2012, and the Holy Land Confederation, which debuted earlier this year. Our expert panelists will discuss where they agree and where they differ on such complex issues as security and the military, immigration policy, Jerusalem, and the status of the Israeli settlers and settlements in Occupied Territory. Register here.
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 9:00 AM – 3:15PM. Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Ohioans are witnessing volatile shifts in energy prices, from gasoline to electricity and beyond. Roadblocks created by lawmakers continue to obstruct access to renewable energy sources, whether on a home’s roof or for a community or utility-scale project. In the aftermath of bad legislation like House Bill 6, we must explore new visions for the Buckeye State’s renewable energy future. We must explore Energy Justice. Ohio Environmental Council. Registration cost in-person $20.00, online no charge. More information and registration here.
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Meet the Academics of Churches for Middle East Peace. CMEP boasts a growing number of researchers and academics as members of the team. Join CMEP for this invitation into some of exciting research these academics are developing. This is an opportunity to engage with internal conversations and emerging areas of interest. While CMEP's work most often focuses on politics, members of the CMEP team are currently engaging on a variety of topics ranging from connections between archeology, theology, and politics; higher education in Bethlehem; the experience of American Palestinians; and disability. Hear brief presentations from the below CMEP researchers and engage in Q & A to follow. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for CMEP's Ambassador Warren Clark Fellowship. Registration for this event is free but we are also accepting donations towards the AWCF program with hopes to fully fund one year of the program for two fellows. More information and link to the registration here.
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 11:30 AM. The Widening Crackdown on Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and its Humanitarian and Political Implications. Recent weeks saw a major uptick in violence across the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Just six weeks after the last round of escalations in Gaza and fighting between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, in which 47 Palestinians were killed, and in the midst of ongoing clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem, the Israeli army has expanded its months-long crackdown against militants and other resistance elements in the West Bank. Following a series of terrorist attacks that killed 11 Israeli civilians last spring, Israel’s military has carried out hundreds of nightly incursions into Palestinian cities and towns, arresting more than 1,500 Palestinians, and killing scores, including many civilians. Meanwhile, the decision by Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces to join the Israeli crackdown, resulting in the killing of a Palestinian protester and a member of the PA security forces in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, has added fuel to the fire and revived questions about the PA’s domestic legitimacy. Middle East Institute/American Friends of Combatants for Peace. Register here.
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 12:30 PM. Two Confederation Models, One Common Aim: Can Israel and Palestine Form Two Cooperative States in One Open Land? Over the past few years, the idea of an Israeli-Palestinian confederation has gradually been gaining momentum – as well as mainstream adherents. Many now believe a confederative approach, while facing its own obstacles, could help overcome the immense difficulties inherent in the traditional two-state solution. We’ll be joined by representatives of two different confederation models, A Land for All - Two States One Homeland, founded in 2012, and the Holy Land Confederation, which debuted earlier this year. Our expert panelists will discuss where they agree and where they differ on such complex issues as security and the military, immigration policy, Jerusalem, and the status of the Israeli settlers and settlements in Occupied Territory. Partners for a Progressive Israel. Register here.
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 12:00 PM. Virtual Lunch & Learn on School Funding & Vouchers. Register here.
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 7:00 PM. Jailed for Demanding Rights: Egyptian-Palestinian Human Rights Defender Ramy Shaath. Ramy Shaath is a prominent Palestinian-Egyptian political activist, having fought for decades in the Egyptian and Palestinian political scenes on human rights causes. Céline Lebrun-Shaath is a community organizer and political activist (and a Head Teaching Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School). After their success in organizing a Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) chapter in Cairo, the pair were targeted by Egypt's repressive regime: Céline was deported in the middle of the night, and Ramy was kidnapped, disappeared, and spent over two and a half years in prison without charge. From Paris, Céline organized a worldwide campaign for Ramy's freedom; the campaign reached President Emmanuel Macron, was supported by hundreds of lawmakers from around the world, and featured dozens of celebrities and public figures, ultimately culminating in Ramy’s release and deportation to France. Egypt is the second largest recipient of American military aid and one of the region’s top weapons importers. Ramy and Céline will discuss the situation for human rights and political activism in Egypt, particularly the shared struggles of the Palestinian and Egyptian people in demanding justice for human rights violations. They will speak about their experiences and reflect on opportunities to demand greater accountability from U.S. and Western government officials. Register here.
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 8:00 PM. The Dangers of Transporting Nuclear Waste. If a nuclear fuel storage facility is opened in New Mexico or Texas, a large number of rail and highway shipments of highly radioactive waste will pass through two thirds of the states over a 50-year period. Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, a nuclear physicist who has studies nuclear transportation since 1975, will discuss the likelihood of an accident and the potential consequences. He will show that Federal agencies have greatly underestimated the probability of an accident and the potential consequences. Join the conversation here.
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 7:30 PM. Emergency Dialogue for Peace. Peace activists from across the country will discuss strategies for educating the public and for building the Peace Movement at this critical time. From Ukraine to Somalia, from Syria to Ethiopia, over a dozen wars are raging across the globe. The planet needs a global ceasefire. This year is the 77th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As part of the UN’s International Day of Peace, we are organizing this gathering on the current wars and the real danger of escalation leading to a nuclear war. Join us on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/groups/greenpartypeaceaction. If you would like to attend by Zoom, please email your name, email, organization, and city to firstname.lastname@example.org. Green Party Peace Action Committee (GPAX) People’s Network for Planet, Justice, and Peace - a working title.
Friday, September 30, 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, September 30, 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, October 1, 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, October 1, 2022, 1:00 PM. Community Conversation – Sustainable September. This September, Green Bexley is exploring the most impactful actions we can take to be more sustainable. Inspired by Project Drawdown and sponsored by the Bexley Community Foundation, Capital University, and Simply Living, we’re excited to learn alongside you and take action towards a more sustainable future! Location: Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Park Ave., Bexley. More information: Facebook Event.
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 12:00 PM. Christian Support for the State of Israel: Is It Biblical? Featuring: Rev. Dr. Munther Issac, Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer, and Dr. Jonathan Kuttab. Hosted by Southern California Friends of Sabeel. Register here.
Sunday, October 2, 2022, 2:00 PM. Defuse Nuclear War. With a diversity of speakers along with a wide range of information and analysis, this livestream will emphasize the importance of activism while encouraging creative participation in events on Oct. 14 and 16. The speakers will include representatives of the organizations actively participating in work on the mid-October events. Involvement will be regularly sought from the nearly 100 groups that are Defuse Nuclear War co-sponsors. Register here.
Sunday, October 2, 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, October 2, 2023, 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Redbird Books to Prisoners. We collect, pack, and send books to Ohio prisoners every 1st and 3rd Sunday. Location: Thirdhand Bike Coop, 979 East 5th Ave, Columbus. Please wear a mask, and please don't park in front of the building.
Monday, October 3, 2022, 6:30 PM. ACLU Statewide Action Team Meeting. We've got an opportunity to Share Our Values and Vote Our Values. What we do over the next 6 weeks will have a big impact on what we can do over the next 6 years. The Ohio Supreme Court has been the deciding factor for many of the ACLU's pushes to protect and expand our civil liberties and civil rights. This October, we'll work to ensure that we're reaching thousands of Ohioans to let them know our values are on the ballot. During this meeting we will talk about how we intend to reach out to thousands of Ohioans, lead them through discovering their personal values, and ensuring that the know who is on the Ballot and how that may impact their values. Register here.
Monday, October 3, 2022, 5:30 PM. WWII Education Abroad. Since 2012, the OSU Department of History has provided select students from across the university with a deep immersion in the history of World War II. Open to students from all majors, the program includes two prerequisite Spring-term courses on the war, followed by a study-abroad course in May that conducts students to many of the crucial sites where they visit London, Normandy, Paris, Auschwitz and Berlin. Now, the Department of History is expanding that opportunity to more than just their students! Please join Professors Peter Mansoor and David Steigerwald for this webinar, as they discuss this remarkable trip from both the student and alumni perspectives. You will learn of the successes and promises of the program and learn how you too might partake in this transformative experience. Register here.
Monday, October 3, 2022, 7:00 - 8:15 PM. Talk 1: From the President to Congress – The IRS to the State Department. Featuring Peter Beinart and Nizar Farsakh. How are the institutions of American Government supporting and sustaining the Occupation, and how can American citizens push back. 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. As a result, Congress, and by extension the American people, remain complicit in the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. In addition, on every level from the American State Department to the American President himself, American government/leadership supports and sustains the Occupation in both visible and invisible ways. What can be done to address this reality? How can we effectively advocate with Congress and the State Department? And how can we ensure that USA taxpayer funds are not and cannot be used to deepen the occupation and abuse Palestinian human rights? Register here.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 7:00 PM. Ohio Innocence Tour. The #NoDeathPenaltyOH campaign, in partnership with our friends at Witness to Innocence and the Ohio Innocence Project, is thrilled to announce a statewide tour featuring the voices of men and women who spent years — sometimes decades — on death row, for crimes they didn’t commit. Featuring Kwame Ajamu, Joe D'Ambrosio & Sabrina Butler-Smith. Location: Capital University Law School Library, 303 E. Broad St., Columbus 43215. Facebook Event.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 12:45- 2:05 PM. The Institute for Japanese Studies and Mershon Center for International Security Studies present: "The U.S.-Japan Alliance and Taiwan" Adam Liff, Indiana University. In April 2021, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden made global headlines when they jointly “underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”—the first such reference in a summit-level statement since both governments switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in the 1970s. Amidst a rapidly changing regional balance of power and with the Biden administration asserting that U.S. allies would “take action” if Beijing seeks “to use force to disrupt the status quo,” this talk will examine the historical evolution of Japanese perspectives on the U.S.-Japan security alliance’s and the JSDF’s potential roles in a “Taiwan contingency.” Though Tokyo’s nuanced positions and policies are often neglected in the U.S.-centric academic literature and policy discourse, Japan is a critical front-line player. Its choices are today—and will inevitably remain—crucial variables affecting cross-strait deterrence, U.S. options, and how things may play out if deterrence fails. OSU Townshend 225, 1885 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus. More information here.
Saturday, October 8, 2022, 12:00 PM. Rally & March for Julian Assange. Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is facing extradition to the US on espionage charges (not even a citizen of the USA). Thousands of supporters will be ringing the UK Parliament Building in London on October 8. Committee to Defend Julian Assange - Ohio will be gathering in international solidarity with the protesters in London. Location: Ohio Statehouse. For more information contact (614) 852-1498.
Sunday, October 9, 2022, 4:00 PM. Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: "BOYCOTT." When a news publisher in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas are told they must choose between their jobs and their political beliefs, they launch legal battles that expose an attack on freedom of speech across 33 states in America. BOYCOTT traces the impact of state legislation designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record. A legal thriller with “accidental plaintiffs” at the center of the story, Boycott is a bracing look at the far-reaching implications of anti-boycott legislation and an inspiring tale of everyday Americans standing up to protect our rights in an age of shifting politics and threats to freedom of speech. Register now and join us on October 9 at 4:00 PM Eastern for a discussion of the film with Peter Beinart, Editor-at-Large for Jewish Currents; JustVision filmmaker Jen Marlowe; and Bahia Amawi, plaintiff in the film. Our moderator will be journalist Mnar Adley, founder and executive director of MintPress News. Our co-sponsors for this event are the United Methodists for Kairos Response and the Methodist Foundation for Social Action. When you register for the film discussion you will receive a link to watch the film for free between October 6-9 and then you are encouraged to participate in the Voices From the Holy Land film salon. Register here.
Monday, October 10, 2022, 7:00 PM. South Korean Peace Movement Update. Approaches by the South Korean Peace Movement to Bringing Peace and Demilitarizing Tensions Among the U.S., South Korea, and North Korea. Sponsored by the New England Korea Peace Campaign; The Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security; and Massachusetts Peace Action. More information and registration here.
Wednesday and Thursday, October 12-13, 2022, 8;30 – 1:00 PM. Virtual 2 half-day symposium. The Far-Right: Examining its Roots and Challenging its Reach. Bringing together scholars, policy makers and practitioners from around the world, this symposium will analyze the roots and understand the reach of the far-right in the United States. The goal of this symposium is to facilitate learning and collaboration to support the identification of strategies to stop the spread and break the hold of broadly defined far-right movements in our political and social systems. As part of this endeavor, we set out to examine topics like the historical roots of white supremacy in the U.S., the process of radicalization, the mechanisms of ideological spread, and the growing legitimacy of far-right ideologies due to its permeation through many aspects of our daily lives. Scholars will present their research in panels, taking questions from the audience; followed by practitioners and policymakers leading conversations that put scholarship into practice. The symposium will conclude with a final panel that will invite the presenters, responders, and audience to brainstorm ways in which we can all challenge, in our own ways and in our own corners of the world, the far-right movement. Mershon Center for International Security Studies. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. JVP Meeting with Philip Metres. Philip Metres is poet, scholar, translator, essayist, playwright, and peacebuilder. He is the author of ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (2020), The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance (2018), Pictures at an Exhibition (2016), Sand Opera (2015), and I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015). His work has garnered fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Watson Foundation. He has been awarded the Adrienne Rich Award, three Arab American Book Awards, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and the Hunt Prize. Metres has been called “one of the essential poets of our time,” whose work is “beautiful, powerful, magnetically original.” His poems have been translated into Arabic, Farsi, French, Polish, Russian, and Tamil. He is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University, and Core Faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. He will be sharing readings from Shrapnel Maps and other works. Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio. Register for the meeting on zoom here. Facebook.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 5:00 PM. Blood Memory: A Story of Removal and Return and Discussion with Sandy White Hawk. Decades after being taken from her tribe and adopted by an abusive mother, Sandy White Hawk is again in the fight of her life. On Nov. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act — the 1978 legislation that would have kept White Hawk with her Native people. Watch a documentary about Indian child removal on Oct. 19 at 5 p.m., then join a discussion about the ground-breaking research by White Hawk and Ohio State’s Ashley Landers that was presented to SCOTUS to preserve the landmark legislation. Location: Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Free/In-person only event. Registration is required. More information and link to registration here.
Saturday, October 22, 2022, 1:00 – 6:00 PM. Revaluing Our Commons. Economic Democracy Advocates’ Sixth annual conference. We are especially excited this year about our fantastic lineup of guest speakers. They include Commons author/advocate David Bollier, and Post Carbon Institute Fellow, William Rees, as well as others who have much wisdom to share. Cost $40. More information and link to register for the online event here.
October 22 and November 19, 2022, 3:00 - 4:30 PM. Book
Discussion: Not "A Nation of Immigrants.” Part One - Introduction, Chapter 1-4- Settler
Colonialism and Continental Imperialism.
Part 2- Chapters 5-8- Arrivants: Irish, Italian, Asian, Latinx-
discussion in small groups and framing of issues. We recommend you get the book from your local
library or share with a friend. Paper back may be out in August 2022. Please try to read the book before the
discussion events and be prepared to discuss. If not the whole book, at least
read the Introductory chapter. More
information and registration for both dates here.
October 23, 2022, 4:00 PM. Reclaiming
the Fight Against Antisemitism: Challenging the Conflation of Anti-Zionism and
join the International Jewish Collective for Justice in Palestine (IJCJP) for a
discussion featuring Antony Lerman, author of the recent and critically
important new book, Whatever Happened to Antisemitism? Redefinition and the
Myth of the 'Collective Jew,' who will address: Understanding Antisemitism
today: Redefinition and Why It Matters with participants from IJCJP, who will
discuss how the current definitions of antisemitism have impacted their work
for justice and how they are responding in their different contexts. Register
Saturday, October 22 and November 19, 2022, 3:00 – 4:30 PM. Book Discussion: Not "A Nation of Immigrants. Following Indigenous Peoples Day, join Massachusetts Peace Action in a reading group on the book Not 'A Nation of Immigrants"- Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and A History of Erasure and Exclusion. By Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz- Beacon Press, Boston. We will be reading and discussing the book in two parts over Zoom. October 22 - Part 1 - Introduction, Chapter 1-4- Settler Colonialism and Continental Imperialism. November 19 - Part 2- Chapters 5-8- Arrivants: Irish, Italian, Asian, Latinx- discussion in small groups and framing of issues. Massachusetts Peace Action. More information and registration here.
Friday, October 28, 2022, 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Free Resource Friday. Free Resource Fridays is our monthly free resource giveaways, hosted at on the last Friday of every month! Grab some resources, harm reduction supplies, clothes, hygiene products, and food!! We have plenty so please feel free to pick up items for loved ones in need. If you can’t make this time, hit us up for porch/door drop offs! #freeresourcefriday #free #CommunityGround. Location: Community Grounds, 1134 Parsons Ave, Columbus, Ohio. Hosted by BQIC – Black Queer & Intersectional Collective. Facebook.
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 2:00 PM. Poetry Book Celebration! “You Can Be the Last Leaf" by Maya Abu Al-Hayyat by Middle East Children's Alliance. Virtual Book Celebration! “You Can Be the Last Leaf: Selected Poems” by Maya Abu Al-Hayyat, director of the Palestine Writing Workshop. Poetry Readings and Conversation with Maya Abu Al-Hayyat & Special Guest Deema Shehabi. Cost: $10.00. Benefit for the Palestine Writing Workshop. Register here. More information and registration here.