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Take Action to Support the Nuclear Ban Treaty! Honduras has become the 50th country to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This means that the treaty has reached the number needed to go into effect. This will start on January 2022 according to the United Nations. 122 countries out of the 193-member UN General Assembly have expressed support and 84 have signed the treaty. Write your representatives and tell them to support this effort! According to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres this development, “represents a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.” But this is only the beginning. Countries with nuclear weapons, including the United States, Russia, and China, have shown opposition to the treaty which aims to destroy all nuclear weapons and ban new ones. The countries that possess nuclear weapons, the US, Russia, the UK, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel have not signed the treaty. Changing perspectives in nuclear countries is incredibly important in the movement for nuclear disarmament. Citizens and residents of nuclear powers need to use their voices to support the elimination of these dangerous weapons. Tell your representatives that you want them to push for the United States to join the treaty! 



Events and Meetings:  


Monday, February 26, 2024, 4:30 PM.  Emergency Rally to Call for Ceasefire in Gaza.   Cardboard signs, hot tea and handwarmers, safe community, and calls to action will be provided.  This action will be led by progressive Palestinian and Jewish community members.  All are welcome. Location:  Outside Senator Brown’s office, 200 N. High St.  For more information you can email to hello@barriertoentrypac.com.

 

Monday, February 26, 2024, 5:00 PM.  Grassroots Election Protection Coalition/ALLIANCE 4 GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY.  Weekly zoom meeting.  Register here

 

Monday, February 26, 2024, 8:00 PM.  Indivisible Central Ohio Zoom Meeting.  Join us to help strategize and plan events for Fair Districts/Citizens Not Politicians signature collection!  Register here

 

Monday, February 26 - Thursday, February 29, 2024.  3:00 PM.  Power Half-Hour for Gaza: Channel grief & fear into action to stop a genocide.  This week very Monday – Wednesday.  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. If the Zoom room is full, join us here: https://www.youtube.com/@JewishVoiceforPeace/streams.  Register here.  

 

Monday, February 26, 2024, 12:00 PM.   Nationwide Is Not On Our Side. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company invests $4.5 billion in coal, oil, and gas -- even as it has canceled over 10,000 homeowner policies in coastal North Carolina due to hurricane risk. It's wrong for insurance companies to invest the premiums we pay in the causes of the climate crisis, then leave us holding the bag when climate-fueled disasters strike.  Please join us on Monday, February 26, at noon to protest these actions and educate citizens about why they should find better insurance that doesn't make the climate crisis worse. We will be on the High Street sidewalk just outside Nationwide headquarters, One Nationwide Plaza, 1 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215, in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Please register to attend this event so we can keep you informed of any last-minute changes in plan, such as weather delays or street closures. Register at bit.ly/nationwide2-26.  Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/4dyohXfpC.  This event is organized by Save Ohio Parks and part of the Insure Our Future Global Week of Action. Questions? Email hello@saveohioparks.org.

 

Monday, February 26, 2024, 5:00 PM.  Show Up for Palestine.  Join us at city hall again as we let the Columbus city council know we’re here and not going anywhere until a ceasefire resolution is passed.  Location:  90 W. Broad St., Columbus.  You must have a valid Ohio ID to enter. 

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 7:00 PM.  Webinar:  Health & Human Rights in Gaza.  Author, filmmaker, and physician Alice Rothchild has traveled to Gaza four times, the last visit in August 2023. In this online Zoom webinar Alice will give a brief background on Gaza and then a detailed description of the current destruction of much of the infrastructure and health care system and the impact on civilians in the ongoing war.  Register here

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 7:00 PM.  Understanding our Immigration Process.  Join AFSC for the second installment of our webinar series of “Protecting Immigrant Rights in an Election Year”.  In this session we'll look at what pathways exist for migrants to enter the U.S. lawfully under current laws, and discuss the challenges that arise for those in different situations. We will walk through the process and have a time for conversation about our vision for a process that would ensure that all migrants are treated with dignity and respect regardless of circumstance. Register here

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 2:00 – 3:30 PM.  Healing with Roots: Peacemakers in a Time of War.  How do we heal in the midst and aftermath of the conflict in Gaza, Israel, and the Middle East?  Auburn Theological Seminary has partnered with the organization Roots, a unique network of local Palestinians and Israelis who have come to see each other as partners. Based on a mutual recognition of each People's connection to the Land, Roots is developing understanding and solidarity despite ideological differences. Their work is aimed at challenging the assumptions their communities hold about each other, building trust, and creating a new discourse around the conflict in their respective societies. This is a grassroots and local model for making change—from the bottom up.  Hybrid event:  tickets $28.52.  Register here

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 8:00 PM.  Medicare for All National Strategy Call.  Join the Nurses' Campaign to Win Medicare for All for a national strategy call! You'll hear all about our exciting organizing plans for 2024, and how you can plug in right away to the critical work of advancing the fight for health care justice. This call will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes. Register here

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 6:00 PM. Community Conversations with the Ohio Community Rights Network  The Ohio Community Rights Network invites you for a discussion on State Preemption on from around the state. This will be the first in a series of Community Conversations which OHCRN plans to facilitate monthly. The virtual discussion will join an in-person panel from the Athens community.   In order to prepare for a rich discussion, we are asking you to view this short (less than 5 minute) video on Preemption and consider the following questions beforehand.  1. What are the two main types of preemption and what is the difference?  2. What are some of the most recent examples of state preemption in Ohio? 3. Which type of preemption is mostly being used by state legislatures these days and what are the arguments used to justify them? Whose interests are being served by enacting them? 4. Have you had direct experience with a state or federal preemption law in your community? Does the principle of democracy conflict with state preemption?  Register for the zoom here

 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 12:00 PM. Keeping the Peace During the Gaza War: Preventing Jewish-Arab Violence within the Green Line.  In May 2021, a period of fear and violence shook Israel: A conflict that germinated in Jerusalem expanded into Gaza, and soon boomeranged and escalated inside the Green Line. Far-right extremists incited interethnic violence in Israel’s mixed cities, where the country’s Jewish and Palestinian citizens live side-by-side, leading to death and destruction. Following the devastating October 7 attacks, however, there has been no repetition of intercommunal conflict inside Israel, even with a far-right Israeli government in power. What has Israeli civil society learned from the past to prevent such violence and how might it apply those lessons in the future so that Jews and Arabs can come together across differences?  Partners for Progressive Israel.  Register here

 

Wednesday, February 29, 7-8:30 PM. Veterans for Peace monthly gathering. Join other Central Ohio veterans to share your thoughts on the U.S. military, American wars, and, yes, peace. This month, learn more about Wikileaks' Julian Assange, his work, incarceration in England, and extradition status to the U.S. For those interested, we have postcards to send to congressional members. Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library, Karl Road branch, Conference Room 2, 5590 Karl Rd, Columbus. Contact: Sandy Bolzenius, sbolzenius72@gmail.com

 

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 10:00 – 10:30 PM.  A briefing on current news regarding the Hamas and Israel War.  Churches for Middle East Peace weekly briefing every Thursday.  Register here.  Watch previous videos here

 

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 8:00 PM. NEIS Night with the Experts.  Profits and Peril at The Hanford Nuclear Site.  The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America.  Investigative journalist Joshua Frank will join us to discuss his award-winning book on Hanford, Atomic Days: The Untold Story of Most Toxic Place in America. According to the EPA, the Hanford Nuclear Site in Eastern Washington State is the most contaminated place in the United States. The facility churned out nearly all of the atomic fuel for the US's nuclear arsenal, leaving behind a cesspool of high-level radioactive and chemical waste. Millions of gallons of noxious waste are leaking into the groundwater, and the bubbling leftovers remain a ticking time bomb that could become our own Chernobyl-like catastrophe. Hanford is the world's most expensive environmental remediation project, where private contractors call the shots and taxpayers foot the bill.  Register here

 

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 3:30 – 5:00 PM.  Gaza, Israel and Middle Eastern Regional Order.  How have Arab states and publics responded to the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel and Israel's subsequent war on Gaza?  How has this affected the prospects for Arab-Israeli peace and normalization?  Will the Gaza war escalate into a broader regional war? And how does the crisis affect American standing in the region?  This talk will put the Gaza war into the broader context of changing Middle Eastern regional politics and American foreign policy and discuss possible future trajectories for regional order.  OSU College of Arts and Sciences, Mershon Center.  Location: Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Senate Chamber.  Register here.  

 

Friday, March 1, 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.

 

Sunday, March 3, 2024, 4:00 PM.  PDA Sunday Progressive Town Hall.  Join Progressive Democrats of America every Sunday as we discuss how we win with progressive policy positions and progressive candidates. You'll leave energized and organized!  Register here.  

 

Saturday, March 2, 2024, 11:00 AM.  Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ State House Assemblies & to the Polls.  Join the Ohio Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival as we march and rally bringing the demands of poor and low-wealth people for living wages, healthcare, housing, education, environmental justice, and voting rights directly to our lawmakers.  We cannot slide quietly into the dark! That’s why Ohio is joining states across the nation who will be holding simultaneous assemblies and marches at their state capitals. We are going to raise our voices and to make our votes demands. We are going to Columbus to deliver a moral indictment of the cynical priorities and immoral policies of the leadership of the Ohio Legislature. Our state capitals are not just symbolic; they are the policy hubs whose decisions directly impact people facing systemic poverty and the interlocking injustices. Join with us, poor people, clergy and faith leaders, and advocates in building an action that will send a message to the legislators responsible for the unrelenting policy violence against the 3,784,000 poor and low-income people in our state that we won’t be silent anymore.Meet up at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Broad St, Columbus at 11:00 AM.  March begins at 11:15 AM.  Mass gathering at the State House at noon.  Register here

 

Friday, March 1, 2024, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  Moms Demand Action Event:  Ohio Virtual Meeting.   Join us for a Lunch & Learn focused on Gun Laws. We'll review current state and federal laws and provide an update on what is happening in the Statehouse.  Register here

 

Sunday, March 3, 2024, 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.

 

Sunday, March 3 and March 10, 2024, 5:30 PM (dinner), 6:30 PM Program.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors Film Festival.  Screening Ghandi in Two parts followed by panelists and conversation moderated by Fred Andrle.  Cost: $25 each night for dinner. Register by contacting windiversity@gmail.com.   Film and discussion only $5 cash at the door.  Location:  Congregation Beth Tikvah, 6121 Olentangy River Road, Worthington 43085. 

 

March 4 – April 14, 2024.  WorldBeyondWar.org Online Course:  War and the Environment.  Our upcoming online course on War and the Environment will be facilitated by a different outstanding facilitator every week for six weeks. Facilitators include World BEYOND War's President and Education Director. The six facilitators hail from England, the Philippines, Nigeria, Bolivia, Kenya, and the U.S.  Here's a chance to engage in ongoing discussion with them and gain their insights and feedback on your ideas.  Learn more and reserve your spot here.

 

Thursday, March 7, 2024, 3:30 – 5:30 PM. International History Seminar: Elisabeth Leake on Dissent and Opposition in the Aftermath of Independence.  Dr. Leake's research to date has been broadly focused on the global histories of decolonization and the Cold War. Her first book, "The Defiant Border: The Afghan-Pakistan Borderlands in the Era of Decolonization, 1936–65," rethinks the political development of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. She asks why this region has remained largely autonomous to this day, despite Pakistani and Afghan state-building activities and interference from British and later American policymakers. This book distinctively reintegrates South Asia’s border zones into twentieth-century global histories, placing the subcontinent and its peripheries in a wider international and trans-Asian context. Dr. Leake reflects on the impacts of decolonization and US Cold War policies on local political and social developments in the Afghan-Pakistan borderlands, as well as local populations’ reactions to shifts in national, regional, and global dynamics. Using the frontier’s Pashtuns as a case study, she demonstrates the crucial role that peripheral, potentially "anti-state" actors can play in influencing social, political, economic, and strategic relationships at all levels of governance. Location:  OSU Campus, Derby Hall 1039, 154 N Oval Mall Columbus, OH 43210.  Campus Map.   More information and registration here

 

Saturday March 9 – 23, 2024. Join World BEYOND War for our 4th annual virtual film festival!  This year’s “Women & War” virtual film festival explores the intersection of women, war, and militarized masculinity. Each week, we’ll host a live Zoom discussion with key representatives from the films and special guests to answer your questions and explore the topics addressed in the films. Scroll down to learn more about each film and our special guests, and to purchase tickets!  More information and link to tickets here.  Watch all three films and webinar discussions for $5.00. 

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 07:00 PM.  Health Equity Workshop: Barriers to Care for Persons Experiencing Poverty.  Join the Health Care For All Ohioan’s Ohio Health Equity Committee for a free workshop exploring socioeconomic disparities in healthcare access & how single-payer healthcare could change that.  Our guest speaker is Dr. Brad Cotton.  Dr. Cotton has worked 45 years as a street paramedic in Cleveland. Through a winding career, he has held many positions - first as an emergency department technician, then emergency RN and finally an emergency medicine physician. His education includes graduating from Kent State University with a BSN in 1982, receiving an MD degree from The Ohio State University in 1991, completing an emergency medicine residency at The Ohio State University in 1994. He has been a life activist for social and economic justice. He is an active member of Physicians for a National Health Program and former exec board member of the Ohio Single Payer Action Network. He is a Democratic candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives District 12. As Amber Prater, MD/MPH candidate says, “I advocate for single payer so that no one has to struggle with medical needs due to cost.”  Register now!  Facebook

 

Tuesday, April 9. 2024, 3:30 – 5:30 PM.  International History Seminar: Le'Trice Donaldson on Charles Young, the Liberian Frontier Force and the fight against European Colonialism.  Le’Trice Donaldson is the Paul R. and Mary Haas Distinguished Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Dr. Donaldson specializes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century African American military history, the Gilded Age, WWI, and Gender History. She works at the intersection of race, gender, military service, and the long civil rights movement. She is the author of Duty Beyond the Battlefield: African American Soldiers Fight for Racial Uplift, Citizenship, and Manhood, 1870-1920, and A Voyage Through the African American Experience. She is also an editor for a new book series, The Black Soldier in War and Society: New Narratives and Critical Perspectives, with the University of Virginia Press. Her current book projects are Remember Me: The Life of Eugene Bullard, the first African American fighter pilot, and Race Prophets: A History of the Army’s Black Chaplains. Professor Donaldson is the founder and president of the Society for Black Military Studies, currently serves on the executive board of the Association of Black Women Historians and is a W.E.B. Du Bois Research Fellow with the University of Mass-Amherst Du Bois Center, and the coordinator for the Black Studies Minor program. Dr. Donaldson earned her Ph.D. in African American History from the University of Memphis and her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  Location:  OSU Campus, Derby Hall 1039, 154 N Oval Mall Columbus, OH 43210.  More information and link to registration here.  Campus Map.   

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM.  Faith Leader's Luncheon: Home in Ohio.  The Ohio Council of Churches, Dominican Sisters of Peace, and the Hunger Network are excited to host our 2nd Annual Faith Leaders Legislative Luncheon, where people of faith, legislative leaders, and policy experts will come together to discuss the affordable housing crisis in Ohio. As people of faith and good conscience, we believe every Ohioan deserves a place to call home. Presenters will share policy solutions to help us get there and attendees will have an opportunity to talk with legislative leaders and staff about this important issue.  Location:  1 Capitol Sq, Columbus, OH 43215, USA.  General admission $35.00.  Register here