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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 - May 31. Move To Amend is Offering a Free Screening of The New Corporation. “The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel” is a timely film that has had a hard time reaching the masses due to COVID, but also because Twitter censored our trailer!! Watch the contentious trailer and see what you think. Donations appreciated! More Info, Trailer, and Tickets here.
Now - Thursday, May 26, 2022. International Uranium Film Festival. Watch more than 30 films online. Free. Watch the films here.
Monday, May 23, 2022, 1:00 PM. Protect Medicare. Turning up the heat on REACH and DCEs. This webinar will discuss the latest threat to Traditional Medicare: the recently announced REACH program.
Seniors will speak about the dangers of private equity interfering with the patient-doctor relationship, while Congressional Representatives will speak about what they have done, and what we should all plan to do, to protect our seniors. Invited speakers include representatives from Jane Addams Senior Caucus, the California Alliance of Retired Americans, the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, and the Wisconsin chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, as well as U.S. House Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Katie Porter, Mark Pocan, and Jan Schakowsky. Register here. More information and petition to protect Medicare here.
Monday, May 23, 2022, 2:00 PM. Where is the War in Ukraine Going and What Should be the Response of the Peace Movement? Speakers: Scott Ritter – Former UN Weapons Inspector, Ajamu, Baraka – Black Alliance for Peace, Sara Flounders – International Action Center, and Alan Freeman – International Manifesto Group. Moderator – Joe Lombardo, UNAC Coordinator. Register here.
Monday, May 23, 2022, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Community Conversation: Inflation, what is it and what can we do? The prices of basic goods and services are rising faster than they have for a long time, and many Americans are feeling the pinch. Voters say that inflation is the most important issue affecting their vote this fall. But much of what we're being told about inflation isn't true, and many policy responses being discussed will hurt working people. We need to understand what's causing inflation in order to address it, and in order to persuade voters that we can tackle it. Come join Working Families Party and our friends at the Groundwork Collaborative to learn about what inflation is, how it's affecting working people, what's causing it, and what we can do about it. Register here.
Monday, May 23, 2022, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Telling Stories with Data: Reclaiming the studies that shape Jewish communal narratives. Part 2 of the IfNotNow and the Jewish Liberation Fund series: Who Speaks for the Jews? In this event, Samira Mehta, Ari Kelman, and Analucía Lopezrevoredo will help unpack the numerous recent studies that seek to explain: Who are Jews and what do they care about? They will dig into how the studies are funded, data is collected, and how this demographic data is used to advance projects, movements, and political causes that often exclude Jews of Color, queer Jews, and others at the margins of organized Jewish life. Ari Y. Kelman holds the Jim Joseph Chair in Education and Jewish Studies at Stanford University. Samira K. Mehta is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies and of Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Analucía Lopezrevoredo a Peruvian-Chilean-Quechua-American anti-oppression educator and researcher, and founder of Jewtina & Co. Register here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 11:00 AM. Kumi Now: Preserving History and Culture. As we commemorate World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development this week, we look at what is being done to preserve Palestinian history and culture and to ensure that it thrives. Our guest will be Dr. Awad Halabi, who has worked with the Nabi Musa Festival. Register here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 8:00 - 9:00 PM. Building a Visionary Antiwar Movement. In the face of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism — we must engage in mass nonviolent moral direct action. Why does the U.S. government have money for war but not for the poor? We must declare that we won’t be silent anymore about the war on the poor by ensuring that the pentagon’s bloated budget is cut and redirected to our needs! Presented by CodePink. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Eyewitness Accounts from the Intern'l May Day Brigade & recent Delegations to Cuba. Hear from 2022 May Day Brigadistas and recent delegations to Cuba. Learn about achievements of the Cuban Revolution and impacts of the U.S. Blockade. Hear about the latest developments for Cuban Health Care and COVID-19. Support the upcoming July Friendship Caravan to Cuba. Register here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 7:00 PM. Worthington Interfaith Neighbors presents: Sharing Our Stories. A Journey from South Vietnam to America: Thanh Ma. Thanh set out in May 1984 on a journey as a scout for his whole family to escape from communist-controlled Vietnam. As one of “the boat people” at age 19 Thanh captained a boat holding 39 people—including three of his own brothers—and arrived in the U.S. in January 1985 after a dangerous sea voyage. From 2006 until today Thanh has invested in businesses and cared for his family of six. Covid 19 really turned things upside-down for Thanh; he worked with different charity and volunteer groups, and now with Asian American Community Services (AACS). Life is very interesting. Sometimes things go well—nice and smooth—while at other times they are rough, like an angry ocean! Come and hear the incredible story of Thanh Ma. All are welcome. There is no charge for this program. To request your Zoom invitation and meeting ID number,
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Tuesday, May 24, and 31, 2022, 8:00 - 9:00 PM. Study circle on Archbishop Wester’s pastoral letter on nuclear disarmament. Pax Christi is hosting a 3-session virtual study circle over Zoom on Archbishop Wester’s pastoral letter to better understand the nuclear weapons threat and how we can individually and communally work for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Each study group session will include suggestions for outreach and action. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 4:00 PM. Sanctioning Civilians: The Human Cost of U.S. Economic Warfare.
Join NIAC for a virtual panel to explore the global impact of collective punishment featuring voices from many of the organizations who led the letter demanding an end to overly broad nationwide sanctions. Like the people of Iran, hundreds of millions of people in other countries around the world are being hurt by a foreign policy that has invested heavily in nationwide economic pressure as a tool of first resort. With so many of our friends and family harmed by the sanctions, through no fault of their own, it is vital that we continue to build new alliances and strengthen our political power. The Panel features NIAC's Research Director Dr. Assal Rad, Arash Azizzada from Afghans For A Better Tomorrow, Dr. Aisha Jumaan from Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, and Daniel Jasper from American Friends Services Committee as our moderator. Register here.
May 24, 2022, 5:30 PM. Columbus City
Council Public Safety Committee to Hold Hearing on Violence Intervention
Programs. Councilmember Emmanuel
V. Remy, chair of the Public Safety Committee is hosting this public hearing to
review the City's violence intervention programs. Council would like to
share an update with residents over what violence prevention, intervention, and
disruption programs occurred in 2021, and what programs can be expected in
2022. Any resident seeking to submit written testimony should forward it
to the office of Councilmember Remy. Written testimony must be received by 2pm
on the day of the hearing and emailed to Lucy Frank at email@example.com.
Residents who want to provide testimony via WebEx, or in person, during the
hearing must email Lucy Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on the day of the
hearing. Each speaker's remarks are limited to three minutes or less. Location:
City Hall. Live on City Council's Facebook Page and Live on City Council's YouTube Page.
May 24, 2022, 5:30 PM. One ID Columbus
Summit! Many of
our neighbors in Central Ohio lack the proper ID they need in order
to meet their basic needs and participate in the community.
One ID Columbus can change that. More information on their website: www.oneidColumbus.org. Register for the webinar here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 7:00 PM. Eyewitness Accounts from the Intern'l May Day Brigade & recent Delegations to Cuba. Hybrid Event: In person in Boston and virtual. IFCO Pastors for Peace, May Day Parade and Massachusetts Peace Action. Register for the virtual event here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 7:00 PM. EcoChallenge Discussion Courses! Overview of Sustainability Topics. EcoChallenge discussion course books give you a framework to talk about your relationship with the planet and fellow humans. They are designed to help break big issues into bite-sized pieces. And they help create a personal network of shared stories and support that makes it easy to take action. Find out more at https://ecochallenge.org/discussion-courses/. Free Zoom Mtg + Q&A. REGISTER HERE.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 1:00 PM. Stealing the Earth Session 5: Undoing the Doctrine of Discovery. Speakers: Great-grandmother Mary Lyons is an Ojibwe Elder, a world-renowned Wisdom Keeper, Knowledge Holder, Humanitarian, an Empowerment Coach, Activist, and Author. She brings a de-colonial and anti-capitalistic framework to the mainstream environmental movement through spiritual wisdom lessons. Rev. Chebon Kernell Jr., an ordained Elder in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and is of Muscogee Creek heritage, is the Executive Director of the Native American Comprehensive Plan of the United Methodist Church. He has worked with the World Council of Churches, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops assisting to improve relationships with Indigenous communities through dialogue, study and local or regional acts of repentance acknowledging harms inflicted upon Indigenous communities. Register here.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 6:30 PM. Five Eras of Black Reconstruction and White Rage. Methodist Federation for Social Action sponsored virtual presentation by Rev. Dr. George McClain with panel of respondents including Rev. Limina Grace Harmon, Nikki Hutt, and Rev. Rafael Garcia. Discover how African Americans have accomplished major advances despite white supremacist rage. Register here. Facebook.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 3:00 - 4:00 PM. “Pal’ Norte” – A View of Migration in the Central American Northern Triangle. Churches are involved in immigration campaigns and question U.S policies regarding the rights and guarantees of this population once they arrive in the country. However, they are also concerned and want to understand, more comprehensively, the social, economic, ecological, political, and cultural issues that cause the phenomenon of migration, particularly from the countries that are part of “the Northern Triangle” (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). In that sense, three Global Ministries’ partner organizations in Central America have agreed to speak to the situation in the Northern Triangle and its implications for migratory flows through the region. The goals of this webinar are to reflect on the causes that cause migration in the area of the Northern Triangle in Central America; to present the alternatives and work of Global Ministries partners (Christian Commission for Development in Honduras, the Salvadorian Lutheran Synod, and the Christian Ecumenical Council of Guatemala), and to respond to questions and concerns of the participants. More information and link to the registration here.
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 7:00 PM. Learn about the Corrupt Process of the Columbus Charter Review Commission and What You Can Do. Join Bill Lyons, Jonathan Beard, and Joe Motil to learn about what has been going on with the Columbus Charter Review Commission and what you can do about it. Join Zoom here https://cscc-edu.zoom.us/j/95699456595?pwd=S2dlL3FxVE5FMDF0THJIa21EZTJwQT09.
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 7:00 PM. We'tsuwet'en Organizing Call. Join this massive mobilization call to alert allies and friends from coast to coast that Wet’suwet’en people need their help to Stop The Drilling under their sacred headwaters, Wedzin Kwa. Attendees will hear from Sleydo’, Chief Na’Moks, and Chief Woos about what’s happening right now on the Yintah. You’ll hear about the violence, surveillance and intimidation that is escalating on Wet’suwet’en territory, and what they can do to help stop the drilling and call off the RCMP. Register here.
Thursday, May 26, 8:00 PM. Noam Chomsky: Ukraine and Beyond. "Meanwhile, by extending the conflict instead of seeking to end it, we impose severe costs on Ukrainians, drive millions of people to death by starvation, hurtle the burning planet even more rapidly to the sixth mass extinction, and — if we are lucky — escape terminal war." In this presentation, Noam Chomsky will touch on the roots of the Ukraine war and potential paths to a sane resolution through an all-out effort of diplomacy and statecraft. He will examine the disastrous strategy the U.S. is presently pursuing in Ukraine and the implications of Finland and Sweden joining NATO. But he will expand the scope of his analysis by looking at the frightening impacts that the decisions of "world leaders" toward this "criminal Russian invasion" are having far beyond Ukraine. For instance, he sees the perpetuation of the war as basically a program of mass murder through starvation throughout much of the Global South. But a major focus of this presentation will be the impact of the Ukraine war and the way the world has responded to it on the prospects of the greatest crisis humanity has ever faced: the prospects for human survival itself. He will examine the specific ways in which the decision of U.S. leaders to exploit the invasion to `harm Russia' and possible Russian responses are increasing the likelihood of terminal nuclear war as well as hastening our demise through global warming if we should somehow dodge that nuclear bullet. The presentation raises a fundamental question: whether the gap between our technical capacity to destroy and the human moral capacity to control that technical capacity can be bridged. Always the optimist about human capabilities when confronted with injustice, gruesome wars or now, with extinction itself, Noam will remind viewers that -- as the history of social movements has shown -- "it is within our power to bring about the answer that we all hope for, but there is no time to waste". Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action. Register here.
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 8:00 PM. Left Behind: How Underserved Communities Carry the Heaviest Burden of our Broken Health Care System. Join National Nurses United for the first webinar in our Summer 2022 Public Education Webinar Series 'The Fight for the Future of Health Care'. This session will look at how underserved communities are already disadvantaged and exploited by the current system, the ways in which new trends will make this worse, and how Medicare For All would address these problems. It will examine an emerging scheme in the hospital industry to maximize profits by automating and relocating care from hospitals to the home. Finally, this session will explore the connection between the epidemic of hospital closures in rural areas and communities of color and the emergence of a two-tiered system where poor and marginalized patients are forced to rely on telehealth, retail clinics like CVS Minute Clinics, and DIY care in the home. Register here.
Thursday, May 26, 2022, 1:00 PM. Conversations with the Nation. After Roe: An Urgent Conversation. It now appears virtually certain that the Supreme Court will vote to overturn Roe v Wade and, as The Nation’s Elie Mystal wrote, “return pregnant people to the status of second-class citizens: mere incubators who lack the right to control the fate of their own bodies.” The expected upending of Roe would throw huge swaths of the country into abortion deserts and move the immediate fight to defend reproductive rights to the states, where this fall 36 governors and control of 88 state legislative chambers in 46 states will be decided. Join an urgent conversation with Katha Pollitt, Amy Littlefield, Dr. Christina Bourne, and Elie Mystal, moderated by Regina Mahone, about how we can best oppose the coming restrictions on abortion rights. This event is free of charge. All ticketholders will be sent a link to the recording the following day. More information and registration here.
Friday, May 27, 2022, 12:00 PM. A Faithful Response to the War in Ukraine: It’s Impact and What Makes What Peace? As the Russian Invasion of Ukraine enters its third month it has brought calls for prayer and statements of deep concern from United Methodists globally; it has also brought first-hand accounts of the impact of the war and ways United Methodists respond to the trauma of people in harm’s way. The Revs. Julia and Oleg Starodubets serve the Kyiv United Methodist Church, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Rev. Oleg Starodubets, a district superintendent who messaged UM News from Kyiv on Feb. 24. “People took their beloved and tried to leave the cities.” Rev. Starodubets said United Methodists in Ukraine are opening churches as shelters. He asked for prayers for peace and a Russian withdrawal from Ukraine. Rev. Julia Staradubets, MD is also a medical doctor and the first woman be ordained in the Ukraine Conference. She seeks to meet the medical needs of the growing number of internally displaced people as of result of the war. Rev. Bill Lovelace The Rev. William “Bill” Lovelace is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries serving as a Ministry to Migrants Consultant. He is a former district superintendent and pastor in Lithuania, Ukraine and Southern Russia. Register here.
Friday, May 27, 2022, 4:00 - 6:00 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! Donations are welcome. Masks required. Location: Community Grounds: Coffee and Meeting House, 1134 Parsons Ave. Facebook Event.
Friday, May 27, 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.
Friday, May 27, 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.
Saturday, May 28, 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.
May 28, 2022, 1:00 PM. FIFA: Suspend
Apartheid Israel. Israel
has violated the principles of FIFA in a variety of ways that would normally
warrant disciplinary actions and even a suspension of its membership. However,
the politics of FIFA have prevented the organization in the past from taking
such action. Its internal by-laws have even been amended to make it more
difficult for the Palestine Football Association (PFA) to demand such action.
Consequently, it is now the responsibility of civil society to apply the
popular pressure necessary to bring this about.
Join Panelists Roger Waters, musician & activist, Susan Shalabi,
vice president of the Palestinian Football Association, Jonathan Kuttab,
cofounder of Al-Haq & Exec Director of FOSNA and others. Register
Sunday, May 29, 2022, 11:00 AM. Can we have Solidarity without Militarism? Views from Ukraine, Europe, and the USA. We welcome back to insightful guests from our March show, Olena Lyubchenko and Jonathan Feldman, joined by outspoken anti-imperialist US labor leader, David Van Deusen, President of the Vermont AFL-CIO. Is it possible to build solidarity without relying on militarism and thus fueling further imperialist conflict? As this period of escalated conflict and Russian invasion enters its fourth month, what is the current state of things on the ground, for the people in Ukraine, and in the region? How has this event already altered global and domestic politics, including in Russia and in Europe, as well as in the U.S. and beyond? How so are existing social movements and 'left' political parties relating to recent developments? What are the dangers and opportunities of this moment for those struggling for a world of peace, justice, equality, and security? What can it mean to struggle for justice and solidarity, with the people in Ukraine and elsewhere, while rejecting the dominant paradigm of militarist response? Facebook Live.
Sunday, May 29, 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.