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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, January 24, 2022, 7:00 PM.  Meet the Big 5: How the Military-Industrial Complex Controls Politics.  We talk a lot about the military-industrial complex, but what exactly is it, who makes it up, and why are they so important?  A new coalition groups opposing their local war companies has joined together to form the War Industry Resisters Network, focused on corporate control over US foreign policy.  The political influence of several weapons manufacturers has made these companies extravagantly wealthy, all while the United States has wasted trillions of dollars on military adventurism and destroyed large parts of the Middle East and Central Asia, killing at least hundreds of thousands and displacing tens of millions. The 5 major companies with the most influence and power are:  Raytheon Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics.  We’ll take a look at these companies, their partnership with the US government, and their influence over the US Congress and the Executive Branch, under both Democratic and Republican presidents.  Why, despite public opposition, do military budgets continue to rise and arms sales to authoritarian governments continue?  To answer these questions, we’ll be joined by experts including: William D. Hartung, Christian Sorensen, and more.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here

 

Monday, January 24, 2022, 8:00 PM.  Prospects for Peace in Korea in 2022.  Simone Chun, Ph.D., researcher in US foreign policy in the Korean Peninsula; former Assistant Professor at Suffolk University; currently a member of Korea Peace Network, associate at Korea Policy Institute and Board of Advisors at CodePink.   She will speak on the 2022 South Korean presidential election and the Korea peace movement. Jessica Lee is a Senior Research Fellow on East Asia with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.  She previously led the Council of Korean Americans to advance the voice and influence of the Korean American community.  Sponsored by the New England Korea Peace Campaign; moderated by Seung Hee Jeon, visiting assistant professor of Korean at Boston College.  Register here.

 

Monday, January 24, 2022, 7:00 PM.  FBT - End Family Separation Now.  Please join Families Belong Together to take action to end family separation now! We are thrilled to be joined by special guests Kate Melloy Goettel of the American Immigration Council, Leidy Perez-Davis of Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project, and Daniel Galindo of the American Civil Liberties Union who will share their expertise about the latest updates in immigration policy and the ongoing horrors of family separation. Ensuring families are never separated again is going to take all of us--come learn how to take action and join the movement to end family separation!  Register here

 

Monday, January 24, 2022, 5:30 - 7:00 PM.  Communities in Crisis: Covid, Racism, and the Ongoing Struggle.  The OSU Center for Ethnic Studies (CES) will be hosting a forum on “Communities in Crisis: Covid, Racism, and the Ongoing Struggle” with the Director of 1DivineLine2Health, Esther Flores, Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership (OPAWL), Asian American Community Services of Central Ohio (AACS), and Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO).  Registration is required for participating in this event that's free and open to the public. Please register here.

 

Monday, January 24, 2022, 7:00 PM.  Indivisible OH12 Youth Voter Registration Project.  Join the committee to plan our 2022 Youth Voter Registration Project!  FacebookRegister here

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:00 PM.  SPECIAL SCREENING: Live Production Update on VoiceXJ Documentary.  You are invited to a Rough Cut of VOICE XJ - social justice activists in the U.S. and China communicating across the world. This new documentary, now in progress, captures the concerns of ordinary people in two of the most powerful countries in human history. Interviews and footage from China and the U.S. cover ethnic issues, racism, social and economic justice.  VOICE XJ confronts the elephant in the room: the relentless propaganda from the U.S. government of human rights abuses in Xinjiang.  VOICE XJ takes the audience to Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang region, and investigates the truth, while exposing the dangerous lies behind the escalating U.S. military threats and sanctions.  Witness the creative use of internet video chats and on site footage to communicate what social justice activists saw and heard from the U.S. to China’s Xinjiang, This is a rough cut of a film using interviews by ordinary people in in both countries to compare issues of systemic racism, and social and economic justice. International Action Center.   Register here

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:45 PM.  50th Annual MLK Celebration.  Please join us for a special virtual event! Featured speaker:  Van Jones is a CNN host, political commentator, Emmy Award-winning producer, and author of three New York Times best-selling books: The Green Collar Economy (2008), Rebuild the Dream (2012) and Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How we Come Together (2017).  The event is brought to you by the Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center.  More information and link to the registration here

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 11:00 AM.  KUMI Now: Introducing the Palestinian Innovators and Palestinian Solutions SeriesThe Palestinian Innovators series, happening the first Tuesday of each month, will focus on individual Palestinians that are coming up with creative or innovative ways to support their communities, do business, advocate for Palestine, and otherwise contribute to the world. We are sure they will be an inspiration to us all!  The Palestinian Solutions series, occurring the third Tuesday of each month, will take a different approach to Palestine than we, and almost every other organization, have taken in the past. Instead of focusing on what Israel should stop doing or what the UN and other nations should do, we will look at the problems facing Palestine from a Palestinian perspective. Better understanding the internal workings and struggles of Palestine will help us all become better allies and smarter activists as we learn to work together for Palestine.  Register here

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 4:00 PM.  The Uyghurs: Who they Are, Human Rights Abuses, & Implications for U.S. Policy.  A webinar organized by the Committee for a Sane U.S.-China Policy. The Chinese government’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority has become one of the most contentious issues in U.S.-China relations. American officials regularly denounce the Chinese leadership for what it claims is the “genocide” of the Uyghurs, while Chinese leaders deny the claims and say Washington’s obsession with the issue is obstructing normal bilateral relations.  Featuring Gardner Bovingdon, Amnesty International, and Kate Kizer.  Register here

 

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 7:00 PM.  Orwellian Control, Public Denial, and the Murder of President Kennedy.  Does understanding the true nature of American society matter in our struggle to turn the United States toward peace?   If so, what light does the assassination of President Kennedy and its cover-up throw on this issue? Continuing a discussion which began with our webinar about James Douglass' JFK and the Unspeakable:  Why He Died and Why It Matters.  We will be exploring these questions with Dr. Martin Schotz, author of History Will Not Absolve Us: Orwellian Control, Public Denial, and the Murder of President Kennedy available for free online here.  Of central importance is the President's June 10, 1963 American University address about world peace.  For a commentary on this speech and its context available here.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here.  

 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 1:00 PM.  Update on Afghanistan.  Join us to learn more about how we can work toward justice with our Afghan neighbors and hear updates.  Speaker David Wildman serves as the liaison to the United Nations, the Middle East & Afghanistan for Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. He has traveled regularly to Afghanistan since 2004. He has served with United Methodist general agencies since 1989 and his office is at the Church Center for the UN in New York City.  Register here.  

 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 12:30 PM.  Biden & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Look at U.S. Policy One Year into the Presidency.  Partners for a Progressive Israel will be joined by a panel of experts, who will share their insights on the Biden administration’s record to date and what we can expect from this presidency, moving forward:  Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, director of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Prof. Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA, and Amb. Alon Pinkas, foreign affairs analyst and former policy adviser to Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak. The moderated discussion will be followed by Q&A with the Zoom audience.  Register here

 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 11:45 AM.  Moms Demand Action, Columbus ChapterAre you a constituent of State Senator Kunze, OH Senate District 16? Join Moms Demand Action volunteers and constituents who will be speaking with her (on Zoom) about gun sense legislation on Wednesday, January 26, at 11:45 am (Sen. Kunze will join at 12:00 pm). Use this link to sign up, and you'll receive the Zoom link closer to the date.  Email Lisa Voigt, lvoigt.25@gmail.com, for more information or to join the Ohio Moms Demand Action legislative mailing list and receive updates on gun bills at the statehouse.

 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 12:00 PM.  What’s Happening on Capitol Hill that I Should Care About?  Want to cut through the sound bytes and sensational headlines and begin to make sense of the chaotic policy process on Capitol Hill with regard to things like the Child Tax Credit, The Build Back Better bill and voting rights legislation?  Join Karen Dolan, our Director of the Criminalization of Poverty Project, and our Executive Director Tope Folarin as they discuss the state of play on Capitol Hill with regard to policies that affect hard-working people in the U.S. There will be time for audience engagement through a Q and A period as well.  Institute for Policy Studies.  Register here

 

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 7:00 - 7:45 PM.  New Year:  New Outlook.  We're kicking off 2022 with a virtual panel discussion with Environmental Defense Fund leaders on real-world climate impacts, congressional activity, and key environmental developments. Join us to learn more about federal climate action and how you can make a difference in 2022!  Register here

 

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 10:00 AM.  Israel’s Continuing Policy of Palestinian Dispossession: From Sheikh Jarrah to Al-NaqabTop of FormIn the middle of the night on January 19, 2022, Israel demolished the home of the Salhiya family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem and arrested at least 18 people, including members of the family. This raid comes after a year of nationwide Palestinian protests—with widespread international solidarity—against evictions in Sheikh Jarrah. In the meantime, the Palestinian Bedouin communities in the Naqab (Negev) are facing renewed threats of evictions and demolitions. Over the past week, thousands protested the displacement of Palestinians in Al-Sa’ua, one of 36 Palestinian Bedouin villages in the Naqab that are not recognized by Israel, deprived of access to basic services and infrastructure, and disconnected from other Palestinian communities. The protests were met with heavily armed Israeli police in addition to raids and mass arrests, including of minors.
Experts at this webinar will discuss the volatile situation in the Naqab in the context of Israel’s larger and ongoing policy of displacement and dispossession against Palestinians. They will address the significance and legal status of the Naqab area, the growing and unified Palestinian mobilization against Israeli oppression, the role of the international political community and institutions, and the importance of voices from the Bedouin community and accurate media reporting.  Register here

 

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 9:00 PM.  Paper Children Viewing And Facilitated Discussion. Join SCAN, Casa de Paz and the Latin America Working Group for a film discussion and to learn how you can take action. and to learn how you can take action. We will gather on to discuss the documentary, Paper Children, learn more about US policies affecting children seeking asylum, and share opportunities to advocate in favor of more humane policies to protect children and families.  Register here

 

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 12:30 - 2:30 PM.  New Strategies: Extractivist Corporations, Communities, and the State In A Post-COVID WorldThe struggles of social movements and communities against extractive multinational corporations have stalled or cancelled major projects, threatening company profits. In response, corporations have developed new strategies to undermine the opposition to their projects. Join the Institute for Policy Studies for a panel discussion with leading academic and policy researchers on these new strategies that extractive industry corporations have developed to secure and expand their operations despite organized resistance to mining, drilling, and other megaprojects.  More information and registration link here

 

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 8:00 PM.  Nuclear Energy Information Service:  Night with the Expert with Dr. Gordon Edwards.  Uranium - The Deadliest Shape Shifter.  Join the zoom meeting here

 

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:30 PM. ACLU of Ohio's 2022 Legislative Priorities: What to Expect at the Ohio Statehouse.  Our policy experts will present an analysis of the issues and bills we've been advocating for, and a preview of our work ahead.  You can expect to hear updates on bail reform, abolishing Ohio's death penalty, voting rights and redistricting work, attacks on abortion access, LGBTQ equality, protesters' rights, and more.  Register here

 

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 3:30 - 5:00 PM. The Wires of War: Technology and the Struggle for Global PowerJoin the Mershon Center for International Security Studies virtually for a discussion with author Jacob Helberg on his new book The Wires of War: Technology and the Struggle for Global Power (Simon & Schuster, 2021).  From 2016 to 2020, Jacob Helberg led Google’s global internal product policy efforts to combat disinformation and foreign interference. During this time, he found himself in the midst of what can only be described as a quickly escalating two-front technology cold war between democracy and autocracy.   More information and registration here

 

Friday, January 28, 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 and Saturday, January 28 and 29, 2022, 9:00 AM.  Black Lives Matter and International Solidarity Symposium.  At a time when COVID-19 makes protesting in person even more dangerous than usual, international activists from Cape Town to Palestine have loudly proclaimed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Similarly, BLM activists have proclaimed their support for international allies who are protesting racial injustices and police violence across the world. This symposium brings together transnational scholars and students to interrogate how solidarity for Black Lives functions across differences in societies and regimes. The symposium will feature three keynote speakers and a graduate student panel. January 28th 9am-3pm (keynotes): 9:00-10:30: Keynote 1: Maina Kiai: "What does Black Lives Matter mean for democracy in Africa and the US?" 11:00-12:30: Keynote 2: Noura Erakat: "Solidarity is a Verb: Historical Articulations of Palestinian Transnational Solidarity and Contemporary Renewals", and 1:30-3:00: Keynote 3: Yomaira Figueroa-Vasquez: "“Archives of Olvido: Disappearances, Femicide, and Black Puerto Rican Life.” January 29th 9am-11am (student panel) Tiffany Pennamon: “Site of Memory: Remembering Black Futures from The Netherlands to Cape Town", Kimberly Williams: “Verzuz and International, Otherworldly Reverb” Belay Alem: "Property Matters in Black Lives."  More information.  Register here

 

Saturday, January 29, 2022, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM.  Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: Rebuilding a Broader Movement.  With Congress appropriating funds for new and upgraded nuclear weapons and delivery systems, the need to counter these misguided policies has become acute. The 2022 Conference will follow the general pattern of previous conferences, but with increased emphasis on coordinating efforts of advocates, and expanding outreach to organizations and constituencies outside the world of nuclear disarmament advocates.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here

 

Saturday, January 29, 2022, 1:00 PM.  Bishop Tutu Memorial Service. Sabeel and Friends of Sabeel will hold a memorial service (online) to celebrate the life and dedicated service of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu who was the International patron of Sabeel for many years. Register here