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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, November 30, 2020, 7:00 PM. Cooperation or Cold War? What a new President means for US-China-Russia Relations. The election of a new president presents us with an important question: will the Biden administration change policy when it comes to Russia and China? The former Vice President is just as committed to U.S. hegemony and to the “pivot to Asia”, the new military, economic, diplomatic and soft-power Cold War with China. Biden is also aiming to revitalize U.S.-European alliances aimed at Russia. President-elect Biden may extend the New START Treaty with Russia and has signaled an openness to cutting some nuclear weapons, but Biden is hardly a nuclear abolitionist. The "modernization" of the US nuclear arsenal is threatening a new arms race with Russia and China. Will Biden recognize the dangers and change course? International problems, like climate change and global pandemics, require cooperation between the US, Russia, and China. This cooperation can't take place from the precipice of war. Join us for a conversation about the prospects for peace. Sponsored by the No Cold War group, a collaboration of Massachusetts peace activists initiated by Massachusetts Peace Action. More information and registration here.
Monday, November 30, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Townhall on Federal Police/Funding in Cleveland: Operation Legend and beyond. We welcome Clevelanders and police reformers from around Ohio and the US to a public presentation and town hall discussion on state of federal policing and police funding in Cleveland, discuss action steps and strategies for moving forward, and to continue our commitment to fighting against this unwanted influx of federal agents and federal money in our community. Members of Resist Operation Relentless Pursuit-Operation Legend Cleveland and National, Black Lives Matter Cleveland, the Jail Coalition, and Decarcerate Memphis will briefly present recent work and campaigns around these issues, and we'll open the discussion to the community. We will email you a link to the Zoom meeting in advance -- there is always a call-in number for those who do not have regular/home access to a computer. One step you can take right now is signing this letter to your Congresspeople asking them to support the Lieu amendment, which would forbid future funding of federal police funding program Operation Legend. We will discuss this amendment more on Monday, but please do take the time to read and share this with your friends and family today. More information and registration here.
Monday, November 30, 2020, 7:00 PM. Inhale/Exhale - Sharonda Crome. Inhale/exhale is restorative healing for organizers and activists. We invite all those doing great work in the uprisings. In this installment we will practice building collective power and a capacity to rest in a world of unrest. We continue building a social fabric where each one is required to rest in the Radiance of our being. We come together to join the Revolution of Rest and lay down the hustle of finding our value from the world. Online event hosted by Ohio Voice and the People’s Mansion. More information on Facebook.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 7:00 PM. War, Peace, and the Supreme Court with Samuel Moyn. Join Peace Action for an exciting conversation with Samuel Moyn, as we discuss the US involvement in wars, the legal doctrines that supposedly justify wars, human and civil rights, and more. With recent developments in the Supreme Court, we will also hear from Samuel about why it's a just cause to disempower the Supreme Court. Samuel Moyn is Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University. He is also a fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Samuel is currently working on a book on the origins of humane war. He has previously written The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (2010), Christian Human Rights (2015), Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World (2018), and written, edited or coedited several others. Samuel has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, The New Republic, Boston Review, and many others. Register here.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 8:00 PM. Peace Organizing. Please join Marcy Winograd, Medea Benjamin (Code Pink) & Hanieh Jodat Barnes. Special Guest: Congressman Ro Khanna on Legislative Priorities for Peace. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Register here.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 7:30 - 9:00 PM. Good news in the dark of the year. Join Gender and Radiation Impact Project Director, Mary Olson and friend, Steve Leeper of PEAC Institute, and bring your GOOD NEWS! Steve will share, Mary will add, and the second half will open to you, and others who gather to find community and HOPE to share good news! Virtual event—join from your home. Registration is a simple email, send to: gender.radiation(at)gmail.com and include word REGISTRATION. You will get an email back with the link.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6:00 PM. What's Next for Clean Energy Progress? Join Vote Solar for an important discussion about what this historic election will mean for clean energy policy and climate action in America. More information and registration here.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6:30 PM. ACLU Central Ohio Action Team Call to Action Post 2020 Election. We will be discussing social issues and needed change in Central Ohio. Register here.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 7:00 PM. Ohio Poor People’s Movement Weekly Meeting. Our Meet & Build - Let's meet and build community! Don't worry if you are late or have to leave early. Just come and hang out! Get to know fellow OHPPC Family. Register here.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 7:00 PM (event) through November 27 - Saturday, December 5, 2020 (online auction). Simply Living Gift to Be Simple. As an alternative to the usual holiday consumption, Simply Living, a community organization that promotes sustainability, environmental awareness, and our local economy, will hold Gift To Be Simple, an online auction of new and gently used items donated by members and supporters from Black Friday on November 27 through December 5. Goods and services donated by business members of Simply Living will also be available for purchase, with proceeds going to fund programs such as Simply Living’s Sustainable University, Transition Hub, events and learning opportunities for living locally and sustainably. As part of Gift To Be Simple, Simply Living will host a special screening of the new documentary about regenerative agriculture Kiss the Ground on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. Narrated by Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground shows how we can stabilize the Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies through regenerating the world’s soils. The screening will be followed by a panel of local experts and farmers practicing regenerative agriculture and permaculture in Central Ohio. Registration is on Eventbrite. Signing up to bid on items in the Gift To Be Simple auction is free at give.simplyliving.org. Participants can also use an online form to donate new or gently used items to be auctioned. Items up for bid will be added throughout the event. Participants can also purchase or renew their annual membership in Simply Living on our main website at simplyliving.org.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. We are Essential. Immigrants and the Path to a Resilient Economy. Across the United States, Americans are facing the continued harsh realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. Among the people bearing the brunt of these twin crises are 10.4 million undocumented immigrants for whom the United States has long been home. Immigrants have not only been on the front lines as essential workers helping to keep the country running during these difficult times—a role they will continue to play as the fight to control the virus continues—but they will also play a pivotal role in supporting the nation’s rebuilding and economic recovery efforts. According to a new estimate from the Center for American Progress, 5 million undocumented immigrants—nearly 3 in 4 of all undocumented workers—are part of America’s essential workforce, risking their own health and safety as well as that of their loved ones to perform vital work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join the Center for American Progress for this timely and forward-looking discussion on the important role of immigrants in building a dynamic and resilient economy for all and the urgent need for a path to permanent legal status. Register here.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 2:00 PM. Hearing on House Sub Bill 248. Submit Opposition Testimony on House Sub Bill 248 - The Sneaky Omnibus Gun Bill. On Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m., an omnibus "substitute" gun bill that contains many dangerous changes to Ohio gun law is scheduled for a hearing in the Ohio House Federalism Committee. It is the only item on the agenda, and is slated for Proponent, Opponent and Interested Party testimony. This form will help you write testimony against the bill which can be submitted as Written Only or In-Person Testimony. The deadline for submitting testimony is Tuesday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. This form may be used to submit testimony and has information on other actions you can take.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Kiss the Ground. “Kiss the Ground” is a new film how about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies. Directors Josh and Rebecca Tickell have spent the last seven years tracking regenerative agriculture and unpacking the science behind it. Narrated by Woody Harrelson and featuring music from Jason Mraz, the star-studded film explains why transitioning to regenerative agriculture could be key in rehabilitating the planet, while simultaneously invigorating a new sense of hope and inspiration in viewers. A link will be provided after signing up on Eventbrite. Watch now on Netflix. Join the Discussion and Q&A at 7 pm to learn from local experts and farmers who are practicing regenerative agriculture and permaculture in central Ohio. Panel will be announced soon. Visit the website and watch the trailer for more information about this remarkable film. Donations of any amount are appreciated to support the work of Simply Living programs that support community education for sustainable living. Register here.
Wednesday, December 3, 2020, 12:30 PM. Anti-Semitism – What It Is, What It Isn’t. Partners for Progressive Israel invites you to join us for a wide-ranging conversation on anti-Semitism. Our panelists will be Rabbi Jill Jacobs, the Executive Director of T’ruah, and Kenneth Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate and the lead drafter of the “Working Definition of Antisemitism," later adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This definition has been embraced by the Trump administration, sparking concern that it would be exploited to suppress free speech about Israel. Not that long ago, it seems, Americans held a generally common understanding of the scourge of anti-Semitism – what that term encompasses, and what it doesn’t. But that has changed. Over the last few years, the use of the anti-Semitism label has become increasingly politicized, even weaponized, particularly in the context of Israel and Zionism. Our expert panelists will share their insights and engage with the Zoom audience via Q&A. Please join us for this important and timely event, which is being co-sponsored by T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Register here.
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 PM. World Nuclear Waste Report - Virtual discussion on nuclear waste policies. US launch of the WORLD NUCLEAR WASTE REPORT and virtual discussion on challenges and policies on nuclear waste. The amount of nuclear waste is growing worldwide. But even 70 years after the beginning of the nuclear age, no country in the world has found a real solution for the radiating legacy of nuclear power. The final disposal of nuclear waste poses major challenges to governments worldwide. No country has a final disposal site for nuclear waste in operation yet; Finland is the only country that is currently constructing a permanent repository. Most countries have yet to develop and implement a functioning waste management strategy for all kinds of nuclear waste. Governments differ widely on their nuclear waste approaches: in trying to find a final repository, how to classify nuclear waste, which safety standards to require from operators, and how to secure funding for the ever-growing costs to pay for all of this. With reactors across the world approaching the end of their lives, decommissioning and dismantling of nuclear power plants will become increasingly important. This process will produce even more radioactive waste. In absence of final disposal sites, most of the high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel must be stored for many decades, challenging the safety requirements for storage facilities and causing much higher costs than previously estimated. Overall, there is a lack of understanding about how countries around the world are trying to address the complex challenges that nuclear waste poses. The World Nuclear Waste Report aims to change that. This first edition focuses on Europe and presents the latest facts and figures on nuclear waste and its challenges. Registration and more information here. Read the WORLD NUCLEAR WASTE REPORT for free here: https://worldnuclearwastereport.org/.
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 7:00 PM. The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal, with Trita Parsi. Joe Biden does not have much time to revive the JCPOA - and the clock is ticking. Though he is not President yet, both he and the Iranians should begin investing in the atmospherics of diplomacy already now. Strategic signals from both Biden and the Iranians can prove crucial in building confidence in the other's commitment to diplomacy. Trita Parsi is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He has authored three books on US foreign policy in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran and Israel. Trita Parsi is the co-founder and former President of the National Iranian American Council. Parsi has followed Middle East politics through work in the field and extensive experience on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations. More information and registration here.
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 7:00 PM. 12 Years of Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five. Author and activist, Miko Peled, hosts a discussion with the sons and daughters of five Muslim community leaders (known as The Holy Land Foundation Five) who have faced relentless political persecution and ultimately imprisonment in what is one of the most egregious cases of domestic injustice committed in the name of America’s war on terror. Join us for this important webinar event to commemorate 12 years since the unjust prosecution of The Holy Land Foundation Five (HLF5): Shukri Abu Baker, Mohammad El-Mezain, Ghassan Elashi, Mufid Abdulqader, and Abdulrahman Odeh, who are each serving between 15 and 65 years in federal penitentiaries. Miko Peled, author of the 2018 book “Injustice: The Holy Land Foundation Five” will be speaking with the sons and daughters of the HLF5, in addition to Leena Al-Arayan, Executive Director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms and the daughter of Dr. Sami Al- Arayan, another Palestinian-American who was deported on trumped up “terrorism charges”. In 2013, Miko started investigating this pivotal case; one mired with miscarriages of justice with the men’s lawyers. He developed a relationship with the men’s families about the devastating effects the case had on their lives. He also traveled to the remote federal prison complexes where the men were held to conduct deep interviews. “Injustice” traces the labyrinthine course of this case, presenting a terrifying picture of governmental overreach in post-9/11 America. More information and registration here.
Thursday, December 3, 2020, 5:00 - 6:30 PM. Introduction to Social Movement Ecology. SME lays a framework for organizations with different theories of change to recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses and work together to produce large-scale social change. This training will provide participants with the skills, tools, and confidence to identify complex layers of approaches in social movement. Learn how organizations with different theories of change can recognize each other's strengths and weaknesses and work together to produce large-scale social change. Register here.
Friday, December 4, 2020, 12:00 - 1:30 PM. The Farmers' Battlefield: Mixed Methods Research in an Authoritarian, Post-Conflict Field Site. Erin Lin, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Food Politics, discusses her book project, How War Changes Land: unexploded bombs, soil fertility, and the underdevelopment of Cambodia. In this event, she will provide highlights of her fieldwork in Cambodian minefields and will describe how she incorporates narrative non-fiction elements into her large-N statistical analysis. She will also open discussion on the challenges of conducting fieldwork in a site under authoritarian surveillance. Register here.
Friday, December 4, 2020, 8:00 PM. Medicare for All Movement Builders Webinar. Join one of the upcoming Medicare for All Movement Builder calls. On this call we’ll discuss our new Movement Builders program and show you how to use an exciting new tool that we will be using to dramatically grow the size of our movement. We’ll briefly discuss how the Movement Builders program fits into our summer organizing plan. There will be time for Q&A at the end and the call will last no longer than an hour. On this group training call, we’ll give you the training, support, and resources you need to help lead one of these meetings. We look forward to seeing you there! National Nurses United. Register here.
Friday, December 4, 2020, 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, December 4, 2020, 3:30 PM. OSU-CHR Democracy Program: Benjamin Lawrance, “Refugees and Asylum in Africa.” Scholars routinely measure democratization in Africa by peaceful transitions of power, frequency of free and fair elections, and the freedom to organize. But just as some #BlackLivesMatter activists contend that justice must be measured by its accessibility to society’s most marginalized, ought we not also assess African democratization by its availability to society’s most disenfranchised. Taking as a methodological basis the usefulness of the exceptional, the aberrations (see Lawrance & Stevens 2015), this talk examine narratives of refugees from among Africa’s most celebrated democracies – Senegal, Ghana, and Benin – for evidence of the inaccessibility of justice that forces citizens to claim asylum abroad. Register Here.
Friday, December 4, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Discussion on Fruitvale Station: Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series. Zoom Panel Discussion of Fruitvale Station and Local Policing Reform. The film Fruitvale Station depicts the story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old from Hayward, California, and his experiences on the last day of his life, before he was fatally shot by BART Police in the early morning of New Year’s Day 2009. The movie begins with the actual footage of Oscar Grant and his friends being detained by the BART Police at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland on January 1, 2009, at 2:15 a.m. right before the shooting. Trailer here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2334649/. Changes in policing are under consideration in Boston following the submission of a report from the Mayor’s Police Reform Task Force, and a conference committee of the State Legislature is working on a bill for statewide reforms. The lead organizer for this installment of the DWS film series, Theodore Parker Church’s Racial Justice Task Force, is bringing together a panel of local and state leaders to discuss where we are 11 years after the death of Oscar Grant, and what’s in store for Boston and statewide police reform. The panel will be moderated by Gerard Cox, PhD, an Organizational Development Consultant who has worked with the Brookline and Boston Police Departments. Registrants will receive a link to the film on Nov 27th, to be viewed anytime through Dec 4th. Register here.
Saturday, December 5, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Ready to Run. Campaign Training for Women. We need more women in public office. Whether you’re ready to run for elected office, or ready to be an advocate for important issues in your community, Ready to Run will prepare you. John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Cost: $25.00/Students $10.00. More information and link to registration here.
Sunday, December 6, 2020, 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, December 6, 2020, 4:00 PM. Unite to Decriminalize Indigenous Struggles from Turtle Island to Palestine. FOSNA (Friends of Sabeel North America) is excited to collaborate with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) to offer this opportunity to hear directly from frontline land protectors, and to participate in direct action for Indigenous rights from Turtle Island to Palestine. This event will punctuate FOSNA's Keep Awake campaign on November 29th. The rally will center Palestinian and Indigenous voices who will speak about the impacts that criminalization by settler-colonial states have on their lives and will include online actions including a Twitterstorm. Please register today.