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Monday, July 17, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights Organizing Meeting.  CCBOR launches its third petition drive with circulator training and meeting.  We continue to organize to protect our water, air, and soil from contamination by the fossil fuel extraction industries.   CCBOR has a year to collect over 20,000 signatures and is actively seeking volunteers to help meet this goal.  See the CCBOR website for more information:   http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusBillofRights.  For more information, please contact CCBOR at columbusbillofrights@gmail.com.   Location:  Location:  88 W. Blake St., Columbus. 

 

 

 

Monday, July 17, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Friends Committee on National Legislation – Central Ohio advocacy group Meeting.   (Please note:  regular meeting is one week later this month only.)  FCNL is focused on many issues at the Washington D.C. level.  Our local advocacy team issue in 2017 is to reduce waste in U.S. military spending instead of increasing the Pentagon budget, while keeping social benefits from being cut.  President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to increase the Pentagon budget by $54 Billion (10%) in 2018.  We now have more than 50 advocacy groups across the U.S., and had over 200 lobbying visits to U.S. legislators in 2016.  Please join us.  Location:  Center on High, 3208 N. High St. Columbus, 43202.  For more information, contact Greg Pace: 614-565-6067 or gpace67@gmail.com

 

 

 

Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Stonewall Columbus Community Discussion.  STONEWALL COLUMBUS CALLS FOR A RENEWED FOCUS TO END DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE, GENDER IDENTITY:  SEEKS PARTNERS IN COMMUNITY-WIDE DIALOGUE TO CREATE AN ACTION AGENDA. 

 

 

Stonewall Columbus is reaching out to the larger community to ask for their involvement in a critical dialogue about racism and homophobia.   “We understand that many people feel marginalized, even by those who aspire to serve them and advocate for their interests,” said Tom McCartney, Chair of the Stonewall Board. “We hope that all our allied organizations will join us in inviting the greater community to come together, learn together and develop an action agenda that leads to positive change.”

Stonewall is connecting with other LGBTQ groups and organizations that primarily represent people of color to ask for their assistance and involvement. They also will continue providing updates through their website and social media.  VENUE Change:  King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus.  Contact:  Stonewall Columbus.  

 

 

 

Monday, ​ July 17, 2017, 7:30 PM.   Youth Beat Radio on WCRS and Tuesday on WGRN.  Tune in this award winning program every Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS  102.1 and 98.3 FM and Tuesdays at 5:30 PM on WGRN 94.1 or listen online at www.wcrsfm.org.  Youth Beat Radio is sponsored by The School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, Ohio State University Extension, and the Puffin Foundation West.  Location: WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM and WCRS 102 on your radio dial. Program and podcasts here.   For more information, contact youthbeat@osu.edu

 

 

 

Monday, July 17, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Let’s Celebrate Elbridge Gerry’s Birthday!  Come celebrate all our hard work to end gerrymandering! Let's have some cake and toast founding father Elbridge Gerry. Come meet other activists and share stories. We'd love to hear your best tips for getting signatures.  More information and tickets on Facebook .   Hosted by Fair Districts = Fair Elections Campaign. 

 

 

 

Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Shame on Stonewall 7.17.17.  Hosted by BQIC.  Exactly one month after the arrest of four peaceful protesters at Stonewall’s Pride Parade, this Monday, July 17, Stonewall Columbus has called for a ‘community conversation’ ‘for a renewed focus to end discrimination based on race, gender identity’ (stonewallcolumbus.org/event/community-conversation/).  Organizers around the #BlackPride4 refuse to attend a meeting proctored by Stonewall without Stonewall proving that they take the needs of the BP4 seriously. Through their failure to condemn police brutality against people they claim to serve, their having silenced the BP4 and BP4 supporters behind closed doors, as well as their lack of support of the #BlackPride4 more broadly, Stonewall Columbus has demonstrated their complicity in the violence against LGBTQ+ people of color.
We call on our community and our allies to stand in solidarity with the #BlackPride4 and aid us in shedding light on Stonewall's shameful practices. This Monday at 6pm, we will gather outside of the King Arts Complex at 867 Mt Vernon Ave where Stonewall will be having their community conversation. We will peacefully demonstrate against Stonewall Columbus for their blatant disregard for the #BlackPride4 and LGBTQ+ people of color.   Location:  King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, 43202.  Facebook.

 

 

 

Monday, July 17, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Branching Out:  Emerging Leaders Environmental Mixer.   1969 was the year the Cuyahoga River burned. It was a wakeup call for the nation - pollution and environmental degradation was out of control. Shortly after, a small group of dedicated individuals began the Ohio Environmental Council and have defended Ohio’s environment ever since.  Though we are past the days of burning rivers, we are now witnessing the effects of a hotter climate - disease-carrying ticks are on the rise, drinking water is more vulnerable to lead and toxins, and air quality alerts are becoming more frequent.  Location:  Rambling House Soda, 310 E. Hudson St., Columbus 43202.  Free/please register on Facebook.  Facebook

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Noon.  Tell Senator Portman: Kill the Bill!  Join Indivisible  Districts 3, 12, and 15 for this nationwide event!  Outside protest and, if we can, small groups visiting inside –or requesting staffers to come outside to hear from constituents.  #KILLTHEBILL DAY OF ACTION. For months, Indivisible groups have been showing up at congressional offices around the country to say no to TrumpCare.  On Tuesday July 18, our whole national network will be showing up together to say that

TrumpCare would hurt our friends, our families, and our country—and we’re

not letting that happen without a fight.  Location:  Portman’s downtown office, 37 W. Broad St., Columbus, 43215.  Contact:  gvogts43@gmail.com

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 2:00 PM. Webinar:  The 2020 Census:  Why Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Count Matters.  The Coalition on Human Needs, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Children's Leadership Council, and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality invite you to participate in an upcoming webinar: The 2020 Census: Why Ensuring A Fair and Accurate Count Matters.

The 2020 Census may seem like a long time away, but decisions are being made now in Washington that will affect the accuracy of the count.  In the past, the Census has undercounted young children, communities of color, and low income rural and urban households; very much related, immigrants also are at risk of disproportionate undercounting.  This matters a lot:  much federal funding is distributed by formulas based on population and income, and some communities will get less than they should if their residents are not accurately counted.  Further, congressional, state legislative, and municipal districts are re-drawn every ten years based on the Census count.  In 2020, for the first time, the Census Bureau will promote the Internet as the primary way to answer the census, which may increase the likelihood of an undercount in low-income communities.  In this webinar, learn from national Census experts about how we can protect and improve on the Census’ accuracy, so that low-income communities are not shortchanged.  This webinar will be useful for advocates and service providers working at the local, state, or federal levels.  If your communities receive funding based on federal or state formulas, this webinar is important to you.  Register

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Ready for 100 Coalition Launch.  This is the Environmental Coalition launch for Ready for 100, a campaign to ask the city of Columbus to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Register at http://bit.ly/RF100Columbus  Location note: The Northwood-High Building has off-street parking located to the rear of the building and accessed from Northwood Avenue. Visitors should park in spaces marked "R" Reserved, Rardin Clinic Only for community meetings. Visitors do not need to pay or use the pay station. On-street parking is available (both metered and non-metered) but please be aware of all signs marking parking restrictions and enforcement of meters.   Sierra Club of Central Ohio.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus 43210.  Facebook

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 5:30 - 7:00 PM.  YWCA Fireside Chat with Suzanne Roberts and James White.  A Safe Conversation About Race.  (Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program promptly begins at 5:30 pm.   Join us for an interactive, fireside chat. Bring your questions, observations and curiosity so that we can all grow from this intimate conversation. Suzanne Roberts and Jim White have been meeting and discussing racism for over five years. As a white woman and a black man discussing race relations in our communities and America, they have educated audiences with a historical and personal perspective on the complexity of these issues. Evenings spent listening to this unique conversation are illuminating and leave you with tools for taking action.  Suzanne Roberts and James White will engage in a thoughtful and candid conversation about race relations in our communities and America. This talk is inspired by the current political climate in the US and will address current dialogues being held all around the country.  Free admission – light refreshments provided.  Register here. Location:  YWCA, 65 South Fourth Street, Columbus, OH 43215. 

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017,  7:00 PM. St. Mary Magdala Celebration with  Mary Eileen Collingwood.  Rev Mary Eileen Collingwood a female ordained Roman Catholic bishop with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.  Rev Collingwood is a resident of Ohio.  Location:  The Forum at Knightsbridge, 4590 Knightsbridge Blvd., in the multi-purpose room,  Columbus, OH 43214.  Attendees should be prepared to stop at the Receptions desk to get a visitor's sticker.  Sponsored by Call To Action Columbus - www.cta-columbus.org -  Seeking an inclusive Catholic Church.  For more information, please contact:  Sharon at izzi2sharon@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Join Indivisible OH12 for a bird-dogging training session! This training will cover what bird-dogging is, why it is an effective tactic (even though it is aggressive and can push people's comfort zones), and how to build a team to pull off an effective bird-dogging action. We also will include time to practice, including a role-play scenario, and will have some work on effective livestreaming on Facebook as well as other social media.  Even if you're not a member of Indivisible OH12, we welcome guests from other Indivisible and progressive groups!  Bird-Dogging Training with Indivisible OH12.  Location:  Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Columbus, 43235.  Facebook.  

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Ohio Wildlife Center.   Ohio Wildlife Center is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of Ohio's native wildlife through rehabilitation, education and wildlife health studies. Our free wildlife hospital admits nearly 5,000 animals, annually! We provide medical treatment to injured, ill or orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning a healthy individual back to the wild! We offer a variety of on-site and outreach programs for groups of all ages. Meet our wild animal ambassadors, explore nature and learn how to coexist with native mammals, reptiles, and birds! 
All tours begin at 6:30 pm with a 30-minute walk, followed at 7:00 pm by a 60-minute talk (45-minute presentation followed by questions) in the Caretaker’s Residence. The two tree tours will be all walking tours.  Guests are asked to meet at the northwest entrance of the Caretaker’s Residence, in the center of Goodale Park.  For more information, please contact bhosey1@columbus.rr.com.  This event is made possible thanks to sponsor Borror Properties.

 

 

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 PM.  This is the Sierra Club Central Ohio Group's monthly Conservation Committee meeting to discuss and update progress and goals for conservation issues in central Ohio.  This month we will hear about best practices in stormwater management during an era of climate change from Harry Kallipolitis of Ohio EPA. Harry Kallipolitis is Ohio EPA’s stormwater and water quality certification manager. Prior to this position, Harry worked as the Central District Office stormwater coordinator where he was integral to the development of the stormwater program from its inception in the early 90s. Harry was responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of the phase one and phase two stormwater regulations for Ohio and continues this work in his current position. In addition, Harry worked with local cities, counties, and sister agencies to develop and implement local stormwater regulations. Harry brings more than 25 years of field experience, giving him a unique perspective in the continued development and implementation of the storm water and Clean Water Act programs. Prior to his work with Ohio EPA, Harry worked with Ohio Department of Natural Resources for six years with various divisions regulating the coal, oil, and gas industries in Ohio.  Questions? Contact elissa.yoder@sierraclub.org. To register, visit http://bit.ly/ohioepa.   Meetings of Conservation Committee for Sierra Club Central Ohio Group occur on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. We have two committees: Air/Energy and Water/Development. Come and learn about all the interesting projects we are talking about!  Location:  The Mershon Center is at 1501 Neil Ave., the corner of Neil and Eighth on the campus of Ohio State University. Parking information is at https://mershoncenter.osu.edu/contact.html 

 

 

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 11:00 PM till Midnight.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio on WCRS 98.3 / 102.1 FM.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio features:  a) newly released Alternative and Independent music by emerging Alternative musical trends from across the world  c) interviews with local musicians, filmmakers, artists and activists.  All shows are: 1) broadcast on 98.2/102.1 FM  2) streamed “live” on the internet and 3) available for download at: http://www.wcrsfm.org/audio/user/1851.

 

 

 

 

Friday, July 21, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Pence-Portman Protest Party.  Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Rob Portman are coming to Columbus on July 22, and we want to give them a proper Buckeye welcome. But we need your help! Join ProgressOhio and our partners on Friday, July 21, for our Pence-Portman Protest Party. We’ll be making protest signs so we can line the streets and show that Ohioans don't support them or the Trump administration. Come with your most creative ideas, and bring any materials you have! We’ll also call Portman’s offices and post on social media to let him know Ohioans oppose the Senate healthcare bills.  Food and beverages will be provided; let us know you’re coming so we know how much to buy.  Location:  35 East Gay Street, Second Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.  *If you can't join, you can still help out by donating $10 to help us buy the signs, markers, ink, paper, and all other sorts of arts and crafts we need to make our protest a success. No donation necessary to register.

 

 

 

July 21, 2017, 2:30 – July 23, 2017, 3:00 PM.   Third National conference of the Labor Fightback Network.  For the labor movement, business as usual is no longer an option. If the eight-year aftermath of the 2008 economic crash did not send the message loudly enough, the November 2016 election of Donald Trump as president of the United States surely has done so. The jury is in; the verdict is unanimous. It has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that what the labor movement has been doing is no longer working.  Register here: http://laborfightback.org/conference2017/registration.htm .  Location:  Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44115. More information:   Facebook.   

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 4:30 PM.  Rally Against Portman and Pence.  Senator Rob Portman and Vice President Mike Pence will be speaking at the annual Ohio Republican Party state dinner fundraiser in Columbus.  Through bills like the Regulatory Accountability Act and the AHCA, Republicans have proven time and again they care more about the profits of billionaire executives than our right to safe and healthy futures. Enough is enough.  Join us at the Student Union at Ohio State University on Saturday, July 22 to rally against these reckless "leaders", and demand better.  Location:  Ohio Union at The Ohio State University, 1739 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook.

 

 

 

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM.  PM. Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano Community Meeting. Councilmember Michael Stinziano will hold Community Hours in July across the City to listen to issues and concerns of Columbus residents.  Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help. All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend.  Location:  Panera Bread -Blacklick Center, 6887 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213. For additional information contact:
Stephanie Megas, 614-645-8311.

 

 

 

Monday, July 24, 2017, 2:30 – 4:00 PM.  Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano Community Meeting. Councilmember Michael Stinziano will hold Community Hours in July across the City to listen to issues and concerns of Columbus residents.  Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help. All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend.  Location:  South Side Roots Café and Market, 280 Reeb Ave., Columbus, OH 43207.  For additional information contact:  Stephanie Megas, 614-645-8311.