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Monday, April 8, 2019, 3:30 PM.  Serve and Protect Every Person in Every Neighborhood.  Join us to demand Columbus hires the right people for a new Assistant Safety Director for Equal Employment Opportunity and a new Police Chief. We need cops who will serve and protect EVERY person in EVERY neighborhood!  Sponsor:  Faith in Public Life.  Location:  New Faith Baptist Church of Christ, 955 Oak St.
Columbus, OH 43205.  Register here.  

 

Monday, April 8, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace meeting.  Screening:  The Botany of Desire (2009/120 minutes). They are four of the most ordinary plants:  the tulip, marijuana, the potato , the apple.  We've always had this idea that we are in charge, but what if, in fact, they have been modeling us?  We don't give enough recognition to plants.  They have been laboring on us, and they've been utilizing us for their own goals.  There are four plants that have walked the road to accomplishment by fulfilling human ambitions.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus.  For information about COFP, visit our website.   Contact:  central-ohioans-for-peace@googlegroups.com.

 

Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Ready for 100 Volunteer Training.  This is volunteer training for Ready for 100 Columbus. We will talk about how to reach out to businesses and community groups to get their support for Columbus committing to 100% renewable energy. Snacks will be served. Register at https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z0000027HgyQAE.  Location:  Northwood High Building, room 100, 2231 N. High St.  Facebook.  

 

Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Digging into the Rural Vote.   In 2016 and again in 2018 rural counties throughout Ohio voted against their own self interests and selected Republicans for office.
To answer the question, “Why did this happen”, Matt Hildreth, with Rural Organizing will address issues, politics and opinions relating to rural Ohio. Matt is the Political Director at America’s Voice and founder and Board-Chair of RuralOrganizing.org. He grew up on a small farm in Eastern South Dakota and is a graduate of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota where he studied Philosophy and Communications. He holds a master’s degree in Strategic Communication from the University of Iowa. He will delve into such issues as: Why has rural Ohio turned so red so rapidly? What can we learn and what can we do to make a difference.  What voter demographics should we target in trying to encourage rural voters to see the positive impact of voting for progressive candidates?  Location:  Upper Arlington Library, 2800 Tremont Rd. Library Friends Theater.   Facebook.  

 

Monday, April 8, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Student Poster Exhibits 6:00 - 6:45 PM.  WOMEN IN CONSERVATION.  Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event.  Ohio State's 2019 Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event highlights the role that female conservationists have played in leading humanity’s protection and improvement of natural resources. Female global icons symbolize much of the environmental movement of the 20th century, such as Rachel Carson, Dr. Jane Goodall and Wangari Maathai. These women actively worked to improve our response to environmental pollution and social equity through environmental protection and justice, and they have inspired millions in the environmental movement worldwide. We all personally know women in our own organizations, communities and neighborhoods that have driven many improvements to our environment, despite the still existent glass ceilings that most often feature men in formal positions of leadership. The environmental movement of the 21st century looks, feels and is different than the previous centuries. Learn from two leading women who have helped to shape the more diverse and more effective community of environmental professionals of the past, today and tomorrow. Frances Beinecke and Michelle DePass will focus on a wide range of environmental topics, including climate change and environmental justice. These conversations will be facilitated by Heather Taylor-Miesle. Additional program details here.  Location:  Ohio Union: Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom, 1739 N High St., Columbus, Ohio 43210.  Free, Open to All and No Registration Needed. 

 

Monday, ​ April 8, 2019, 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.

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019.  Tuesdays (February through May - second and third of each month).  Tuesday Torments in District 15.  First Tuesday of each month: meet, eat pizza, catch up, and write postcards to Steve Stivers – Hilliard Office.   Second Tuesday of each month: deliver, protest, and eat tacos – Lancaster office.  Check times and locations here 

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  Land and Freedom:  movies and snacks with anti-racists.  Ken Loach’s Land and Freedom is a great introductory dramatization of the Spanish Civil War: the ideological, political and, ultimately, military conflict between the various factions, parties, militias, armies and governments of the Republican, Anarchist, and Communist resistance. (in English, 109 minutes) We'll project this on an approximately 8 foot space.  Popcorn, coffee, tea, and other refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring anything for yourself or to share. BYOB!  Donations accepted, not required.  Sponsored by Columbus Anti-Racist Action.   Location:  Sporeprint Infoshop, 979 E. Fifth Ave., Columbus.  More information on Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 9:15.  The Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on SB 33.   This bill that makes activity normally subject to misdemeanor charges into potential felonies if committed at oil and gas infrastructure or other specified sites. Organizations seen to support such activity are subject to fines ten times those of individuals under this bill.  Both written testimony and request to deliver oral testimony (form attached) must be submitted by 9 a.m. Tues., April 9, to the chair, Sen. Eklund:  eklund@ohiosenate.govOnly 8 people will be allowed to deliver oral testimony.   Please write the Senate Judiciary Committee stating that you oppose this dangerous legislation and expressing horror that opponent testimony is being limited, which is never the case for proponent testimony. If you can write by Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., your letter can be considered testimony if you label it as such. If not writing by Tuesday 9 am, please write to ALL committee members, listed below, since your e-mail will not be shared by the chair. It will not be considered formal testimony, so please stay tuned for the next opportunity to submit testimony if you can't meet this week's deadline. And please spread the word. We had more people testify on this bill this past week than on any other heard by the Committee this year. But we need HUGE pressure to turn this around.  From the bill: “Sec. 2909.07. (A)(7) Without privilege to do so, knowingly destroy or improperly tamper with a critical infrastructure facility ….(4) Criminal mischief committed in violation of division (A)(7) of this section is a felony of the third degree .…Notwithstanding section 2929.31 of the Revised Code, any organization found guilty of complicity in a violation of that division under section 2923.03 of the Revised Code shall be punished with a fine that is ten times the maximum fine that can be imposed on an individual for a felony of the third degree.  “…Sec. 2911.211. (A)(1) No person shall enter or remain on the land or premises of another with purpose to commit on that land or those premises a misdemeanor, the elements of which involve causing physical harm to another person or causing another person to believe that the offender will cause physical harm to him that person. A (2): No person shall enter or remain on a critical infrastructure facility with purpose to destroy or tamper with the facility . (B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of aggravated trespass. Aggravated trespass in violation of division (A)(1) of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree. Aggravated trespass in violation of division (A)(2) of this section is a felony of the third degree.”   Pipelines and fracking infrastructure are included in the definition of "critical infrastructure." So unspecified "tampering" at a pipeline site is a felony, while activity that could cause physical harm to another person (A1 above) done in a site not specified under this law is only a misdemeanor!  Like similar bills around the country, promoted by the rightwing American Legislative Council, of which Ohio Senator and bill sponsor Frank Hoagland is a member, the bill is clearly intended to stifle legitimate protest by creating harsh penalties for minor and vaguely defined infractions and by trying to scare off environmental advocacy groups (who clearly have no control over the activity of individuals).  As Inside Climate News reported last week, "Advocates have pointed out that the actions in question—trespassing, vandalism—are already covered by existing laws. Instead, they say, the aim of the bills is to intimidate protesters who draw attention to their concerns through civil disobedience, including minor infractions like blocking the gates of construction sites. Advocates say these protests are part of a long tradition of American civil disobedience dating back to the Boston Tea Party....Even where these bills are simply introduced, even if they do not move, even if they do not become law, they have potential to chill free speech and curtail activism," said Maggie Ellinger-Locke, a staff attorney with Greenpeace. "We're hearing from people on the frontlines of activism in these states that these bills frighten them."  Legislation here: ohiosenate.gov/legislation/GA133-SB-33.  This is from the Athens County Future Action Network (ACFAN).  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. 

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Pack the House:  Stop the 6 Week Abortion Ban!  The Ohio House will vote on the six-week abortion ban Wednesday, April 10th at the Ohio State House. This is the same day as the Freedom of Choice Ohio Coalition Advocacy Day 2019 so we will meet at the Holiday Inn and walk over together. You may also meet us at the Ohio Statehouse chamber at 1:00 p.m. to pack the House and show our opposition to this harmful legislation!  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus – House Chamber.  More information on Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Freedom of Choice Ohio Coalition Advocacy Day 2019.  Join young people from across Ohio at the capitol on April 10, 2019 to advocate for reproductive justice and bring your voice directly to your state legislators!  Too often, young people are shut out of the political process. We’re told to sit on the sidelines while conversations are had about us, and decisions are made for us. We know that in order to truly win on our issues, young people must be at the forefront of the conversation.  RSVP HERE -- https://bit.ly/2MINu5R.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 8:00 PM.   Webinar:  Love Resists Information Session.  Love Resists is working with partners around the country to create a directory of accompaniment networks that support arriving asylum-seekers and community members facing deportation.  When we expand sanctuary into our communities by participating in accompaniment networks and sponsoring and hosting asylum-seeking families and individuals, we love in concrete ways. In an accompaniment model, there is much more that we can do to support people being criminalized for migrating and those seeking asylum.  Learn more about accompaniment networks that offer support in many ways—from raising funds for bonds to get out of detention, to obtaining legal counsel, to going to ICE and immigration court hearings, to helping meet the needs of individuals and families—as well as how to sponsor and host asylum-seekers.  Speakers include Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Rev. Dottie Mathews, and other UUs involved on the ground with sponsorship and accompaniment. Get your questions answered and learn the real nuts and bolts of how to provide this kind of community protection and solidarity to our undocumented siblings.   Join the webinar here.  

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 9:00 AM.  Moms Demand Action Event – Ohio Advocacy Day.  Meet with legislators to discuss sensible gun laws for Ohio.  Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E Broad St

Columbus, OH 43215.  Register for this event here.  

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Indivisible Statehouse Day of Action.  Join Indivisibles and progressives from across the state for a Day of Action at the Ohio Statehouse as we fight for voting rights, a more fair & equitable budget, and a host of other bills.  Stay tuned to this page for more details!  At the end of the day we'll rally together on the steps of the statehouse and celebrate our collective action.  This lobby day is open to all. Please invite your friends and embers of other groups. RSVP here: Indivisible Statehouse Day Of Action. (If you're not on Facebook, just complete the training survey and fill out the spreadsheet.)  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Central Ohio Community Action Night.  Join us to get updates on current environmental issues that impact our area, meet other concerned community members, and take action together! Snacks will be provided.  Details about this month's actions to come. Have a suggestion? Send us a message!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northern Lights Branch, 4093 Cleveland Ave., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 PM. The Bible, Forgiveness, and the Death Penalty.  Please mark your calendar - Bill Pelke and Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr (ED of Ohio Council of Churches), Board members of the Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing, share their personal experiences as murder victim family members and how that intersects with their understanding of the Bible, Forgiveness and the death penalty. Plus - an update on the status of the death penalty in Ohio & the US from Abe Bonowitz (Death Penalty Action). This event is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted. Bill Pelke's book as well as other anti-death penalty books, t-shirts, buttons, etc. will be available.  For more information and RSVP (optional and appreciated) at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-bible-forgiveness-the-death-penalty-at-woodland-christian-church-tickets-59665378754. Location:  Woodland Christian Church, 143 Woodland Ave., Columbus. 

 

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  DSA Monthly General Meeting.  Join us to learn about how you can get involved with our ongoing activist activities. Parking is located in the back of the building in the spots marked "R" or on-street parking is available. Meeting is held in room 100.  For more information, contact columbusdsa@gmail.com

 

April 11- 13, 2019, Columbus International Film & Animation Festival.  Three days of festivities designed to celebrate independent film.  Take part in honoring makers and creatives around the globe. Come one, come all.  Location:  Central Grip & Lighting, Grandview Theatre, and Studio 35.  For a full schedule and tickets visit:  www.Columbusfilm.org.

 

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  AIDS Walk Ohio.  2019 Robert J. Fass AIDS Walk Ohio. For over 30 years, thousands of people have participated in the walk and run, raising millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS prevention and care, saving countless lives, and improving the well-being of thousands still living with HIV/AIDS today.  Race day is an inspiring, family-friendly experience with something for everyone. The 5K walk, 5k run, and 1-mile stroll begin in the Arena District at McFerson Commons and follow the scenic Scioto Trail through downtown Columbus.  Register for the Walk http://aidswalkohio.comFacebook.  

 

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 12:30 – 3:00 PM.  Ohioans for Gun Safety.  Join Lewis Center Progress, Indivisible: Delaware, Ohio, and Indivisible OH12 for a presentation from Ohioans for Gun Safety. Learn about gun purchase background checks, how they help reduce gun violence, and their plan to place universal background checks on the statewide ballot in 2020.  Location:  Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Columbus.  Facebook.  

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Earth Day at Kossuth Street Garden.  Help with garden clean-up and vegetable planting, listen to local music, learn about garden bees and earthworms.  Free snacks, books and kids art.  Join us at 12:00 noon for a special lavender planting in our Shaman Section to honor Amber Evans.  Location:  641 E. Kossuth – corner of E. Kossuth and S. 17th St., Columbus.  Contact:  kossuthgarden@gmail.com

 

Saturday April 13, 2019, Noon – 5:00 PM.  Free Press Fundraiser.  We’re Raising Funds to Support the Free Press Network:  The Columbus Free Press, WGRN and WCRS community radio, and all of our alternative media endeavors.  With artists like, Flave Cobain, Tiger Uppercut, Napal Nater, Led kiaf Da God, Senseless, Shad Jones, Katanya Ingram, That boi Jonsey, Foradis The Goddess, and The Collective Multimedia.  Live painting by Local Artists: Maureen Clark (3-4 pm) and Crystal O'Donovan (4-5 pm) - the highest donation each hours wins the painting.  Food, beverages, speakers. No RSVP required. Donations welcome! 614-253-2571, colsfreepress@gmail.com.  columbusfreepress.org.  Location:  1021 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43205. (Parking in rear by the Red Cross).  A free event from 12 - 5PM
Hosted by Bob Fitrakis and Haydyn Beer.

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6:30 – 11:00 PM.  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, music and a presentation by Cathy Cowan Becker on "Climate Change, Renewable Energy, and the Green New Deal."  Free, no RSVP required.  More information: 614-253-2571, colsfreepress@gmail.com, columbusfreepress.org. Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus. Parking in side driveway, on street or rear parking lot. 

 

Sunday April 14, 2:00-4:00 PM.   Where To Invade Next - Michael Moore Film. Michael Moore visits various countries to examine how Europeans view work, education, health care, sex, equality, and other issues. He discovers that the reforms were started in America but were rejected here, only to be adopted abroad.  "One of Moore's best films. A surprisingly endearing set of suggestions for a better tomorrow." ~ Eric Kohn, Indiewire.  Can we have these policies in the USA?  That's the question we will explore together and discuss how we are making changes to improve our communities. We'll have a panel and Q&A to look at local reform efforts in health care and our food systems. RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook and Meetup.  Come early to network at 1:30 pm and join the discussion after the film!  Location:  Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave, Columbus OH 43202.  $10 donation or pay whatever you wish.  

 

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 5:00 – 7:30 PM.  Columbus Soup.  Location:  Pretentious Barrel House, 745 Taylor Avenue.  Columbus SOUP seeks to advance initiatives that focus on our city’s LGBTQ+ community. We support projects that seek to promote visibility, inclusivity, support, and all other efforts to foster a vibrant and diverse community. We are dedicated to providing funding to projects focused on this community and we’re proud to present our first LGBTQ+ focused event for Columbus.  As usual, all attendees must RSVP before the event and we will be collecting RSVP payments online, in advance of the event. We will still have our raffle for 2nd place, don’t forget to bring some extra singles!  More information and tickets here.   

 

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 1:00 – 2:30 PM.  How Things Work:  Level Up with Indivisible Westerville.  Join Indivisible Westerville and Indivisible OH12 for an encore presentation of How Things Work at the Statehouse 2: Level Up, originally presented on February 10, 2019.  We've mastered Indivisible tactics to make our voices heard in Washington. Now we're taking our activism to the Ohio Statehouse. Terra Goodnight from Innovation Ohio will help us take our skills to the next level.  This is the second in a three-part series. Attendance at the prior trainings is not required.  Location:  Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville.  Facebook.  

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:30 PM.  PCRF – Columbus Chapter, 6th Annual Benefit Dinner.  Tickets are now available.  Proceeds from the event will go to support the PCRF's efforts to build a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Ramallah.  Tickets $60.00.  Location:  Hilton Columbus/Polaris, 8700 Lyra Dr., Columbus 43240.  Purchase tickets here.  

 

Monday, April 15, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Central Ohio Worker Center Member Orientation.  What can you do in 2019 to advance the rights of immigrants and workers in Columbus?  Join us for a new volunteer and membership orientation. In this 2-hour training you will learn about the key issues facing workers and immigrants today, understand COWC's mission and strategy for making Columbus a place for all people, and learn what you can do to have an impact. The orientation counts as a pre-requisite for COWC membership but is open to all residents who wish to learn more about the COWC and about grassroots social justice organizing.  The event includes coffee and snacks.  Location:  Seafarers Union, 2800 S. High St., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Monday, April 15, 2019, 3:30 PM.  Jennifer Erickson "Reputation, Public Opinion, and U.S. Nuclear Non-Use in the Cold War." Jennifer Erickson is associate professor of Political Science and International Studies at Boston College. Her research interests include conventional and nuclear weapons, sanctions and arms embargoes, and the laws and norms of war. Her book, Dangerous Trade: Conventional Arms Exports, Human Rights, and International Reputation (Columbia, 2015), explains states' commitment to and compliance with new humanitarian arms export initiatives. Her current book project explores the historical and contemporary cases of new weapons technologies and the creation of new laws and norms of war. In this event, she will discuss the "nuclear taboo." Read more and register at go.osu.edu/ericksonj.  Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

 

Monday, April 15, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  SURJ Racial Justice Film Series.  Join us to learn about the bail system and local organizing efforts for bail reform.  Fundraiser for local bail reform projects.  Sliding scale donation $5 - $15 suggested – no one turned away due to lack of funds.  Location:  Northwood High Building, 2231 North High Street, Room 100.   Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 3:30 PM.  Cullen Hendrix "Armed Conflict and Fisheries in the Lake Victoria Basin: A Coupled Natural-Human Systems Approach."   Cullen Hendrix is director of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy and associate professor at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. With Idean Salehyan, he created and maintains the Social Conflict Analysis Database. At the Korbel School, he leads the Environment, Food and Conflict (ENFOCO) Lab, which leverages collaborations between physical and social scientists and policymakers to produce scholarship and analysis on issues at the intersection of the environment, food security, and conflict. In this event, he will discuss how natural resource exploitation and food security are linked to conflict through a study of conflict in Uganda and fisheries in Lake Victoria. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/hendrixc.  Location: 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Happy Hour – Meet and Greet.  Meet the candidate’s in a casual setting at Roosters on Olentangy Road.  We hope to have the candidates for Columbus City Council, Columbus School Board, Franklin County Municipal Court, and Columbus Mayor.  Location:  Roosters, 3370 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus.  Clintonville Area Progressives.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 4:15 – 6:15 PM.  Chrism Mass Prayer Vigil for an Inclusive ChurchAs the priests of our Diocese gather for the Chrism Mass, we will pray for the inclusion of those who are excluded.  If you want to participate in the prayer vigil, not as a member of CTA Columbus, but as a member of Dignity, SNAP, the Women's Ordination Conference, Corpus, Roman Catholic Womenpriests, or some other group, we invite you to do so.  Please feel free to create your own sign.  If you create an extra sign, we will stand in unity with you by carrying it.  If you have a prayer or a song that you want to be part of the prayer vigil, send it to: izzi2sharon@hotmail.com.  Jesus asked us to act in solidarity with those who are oppressed.  We hold the Chrism Mass Prayer Vigil each year because Roy Bourgeois asked for us to stand in solidarity with those who are excluded within our church.  As one sage put it: "We should have dozens, if not hundreds of Catholics participating in action over this authority-abuse crisis."  At this prayer vigil, let us stand in solidarity with each other on behalf of all those who cannot.  Call To Action Columbus www.cta-columbus.org.  Location:  St Joseph Cathedral, 212 E Broad St Columbus.

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Noon – 1:15 PM.  Religious Liberty Luncheon.  Join CAIR-Columbus for a Religious Liberty Luncheon!  Although the Federal and State Constitutions guarantee religious freedom for all people, religious minorities across Ohio face issues of religious discrimination every day. Come hear from our expert panel about what religious discrimination looks like, how to combat it, and what role the legislature has in ensuring that Ohio is a place where people of all faiths feel welcome and safe. The panel will include:  Romin Iqbal, CAIR-Columbus Executive and Legal Director, Gary Daniels, ACLU of Ohio Chief Lobbyist, and Dave Greenspan, State Rep. for Ohio's 16th District.  The event will begin at noon in the Statehouse Atrium and will also feature an interfaith prayer. The luncheon is free to attend but those interested must register. For questions, please contact CAIR-Columbus Government Affairs and Development Coordinator Usjid Hameed at Uhameed@CAIR.com or 614.401.2920. Registration and more information here.  

 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Community Organizing Meeting for Edith.  Edith's case is on the move! We currently have several projects getting started to help Edith's case move forward. But we need your help – Edith's ability to stay depends on our ability to grow our currently small organizing team. Please join us on Tuesday as we get hands-on with our current projects. You'll learn organizing skills in a supportive, team-based environment and help move the needle on immigration.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., 3rd floor.  Facebook.

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 PM (preshow event), 7:00 PM.  The Way Down Wanderers & The Henhouse Prowlers.  Benefit concert.  Peace Direct is partnering with Bluegrass Ambassadors to co-sponsor the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Award for Music and the Performing Arts.  Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders is the global awards for innovation in local peacebuilding.  The goal: Raise $15,000 which will go directly to the winner to support their work of using music and the performing arts as a medium for peace and fund their travel to Washington, DC to receive the award. Location:  Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W. Third Ave., Columbus.   Tickets - $12.00.  

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Food for Thought:  A Conversation with Andy Fisher.  Join Local Matters for our bi-monthly "Food for Thought" (formerly, Community Conversations). April's "Food for Thought" promises to be particularly engaging, as we welcome special guest Andy Fisher (bio below). Local Matters co-founder Noreen Warnock will lead a conversation with Andy as we learn more about his book "Big Hunger," the connection between corporate America and food banks, and his ideas for solutions to problems in the food movement.  This event is free and open to the public. We kindly ask that all guests register for the event as our seating capacity is limited.   "Food for Thought" is hosted at Local Matters (633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH  43206). Doors open at 5:30pm, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please email info@local-matters.org or call 614-263-5662.  More information and registration here

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM (registration begins at 8:30 AM).  Break Every Chain Human Trafficking Conference.  Human Trafficking is one of the most prevalent and active criminal enterprises affecting our communities. In recent years, local initiatives to combat domestic sex trafficking has grown to include educational outreach, policy development and fundraising.  The Reynoldsburg Youth Human Trafficking Coalition is committed to changing a culture of acceptance and tolerance towards Modern day Slavery, to a culture of eradication through Education Intervention and Risk Reduction.  Former Congresswoman, Shared Hope Founder and President Linda Smith is our Keynote Speaker.  Shared Hope International website: https://sharedhope.org/.  Ohio State Representative Erica Crawley will present on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and the Juvenile Justice System.   Registration online through ‘EventBrite’ at: “Break Every Chain human trafficking conference”.  Open to the public.  $5.00 registration.   Location: Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road, Reynoldsburg 43068.

 

Friday, April 19, 2019, 7:00 PM.  BluesSwing Benefit Concert for SPAN Ohio.  BluesSwing explores the blues and popular song roots of American music, from W.C. Handy to B.B. King, from Thomas "Fats" Waller to Nat "King" Cole--and adds the occasional Beatles or Elvis number to spice things up. The solid rhythmic foundation of bass (Carl Yaffey), drums (Kevin Truman), and banjo (Jackie LaMuth) allows our tasteful lead guitar (John Sherman) and distinctive vocals (Bill Kerwin) to send this classic mix of tunes straight to your hearts.  Bill Cohen: "Jazzy, bluesy, swingy. What a combination! See this new band when you get a chance.  It includes a great mix of local musicians."  Free – donations to SPAN Ohio (Single Payer Action Network) accepted.  SPAN Ohio is working to pass legislation to provide health care for all Ohioans.  Health Care is a human right!  More information:  www.spanohio.org.  Free refreshments.  Location:  First Unitarian Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019, Noon – 2:00 PM. Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.  The monthly meeting of the local affiliate of the national Move to Amend organization that is calling for a U.S. Constitutional amendment to reverse several U.S. Supreme Court decisions during the past century and thereby to firmly establish that corporations are not people and that money is not free speech. Find out what can be done locally to restore democracy!  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.  For more information and location, please contact sbolzenius72@hotmail.com.  Website:  https://movetoamend.org.

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 3:00 PM.  Eyewitness Venezuela:  National Livestream with Anti-war Leaders and Progressive Journalists.  This event is part of a day of action was initiated by the Alliance for Global Justice that is endorsed by dozens of organizations including the ANSWER Coalition. Join the ANSWER Coalition for a special Eyewitness Venezuela Livestream Panel featuring:  Ajamu Baraka — Black Alliance for Peace, Gloria La Riva — Cuba-Venezuela Solidarity Committee and ANSWER Coalition, Max Blumenthal — Editor at Grayzone Project, Medea Benjamin — CodePink, Anya Parampil — Grayzone Project, and Claudia De La Cruz — Popular Education Project. The livestream will be nationally broadcast from the former Venezuelan Embassy building in Washington, D.C., on the Facebook page of the ANSWER Coalition. The panel presentation will feature prominent anti-war and peace activists, and progressive journalists based in the United States who have just returned from Venezuela or have firsthand knowledge. They will discuss the reality of the situation in Venezuela, taking on the myths portrayed in the corporate media, what lies behind the U.S. war drive and how we can stop it.  Online at Facebook.com/AnswerCoalition/. 

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019, Noon – 8:00 PM.  Drive Electric Earth Day – Columbus.  Join us for Earth Day Columbus 2019, rain or shine at Genoa Park (near the river by COSI) downtown for a day-long celebration featuring great local bands, family-friendly activities, eco-friendly artisans, an electric vehicle display, and Columbus' best food trucks.   The Drive Electric Earth Day EV Tailgate will be provided by Drive Electric Columbus. During the EV Tailgate, you can meet EV owners, see their vehicles, and ask questions about what it is like to drive electric.  Location:  Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St., Columbus.  More information here.  

 

Sunday, April 21, 2019, 6:30 (Potluck), 7:15 - 8:30 PM (Program).  Care and Share Timebank Potluck and Program.    Program:  Robert Eves will be speaking about how to evaluate potential contractors for jobs an individual might seek to contract. Location:  First UU Church, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact mgreenman.oh@gmail.com  or link to the  Website.  

 

Monday April 22, 2019, 6:00 – 11:00 PM. WGRN 94.1 Community Radio Earth Day Birthday Bash!
Come to WGRN 94.1’s 3rd annual Earth Day Birthday bash!  with Live Music from HAPPY CHICHESTER, BOB SAULS, Elizabeth Bolen & Friends, Brian Clash, Dan D and the WarPigs, Victoria Parks!  On street and off street parking available, call Dick’s Den at (614) 268-9573 for details. Stay tuned to 94.1 for updates, or visit the website at wgrn.org. RSVP. on Facebook - we do not want to run out of food! Thank You for supporting Columbus' Green Renaissance Network!  $10 suggested donation; cash bar.  Location:  Dick's Den, 2417 N. High St, Cols 43202. 

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019.  Tuesdays (February through May - second and third of each month).  Tuesday Torments in District 15.  First Tuesday of each month: meet, eat pizza, catch up, and write postcards to Steve Stivers.  Second Tuesday of each month: deliver, protest, and eat tacos.  Check times and locations here 

 

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Business/Coordinating Committee Meeting.   Open to all, this meeting is to coordinate our activities, discuss chapter business, and hear committee updates. Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N High St Columbus, OH.  For more information, contact columbusdsa@gmail.com

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  16th Annual SPAN State Conference (Single Payer Action Network).  Keynote Speaker:  Michael Lighty, Sanders Institute Fellow.  Conference fee: $40.00.  Workshops and lunch provided.  Scholarships available.  Location:  Quest Business and Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio.  Register at www.spanohio.org.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  10th Annual Women Have Options Abortion Access Bowl-A-Thon.  Take direct action for reproductive freedom by making a HUGE difference in the lives of those needing abortion access and have a TON of fun! Join us for the 10th annual Women Have Options - Ohio Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! Together we're going to raise $60K for abortion access in Ohio!  How do I get involved?  1. Gather a few friends to start a team.  2. Set up your team page, then join your own team by creating your personal page at bowl.nnaf.org/whoo20193. Commit to raising as much money for abortion access as you can by asking your friends and family to donate. Everyone commits to raising at least $50 to join the party.  Sign up at https://bowl.nnaf.org/whoo2019More information on Facebook.  

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Rock the Block.  Interfaith Community Service.  Join IACO and Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio to help revitalize a local neighborhood!  We will be picking up litter, doing light landscaping, and handling other small maintenance projects.  All supplies and lunch will be provided.  Come for a few hours or stay all day.  To register email office@iaco.org by April 22.  Location:  Minnesota Avenue near Cleveland Avenue in the Linden community. 

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 PM.  Workers Memorial Day Dedication.  Join Central Ohio Labor Council, AFL-CIO, on Workers Memorial Day as we remember workers who have died or have been injured on the job. Safe jobs are every worker’s right. Now, more than ever, we must fight to ensure that all workers have safe workplaces!  Location:  Battelle Riverfront Part, 25 Marconi Blvd., Columbus.   Facebook.  

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM.  Stand Against Racism:  Poetic Justice.  As part of YWCA USA’s national Stand Against Racism campaign, YWCA Columbus is working with local artists to highlight organizations in our community whose fight for justice aligns with our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and standing for dignity for all. Leaders of C.R.I.S, US Together, and the People’s Justice Project will share about the work they are doing in our community, and how they take a stand against racism every day. Three local spoken word artists will also share a powerful piece on racial justice and social isolation. This event will take place at Columbus Museum of Art, in celebration of the opening of the Center for Arts and Social Engagement—an experimental gallery that fosters nuanced consideration of complex social issues through engagement with art, artists, and one another. The opening theme for CASE is isolation and alienation. With this partnership, and this year’s Stand Against Racism campaign, we are hoping to shine a light on these dark spaces and widen the circle of belonging in our communities. This event is free to the public.  Location:  Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus.  Facebook.