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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! 


Local Hiroshima/Nagasaki Events 


Saturday, August 7, 2021, 2021, 12:00 PM.  A Public Protest of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Columbus Campaign for Arms Control.  Contact, wali@igc.org. Location:  East North Broadway and North High St., Columbus. 

 

Sunday, August 8, 2021, 7:00 PM.  76th Commemoration of the Bombing of Hiroshima and NagasakiColumbus Campaign for Arms Control is hosting a concert that features original pieces by local composers to mark the 76th year after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan by the US Military.  Location: University Baptist Church, 50 W. Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210.  For more information, contact walk@igc.org


 

Events and Meetings:  


Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 7:00 PM.   Palestinian Liberation Webinar Series - Building Solidarity & Community in this Political Moment. Jewish Voice for Peace North New Jersey is proud to work with coalition partners American Muslims for Palestine, New Jersey Peace Action, The Palestinian American Community Center, and People's Organization for Progress to present a weekly webinar series in the month of July.  Each webinar will have a different focus and corresponding action items to help fight for Palestinian liberation and justice. Register here


Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 7:30 PM.  Defund Hate coalition lobby trainingHow to lobby your representative to defund ICE and CBP-lobbying 101.  Join trainers from Bend the Arc to build skills and know-how for lobbying your members of Congress.  Register here


 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 11:00 AM.  KUMI Now:  Collective Punishment.  Adopted in August of 1949, the Fourth Geneva Convention (more properly called the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War) was the first to address the rights and needs of civilians in war zones, both during conflict and in its wake. Here at the start of August, the Kumi Now community looks at how the Fourth Geneva Convention outlawed collective punishment and how Israeli forces use collective punishment against families, communities, and Palestinians as a whole. Our guest will be Sarit Michaeli of B’Tselem.  Register here.


 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 7:00 PM. Redistricting Advocacy Training: Preparing for Meetings with Legislators & Public Hearings.  Fair Districts seeks to demonstrate broad public support as a means of holding mapmakers accountable to the letter and spirit of the 2015 & 2018 ballot initiatives. Public input will be essential to the redistricting process. The Ohio Redistricting Commission and the Ohio General Assembly are required to hold hearings before passing new maps. Join us for this online webinar/workshop which aims to empower and prepare Fair Districts supporters across Ohio to host in-district meetings with lawmakers and/or testify at redistricting hearings. Register HERE.


 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 8:00 PM. Deadline Glasgow: Defund Climate Chaos — Campaign Kickoff Event.  On November 1st, the most important international climate talks since Paris will begin in Glasgow, Scotland. National leaders from around the world will gather and make new climate commitments; many corporations will release their latest climate plans.  That’s why today Stop the Money Pipeline and our coalition partners are launching: Deadline Glasgow - defund climate chaos. The Glasgow Climate Talks are a historic opportunity for the world to act on climate. When the Paris Agreement was signed five years ago, every nation on earth agreed to meet five years later and “ratchet up” their climate ambition. We’re now at that moment ― and it is vital that we hold the world’s leaders to their promises.  We'll share the plan to campaign hard through Glasgow & we'll have clear steps for activists to join us on the campaign.  Speakers include Tara Houska of Giniw Collective, Kayah George of Indigenous Climate Action, Representative Rashida Tlaib, and Bill McKibben.  Register here


 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 4:00 PM.  Complicity with Ethnic Cleansing:  How U.S. Charities Fund Israeli Settlements.  US-based private actors have been fueling the illegal Israeli settler enterprise on occupied Palestinian land through 501(c)(3) charitable contributions, and we need to talk about it. Thousands of Palestinians continue to face the threat of displacement due to the ongoing expansion of Israel's settlement enterprise. Nonprofits like the Central Fund of Israel (CFI), a US-based tax-exempt nonprofit registered in New York State act as financial intermediaries for several Israeli nonprofits in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) to provide tax-exempt status for their illegal activities.  Facebook


 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 10:00 PM.  The Battle for Beita: Confronting Israeli Settler-Colonialism in the West Bank and BeyondIsrael’s theft of Palestinian lands for Jewish settlements has met fierce resistance in the Palestinian town of Beita in the northern West Bank. Palestinian land defenders have mobilized against a new Israeli settler outpost on Mount Sabih that aims to steal valuable agricultural land from Beita and nearby Palestine villages. The battle for Beita is a microcosm of the broader Palestinian struggle against Israeli settler-colonialism throughout historic Palestine that illegally targets Palestinian land and property in order to replace them with Jewish settlement. The story of forcible dispossession for settlement is the same, whether in Beita, Bethlehem, Sheikh Jarrah, Jaffa or the Naqab/Negev desert. This event will feature two speakers who will illuminate the struggle on the ground in Beita and provide a broader overview of Israel’s settler-colonial land theft throughout historic Palestine so that participants can deepen their knowledge of the situation in order to take action.  More information and registration here


 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Remembrance and Hope – the Journey from Hiroshima to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).  Join us as we ground the myths and realities of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the nuclear age; the legacy of survivors; and the importance of the recently established UN Treaty on the Prohibition of nuclear weapons. This engaging Zoom gathering will feature expert presentations, inspirational artistry, substantial opportunity for participation, and concrete action steps to move the toward the universal adoption of the TPNW and the elimination of these catastrophic weapons.  Register here


 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Columbus Fair Maps Town Hall.   This town hall is a chance for us to gather (in-person!) across Ohio to talk about what’s at stake in our fight for fair maps and to hear about how folks can plug into the process.  Join AOTL Ohio and the Equal Districts Coalition to talk about how your community has been impacted by gerrymandered maps and how best we can fight for the fair maps that we deserve. WE know what’s best for our communities and OUR voices need to be heard during the redistricting process. This town hall is the first step to organizing around making our voices heard!  Location:  UFCW 4150 E Main St, Columbus.  Sign up here


 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 7:30 - 9:00 PM.  Global Security Talks—A Discussion with Japan's New Diplomacy Initiative.  The US conversation about Japan is dominated by a narrow band of US and Japanese voices who are resistant to change, especially when it comes to reconsidering nuclear deterrence and the role of US nuclear weapons. We want to change that—and you can help.  By creating opportunities for Japanese voices on security issues to be heard in the United States, we can effect much needed changes in US security policy. A better informed and more comprehensive discussion of Japanese concerns could encourage President Biden to take steps to reduce the risk of war with China, including declaring the United States would never use nuclear weapons first.  The Union of Concerned Scientists and Japan's New Diplomacy Initiative invite you to a virtual event on a paradigm shift in Japanese thinking about security. Join the wide-ranging discussion on how Japan can move beyond nuclear deterrence and become a bridge-builder between the United States and China.  Register here


 

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Planned Parenthood:  Never Rarely Sometimes Always ─ Movie Screening.  Mifepristone and Misoprostol are safe drugs that provide life-affirming care: abortion. As democratic lawmakers push the FDA to make these drugs more accessible, join us for movie screenings that focus on the right to bodily autonomy.   Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a film with an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural. Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery, and compassion.  Register here


 

Friday, August 6, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 PM.  Honk and Wave for Our Revolution. Join us at the pedestrian bridge overlooking route 315 (near Whetstone Park) as we wave to the folks on their way home for the weekend. bring signs and a smile and a wave!  Location:  4261 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214.  Facebook.


Friday, August 6, 2021, 5:00 - 5:30 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com.  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ


Saturday, August 7, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  Occupy for Our Revolution.  Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity. 


Sunday, August 8, 2021, 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