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Events/Meetings - this week:

 

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:00 PM.   Central Ohio Solar and Smart Grid Cooperative.  Location:  First UU Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road.  Please check the meet up site to verify.  Sign up at meetup for more information. 

 

Monday,  March 2, 2014, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights organizational meeting.  Get involved in the effort to put a Columbus city charter amendment on the general ballot, defining our inalienable rights to pure water, clean air, safe soil, and self-governance.  It is time to affirm the rights of our community having primacy over corporate “rights” of the hydrocarbons industry, to pollute and damage our health and property.  Location:  Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, 14 W. Lakeview Rd., Clintonville.  For more information, see:  http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/   You can download and read the final language of our Columbus Community Bill of Rights from our website.  Click on the large symbol above to access our website, or on the link below. 

 

Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  COLUMBUS DIVISION OF POLICE COMMUNITY MEETING.  Chief Kim Jacobs open meeting for the public to discuss police practices.  These forums will provide the Chief and her executive staff an opportunity to listen to community concerns and accept suggestions regarding the Columbus Division of Police. Upon completion of the community forums and reviewing the national, state, and local recommendations, Chief Jacobs will draft recommendations based upon best practices that will work in the City of Columbus. The goal of these recommendations is to enhance training, review policing policies and procedures, increase education and outreach, and better improve upon relationships and trust between the community and police. 

Location:  Briggs High School, 2555 Briggs Rd.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1559589357658503 /

 

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:30 PM.  Youth Beat Radio on WCRS.   This week Youth Beat Radio will air a special episode featuring one of our local Congressional leaders, Representative Joyce Beatty.  Tune in to hear advice for getting involved in local government, perspectives on youth issues, current legislation affecting young people, and opportunities to visit Washington DC. Tune in Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS  102.1 and 98.3 FM 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 on your radio dial. Program and podcasts here.   For more information, contact youthbeat@osu.edu.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Science Pub: Ice Core Paleoclimatology.  Although global climate change is frequently in the news as a politically contentious issue, the scientific community is virtually unanimous on two points: (1) Earth is warming and (2) much of the warming since the 1950s is due to human activities, primarily the emission of greenhouse gases that trap heat in Earth’s lower atmosphere. Although our meteorological records are relatively short they can be augmented with additional information retrieved from polar and tropical, high-elevation ice fields to reconstruct past climates and place current climate change within the longer context of Earth’s climate history. This field of study is called ice core paleoclimatology. This presentation will start promptly at 7pm but we ask that if you’d like to order food before the event, you arrive by 6:15 pm. $3.50 pints of Barley’s beer are available until 7pm! Free.  Location: Smokehouse Brewing Co, 1130 Dublin Rd.  –  Facebook invite here.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 8:00 – 9:00 PM.  Why Divest?  An Open Forum for Divestment.  If you have been seeing all these calls to divest at OSU recently and you have NO IDEA what is going on, come to our open forum for divestment.  We will be discussing the who, what, when, why, and how of Divestment at OSU. There will be a short presentation followed by a question and answer and discussion period, where you will learn about the role that our student body can play in standing up for social justice and ending our university's complicity in human rights abuses. Everyone is welcome!   Location:  Drinko Hall, room 250 (Moritz College of Law) on OSU campus (map)  

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Orientation for Northwest Earth Institute NWEI) course, Reconnecting with Earth.  This 6 week class offers participants the opportunity to clarify values through discussion about our relationship to Earth, discover how personal beliefs and values affect the way we view and treat the Earth, and explore what it means to take personal responsibility for the Earth. The NWEI courses are designed to encourage systems thinking and inspire participants to make positive changes in their own lives through common readings and small group discussion.  The courses are informative, inspiring, and build community.  Visit the NWEI website to learn more about the courses.  If you are interested in participating in the Reconnecting with Earth class, contact Rita Haider <ritashaider@gmail.com> by February 21st.  Courses are designed for 8-12 participants so be sure to sign up soon.  Books will be ordered through Simply Living and will cost about $28.  Classes are 1 ½  hours long and will be held at the Simply Living office in the Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202. 

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 6:30 PM.  “Bag it” Movie Screening.   Cleanwater Sierraclub invites everyone to attend a discussion surrounding the topic of plastic bags followed by a screening of the movie 'Bag It'.  A special thanks to Whole Foods Market who will be providing free reusable bag giveaways containing a small snack.  For more information, contact elissa.yoder@sierraclub.org.  Location:  Upper Arlington High School.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1576207199288740/

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Volunteer Pizza Party @ Simply Living!  FREE.  Pizza (including vegan and gluten free) prepared by the new Deli at the Clintonville Community Market! Everyone whoever volunteered for Simply Living or might want to this year is INVITED. Learn how your volunteer hours can be credited to the Care & Share Time Bank. Use your hours for any service available in the Time Bank! Learn the cool ways you can help Simply Living through our Action Circles. Location: Simply Living office, 2350 Indianola Ave, Columbus 43202. RSVP please to Chuck.Lynd@gmail.com or call 614-354-6172.

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 8:00 PM.  Move To Amend Internet Radio.  Listen to it streaming at:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movetoamend and click on “Live.”  Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution.  This is a call-in program. Call (646) 652-2345 and press 1 to participate.  Listen in every Thursday - previous programs can also be accessed at the website. 

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30-9:30 PM.   COSI Sustainability Film Series:  Tiny:  A Story About Living Small.  Join in COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater for a series of provocative environmental films and expert speakers.  Each evening includes a reception featuring local resources, film screening, presentations from experts, and opportunities to connect with local resources and organizations.    Decades after giant dams were considered an essential part of the United States expanding infrastructure, many of these dams are aging and obsolete.  TINY follows one couple's attempt to build a Tiny House from scratch with no building experience, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into houses smaller than the average parking space.  Location: COSI, 333 West Broad Street, Columbus OH, 43215, cosi.org614.288.2674. For ticket information, contact: Courtney Price, Director of Energy & Environmental  Initiatives <cprice@cosi.org> or 614-629-3146.  Support for the Sustainability Series Provided by:  The Green Funds of the Columbus Foundation, The Ohio State University Office of Energy and Environment.  Cost $5.00.   http://cosi.org/families/adults/category/sustainability-series  

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  COLUMBUS DIVISION OF POLICE COMMUNITY MEETING.  Chief Kim Jacobs open meeting for the public to discuss police practices.  These forums will provide the Chief and her executive staff an opportunity to listen to community concerns and accept suggestions regarding the Columbus Division of Police. Upon completion of the community forums and reviewing the national, state, and local recommendations, Chief Jacobs will draft recommendations based upon best practices that will work in the City of Columbus. The goal of these recommendations is to enhance training, review policing policies and procedures, increase education and outreach, and better improve upon relationships and trust between the community and police.  Location:   Linden McKinley High School, 1320 Duxberry Ave. https://www.facebook.com/events/1559589357658503/     

 

Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Songs of Struggle - 50th Anniversary of Selma Civil Rights March Sparks Free Program of Freedom Songs & Memories.  When civil rights activists faced the threat of snarling police dogs, beatings, jail cells, and sometimes even death, they often emboldened themselves by singing simple freedom songs.  We’ll recall that era, 1960-65, when blacks and whites sang together, marched together, were beaten together, and were sometimes killed together as they campaigned for simple human rights, now taken for granted.  “Songs of Struggle,” with local musicians Paisha Thomas and Bill Cohen, will rekindle the spirit-filled tunes of that era.  Among them:  Oh Freedom, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, and I’m on my Way to the Freedom Land.  The songs will punctuate vintage film footage of some of the major events of the early civil rights movement.  Among them: the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins, the 1961 freedom rides, the 1963 March on Washington and the Birmingham church bombing, the June 1964 murder of 3 civil rights workers in Mississippi, and the 1965 marches from Selma.  “We’re doing this on the 50th anniversary of the first Selma-to-Montgomery March, known as Bloody Sunday, because Alabama troopers and police beat and trampled dozens of demonstrators before they even began their march for equal voting rights,” says Cohen.  “But we also want to recall all the other struggles before that, struggles made possible by thousands of so-called ordinary people, who had the courage to take extraordinary risks for freedom.”  “Songs of Struggle” is sponsored by Church Women United, a coalition of women from several Christian denominations, united in their dedication to peace and social justice.  Admission to the program is free, but donations will be welcomed, with proceeds going to the group’s many projects.  Location:   North Baptist Church, 76 E. Charleston, just off North High Street, a few blocks North of Morse Road.   For more information, call Bill at 614-263-3851. 

 

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  Intimate Partner Abuse (IPA) Workshop.  IPA describes current or former intimate relationships where one or both partners are violent towards the other.  According to the CDC, approximately 29% of all women and 10% of all men have experienced some form of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.  It is also  believed that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 3 men have experienced some form of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.  This however, is a significant undercount as many IPA victims rarely define themselves as victims and even fewer actually report the crime because society has a tendency to engage in victim blaming, rather than victim defending.  It is often easier to make excuses and justifications for the actions of the offender rather than denounce their despicable behavior towards the victim.  Therefore, it's on us to educate our community, empower those who are involved in situations involving IPA, and ultimately work towards stopping the cycle of abuse.  We hope you will join us in this endeavor.  Our goal during this workshop is to present the realities, rights, and remedies of intimate partner abuse.  We have a powerful panel of presenters who will share their personal experiences of IPA, attorneys who will explain the legal rights of individuals experiencing IPA, and advocates who will provide a thorough overview of services available to individuals dealing with IPA.The workshop will take place at Ohio Dominican University in rooms 258-260 of the Griffin Student Center.  This is a collaborative effort with the Temple of Faith COGIC, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), and Ohio Dominican University.  We will provide light refreshments, and the event is FREE and open to the public.  Please mark your calendars and invite others to attend.  I have attached the flyer to this email.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Chenelle A. Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences Ohio Dominican University, jonesc12@ohiodominican.edu

 

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Musicians from Heartbeat Concert.   The event will be co-sponsored by OSU Hillel, the OSU Multicultural Center, Better Together, and the Peace Studies Society.  The concert will be at Park Street Saloon in the Arena District, located at 525 N. Park Street. Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at this link: go.osu.edu/heartbeat 

 

Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace meeting.  Program:  Screening of the film “Dirty Wars”.   Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, etc.  http://dirtywars.org/the-film  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. For information about COFP, visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/centralohioansforpeace/Home

 

Monday, March 9, 2014, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights organizational meeting.  Get involved in the effort to put a Columbus city charter amendment on the general ballot, defining our inalienable rights to pure water, clean air, safe soil, and self-governance.  This meeting will be dedicated to training for canvassing so that we maximize the number of valid signatures needed to get our ballot initiative on the ballot in November 2015.  It is time to affirm the rights of our community having primacy over corporate “rights” of the hydrocarbons industry, to pollute and damage our health and property.  Location:  Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, 14 W. Lakeview Rd., Clintonville. Click here for our Facebook page on this event.  Please click to 'Join' if you might plan to attend.   For more information, see:  http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/   You can download and read the final language of our Columbus Community Bill of Rights from our website.  Click on the large symbol above to access our website, or on the link below. 

 

Monday, March 9, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  COLUMBUS DIVISION OF POLICE COMMUNITY MEETING.  Chief Kim Jacobs open meeting for the public to discuss police practices.  These forums will provide the Chief and her executive staff an opportunity to listen to community concerns and accept suggestions regarding the Columbus Division of Police. Upon completion of the community forums and reviewing the national, state, and local recommendations, Chief Jacobs will draft recommendations based upon best practices that will work in the City of Columbus. The goal of these recommendations is to enhance training, review policing policies and procedures, increase education and outreach, and better improve upon relationships and trust between the community and police. Location:   East High School, 1500 East Broad. https://www.facebook.com/events/1559589357658503/