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Monday, ​ October 15, 2018, 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, October 15, 2018, 7:00 PM. Care and Share Timebank for ORIENTATION for new members.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1st UU, room 7, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.  Contact: Alice.Faryna@gmail.com or Simply Living coordinator Vilvi Vannak vilvivannak@gmail.com for more information. 

 

Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:30 PM Film At 7 PM.  Environmental Film Series Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman. Sponsored by the Environmental Professionals Network and OSU's School of Environment and Natural Resources. This year’s Film Series begins a seven-week run on Monday, October 15th with Rancher Farmer Fisherman.  The film tells the inspiring story of heartland conservation heroes who are feeding the world while stewarding the land and water. Free pizza and beverages at 6:30 PM with the films at 7 PM followed by 30 minutes of dynamic discussion led by OSU and outside experts. Details for the seven events, location, and parking are via a banner slide on the EPN website.  Free and open to all.  Location:  OSU CBEC Bldg, Room 130, 151 W Woodruff, Columbus 43210.  FREE & Open To All. 

 

Monday, October 15, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Columbus South Side Candidate Forum.  MC'd by Pastor Frederick LaMarr of Family Missionary Baptist Church.   Join us in hearing state candidates including:   Judge Melody Stewart, Zach Space, Rick Neal, Erica Crawley, and State Representative Hearcel Craig
Round table discussion from 6:30-8pm and meet the candidates from 8-9pm.  Location:  South High School, 1160 Ann St., Columbus 43206. 
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Monday October 15, and weekly through November 20, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  A Different Way: 
Living Simply In A Complex World.  Northwest Earth Institute 6 Week Course.  PLEASE NOTE: This is a wonderful course but please sign up ASAP so we can get the book to you in time for the first meeting. 

The concept of “living simply so that others may simply live” has been around for hundreds of years. People choose to live simply for many reasons and as our world changes, the motivations for and benefits of living a simple life also evolve. This course connects our individual values and actions to the larger picture and empowers us to make real change in our lives, communities, and in the world at large.
The sessions are free but there is a charge for the book. The cost is $30 for the paperback copy or $28 for the e-book edition. Contact Chuck@simplyliving.org if you want the paperback. You can also order directly either the print or online edition
HERE. Learn more about the course HERE. Please register on EventbriteLocation:  Simply Living Conference Room, 2997 Indianola Ave (South of Studio 35) 43202. 

 

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Thoughts on Issue #1:  Mass Incarceration or Healing Justice? with Kempis "Ghani" Songster.  Kempis “Ghani” Songster was incarcerated for 30 years as a juvenile lifer.  He was recently released when the Supreme Court ruled that his sentence was unconstitutional. He will speak about his journey as an adolescent in the adult jail and prison systems in order to reflect upon the effects of incarceration on the health and well-being of people and communities.  He will also weigh in on an item on the Ohio ballot in November (Issue #1), which is an effort to reduce the prison population by investing in community health and rehabilitation.  Parking is available for free in the lot next to Swasey Chapel, and a limited number of slots are available in the parking garage under Reese-Shackelford Common noted on the campus map.  Co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department, Communication Department, Political Science Department, Center for Black Studies, Laura C. Harris Symposium, and the Titus-Hepp Lecture Series at Denison University.  Official Bio:   Kempis “Ghani” Songster was imprisoned in 1987 for murder. Despite the fact that Kempis was only 15, he was certified as an adult, convicted of first-degree murder, and received a mandatory life sentence without parole. He’s what’s called a juvenile lifer. While in prison, Kempis developed and facilitated prison programs such as Cultural Awareness and Self-Enhancement (CASE) and From Trauma to Triumph, and also co-designed and co-facilitated the Fathers And Children Together (FACT) program. He has also co-founded outside nonprofits such as The Redemption Project and Ubuntu Philadelphia; and is a founding member of Right To Redemption (R2R), which helped launch Philadelphia’s Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration (CADBI). After 30 years of incarceration, Kempis was released from prison, at the age of 45. Since his release, he has joined the staff at the Amistad Law Project, where he continues to work for the release of others, as well as to end the sentencing of human beings to life without parole/death by incarceration. He has also joined the Old and New Project and Ecosocialist Horizons. Kempis continues to organize actively for healing justice and a more livable planet.  Location:  Higley Auditorium, Denison University (campus map and PDF), Granville, OH. 

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 1:00 PM.   Justice for Immigrants Webinar:  Commenting on Federal Rules Changes.  Two recent immigration issues — the Flores rule regarding detention of children at the southern border and the proposed public charge rule change — present opportunities to act by leaving comments in the Federal Register. Both of these proposed rules are detrimental to the lives of immigrants and their families, and leaving comments can encourage the Administration to reconsider the rules.  Join experts from USCCB/MRS, CLNIC, Network, and the Columbian Center for Advocacy and Outreach in a webinar to learn about the government's rule making process and its effect on immigrants and refugees. This webinar, featuring a Catholic perspective, will discuss how to become involved in the comment process and why we should act now to comment on rule changes.  Staff from USCCB/MRS and JFI partner organizations CLINIC, NETWORK, and the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach will present information that can help you prepare your responses to the proposed rulemaking on Flores and changes to re-defining public charge. Information on joining the webinar is on this flier.  If you have any questions, please contact Richelle Friedman at rfriedman@chn.org

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Community Meeting on State Issue One.  Ohioans will have the opportunity to vote on Sate Issue 1 on November 6th. State Issue 1 addresses Ohio's addiction crisis and the state's overcrowded prison system by prioritizing treatment and rehabilitation over incarceration.  The measure will reduce low level felony charges for drug possession and use only to misdemeanors, leaving tough penalties for trafficking in place, will reform the probation system and will redirect funds saved on prisons to community solutions.  Gary Daniels of the Ohio ACLU will explain in depth State Issue 1 and will answer any of your questions.  Location:  Community Center, 22 S. Trine St., Canal Winchester, Oh 43110.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.  Leadership As A Practice For Healing The Earth: An Interactive Workshop With Jim Drescher.  This workshop is designed for people working with environmental issues, climate change action, outdoor education, for those taking leadership roles in business, fundraising, k-12 and college classrooms, as well as anyone concerned about how to support the healing of the earth in this threatening time. It acknowledges that such work, while deeply rewarding, can also sap our own personal connection with the planet we love, as tasks, planning, meetings, and the larger agenda leave us with little room for our own renewal. No fee for this program but registration is required. Call 740-363-2548 to register.  Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd, Delaware OH 43015.  FREE. Website HERE 

 

Wednesday, October 17, 24, 31, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Hotline Bling! Phone Bank for Issue 1.  Opponents of creating safer communities for all Ohioans are putting a lot of money behind keeping poor, sick people in cages, instead of in treatment and on a stable path to recovery. Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 24, and 31 from 6 p to 8 p at 700 Bryden as we call voters to remind them to restore Ohio communities for all residents by voting Yes on Issue 1! RSVP on Facebook to phone bank for Ohio youth & families next Wednesday!  Location: 700 Bryden Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43215.   Facebook.  

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Is Voting Important?  A Panel Discussion At South High Library.  A panel of local activists will address these questions:  Is participation in elections important?  What is the role of leftists/socialists/labor in the upcoming elections?  What post-election strategies will we pursue?  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3540 S. High St., Columbus 443207.  Facebook.  

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM, An Evening of Hope. A night of reflection, prayer, and discernment as we listen to testimonies of our previously incarcerated brothers and sisters and consider how the spirit is calling us to a deeper compassion, love, and a faithful response. Co-sponsored by LEAF Ministry (Listening, Encouraging and Assisting Families of the Incarcerated) and ARCH (Accompanying Returning Citizens with Hope). Location: Sanctuary of St. Thomas More Newman Center, 64 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201. For more information contact newmancentercares6@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.  Yes We Can Membership Meeting.  Membership meetings are a laid back way to meet like-minded folks and learn more about the growing movement to build a Columbus that works for the many, not the few.  Make sure you RSVP here so we can follow-up with the agenda (and get a headcount!).  As always, pizza and refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library: Northside Branch, 1423 North High St., Columbus.   Click here to RSVP! We'll be giving some very important updates on opportunities to make a meaningful impact in this November's election -- and we'll be sharing our vision for 2019.

 

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 3:30 PM.  Max Bergholz "Microhistories of Nationalism and Violence."  During two terrifying days and nights in early September 1941, the lives of nearly 2,000 men, women, and children were taken savagely by their neighbors in Kulen Vakuf, a small rural community straddling today's border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia. In his prize-winning book, Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community(Cornell, 2016), Max Bergholz tells the story of the sudden and perplexing descent of this once peaceful multiethnic community into extreme violence. Bergholz is James M. Stanford Professorship in Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. He will also be meeting with graduate students in the Department of History for a discussion of his contribution to a forum in American Historical Review on Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in 168 Dulles Hall, 230 Annie and John Glenn Ave. Sponsored by Center for Slavic and East European Studies.    Location: 160 Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Milliken Road. 

 

Friday, October 19, 2018, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.   COMPAS Conference "Fake News: Causes, Effects, Solutions."  Abstract: What is ‘fake news’? You hear the phrase every day, but do you know what it means? Is ‘fake news’ new, or has it been around for a long time? Why do people believe ‘fake news', and why does it spread the way it does? Is there anything we can or should do to limit or stop the spread of 'fake news'? Together, with the panelists listed below, we'll explore these questions.  For a complete schedule of events and panelists, please visit our event pageRegistration is FREE for this event. Please register for this event.  Location:  320 Pomerene Hall (TDAI Ideation Zone), 1760 Neil Ave., OSU Campus. 

 

October 19, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:15 PM.  Facing Opioids:  Drug Enforcement and Health Policy in Today’s Epidemic.  The Ohio State Law Journal will be hosting its annual all-day symposium at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  This year’s symposium is titled, Facing Opioids: Drug Enforcement and Health Policy in Today’s Epidemic. Experts and scholars will discuss the opioid epidemic that is impacting countless families and dominating news headlines across the country.  For the schedule of events and registration page, see the main event page.  Location:  Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall, 55 W. Twelfth Ave., Columbus (OSU).  Facing Opioids: Drug Enforcement and Health Policy in Today’s Epidemic

 

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 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!  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.  For more information, please contact sbolzenius72@hotmail.com.  Website:  https://movetoamend.org.

 

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Where do we go from here?  Part 2.  After the 2016 November over 350 Columbus residents came together to process and discuss a response to the election of Donald Trump. some of the subsequent demonstrations in the city peaked at over 3,000 participants, and a number of folks went on to get involved in local progressive organizations. Nearly two years later, we now have a right-wing Supreme Court that is likely to last a generation, and serious threats to women, immigrant and worker rights on the horizon.  With a critical election in November, and a number of emerging social movements for people to plug into, I want to see if there is interest in pulling together a second mass meeting. I'll move forward with reserving a space if I can get at-least 50 people to rsvp for the meeting. Groups and individuals can co-sponsor the event and help with the planning if interested.  Location:  TBA.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM. Thrilled About Issue 1. Brush up your THRILLER steps (or learn for the first time) just in time for Halloween! Dance following with a variety of DJ's! Costumes great, if that's your thing! Your admission goes to People's Justice Project to support Issue 1. Get your ticket at https://thrilledforissue1.bpt.me(additional contributions are encouraged).  Location: Stomping Grounds, 3436 Heritage Club, Hilliard. Ohio 43026. 

 

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Care and Share Time Bank Community Potluck and program.  Bring something tasty to share with others and, if you wish, bring a card with the ingredients so all our varied diet preferences can be accommodated.  Special program:  Urban Farms and the Timebank resented by Sunbury Urban Farm, Four Seasons, Franklin Avenue Gardens, Sunny Glen Garden Urban Farm, and Wildlife Habitat.  Topics:  Structure and Descriptions of our urban farms; Value of the Timebank with each urban farm; How the Timebank has been utilized / benefits / cons; and, Next Steps for how we can together make this work.  If it is a special dish you believe will be particularly well received bring a copy of the recipe. We are developing a CSTB "Cookbook" and are always pleased to add new dishes to the selection! Bring your own reusable plates if you can, to reduce the washup necessary after the event.  We try to avoid single-use materials, wherever possible!  If you have something you no longer want that others may appreciate, bring it to the "sharing table".  We only request that, if it doesn't find a new home, please take it home with you.  (We don't have a used product dispensing system!)  You can look forward to a fun and informative program.  Location:  First UU Church, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.  For more information, contact Michael Greenman mgreenmanoh@gmail.com or Alice Faryna alice.faryna@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  CCBOR Morrow County Injection Well Tour.  Join us and see what the dilapidated infrastructure looks like, where the oil & gas industry dumps millions of barrels of oil/gas waste "brine" within the Columbus drinking water source watershed in Morrow County.  If you are interested in joining us, please email us by either using our contact form on our website, or emailing columbusbillofrights@gmail.com.

 

Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program:  Disrupted Lives:  Working with People in the Midst of Violence.   Peggy Gish will share from her summer’s work in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Hear more about the current situation in Iraq, the work of local people working for justice and peace, and how civilians are affected by Turkish and Iranian Military bombing of their villages.  Join in the Q&A Conversation time. Free and open to the public.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Ave., Columbus.  Facebook.  Central Ohioans for Peace meets at 7 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Columbus Mennonite Church.  For information about COFP, visit our website  https://sites.google.com/site/centralohioansforpeace/Home

 

Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights #NotAnotherFlint Public Meeting.  The Ohio Supreme Court rejected the peoples’ arguments that the Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE) had violated the rights of the people to legislate directly by initiative and sided with the BOE to keep the Columbus Community Bill of Rights off the November ballot. The proposed ordinance, if enacted, would assert resident’s rights to clean water, air, and soil and ban oil & gas extraction infrastructure, particularly regarding radioactive, toxic waste disposals in the city of Columbus as a violation of those rights. The Columbus Community Bill of Rights group hopes that people will not simply “accept” this unjust decision and will join their group and efforts to continue to fight to protect the community and the future. Visit www.columbusbillofrights.org for updates and ways to help. Location: Columbus Public Library, Northside Branch, 1423 N. High St., Columbus OH 43201.  https://www.columbusbillofrights.org/Events.  For more information, contact sbolzenius72@hotmail.com

 

Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet, 7:00 PM Franklin County Consortium for Good Government Candidate Forum.  Location:  The Pointe at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Rd., Westerville, 43081.  More information soon at http://franklincountyconsortium.com/

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 4:30-5:30 PM.  Justice for Donna Rally.  Join the family of Donna (Dalton) Castleberry in DEMANDING accountability and an independent investigation on the second month anniversary of her murder by Columbus Police Officer Andrew Mitchell. Over the past two years Columbus Police Officers have targeted vulnerable communities and killed or brutalized residents, with no consequences. Residents like Deaunte Bell, Henry Green, Kwame Patrick, Tyre King, Jaron Thomas, Kareem Ali Nadir Jones, DeMarko Anderson, Timothy Davis.  Columbus Police are protected from consequences. They are protected by police chief Kim Jacobs, by county prosecutor Ron O’Brien who, in his over 20 years in office, has never indicted an officer in a fatal on-duty shooting, and by the current FOP contract. This FOP contract erases misconduct records from an officer’s file; requires a 24-hour DELAY before an officer can be interviewed after potential police misconduct; does NOT require drug and alcohol testing for an officer following a deadly force incident; takes final discipline decisions out of the hands of police leadership through union arbitration; does not emphasize de-escalation, require that officers live in the communities they serve or include community interactions as criteria for promotion and incentive pay. All of these issues have been addressed in other police contracts across the country and we DEMAND that they are addressed here. We cannot lose another life.  Join us in continuing to raise awareness and spread the word. Homemade posters and your loudest voice are encouraged. Location: Columbus Division of Police Headquarters, 120 Marconi Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215. 

#justicefordonna#policethepolice #independentinvestigation

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Book Discussion – The Book of Joy:  Lasting Happiness.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN) invites you to a book discussion of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams.  Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.  Join the members of WIN as we discuss the examples set by these three amazing men, who have learned to understand and respect others in their individual faith walks through life.  Location:  Northwest Library, 2280 Hard road, Columbus 43235.  More information on Facebook.    (This event is repeated on November 5 at the Old Worthington Library on Hartford Street.)

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet, 7:00 PM Franklin County Consortium for Good Government Candidate Forum.  U.S. Congress. 12-Joe Manchik, Ohio Senate 19 – Gary Cox.   Location:  Beth Shalom, 5089 Johnstown Road, New Albany, 43054.  More information soon at http://franklincountyconsortium.com/

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  Oktober Green Drinks.  October is a great month to be outside. Especially in Central Ohio with all its beautiful metro parks. This month's Green Drinks we are talking about Metro Parks and why it is important to vote this November (the parks are on the ballot).
Join us for Happy Hour at Woodlands Tavern (we're back!) and hear from Friends of Metro Parks and others why our parks are worth it.  Location:  Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W. Third Ave., Columbus 43212.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  October Happy Hour.  Full Moon Edition.  Hosted by Repro Health Happy Hour. Details to follow.  Location:  St. James Tavern, 1057 N. Fourth St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook.

 

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet, 7:00 PM Franklin County Consortium for Good Government Candidate Forum.  Location:  Downtown Columbus (TBA).   More information soon at http://franklincountyconsortium.com/

 

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3:30 PM.   Annette Becker "Messengers of the Disaster: Raphael Lemkin, Jan Karski and Genocides."  Annette Becker is a professor at University of Paris-Nanterre and honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is deputy director of the International Research Center of the Historial de la Grande Guerre [Museum of the Great War]. She has published widely on World War I, its commemoration, return of the soldiers, humanitarian aspect and trauma, and now focuses on the cultural aspects of the wars and links between the two World Wars. She will discuss her latest book Messagers du désastre, Raphaël Lemkin, Jan Karski et les génocides (Fayard, 2018), a history of the concept of genocide: the perpetrators, the victims, and the "messengers" who try to warn, to see, to speak. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/beckeraLocation:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

 

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:00 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Business 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

 

Friday, October 26, 2018, 8:00 AM – 4:15 PM.  Glenn College Leadership Forum.   The Glenn College Leadership Forum is the state’s premier conference designed for individuals working in the public sector. In breakout sessions and in keynote talks, experts in the public policy arena provide insights into emerging trends in policy, administration and leadership that will enhance your career.  Regular rate (through 10/19) - $160; Glenn College student rate - $30.  Location:  Ohio Union at Ohio State University.  More information and registration here.  

 

October 27th, 2018, 3:00 PM.  MARCH with People’s Justice Project for ISSUE 1.  We have 6 weeks to reunite families & connect loved ones to drug treatment & restorative, trauma healing services. we march as a BLOC to #VoteYesOne1 !!! #RePost & spread the word. Location:  North YMCA, 1640 Sandalwood Pl., Columbus 43229. 

 

Monday, October 29, 2018, 2018, Noon – 2:00 PM.  Ohio Rally for the #TrialoftheCentury!  On October 29, 2018, 21 youth will confront the federal government at trial in open court.  They are the #youthvgov plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, and they allege that the U.S. government has knowingly violated their constitutional rights for over 50 years by contributing to climate change. On October 29 they will march into court—with America standing behind them—to demand a science-based National Climate Recovery Plan. This plan would end the reign of fossil fuels and require the United States government to do its part to stop dangerous climate change for young people and all future generations.  To win their case, these brave youth need your help. We want the world to know that it’s not just these 21 young people demanding a Climate Recovery Plan, it’s the American people demanding a Climate Recovery Plan!  Join us from the rally at the federal courthouse in Ohio to be a part of the #TrialoftheCentury and support these young climate warriors. Our freedom depends on a climate system that will sustain human life. Let's show the government that it has a duty to prepare and implement a Climate Recovery Plan to protect our basic and most fundamental rights!  To help us plan and organize these rallies, sign up at https://actionnetwork.org/forms/organize-a-rally-in-your-communityFacebook.  

 

Monday, October 29, 2018, The Healing Power of Forgiveness & Why the Death Penalty Fails Murder Victim Families (two events!).   Please join us for two public events with SueZann Bosler, who will share her powerful story and example of the healing power of forgiveness. SueZann witnessed her father, Rev. Billy Bosler be stabbed to death in their parsonage before she herself was stabbed and left for dead. Her faith and her father taught forgiveness, and she took that to heart - advocating that her attacker not receive the death penalty.  SueZann is in Columbus as part of an exploratory visit to gauge interest in bringing a larger group of speakers with similar stories to Ohio early in 2019. They will help advocate for better services for Ohio homicide survivors rather than the false promises offered by the promise of an unlikely execution at some point decades in the future.  Join us to learn more about the possibilities and opportunities! Both events are Monday, Oct 29, 2018.  LUNCHTIME: 11:45am to 1pm: "Bring Your Own" Lunchtime Event, First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH - Please RSVP for free tickets here:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healing-power-of-forgiveness-lunchtime-presentation-discussion-tickets-51376168503EVENING: 7pm to 8:30pm: Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, OH 43214 - Please RSVP for free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healing-power-of-forgiveness-how-the-death-penalty-fails-victim-families-tickets-51382731132.   Sponsor:  Ohioans to Stop Executions. 

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  We the People 2.0.  We the People 2.0 is a film about the loss of democracy in the US and how people are saving nature and themselves by regaining their rights to local lawmaking. Q+A following the film will discuss the Columbus Community Bill of Rights and the struggle to regain our right to Home Rule. Discussion led by Tish O'Dell, the Ohio Community Organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and our own local leaders of the Columbus Community Bill of Rights initiative. Moderated by Chuck Lynd of Simply Living.  The screening of We The People 2.0 (below) offers a framework to understand the significance of the Ohio Supreme Court's decision to uphold the decision of the Franklin County Board of Elections to reject the petition initiative by the Columbus Community Bill of Rights even after being approved by the Columbus City Council with the required number of signatures?  Voters must ask: How could this basic right of "Home Rule" to petition our government to vote democratically to decide whether to protect our community (in this case, from potential harm caused by oil and gas operations that put our air, water, and soil at risk) be ignored?  To understand how this happened in Columbus, follow this link to read the full press release.  PRESS RELEASE:  Supreme Injustice - Ohio Supreme Court Denies Columbus Voters the Ballot to Protect their Drinking Water from Toxic Frack Waste, Drilling & InfrastructureLocation:  Drexel Theatres, 2254 East Main Street, Columbus 43209.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, 6:00 (doors open), 6:30 – 9:00 PM.  Westside Votes!  What’s on the Ballot?  Join us to learn what positions are up for election, why they're important, and what are the issues on the ballot. Did you know the westside has the lowest voter turnout in Franklin County? We've been going door to door to bring information to our neighbors to have conversations on why voting is important in advocating for our neighborhoods! Let's use our voice and turn out the vote on the westside this year! This is a non-partisan event brought to you by WestsideBestside, Columbus People's Partnership, Hope City House of Prayer and The Vanderelli Room.  Come with questions! Feel confident going to the polls this year!  Location: The Vanderelli Room, 218 McDowell St, Columbus, Ohio 43215.