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Monday, December 5, 2016, 7:00 AM.  Protest TD Ameritrade’s Investment in DAPL.  TD Securities LLC has invested nearly $235 MILLION in the Dakota Access Pipeline. In August, a group of banks agreed to lend $2.5 billion to Dakota Access. But $1.4 billion of this loan is still on hold until the Army Corps grants the final permits for the pipeline. This means that there is still time for the banks involved in this loan to cut their line of credit.  On December 1, 2016, six protesters were able to pressure Wells Fargo into meeting with Sioux tribe leaders at Standing Rock, ND.  Grassroots demonstrations of solidarity can bring about real action and change.  If six people will join me, we will attempt to peacefully disrupt business at TD Ameritrade's office at Polaris Mall in Columbus, OH.  Host contact: Can you join? Click here for details and to RSVP:


Monday, December 5, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 PM.   Webinar:  Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?  John Farrell will be delivering a webinar, titled “Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy?.”  Conventional wisdom suggest the biggest wind and solar power plants will be cheapest, but where they deliver power, and who owns them, matters more.  In this webinar, John Farrell will present the findings from his recent report: Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy? He’s broken down the economics of wind and solar power production and the surprising findings about what size project makes the most economic sense.. Tune in to see John dispel common myths about renewable energy production and get at the heart of whether bigger is best.  Register here to attend the webinar and/or receive a link to the video recording if you can’t attend.  Sponsor:  Institute for Local Self-Reliance. 

Monday, December 5, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Free Press/DSCO Awards Ceremony.  Honor local community activists.  You are invited to help us honor local community activists at the annual Free Press/Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Awards Event. The awardees are:  Free Press "Libby" Award for Community Activism - Carolyn Harding and Greg Pace of the Columbus Community Bill of Rights,
Free Press Community Volunteer Award - Calvin Hairston, Democratic Socialists Award - Michael Vinson, Bill Moss Award for Outstanding African-American Activists - Sherri and Butch Hamilton of Black Central.
We will have light refreshments, music, and socializing among friends!  Admission: $10 at the door or $5 low income. No one will be turned away.  Parking in lot to the east or across Main Street. 
RSVP - colsfreepress@gmail.comLocation:  The Hub, 1336 E. Main St.    Join our Facebook event!


Monday, December 5, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM.   Energy Democracy: How to Make Renewables Local.  Instructors Mac Crawford and Chuck Lynd will facilitate a discussion of “energy democracy” - what it means and how to access resources in central Ohio. FREE. Donations are welcome to support Simply Living’s “Sustainable U” initiative. Location: Northwood High Bldg, 2231 N High St, Cols 43201. More info and invite on Facebook and Meetup. Questions? or 614.354.6172.


Monday, ​ December 5, 2016, 7:30 PM.   Youth Beat Radio on WCRS.  Tune in this award winning program every Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS  102.1 and 98.3 FM or listen online at  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


Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:00  – 8:30 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio Meeting.  JVP members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.  Location:  Bexley Public Library, tech room, 2411 East Main St., Bexley.   For more information contact, or


Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio meeting.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., room 100.  Parking available in “R” spaces behind the building.   For more information, contact  For additional details, please refer to the website or facebook at


Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:30 - 7:00  PM.  Community Leaders Forum in Honor of Rosa Parks.  Join Congresswoman Beatty, local, national, and civil rights leaders for an important discussion on the power of diversity, inclusion and community and its potential impact on the legislative work of the 115th Congress and beyond.  Location:  Ohio History Connection, 800 East 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211  To RSVP, visit Congresswoman Beatty’s website or Call 614.220.0003.  

Note from Connie H:  If you plan to attend, please ask Rep. Beatty why she honors Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, yet opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement through Federal legislation and opposes the BDS Movement on Ohio State University Campus.  The goal of the Palestinian BDS Movement is to end the apartheid occupation of the West Bank and is modeled after the BDS movement to end the Apartheid Regime in South Africa. 


Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Post Election Summit on Racial Healing - Moving Towards Action.   The recent Presidential election revealed that we have a long way to go to under-standing and responding to how race relations can cause harm and hinder healing in our communities.  Location:  Rhema Christian Center, 2100 Agler Road, Columbus.  Click HERE for information.  For registration and more information, please call 614-325-4223.


Thursday, December 8, 2016, 11:00 PM till Midnight.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio on WCRS 98.3 / 102.1 FM.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio features:  a) newly released Alternative and Independent music  b) emerging Alternative musical trends from across the world  c) interviews with local musicians, filmmakers, artists and actvists.  All shows are: 1) broadcast on 98.2/102.1 FM  2) streamed “live” on the internet and 3) available for download at:  Podcasts are available for download free of charge at:  


Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:30 – 11:00 PM.  Free Press 2nd Saturday Salon.   Come socialize and network with other central Ohio progressives with light refreshments, music, art and a presentation on the Recount of the 2016 election.   Location: 1021 E. Broad St.  Free. No RSVP necessary.  For more information, Contact   or 614-253-2571.  Facebook Event Page.


Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM Potluck.  We the People Calling for the Spirit of Peace:  An Interfaith Prayer Gathering.  “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   6 pm: Interfaith Prayer Service; 7 pm: Community Potluck (bring covered dish to share).  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43214.  (Main church parking lot is at 93 W. Weisheimer Road. Additional parking available behind Panera and Chipotle on High St.).   Sponsored by the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio and cosponsored by Safe Alliance of Interfaith Leaders, Worthington Interfaith Neighbors, First Unitarian Universalist Church, Puffin Foundation West, St. Thomas More Newman Center, Turkish American Society of Ohio, Central Ohioans for Peace, Progressive Peace Coalition, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Community Church, Horizon Prison Initiative, Islamic Foundation of Central Ohio, Buddhist Network of Central Ohio, Ohio Council of Churches, North Unitarian Universalist Congregation and the Center for Pragmatic Buddhism.  Please RSVP by December 7 to Additional faith or peace organization wishing to co-sponsor, please contact Dr. Tarunjit Butalia at by December 3. 


Sunday, December 11, 2016, 6:30 PM (Potluck), 7:15 PM (Program).  Care & Share Timebank:  Potluck.  More information here.    December program:  Enjoy the Holiday sseason with music, story telling, sing-a-long, and special holiday dishes.  Bring children, games to play, and a “White Elephant” gift to exchange with others.  Meet your CSTB Community!  Come and share a potluck dish. Please label your dish as gluten-free, vegan, with meat, dairy-free, spicy when appropriate – THANKS!   (If you want to be part of the program:  We're beginning to build a fun, funny and entertaining program, BUT WE NEED YOU! Do you have a story to tell? a song to sing? play an instrument?  Do "Stand-up" comedy? Demonstrate a skill that will astound us? Please contact let me know ASAP so we can finalize the program. )  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus.  For more information, please contact, Alice Faryna

Make plans NOW to join us at 6:30 PM on Sunday, December 11 for our annual Holiday Potluck! (It's on the 2nd Sunday due to schedule conflict at First UU). 


Monday, December 12, 2016, 8:45 -- 10:30 AM. Solidarity -- Arrested Peaceful Protesters' Court Date. Isaiah St. John was protesting at an anti-Trump march and Jesse "Verbz" Kloth was advocating at a Black Lives Matter rally when they were arrested for their peaceful actions. On December 12, they are asking the public to come show their support by attending their respective hearings at the Franklin County Municipal Court. Supporters are asked to identify themselves as such by wearing their favorite progressive political T-shirts. Signs are not allowed in the courtroom. Meet outside Courtroom 13A on the 13th floor at 8:45 AM for Isaiah's pre-trial. At 9:30, we will move to Courtroom 15D on the 15th floor to support Verbz. The address is 375 S High St, Columbus, OH 43215. There are two other activists currently facing charges. Read about them and how you can help at Stand with us, Columbus ( For more information, contact Isaiah St. John at


Monday, December 12, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace:  Our annual end of the year celebration.  We will make decisions about sharing some of our funds with others and have some discussion about programs for 2017.  Bring finger foods to share!  All are welcome.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, 43214.  For information about COFP, visit our website at


Monday, December 12, 2016,  7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights organizing meeting.  We continue to organize our signature campaign to protect our water, air, and soil from contamination by the fossil fuel extraction industries.   We will have petitions and supplies for petitioners at the meeting.  You can turn your finished ones in as well.  Location:  88 W. Blake St., Columbus OH.  This is the street that The Blue Danube restaurant on N. High St. in the north campus area is at the corner of Neil and Blake (there is parking in front of the house and in back via Buck Alley).  The street is one-way, so you need to drive to from Neil Avenue.   See the CCBOR website for more information: more information, please contact CCBOR at   Please sign the petition for clean air, pure water and safe soil before July 1, 2016!  Volunteer - contact Greg Pace:  Like/Share FaceBook:


Monday, December 12, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Friends Committee on National Legislation – Central Ohio advocacy group Meeting.   FCNL is focused on getting floor votes for the bipartisan U.S. Senate and House versions of S.2123, the “Sentencing Reform Act of 2015.”  The House version bills are HR 3713, “Sentencing Reform Act:, and   HR 759, the “Recidivism Risk Reduction Act.  Location:  Center on High, 3208 N. High St. Columbus, 43202.   More information: .  For more information, contact Greg Pace: 614-565-6067 or o change this text.