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Events and Meetings:  


Monday, February 24, 6:30-8:30 PM.  Morgan Harper House Party.  Join us for a meet and greet with Morgan while we enjoy some tasty food and a drink or two.  Meet Morgan and see why we are so enthusiastic about supporting this campaign bringing a bold new generation of leadership to Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District!  Plan to connect with friends and neighbors while we share with Morgan, our concerns, hopes, and vision for Columbus. Leave inspired by Morgan’s enthusiasm and commitment to go beyond the status quo. RSVP Michael michaelgliebert@gmail.com.  Location: 141 Parkwood Avenue, Columbus 43203.

 

Monday, February 24, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Economics of Happiness Film at Kafe Kerouac.  This award-winning documentary film spells out the social, spiritual, and ecological costs of today’s global economy. Importantly, the film also highlights the many benefits of a shift towards the local and showcases some of the steps people are already taking worldwide. Simply Living's book club selection, Local Is Our Future, further explains the shift to localization and copies will be available. Q&A discussion after the film will feature local initiatives and how to get involved.  Location:  Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook.

 

Monday, February 24, 7:30 – 9:00 PM.  Global Green New Deal:  Climate Debt & Colonial Reparations.  A Green New Deal (GND) must address inequality and climate change, both of which are global problems that cannot be tackled by national policies alone. Using a Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) analysis, this presentation argues that countries with full monetary sovereignty must implement their own GND programs as soon as possible. However, developing countries do not have the fiscal policy space and technological capabilities to implement a GND. Therefore, a series of questions must be addressed: How to finance a Global GND? How to make technology available to developing countries? How to structurally change a system that perpetuates climate change and global inequality?
The presentation argues that a Global GND must call for a Global Truth & Reconciliation Commission to hear and acknowledge the grievances of people who suffer the socio-economic, political, environmental, and humanitarian consequences of colonial, post-colonial, and industrialization policies that have contributed to climate change and global inequality. A Global reparations program is proposed to: 1/ provide financial compensation for climate debt and colonial debt, 2/ transfer technology, and resources to regions/countries that require assistance, and 3/ redesign the global economic and financial architecture for a more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable system.  Location:  Denison University, Herrick Performance Hall, 600 West Loop, Granville, Ohio 43023.  Facebook

 

Monday, ​ February 24, 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, February 25, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Columbus Women’s Commission Town Hall.   Join Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, First Lady Shannon Ginther, and The Columbus Women's Commission to learn about the Commission's work in 2019 and to hear about its work moving forward. Participate in round table discussions with Commissioners to share your thoughts on the issues impacting women in our community and give your input on the Commission's work.  Location:  Columbus State Center of Workforce Development 315 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43215 RSVP: www.columbus.gov/cwctownhall2020/rsvp.

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors.  Sharing Our Stories.  Cambodia.  Samuel Sohnly is a native Ohioan and a graduate of The Ohio State University.  From 2018-19, he volunteered in Cambodia through the Young Adults in Global Mission program with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  He was paired with a locally run non-profit called Life with Dignity.  He lived and worked alongside the locals in the small countryside village where LWD focused on empowering the poorest communities through sustainable rural development, organization and education.  In addition to his role in LWD, he taught English in a local high school.  He was able to be almost completely immersed in the lifestyle for a year and has been shaped tremendously by it.  Samuel is sharing his stories and doing his best to do advocate for Cambodia and its rich history and culture.  All are welcome.  No charge.  Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington, Ohio.  Facebook.

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  How Will Ohio’s New Redistricting Rules Work?  In 2015 and 2018, more than 70% of Ohioans amended Ohio’s Constitution to reform the rules used to create state and Congressional districts. Next year, after the Census, we will finally implement these rules to draw the districts which will be used for the next 10 years! Join UAPA for a presentation on how the new rules will work and what we need to do to ensure that districts are fairly drawn.  Presenters:  Professor Richard Gunther, who was involved in the negotiations that led to the Ohio reforms and Katy Shanahan, who is the Ohio Director of All on the Line, the redistricting activist group headed by former Attorney General, Eric Holder.  Location:  Upper Arlington Public Library, Friends Theater, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington.  Facebook.

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Living Soil: A Documentary for All Of Us.  Our soils support 95 percent of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years. They filter our water. They are one of our most cost-effective reservoirs for sequestering carbon. They are our foundation for biodiversity. And they are vibrantly alive, teeming with 10,000 pounds of biological life in every acre. Yet in the last 150 years, we’ve lost half of the basic building block that makes soil productive. The societal and environmental costs of soil loss and degradation in the United States alone are now estimated to be as high as $85 billion every single year. Like any relationship, our living soil needs our tenderness. It’s time we changed everything we thought we knew about soil. Let’s make this the century of living soil.   Presenter and Discussion Leader: Rattan Lal, OSU Distinguished University Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and leading world authority on soil health and carbon. Additional Discussion Leader: Fred Yoder, (invited) Madison County conservation grain farmer, co-chair, Solutions from the Land and North American Climate Smart Agricultural Alliance, and past-president, National Corn Growers Association. SEE the full film synopsis HERE. Location:  OSU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Bldg. Room 130, 134-140 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus 43210.   MORE INFO ON ALL EPN SPRING FILM SERIES HERE.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 2:30 PM.  Hearing on Senate Bill 260 (Opponent, Pro-Choice testimony). 
Senate Bill 260 would prohibit doctors from using telemedicine options to provide medication abortion services to patients in communities without an abortion clinic. This bill must be stopped. Medication abortion is incredibly safe, whether the patient consults with a physician in person or by video conference. With Ohio's health disparities the Ohio legislature should be focused on expanding access for underserved populations not attacking it. In testimony before the Ohio Senate Health Committee, the bill's sponsor Sen. Stephen Huffman tried to make an argument that his bill is needed for reasons of "safety." The committee however was skeptical. He was asked directly: "Are there documented instances where access to abortion through telemedicine has proven to be unsafe?" Sen. Huffman was forced to admit: "No."  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, South Hearing Room.  Suggested parking.  If you would like to testify, please contact info@prochoiceohio.orgTell your Ohio state senator to stop this bill

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 PM.  The Human Library:  Joe Motil & Melody McCowell Reed.  The Human Library is an interactive resource for people interested in gathering live, first-person research on Columbus civic and social justice issues. At each session, a featured human or humans will be available to give their perspective on the Crew stadium funding controversy and the state of Columbus city schools as an opening conversation. Questions and tangents to other civic matters thereafter by library users are welcome.  This second session of three will feature Joe Motil, 2019 Columbus city council candidate, and Melody McDowell Reed, executive director of Glass Axis and mother of 4 children in Columbus city schools.  Come join us at OSU Urban Arts Space during the "Ballast" exhibition, where the Human Library is installed and where our speakers will be available for conversation!  The Human Library is a social artwork facilitated by Second Sight & Mona Gazala, and funded by the Puffin Foundation West.  Location:  OSU Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Columbus.  Facebook

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7:00 – 8:15 PM.  Monthly Ohio Legislative Update. Join Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, Executive Director of UUJO, and other guests to discuss what is happening this month in the Ohio Statehouse. We will discuss updates on key legislation, including SB 33 anti-protest bill, SB 3 criminal justice reform, gun safety legislation, and more.  Register here

 

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Webinar:  Internationalism with Melanie Yazzie and Lara Kiswani.  Join this webinar on the importance of Internationalist organizing with Melanie Yazzie (Red Nation), and Lara Kiswani (Arab Resource and Organizing Center), hosted by Catalyst Project and SURJ.  Register for the webinar here

 

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  Ramachandra Guha, “Gandhi as Political Moralist:  Arguments About Non-Violence, Inter-Faith Harmony, and Social EqualityThis event is co-sponsored by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the Office of International Affairs, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Ramachandra Guha is a historian and biographer based in Bengaluru who has been described by Time Magazine as "Indian democracy’s pre-eminent chronicler." His pioneering work in environmental and sports history was followed by India after Gandhi (2007), named as a book of the decade in the Times of India, the Times of London, and The Hindu. More recently he has been celebrated for his two-volume biography, Gandhi Before India and Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World (Knopf, 2014, 2018). Among his many awards are the Padma Bhusan, the Republic of India's third highest civilian honor, the Fukuoka Prize for contributions to Asian studies, and an honorary doctorate from Yale University. Guha's commentaries have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Atlantic, and across the world press.  This lecture serves as the keynote for the Mershon Center conference “Exemplarity: Performance, Influence, and Friction in Political Innovation,” continuing on February 28th and 29th. Location:  Round Meeting Room, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Columbus 43210.   More information and link to registration here

 

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Richard Cordray:  Watchdog.  Join the country’s first Director of the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau, Richard Cordray, for the Columbus launch of WATCHDOG.  After serving as Ohio’s Attorney General and Ohio Treasurer, Richard Cordray served for six years as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by Congress in the aftermath of epic economic crash of 2008. Join Cordray for the launch of his book, WATCHDOG, focused on protecting consumers.  Cost: Free! You do not need to pre-register for this event.  Location:  Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., Bexley, Ohio 43209.  Facebook

 

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Phonebank for Morgan Harper OH-03.   This March, the Green New Deal will face an important political test, as the first wave of Democratic Congressional primaries takes place.  Morgan Harper, a 36-year-old consumer protection advocate, is a millennial who came of age amidst the rise of the climate crisis, polarized racial tensions, and economic inequality. She is running against establishment Democrat Joyce Beatty, who opposes the Green New Deal and has accepted funding from fossil fuel PACs, executives, and lobbyists. Morgan has stood with rising youth movements and now, ours is standing with her on March 17th.  Hosted by Sunrise Movement.  Facebook

 

Friday, February 28, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Weekly HQ Volunteer Night.  Morgan Harper for Congress.  Welcome all #Morganizers to our weekly volunteer night - every Friday night at campaign HQ 139 E Main St, starting 6pm. Come meet people from all around the district, download our volunteering apps, learn how to canvass, and get ready to #Morganize! Bring a friend and come through!  Sign up at: https://www.morganharper.org/volunteer.  Location: 139 E. Main St., Columbus.  Facebook

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  2020 Ohio Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention.  On behalf of the Ohio Green Party Central Committee we wish to invite all Ohio Greens to our 2020 state nominating convention.  Jill Stein is tentatively scheduled to provide the keynote address.
Additional information, including the agenda and speakers, will be provided soon.  We will be hosting a panel of the 2020 Green Party Presidential Candidates.  All Ohio voters who are registered Green, or who have met the criteria for being recognized as a Green, will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the Green Party Presidential nomination.  Location: Northwood-High Building, 2231 N. High St., in Columbus Ohio.  Facebook

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:00 – 11:30 AM.  Prayer + Action Gathering with Edith.  Join us on Saturday February 29th from 10-11:30am for a prayer service in solidarity with Edith and other sanctuary leaders in the National Sanctuary Collective. In particular we’re gathering in solidarity with Hilda Ramirez and her son Ivan as they reach four years in sanctuary in Austin, Texas. After the service, there will be a time for light refreshments and opportunities to take action in support of Edith as we sign postcards, write letters of support, discuss rapid response needs, and more! In response to ICE’s increased threats against Edith and others in sanctuary, this is a critical time to continue building community support.  Please RSVP here: http://bit.ly/EdithPrayerAndAction.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 25 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214.  Facebook

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 12:30 – 3:30 PM.  All Out for Bernie Rally & Street Canvass!  Last year, Socialist Alternative won a huge victory when we blocked Amazon’s attempts to buy Seattle’s elections and unseat our Seattle City Councilmember, Kshama Sawant. Bernie faces similar obstacles this year. The corporate media is relentlessly attacking him. The DNC is trying to sabotage his campaign at every step.  Mayor Pete gives lip-service to some of Bernie’s program, while taking donations from billionaires in wine caves.  Billionaires like Bloomberg are straight up trying to buy the election. That’s why we’re organizing a national day of action for Bernie on February 29th, three days before Super Tuesday!  Join Socialist Alternative at the Northeast corner of Goodale Park for a rally, followed by a street canvass to talk to working class people about why electing Bernie, a self-described socialist who wants to be the “organizer and chief” is the key way to defeat Trump, Trumpism, and to start the process of building a socialist world!  We will be meeting at the North-East corner of Goodale Park! Materials and training will be provided. Some parking is available at the park, east of High Street, or at the parking garage near High & Russel.  Location:  Goodale Park, Columbus 43215.  Facebook

 

Saturday, February 29, 2029, 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  Canvass for Bernie with Columbus DSA!  Join us to canvass for Bernie Sanders so we can win Medicare For All, a Green New Deal, student debt forgiveness, and an economy for the many, not the few.  Please RSVP for the canvass here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/dsa-for-bernie-canvass-10?source=fb.  First time canvassing? No problem, we'll provide training and pair you up with an experienced canvasser!  If you are able to, download the "MiniVAN" app before showing up for canvassing. (If you can't download the app, that's no problem, you can still canvass!).  Location:  426 Reinhard Ave., Columbus 43206.  Facebook

 

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 6:00 PM, 5:00 PM pre-screening dinner.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors Film:  First They Killed my Father.  Loung Ung is 5 years old when the Khmer Rouge assumes power over Cambodia in 1975. They soon begin a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly 2 million Cambodians die. Forced from her family's home in Phnom Penh, Ung is trained as a child soldier while her six siblings are sent to labor camps.  The documentary has received a number of awards.  This movie provides a background for lots of discussion afterwards.  Please join our panel for the discussion afterwards.  The dinner for this movie will be provided by TAi's Asian Bistro on Lane Avenue since Asian food also includes Cambodian also.    Please get your tickets and come join us for the dinner, movie and discussion.  Location:  McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening Street, Worthington.  Tickets at www.mcconnellarts.org. Facebook.

 

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 3:30 – 5:30 PM.  Green Life 101 Presented by OSU Global Leadership Initiative.  Come learn about common recycling misconceptions and the importance of sustainable sourcing and leave with a custom reusable tote bag. Meet local green organizations too!  In this interactive and educational workshop, attendees will first spend their time listening to short presentations by an OSU Recycling representative as well as a Lucky's Market representative addressing common misconceptions, how to minimize your impact on the environment in everyday life, and how to maximize your efforts towards a greener routine. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A among the audience members and presenters. Afterwards, attendees will have approximately an hour to decorate their reusable grocery bags (provided by GLI), socialize over snacks and beverages, and visit some of the local organizations that will be tabling at the event. Our goal is to have our audience leave the event with more confidence, applicable knowledge, and green habits than when they arrived!  This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Thank you!  Location:  COhatch, 1735 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington 43221.  Facebook

 

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  Knock on Doors with a Bernie Victory Captain.  Come together with friends, family, and neighbors to knock doors in support of Bernie! Talking to voters on their doorstep is one of the most important things you can do to help our campaign win. Every door knocked helps us grow our movement, turn Bernie supporters out to vote, and win this election in a landslide. This event is hosted by a Bernie Victory Captain, a grassroots leader trained in our strategy to win.  Note: You’ll need to bring a fully charged phone or tablet with the MiniVAN app downloaded. Please also remember to bring water and comfortable walking shoes.  RVSP Here: https://events.berniesanders.com/dashboard/event/238382/.  Location:  The Salt Mines, 2997 Indianola Avenues, Columbus 43202.  Facebook

 

Monday, March 2, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  2020 Candidate Forum.  Yes We Can has invited congressional, statehouse, and county candidates to meet voters and share how they are planning to represent us in Franklin County, at the statehouse, and in Washington, D.C.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus.  More information on Facebook.  

 

Monday, March 2, 2020, 7:00 PM. Wasted! The Story of Food WasteThis award-winning documentary, executive produced by the Anthony Bourdain, aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. Location:  Drexel Theater, 2254 East Main St., Columbus 43209.  Sponsored by Green Bexley. 

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  Free Wage Theft Clinic – Central Ohio Workers Center.  Meet with a wage theft intake volunteer who can help you get paid. We work with attorneys and advocates to recover stolen wages for workers. Enforce your rights.  Spanish speaking translators will be available.  Location:  St. Stephens Community House, 1500 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 43219.  Facebook

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Meeting:  The ICC Probe of Israeli War Crimes.  Professor John Quigley will present information on the investigation by the International Court of Justice into Israeli War Crimes. Dr. Quigley is an expert in the area of international law and was recently invited to speak at the United Nations Security Council in New York on the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, speaking at length about the legality of the Israel settlements.  Quigley, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1966, joined the faculty at Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University in 1969. Professor Quigley is active in international human rights work. His numerous publications include books and articles on human rights, the United Nations, war and peace, east European law, African law, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. In 1995 he was recipient of The Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award. He formerly held the title of President’s Club Professor of Law.  Jewish Voice for Peace members are serious about making change. We work with diverse communities across the U.S. to achieve a lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis based on equality, human rights, and freedom.  All are welcome.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main branch, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Franklin County Candidates Night.  The Coalition of Concerned Black Citizens, League of Women Voters Metro Columbus and WTF?!Weigh The Facts have collaborated to conduct a voters forum featuring: 3rd Congressional District Candidates, Ohio’s 25th House District Candidates, Franklin County Judicial Candidates and Proposed Bond Issue.  Location:  Downtown High School, 364 S. Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  Facebook

 

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Elections and the Road to Socialism.  Hosted by Central Ohio Revolutionary Socialists.  Location:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and University Center, 30 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus 43210.  Facebook

 

Friday, March 6, Drop-off: 4:30 – 8:00 PM and Saturday, March 7, The Swap, 11:00 AM – 8:00 FRIDAY March 6, 2020, 4:30 – 8:00 PM.  8th Annual WHO/O Solidarity Clothing Swap.  Our closets are overflowing with awesome clothes that no longer bring us joy, accessories bought on a whim, shoes that have only been worn once (or sometimes twice), so much feminist swag, and all this has much more life left. Let’s put those items to use, be green, save some green, and give some green!  How it works:
Entry is $10.  Tickets available online at www.womenhaveoptions.org/clothing_swap or at the door.  Empty your closets of unwanted items that are gently, barely or never used (clothes, dressy scarves, outerwear, shoes, costume jewelry, sunglasses and purses) and bring them to St John's Church on March 6 between 4:30-8pm to get your “golden ticket” that allows you to take unlimited items at the swap the next day.  A massive amount of clothing will be available during the exchange and volunteers will arrange it into our fabulous swap boutique.  Location: St. John’s Church Columbus, 59 E. Mound St., Columbus.  Please see the complete information about this event on Facebook

 

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 6:30 – 9:00 PM.  We Are All One People:  Interfaith Dinner and Celebration.  Facing death threats, a Honduran family of four was forced to flee their home seeking shelter in the United States. Just North UCC has taken in this family. Join us for an evening interfaith community dinner to meet the family and hear the story of their 90-day perilous journey to find asylum in our country. They are still seeking it! Cantor Bat-Ami Moses of Temple Israel will bless us with her angelic voice in celebration of freedom! Vegetarian options provided. All are welcome!  $15/person, $25/couple.  Link to the tickets on Facebook.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  Location: Just North UCC, 2040 Henderson Road, Columbus.  Facebook

 

Monday, March 9, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Clintonville Area Progressives Monthly Meeting.  6:30 PM for refreshments and talking to neighbors. 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM for meeting candidates for the Ohio Legislature and the U. S. House.  Dontavius Jarrells, Mahamud Jama, David Leland, Allison Russo who are running for the Ohio House and Troy Doucet and Crystal Lett who are running for Senate have agreed to participate.  Alaina Shearer who is running for the District 12 seat in the U. S. House is planning to attend as well. We have invitations pending for others as well.  Early vote for the Primary has begun.  The actual election day is March 17.  Remember to vote!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St., Columbus 43214.  Facebook.