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June Events


Now through June 19, 2019.  Buckeye Xpress Pipeline Public Comment Period.  FERC recently published its Environmental Assessment on the Buckeye Xpress Pipeline, which will cross the Ohio River and go through the Ironton Unit of Wayne National Forest. This pipeline requires a Special Use Permit from USFS. This is the only public comment period. There will later be an appeal period, but you can only make an appeal if you submitted comments during the comment period. Comments on the proposed Buckeye Xpress Project may be submitted online at www.ferc.gov  under the Documents and Filings link, or be submitted by mail to Kimberly D. Bose, secretary of the Federal Energy Regulation Commission, at 888 First St. NE, Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426. Comments must reference docket number CP18-137-000 in the submission and must be led or postmarked within the 30-day comment period, which ends on June 18, 2019.  Comments to USFS are due by June 18th. Comments to FERC are due by June 19th.  More information on Facebook.  

Monday, ​ June 17, 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, June 18, 19, and 25, 2019.  The Chief and Me – Community Engagement Forums.  These forums are opportunities for residents and any interested stakeholders to provide their input directly to city staff regarding what characteristics they would like to see in the next Police Chief. The community engagement firm and city staff provide a brief overview of the Division of Police, the role of the Police Chief, and a summary of the search process. Residents also answer three questions in small group sessions and report out to the entire group on their thoughts. Finally, participants are invited to complete a short survey at the end of the forum. All of the information gathered in these forums will be included in a final report summarizing what the community would like to see in the next Police Chief. The survey is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBUSchiefandme.  In addition, the city is conducting forums for residents to weigh in on the selection of the next Columbus Chief of Police. Coverage of forum in Clintonville.
From SURJ - Issues to consider:
·         The next Chief must work with the community through an independent citizen/trained community review group. Change will only happen if it is monitored and transparent to the community.·         Columbus needs new progressive leadership who will tackle existing issues head-on with solutions based in state-of-the-art research and data.
         Data-driven policing is progressive, and it is crucial for both officer and community safety. Any progressive/great police leadership has worked with and will regularly work with local colleges and universities.
·         In 2018, a large group of faith leaders reported discrimination and racism within/among officers of the Columbus Division of Police. How will the next Chief address this?
·         Mayor Ginther has stated that “police and community relations, not just in Columbus but around the country, have never been more complicated and complex…Trust is shaken…relationships are strained.” Police agencies are steeped in racist history and injustice including Columbus. The data is solid on this. The new CDP leadership will be crucial to change this.
·         Officer stability and wellness are critical to citizen and officer safety. Suicide figures tell the story of how well we are doing on officer wellness. http://www.wtol.com/2019/01/10/suicide-leading-cause-death-among-police-officers/.JUNE 18, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.   Event: Reeb Avenue Community Dinner and Engagement Forum. Location: Reeb Avenue Center, 280 Reeb Avenue.
JUNE 19, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.   Event: Chief and Me-Community Engagement Forum. Location: Marion-Franklin High School Cafeteria, 1265 Koebel Road. https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147510233&dt=6/19/2019.
JUNE 25, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Event: Chief and Me-Community Engagement Forum. Location: The Columbus Urban League, 788 Mt. Vernon Avenue. https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147510234&dt=6/25/2019.JUNE 27, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Event: Chief and Me-Community Engagement Forum. Location: St. Stephen's Community House, 1500 East 17th Avenue. https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147510335&dt=6/27/2019.
 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 4:45 – 7:45 PM.  CCS Board:  Hire Counselors, Not Scabs.  Hosted by Columbus Education Association.  On June 4th, the Columbus City Schools Board announced that it will hire a firm to provide “alternative staffing” (unqualified scabs) in the event of a CEA strike for the purpose of keeping school operations running. This decision is both unsafe for our students, and a waste of resources that could be used towards working with CEA to build the Schools. Join us as we pack the June 18th Board Meeting to stand up for our students and send a message: Columbus Students Deserve School Counselors, School Nurses, School Librarians, Not Scabs.  We will meet in the STRS plaza across the street at 4:45pm and walk in together.  Location:  Columbus City Schools, 270 E. State St., 43215.  Facebook.  

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 PM.  Westerville City Council:  Nondiscrimination Ordinance Next Steps.  Join us at the Westerville City Council meeting to discuss the next steps in the LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination road map laid out earlier this year!  The Westerville City Council will be discussing options for a draft nondiscrimination ordinance. Civil rights attorney John Marshall, who attended the council's February 19th meeting, will be in attendance again to help explore options for the ordinance with members of council.  Please note the early start time for this special meeting. Parking in Uptown Westerville can be a challenge, so please plan on arriving early to allow time for parking and to get a seat!  Location:  Westerville City Hall, 21 S. State St., Westerville 43081.  Facebook.  


Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 9:30 – 5:00 PM.  HB6 Senate Hearing – Opponent Testimony.  The first opportunity to give testimony opposing HB6, the nuke and coal bailout bill, in front of the Ohio Senate Energy and Utilities Committee will be Tuesday 6/18 at 9:30am in the Finance Hearing Room.  Written testimony and witness slips are due 24 hours in advance (Monday 6/17 at 9:30am).  There will be an additional hearing for all testimony the following day after session (time TBD) with testimony due 24 hours in advance, so if you miss the deadline for the Tuesday hearing, submit for Wed.  If you cannot attend the hearing in person, you can still submit written testimony and it will be added to the hearing record!  Send written testimony to Libby.Hildebrandt@ohiosenate.gov Be sure to include your filled out witness slip if you plan to speak. You can download the form here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTdBK1AbfMzdqw1LqUdu-oQasp4MRp0P3d4q0a5wjj9e3YLJxFhNCtf7BaKjw0OoNCEDi7cBAJCk9L4/pub.   Talking points on HB6.  Location:  Ohio State House, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  Facebook.  


Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 9:30 AM. Opposition Hearing on HB 178.  The next opposition hearing on HB 178 will be Wednesday June 19th at 9:30 am. Room 121 at the Ohio Statehouse. The bill will then go to the Criminal Justice Committee.  If it passes both committees it will then be voted on by the entire House.  Speaker Larry Householder decides if that vote happens.  HB 178 is a dangerous bill.  This bill will allow anyone over 21 years of age and not prohibited by law to carry hidden loaded guns in public without a license, training, background check or oversight.  HB 178 would also allow persons to carry without a permit that are charged with pending felonies and violence related crimes and persons convicted of some assaults, drug offenses, resisting arrest and even a misdemeanor assault on a police officer.  The bill allows carrying of knives as concealed weapons and eliminates the requirement to notify law enforcement when carrying a weapon.  Take Action today!  Let them know that you oppose this dangerous bill.  Ask them to vote NO on HB178. Call Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder – 614-466-2500 - and ask him to Stop HB 178.  Contact the House Federalism Committee.  Contact the Criminal Justice Committee.  Contact your Ohio Representative .  Call Speaker Householder and ask him to stop this bill - 614.466.2500. Help stop this bad bill.  Anyone that wants to carry a loaded weapon in public should have to be trained and accountable! OhioCeaseFire.org. 


Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 4:00 PM.  Columbus City Council Hearing to Address the Proposed Creation of a Far East Community Reinvestment Area (CRA). Public Testimony will be accepted. Comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. Individuals wishing to offer testimony must fill out a speaker slip, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., at Columbus City Hall, on the day of the hearing. This meeting will be broadcast on CTV, Columbus’ cable access channel 3. City representatives will be on hand to answer questions and/or concerns. All interested citizens are invited to offer public testimony. Anyone wishing to address City Council on this matter must fill out a speaker slip between 8am-4pm on the day of the hearing at Columbus City Hall.   This hearing is available live stream on the CTV website and broadcast on Spectrum, Channel 1024; WOW, Channel 3 and AT&T U-verse, Channel 99. The video will also be posted on the City of Columbus YouTube channel following the event. Location:  City Hall Council Chambers, 90 W. Broad St., Columbus.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Facing the Divide:  Finding Our Truth, Reconcile Our Differences.  The African Diaspora in Columbus is comprised of many beautifully distinctive cultures and identities.  Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners for a conversation about how we, as diverse people of African descent, empower each other collectively and move beyond the silos and fragmentation that strive to keep us divided. Conversation will be moderated by Kimberly Brazwellof Kimistry LLC.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, 96 S. Grant Ave.  Facebook.  


Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  June Postcard Party and Happy Hour.  Hosted by Indivisible OH12.  Write postcards for endorsed candidates. Come hang out and learn about the Summer of Action and our plans for the Road to 2020. The selected campaign will provide postcards and stamps. We just need you!  Location:  Roosters, 3370 Olentangy River Road, Columbus 43202.  Facebook.  


Thursday, June 20, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  No Shortcuts:  Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age.  Hosted by Columbus DSA Labor Working Group.  The Columbus DSA Labor Working Group is holding a discussion of Jane McAlevey's book, "No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age." Synopsis: "In No Shortcuts, Jane McAlevey argues that progressives can win, but lack the organized power to enact significant change, to outlast their bosses in labor fights, and to hold elected leaders accountable. Drawing upon her experience as a scholar and longtime organizer in the student, environmental, and labor movements, McAlevey examines cases from labor unions and social movements to pinpoint the factors that helped them succeed - or fail - to accomplish their intended goals."  There are currently available copies in the Columbus Library system: https://cml.bibliocommons.com/v2/search/availability/S105C2241640?query=Jane+McAlevey&searchType=author.  Location:   Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, Meeting Room 3B.  Facebook.  


Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  Screening of Paris to Pittsburgh.  Please join us for a screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a documentary produced by Bloomberg Philanthropies, based on the United States' involvement in the Paris Agreement and the environmental action that followed the U.S. withdrawal. A panel discussion with experts will follow the movie screening. The event is free, open to the public and brought to you by the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio and Sustainable Columbus. Please be sure to reserve a free ticket to this event by registering on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-paris-to-pittsburgh-tickets-61900255330.   For more information, please contact Michael Goldman, Conservation Manager at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center at 614-545-5486 or mgoldman@audubon.org.   Location:  In the multi-purpose room of the Grange Insurance Audubon Center located within the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park at 505 W. Whittier St. Columbus, OH 43215


Thursday, June 20, 2019, 5:30 – 8:00 PM.  Voter Registration:  Canvass Unregistered Linden Area.  We are targeting areas we have identified that has many households where the voter has moved and might have an unregistered resident (or a resident needing to update their registration).  Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4aabae2ca13-voter9.  Location:  We will launch from the Linden Library Meeting Room 1 (2223 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43211 - near Hudson) and have turfs in the local area.  Facebook.  

Friday, June 21, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Opening Reception of Disarticulated.  An art installation by Mona Gazala, Columbus, Ohio.  It will be on view at SPACES June 21 – August 2.  Mona Gazala’s Disarticulated began with a research trip to Peoria, Illinois, where she studied the city’s culture and economy in relationship to Caterpillar, Incorporated.  Caterpillar sells heavy equipment to the Israeli military, which is used to destroy Palestinian homes.  While in Peoria, Gazala enlisted the help of fellow artists in completing a relational artwork, removing a piece of rubble from a destroyed house in Palestine, and relaying it 6,000 miles back to Peoria, where the mechanism of its destruction first bean.  This rubble acts as the focal point for Disarticulated, a word that refers to burials in which the skeletal remains are not joined or whole – a filling analogy for the diaspora of the Palestinian people.  It also refers to the cognitive dissonance of western perception when it comes to the history and humanity of Palestinians.  In Disarticulated, at SPACES, Gazala attempts to link many disparate pieces in the understanding of Palestine.  Location:  SPACES, 2900 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, Ohio. 


Friday, June 21, 2019, 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM.  Forever Proud.  Last year we held our first of many Pride celebrations, 2019 is no exception! Join us as we host our second annual Forever Proud Absolut party on Friday, June 21st at 9pm.  Let your hair down and come celebrate Pride with TRISM. All night we'll have live music, art, dancing, and drinks. So many drinks... that the first 100 people will get a featured Absolut Vodka cocktail!  Come party with us and show support for your cojune mmunity! Proceeds from the night will be benefiting Kaleidoscope Youth Center.  Stay tuned- there's more to come!  Location:  Trism, 1636 North High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook.  


Saturday, June 22, 2019, 6:30 PM.  STEVE & ERIN MAE in concert.    They will share American Folk Music. Owlmountainmusic.org.  Free Will Offering to benefit Old First Presbyterian outreach programs.  Location: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Bryden Rd., Col. 43205. 


Sunday, June 23, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Town Hall for the Green New Deal.  This Town Hall will present experts on the Federal proposal and how it might work in Columbus. Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, economics professor at Denison University, will present an overview of the Resolution, including the Job Guarantee program. Cathy Cowan Becker, leader of the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign in Columbus, will discuss on the ground movements in central Ohio.  Simply Living is sponsoring the event with the Justice Action Ministry of the First Unitarian Universalist Church. Co-sponsors include the Sierra Club, Progressive Democrats of America, Ohio Sustainable Business Council, Citizens Climate Lobby, Columbus Chapter, Central Ohio Transition Hub, and more will be announced.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus.  For more information contact Chuck Lynd, chuck.lynd@gmail.com.    Register here.


Monday, June 24, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program:  Screening of the documentary, “How Are the Children? Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Detention – Part 1 (41 minutes).  This documentary, produced by the United Church of Christ Palestine Israel Network, describes how Israeli practices of detaining children are illegal under international law and how the U.S. is deeply complicit in sustaining this destructive assault upon children. Discussion about the video and what we can do will follow the screening.  Learn more about the campaign to end military detention of Palestinian children here: http://bit.ly/2Qp5vbf.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.  Facebook Event.  For information about COFP, visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/centralohioansforpeace/Home.


Monday, June 24, 2019, 6:00 – 7:15 PM.  Jon Steinman – The Grocery Story Book Signing.  We are thrilled to announce that Jon Steinman, Author of “Grocery Story” is making a stop at the Bexley Natural Market as he travels across the country on a book tour.  Jon Steinman’s presentation on the influence of grocery stores, and the importance of supporting local.  From disturbing trends on food supply to why community owned grocery stores are more important than ever for maintaining the integrity of our food. Come for a light bites, Giveaways, Please RSVP by saying you are "GOING" - Book signing and networking. All RSVPS received a gift. Location:  Bexley Natural Market, 508 Cassady Ave., Bexley 43209.   Please RSVP on Facebook  If you do not use Facebook - please send an email to attend.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  The Human Element.  Hosted by Simply Living.  With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT follows environmental photographer James Balog on his quest to highlight Americans on the front lines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world. ‘The Human Element’ makes the impacts of climate change feel real. ~ Science News.  This Film Could Make Coal Execs Care About the Planet. ~ Oustide Magazine.  A panel discussion will follow the film. Local resources to address climate change will be available. Location:  Drexel Theatre, 2254 East Main Street, Columbus.  Facebook. 

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Gramercy Book Club Presents MAID by Stephanie Land, facilitated by Julie Horger.  New York Times bestseller, MAID, a memoir of a single mother struggling to survive while performing the household labor that many of us take for granted, is Gramercy’s June Book Club selection. To facilitate this discussion is Julie Horger, longtime English and Journalism teacher at Bexley High School, named in 2015 as Bexley Educator of the Year. Before moving to Columbus, Julie was a reporter for eight years at a weekly newspaper in Maumee, Ohio.  More information here.  Location:  Gramercy Books, 2424 East Main St., Bexley, Ohio 43209.

 

Friday, June 26, 2019, 2:00 - 3:15 PM. Webinar & Fundraiser by the Post Carbon Institute.  WHERE WILL OUR FOOD COME FROM?  Many of us know what a sustainable food system would look like. It would be local, fueled by renewable energy, based on regenerative agriculture, and produce enough to keep communities healthy without egregious waste. Join us to discuss best practices, key leverage points, and individual actions that will help actualize sustainable food systems that can operate effectively and efficiently without fossil fuels. Dr. Jason Bradford, author of The Future is Rural, and our panel of esteemed leaders, thinkers, and activists will consider how rural, urban, and suburban communities would be impacted by adopting truly sustainable food systems and how each of us can help create them. Get all the details HERE


Thursday, June 27, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Council Community Meeting Series Heads to the Westside. The Council Community Meeting series gives members and residents additional opportunities to listen, learn and exchange ideas. In 2018, Council passed historic pieces of legislation that addressed retaliatory evictions, revised tax incentives, invested in sidewalks, affordable housing and safety. Each piece of legislation was crafted using information gathered from residents.  Community Meetings allow residents to discuss topics that affect their daily lives in an informal, one-on-one setting with Councilmembers, staff and department leadership. Let's talk. We are here to listen!  Location:  Columbus Center for Human Services, 540 Industrial Mile Rd., Columbus, OH 43228. 


Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Business/Coordinating Committee 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, June 28, Noon – Sunday, June 30, 2019, 8:00 PM.   ComFest.  The annual Festival In Goodale Park.  Location:  120 W. Goodale St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  


Saturday, June 29, 2019, 1:30 – 4:30 PM.  Ohio Green Party Statewide Monthly Meeting.  Location:  Meeting Room at Whetstone Library, 3909 N. High St. 43214.  Facebook.


Saturday, June 29, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Facing Death….Celebrating Life.  A unique concert by Bill Cohen.  We’re all going to die at some point, and the sooner that realization really hits home, the sooner we can live our precious lives to the fullest.  With that in mind, please join me as I sing a wide variety of songs about life and death.  Don’t worry.  This won’t be a depressing morbid look at death, and it won’t include any theological proselytizing either.  In fact, the main thrust of the show is – it may actually be liberating when we realize our inevitable deaths give our lives meaning and open the door for us to be the best we can be. Folk songs will be a big part of this program.  But there will also be some 1950’s-style oldies but goodies, a children’s tune, a dramatic Irish song, and even some country touches.  Plus a surprise or two.  All with a link to death.  Here are some clues:  Danny Boy, Pete Seeger, John Prine, Teen Angel, Sarah McLachlan, Shel Silverstein, Eddie Fisher, Phil Ochs, & Satchmo.  Our fast-paced lives and electronic gadgets often help us avoid even thinking about death.  But at this concert, we’ll try to slow down and do something different.  With a smile, a laugh, a story, and a tear or two, we’ll acknowledge death.  And we’ll celebrate life.  Admission is free.  We’ll simply “pass the hat” for donations.  I’ll be splitting the proceeds with the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio, the sponsor of the concert. The group encourages people to plan their funerals and memorials in advance, so they can be exactly what they want, more affordable, and not subject to financial manipulation in a time of sorrow and loss.  More than 1,300 Central Ohioans are members of the non-profit group. Location:  First Unitarian Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road 43214 in the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus.  For more info, contact me at (614) 263-3851 or billcohen@columbus.rr.com