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Monday, February 18, 2019, Noon 1:00 PM.  Stop the Fake National Emergency.  President Trump declared an illegal, and unnecessary, national emergency to fund his racist border wall. We must come together and stand up to this attack on our democracy and tell Senator Portman it's time for him to do the same!  MoveOn, and over 100 other co-sponsoring organizations stepped up to host protest rallies across the country on President’s Day. Central Ohio’s Indivisible groups representing Districts 3, 12, and 15, Columbus Sanctuary Collective, and Faith in Public Life will host Columbus Ohio’s rally outside of Senator Portman’s downtown Columbus office at noon on Monday.  The rally will call out Trump’s fake emergency and call on Senator Portman, Representative Stivers, and Representative Balderson to do their jobs and stand up against the president’s unconstitutional, and unwarranted, power grab.  Speakers will include:  Michelle Esparza, third year Ohio State law student from El Paso who published recent opinion piece in the Columbus Dispatch; Ruben Castilla Herrera, immigrant activist with Sanctuary Collective; Reverend Kate Shaner, First Community Church;  Professor Daniel Kobil, constitutional law professor at Capital University Law School;  Imam Horsed Noah, Abubakar Assisiq Islamic Center;  Thomas Cartwright, Indivisible leader who published recent opinion piece in the Columbus Dispatch about his experience working with immigrants at the El Paso border; Honorable Mary Jo Kilroy, former Congresswoman; Mia Lewis, Indivisible OH District 12 leader. 
Please share and invite your friends.  hashtags: #PresidentsDayProtests, #FakeTrumpEmergency, #NoRacistWall.  Location:  37 W. Broad St., Columbus.  Facebook.   

 

Monday, February 18, 2019, Noon. Stop the Fake National Emergency. Donald Trump announced that he is declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress and divert billions of dollars to his racist, wasteful border wall. We cannot let Trump get away with this dangerous, unconstitutional power grab. This event will be held in WESTERVILLE, OHIO 43081.  Location:  City Hall, Westerville, OH 43081RSVP Here.  

Monday, February 18, 2019, 7:00 PM. 2019 Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecture: Winona LaDuke.  Location:  Cowan Hall [Fritsche Theatre], 30 S. Grove St., Westerville, Ohio.  Facebook Event.  http://columbusfreepress.com/events/2019-vernon-l-pack-distinguished-lecture-winona-laduke-at-cowan-hall-otterbein-university.

 

Monday, ​ February 18, 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.

 

Tuesdays (February through May - second and third of each month).  Tuesday Torments in District 15.  First Tuesday of each month: meet, eat pizza, catch up, and write postcards to Steve Stivers.  Second Tuesday of each month: deliver, protest, and eat tacos.  Check times and locations here 

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7:30 – 10:00 PM.  Stand Up for Choice.  Are you ready for some laughs with a cause?  'Comedy @ Ace of Cups' and Columbus Stands Up for Choice! are proud to present our next pro-choice, local comedy show and rally - Columbus Stands Up for Choice: Women Have Options - Ohio!  Women Have Options - Ohio (WHO/O) is Ohio’s statewide abortion fund. Founded in 1992, WHO/O is an organization dedicated to helping Ohioans afford their reproductive choices. Everyone should be able to make their own reproductive decisions—and WHO/O works to make that a reality in Ohio. The organization is a founding member of the National Network of Abortion Funds, which includes more than 100 abortion funds around the United States and overseas.  Location:  Ace of Cups, 2819 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 3:30 PM.  Modern Money and Sovereign Obligations.  Aaron James, professor of philosophy at University of California-Irvine, works on rationalism and the foundations of moral and practical judgment, with a focus on constructivism (what it is, how it might explain objectivity, and whether it could provide a foundational theory). He is author of Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy (Oxford, 2012), and is planning a book on the morality and political economy of distribution for a world of increasing ecological scarcity and lower growth rates (at least in the advanced world). In this talk, James will discuss the potential consequences of Modern Money Theory (MMT) for trade partner countries. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/jamesa

Location: 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Dublin Area Progressives Meeting.  This is an open group of Democrats, Progressives and Independents working to elect strong like-minded candidates to local, state and federal office. We will meet monthly for alternating educational, training, social and community outreach events. Indivisible Dublin and Indivisible 614 hope to eventually merge into this new group.  Location:  6308 Valley Stream Dr., Dublin.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 PM.  Westerville City Council:  Pass a Nondiscrimination Ordinance!  Join us at the Westerville City Council meeting to support the introduction and passage of an LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in Westerville!  The City Council will be discussing a nondiscrimination ordinance at its February 19th meeting and considering whether or not to move forward with the process of drafting and adopting an ordinance. The council will be hearing from outside experts, so it's important that the council see support from the community for this initiative as well.  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.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Showtime 6:45 PM.  February Green Drinks – Movie Night.  Come to February Green Drinks and get inspired at the Studio 35 showing of Wasted! The story of food waste. This wonderful documentary produced by and starring the late Anthony Bourdain aims to change the way people buy, cook, and eat food showcasing how we can all make small - and delicious - changes to reduce food waste. Stick around after the movie for an engaging panel discussion with local experts! Win one of two excellent cookbooks.  Check out the trailer here: http://www.wastedfilm.com/videos/.   Following the film, there will be an exciting panel discussion featuring  Brian Roe, The Ohio State University, Ray Leard, Innovative Organics Recycling, Scott Hetrick, Great Lakes Brewing Company, and Jason Wright, COSI Columbus' Dynamic Hands-On Science Center!
After the panel we'll be raffling off two excellent cookbooks.  Cost is free to all, with a $5 recommended donation for professionals to cover the screening cost of the movie. Please share this event with all of your friends. This is a great opportunity to network and view an incredible film. We hope to see you all at Studio 35!  More information on the Facebook Event page.  

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5:30 -7:30 PM.  February Happy Hour and Postcard Party (Indivisible Ohio District 12).  Join us as we gather to write postcards and letters encouraging voting. Postcards to Voters is coordinating an effort to have democratic voters sign up to Vote By Mail while Vote Forward is targeting not-yet-registered voters who are likely to vote democratic in important upcoming elections. Subject to change based upon availability of addresses - we'll post updates in the discussion.  We'll be ordering pizza ahead of time, so let us know if you'd like to chip in. You can also order off the menu. Newly elected Representative Beth Liston will be stopping by! Location:  Mellow Mushroom, 6505 Dublin Center Dr., Dublin 43017.  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 1:00 PM.  Legislative Day.  Promoting our Proposal to legislators to introduce and pass on a fair transparent parole process.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 3:30 PM.  1968: General Strike, Practices and Hope.  Ludivine Bantigny is assistant professor of history at University of Rouen Normandy. In recent years, her research has been devoted to the 1968 event and the various mobilizations that followed (feminisms, "sexual revolution", political cultures). She is the author of 1968, de grands soirs en petits matins (Seuil, 2018); La France à l'heure du monde. De 1981 à nos jours (Seuil, 2013, 2019); and «Prolétaires de tous les pays, qui lave vos chaussettes ?». Le genre de l'engagement dans les années 1968 (PUR, 2017, with Fanny Bugnon and Fanny Gallot). In this talk she will discuss the the projects that were forged by the protagonists of the social and political movement in 1968. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/bantignyl.  Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Acclaimed Journalist Kyle Swenson In Conversation With Federal Judge Algeno...  Capital University Law School and King Arts Complex are Community Partners for this exclusive Gramercy Salon@2424 event. Your ticket entitles you to a $10 discount toward the purchase of Mr. Swenson’s book, which will be available at the event.  From award-winning investigative journalist Kyle SwensonGood Kids, Bad City is the true story of the longest wrongful imprisonment in the United States to end in exoneration. The book is also a critical social and political history of Cleveland, the city that mistakenly convicted three African-American youth who lived much of their lives in prison before being released in 2014. In an exclusive Gramercy Books Salon@2424 program, Swenson will discuss this historically significant book with Judge Algenon Marbley of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  Location:  The King Arts Complex, 867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43203.  More information and TICKETS here.  

 

Friday, February 22, 2019, 3:30 PM.  Erik Voeten, "Are liberal international institutions responsive to backlash? Evidence from the European Court of Human Rights."  Erik Voeten is the Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Justice in World Affairs at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department. He has completed research on the United Nations, the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights and broader issues of international law and cooperation. He is also editor of the academic journal International Organization. In this event, Voeten will discuss evidence that the European Court of Human Rights is responding to backlash from consolidated liberal democracies. Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.  Read more and register at go.osu.edu/voetene

 

February 22, 2019, 3:30 - 5:00 PM. Sally Haslanger: "Ideology, Cultural "Logics", and Sites of Resistance."  In order to address pressing issues of social justice, we need to better understand the social domain. There has been much work on how we might design just laws and institutions and distribute the products of our labor fairly.  However, this is not enough, for coordination in social practices depends on there being social meanings that we rely on for communication and signaling. The social meanings are part of a system of power relations: Unjust practices rely on social meanings - an ideology - that are internalized as habits of mind that distort, obscure, and occlude important facts and result in a failure to recognize the interests of subordinated groups. Haslanger argues that to ignore the ways in which cognition is socially shaped and filtered is to allow ideology to do its work unnoticed and unimpeded.  Moreover, ideology critique cannot simply challenge belief, but must involve challenges to those practices through which we ourselves become the vehicles and embodiments of ideology.  Sally Haslanger is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has published on topics in metaphysics, epistemology and feminist theory, with a recent emphasis on accounts of the social construction of race and gender. In metaphysics, her work has focused on theories of substance, especially on the problem of persistence through change and on Aristotle's view that substances are composites of matter and form. Her work in feminist theory takes up issues in feminist epistemology and metaphysics, with a special interest in the distinction between natural and social kinds.  Location:  University Hall, OSU Campus.   Register for this event here.

 

Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Free Narcan training class.  FREE Narcan class & kit. Free Narcan kits will be given out at the end of class. Classes usually last less than an hour. No ID, insurance, RSVP, or paperwork required. First come first serve regarding the free kits (we've never run out before and we've done several classes).  If you feel comfortable you can rsvp to give us a rough idea of the turnout, we should expect but again it isn't required.  Location:  Witchlab, 1185 W. Broad St., Columbus. More information on Facebook.     

 

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 12:00 – 3:00 PM. Simply Living's Annual Meeting.  Join Us In Celebrating 27 Years!  New venue! We're meeting at the Indian Oven restaurant with a special free buffet just for us.  We'll be honoring Sarah Edwards, who has just retired. We will toast our Garden Tour Committee leaders and present an award to two of our innovative business members for their pioneering work in greening our energy system.  Meet the Board and learn about our plans for the coming year! Please share your ideas and volunteer your time as we build a new Team Structure in 2019.  Enjoy a buffet with pakoras (vegetable fritters), vegan lentil soup, salad and bread. A full cash bar will be available for beverages. FREELocation:  Indian Oven Restaurant, 427 East Main St, Columbus 43215.  RSVP on EVENTBRITE. Updates on Facebook and Meetup. Free but reserve your place so we can plan for the food!

 

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 5:30 – 9:30 PM.  My Project USA Annual Dinner & Awards.  A Benefit Dinner To Protect & Empower Columbus Youth & Families.  An Award Ceremony To Celebrate Central Ohio’s Social Justice Leaders & Activists.  Please Join Us for an Inspirational Evening with the honorable Commissioner Kevin Boyce, Auditor-Elect Michael Stinziano, Councilwoman Elizabeth Brown, Interfaith and Community Leaders and our Youth Leaders as we gather to Support and Celebrate Columbus Youth and Families.  In the last four years, MY Project USA has become a mainstream Muslim Social Services & Civic Engagement Organization. We are working hand in hand with our interfaith and social justice partners to bring prosperity and hope to the under-served communities in Columbus. At our annual dinner, we will celebrate our accomplishments. We will also re-energize our base and will raise money to continue and grow our work to the next level. Please join us and bring your family and friends with you.   KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Honorable Commissioner Kevin Boyce, Franklin County.  MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER Motorcyclist Imam, Ahmed Elkhaldy, Mercy Without Borders. AWARD CEREMONY, Auditor Elect Michael Stinziano, Franklin County, Councilmember Elizabeth Brown, The Columbus City Council
The Chrys Gee Family, Zerqa Abid & Team.  Early bird prices through Jan 31:  Student $30, adult $50.  More information and tickets on Facebook.   Location:  The Boat House Restaurant at Confluence Park, 679 W. Spring St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  


Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.   Letter to the Editor Workshop with Indivisible Westerville.  Join Indivisible Westerville and others from across Indivisible OH12 for a letter to the editor workshop. Learn how to write effective, persuasive letters to the editor that will get published!  Location:  Westerville Public Library, 126 S State St, Westerville.  Facebook.  

 

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 5:30 Dinner, 6:30 PM Program, Liberating A Continent: John Paul II
And The Fall Of Communism.
  This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of communism in Europe. Pope John Paul II played an integral role in helping to orchestrate the demise of the Russian’s brutal domination over nations behind the Iron Curtain. This 2016 documentary, with original music, won 20 awards. Discussion following the film.  Facilitator: Dave Robinson.  Response: Dr. David Belcastro, Professor, Graduate Theology, Ohio Dominican University;  Professor Emeritus, Religion & Philosophy, Capital University.  Location:  Mc Connell Art Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington, Ohio 43081.   (Tickets at McConnellArts.org or 614-431-0329).  Facebook.  

 

Monday, February 25, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Heartland.  An Evening with National Book Award Finalist Sarah Smarsh.  Join journalist and essayist Sarah Smarsh, in conversation with United Way’s Senior Vice President of Community Impact, Michael Wilkos, to learn about her powerful memoir, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. A National Book Award finalist, Heartland reveals one woman's experience of working class poverty with a startlingly observed, eye-opening, and topical personal story. Location:  Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., Bexley, Ohio 43209.   Free.  More information and Registration.  

 

Monday, February 25, 2019, 6:30 PM.  Supporting Miriam & Family.  Miriam Vargas and First English Lutheran Church invite you to hear Miriam’s story and legal fight to stay in Columbus.  Miriam has been in sanctuary for over 7 months.  RSVP to:  ColumbusSanctuaryCollective@gmail.com.

 

February 26, 2018, 8:00 PM.  Webinar:  Understanding Antisemitism and its Intersections with White Supremacy & White Nationalism.   This webinar with Sonia Alexander and Talia Cooper is aimed at strengthening our collective movements for liberation. Our goals are: 1) to enable people to recognize anti-semitism, 2) learn how antisemitism intersects with white supremacy and white nationalism, and 3) develop a shared commitment to ending anti-semitism alongside all oppressions.  Register here: https://bit.ly/2HXWsh3.  More information on Facebook.

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Community Action Meeting for Edith.  Join us for our community action meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30pm. We discuss strategies to expand Edith's community of support, and we plan actions to support of Edith in her fight against ICE to stay in Columbus. All are welcome.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Planetary: Cosmic Origins Inspire Emerging New Worldview.  PLANETARY is a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective: to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that we are PLANETARY. Q&A to follow the film. Panel TBA.  In a stunning visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, and the founder of biomimicry, Janine Benyus. They shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet, and share insights explaining how deepening our understanding of how life is interrelated can help us address climate change, income inequality, consumerism, and other crises facing humanity. Location:  Drexel Theatre, 2254 E Main St, Bexley 43209.  $10 Donation or pay whatever you wish.  RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook and Meetup.

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 7:00 – 8:45 PM.  Sharing our Stories.  Aise Zulal Sevkli grew up in a moderate Muslim family and completed her all education under secular education system in Turkey. She earned a doctoral degree in Computer Engineering from Gebze Institute of Technology, Turkey, in 2010. She worked as an Assistant Professor at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia from 2010 to 2012 and then at Fatih University in Turkey from 2012 to 2016. She worked as a visiting scholar at University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA in 2015. After coup attempt in Turkey, 2016, she decided to leave her home country with her family and move to Macedonia and then Kuwait and finally USA. Currently, Dr. Sevkli works at Denison University as a visiting assistant professor.  Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington 43085.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 3:30 PM.  Raphaëlle Branche, "Ending the French-Algerian war? Amnesty laws and the tensions of memory in France, from 1962."  Professor of modern and contemporary history at the University of Rouen, Raphaëlle Branche has worked extensively on colonial violence, focusing on French Algeria. She examines issues of illegal violence such as rape, torture, summary executions mainly from the point of view of the perpetrators. She has also addressed more specifically the issue of prisoners during the French-Algerian war (1954-1962) and acts of violence committed by the Algerian civilians and combatants during the war of independence as well as during the 1871 uprising. In this event, Branche will discuss amnesty laws passed in the 1960s to quell violence. Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.  Read more and register at go.osu.edu/brancher

 

February 28, 2019, 4:30 PM.  Sarah Stitzlein, "Reviving Democracy: Teaching Hope and Overcoming Despair in America."   The 2019 Boyd Bode Lecture will be given by Professor Sarah Stitzlein of University of Cincinnati. American citizens are struggling to hope, leading many to be cynical, check out of democracy, and support authoritarianism. Hope is seemingly well understood in our personal lives, yet its development and relationship to democracy are worthy of investigation, especially in politically contentious times. Professor Stitzlein explains what hope is, why it matters to democracy, and how we can teach it to our citizens.  Location:  Ramseyer Hall, Room 100, OSU Campus.  Link to the event.  

 

February 28, 2019, 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

 

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM.  10th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  Hosted by Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Representative Tavia Galonski (D-Akron), the 10th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio Statehouse brings together advocates from around the state with one mission: ending human trafficking. This year's focus will be on the opioid crisis, and how it impacts and elevates the risk of human trafficking in Ohio.  Featuring a keynote address from Erik L. Bauer, an attorney from Tacoma, Washington who, in a nationwide precedent setting case ended immunity for Backpage.com on behalf of two 7th grade clients and one 9th grade client being sold on the webpage to as many as 20 adult sex customers per day, the 10th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day is an opportunity to learn from and share best practices with Ohio's leaders on the issue.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  More information and tickets on Eventbrite.