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This week's Upcoming Events/meetings

Monday, April 18, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Bill of Rights Petitioners’  Training Session.   We will hold a petitioners' training session in lieu of a Monday meeting.   The training will ensure that all who have not gathered signatures for our cause can have a training to be able to leave the session understanding what you have to do, cannot do, etc., when collecting signatures from the Columbus public.  We also will brief on the issue at hand, which above all else in our particular community, is to create local control to keep radioactive frack waste, liquid and solid, out of our city limits and away from our water, soil, and air.  You will leave with supplies, including petitions, so that you will be fully prepared to begin petitioning.  Please RSVP to Greg Pace at, if you plan to be there.  Location:  Clintonville Resource Center, 14 W. Lakeview Rd., in Clintonville. 


Monday, ​April 18, 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


Monday, April 18, 2016, 7:30 PM.  The History of 'Radical' Movements in Islam with Jane HathawayJane Hathaway is professor of history at The Ohio State University, specializing in the Ottoman Empire before 1800, with a particular focus on the Arab provinces. Her current research project is a book-length study of the office of Chief Harem Eunuch of the Ottoman Empire.  This talk will address the historical origins of key "radical" - or, more appropriately, puritanical or revivalist - movements in Sunni Islam.  The focus will be on two main strands of Sunni revivalism:  Wahhabism, which originated in the mid-18th century, and the Muslim Brotherhood, which originated in the early 20th century.  Discussion will include a number of groups in the news in recent years, including Hamas, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.  Location:  Whetstone Library, 3909 High St. Sponsored by OSU Department of History Clio Society.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 11:30 AM.  The Iran Deal: What's Next for America? On July 14, 2015 the United States and five other nations (the United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, and Germany) reached with Iran the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a 159-page historic agreement designed under American leadership to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Will this deal achieve that U.S. objective and will it serve America's broader interests in the turbulent Middle East? What are the strengths, and what are the concerns the United States has with this intensely negotiated agreement. Join us as we discuss these questions with Jessica Tuchman Mathews, distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Richard Nephew, program director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University; and Richard Herrmann, interim director at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies  Location:  WOSU @ COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Read more and register


Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Rally and Lobby to End the Freeze on Renewable Energy Protfolio Standards!  Climate Action Coalition led by Interfaith Groups will assemble at the Ohio Statehouse.   Join us as we call for actions that promote our common good and a sustainable future for all; meet with elected officials; and network with people from all over Ohio, coming together in prayer and commitment!   As diverse voices and people of faith we share a common concern for the Earth and for the health and well-being of all Ohioans. We are calling for civil dialogue and conversation that will result in swift actions to remove the freeze on the clean energy standards for Ohio.  This will be an "Earth Day" demonstration with members of Interfaith Power & Light, Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, Sierra Club, Simply Living, Citizens Climate Lobby, Transition Clintonville, Community Bill of Rights, Free Press, and all individuals of conscience concerned about the causes and solutions to the threat of global warming.  Climate change is real, mostly human caused, and we have a moral duty to act!  Details and registration at this link: and  Ohio Statehouse, the west side facing High Street. 


Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Meet the Candidates Night.  Local and statewide candidates have been invited and we expect final confirmations soon.  Currently, confirmed attendees include: David Leland, incumbent candidate for the 22nd House District, Lee Schreiner, candidate for the 23rd House District, and Kristopher Keller, candidate for the 24th House District.  Additionally, representatives for both the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ campaigns will be present. There will be information about many of the Greater Columbus Area Progressive groups including how to get involved!  This meeting is co-sponsored by Upper Arlington Progressive Action, Progress Hilliard, Columbus Northwest Blues, Clintonville for Change, and the Fighting 21st and 22nd.  Location:  Norwich Township Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, Ohio 43026.  Networking at 6:30. Presentation begins at 7:00. Click here for more information.


Thursday, April 21, 2016, 3:30 PM.  Rally to Stop the Sellout.  This rally will be to oppose the OSU Comprehensive Energy Management Plan.  Sponsored by United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) at Ohio State.  Location:  starting on the South Oval.  For more information, please contact  


Thursday, April 21, 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 activists.  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 :  


Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Socialism in the Air.  This is the topic of the upcoming meeting of International Socialist Organization OSU about the Bernie Sanders moment, what we mean by socialism, and why you should join us for the Socialism Conference this summer in Chicago!  Location:  Enarson Classrooms 212, 2009 Millikin Road, Ohio State University.  Map and Parking Information.

Friday, April 22, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Palestine Study Group:  Doctors without Borders in Gaza.    Kimberly Cremers will share her insights and stories of her work in Gaza with Doctors without Borders in September 2014 for 4 weeks immediately following the ceasefire of Operation Protective Edge.  Kimberly is a pharmacist who worked for one year in Africa and Gaza for Doctors Without Borders and is currently working in Columbus.  You can read some of her blog posts (under Kimberly Larkins) at  All are welcome.  Location:  Maynard United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave., Columbus (corner of Maynard and Indianola Ave.)  Reception will follow the presentation.   Contact:


Friday, April 22, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Screening of Salam Neighbor.  A Syrian Refugee Crisis Documentary. 

Today, we are in the midst of the largest human migration in history due to the refugee crisis in Syria. An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011.

Salam Neighbor is a documentary made by two Americans. They travel to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 85,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan’s Za’atari camp. As the first filmmakers allowed by the United Nations to register and set up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris meet Um Ali, a woman struggling to overcome personal loss and cultural barriers. They befriend the street smart 10-year-old Raouf, whose trauma during the civil war in Syria hides just

beneath his smile. Zach and Chris find inspiring stories among people trying to rebuild their lives.

Location:  Amlin United Methodist Church, 5441 Cosgray Rd., Dublin, OH. 


Saturday, April 23, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Economic Empowerment & Resistance Task Force Meeting.  We are a grassroots organization for poor working-class people. We advocate for alternative economic models that challenge the capitalist system. Please join us as we discuss current events and how commons-based transitions, Fab Labs and other models will empower marginalized communities. This meeting is free and open to the public – for more information, please email or see

Click HERE for a link to the calendar.

Location:   Columbus Metropolitan Library - Driving Park Branch, 1422 E Livingston Ave, Rm 3, Columbus, OH, United States (map)


Saturday, April 23, 2016, 1:00 – 10:00 PM.  Celebration at Columbus Commons.   Green Columbus is proud to announce that is open for service site registrationvolunteer sign-up (pending service site approval) and booth reservation. This year's goals are larger than ever: 1) continuing traditions of epic invasive species removal, community garden preparation, and litter pick-up as in past years; 2) utilizing the efforts of 5,000 dedicated Central Ohio citizens with invested interest to support the growth of the city in an environmentally conscious process, 500 more than in 2015; and 3) planting 20,000 trees in an effort to support this year's partner, the City of Columbus, in its effort to plant 300,000 trees by 2020. If you want to see what Earth Day Columbus is all about, watch this video


Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.  Race and Justice:  An Honest Conversation.  Addressing racism in the everyday and building tools to take actions.  Featuring Molly Shack from the Ohio Organizing Collaborative.  Location:  First UU Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214. 


Sunday, April 24, 2016, 5:00 – 8:30 PM.  Palestine Children’s Relief Fund 3rd Annual Gala. This year's Gala will be dedicated to raising much needed funds to support building a new Pediatric Cancer Center in Gaza. Please help by attending our dinner to learn more about PCRF's ongoing work for the children of Gaza, the West Bank and Syria and donating generously!!  Program includes:  Debka performance by PCRF Youth Debka Group, Dinner and Silent Auction.  Guest Speaker: Steve Sosebee and Comedian: Dean Obeidallah.  Ticket Price:  $60 Adults (ages 12+), $15 Children (ages 2-11).  Location:  Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center, 10561 Sawmill Pkwy, Powell, Ohio 43065.  To purchase tickets and sponsorship packages please visit For more information, contact  or Phone: 614-537-4222.


Sunday,  April 24, 2016, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  1960’s Folk Music Sing-Along.  Join the Folk Ramblers -- Bill Cohen and Carl Yaffey -- in singing the classic folk songs we remember from decades ago.  We’ll do songs made famous by Pete Seeger, the Kingston Trio, the Limelighters, Joan Baez, Peter Paul and Mary, the Weavers, Harry Belafonte, Tom Paxton, and others.  Sing and clap along to love songs, children’s songs, work songs, civil rights songs, anti-war songs, lullabies, and more.  We’ll feel the power, energy, and community that people feel when they sing together.  Bill will bring his guitar.  Carl will bring his banjo.  YOU just bring your voice, your smile, and your spirit!  Admission is free; they are hoping you’ll show your appreciation with tips or donations to benefit the Central Ohio Folk Festival Good food will be available for purchase.   Location:  Byrne’s Pub, 1248 W. 3rd Ave. , Grandview, Ohio 43212. 


Sunday, April 24, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 PM.  How to Prepare Your Garden for Success @ City Folks Farm Shop Come to discuss how to prepare your garden beds (and containers) for planting seeds directly or transplanting already started plants. We will go over different types of plants, what works well together and what doesn’t so you can maximize your space and harvest! Instructor: Anastasia Tonti received her bachelor’s in landscape horticulture from The Ohio State University in 2010, followed by a master’s degree in plant health management.  Cost:  $10. Please call the shop at 614-946-5553 to register.  Location: City Folks Farm Shop, 4760 N. High St. in Clintonville 43214.  More info and online reservation  HERE.

Monday, April 25, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program:  Made in China - Presentation by Ruth Leonard.   Ruth and Rick Leonard and their sons lived in China for 3 years where Ruth and Rick taught English to university students.  Ruth writes:  Our family left Clintonville in 2003 to teach and to learn in central China.  We witnessed and experienced extraordinary change in the society, culture, and environment during this period of time. These changes have affected not only our Asian friends- but us all. And they are especially important to consider near Earth Day.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus 43214.  For information about COFP, visit our website at