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 Emergency Response to Attack on Iran.  Central Ohioans for Peace will hold an emergency peace vigil if the US starts a war against Iran for all Central Ohioans who oppose war. The start of war will be defined as a military strike against military and/or civilian targets within or belonging to Iran.  An attack on Iran would constitute a massive disaster and would touch off a region-wide conflict.  We believe that diplomacy is the better option.  If the strike occurs and is made public in the morning hours, the demonstration will be held the same day.  If the strike is announced later in the afternoon hours, the demonstration will be held the following day.  Area peace advocates continue holding weekly peace vigils in Clintonville and Worthington every Saturday at noon.  We will gather on the sidewalk around the McKinley statue on the High St. side of the statehouse.  


Join the Ongoing Weekly Peace Vigil

Every Saturday at noon with Central Ohioans for Peace.  Location:  161 and N. High, Worthington. 


Events and Meetings:  


Monday, December 9, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  We will take some time to share stories or poems of delight to recognize the end of 2019.  Bring finger foods to share with your friends. This will be our last meeting until March 9.  We are taking the winter off.  Approximately weekly, we will share news about a few events occurring during January and February, particularly those related to refugees, nuclear issues, and Palestine/Israel (focus areas for our fall meetings).  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. For information about COFP, visit our website at

Monday, December 9, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Call to Action.  Hosted by Ohio for Bernie and The Ohio Revolution.  Come join us as we tell you about our push for Action on December 15th.  Location:  Panera Bread, 300 W Lane Ave., Columbus 43201.  Facebook

Monday, December 9, 2019, 7:30 PM.  Deep Adaptation: Video Interview with Vanessa Andreotti + DiscussionA gathering to learn and explore "Deep Adaptation" as an approach to navigating the crises of climate change and failing institutions.  How do we face the deep levels of change happening right now, in our lifetimes? Climate change, deteriorating ecosystems, species extinctions, political divisions, and business as usual running an unsustainable global economy - it can be overwhelming, and some of us are asking what it is going to take for us to cope, to adapt, and yes, change how we live.  We will show a video interview with a powerful thought leader, Vanessa Andreotti (pictured below). She is the Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at University of British Columbia and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. She has extensive experience working across sectors internationally in areas of education. You are welcome and encouraged to view it before we meet:  Art Yoho will join us in the Q&A discussion. Art brings his experience internationally and his leadership locally in the Bliss Run sangha, based on the practices of Thich Nhat Hanh. Note: Curious about Simply Living or just want to know more? Come early at 6:30 pm for a Meet Simply Living event where you will learn about our origins and current programs. Q&A with Chuck Lynd.  Both meetings are free. Light refreshments will be provided. Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N High St Columbus 43201. FREE, Donations Appreciated.


Monday, ​ December 9, 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  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


Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. December Repro Health Happy Hour:  Abortion Care Package Edition.  Tis the season to gather with friends and celebrate reproductive freedom!  Join us for a holiday happy hour to learn more about our work and to enjoy some holiday spirits. We’re also thrilled to be joining forces with Women Have Options - Ohio to launch our joint Abortion Care Package program at this event!  Come make care packages and learn how you can bring this program to your own community or congregation in the New Year. Donate $5 at the door to get a complimentary drink ticket. Cash only please. All proceeds will benefit the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.  Location:  Growl, 2995 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 9:00AM – 3:00 PM.  Advocacy in Advent: Proclaiming God’s justice that is breaking into the world!   Sponsored by Hunger Network in Ohio.  Join faith leaders from across Ohio in learning about the root causes of hunger and poverty in our communities, and what we can do about them. You will have an opportunity to meet with legislative leaders and their staff to talk with them as well. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!  An opportunity for those who have never done advocacy to learn from experts about how to share your story and passion with public officials to create long-lasting change. Location: Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  Cost: $12.00.  Register here


Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  The Roots of Immigration:  Learning from a recent visit to Honduras and Guatemala.  What prompts people to leave their homes in Central America and make the perilous journey to the United States, not knowing if they will be allowed in?  What are people there doing to provide alternatives to migrating?  And how might we respond in a helpful way?  These are questions Peggy Gish, who recently returned from a learning tour to Honduras and Guatemala.  Peggy will share photos, stories, and information she gathered, followed by a time for discussion.  Location: Athens Public Library, 30 Home St., Athens, OH. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 8:00 – 10:00 PM. BQIC Spoken Word and Open Mic. Join us for BQIC's monthly fundraiser, BQIC Speak up! Spoken Word and Open Mic. Come out and share your poems, songs, monologues, inner musings, and good encounters, bad days, good dates etc on the mic! LGBTQIA+ people of color take priority within the space! Entry is $5 suggested donation! We will have snacks and drinks for suggested donation as well.  All proceeds will go to our newly developed emergency fund for Black LGBTQIA + people. This fund will be devoted to Black LGBTQIA+ people who are in need of emergency funds to help with prevention of eviction, housing assistance, bail, medical expenses, transportation and other emergencies. Please also consider donating money, art supplies, and/or time to Art Outside the Lines which provides great art programs for people with disabilities.  Location:  Art Outside the Lines, 485 E Livingston Ave.  More information on Facebook.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00-8:15 PM.  Webinar: Harvest of Shame: the Food on our Tables and the Conditions Farm Workers Face to Get it There. Presenter(s): Farmworker Staff of CIW:  Uriel Zelaya-Perez. Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for a conversation about the realities of sub-poverty wages, sexual violence, and forced labor hidden in the supply chains that bring food to our families' tables. A CIW farmworker will discuss the history of the CIW's movement for Fair Food and human rights, which has brought together farmworkers and consumers to harness the purchasing power of more than a dozen of the world's largest retail food companies. As a result, the CIW's farmworker-designed Fair Food Program has finally put an end to sexual harassment and assault for tens of thousands of workers. The CIW's ongoing corporate campaigns seek to expand the Fair Food Program's reach in order to ensure human rights protections for all workers. The national boycott of Wendy's, the only major fast-food company still refusing to participate in the FFP, was endorsed by the Presbyterian Church U.S.A  and successively by other major faith bodies including the National Council of Churches, the United Church of Christ, and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Come and learn what you and your congregation can do to support farmworker human rights. Please register for webinars to receive Zoom online connection information.  You can register HERE or at:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohio Progressive Democrats of America.  Meets monthly on the third Wednesday.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus in the carriage house on the second floor.  Parking in back.  Contact: for more information. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 11:00 AM.  Public Utilities Committee Meeting.  7th Hearing and possible vote on S.B. 33.  Modify criminal and civil law for critical infrastructure damage 7th Hearing Poss. Vote Cc: House Clerk Committee Members Committee Clerk Speaker's Office Assistant Majority Floor Leader's Office Caucus Staff Bill Sponsor Legislative Information Systems LSC Press Room Minority Leader's Office.  Associated Files:   SB 33 witness slip[11487].pdf.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. Room 116. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 5:00 PM.  Women Wednesday Benefit for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.  his week for Women Wednesday we are donating $1 per drink to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio to help fight the dangerous and oppressive legislation that Ohio is trying to enact. Abortion access and reproductive freedom affects millions of women across the country and for 50 years NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio has been fighting for those rights. From NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, "This legislature is obsessed with using medically inaccurate information to pass anti-abortion legislation and harm the people of Ohio. All of the abortion bills they are considering — the ones getting headlines and the ones that aren’t — are dangerous. None of these bills should be passed and signed into law. Even as we head into the holidays, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio is working with partner organizations and pro-choice legislators to combat these bans."
Please stop by this Wednesday and help us raise money for this very important cause!  Location:  St. James Tavern, 1057 N. 4th St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019, 6:30-8:30 PM.  Radical Solidarity: Faith in Public Life Ohio.
Together, we have had a full year fighting for justice in Ohio. We have continued the fight for a Columbus that is safe for all communities and stood with our immigrant neighbors, Edith and Miriam, who continue to live in sanctuary in local houses of worship. We have grieved the loss of beloved community members and lit candles in memory of those who have lost their lives to drug overdose. Despite the politics of the day, we have shown what radical solidarity looks like. Take an evening to reflect on what we’ve accomplished together with radical solidarity in Ohio and a breath to prepare for all that is yet to come in 2020.  Tickets:  You can buy one ticket for $15, and two for $20.  Location:  The People’s Mansion, 394 E Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 8:00 – 9:30 PM.  Colombia Rises Up:  A conversation with social justice leaders.  A teach-in & conversation about Colombia’s biggest uprising in decades.  From Chile to Iraq, people all over the world have been uprising against austerity, neoliberalism and state violence. Colombia, known for having one of the most right-wing governments in the continent, is the latest to join the struggle. Join us for a conversation with Colombian social justice leaders to hear how and why there are mass uprisings and national strikes happening in Colombia. Also, learn what you can do to help.  More information on Facebook.  Please register for this call in advance at

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Single Payer Action Network Business Meeting.   We will be discussing resolutions of support, Op Ed in the Columbus Dispatch, SPAN quarterly meeting report, membership and more to advance improved and expanded Medicare for All.   Central Ohio Meeting.  Location:  Unitarian Universalist Church, room 301, 93 West Weisheimer Rd, Columbus, 43214.  There is plenty of parking, and it is a short walk from the COTA stop on North High Street.  For more information, contact Bob Krasen, SPAN Ohio Regional Coordinator

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Monthly General Meeting.   Join us to learn about how you can get involved with our ongoing activist activities. 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  Website and calendar.


Friday, December 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Felices Pascuas.  Please join Miriam Vargas and her family as they celebrate the Holidays.  Please bring either an appetizer or a dessert to share.  Drinks provided. Raffle, tree trimming, music, and other entertainment.  If you’d like to participate in the raffle, please bring cash for raffle tickets.  Location:  First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main Street, Columbus 43201.  Facebook

Friday, December 13, 2019, 10:00 – 11:30 AM.  Medicare for All Panel.  Rep. Khanna is bringing together the authors of the three most high-profile Medicare for All cost estimates, as well as the author of American Sickness, for a candid and thoughtful discussion on estimated costs and savings under Medicare for All.  With historic levels of support in both chambers of Congress, Medicare for All is closer to becoming a reality than ever before. Economists and health policy experts across the political spectrum have made efforts to ascertain exactly what the landscape will look like under a single-payer system with varying results. A constant prediction is hundreds of billions of dollars in administrative savings will occur across the board under a unified system. This panel will dive into the assumptions and predictions underlying these estimates, and how subtle differences in implementation can have outsize effects on overall costs.  Location:  Rayburn Building, Room 2358C, Washington D.C.  You can livestream it here:  More information on Facebook

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 6:30 – 11:00 PM.  Second Saturday Salon.  Network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, live music and special guest Jen Mendoza, activist working on campaign to stop Charmin from cutting down forests for toilet paper.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus.  Parking in side driveway, on street or rear parking lot.  Free, no RSVP required.  For more information, 614-353-2571 or   

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  Columbus Call to Action.  Join local groups across Ohio as they answer the Call to Action to elect Bernie as the next president of the United States!  On December 15 - 1 to 4 pm, we will connect by sharing why we support Bernie, and then we’ll start building our local groups as we Think Nationally by Winning Locally!  What’s more, at the Call to Action parties, we will prepare for the all-important delegate selection process at the Delegate Caucus taking place in all 16 Congressional districts across Ohio on the evening of January 7. It’s crucial we get as many grassroots activists there so we can make sure our delegates are selected to represent Bernie—and US—at the Democratic National Convention next summer!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, meeting room 1, 75 N. High St., Dublin, Ohio 43017.  Facebook.  

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 6:30 (Potluck), 7:15 - 8:30 PM (Program).  Care and Share Timebank Potluck and Program.  December Program:  Our talented members are signing up as I write this. Expect music, poetry, stories, even a juggler! This Variety Show is becoming an annual holiday event.  Please bring a food to share. Recipes are appreciated. Bring items you no longer need for the sharing table.  Care and Share Time Bank Membership:  Interested in joining the Care and Share Time Bank? First, watch the following video recording of an “orientation” meeting to the time bank.  Second, take notes with any questions you may have. Third, send an email to Michael Greenman, CSTB Coordinator, to arrange the completion of your membership application.  Location:  First UU Church, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.  For more information, call 614-398-3605 or email to  Website:

December 16, 2019, 6: 00 – 7:30 PM.  Sign the Columbus Community Bill of Rights Petition.  The Columbus Community Bill of Rights is a citizen-initiated charter amendment for the city of Columbus. It will give us the right to protect our Water from toxic, radioactive Frack Waste dumping in our Water supply.  Columbus Metro Library, Shepard Branch, Meeting Room 1, 850 N. Nelson Rd, Columbus, 43219. Facebook

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Breathing While Black.  Black people are mindful of their skin color even when doing mindless activities. We learn to be hypervigilant about our black bodies while...dancing, selling bottled water, napping in a dorm, mowing the lawn, going to the store, walking through a neighborhood.  More than 1 in 6 Black individuals who are pulled over or stopped on the street have interactions with law enforcement multiple times over the course of a year. Here’s the truth: it’s growing increasingly difficult to catch our breath as Black people.  But realities of breathing while Black go far deeper than just law enforcement. With pervasive racial inequalities that manifest for those throughout the African Diaspora, the belief that black lives have less value than white lives is more than just words on paper — it’s a stark reality for many.  Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners for a critical conversation on redefining the Black experience. Together, we can work to address systemic racism and develop strategies to make Black empowerment a priority across the African Diaspora.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library – Main, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Webinar:  Monthly Ohio Statehouse Updates - and then monthly every 3rd Wednesday.   Join Unitarian Justice Ohio (UJO) Director, Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, and special guests to hear what is happening with key legislation at the Ohio Statehouse.  You can email your concerns or questions in advance to Rev. Joan at   Register HERE or at:

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 PM.  Memorial Service 2019.  Remembering homeless friends and family who passed away this year.  Please join us to honor their lives with words and music of inspiration.  Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Broad St., Columbus 43215.  For more information about the program, please contact the Columbus Coalition for the homeless 614-228-1342 or

December 19, 7:00 - 7:30 PM.  Tamale Fundraiser for Central Ohio Worker Center.  This is a chance to learn about Central Ohio Worker Center and the Immigrant Justice Committee and enjoy delicious tamales (mole, salsa verde, salsa roja) and learn about the Central Ohio Workers Center and the work of the Immigrant Justice Committee.  Tamales are $3.00 each, $30.00/dozen.  First come, first serve.   Location:  Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave, Columbus 43202.  Facebook.

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  How Courts Work and Their Importance with Indivisible Westerville.  Join Indivisible Westerville & Indivisible OH12 for a presentation from the Ohio Fair Courts Alliance! The courts impact nearly every aspect of our daily lives, and yet, many people have little understanding of how the courts work, how judges are selected or why it is important to take action to ensure fair and impartial courts. Feel free to bring a friend! More information on Facebook

Thursday, December 19, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  Holiday Debate Watch and Chill.  Join your friends at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, URGE, WHOO and the Ohio Women's Alliance for a debate watch holiday party! We'll cheers to a year of hard work with a hot cocoa bar, play debate bingo, write holiday cards to abortion providers and send one last message to our elected officials. We're so excited to invite you to welcome 2020 with us and commemorate the work we did in 2019 - can't wait to see you!  This event is FREE and open to the public! We'll have snacks, joy and a great community to hang with! Please RSVP here:  Location:  The People’s Mansion, 394 East Town St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook

Monday, December 23, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Annual Hanukkah Vigil.  Please join us. We need 9 people to hold our banners! And distribute literature about the Campaign for HR 2407 Children in Military Detention. More information: Optional join us for lunch in Worthington. Location: the northwest corner of 161 and North High, Worthington. Parking available in public lot behind restaurants south of 161 and on the street.  Location:  161 and North High St., Worthington. Facebook.

Saturday, December 28, 2019, 9:30 – 12:30 AM.  Voter Advocacy Training in Columbus.  Come join UUJO, the Columbus Poor People's Campaign, members of Bethel AME and others as we learn about the realities of Voter Suppression in Ohio and how to become a Voter Advocate for 2020.  The training will be faciliated by Rev Susan Smith, Crazy Faith Ministries, and Rev Joan VanBecelaere, UUJO. We will learn about how to help people register to vote in Ohio, and how to easily check the voter registration roles to make sure our family and neighbors have not been purged.  And learn how to form a team in your congregation or neighborhood to help register others.   We will have materials and Voter Advocacy tool kits available.   Questions:  contact Rev Joan VanBecelaere,  Location:  Bethel AME Church, 2021 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43211.