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Monday, September 28, 2015, 5:00 PM.  Clean Up Columbus City Hall Rally.   Columbus Above Ground is starting to plan it’s second action when City Council reconvenes at the Columbus City Hall.

Columbus citizens need to be heard and represented.  We need to take money out of politics and create a government that is responsive to its citizens.  We need a Ward System so that citizens are represented in City Council.  We need a Community Review Board overseeing police activity on the city level.   We will remain diligent and fearless and continue to make this the crisis that it is, confronting all city elected officials to ensure that this issue is front and center in the public sphere.

Updates for this event will be posted at .  Facebook Event Page:

Location:  Meet at Columbus CITY HALL (corner of Front and Broad St.)


Monday, September 28, 2015, 7:00  – 8:30 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights meeting.  A message from Carolyn Harding, CCBOR co-organizer:  We are resolved to take the Columbus Community Bill of Rights to the People of Columbus Again, starting before the new year.  In the mean time, we are looking for groups and organizations that want to hear about Community Rights.  We have presentations, from 5 minutes to  40 + mins.  We have a power point presentation, and are looking to bring the movie Groundswell Rising, to interested groups.  Let’s work together, and make this Shift happen before Ohio becomes the Sacrifice Zone for the Oil & Gas Industry.   Location:  Clintonville Resource Center, 14 W. Lakeview Ave, Clintonville.  Read the Columbus Bill of Rights at, contact 


Monday, September 28, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Screening of film "The Harvest/La Cosecha:  The Story of the Children Who Feed America."  Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat.  Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive.  THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. From the Producers of the Academy-Award® Nominated film, WAR/DANCE and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, this award-winning documentary from 2011 provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 – 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.  For additional information:   Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus.  For information about COFP, visit our website at


Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Dark Side of the Full Moon followed by Panel Discussion.  The Mental Health Association of Franklin County will delve into the unseen world of maternal mental illness in the U.S.  This documentary seeks to uncover the barriers with the medical community that keep its practitioners from consistently diagnosing, referring and treating the 1.3 million women affected each year.  Register at  Cost $5.00.  For more information call 614-221-1441 or visit their website.  Location:  Gateway Film Center, South Campus Gateway, 1550 N. High St., Columbus.   


Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:30 PM.  General Meeting of the Columbus Citizens for Police Review.  Cbus CPR is a grass roots organization of comprised of local attorneys, teachers, students, pastors and seasoned organizers united to establish a Civilian Review Board.   Location:  Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative, 979 E 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015, 8:00 PM.  Move To Amend Internet Radio.  Listen to it streaming at: and click on “Live.”  Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution.  This is a call-in program. Call (646) 652-2345 and press 1 to participate.  Listen in every Thursday - previous programs can also be accessed at the website. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015, 6:00-8:00 PM.  Our City, Our Stories, Our Future.  Student Association and partners present a Public Forum & Candidates Night.  The Columbus 2015 Municipal Elections are almost here.

On Tuesday November 3rd we will be choosing a mayor, a city council and a school board to represent our city. The decisions they make will have impacts on all of our lives and the lives of our children and families. Isn’t it about time these candidates heard from the people themselves?  Will we continue to be a city where 1 in 7 children goes hungry, and more than 1 in 3 families live in poverty? Or, will we come together and build a bright future for the young people in our community?   

Will you join us for a Public Forum & Candidates' Night that will open up a conversation between candidates & the community about the future of Columbus for young people?

We will focus on four main issues that greatly affect our city and are important to the OSA: 

·         Police accountability & establishing a Civilian Review Board

·         Raising the minimum wage

·         Maintaining democratic control of Columbus City Schools

·         Restorative Justice Policies in Columbus City Schools

To date, 6 city council candidates confirmed, and additional confirmations are being received.

LOCATION: Fort Hayes MEC - 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd Columbus, Ohio 43215

CONTACT: Event Coordinator: Nicole Jackson at with any questions. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley - Film Screening and Discussion.  This is the first of two film screenings about Honduras with documentarian Jesse Freeston, a filmmaker and video-journalist based in Montréal, Québec. Resistenciais a film about farmers in the Aguan Valley of Honduras who have been resisting the takeover of their land by a wealthy businessman, who wants to plant it with African palm oil trees. About 80 community leaders have been killed in the years-long confrontation with Facusse’s private guards.  Director Jesse Freeston will be present for the discussion.  Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, OSU.   Location:  Room 180 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road, OSU Campus.  Please visit the CLAS Event Page for more details. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Clintonville Area Commission News: Plastic Bag Pilot Project.   

Erin Miller, the Environmental Steward for the City of Columbus will be at the Clintonville Area Commission to explain the plastic bag reduction program and answer questions. Find out how you can become involved. Location: Multipurpose room of the Whetstone Library, 3909 N. High St 43214. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015, 2:00 PM.  National Priorities Webinar.  Left Behind:  Poverty and the Federal Budget.  The beginning of a new fiscal year presents a new chance for Americans to make sure the federal budget works for all of us. The Census' recent release of poverty data makes it clear that we have a long way to go. The National Priorities Project is pleased to sponsor a free webinar on Poverty and the Federal Budget. This event will feature Debbie Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, and Lindsay Koshgarian, Research Director at the National Priorities Project and will provide an overview of what the data show about poverty, income, and health insurance in America, and the key budget battles that will affect low-income Americans in the coming year. Join this free webinar to learn key facts, including: Americans' income trends over time, demographic trends in poverty, and the threats to programs that lift Americans out of poverty.  

Registration link:  


Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:00 PM.  OSU International Socialist Organization, Organizing Meeting.  This week's ISO meeting will be focused on organization and planning our political work over the next month. All are welcome to attend, but discussions tend to be rather 'nuts and bolts.' We encourage especially those who are seriously considering joining the International Socialist Organization to attend.  Location:  Enarson Classrooms Room 245, Ohio State University.  


Friday, October 2, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital – Film Screening and Discussion.  This is the second of two film screenings about Honduras with documentarian Jesse Freeston, a filmmaker and video-journalist based in Montréal, Québec. Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital is a documentary film about a community that got fed up and built their own hospital.  Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, OSU.   Director Jesse Freeston will be present for the discussion.  Location:  180 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road, OSU Campus.  Please visit the CLAS Event Page for more details. 


Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:30 – 10:00 PM.  Friends Committee on National Legislation Lobby Leaders Training.   FCNL local lobbying leaders training, with guest Maiya Zwerling, National Field Organizer for FCNL.  Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is a highly-successful, Quaker-based, grass roots lobbying organization based out of Washington D.C.   Focus over the past year has been on the Iran Nuclear Deal, but also on the repeal of the AUMF (Authorization on Use of Military Force, in effect since 911).  Their central mission is lobbying to reduce military spending, but there are many other issues they work with as well.  One does not have to be a Quaker to work with FCNL, or to work with the new lobbying leaders group we are forming her in Central Ohio.  If you are interested, please contact Greg Pace or (614) 565-6067.  The event will be located at Whetstone Gardens & Care Center,  3710 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, 43214.  (This is just south of the McConnell Heart Center, on the east side of Olentangy River Road.  You can park in their parking lot, and you’ll have to check in at the front desk.  Someone will be there to give you directions to the room we’ll be using.)   


Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4, 2015.  Exploring the Myths, Realities & Spiritual Practices of Islam with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.  A leading voice for Islamic moderation and a renowned teacher of Sufi spirituality, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is founder of The Cordoba Initiative, a multi-national, multifaith organization dedicated to improving Muslim-West relations. For over two decades he served as Imam at the al-Farah Mosque in New York City, and is the author of Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America (Free Press, 2012) and What's Right with Islam Is What's Right with America (HarperCollins, 2005). He appears regularly at the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum (Davos).
Friday, October 2, 7 p.m.
"Getting Islam Right: An Interview and Discussion with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf" 

Former television news reporter and anchor, Minister of Spiritual Care Rev. Dr. Deborah Countiss Lindsay will be asking Imam Feisal a host of tough and engaging questions about Islam in America and globally, and will solicit further question-and-answer time from those in attendance. 

Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
"Exploring the Spiritual Dimension of Islam: Sufi Teachings and Practice"
Imam Feisal leads a morning of teaching and practices to deepen our experience of the Holy through the wisdom of the Sufi spiritual tradition.
Sunday, October 4 

Imam Feisal will be the guest preacher at First Community Church's 9:45 a.m. worship service at 3777 Dublin Road, and at the 11 a.m. worship service at the Tri-Village campus, 1320 Cambridge Blvd.  

Location:  First Community Church, North Campus, 3777 Dublin Road, Columbus.   Read more and register for all events at 


Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, 2015.  Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity.  PROVISIONING AND PROSPERITY.  Sustainable Full Employment and Transformational Technologies.  At the Binzagr Institute, our name crystallizes our mission: sustainable prosperity. But “sustainability” has become an overused and under-theorized term, which has had the unintentional impact of constraining policy at every stage of the process, from goal envisioning to implementation.  Our holistic view of sustainable economic provisioning means, first and foremost, employment generation as well as environmental conservation and rehabilitation. Both job creation and ecological sustainability imply technological transformations, but one must be cautious; technology possesses both creative and destructive potentials. Technological unemployment, genetic modification, and nuclear arms are just a few of the direct, harmful effects of technological and organizational innovations. Yet technology, after all, is knowledge, and so it also contains the seeds of liberatory possibilities. Our inaugural conference gathers together scholars and policy makers from diverse backgrounds, fields, and disciplines to engage one another in examining the crux of the employment and environmental debate, and the many technological linkages therein.  Location:  Denison University, Granville, Ohio.  Free and open to the public, but registration is required.   For more information:  


October 3, 2015, 12:00PM.  March for Justice – Detroit Michigan.   We need complete justice. That means environmental justice, racial justice, housing justice, water justice, worker justice, social justice and much more. Detroit didn't just put the world on wheels.  The Motor City created a living wage and made social justice a reality for workers across America. In a Wall Street economy where justice too often takes a back seat to profit, Detroit is still fighting for a living wage - and for clean air, access to drinking water and freedom from pollution that is disrupting our climate and threatening our lives.  It's a fight that touches all of us, every day, but it's a fight some of our leaders want to ignore.  Here's something our leaders can't ignore: thousands of families, workers, doctors, children, teachers, faith leaders and activists from all walks of life -- all marching in the streets of Detroit.  

Note:  There will be an anti-nuclear contingent in the March for Justice in Detroit - If you are interested in carpooling, please contact Pat Marida, marida@WIDEOPENWEST.COM    

Location:  Roosevelt Park, Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48216.  (For updates, please register at  


Sunday, October 4, 2015, 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  Colony Cats & dogs Garden Party.   Join us for a fun evening of light hors d'oeuvres, desserts, a cash bar, live music by Luxury Brown, and fabulous raffle and silent auction prizes to benefit Colony Cats (& dogs).  Admission is $30 and tickets may be purchased at the door or online.  Click here to visit our Garden Party website page where you can:  

Location:  Grange Insurance – 671 South High Street, Columbus 


Sunday, October 4, 2015, 4:00 -5:00 PM.  Sowing Seeds of Peace and Justice.  An Inter-religious Service Against Gun Violence.  Featuring:  Prayers for peace and healing in our neighborhoods, the film “Old Radicals” chronicling the life and witness of Art Gish, and practice in techniques of non-violent presence as a peacemaking action.  Children are encouraged to attend.  Sponsored by the Columbus Faith Coalition Against Gun Violence.  Location:  St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1003 W. Town St. (in Franklinton). 


October 4 – October 10, 2015.  Walk to Stop Executions – Lucasville Prison to the Ohio Statehous.  The central message of the Walk to Stop Executions focuses on the need to abolish the death penalty in Ohio. At the same time, the theme, Walk To Stop Executions, encompasses a call to stop all executions, judicial and extrajudicial. Speaker[s] at the program in Columbus will address international law issues as well as issues related to capital punishment. 

The schedule of events for the 7 days is online at – you can join the walks and events throughout the week.  The Scioto Peace and Justice branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation is joining with several other organizations to sponsor a Walk to Stop Executions.  They will start at the State prison in Lucasville, Ohio to the State Capitol in Columbus. Below is a link to our Facebook page, which gives more detail on the walk. Please take a look and circulate to friends and opponents of the death penalty.  or  Contact Scioto Peace and Justice for more information at 616-932-2383 or   

Columbus Events: 

1) Friday, October 9, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Join the Walkers for a Vegetarian Potluck Dinner and Open Dialogue on the Death Penalty.  Location:  at the Fitrakis-Patzer home at 1021 E. Broad Street.   for a meal and to lead a presentation and open dialogue on the issue of the death penalty.  As part of the Walk’s nightly programs, Suzanne and Bob are hosting this open gathering.  The public is invited to attend the gathering.  Please bring a potluck item if you can.  For more info call Lee Blackburn from the Walk to Stop Executions committee (614) 216-0010.   

2)  Saturday, October 10, 10:00 AM.  Join the final 2.5 mile leg departing from 1500 S. 4th St., Columbus  to the Statehouse. 

or attend the 12 noon rally at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Broad St. across from the Capitol.   

3)  Rally to Stop Executions, 12:00 Noon.  Location:   Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E Broad Street, Columbus. Keynote speakers include Representative Dan Ramos, Ohio NAACP President Jocelyn Travis, David Singleton, Ohio Justice and Policy Center, Jeff Hood, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death penalty, and two murder victim family members Sam Reese Sheppard, and OTSE President Melinda Dawson. 

This event is free for participants who register online at For more information, contact

Sponsors: Scioto Peace and Justice of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Footprints For Peace, Ohioans to Stop Executions, Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio, and the Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center

Program Schedule  


Monday, October 5, 2015, 7:00  – 8:30 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio Meeting.    JVP members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.  Location:  Bexley Public Library, Tech Room, 2411 East Main St., Bexley.   For more information contact, or


Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6:00 PM.  Deepening Democracy in Central Ohio.  Join us as Jonathan Beard discusses a proposed charter amendment to create 3 at large and 10 council districts.  Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library - Martin Luther King Branch, 1600 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43203, For more info please contact Michael Vinson @ 614-843-8721Economic Empowerment and Resistance Task Force 


Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 8:00 PM.  Webinar: Introduction to Move to Amend.  Move to Amend's National Director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap will walk through how to get involved with Move to Amend. We'll tell you about how you can get involved with Move to Amend, what we have planned for the months ahead, and our plan to pass the 28th Amendment to the US Constitution to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech.  RSVP for the webinar at: 

I you missed the September webinar about Engaging Organized Labor / Labor Unions? Check out the video recording here: 


Wednesdays,  October 7 through November 18, 2015, 7:00 -8:30 PM.  Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics, and Sustainability.   What we eat matters—the food choices we make every day have an impact on our planet. Hungry for Change helps participants explore the true meaning of the phrase “you are what you eat.” Learn about our roles as both consumers and as creators—of food, of systems, and of the world we live in. Discuss how food choices have an impact on a range of issues, including ecosystem health, factory and farm worker treatment, and our global economy. Participants create personal action plans and discover how to create a healthy food environment.  A detailed list of articles and resources included in the Hungry for Change course book are available in the Table of Contents.  Location: The Wellness Forum (510 E Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington, OH 43085) in Worthington.  Orientation meeting on October 9. Cost for the book is $28.  Chef Del Sroufe at The Wellness Forum has offered to provide a cooking demonstration at one of the classes! Contact Pam Patsch <> to reserve your seat!


Thursday, October 8 , 2015, 7:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio (DCSO) Business Meeting.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., room 100.  Parking available in “R” spaces behind the building.  For more information, please contact  Website:


Saturday, October 10, 2015, 6:30 – 11:00 PM.  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Socialize and network with progressive friends for hors-d'oeuvres, drinks, art and music.  Food from the Olive Tree in Hilliard, drink, art, music and more.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St.  Free.  No RSVP necessary.  For more information, contact  or 614-253-2571. 


Sunday, October 11, 2015,  Second Annual Puffin Collaborative Film Festival at Gateway Film Center.   The Puffin Collaborative Film Festival (PCFF) returns to the Gateway Film Center on October 11th with a lineup of movies that chronicle our modern lives in non-documentary cinematic format.  The films reflect the missions of ten community non-profits that are hosting the screenings. Admission is just $5 a screening or $25 for a full day pass that includes a $10 food coupon good at the Torpedo Room, the Gateway Film Center's in-house restaurant.  

11:30 AM  - The Soloist, presented by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Harmony Project.

2:00 PM - the Academy Award winning My Left Foot will benefit VSA Ohio and ACLU Foundation Ohio.

4:00 PM -  Promised Land, directed by Ohioan Gus Van Sant, will benefit the Ohio Environmental Council and Ohio Citizen Action.

6:00 PM - Simply Living and Local Matters will present The Big Night, one of the great food movies, and yet it is so much more. "It is about food not as a subject but as a language--the language by which one can speak to gods, can create, can seduce, can aspire to perfection." ~ Roger Ebert.  

8:00 PM -  an Ohio premiere presented by Stonewall Columbus and ARC Ohio. Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex/human positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a man or woman in love, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams. Read the full press release here.  For more information go to


Monday, October 12, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.   Peggy Gish recently returned from a three month peace mission in northern Nigeria as part of a volunteer crisis team. She went there to work with and assist Nigerian people who have fled their homes and villages in the northeast corner of Nigeria due to the violence of Boko Haram and are now in displacement camps in central Nigeria. Her work was to include assisting in peace-building and trauma-healing workshops, being present with and reporting the stories of the displaced people, and helping with dispensing relief supplies.  Peggy worked under the supervision of the Nigerian Brethren Church.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. For information about COFP, visit our website at


Monday, October, 12, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Care & Share Time Bank Orientation Meeting in Worthington.  The CSTB "Orientation" is for new members awaiting activation and long-time members who need a “refresher” on CSTB – activities, benefits, responsibilities and website procedures.  Bring your friends and earn credits if they join and post an offer.  Location: Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington.  Contacts: Faryna: (614) 560-1732 or Michael (614) 439-4768.  Website here.   


Monday, October 12, 2015, 5:30 PM.  Anti-Colonialism/Anti-Columbus Rally.   Please join us for a peaceful Anti-Colonialism rally on Columbus Day.  This will also be a  #NativeLivesMatter  and #IdleNoMore Rally.  Let us make our voices heard. The public needs to know the reality of Christopher Columbus and the continuing effects of colonialism. He was a perpetrator of mass genocide, slavery, and other terrible acts. This day and the symbolism that is found all over our capital city affects us all.  Location:  in front of the Columbus statue that stands in front of City Hall, 90 W. Broad St., Columbus. More information and RSVP at