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Monday, August 10, 2020, 11:00 AM.  The Occupation as Apartheid – A Webinar with Michael Sfard.  Israeli human rights attorney Michael Sfard recently prepared a legal opinion, concluding that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is a form of apartheid, which constitutes a crime according to international law.  Sfard was commissioned by the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din to prepare the legal opinion. Michael Sfard is an Israeli attorney who represents various Israeli and Palestinian human rights and peace organizations, movements, and activists. He is an expert in international humanitarian law and international human rights law. He was educated at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at University College in London. The webinar will be recorded. The recording will be available on Americans for Peace Now’s web site shortly after the call ends. Register for the webinar here

 

Monday, August 10, 2020, 3:30 - 5:00 PM.  Moral Monday March on McConnell II.  This Monday we are coming back for a second Moral Monday March on McConnell, where we will stage a digital “sit-in” and massive call-in to Senator McConnell’s offices to demand he stop causing misery, meanness and mayhem for our people and nation. It’s clear now that McConnell is willing to sacrifice the safety of the poor, of low-wage workers, of teachers and even our children in his effort to continue an extremist agenda in tandem with the White House to block a full and just relief package and force schools to re-open even when it’s not safe to do so. Register here

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 PM.  Spotlight On: Indigenous Leadership in The U.S. Environmental And Climate Justice MovementsFrom the Lumbee Nation elders instrumental in stopping the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to the Standing Rock Sioux protestors risking everything to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, Indigenous activists have led the fight against fossil fuels and for a truly just transition to clean energy across the US. For this episode of Spotlight On, we’ll hear from four Indigenous activists who’ve been on the frontlines of this fight and learn from their perspectives on what it means to work for environmental and climate justice. Register here. 

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 3:00 PM.  “Find Your Flock” Audubon Campaigns Webinar - August 2020.  Join the August "Find Your Flock" webinar. We’ll be talking about the difference between education, advocacy, and lobbying, including the different types of nonprofits that engage in those activities. All are welcome! All you need to join is the desire to get involved and change the world for good. Register today, and you will receive a calendar invite and email reminders.  Register here

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 6:00 PM.  Red New Deal: Centering Afro-Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Caretaking. Since time immemorial Indigenous peoples around the world have held a vast array of experiences and deep knowledge of the land and its relationship to all of the natural world. Here on Turtle Island, despite diverse cultural perspectives and protocols, we collectively understand that the answers lie upon and within the land. With increasing conversations surrounding the responsibility of environmental protection and restoration, including policy change and the Green New Deal, we must center Indigenous voices in the conversation, as we are the stewards of the land. Participants include: Dr. Susan Helper (CWRU School of Economics), Robert Rice (student, Committee of 500 Years of Dignity & Resistance)  MORE INFO.       FB EVENT.      REGISTER.

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 8:00 - 9:30 PM.  BQIC Virtual Speak Up:  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 digital mic! LGBTQIA+ people of color take priority. Suggested donation for spoken word and open mic is $5. All proceeds will go to Columbus community pride!! Community pride is a grassroots pride by and centering BIPOC communities without police and corporations! This will be the third year doing this and we want to be sure we pay all our performers, facilitators, and educators of workshops as best as we can! More information on Facebook

 

Tuesday, August 11, 10:00 PM OR Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 PM, 2020.  Volunteer Call with Greenpeace & Fire Drill Fridays featuring special guest Jane Fonda.   We’ve got a plan to turn things around this November. All we need is you! If we are going to elect leaders across the country who are ready to take real climate action and defeat Trump once in for all — it's going to take all of us. In order to win, we need to not only increase voter turnout — we need to combat voter suppression. During a time where we have many crises overlapping; we are fighting for the right to vote, to protest, and for a safe and healthy environment and democracy. Join us in protecting and getting out the vote! Sign up to join one of our two volunteer calls with special guest Jane Fonda to learn how to get involved and start taking action.  Register for either of these webinars here

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 AM.  EPN Virtual Event - Talking Trash:  A Primer on Central Ohio’s Waste Stream.  Ever wonder about the types and amounts of materials we throw away in central Ohio? Interested in learning about what can be done to keep these materials out of the landfill? Through this program you will glean insights and industry knowledge from Kyle O'Keefe, director of innovation and programs, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, about the conditions, trends, opportunities, and activities taking place in the central Ohio region and how you can get involved.

Improving the way we manage our resources is more important now than ever. Our consumption of products and packaging and the waste they create have a profound impact on the sustainability of our environment and our economy. These issues have become prominent in the age of COVID-19 and climate change. Together, we can create solutions by strengthening and building a vibrant and resilient circular economy for current and future generations.  Register here

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 7:30 - 8:30 PM.  Our Rev Ohio - Statewide General Meeting.  We will host a statewide general meeting once a month for July and August and at each meeting our regional groups will break out to discuss the local business for their groups.  Register here

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 1:00 PM.  Christian Zionism.  MFSA and UMKR present two recognized authorities on Christian Zionism, a disturbing political theology embraced by millions of Americans who now have a tremendous influence on US foreign policy with regard to Israel and Palestine. Our speakers will help us understand the theology of Christian Zionism, why it is an inaccurate interpretation of Scripture, how it is harming Palestinian Christians and the entire Middle East peace process, and how to counter this theology in our churches.  Rev. Dr. Stephen Sizer is an ordained Anglican clergy and a celebrated authority on Christian Zionism. His books include: Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon and Zion's Christian Soldiers: The Bible, Israel and the Church. In 2006, he co-authored the "Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism" for the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem.  Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac is Academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible College and pastor of Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. He is the author of From Land to Lands, from Eden to the Renewed Earth: A Christ-Centered Biblical Theology of the Promised Land and The Other Side of the Wall: A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope. Register here

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.  Nonviolent Activism in the Islamic World in a Time of Islamophobia.  This interactive webinar is features presentations by scholars and activists who have dedicated their life's work to promote human rights and justice in various parts of the Islamic world. Speakers are Thai professor and activist Chaiwat Satha-Anand, Sudanese social justice activist, researcher, and feminist Hala Al-Karib, and Kashmiri writer-activist Mushtaq Ul-Haq Ahmad Sikandar, Lebanese-American scholar and former Director of NVI's Islam and Peace program, Karim Crow. Our host will be Nonviolence International board member and American University professor Mohammed Abu-Nimer.  More information and registration here

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 12:00 PM.  Bolton's Book: Trump Administration's Foreign Policymaking. Before entering Trump’s personal orbit, John R. Bolton was most famous for his stint as United States Ambassador to the United Nations, where his views contra the multilateral institution, and promoting American unilateralism were espoused in full view of a global audience. Twelve years after his resignation from the position in 2006, he once again caught the eye of a Republican President eager to attack the status quo in foreign policy, Donald Trump. Over the next whirlwind year of 2018, Bolton was made National Security Advisor where he suggested a more hawkish foreign policy, proposing an invasion of Venezuela to oust the leftist government, or further escalation against Iran in the Middle East. By the time Bolton had finally fallen out of Trump’s favor, he had collected a memoir of his experiences which was released in the form a book in late June 2020. Inside his recollections is an incredible firsthand look at how American Foreign Policy during the Presidency of Donald Trump is made. The SETA Foundation at Washington DC is pleased to host a webinar discussion on what Bolton's book tells us about US foreign policymaking.  Speakers:  Mike Doran, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.  Register here

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 2:00 PM.  Palestinian Politics 101.  American media tends to characterize “Palestinians” as a monolithic group, and such a characterization obscures the diversity of attitudes, institutions and political actors found within Palestinian society. Palestinian businessman Sam Bahour joins J School to discuss the history of Palestinian politics, where we are now, and where we might be heading in the wake of annexation discussions. He’ll explore topics such as the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, examine the ideological differences between Fatah and Hamas and dive into how Palestinian public opinion shapes Palestinian politics and policy.  Presentation registrationDiscussion registration.

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 2:00 PM.  Abolition Action Zap.  Join us for a weekly Action Zap where we will take action together on pressing campaigns to #FreeThemAll, #DefundThePolice and ICE, and demand justice as part of Black and people of color led campaigns for collective liberation.  Register here.

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 12:00 PM.  Racism:  Where Do We Go from Here?  Fighting Voter Suppression.  “Our democracy is at its best and most functional when every citizen has an equal opportunity to have their voice heard.” Human Rights Campaign. There’s a balancing act going on in Ohio and many other places in the country. The balance between partisan-driven attempts to suppress voters representing certain demographics, with the right and desire for every eligible voter to cast their ballot, while wrestling with outdated technology that can create unintended obstacles for voters.

Voter suppression is a historical and current reality. Local advocates and State leaders seek to make voting accessible and fair for all. What is ahead this year as Ohioans go to the polls? To discuss these complex issues at CMC, Frank LaRose, Secretary of State, State of Ohio, Jen Miller, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Andre Washington, Midwest Regional Representative & Ohio State President, A. Philip Randolph Institute with host Curtis Jackson, Anchor, Spectrum News 1. You can still join us on YouTube to view and participate in the community conversation during this livestream event. When you register, you can submit questions in advance. Watch and participate in the online conversation during Livestreaming Forums at our  YouTube channel at noon.  More information here.

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 12:00 PM.  Nation Conversation with Rep. Katie Porter: Putting Working People First.  Join Nation editorial director and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and Rep. Katie Porter for an urgent conversation about the critical policies needed to help American workers in the wake of COVID-19. Rep. Porter represents California's 45th Congressional District. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, she's asked tough questions of bank CEOs and administration officials to hold them accountable to the American people. She has also been a key supporter of legislation to reduce the influence of dark money in politics and restore ethics to Washington, and in this fraught moment, has been fighting for federal money to reopen schools safely. She's a vocal supporter of both Medicare for All and the Green New Deal and has spent nearly two decades taking on the special interests that dominate American politics and drown out the voices of working families. There will be ample time for audience questions and conversation. Closed Captioning is available on all our events. Cost: $10. All proceeds directly support The Nation's journalism.  Register here

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 12:00 PM.  Legal Observing for Protests.  This Lunch and Learn will cover the NLG’s legal observer program, the purpose of which is to document, monitor, and observe law enforcement at local political demonstrations, rallies, marches, and protests and hold them accountable. NLG legal observers work to support the Movement for Black Lives and other grassroots, radical, leftist movements and causes. The legal observer program is part of mass defense, which includes jail support, criminal defense, and civil rights litigation, all of which is meant to protect the First Amendment rights of organizers and community members. Kevin Truitt is a board member with the Ohio Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and the Columbus coordinator for the NLG’s legal observer program. Kevin is also a disability rights attorney for a statewide non-profit organization. The NLG is an association of lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers functioning as an effective force in the service of the people by valuing human rights and ecosystems over property interests. The NLG has a national office and local and law school chapters, and strives to support anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, abolitionist, social justice movements on the ground.  Register for the online event on Facebook

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.  Speaking of Democracy… the long U.S. Women's Suffrage Struggles and its Current Connections.  Professor Michel Coconis will present high points of the struggle for women's right to vote. Following a short review of the history of U.S. woman's suffrage, she will consider the current struggle to again amend the U.S. Constitution. Move to Amend’s proposed “We the People” amendment seeks to abolish Supreme Court-sanctioned personhood rights for corporations to ensure that actual humans, regardless of gender, may fully enjoy their constitutional rights.  This session will also provide resources on voter outreach, registering voters, and helping people vote in this year’s general election on or before November 3, 2020! Please join other Ohioans for a brief romp through women's suffrage history to underscore why elections mattered in the past and why they matter today as growing numbers of Americans join the struggle to end corporate personhood.  Zoom Link. By phone: 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Meeting ID: 841 2061 9793. Passcode: 438426. Sandy Bolzenius, columbus@movetoamend.org. Central Ohio Move to Amend, http://www.movetoamend.org/

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Saving Life on Earth:  A Discussion on Protecting People and Wildlife from Pesticides. More than a billion pounds of pesticides are used in the United States each year. While many assume this use is highly regulated, the reality is that the Environmental Protection Agency has for decades refused to assess the impacts of pesticides on endangered species or look at some of the most basic impacts on human health, like farmworker exposure or how our bodies react to being exposed to multiple pesticides at once. Join us for an hour to learn what the Center is doing to ensure that endangered species and people, especially vulnerable farmworkers and children, are protected from dangerous pesticides and how you can help. More information and registration here.

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 7:00 - 10:00 PM.  Virtual Screening of RIGGED with Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council. RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook is an award-winning documentary that exposes the nefarious tactics used to suppress the vote and serves to spark discussion on the actions needed to protect our democracy. Shot principally during the 2016 election, the film tracks a systematic, decade-long effort to reverse the impact of the growing demographic tide of non-white and younger voters who helped elect President Barack Obama in 2008. It details a variety of voter suppression “plays,” or tactics, ranging from the purging of voting rolls and passing of new, restrictive voter ID laws to gerrymandering and voter intimidation. The film includes revealing interviews with Republican strategists detailing how the voter suppression game is played as well as cogent insights from leading voting rights advocates, law professors and Democratic strategists. It is narrated by Tony & Emmy award-winning actor, Jeffrey Wright.  Following the screening of the film, there will be a panel discussion on voting rights and voter suppression with Mac Heller, executive producer of Rigged.  This screening will be presented via Zoom Webinar. A link will be emailed to all RSVPs 48 hours in advance of the screening.  Register here.

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  How We Intersect & Build Power.  Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and partners from around the state for a 3-part series on social movement ecology, reproductive rights and justice, and racial justice!  The first installment of this series will be a social movement ecology training. The social movement ecology framework shows how organizations with different theories of change can recognize each other's strengths and weaknesses and work together to build power. Together we'll gain a deeper understanding of how the reproductive justice and racial justice movements intersect. More information on FacebookRegister here

 

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 8:00 PM.  COVID-19 and the Future of Our Health Care System.  The American health care system has been broken long before the pandemic, with millions lacking adequate insurance, millions more not able to afford to use the insurance they do have, and a failing care delivery system that has left poorer and rural areas with a critical shortage of facilities and personnel. In this webinar, we will evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on the health care system, how our response failed, and what can be done to both remedy our immediate response and achieve long lasting reform. A National Nurses United Webinar.  Register here

 

Friday, August 14, 2020, 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Rally at the Statehouse.  This rally is sponsored by a surviving family member of Kareem Jones who was murdered by CPD in 2017.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. 

 

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  How We Got Here:  Central Ohio Action Team.  Join ACLU for a conversation about How We Got Here - where our panelists will discuss the devastating, long-term effects that the 13th Amendment and the 1994 crime bill still have on Ohioans today, especially Ohioans returning to society after incarceration in the midst of COVID-19 jail decarceration.  Register here

 

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 3:00 - 3:30 PM.  Food Not Bombs = New(ish) person meeting.  Have you heard about us and had interest to learn how/if you could plug in to, help network, and/or expand our collective efforts? ... or just generally learn more about us? This would be a great time to do so for those uncertain about just showing up to our serves *which you ALSO can/should do :) *. We'll be meeting to talk about recent updates, upcoming events, and increasing our impact. We run the meetings quickly specifically for new and/or returning people to our group, so no worries of it dragging on (usually 30 mins or less) so yes Newcomers are encouraged to attend to find out more about us, meet rad people, and get plugged in! We will also be practicing safe social distancing, and if weather allows, hosting this outside in the parking lot behind this address (if you let us know ahead of time, a cleaned folding chair can be provided for you, but like said, the meetings are fairly quick).  Location:  82 E. 16th Avenue, Columbus.  Facebook

 

Sunday, August 16, 2020, 5:00 - 6:00 PM.  Code Pink Peace with Iran Series - The Salesman.  Directed by Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman tells the story of a married couple living in Tehran. After their old flat becomes damaged, Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) are forced to move into a new apartment. However, once relocated, a sudden eruption of violence linked to the previous tenant of their new home dramatically changes the couple’s life, creating a simmering tension between husband and wife. This film series is part of our ongoing efforts to build bridges of understanding between the people of Iran and the United States. This is especially necessary right now as yesterday we got terrible news: war criminal Elliot Abrams has been tapped by the Trump administration to be the new U.S. Special Representative for Iran. Abrams has made a career of lying and committing criminal acts that have led to the death and suffering of innocent people from Guatemala to Iraq. He embraces militarism, covers up for gross human rights abuses, and has a history of supporting authoritarian regimes. Now, he has been appointed as the U.S. envoy for Iran, managing a situation that is already a tinderbox, with the Iranian people suffering immensely from U.S. sanctions. Read and share CODEPINK's statement condemning the appointment of Abrams. Watch the movie on your own on Amazon PrimeiTunes, or Vudu and then join Iranian-American peace activist Leila Zand on Sunday, August 16, at 5PM ET for a discussion of the film.  Register for the discussion here

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 7:00 PM.   Virtual Showing of "Rigged."  Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook takes a rigorous look at voter suppression and sparks spirited discussion on the actions needed to protect our democracy. This award-winning documentary was shot principally during the 2016 election. The film tracks a systematic, decade-long effort to suppress votes at scale and reverse the growing demographic tide of non-white and younger voters who helped elect President Barack Obama in 2008. Using cinema verite, #RiggedTheFilm details a variety of mendacious voter suppression “plays,” or tactics, ranging from the purging of voting rolls and passing of new, restrictive voter ID laws to gerrymandering and voter intimidation. It is narrated by Emmy & Tony award-winning actor, Jeffrey Wright. (70 minutes).  Watch the film for free starting 10 days before the panel (the link will be emailed to you) and then interact with a panel of those who helped create the film.  Register here.