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Events and Meetings:  

Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Webinar:  Next Steps for Voter Advocacy.  Join Rev Susan Smith (Crazy Faith Ministries) and Rev Joan VanBecelaere (UUJO) to discuss the many ways you can volunteer to Educate, Register and Network to Support family, friends and others in voting this March Primary and in November 2020. This is a follow-up to the Voter Advocacy training that was begun December 28 in Columbus. But all are invited to attend to attend this webinar.  Register for reminders and Zoom online connection information at Facebook.


Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Weekly Meeting – Ohio for Bernie.  Join us to plan our trip to Iowa, plan to help with the Green new deal town hall, and more!  Location: Panera Bread, 300 W. Lane Ave., Columbus 43201.  Facebook


Monday, ​ January 13, 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, January 14, 2020, 9:00 – 11:00 PM.  Debate Watch Party.  Join us as Bernie Sanders takes on his opponents in the January Democratic primary debate in Iowa.  Tickets are free but are limited. Get yours starting at 8 p.m. at the Gateway Film Center. Parking is available at the Gateway parking garage, which you can enter from either 9th or 11th. Bring in your parking stub to get stamped and pay only $2.
Come together with your friends, family members, and neighbors for this fun event and support Bernie during the 2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Debate! Get excited about our historic campaign to transform America and sign up to do the important work of grassroots organizing.  Location: Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook.


Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 8:00 – 10:00 PM.  BQIC Speak Up!  Spoken word & 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 beverages and snacks for suggested donations as well! Please also consider donating to Art Outside the Lines which provides great art programs for people with disabilities.  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.  Location:  Art Outside the Lines, 485 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus.  More information on Facebook


Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Dublin Area Progressives Meeting.  Let’s kick off the new year in a new location! (the library is full).  We will be at 6200 Eiterman Rd. Representatives from Reynoldsburg Area Democrats and Westerville Progressive Alliance will teach us how to replicate their 2019 successes. Rachel Morocco, Candidate for OH House District 67 in Delaware County, and Tiffanie Roberts, Candidate for OH House District 86 in Union County, will introduce themselves as well. Please bring in donations for Welcome Warehouse or the Dublin Food Pantry and we will deliver.  More information on Facebook


Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:15 – 9:30 AM.  EPN Breakfast – The Bourbon Barrel Connection:  Revitalizing Appalachian Ohio economies and oak-dominated forests.  This EPN Breakfast, co-hosted with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry, will highlight the bourbon cooperage industry in Appalachian Ohio and the economic benefits that it is providing to communities in the region.  We will explore the oak-dominated forests of the region and challenges that we face in sustaining them for future generations.   Finally, we’ll introduce you to the Ohio Interagency Forestry Team and our multifaceted approach to sustaining oak-dominated forests across all ownerships.  Location:  Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.  Cost $10.00.  Registration and more information here


Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Black Power Book Club.  We're kicking off 2020 in Black Power Book Club by finishing Assata: An Autobiography! This month, we'll be discussing Chapter 16 - Epilogue before we move on to our next book (TBA SOON!)  Read up and come ready to speak your mind on Tuesday in the Black Power Book Club! Even if you don’t finish the reading, the conversation will still be an insightful one!  This space is exclusively for people who identify as Black and LGBTQIA+.  Location:  Art Outside the Lines, 485 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus.  More information on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Twenty in '20: ACLU of Ohio's Statewide Immersion Tour – Delaware. 
Executive Director, J. Bennett Guess, is teaming up with other ACLU of Ohio leaders and hitting the road for a 20-city immersion tour across Ohio! We'll be hosting Happy Hours from Toledo to Athens, from Youngstown to Oxford, and everywhere in between, starting in January 2020.

Newly familiar with the ACLU or a decades-long member, all are welcome for these free get-togethers. We'll discuss our justice work, make new friends, share appetizers, and lift a glass for civil liberties!  Location:  The Old Bag of Nails Pub, 66 N. Sandusky St., Delaware, OH 43015.  More information and registration here


Wednesday, January 15, 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:


Tuesday, January 15, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Hilltop Community Building Trades and Apprenticeship Fair.  Learn about careers in the skilled construction trades, meet construction professionals who can answer your quests, and learn how to apply for a career in the construction industry.  The event is free to attend, but Pre-Registration is encouraged.  To register, please visit

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  January Postcard Party & Happy Hour – Indivisible OH12.  Join us as we write to registered progressive voters who have moved but haven't updated their voting address. We'll also chat about upcoming opportunities to register voters and other activities.  We'll be in the back room of Roosters (3370 Olentangy River Rd.) and will have plenty of postcards, stamps, and markers. We just need you to help us write!  Location:  Roosters, 3370 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus.  Facebook


Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  January Green Drinks.  In collaboration with OSU Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, Sustainability at Ohio State, and Great Lakes Brewing Company, we invite you to join us for the first Green Drinks of 2020. We are kicking off the Earth Day Columbus campaign by celebrating volunteerism with many great local nonprofit organizations: 2020 will be a very important year for the environment as Earth Day turns 50. Together we can make a difference in the new year!  Beer, non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks will be provided. Donations of $5 - $10 at the door for working professionals are highly encouraged. All proceeds go towards buying tree seedlings for Earth Day. 1 tree= $1.  Location: Nationwide& Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210.  Free Parking.  Facebook


Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA for Bernie.  Join us at the Main Library Meeting Room 3A to help Columbus DSA plan our canvassing, phone banking, and all the wonderful campaign work to make sure we elect Bernie Sanders as our president. Grassroots political pressure is what we need if we're going to win anything, and that's what we're going to apply!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 PM.  UCS Webinar:  Learn to Defend Voting Rights and Environmental Justice.  The 2020 election is a key opportunity to push leaders to lay out a bold vision for how they plan to combat the relentless assault under way on science, truth, and justice that has weakened our democracy. And throughout the election year, we will need to fight back against attacks on voting rights that deny people their fundamental right to vote, making it harder for them to advocate for policies that benefit their communities.  The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a webinar to learn key skills and ways you can join a strong, representative coalition to lead efforts on voting rights and environmental justice in your community. With the 2020 elections coming up, we need science advocates like you to commit to taking action.   Register for the webinar here:  Our #UnhealthyDemocracy: Where Voting Rights Meets Environmental Justice

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohio Worker Center Immigrant Justice Meeting.  The Immigration Justice Committee is responsible for advancing the immigrant rights mission of the organization by proposing projects, policy statements, and inter-organizational relationships to the board for approval, and for providing ongoing up-to-date information about opportunities for COWC. We will be discussing the Wage Theft Clinic and Immigrant Stories Project.  Location:  Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave.  


Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Cultural Historian Candacy Taylor and the Green Book.  Join award-winning author, photographer, and cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor for the launch of Overground Railroadthe first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists. Candacy is also the curator of the forthcoming Smithsonian Exhibition “The Negro Motorist Green Book” for which Overground Railroad will be the official catalog.  Location:  Gramercy Books, 2424 East Main St., Bexley 43209.  More information here


Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Third Thursday Film Showing.  Part 1: “Kochland”: How David Koch Helped Build an Empire to Shape U.S. Politics & Thwart Climate Action.  Following the death of billionaire David Koch, this film looks at how he and his brother Charles Koch transformed the American economy and political system, from funding climate change deniers to fighting organized labor.  Location:  GMP Local 244, 350 Hudson Ave, Newark, Ohio.  Facebook


Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Single Payer Action Network Presentation in Lancaster.  Bob Krasen will be presenting information on the efforts of SPAN Ohio to bring improved Medicare for All to Ohio and the nation.  Location:  Democratic Party Headquarters, 118 N. Columbus St., Lancaster, Ohio.


Thursday, January 16, 2020, Noon – 1:15 PM.  35th Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration.  The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission will present awards to Ohioans for their efforts to advance nonviolent social change.  Speakers will include youth who took first place in their respective age divisions of the 2019 Statewide MLK Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Ohio MLK Holiday Commission.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church on Capital Square, 125 E. Broad St., Columbus.  Facebook


Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Regional Ohio Action for Resilience (ROAR) Information Session.  As has become clear, these are threatening times -- for our earth, for all creatures, for sustainable human societies, for the health of our soils, air, forests, rivers, reefs, oceans, and viable life everywhere. Yet our governmental and international structures are not taking significant enough action. So as many of us have come to believe, we need to start here -- wherever we find ourselves --building resilience and the deep, necessary changes from the ground up.  A group of us in the central Ohio area have started a movement we’re calling ROAR (Regional Ohio Action for Resilience) to help fill that gap. We know that no one group — big or small, activist, academic or non-profit, city or business based — can take this on alone. Yes, much is already being done — by many people and organizations, but often in isolation. With ROAR, we seek to unite our forces toward greater, more collaborative, more regional climate crisis action. Not more policy discussion, not more extensive research. Those pieces are already in place. We are seeking concentrated, well-designed action.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside Branch, 1423 N. High St., Columbus.  More information on Facebook


Friday, January 17, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Fantastic Fungi Screening at Gateway Film Center.  Are you ready to explore the magic that lives beneath our feet? We're delighted to host the opening night screening of Fantastic Fungi at the Gateway. You can see the trailer on the website and be sure to visit the Mush Room for wonderful resources and clips that will draw you in for a deep dive into the world of mushrooms and the new knowledge of their functions in maintaining and healing our planet. The film features world renowned mycologist Paul Stamets.  Not to be missed! If you can't attend Friday evening when Simply Living will be tabling and hosting an expert panel and Q&A discussion, make plans to see it during the week of January 17-23. Details on our panel will be announced soon. Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook


Friday, January 17, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Weekly HQ Volunteer Night.  Morgan Harper for Congress.  Welcome all #Morganizers to our weekly volunteer night - every Friday night at campaign HQ 139 E Main St, starting 6pm. Come meet people from all around the district, download our volunteering apps, learn how to canvass, and get ready to #Morganize! Bring a friend and come through!  Sign up at:  Location: 139 E. Main St., Columbus.  Facebook


Saturday, January 18, 2029, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Songs of Struggle.  When civil rights activists faced the threat of snarling police dogs, jail cells, and sometimes even death, they often energized and emboldened themselves by singing simple freedom songs. Saturday January 18, we’ll recall that unusual era, 1960-65, when blacks and whites marched together, were beaten together, and were sometimes killed together as they campaigned for simple human rights, taken for granted a half century later.

 “Songs of Struggle,” with local musicians Paisha Thomas and Bill Cohen, will rekindle the tunes and spirit of that era.   Among the songs: Oh Freedom, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, I’m On My Way to the Freedom Land, and We Shall Overcome. The songs will punctuate vintage film footage of some of the major triumphs and tragedies of the early civil rights movement.  Among them: the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins, the 1961 freedom rides, the 1963 March on Washington, murders by southern racists, and the 1965 marches in Selma.  Admission is free but we’ll take up a free-will offering.  Bill and Paisha will split the proceeds with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has championed the rights of minorities and the poor for 4 decades.  For more info, contact or (614) 263-3851.  Location:  Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road, Columbus 43214. Free parking in the back, via Aldrich Rd. Facebook


Saturday, January 18, 2020, 12:30 – 3:30 PM.  MLKjr Weekend Screening of Just Mercy with Fellow Justice-Minded Folks.  Join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend for a special screening of the new film, "Just Mercy" with like-minded justice-seeking folks. We urge everyone to see this film in the theaters (Opens Jan 10!), and if the time works for you, see it with us at a special discounted rate starting at 12:30pm on January 18th at Cinemark Polaris.  FEATURING: Welcome and introductory remarks by Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., Executive Director, Ohio Council of Churches, Board member, Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing, Advisory Board, Death Penalty Action, Immediate past board chairman, Ohioans to Stop Executions.  Location:  Cinemark Polaris 18 and XD, 1071 Gemini Place, Columbus d43240.  Tickets and more information on Eventbrite.


Saturday, January 18, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Data 101 With Indivisible Westerville.  Join us to learn more about how campaigns make use of data to target voters and how volunteers put it to use! This will be a great event for Indivisible members looking for a "look behind the curtain" of data and for group leaders looking to put data to better use.  Location:  Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville 43081.  Facebook


Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM.  Delaware County Women’s March with Special Guest Alaina Shearer.  We are so excited to bring the Women's March to Delaware County! If you love standing up for equal pay, women's healthcare, paid family leave and other women's rights issues, but can't make it to DC this year, join us on Saturday, January 18th right here at home!  We will be stepping off at the new Delaware County Courthouse at the location listed above at 10 am and walking down Sandusky to the Bicentennial Park Gazebo. Our Special Guest speakers are Congressional Candidate for OH-12 Alaina Shearer, State Senate District 16 Candidate Crystal Lett and State House District 67 Candidate Rachael Morocco. Parking is available on N Union St. or S Sandusky. All women and allies welcome!  Bring your beautiful signs, friends and excitement!  Location:  117 N. Union St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.  Facebook


Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Columbus Women’s March 2020.  We will no longer wait for the “right time." We will not wait for justice. We demand equality now! The Women’s March on Washington 4th anniversary will be held on January 18, 2020, all while recognizing the actual anniversary is on the honorary Dr. Martin Luther King Day. We will never forget civil rights leaders who came before us, whose shoulders we stand on and those who fought for freedom and liberation of all people.  Location:  Washington Gladden Social Justice Park, 404 E. Broad St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.


Sunday, January 19, 2020, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Care & Share Time Bank Potluck and Program.  January Program: The Role of CSTB in the Environmental Community. Meet the Citizens Climate Lobby, the Clintonville Energy Collaborative, and Simply Living! Representatives from each organization will talk briefly, bring info, and answer your questions!   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 Vilvi Vannak, CSTB Board President, to arrange the completion of your membership application.  Simply Living is an affiliate member of the Time Bank. That means any member who volunteers for Simply Living may have their hours added to the Time Bank and may use them to access any services offered in the Time Bank.  We usually meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month. For more information visit the Care and Share Time Bank website HERE.  Facebook.


Sunday, January 19, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Interconnected Oppression:  Linking Veganism and Other Struggles.  Columbus Veg Community (CVC) is thrilled to host another lecture event with beloved local vegan activist and educator: Seth Josephson, PhD!  What does meat-eating have to do with sexism, racism, ableism, and other forms of oppression? During this talk Seth Josephson, Ph.D., will outline an “intersectional” approach to animal advocacy. Rather than seeing things like white-supremacy, sexism, and exploitation of animals as separate, an interconnected approach looks for how each of these harmful systems reinforces one another and how each is supported by a shared ideology of othering. Seeing all oppressions as connected, we can work together to pull injustice out by the root. We can work toward the ultimate goal of “total liberation.”  Columbus Veg Community (CVC) is asking attendees for a $5 donation to help cover costs of this event.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook


Monday, January 20, 2020, 7:00 AM (doors open), 7:30 AM Program.  35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast.  Theme:  Keep Moving Forward.  Keynote speaker:  Representative Joyce Beatty.  Tickets $60 (early bird discount of 10% for purchases in October). Location:  Greater Columbus Convention Center, Exhibition Hall C, 400 N. High St., Columbus 43215.  Ticket sales end January 3.  Tickets and more information here.


Monday, January 20, 2020, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Clean Water for Columbus Craft Beer @Lineage Brewery.  Join us in exploring the singular and diverse world of Columbus Craft Beer. In this monthly series, we’ll talk with the brewers and guests who know a lot about Clean water and how important it is for our people and this phenomenal burgeoning industry!  FREE EVENT/ CASH BAR.  Our first guests will be Will Falk and Tish O’Dell from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund,  They will talk and share some great film clips of upcoming movies and the hilarious Lake Erie Bill of Rights episode on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah.  Location:  Lineage Brewing, 2971 N. High St., Columbus 43202.  Facebook


Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Audubon Campaigns Webinar Series Campaigns 101.  The real change that birds need will come from all of us organizing and working together. Join our Advocacy 101 training to get started. This informative training includes an overview of what makes up an advocacy campaign, how to identify your advocacy goals, and how to create a campaign strategy.  All are welcome! Register here and you will receive a calendar invite and email reminders. 


Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Beyond Coal Community Action Night/Cons Comm Meeting.  Our first Community Action Night of 2020 will be in our new office in the Brewery District!  More to come!  Location:  503 S. Front St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook


Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  Melt Stigma:  Easton.  Do you like various types of grilled cheese? Do you prefer to support progressive businesses & their efforts to give back to the community? Big fan of abortion access? Have we got the collaborative event for you!  Join us for Melt Stigma, a series of events with Melt Bar & Grilled, with the hope of raising money, combating inaccurate abortion rhetoric & engaging Ohioans to get involved in our movement!  Fine print: Share the attached flyer with family, friends & colleagues. 20% of the entire day's sales (with flyer) will be money donated back to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. That's alcohol, takeout, catering, everything! The flyer MUST be presented (physically or digitally) to have your meal count towards the fundraiser.  Location:  Melt Bar and Grillef (Easton), Easton Gateway, 4206 Worth Ave., Columbus 43219.  More information and flyer on Facebook


Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Green New Deal Town Hall. Climate change is a global emergency. The Amazon rainforest is burning, Greenland’s ice shelf is melting, and the Arctic is on fire. People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives. Communities of color, working class people, and the global poor have borne and will bear this burden disproportionately. The scientific community is telling us in no uncertain terms that we have less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, if we are going to leave this planet healthy and habitable for ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and future generations. The Green New Deal aims to do just that.  Come and learn about the Green New Deal from our experts. Q&A discussion will take place with the audience after speaker presentations. The panel of experts will feature Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, professor of Economics at Denison, Dr. Joel Wainwright, professor of Geography at OSU, and Cathy Cowan Becker, leader of Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign in Ohio. More info on the presenters when you register on Eventbrite.

Location:  Ohio Union - U.S. Bank Conference Center, 1739 N High St, Columbus 43215. Free, Donations appreciated. Register on EventbriteFacebook.


Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:00 – 8:15 PM.  Monthly Ohio Legislative Update. Join Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, Executive Director of UUJO, and other guests to discuss what is happening this month in the Ohio Statehouse. We will discuss updates on key legislation, including SB 33 anti-protest bill, SB 3 criminal justice reform, gun safety legislation, and more.  Register here


Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  BQIC Meeting.  Come on out to the first Member Meeting of the year so we can start planning for what's ahead as a collective!  We'll make time to discuss the upcoming Earthship visit, the 3rd annual Community Pride, collectivizing political ed within BQIC through Each One Teach One, and more!  There are also updates to share from the Columbus Freedom Coalition on ways you can be involved moving forward.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Driving Park Branch, 1422 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus 43205.  Facebook


Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Let’s Build the Blue Wave!  Southeast Progressives of Central Ohio.  Let's Turn the Tide and Build the Blue Wave! Join SE Progressives and local Democrats to brainstorm ways to GET OUT THE VOTE FOR THE 2020 ELECTION! We're starting NOW, through canvassing, postcard writing, etc., to ask reluctant voters for their help in turning our country BLUE! We really need your ideas and help.  Location:  Flyers Pizza & Subs, 296 Main Street, Groveport 43125.  Facebook


Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  Melt Stigma: Short North. Do you like various types of grilled cheese? Do you prefer to support progressive businesses & their efforts to give back to the community? Big fan of abortion access? Have we got the collaborative event for you!  Join us for Melt Stigma, a series of events with Melt Bar & Grilled, with the hope of raising money, combating inaccurate abortion rhetoric & engaging Ohioans to get involved in our movement!  Fine print: Share the attached flyer with family, friends & colleagues. 20% of the entire day's sales (with flyer) will be money donated back to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. That's alcohol, takeout, catering, everything! The flyer MUST be presented (physically or digitally) to have your meal count towards the fundraiser.  Location:  Melt Bar and Grilled (Short North), 840 N. High St., Columbus 43215.  More information and flyer on Facebook.   

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Building the Black Agenda.  Jobs. Mental Health. Housing Affordability. Education. Poverty. Criminal Justice. Homelessness. Eviction. Food Insecurity. Addiction. Environmental Justice. Civil Protections. Transportation. Community Development. These are just some of the issues affecting the African Diaspora throughout #Columbus. As we empower ourselves to build healthier lives, stronger families, and vibrant communities -- it will require all of us to ​share in the responsibility to develop a unified strategy in addressing our collective concerns. Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners as we set a course for a more prosperous future throughout the African Diaspora in Columbus.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook


Friday, January 24, 2020, 2:00 – 5:30 PM.  COMPAS Conference:  What is the American Dream?  Is the American dream still alive? Who is and is not included in its promise? What does it require of us today? What is the relationship between its various parts; between freedom, democracy, opportunity, and prosperity?  This event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.  Hosted by Ohio State University Center for Ethics and Human Values.  Location:  Ohio Union at The Ohio State University, 1739 N. High St., Columbus 43210.  More information on Facebook


Saturday, January 25, 2020, 4:30 (doors open) – 7:00 PM.  Care & Share Time Bank Movie Night:  In Transition 2.0.  Simply Living is partnering with the Time Bank to screen the movie, In Transition 2.0, by the Transition Network, a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. The film is an immersion into the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations.  Doors open at 4:30 pm Saturday and we will screen the film around 5 pm. The film lasts about one hour and we will discuss the film afterwards. Light refreshments will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your favorite dessert of snack to share.  All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of Simply Living or the Time Bank to attend. Bring a friend and discover stories that inspire and offer hope in challenging times.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd, Columbus.  Facebook.  


Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Ohio Poor People’s Movement.  Statewide Convening.  Please join us for the Ohio Poor People’s Campaign 2020 Planning Convening on January 25th in Columbus.  The Ohio and National Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has exciting and important activities that are happening and coming up. Registration link and details will be coming soon.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus 43214.  More information on Facebook.


Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9:30 – 11:30 AM.  Coffee & Care Packages.  To celebrate the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, come on out to sip some coffee and assemble Abortion Care Packages as we reflect on what 2020 will bring!  This gathering is all about patient-centered care, busting abortion stigma, and mobilizing congregations & communities to take further action to protect and advance abortion access. Location:  The People’s Mansion, 394 E. Town St., Columbus 43215.  More information on Facebook.

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Public Organizing Meeting.  Hey there everyone! Now that the new year is here, let's get together as a coalition to talk about the different projects we can take on to secure #Justice4Julius in 2020! Let us know if you need any accommodations like ASL interpretation, childcare, or transportation!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside branch, meeting rooms 2 and 3, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  More information on Facebook


Sunday, January 26, 2020, 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  District 15 Candidate Forum:  Save the Date! Join us to meet the 2020 candidates for Ohio's Congressional District 15 seat! We will invite all certified candidates from all parties to join us in a panel discussion about the issues we face in the 12 counties of the 15th district. Location:  5181 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard 43026.  Facebook.  


Sunday, January 26, 2020, 5:00 – 9:30 PM.  2020 Film Festival – Ohio Premiere Screening.  Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf.  5:00 PM Dinner. 6:00 PM Ohio Premiere Screening.  7:30 PM Discussion with live feed from the Netherlands with the Director and Producer. The Co-Producer with be with us in person for the discussion.  Hosted by WIN Worthington Interfaith Neighbors.  Location:  McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Columbus 43085.  More information on Facebook