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Urgent Action - From the Sierra Club:  No Bailout for Ohio Nukes.  Oppose HB 6 – First Energy Bailout.  This bill will basically eliminate Ohio’s clean energy and energy efficiency law and replace them with a massive bailout for nuclear plants that will increase energy costs to all consumers in Ohio. 

1)  Contact your state representative with this message:  Ohioans overwhelmingly support clean and efficient energy solutions and do not want to bail out nuclear plants!  https://addup.sierraclub.org/campaigns/tell-your-state-rep-support-clean-energy-not-nuclear-bailouts

2) Hearings in House Committee will be held this week on Tuesday, April 23and Wednesday, April 24 at 10:00 AM at the Ohio Statehouse in House Committee Room 313.  Pack the hearing room!  If you wish to present oral testimony or written comments to the committee, contact energygenerationsubcommittee@ohiohouse.gov to obtain a witness slip and submit testimony.  Must be submitted 24 hours in advance.  If you can’t testify in person, your comments will still be included in the record of the hearing. 

 

Events/Meetings

 

Monday, April 22, 2019, 3:30 PM.  Sabina Čehajić-Clancy, "Shared Perceptions of Morality as an Essential Dimension of Intergroup Reconciliation."  Sabina Čehajić-Clancy is associate professor of social and political psychology at Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and a former dean of the Political Science and International Relations Department. Her research and work fit into four main categories: intergroup emotions, morality, intergroup contact and education policies. In this talk, she will present a new framework demonstrating the use of moral exemplars as a mechanism to (re)create positive and functional intergroup relations after violent conflicts such as wars, genocides and ethnic cleansing. Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/clancys

 

Monday April 22, 2019, 6:00 – 11:00 PM. WGRN 94.1 Community Radio Earth Day Birthday Bash!
Come to WGRN 94.1’s 3rd annual Earth Day Birthday bash!  with Live Music from HAPPY CHICHESTER, BOB SAULS, Elizabeth Bolen & Friends, Brian Clash, Dan D and the WarPigs, Victoria Parks!  On street and off street parking available, call Dick’s Den at (614) 268-9573 for details. Stay tuned to 94.1 for updates, or visit the website at wgrn.org. RSVP. on Facebook - we do not want to run out of food! Thank You for supporting Columbus' Green Renaissance Network!  $10 suggested donation; cash bar.  Location:  Dick's Den, 2417 N. High St, Cols 43202. 

 

Monday, April 22, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  We will take time to remember the several local peacemakers who have died and left us to carry on the work.  Bring stories of our friends.  Bring a poem or other writing to share with the group.  It is good to remember and celebrate the souls that have walked with us in former days.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus.  For information about COFP, visit our website.   Contact:  central-ohioans-for-peace@googlegroups.com.

 

Monday, ​ April 22, 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 www.wcrsfm.org.  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 youthbeat@osu.edu.

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Urgent All-Hands Meeting for Edith Espinal.   EDITH NEEDS YOU for this crucial, full-court press to get her out of sanctuary. Our only path to victory is through the power of this community to show up and make the impossible possible. This is an all-hands-on-deck meeting for the Columbus social justice community. We know how hard the past month has been for our community; but we also need a win. If Edith is deported, she will never be able to come back to the US – and we cannot let that happen. With a diverse coalition of support from churches, labor, local and state advocacy groups, and all of you, we are now pushing our elected officials with a very direct ask: use your power to give Edith a path to status through a private bill. We have a clear plan to reach out to elected officials, to provide them with support to do the right thing, and to push them as hard as we need to until Edith is home. Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., 3rd floor.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019.  Tuesdays (February through May - second and third of each month).  Tuesday Torments in District 15.  First Tuesday of each month: meet, eat pizza, catch up, and write postcards to Steve Stivers.  Second Tuesday of each month: deliver, protest, and eat tacos.  Check times and locations here 

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 9:15 AM.  Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Senate Bill 33 (the Anti-Protest Bill) – Opponent Testimony.  In-person testimony for Senate Bill 33 will be limited to the first 12 submissions total, on a first-come, first-served basis. Any additional testimony received will be submitted as written-only testimony. There will be other opportunities to testify.  Be sure to submit your testimony and speaker form to the Chairman’s office no later than 24 hours before committee.    Email to eklund@ohiosenate.gov for the speaker form and to send your testimony.   For more information on the bill, this link to Athens County Future Action is very good- it has info on the bill and links for last week's hearing on SB33.   http://www.acfan.org/2019/new-ohio-anti-protest-bill-sb-33-facing-passage-act-now/.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, North Hearing Room. 

 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Columbus Community Pride Planning Meeting.  Columbus Community Pride 2019 is finally here! Join BQIC for the first Community Pride planning meeting! They will give an overview of Columbus Community Pride 2018 and 2019, go over newly created teams, introduce you to your new team leaders and tell you ways you can plug in and volunteer. They need all hands on deck to make this as inclusive, affirming and successful as last year and then some!  Columbus Community Pride is a safe and affirming LGBTQIA Pride centering queer and trans people of color created after QTPOC organizers were brutalized by police at Stonewall Columbus Pride 2017. For years, our family has cried out for a pride that centers QTPOC, does not allow corporations and does not have a police presence. We did it last year, we will do it again!  Location:  Parsons Branch Library, 1113 Parsons Ave., Columbus. https://www.facebook.com/events/167123590897412/

 

Thursday, April 25, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Business/Coordinating Committee Meeting.   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 columbusdsa@gmail.com

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  16th Annual SPAN State Conference (Single Payer Action Network).  Keynote Speaker:  Michael Lighty, Sanders Institute Fellow.  Conference fee: $40.00.  Workshops and lunch provided.  Scholarships available.  Location:  Quest Business and Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio.  Register at www.spanohio.org.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  10th Annual Women Have Options Abortion Access Bowl-A-Thon.  Take direct action for reproductive freedom by making a HUGE difference in the lives of those needing abortion access and have a TON of fun! Join us for the 10th annual Women Have Options - Ohio Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! Together we're going to raise $60K for abortion access in Ohio!  How do I get involved?  1. Gather a few friends to start a team.  2. Set up your team page, then join your own team by creating your personal page at bowl.nnaf.org/whoo20193. Commit to raising as much money for abortion access as you can by asking your friends and family to donate. Everyone commits to raising at least $50 to join the party.  Sign up at https://bowl.nnaf.org/whoo2019More information on Facebook.  

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Rock the Block.  Interfaith Community Service.  Join IACO and Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio to help revitalize a local neighborhood!  We will be picking up litter, doing light landscaping, and handling other small maintenance projects.  All supplies and lunch will be provided.  Come for a few hours or stay all day.  To register email office@iaco.org by April 22.  Location:  Minnesota Avenue near Cleveland Avenue in the Linden community. 

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.   Truth and Poverty Tour of Cincinnati.  Organized by Ohio Poor Peoples Campaign:  A National Call for Moral Revival.   In Cincinnati, we will begin at Incline Missional Community Church. We will make 2 other stops and then return to Incline Missional Community Church for more testimonies and opportunity for you to share your own national emergency story and learn about our demands and ways you can make change at the policy level. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/2CIfeUp so that we can prepare the right amount of food, address any dietary concerns and learn of any other needs you may have. Will you stand with us as we shine a light on the injustices and policy violence hurting our communities?  Location:  Incline Missional Community, 704 Elberon Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 PM.  A Map of Myself.  A Sixty-minute, cone-woman Revolution on War, Immigration, Language, home, History, and Everything in Between by Sara Abou Rashed.   Columbus School for Girls invites you to an incredible performance by Sara Abou Rashed. Sara Abou Rashed is a 19-year-old artist and poet. At age 13, her family was forced by war to flee Damascus, Syria, ultimately seeking refuge and a new homeland in Ohio. In her one-woman show, A Map of Myself: My Odyssey to America, Sara recounts her journey from war-torn Damascus to welcoming Columbus.  Location:  Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater, Columbus School for Girls.  There will be light refreshments after the performance.  This event is anonymously sponsored by a generous alumna.  Sara's poetry has received national attention. In 2015, she won the Ohio Poetry Association High School Contest. Sara is the 2015 Columbus District Poetry Slam Champion and the 2016 1st runner up. Her art and poetry have won several contests and have appeared in several books and magazines including: Clover, Common Threads, the Voice of Youth Advocates, Celebrating Art and the America Library of Poetry. Recently, Sara was nominated for a Pushcart and has been awarded the 2016 Denison Book Award. For more information about Sara, please click here.    Location:  Columbus School for Girls, 65 S. Drexel Ave., Columbus, Agnes Jeffrey Shedd Theater.  This event is open to the public, but seating is limited.  For more information, contact, development@columbusschoolforgirls.org. To register, please click here.

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1:30 – 3:00 PM.  Beyond the Binary:  Understanding Trans and Queer Identities. This will be a '201 level' class, to help us better understand the experiences and perspectives of those who are gender non-conforming. Advance registration is not required. Childcare available upon advanced request (by Thurs, April 25th).  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, April 27, 2019.  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  This aim to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.  For collection site locations, please visit: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.  The Board of Pharmacy has also published resources to help Ohio residents find drug disposal boxes throughout the year. To access the disposal box locators, please visit: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/disposal.  For more information about safe pain medication and pain management practices, please visit: www.takechargeohio.org.

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 PM.  Workers Memorial Day Dedication.  Join Central Ohio Labor Council, AFL-CIO, on Workers Memorial Day as we remember workers who have died or have been injured on the job. Safe jobs are every worker’s right. Now, more than ever, we must fight to ensure that all workers have safe workplaces!  Location:  Battelle Riverfront Part, 25 Marconi Blvd., Columbus.   Facebook.  

 

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM.  Stand Against Racism:  Poetic Justice.  As part of YWCA USA’s national Stand Against Racism campaign, YWCA Columbus is working with local artists to highlight organizations in our community whose fight for justice aligns with our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and standing for dignity for all. Leaders of C.R.I.S, US Together, and the People’s Justice Project will share about the work they are doing in our community, and how they take a stand against racism every day. Three local spoken word artists will also share a powerful piece on racial justice and social isolation. This event will take place at Columbus Museum of Art, in celebration of the opening of the Center for Arts and Social Engagement—an experimental gallery that fosters nuanced consideration of complex social issues through engagement with art, artists, and one another. The opening theme for CASE is isolation and alienation. With this partnership, and this year’s Stand Against Racism campaign, we are hoping to shine a light on these dark spaces and widen the circle of belonging in our communities. This event is free to the public.  Location:  Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Monday, April 29, 2019, 8:30 – 10:00 PM.  SURJ Webinar.  Men Organizing Against Patriarchy.  Join SURJ national in creating a national network of white men organizing other white men to be more effective accomplices to People of Color, women, femmes, trans and gender non-conforming folks in the struggle for collective liberation. While white men benefit most from white supremacy and patriarchy, our allegiance to these systems also damages us: in exchange for dominance, we deny ourselves the ability to work in solidarity with others and permit our own exploitation by more powerful individuals and institutions. By choosing instead to stand and fight with those disempowered by white supremacy and patriarchy, we can achieve mutual interests of justice, liberation, and self-actualization. This is an affinity group: anyone, regardless of race or gender, is welcome and encouraged to join.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Josh Schott at josh.d.schott@gmail.com Please register here. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/b920dfb239ec3c7634538d7d4481ef37

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 8:00 – 10:00 PM.  Columbus Community Pride Spoken Word & Open Mic Fundraiser.  Come out to the first Columbus Community Pride 2019 fundraiser! Columbus Community Pride is a safe and affirming LGBTQIA+ pride that centers QTPOC, challenges state-sanctioned violence, and staying grassroots. There are no corporations or cops! BQIC will give you an update on Columbus Community Pride 2019 before the show, then get started around 8:30pm! They have the lovely Monee Jae as our Mcee and DJ Zewmageddon Sarah Z. Mamo bringin the beats! Help kick off the fundraising campaign to raise 20k for Columbus Community Pride. Contact them to put your name on the list to share your talent or sign up at the door! $5 suggested donation for entry! We will have snacks and drinks for suggested donations too! #ColumbusCommunityPride2019.  Location:  Art Outside the Lines485 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus.  https://www.facebook.com/events/428108377754208/

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 11:45 AM.  Move to Amend Lobby Day – Ohio StatehouseJoin Move to Amenders from across Ohio to lobby your state legislators to legalize democracy!  Resolutions calling on Congress to pass a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to end corporate constitutional rights (“corporate personhood” for short) and money spent in elections defined as First Amendment-protected “free speech” will soon be introduced in the Ohio Senate and House.  State Senator Nickie Antonio and State Representative Mike Skindell are the main sponsors.  Nineteen states have already taken a stand!  Help lobby your and other state legislators to co-sponsor the MTA Resolutions.  We will meet in the Rotunda of the Statehouse. There will be a short press conference, and then we will gather in the Minority Conference Room to get our lobbying assignments.  Appointments for the afternoon will be made for you and packets for the legislators will be ready. If you’re not familiar with lobbying, don’t worry, you will be paired with someone who is. We want to gain as many co-sponsors of the Resolutions as possible on April 30 before they are formally introduced by Senator Antonio and Representative Skindell in early May. Can you join us in Columbus to meet with your legislators?  Register now: https://fe/1dorms.glXAvwsENmrzhit38Deadline to register is Monday, April 22.  See the full text of the resolution here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12hwJMQjUE7RaZw578_QcItJhCF5JY1hH/view?usp=sharing

 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.  Columbus City Council Community Meeting.  Council continues its 2019 Community Meeting series with a trip to the Northside of the City. The Council Community Meeting series gives members additional opportunities to listen to the needs and concerns of residents. In 2018, Council passed historic pieces of legislation to address retaliatory evictions, revise tax incentives, invest in sidewalks, affordable housing and safety. Each piece of legislation was crafted from information gathered directly from residents. Community Meetings give residents the opportunity to discuss issues that affect their daily lives in an informal, one-on-one setting with Councilmembers, staff and department leadership.  Council will welcome guests and provide a brief overview of the event.

Location:  Hoyo’s Kitchen, 5788 Columbus Square, Columbus, OH 43231