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Monday, November 16, 2015, 7:00  – 8:00 PM.  Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE).  Please join us on Monday night for a special event featuring Kwame Ajamu, who spent 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, as he tells his story at Open House in Granville.  Location:  The Open House (Center for Religious & Spiritual Life), 204 N Mulberry St., Granville, OH 43023.  For more information, please contact me by email ( or by phone (561-371-5204).


Monday, ​November 16, 2015, 7:30 PM.   Youth Beat Radio on WCRS.  Tune in this award winning program every Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS  102.1 and 98.3 FM 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 on your radio dial. Program and podcasts here.   For more information,  


Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:00 PM (doors open), 7:00 PM (program).  Cleveland Rally with Bernie Sanders.  Bernie Sanders will be in to Cleveland for a rally to discuss the issues facing our country. Can you join me? Location:  Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University, 2000 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44115. RSVP Here. 


Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:00 – 5:00 PM.  Victims of Complicity.   Learn about American companies that strengthen Israeli apartheid and lead to the deaths of innocent civilians. Brought to you by the Committee for Justice in Palestine and OSU Divest.  Location: Hagerty Hall at The Ohio State University, 1775 S. College Road, Columbus, 43201.   OSU Campus Map.  More information:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  OSU Environmental Film Series presents:  Earth, a New Wild:  “Oceans” and “Water,” with Cinnamon Carlarne, Moritz College of Law; Jeff Reutter, Ohio Sea Grant.  The Office of Energy and Environment and the Environmental Professionals Network are hosting a film series designed to raise student awareness of climate change and the economic, health, political and environmental impacts resulting from climate change, on six Tuesday evenings this semester. Three evenings will screen episodes from the PBS series "Earth, A New Wild," and three evenings will screen episodes of the Showtime series "Years of Living Dangerously."  Each film is one hour in length, and a discussion session will follow immediately. The film series is being offered as an independent credit course for students (ENR 4193 Section 35418) as well as open to anyone who would like to attend.   View or print the flyer.  Location:  Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., in the U.S. Bank Theater.  Contact:  Gina Langren, 


Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 12:10 PM (Moritz, OSU) AND 5:00 PM (Capital Law School).  The Columbus Community Bill of Rights presents: Thomas Linzey, Esq.,  “Breaking a Fixed System: Corporations, Fracking, and the Community Rights Movement in Ohio.”  Thomas Linzey, founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF, will talk about communities across Ohio that are beginning to defy state and federal law by banning fracking for natural gas and pipelines; and how their work is the beginning of a community rights movement in Ohio and the United States.  Linzey will talk about how the current structure of law divests communities of being able to decide their own futures, and how their constitutional right of local, community self government has been ignored by both the state legislature and Ohio courts. He will talk about how Ohio communities have created the Ohio Community Rights Network and how that Network is now working to change the Ohio Constitution to guarantee the right of self-government to all Ohioans.  Thomas Linzey is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) – a nonprofit law firm that has provided free legal services to over five hundred local governments and nonprofit organizations since 1995.  Linzey’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, the Nation magazine, and he was named, in 2007, as one of Forbes’ magazines’ “Top Ten Revolutionaries.”  

The Community Rights movement impacts all people, and all disciplines of Study and Law: Environmental, Social Justice, Energy, Election, Finance, Governance, Constitutional. 

Thomas Linzey’s presentation is vital for all who stand for Democracy. 

Location:  OSU Moritz School of Law 12:10pm - 1:15pm Facebook details HERE, William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium, Drinko Hall, 55 W 12 Ave, Columbus, OH 43210.  (RSVP is not required for this event.)  

Capital University Law School 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Facebook details HERE,  Room A-122, Annex, 303 E. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215 (Please note:  to attend this event at Capital, you MUST RSVP to   


Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Nostra Aetate: the 50th Anniversary.  (Please register by November 17).  The transformation of Catholic-Jewish relations over the past 50 years has been so successful that few today know much about Nostra Aetate, the landmark document that inaugurated historic changes in the Catholic Church's relations with other faiths and whose 50th anniversary we mark this year. Nostra Aetate opened the door for Catholics to that which is "holy and true" in other religions, extending a hand to Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, as well as to Judaism.  Assessing this document’s impact on interfaith dialogue today will be: Fr. Stephen Bell, C.S.P., of the OSU St. Thomas More Newman Center; Rabbi Harold J. Berman, Rabbi Emeritus of Tifereth Israel Synagogue; Dr. Satpal Singh, Founding Trustee of the Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations; and Dr. Sayyid Syeed, National Director, Office of Interfaith and Community Alliances of the Islamic Society of North America. The panel will be facilitated by Dr. Christina Butler, president of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO). The topic reflects IACO's mission to encourage an interreligious community based on understanding, friendship and trust.  Location:  The Martin De Porres Center, 2330 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219.  This event is co-Sponsored by the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio 

Suggested donation is $15.  Please register by contacting the Martin De Porres Center at 614.416.1910 or  More information at


Tuesday, November 17, 8 p.m.: Vigil for Palestinian Victims of Recent Terror Attacks.  Join us in commemorating the lives of innocent Palestinians that have been lost as a result of recent Israeli terror attacks. 
Location: Mirror Lake at The Ohio State University.  More information:   OSU Campus Map. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:00 PM.  OSU Victims of Israeli Apartheid
.   Come listen to our fellow classmates discuss how they have been personally affected by Israeli apartheid.  Location: Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, 55 W. 12th, Ave, Columbus.  More information: 


Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 1:30 PM.  Protect Unemployment Benefits for Working People.  Join AFL-CIO to oppose HB 394.  On November 9, State Representative Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania) introduced a bill, H.B. 394,I n an informal hearing to address the shortfalls in the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund by proposing to dramatically cut laid off workers’ benefits.  First, let me say that any changes to the unemployment compensation system have historically been a labor/business venture. After having an initial meeting with Rep. Sears over one year ago to discuss this issue, she apparently has no interest in working together to try and find common ground.  As a result, this bill does nothing to get at the real source of the solvency problem, which is that employers have been paying way too little into the system for far too long. In fact, employers only pay a percentage into the system on the first $9,000 a worker earns — where it has been for the last 20 years. The average taxable wage base nationally that employers are required to pay into the system is on the first $13,400 of wages or 1/3 more than what Ohio employers are required to pay here in Ohio. This is the problem, and this proposal falls terribly short of addressing this flaw.  Instead, this bill places the burden on laid off workers through benefit cuts, such as dramatically slashing the number of benefit weeks from 26 to as few as 12, and reducing maximum awards for those with dependents. As far as shared sacrifice, which the author stated this bill represents, she testified herself that when fully implemented, businesses will pay less in unemployment compensation taxes than they currently do.
For these reasons and others the state federation stands in opposition to this bill and will work closely with our policy partners, including Policy Matters Ohio, to review and report on its effects to working people. The following are some early talking points about the bill: 

·         It does not represent sacrifice by all parties – employers overall will pay less, while benefits will be slashed by hundreds of millions of dollars a year; 

·         It misdiagnoses the solvency problem. It goes after worker benefits, when independent experts have made clear the problem with Ohio’s fund is inadequate taxes; 

·         It is illogical and extreme – reinstates the Social Security offset when both branches unanimously approved to remove it and no other state does it, eliminates benefits for modest infractions of employee manuals, imposes additional waiting weeks, and changes the law to prohibit benefits for “locked out” workers; 

·         It hurts Ohio’s economy and workers through a slew of cuts to benefits— cutting benefits will mean that Unemployment Compensation does not help stabilize the economy in the next recession like it did in the previous on. 


I am calling on your union/organization for a united effort in opposing H.B. 394 by immediately writing to and calling on the following Representatives: 

·         Your home State Representative in the Ohio House of Representatives (If you don’t know whom your State Rep is go to: 

·         & Rep. Robert Hackett, Chairman, Ohio House Insurance Committee, at 614.466.1470 

The next scheduled hearing for the bill is Wednesday, November 18 @ 1:30pm at the Ohio State House Hearing Room 122.  

Please report on your legislative communications to Ohio AFL-CIO Legislative Director Matt Smith at or by phone at 502.322.6163. If you have any questions, or for additional information please contact Matt. Location:  House Insurance Committee Hearing, Ohio State House, Hearing Room 122. 


Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Finding Grace at the Center.  Monthly Community Gatherings for Awakening to the Presence of Love Within led by Francis Bennett.  Francis Bennett was a Roman Catholic, Trappist monk for a number of years. He has lived in two monasteries of the Trappist Order in the U.S. and Paris, France. He received a five and a half year monastic/spiritual formation with the Trappists before he made his vows as a monk at Gethsemani Abbey in 1982. He graduated from the Pontifical College Josephinum with a BA in Philosophy and completed a two year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education with Ohio Health Hospital System in Columbus, Ohio. He has worked in ministry in the area of pastoral Care in the hospice movement, as a hospital chaplain and in pastoral care of the sick and dying in parish settings.  For more info on Francis Bennett, go to:   Location: Grandview, OH.  Contact: Jennie Alvarez to reserve your space and receive directions., 340-643-7758 


Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Screening of “Alive Inside.”  Prepare to be amazed:  “ALIVE INSIDE” is an eye-opening and uplifting documentary that explores the  capacity music can have in reawakening the awareness of some of the most deeply affected Alzheimer’s patients.  The camera of filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.  Michelle Crum, Education Coordinator for the Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will answer questions following the film.  For information, contact: Michael Greenman, 614-898-5825 or   Location:  The Sanctuary, First Unitarian Universalist Church,93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, 43214. No admission charge; feel free to bring your “lightly used” iPods to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association for use in area care facilities).


Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:00 PM.     Thomas Merton’s Awaking to the Feminine Divine Wisdom-Sophia.  Presented by Chris Pramuk professor of Theology at Xavier University.   Location:  Maple Grove UMC, 7 W. Henderson Rd, Columbus.  Call to Action Columbus,


Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.   Community Forum on Health & Healthcare.  Sponsored by Columbus State Community College.   Location:  Downtown High School, 364 South 4th St., Columbus.   Open to the Public.


Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Detaining Dreams Documentary Columbus Premiere.   Join us at the Columbus premiere of the documentary Detaining Dreams, which features the stories of four Palestinian boys undergoing Israeli Military Detention. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, Yazan Moqbel, and producer, Amr Kawji. Refreshments will be provided.
Location:  Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave., The Ohio State University, Columbus.  More info: 


Thursday, November 19, 2015, 6:30 PM.  Citizen Hearing on AEP coal bailout request.  In Columbus, AEP has been making its case for a customer-funded bailout of 20 uneconomic coal-fired power units, six plants in total, in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).  If approved, AEP customers would be on the hook to pay AEP billions of dollars in costs over the next 10 years to keep these plants operating. After reviewing this projected cost and accounting for any potential revenue the plants might generate, Sierra Club's expert witness estimated these costs would result in a $1.8 to $2.4 billion net increase to customers' bills over that same period alone.  Join us on November 19th, as Sierra Club and other community members hold a citizen's hearing on AEP's request for bailouts so community members to learn more about this coal bailout scheme and make their voices heard.  Location:  Grandview Heighs Public LIbrary 1685 W 1st Ave  Grandview Heights, OH 43212 [Map]
RSVP:  Questions: Contact Neil Waggoner at or 330-730-5109.  Facebook Event Page: 


Thursday, November 19, 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, November 19, 2015, 11:00 PM till Midnight.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio on WCRS 98.3 / 102.1 FM.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio features:  a) newly released Alternative and Independent music  b) emerging Alternative musical trends from across the world  c) interviews with local musicians, filmmakers, artists and activists.  All shows are: 1) broadcast on 98.2/102.1 FM  2) streamed “live” on the internet and 3) available for download at:  Podcasts are available for download free of charge at :   


November 19-22, 2015.   Inner Engineering with Shambhavi Kriya.    Inner Engineering is a comprehensive system addressing every aspect within an individual, from body, mind, emotions, and the fundamental life energy within and imparts the distilled essence of yogic science. The program has been designed by Sadhguru, a yogi, visionary and one of the foremost authorities on yoga. This 4-day program is offered by an Isha Teacher trained by Sadhguru. Click here to register.


Friday, November 20th, 2015, 5:30 PM.  Fundraiser for Represent Columbus.  Represent Columbus is a coalition working for more accountability and more meaningful representation. Represent Columbus is promoting a local ballot initiative to reduce the number of at-large seats to three and create ten districts, with possible increase in districts as the population of the city increases.  Location: The Dakota | 845 N High St Columbus, Columbus, OH 43215.  Suggested donation - $100.  RSVP necessary.  You can RSVP Online or contact me at 614.466.8010


Friday, November 20, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Palestine Study Group at Maynard United Methodist Church.  We will be beginning a 3 part study of Chosen?  Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Walter Brueggemann.   From review:  "The conflict is only 'seemingly' beyond solution, because all historical-political problems have solutions, if there is enough courage, honesty, and steadfastness."  In Chosen?, Walter Brueggemann explores the situation in modern-day Israel that raises questions for many Christians who are easily confused when reading biblical accounts of God's saving actions with the Israelites.  Are modern Israeli citizens the descendants of the Israelites in the Bible whom God called chosen?  Was the promise of land to Moses permanent and irrevocable? What about others living in the promised land?  How should we read the Bible in light of the modern situation? Who are the Zionists, and what do they say?  In four chapters, Brueggemann addresses the main questions people have with regards to what the Bible has to say about this ongoing issue. A question-and-answer section with Walter Brueggemann, a glossary of terms, study guide, and guidelines for respectful dialogue are also included. The reader will get answers to their key questions about how to understand God's promises to the biblical people often called Israel and the conflict between Israel and Palestine today.  The book is available from Amazon for $12.50 (I have a few extra copies already).  Snacks provided!  For more information, please contact  Location:  Maynard United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave., Columbus.   


Saturday, November 21, 2015, Noon – 2:00 PM.  Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus, Ohio.  Follow them on Facebook or contact


Sunday, November 22, 2015, 2:00 PM.  A Year Without Justice For Tamir Rice - Cleveland, Ohio.  November 23, 2015 Is the one year anniversary death of 12 year old Tamir Rice, killed by two Cleveland Police Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.  None of the officers have been held accountable by the City Prosecutor, whose office has released reports indicating that the murder of a young boy in cold blood was "justified."  On Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM, we will gather at the Justice Center Complex in Downtown Cleveland to demand justice for Tamir's life, and demand that Prosecutor McGinty excuse himself from the grand jury proceedings and call in a special prosecutor for the case. It's time that the City of Cleveland recognizes that #BlackLivesMatter!  The OSU Coalition for Black Lives has organized a bus from Columbus to Cleveland.  If you are interested in going, please reply to .  Facebook Event

Sunday, November 22, 2015, 4:30 PM.  Columbus Women's Chorus (CWC) Fall Concert: A Universal Dream.   Join the CWC  for an afternoon of music celebrating life and the universal desire to make a difference.  The venue is handicap accessible and the concert will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Tickets are $15 for adults, children 12 and under free, with sliding scale (pay what you are able) available at the door.  Location: King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Ave., Columbus 43201. For more information and to buy tickets, go to www.colswomenschorus.orgContact Babette Gorman ( (614) 636-3541 with questions. Read the full press release here

Monday, November 23, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace meeting.  Program:  Living, learning, teaching and being an American family in Nanchong, Sichuan province, China.   Laurie Zimmerman and Steve Rolfe will share photos and stories from their time in China.  About this they say, “We lived in Nanchong, Sichuan province for two years as we taught general English to university English majors and medical/scientific English to medical students and medical professionals.  We lived in Nanchong to allow our adopted son, born in Shanghai, to experience his country and culture of origin when he was 12 years, rather than just as an infant.  We lived in Nanchong so that three Americans could learn about China and the Chinese people, and so that hundreds of Chinese could learn about America and three Americans.”  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus.  For information about COFP, visit our website at