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Monday, December 10, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 PM.  OSU Speakout Against Fascism and Racism.  Join us on Monday, December 10 at the Thompson Statue for a speakout against fascism and racism -- as part of the Day Against Fascism and Racism called by 40+ organizations.   Bring your favorite poem, speech, song, story, essay that expresses resistance to fascism and racism -- in the past or today, as far right and neo-Nazi movements and ideas gain ground across the world.  Or just come and talk about your reactions to recent events in the US recently: the deadly white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville; the antisemitic massacre in Pittsburgh; the racist murder of Black people in Louisville; the deadly violence against women; and attacks against immigrants and refugees. We have also seen organized assaults against anti-fascist protesters. Climate justice and environmental crisis, the attack on reproductive rights, the brutality of colonial occupation in Palestine and of indigenous lands, the struggle for transliberation -- we welcome contributions on all of these issues and more, as we come together to take on the political right. #AllAgainstFascism #AllAgainstRacism  Location: OSU Oval, Thompson Statue (in front of the library).  Facebook Event.  

 

Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Speakers:  Jim Leonard and Dan and Barbara Lehman – Reflections from a CPT Delegation to Palestine/Israel. This summer Jim Leonard and Dan and Barbara Lehman participated in a Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to Palestine/Israel.  Come listen as they share about the experience of being there and witnessing the impact of oppression and the resulting conflict.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus 43223.  Facebook.  

 

Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  HUMAN RIGHTS COLUMBUS! A Celebration of International Human Rights Day. 2018 Theme: Help stop human rights violations against women worldwide!  Recognizing Columbus' Human Rights Champions.  Light refreshments provided!  Take Action!  Amnesty International's revitalized Columbus chapter (Group #87) will provide letters and cards to be signed to help stop human rights violations against women worldwide.  Who is lifting up human rights in Columbus? Please share!  Human Rights Columbus! lifts up any Central Ohio organizations and efforts advancing one or more of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). 

JOIN US! Any organization advancing any part of the UDHR is invited to set up a table to invite support and volunteers to assist in their work.  To learn more and register please e-mail Abe, Gary and Winie at HumanRightsColumbus@gmail.com. Details & updates posted regularly at fb.me/HumanRightsColumbus

Recognizing three outstanding human rights advocates who will share their stories and missions:

Esther Flores - 1DivineLine2Health - Esther is a public health nurse whose work is helping people in Columbus who lack access to health care, victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other injustices.

Dureti Mimi Tadesse - CG Women's Empowerment (CGWE - Africa) - Dureti and her husband Daniel have lived in Columbus for more than two decades after arriving as refugees and survivors of torture, imprisonment and the threat of execution under the then-communist government of Ethiopia. Today they help refugees settle in Columbus and empower women to thrive in their home region of Oromia, Ethiopia.

Bill Pelke - Founder of Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing and a board member of the World Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Bill is a leader in the movement to end the death penalty worldwide, speaking as a murder victim family member. Bill will share his message of healing through forgiveness and "Love & compassion for all of humanity" while connecting his decades of international and local advocacy for the promotion and protection of human rights for all.  This event is FREE and open to the public.   Co-Sponsors include:  Human Rights Columbus! (New!), Amnesty International Group #87, CGWE – Africa, Faith in Public Life, 1DivineLine2Health, Ohioans to Stop Executions, Journey of Hope ...From Violence to Healing, Death Penalty Action.  Location:  First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad St., Columbus, 43215. There is plenty of free parking.  Coming? Click here to RSVP for free tickets and to be entered into the Door Prize Drawing!  FB page - please "like" and share:

https://www.facebook.com/HumanRightsColumbus/

 

Monday, ​ December 10, 2018, 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, December 11, 2018, 1:30 – 3:30 PM.  House hearing:  Abortion Method Ban vote.  An Ohio House committee will vote on Senate Bill 145, the Abortion Method Ban. The bill would block the safest, most common abortion procedure for the second trimester.  Join us to show lawmakers you oppose this bill. This is a free public hearing. Best parking option: https://goo.gl/maps/U4HueeAxiJt Building entrances have metal detectors and x-ray for bags. Signs are not permitted inside the Statehouse.  The decision about whether and how to terminate a pregnancy should be up to a woman and her doctor. They don’t need political interference driven by inflammatory, biased rhetoric.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, Room 114, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  Facebook.  Email your Ohio state representative. Tell them that women don’t need political interference driven by inflammatory, biased rhetoric.

 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6:00 PM.  Franklin County Green Party, open business meeting, 7:00 PM General Meeting.  Join the Franklin County Greens - we meet on the second Tuesday of each month.  We will be discussing strategic planning for 2019.   Presentation by Ted Knapke on the Columbus chapter of American Promise, an organization working to get money out of politics at 7:00 PM. Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.  Parking available behind the building in “R” spaces.  For more information, contact:   fcgreenparty@gmail.com or facebook.com/FCgreenparty.  

 

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  December Repro Health Happy Hour.  Kick off the holidays with the December 2018 Repro Health Happy Hour benefiting the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. This group blesses abortion clinics and elevates the moral power of religious communities to ensure reproductive freedom through education, advocacy, and counseling.  Donate $5 at the door to get a complimentary drink ticket for wine, draft beer, cocktails (Pro-Choice Punch or a Morning After Margarita!), or non-alcoholic beverages. CASH & CARD are accepted at this event. As always, feel free to donate more.  Don't let the haters fool you. Many people are pro-faith, pro-family, pro-choice. Show your support! Location:  The Hills Market Downtown, 95 N. Grant Ave, Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00 AM.  Continuing Testimony on HB 440 in the House Insurance Committee.  For the first time in 14 years our single payer bill, HB 440, The Ohio Health Security Act, had a public hearing and proponent testimony was given.   The turnout was huge!   Many people submitted testimony but not all were able to be heard on December 5th.   Chair Brinkman announced that to his surprise as well, he was extending the hearing to next Wednesday, December 12, 2018.  If you came and weren’t called to testify due to time, you can still testify.  Come back!  If you want to submit a new testimony:  Submit testimony as an attached Word document or pdf document, not in the body of the email.  Send it to insurancecommittee@ohiohouse.gov. Please blind copy to Michaela Burriss, aide for our sponsor, Representative Teresa Fedor, at Michaela.Burriss@ohiohouse.gov.   Let’s pack the house again!  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, room TBD. 

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 9:00 AM.  Protest the Heartbeat Bill.  Come fight for our rights in front of the statehouse with us.   Co-sponsored by International Socialist Organization – Columbus, Democratic Socialists of America – Columbus, and Socialist Alternative- Columbus.  Meet at Genoa Park downtown for march to the statehouse.  Facebook Event.  

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 PM.  The Future is Now – Online ConversationElectricity expert Leia Guccione and Jules Kortenhorst will discuss the urgency facing today's energy decisions, what solutions exist to address the climate challenge, and where we need to invest our innovation, capital, and collective efforts to drive a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. This conversation comes just as COP24 wraps up in Poland, so it's sure to be timely and focus on the energy issues that matter most to you.  Register here.  

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  DSA Monthly Activist Meeting.  Join us to learn about how you can get involved with our ongoing activist activities. Parking is located in the back of the building in the spots marked "R" or on-street parking is available. Meeting is held in room 100.  For more information, contact columbusdsa@gmail.com

 

Thursday December 13, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.  Faith in Public Life Ohio Celebration.  Join us on December 13th as we celebrate the work of Faith in Public Life Ohio in fighting for justice this past year.   Tickets are $15 each, or $20 for two. Heavy hors d'oevures will be served.  Location:  McGowan Loft, 520 South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215​.  Purchase Tickets Here.  

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Faith in Public Life Ohio Celebration.   Join us as we celebrate the work of Faith in Public Life Ohio in fighting for justice this past year. Tickets are $15 each, or $20 for two. Heavy hors d'oevures will be served.  Location:  McGowan Loft, 520 South High Street

Columbus, OH 43215​.  Purchase tickets here.

 

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:30 – 8:00 PM.  Simply Living’s Holiday Open House.  Stop in for conversation, networking, holiday deliciousness, and cheer with our Simply Living community.  We will be honoring Sarah Edwards, our director through all the changes these past 4 years! Sarah is retiring but vows to volunteer with us.  Check out our new minimalist co-working space. Optional re-gifting exchange. We'll have refreshments but feel free to bring a favorite snack or dessert. All are welcome!  Free tickets are available on Eventbrite. Updates are available on Meetup and Facebook. Check out our events on the Simply Living website and look for upcoming announcements about changes at Simply Living on our blog.  Location:  The Salt Mines Co-Working Space, 2997 Indianola Ave Columbus 43202. 

 

Monday, January 14, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Care and Share Time Bank Orientation.  Learn about Time banking and become a member Location:  First UU Church, Room 7, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214.  For more information, contact mgreenmanoh@gmail.com.

 

Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:00 – 11:00 PM.  Central Ohio Worker Center Holiday Happy Hour.  Join the COWC Board, volunteers, and supporters for our second annual holiday happy hour at Hey Hey Bar & Grill, and let's celebrate the work we've accomplished and the relationships we've made in 2018. All are welcome.  Location:  Hey Hey Bar and Grill, 361 Whittier St., Columbus 43206.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  Norma Rae.  Columbus Socialist Feminist Movie Night.  Join Columbus Socialist Alternative, Columbus DSA, OSU YDSA, and International Socialist Organization - Columbus (ISO) for our first ever socialist feminist movie night! We'll be watching the drama Norma Rae, which follows the struggle of a factory worker from a small town in North Carolina who becomes involved in the labor union activities at the textile factory where she works after the health of her and her co-workers is compromised. We'll watch the movie together, eat some popcorn, and have some brief discussion!  Location:  It Looks Like It’s Open, 13 E. Tulane Rd., Columbus 43202.  Facebook.  

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 1:30 - 4:30 PM, Central Ohio Open Mosque Day.  Mosques around central Ohio will open their doors to the community to help their interfaith community members get to know their Muslim neighbors better. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet members of their local Muslim community, enjoy light food and learn about Islam. Visit any one of the participating mosques around central Ohio!  Locations:  Participating Mosques include - Noor Islamic Cultural Center: 5001 Wilcox Rd., Dublin, OH 43016, (614) 527-7777; Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center: 591 Industrial Mile Rd.
Columbus, OH 43228, (614) 632-3571; Masjid Namrah: 4501 Refugee Rd. Columbus, OH 43232, (614) 477-6795; Ahlul Bayt Society of Columbus: 2580 W Dublin, Granville Rd. Columbus, OH 43235; Masjid Omar Ibn El-Khattab: 580 Riverview Dr. Columbus, OH 43202, (614) 262-1310; Masjid Ibn Taymiyah: 2334 Mock Rd. Columbus, OH 43219, (614) 418-9137; and, Polaris Masjid: 8542 Cotter St. Lewis Center, OH 43035, (937) 506-0850.  Facebook.