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Emergency Response to Attack on Iran.  Central Ohioans for Peace will hold an emergency peace vigil if the US starts a war against Iran for all Central Ohioans who oppose war. The start of war will be defined as a military strike against military and/or civilian targets within or belonging to Iran.  An attack on Iran would constitute a massive disaster and would touch off a region-wide conflict.  We believe that diplomacy is the better option.  If the strike occurs and is made public in the morning hours, the demonstration will be held the same day.  If the strike is announced later in the afternoon hours, the demonstration will be held the following day.  Area peace advocates continue holding weekly peace vigils in Clintonville and Worthington every Saturday at noon.  We will gather on the sidewalk around the McKinley statue on the High St. side of the statehouse.  

 

Now – September 17, 2019.  Solidarity with Edith Espinal Birthday Fundraiser.  We are doing a big push for fundraising because Edith is eligible for a U Visa. This Visa can cover both her son and her husband, however her son is turning 21 this month and after that he will not be eligible under Edith’s Visa. Being eligible, her husband and son would not have to worry about entering sanctuary which has been especially difficult on the entire family. Edith’s lawyer is looking to get this filed ASAP, but we need to raise the funds first.  This is a tangible way that you can help Edith and make her birthday better this year, too! This is a chance to give her family back a normal life. Get a free shirt with your donation through Tuesday 9/17!  Connect with fundraiser here or through Solidarity with Edith Facebook page.  


Local Events 


Now through September 2019.  Women Have Options Taco and Beer Challenge.  Join our online taco or beer challenge to raise funds for abortion access and immigrant / border justice! We will be fundraising for one of our favorite abortion funds, La Frontera Fund! They are located in the Rio Grande Valley and their day to day work is very much at the intersection of reproductive justice and immigrant justice.  We will also be fundraising for Solidarity with Edith Espinal. Edith has been a part of the Columbus, Ohio community for over 20 years and is currently forced to live in sanctuary because of cruel and unjust deportation policies. Edith's family and community intend to keep Edith home and hopefully set a precedent for how cases like hers are handled both in state and nationally!  More details about orgs we are uplifting during Taco and Beer Challenge coming soon! More information on Facebook

 

Monday, September 16, 2019, 6:15 – 9:00 PM.  BQIC Social:  Tongues Untied Screening at the Wex.  There will be a FREE screening of "Tongues Untied" at the Wexner Center for the Arts on September 16th at 7:00 PM -- let's get a group of Black queer and trans folks together to watch the film!  RSVP to save yourself a spot here: https://wexarts.org/talks-more/tongues-untied.  "Combining interviews with performance, poetry, and personal reflection, Tongues Untied originally aired on PBS stations in 1991, facilitating fresh conversations and fierce debates across communities about the place of black gay life in the United States. Anchored by the rallying cry that “black men loving black men is the revolutionary act,” the film continues to speak to some of the most fundamental cultural struggles of our times." Location:  Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus 43210.  Facebook.  

 

Monday, September 16, 2019, 2:00 – 6:00 PM.  Columbus Safety Commission Meeting.  Location:  Michael B. Coleman Building, 111 N. Front St., 2nd Floor Hearing room.  Website.  

 

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:00 – 9:00 PM.  Darius Bost Lecture: “Black Gay Freedom:  Aesthetic Experimentation and Abolitionist Imaginings in the Work of Marlon Riggs.”  Dr. Darius Bost is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah. His first book, Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2018), is an interdisciplinary study of black gay art and activism in Washington, D.C., and New York City during the early era of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. Related research has been published or is forthcoming in Journal of American HistoryCriticism, Souls, The Black Scholar, Palimpsest, Journal of West Indian LiteratureOccasion, and several edited collections. Dr. Bost will be giving a talk at the Wexner on September 16th as a part of their 30th anniversary celebration of the film Tongues UntiedPlease RSVP for both events with the Wexner Center for the Arts on their website.  Location:  Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus 43210. 

 

Monday, ​ September 16, 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.

 

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 3:00 PM.  OH-Columbus Legislative Training – Presenting Statehouse Testimony.  Join Moms Demand Action Columbus to go over the process of presenting testimony on gun legislation and discuss talking points for pending bills.   Please use the following link to RSVP, so that you can be updated on any changes: https://tinyurl.com/y4alaf9x.  Want to help but can't make the event? Consider a donation! Right now we are raising funds to help support our annual Wear Orange events. Half of everything you give stays right here in Ohio! You can also join our fundraising team and make a fundraising link of your own with your story of why gun violence prevention is important to you: http://tinyurl.com/OhioC3.  Location:  Northside Library, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook

 

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 6:30 (Potluck), 7:15 - 8:30 PM (Program).  Care and Share Timebank Potluck and Program.  Please bring a food to share. Recipes are appreciated. Bring items you no longer need for the sharing table.  Care and Share Time Bank Membership:  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 Michael Greenman, CSTB Coordinator, to arrange the completion of your membership application.  Location:  First UU Church, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.  For more information, call 614-398-3605 or email to csgeneral27@gmail.com.  Website:  http://cstimebank.org/

 

Sundays, September 15, October 6, 27, 2019, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM.  Mini-Farm Stand to Raise Funds for School in Guatemala.  Buy local to support a good cause: Herbs and vegetables from local urban gardens, Home-made baked goods, Hand-made crafts from Guatemala. 100% of sales goes to support The New Dawn Middle School:  Education for Maya Youth in Guatemala.  More info?  contact Heather at copalaa2003@yahoo.com.  Location:  Oakland Nursery, 1156 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus 43224.

 

Monday, September 16, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Sign the Petition/Public Meeting. The Columbus Community Bill of Rights is a citizen-initiated charter amendment for the city of Columbus. It will give you and I the right to protect our Water from toxic, radioactive Frack Waste dumping in our Water supply.  Location:  Columbus Public Library, Driving Park Branch, 1422 Livingston Ave., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Monday, September 16, 2019, 11:00 AM.  One Columbus Launch.  A march from the Local 1 office to the 12pm action at Nationwide and High Street. Join SEIU Local 1 janitors and supporters as they kick off the 2019 contract campaign. SEIU is running a “One Columbus” campaign geared at fighting for better jobs, higher wages, and securing a better future for the workers and their families.  Location:  Local 1 Office, 700 Bryden Road, Columbus 43215.  From there, they will travel to a 12:00 PM action at Nationwide and High St.  SEIU says this is where they need the most community support. No RSVP needed. 

 

Monday, September 16, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Central Ohio Workers Center – Immigrant Justice Committee Business Meeting.  The COWC defends the rights and dignity of all immigrants, particularly those at risk for deportation. Columbus, Ohio is a hotspot in the Midwest for deportations, which meaninglessly tears apart families, robs young people of educational and career opportunities, and makes Columbus less safe. We work with a network of organizations in Columbus to provide direct and coalition support for individuals and families in removal proceedings. Through this work, we have helped to prevent several deportations. We also provide training opportunities for community leaders and professionals who want to understand the role they can play in preventing deportations. Our belief in immigrant-led projects is grounded in having staff, board members, and committee members that are immigrants, and we provide mentorship and leadership opportunities.   We welcome new members who support our mission.  Location:  Seafarers International Union, 2800 S. High St., Columbus 43207.  For more information, contact cmhammond11@att.net.  Website:  centralohioworkercenter.org.

 

September 16 – 19, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Digital Organizing Bootcamp!  Becker Digital Strategies is partnering with Ohio Voice to conduct a 4 day, Digital Organizing immersive.  Join us today to become a distinguished digital campaign director! This training will be hands-on, in-depth and cover topics that include: Building a digital campaign strategy, Basic best practices for building websites, writing email blasts, managing social media, etc., Data Collection, Using CRM's, like Action Network, Facebook and Twitter best practices, Facebook ads, Integrating digital tactics with offline organizing, Digital Rapid Response, Video for social media, Analytics and tracking our organizing progress.  Location: The People's Mansion, 394 E. Town St, in Columbus, Ohio.  Becker Digital Strategies and Ohio Voice are prioritizing people of color, Black, Indigenous, New Americans, women, genderqueer and nonbinary people, LGBTQ2S+, differently-abled folks, and other underserved identities at this training.  SPOTS ARE LIMITED! We can only host 50 participants, so sign up now to reserve your spot! Free. Facebook.  Register here.

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.  CAIR-Ohio 3rd Annual Muslim Advocacy Day.  Join CAIR-Ohio for the 3rd Annual Muslim Advocacy Day in Columbus at the Ohio Statehouse!  Participants will receive training, education, and meet with their elected representatives to discuss issues affecting all Ohioans. Registration fee includes lunch, training, and materials.  Registration: $20 Early Bird General Admission (If purchased by August 25, 2019), $30 Early Bird General Admission with Statehouse Parking Garage Validation (If purchased by August 25, 2019), $25 General Admission (If purchased after August 25, 2019), $35 General Admission with Statehouse Parking Garage Validation (If purchased after August 25, 2019).   Deadline to register is September 6, 2019.  Agenda and issues TBA.  Register here.

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Central Ohio Community Action Night & Conservation Committee Meeting.  Join us to get updates on local environmental issues, take simple actions to support Ohio's transition to a renewable energy future, and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities!  Hosted by Beyond Coal. The Central Ohio Sierra Club Group’s Conservation Committee will also be part of the meeting. You will get the opportunity to connect with other volunteers, get updates on local environmental issues, take simple actions to support Ohio's transition to a renewable energy future, and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities. Snacks will be provided. Location:  Columbus Public Library – Main, 95 South Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Meet the Candidates – Reynoldsburg.  Learn about local candidates running in Reynoldsburg!  Candidate Races include Truro Township Trustees, Reyoldsburg City Council, Reynoldsburg City School Board, Reynoldsburg City Mayor and Reynoldsburg City Attorney.  Hosted by Franklin County Consortium for Good Government and LWV of Metropolitan Columbus. Location:  Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road, Reynoldsburg 43068.  Facebook

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohio Progressive Democrats of America.  Meets monthly on the third Wednesday.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus in the carriage house on the second floor.  Parking in back.  Contact: mayo.makinde@gmail.com for more information. 

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  CIW/Alliance for Fair Good - Food Chains Film Screening and Panel.As a Fair Food Congregation, First UU members are continuing to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Alliance for Fair Food (AFF) as they end slavery and abuse in the fields and help workers in the dairy and garment industries through the Fair Food Program and Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network (RSW). Learn more about the CIW’s award-winning social justice work at our September 18 showing of Food Chains and panel discussion featuring our new Ohio Fair Food leader from the Haas Institute, Wendy Ake, and long-time First UU Fair Food allies. For more information, please contact Sue Carter, susanjtcarter@gmail.com. First Unitarian Universalist church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd. 43214.  For more information, contact susanjtcarter@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 12:30 – 3:00 PM.  Do Something:  End Gun Violence Now.  Demand that our Ohio legislators “Do Something” to end the tragedy of gun violence in our state! Join us for a march, rally and silent witness/prayer at the Ohio Statehouse to make your voice heard and support sensible gun laws.  WE ASK OUR LEGISLATORS TO DO THE FOLLOWING: Support Universal Background Checks – Ohio SB 183, SB 184 - Red Flag Law to disarm gun owners who have become a risk to themselves or others. OH SB 183, SAVE (Safety and Violence Education) Students Act. To increase school security and reduce student suicide. OH HB 123.  Increase the minimum age for gun purchase to 21. OH SB 64.  Prohibit persons from having a gun if convicted of domestic violence – OH SB 43.  Ban bump stocks and other devices that allow a semi-automatic firearm to act like an automatic firearm – OH SB 62.  Ban military-style assault rifles and high capacity magazines.  Sign the petition brought by Ohioans for Gun Safety for Background Checks on the ballot.  Stop proposed Ohio law to allow permit- less carry – OH HB 178.  Location:  12:30 March step-off: Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus.  We will march from the Columbus Commons, north on 3rd St, west on Broad St, then south for a few yards on High Street to the West Plaza of the Statehouse.  1:00 pm: Rally, West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse.  We will hear stories from the families of victims of gun violence.  2:30 pm: Silent Witness/Prayer at the Statehouse. All Ohio Legislators are invited to join us. Facebook

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 3:45 – 5:00 PM.  Katherine Marino Book Talk:  “Feminism for the Americas:  The Making of an International Human Rights Movement.”  Dr. Katherine Marino is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses and teaching interests include twentieth-century U.S. and Latin American history, histories of women, gender, sexuality, and race in the Americas, human rights, and transnational feminism. Dr. Marino's writing has appeared in multiple journals, including the Journal of Women's HistoryGender & History, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies.  Location:  168 Dulles Hall, 230 Annie and John Glenn Ave., OSU. Please join us for her event!  More information here.  OSU Map.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:00 -8:00 PM.  September Green Drinks – Drive Electric Week. Join us to celebrate National Drive Electric Week with Smart Columbus and Great Lakes Brewing Co at our September Green Drinks. Free beer and light snacks provided. Hope to see you there. Learn about today's widespread availability of all-electric and plug-in vehicles and their benefits. See the vehicles in the showroom during the event and get an update from Smart Columbus first-hand.  Location:  Smart Columbus Experience Center, 170 S. Civic Center Drive, Columbus 43215.  Please RSVP here: Facebook

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  BQIC Member Meeting.  You don't wanna miss this meeting fam!!   We will have a Direct Action and Organizing 101 training during the first hour! We will go over how to plan an action from start to finish, as well as the different tactics and strategies for building a long-term campaign. And you already KNOW we're gonna do this with a Black queer feminist lens. Come through so you know how to respond quickly when shit pops off!  During the second hour, we will start planning a direct action in memory of the Black trans women we have lost this year, in addition to discussing our other BQIC work (Black Power Book Club, Free Resource Fridays, Spoken Word, etc.). See you there!  *This space is exclusively for Black LGBTQIA+ people*.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1113 Parsons Ave., Columbus 43206.  Facebook

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 10:00 PM.  OH-Columbus-Mayors Advocacy Day.  Join MOMS Demand Action to support Ohio mayors on their Advocacy Day - wear your red shirt and help us keep our legislators accountable. Meet us at the Moms table in the Capitol Rotunda. Be sure to R.S.V.P. to get updates on exact schedule. Tentative Schedule: 9:00-3:00: Moms Information Table in the Capitol Rotunda 12:15: Attend the Mayors Against Illegal Guns/Ohio Mayors Alliance Press Conference Throughout the day: Visit your own Senator with help from an experienced Moms.  Register here: OH-Columbus-Mayor's Advocacy Day.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215. 

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  Let’s End Dark Money and Demand Better Disclosure Rules.   Common Cause Ohio invites you to attend a press conference announcing its push to improve Ohio's disclosure laws: Let the Sunshine in, Ohio! Many Ohioans have been outraged by the recent TV ad and mailer campaign against the effort to referendum the nuclear bailout bill, HB6. Who is funding the million-dollar campaign? We don't know exactly: Ohio's outdated campaign disclosure laws allow corporations and lobbying efforts to pay for advertisements without disclosing their funding sources.  In the lead up to 2020, we need to improve our disclosure rules so that we can "follow the money" and can hold bad actors accountable when they spread falsehoods to frighten or mislead voters. Without disclosure, deep-pocketed groups can and will distort the truth ruthlessly, leaving Ohio voters without recourse.  At our press event we will have petitions available to sign supporting better disclosure rules, as well as postcards to send to your state legislators.  Sign up to attend at this link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/shine-a-light-on-dark-money-demand-better-disclosure-laws-in-ohio. Location:  100 East Broad St., 6th Floor, conference room B, Columbus 43215. 

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  People before Robots. Transportation

Workers United and People Before Robots are inviting City Leaders, COTA and SMART Columbus to speak with the coalition and the community answering questions and give the rationale for implementing a driverless shuttle in Linden.  Location:  Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church, 1533 Cleveland Ave., Columbus. 

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 10:00 AM.  OH- Columbus – Mayor’s Advocacy Day.  Join us to support Ohio mayors on their Advocacy Day.  Wear your red shirt and help us keep our legislators accountable. Final time TBD.  Please use the following link to RSVP, so that you can be updated on any changes: https://tinyurl.com/y5dz4xo5.  Want to help but can't make the event? Consider a donation! Right now we are raising funds to help support our annual Wear Orange events. Half of everything you give stays right here in Ohio! You can also join our fundraising team and make a fundraising link of your own with your story of why gun violence prevention is important to you: http://tinyurl.com/OhioC3.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  Facebook

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Meet the Candidates – Prairie Township.  Meet the local candidates running in Prairie Township!  Candidate Races include: Prairie Township Trustee, Southwestern City School District, Prairie Township Fiscal Office, Franklin County Children's Services Levy.  Hosted by Franklin County Consortium for Good Government and League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus.  Location:  Prairie Township Community Center, 5955 W. Broad St., Galloway 43119.  Facebook

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Columbus Pro-Choice Town Hall – East Side.  Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, Columbus DSA, and Kaleidoscope Youth Center for a discussion with state legislators from Franklin County about the full spectrum of reproductive health care, from abortion to better birth outcomes, to childcare, charter schools, and parenting LGBTQIA+ youth. We are doing our best to be radically inclusive of parents, their children, and other youth, so childcare is provided for those who would like it. Please make sure to register in advance to make sure we have enough caregivers for all children present! There will also be food. This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you register, as space is limited.  Legislators currently anticipated: Senator Hearcel Craig, Representative Erica Crawley, Representative Mary Lightbody, Representative Allison Russo, and
Representative David Leland.  Can't make it to our east side town hall? Check out our west side town hall on October 3rd!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library – Driving Park Branch, 1422 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus 43205.  RSVP on Facebook

 

Friday, September 20, 2019, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.  Climate Strike:  Columbus.  Join OH Climate Strike in Columbus as we strike for the Green New Deal and against government inaction on one of the greatest political challenges of our generation. Starting at noon, strikes will be taking place across the state (as well as the country!) as we kick off Week for Future- a week of climate-related programming and organizing aimed at educating and empowering Ohioans to stay informed and stay involved against the climate crisis. Columbus' strike will be held outside the Ohio Statehouse from noon to 2:00pm!  Bring signs, energy, and most importantly yourselves as we prepare for a round of speakers to talk about the challenges facing our country concerning climate. Show support as we collectively signal that the status quo is insufficient in dealing with the crisis at hand, and that radical legislative and popular action needs to be taken to reverse course. This isn’t just one climate strike, it’s a continuation of a movement that has begun to gain leverage as concepts like the Green New Deal and divestment become mainstream.  Location:  The Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus 43215.  Facebook

 

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 12:00 – 2:00 PM.  How and when did corporations become people?

Special Public Presentation: The Southern Pacific Railroad v. Santa Clara County. This is the case that first granted corporations constitutional right, and hence personhood status. Join us for a historical dive into this little known but extraordinarily significant Supreme Court case. We will discuss what sparked the dispute, its mysterious ruling, and how it led to the infamous Citizens United v. FEC case in 2010.

All are invited for this free event.  Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43214. Site is accessible. Bus #2 N. High Street. Light refreshments provided.  For more information, contact sbolzenius72@hotmail.com.

 

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 3:00 – 4:00 PM.  Food Not Bombs September 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!  Also, for those who have wanted to come to a meeting but unable due to the locations being in a non-wheelchair/mobility accessible location. This meeting will be at the Northside Library meeting room #3 (also on multiple Cota bus lines) for those with mobility challenges.  Location:  Northside Library, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook

 

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 3:30 Gathering at Genoa P, 4:00 PM (march begins), 4:30- 5:45 (Building community Interactive Event at Bicentennial Park), 2019 Interfaith March for Peace and Justice.  If you agree:  All people should be free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination, intimidation, or reprisal; Multiple religions can coexist peacefully and contribute to the common good; Equal justice and equal protection under the law are rights to which all people are entitled; Governments should protest those who are most vulnerable and never fail to seek justice for acts of violence. Please join us and alert your communities of this annual event.  This event is international in scope.  Gather at Genoa Park, west side of the river behind COSI.  Building community event, Bicentennial Park Pavilion area.   For more information visit:  http://interfaithmarch.com or email:  iaco@iaco.org

 

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Campaign Launch Updates.  Hosted by RAID – Resistance Against Immigrant Detention.  Discussing next steps in our organizing goals.  Location:  Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook

 

Monday, September 23, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  Race and Community Development in Ohio.  The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity of Ohio State University and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) are partnering to have a conversation on racial economic inequality in Ohio. Professor Darrick Hamilton, Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute, will offer opening remarks on the state of racial economic inequality and Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chief of Equity and Inclusion at NCRC, will moderate a conversation with local advocates to discuss challenges and best practices around this issue.  Panelists Include: Bo Chilton | CEO, Impact Community Action; Sandra Lopez | Legislative Analyst, Columbus City Council; Sheldon Johnson | Managing Director, Community Development for All People; Dr. Stephanie Moulton | Associate Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs.  To RSVP click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-and-community-development-in-ohio-tickets-69281016385.  Free.  Location:  Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 N. High St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.

 

Monday, September 23, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Imprisoning a Generation.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio and Central Ohioans for Peace are sponsoring a screening of the documentary, Imprisoning a Generation (Anemoia Projects).  Imprisoning a Generation is a documentary film following the stories of four young Palestinians who have been detained and imprisoned under the Israeli military and political systems. Their perspectives, along with the voices of their families, combine to form a lens into the entangled structures of oppression that expand well beyond the prison walls. Discussion on what we can do will follow the screening.  Location: Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus.   Facebook. Learn more about the campaign to end military detention of Palestinian children here: http://bit.ly/2Qp5vbf

 

Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:30-8:30 PM.  The Yes Men! + Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop ShoppingTime for some humor! Come experience how the Yes Men are "changing the world one prank at a time." Their pranks are "thought-provoking, insightful, and entertaining" (San Francisco Chronicle) and Roger Ebert said it "has to be seen to be believed" and gave it two thumbs up! Stay for the double feature tonight and experience Rev Billy (aka Bill Talen) take his choir to the streets and send a powerful message to our consumer culture.  Location:  Northwood High Bldg, Room 100, 2231 N High St (Park free in rear lot only in R spaces), Cols 43201.

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Sharing Our Stories – Primrose Igonor.  Primrose Igonor was raised and educated in South Africa, though she has also lived and worked in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Canada. She will share her experiences from all these places of residence.  Ms. Igonor is a Psychology Faculty Member and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator at Marion Technical College. In addition to working in education and academia, she has experience in business, non-profit and private practice.  A WIN Leadership Team member, Ms. Igonor brings a world of interests, insights and inquisitiveness to our community. All are welcome. There is no charge for this program.  Hosted by WIN Worthington Interfaith Neighbors.  Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington.  Facebook

 

NOTE THE DATE CHANGE - Thursday, September 25, 2019, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.   Educate a Legislator Day. FREEDOM DEMANDS ACTION!  Join us for "Educate a Legislator Day". Many of you have told us you want to learn more about what happens after a bill is introduced in the Ohio Legislature. We thought the best way to do that is to hold an educational training event followed by citizens meeting up with their legislators. Educate the legislators that are making the decision that are dangerous to our health and environment. Like those that bring us SB 33, the anti-protest bill which is one step away from passing the house.)  Citizens participating in free speech and peaceful assembly are the sign of a healthy democracy. It is Un-American for elected officials to pass laws that silence their own constituents. They should be encouraging greater participation in our democracy, not less. SB 33 clearly violates the First Amendment of the Constitution. Location: The Sheraton Hotel, 75 East State Street, Columbus, OH.  More information and Register here.

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. SURJ National 10 Year Anniversary.  It is with great pleasure that we inform you that our partners at Showing Up for Racial Justice National has reached an important milestone that is worthy of our acknowledgement and celebration. On Sept 11th, it was the 10-year anniversary of SURJ. Our chapter has benefited from participating in this national network that enables us to connect with anti-racist white people across the country to share in skills, celebrate our victories, and learn from white folks who have been in social justice movements for decades. Being part of the SURJ network has been instrumental to our ability to organize locally, while maintaining a long view collective vision of ending white support for white supremacy across the country. We will reflect on the organizing SURJ has accomplished these past years. We will also be discussing mutual aid and looking at ways to get involved in mutual aid projects in the city.  We will be having an informal potluck, so feel free to bring food, snacks or drinks. (Not required!).  What do we mean by “mutual aid”? “Mutual aid is a term to describe people giving each other needed material support, trying to resist the control dynamics, hierarchies and system-affirming, oppressive arrangements of charity and social services. Mutual aid projects are a form of political participation in which people take responsibility for caring for one another and changing political conditions, not just through symbolic acts or putting pressure on their representatives in government, but by actually building new social relations that are more survivable.” (Definition from BigDoorBrigade).  Location:  Northside Library Branch, 1423 N High St.  For more information, contact SURJcolumbusoh@gmail.com

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.  Free Flu Shots.  Location:  Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave., Columbus.  Free parking behind the building.  Questions?  Call 614-645-6736. 

 

Thursday, September 26, 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.  Website and calendar.

 

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Meet the Candidates – Columbus. Meet Local Candidates Running in Columbus!  Races include: Franklin County Municipal Judges, Columbus City Council, Columbus City School Board, Franklin County Children Services Levy.  Hosted by Franklin County Consortium for Good Government and LWV of Metropolitan Columbus.  Location:  Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1555 S. James Road, Columbus 43227.  Facebook.    

 

Friday, September 27, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  Miriam’s Street Dance & Fundraiser.  We're celebrating Miriam's birthday with a dance party fundraiser! Miriam is combining two of her passions - dancing and cooking - into one event to help raise funds for herself and her family while they fight for path to citizenship for Miriam in the U.S.  Be prepared to eat delicious tacos prepared by Miriam, and move n' groove to the tunes of DJ Lachewla. Cost is $15 per person at the door (cash preferred). BYOB.  Location:  First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St., Columbus 43205. Event will be held both inside the church, and outside in the courtyard, weather permitting.  Facebook.

 

Friday and Saturday September 27-28, 2019, 2019 Green Energy Ohio Tour. Guided or Self-Guided Tours.  The Green Energy Ohio Tour is in its 17th year, offering Ohioans the opportunity to see renewable energy and green technology up close and talk with the people who live and work with it.  This free statewide event features showcases homes, businesses, and public buildings that are using green technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, green design, energy efficiency, and more. Website is now live!  Visit GreenEnergyOhioTour.org to see: locations, dates, and times for open houses,

pictures of the sites, ways to navigate the tour, special events during tour weekend, workshops, festivals, and expos prior to the tour, and information on tour sponsors.  Check the site often for updates and new information!

 

Monday, September 30, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 PM.  Zerp to 100:  Taking Bold Action on the Climate Crisis.  Please join Jill Tauber, Earthjustice’s new vice president of litigation for climate and energy, and Luis Torres, senior legislative representative, for a member teleconference to discuss the most pressing issue of our time. We’ll talk about Earthjustice’s work to transition the United States to zero emissions and 100% clean energy, our partnership with a historic national climate coalition, and how these high-level initiatives translate into real change on the ground for impacted communities. Have a question for Jill or Luis? Email us at events@earthjustice.org— we’ll do our best to answer it during the call.  Register here.

 

Monday, September 30, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Challenging Systemic Racism in Public Education:  An Ohio Story.  Join the Kirwan Institute and Racial Justice Now for a discussion on parent organizing and movement building for educational justice.  Zakiya Sankara-Jabar and Dr. Mark Warren will be at Kirwan to discuss educational justice and their book, Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out!  Lift Us Up, Don't Push Us Out! features voices from the frontlines of a new movement for educational justice that is growing across the United States. Organizers and Activists recount their journeys to movement building, lift up victories and successes, and offer practical organizing strategies and community-based alternatives to traditional education reform and privatization schemes. To learn more visit: https://www.liftusupmovement.org/.  To RSVP for the event, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/challenging-systemic-racism-in-public-education-an-ohio-story-tickets-71503072615.  Location:  The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, 33 W. 11th Ave., Columbus 43201.  Facebook