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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.  


 Unity Walk for Immigration Justice - Every Thursday 11 AM at LeVeque Tower.  You are invited to join us on a Unity Walk, a silent march and time of prayer outside the LeVeque Tower, 50 West Broad Street. Faith leaders, immigrant activists and community members are invited to walk in solidarity with individuals and families whose basic humanity is being denied by our unjust and immoral immigration system. Though we walk in silence, our actions speak to the injustices that our communities face. This building houses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices. During the march, we walk in prayerful silence and pause at the front of the building where we join together in prayer.  Though we walk in silence, our actions speak to the injustices that our communities face. We call today for a system that: puts an end to the detentions and deportations that shatter immigrant lives and families, protects the rights of all workers, immigrant and non-immigrant alike, enshrines the shared values of our faith communities and our nation at large: the values of justice compassion, kindness and generosity, gives immigrant communities the right to remain with their families, with their communities, in their schools, and in their places of worship. If you are driving, please note that parking can be challenging downtown. The LaVeque Tower parking garage can be accessed off of Front Street. There is a parking lot adjacent to the west side of COSI. The Statehouse parking garage is being renovated and may be full due to having fewer spaces than usual.  For more information, contact Pastor Wendy at


Join the Ongoing Weekly Peace Vigils

Every Saturday at noon with Central Ohioans for Peace.  Location:  161 and N. High, Worthington AND at E.N. Broadway and N. High St., Clintonville. 


Events and Meetings: 

Monday, November 11, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Discussion:  Have you been trolled for something you posted on Facebook or Twitter?  Or for a letter to the editor?  One of our members recently received a threatening letter in response to a letter published by The Columbus Dispatch.  Hear how this member responded and participate in a discussion to identify ways a person or we as a group could respond to trolling.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214. 


Monday, November 11, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohio FCNL Advocacy Team Monthly meeting. We lobby quarterly with our federal legislators to change laws.  Our current focus is repeal of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), along with the 2001 AUMF.  We also have an appointment set up with Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office this week.  Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is Washington’s longest-existing grass roots lobbying group.  Please email Greg Pace at for more information. Location:  Center on High, 3208 N. High St., Columbus


Monday, ​ November 11, 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, November 12, 2019, 7:00 PM business meeting, 8:00 PM Program.  Franklin County Green Party Meeting.  Greens will have a guest speaker, Cathi Steele, operations manager from the Mid-Ohio Worker Association, 8:00 PM.  The FCGP attempts to learn about local organizations and their work. Then Greens and other interested Independent candidates can gain more knowledge about the needs of those they want to represent.  All are welcome.  Light refreshments.  For more information contact Location:  The Northwood Building, 2231 N High St. Rm 100, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  Free parking available behind the building in "R: spaces. community.  


Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:30 PM (registration and refreshments), 6:00 PM Program.  Dialogue:  A New Kind of Conversation.  Should the Government Mandate Vaccines?  Over the past decades, vaccines have nearly wiped out smallpox, polio, measles and many other diseases. In recent years the number of people foregoing vaccinations has led to spotty outbreaks of ailments thought to be eliminated. Fueled by questionable science, fears of side effects and religious objections, more and more people are fighting requirements they and their kids be vaccinated to get a job or attend school. Business and government-based vaccine mandates have come under fire. In the latest edition of Dialogue, we discuss whether your school board or your employer can force you to be vaccinated. The discussion will feature Dr. William Cotton, a local pediatrician and representative of the American Academy of Pediatrics and State Rep. Don Manning who supports a bill requiring schools to inform parents how they can refuse vaccinations for their children. Ann Fisher, host of All Sides with Ann Fisher on 89.7 NPR News will moderate the event.  $15.00 General Public.  $5.00 Students with ID.  Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Purchase tickets here


Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Gerrymandering update.  Have we won the fight against gerrymandering? Find out at the Clintonville Area Progressives next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Whetstone Library. Richard Gunther, OSU Emeritus Professor of Political Science will be our speaker.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whetstone Branch, 3909 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook


Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 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 snacks and drinks for suggested donation as well.  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.  Facebook


Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Book Launch:  Rest for the Justice-Seeking Soul.  You are invited to the official launch of Rev. Susan K. Smith's newest book, Rest for the Justice-Seeking Soul. Bring your book if you have already purchased one or purchase one on-site. Click the link below to pre-order today!  Location:  The People’s Mansion, 394 E. Town St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook


Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:00 – 1:30 PM.  U.S. Supreme Court Term (P)Review.  Join the ACS Columbus Lawyer Chapter for a panel discussion with local experts to discuss recent and upcoming cases in the areas of Title VII and election law, including Rucho v. Common Cause, Lamone v. Benisek, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  Location:  200 South Civic Center Drive, Columbus 43212.  More information and registration (free) here


Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Building Trades & Apprenticeship Fair.  Learn about careers in the skilled construction trades, meet construction professionals who can answer your questions, and learn how to apply for a career in the construction industry.  Location:  New Salem Baptist Church, 2956 Cleveland Ave., Columbus.  Register here.


Wednesday, November 13, 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: for more information. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30.  Central Ohio Workers Center – Worker Justice Committee Business Meeting.  The COWC Worker Justice Committee focuses on combating wage theft and other violations of our labor laws, partnering with our friends in the labor movement and supporting policies that benefit all working people.  We believe that by organizing in the workplace, workers put themselves in a position to secure higher pay, better benefits and safe working conditions as well as dignity and respect on the job.  The Worker Justice Committee helps workers obtain justice in the courts and in the community.  We welcome new members who support our mission.  Location:  Seafarers International Union, 2800 S. High St., Columbus 43207.  For more information, contact  Website:


Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Empower Jailed Voters Training with Indivisible Westerville.  Did you know many individuals detained in jails have the right to vote? In Ohio, people only lose the right to vote while incarcerated after they have been convicted of a felony.  So while citizens awaiting trial or convicted of a misdemeanor can cast a ballot, few are able to simply because jail officials do not have voting programs that encourage people to exercise their right to vote. In fact, at any given time, roughly 750,000 Americans in jails are legally allowed to cast ballots.  Join All Voting is Local, Indivisible OH12, and Indivisible Westerville for a training to learn how to help register voters in Ohio's jails.  Location:  Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville.  Facebook.


Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  DSA Monthly General 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


Thursday, November 14, 2019, 8:00 PM.  Solidarity Funding for Indigenous Sovereignty / a national call.  Join the conversation about raising funds for Indigenous led movements toward Indigenous sovereignty, with organizers from Shuumi Land Tax (Bay area), Real Rent Duwamish (Seattle), Manna-hatta Fund (New York City), and the Indigenous Solidarity Network, a project of SURJ, Catalyst Project and other organizers.  JOIN THIS ANYWHERE BY PHONE OR WEBINAR REGISTER @


Friday, November 15, 2019, 12:00 – 1:45 PM.  Building Peace:  A Conversation Between Academics, Policymakers, and Practitioners.   Please join us for a "fireside chat" lunch conversation between academics, policymakers, and practitioners on "Building Peace." At this event, Mershon Center Peace Studies Coordinator Teri Murphy will interview Hollie Nyseth Brehm, associate professor of sociology, and Veena O'Sullivan, head of thematic support for Tearfund, about their experiences of collaborating with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the understanding and building of peace.

They will be discussing the differences in agendas, priorities, and timelines of these parties, what constitutes "evidence," and how to work more effectively together. After the fireside chat, attendees will break into small groups to further discuss the challenges and opportunities of building cross-institutional partnerships.  This fireside chat is part of a Mershon Center working conference on "Exploring Obstacles to Social Cohesion in the Aftermath of Violent Conflict." The event will allow conference participants to interact with Mershon affiliates as well as members of The Ohio State University and broader Columbus community.  Location:  Room 120, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave., Columbus.  More information and registration here


Friday, November 15, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Recognition Night for Trans/NB/GNC People of Color.  As part of our Month for Black Trans Life and Liberation, BQIC will be co-hosting the 3rd Annual Recognition Night for Transgender/Queer/Non-Binary/GNC People of Color with OCTOPUS LLC! Recognition, visibility, inclusion, and public acceptance of those still living is incredibly important just as is remembrance. To simply exist as a Trans/Nonbinary/GNC person of color is, in and of itself, an act of bravery. It's crucial to give trans people of color their roses while they are still alive, so we invite you to join us in celebrating trans folks of color here in Central Ohio!  Are you a trans person of color who wants to be honored at the recognition night? Are you also interested in performing? Fill out this form by 11:59PM on Sunday 11/10/19:  Do you want to nominate a loved one? Fill out this form by 11:59PM on Sunday 11/10/19:
Please support our emergency fund for Black LGBTQIA+ people:  Location:  Summit on 16th United Methodist Church, 82 E. 16th Avenue, Columbus 43201.  Facebook


Saturday, November 16, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Muslim Youth Town Hall.  MY Project USA invites entire Muslim Community & Friends to join us for a Face to Face Conversation of Muslim Youth Activists, Leaders & Advocates with the Adult Muslim Leaders & Elected Officials. This Townhall is all about the Protection & Empowerment of Muslim Youth in Central Ohio. Youth Activists will share their stories and ask questions at this event. Area youth are encouraged to submit their request to speak ASAP but no later than Friday, November 15th.  We believe, it's time to evaluate What is being done for these youth and their families. It's time hear the voices of our youth directly from them. It's time to make them part of the solution. It's time to Empower our Youth with Resources they need to help themselves and others. It's time to Secure Our Future. At this townhall, we will focus on what is being done by the Mosques, Community Organizations and Elected Officials to Protect & Empower Muslim Youth from Family Violence, Parental Abuse, Drugs, Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues, Gangs and other Vices.  Location:  Ohio State 4H Youth Development, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210.  Facebook.


Saturday, November 16, 2019, 1:30 – 4:30 PM.  Black Liberation:  Resistance and Resilience.  The momentum, heart, and brilliance of Black liberation movements has been a catalyzing force for social justice in the US and internationally since the slave trade first began. In recent years, the Movement for Black Lives has inspired an entire generation of activists to fight for a world where everyone has safety, dignity, power and sustenance. Come hear from powerful Black movement leaders about their work and how to support projects building Black Liberation in our lifetimes: Aesha Rasheed from New Orleans, Veronica Morris-Moore from Chicago, and Aramis Malachi-Ture Sundiata. The panel will be moderated by Charlie Stewart. This event is presented as part of the Ohio Anne Braden Program and is open to the public. There will be a requested donation of $5 to $20, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Location:  St. John’s Church Columbus, 59 E. Mound St., Columbus 43215.  More information on Facebook.


Saturday, November 16, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Ohio Environmental Council Green Gala.   Celebrating five decades of environmental progress.  We’ll honor trailblazers who have fought for a healthier environment for all Ohioans and we’ll set our sights on what’s to come. Nonmembers $120.  Location:  Hilton, 401 N. High St.  Tickets available here


Saturday, November 16, 2019, 12:00 – 3:00 PM.  Keep Wayne Wild Fall Bioblitz.  Due to cold weather and other events that volunteers want to attend, we have decided to do a Saturday day hike rather than a weekend-long extravaganza!  We will update with the location in the next few days. If you have a suggestion feel free to send us a message!  Some of us will have dinner in Marietta after the hike and those of us who attended the Forest and Climate Convergence in Illinois last month will share with the group some of what we learned. Please let us know if you'd like to join us!  At 7pm whoever wants to will head to First Unitarian Universalist Society Green Sanctuary Group's Beat Climate Change Coffeehouse open mic night!  If you plan to come from out of town and need accommodations, please DM us or email us at and we'll make sure you're taken care of!  Wayne National Forest – Athens Ranger District – Marietta Unit, Woodsfield, Ohio.  Facebook.


Saturday, November 16, 2019, 12:00 – 2:00 PM.  Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.  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


Sunday, November 17, 2019, 1:00 – 1:30 PM.  Food Not Bombs Oct 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 CML Northside Branch library, meeting room #2 (also on multiple Cota bus lines) for those with mobility challenges.  Location:  Northside Library Branch, 1423 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook


Sunday, November 17, 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.  November ProgramMike Grigsby an electronic design engineer, will instruct us about his Fearless Falling program. He is skilled in a variety of martial arts, and has taught safe falling skills at OSU and local community centers. Falls send over 60,000 adults to the ER each week. The risk increases with age.  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  Website:


Sunday, November 17, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Raise the Kuffiyeh.  Join us for our annual Palestinian cultural night featuring comedian Sammy Obeid!  Palestinians have a rich culture and we would love to share it with you! Join the Students for Justice in Palestine for our annual signature event "Raise the Kuffieyh". A night of dabke, music and comedy by Sammy Obeid!  Show starts at 6:00 PM sharp in the Ohio Union Performance Hall: 1739 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210. The event will feature comedy, a dabke competition, student performances, singing, a Palestinian fashion show and more!  Sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine. Tickets 45 – 22.50.   TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!


Sunday, November 17, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Senator Sherrod Brown:  Special Event.  Thurber House is pleased to present U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in partnership with Gramercy Books.  Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Sherrod Brown has sat on the Senate floor at a desk with a proud history. In Desk 88, he profiles eight Senators who were there before him, all of whom fought for a more just America. This event will conclude with a book signing and the opportunity to meet Senator Brown. Reading Only: $25; Reading and Book Combination: $45.   Reading and Book Combination tickets include admission to the event and one copy of Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America (books will be available for pick up at the event).  Location:  Mees Auditorium, Capital University, 1 College and Main, Bexley 43209.  Tickets and more information here.  Parking is available in the large lots that border East Mound Street on the west side of College Avenue. Lot #1 is located behind Trinity Lutheran Seminary to the north of East Mound Street. Lot #2 is located directly south of East Mound Street.


Monday, November 18, 2019, 8:00 PM.  Conference call:  SURJ member feedback to develop 2020 WFP platform. Following up on the SURJ webinar with Working Families Party Executive Director Maurice Mitchell we will be hosting a call for SURJ members to give feedback and help develop the Working Families Party Platform for 2020. (if you missed the webinar you can view it here: ). The Working Families Party, a close ally of SURJ Action, is developing a platform that is an expression of the multiracial working class movement we are building. We invite SURJ Action members to participate in a workshop to talk about building a political party for working class people of all backgrounds, the role that a platform can play in building a movement, and to help design our party platform.  All are welcome to join. WFP is working with other national racial and social justice organizations to develop this platform, and we want folks to contribute their knowledge and experience!


Monday, November 18, 2019, 4:30 PM.  Interment:  Now & Then.  In September 2018, the of migrant children in detention reached a peak of almost 12,800.  While this number has decreased, the Trump administration recently issued an administrative rule allowing for the indefinite detention of children with their families.  This roundtable seeks to understand the events historically, through a discussion of previous instances of mass detention targeting racialized groups. Speaker will consider the experiences of internment of American Indians and Japanese-Americans alongside contemporary children and family detention and will invite the audience to react on how race, gender, and indigeneity illuminate the logic of confinement at play.  Speakers:  Natalie Cisneros, PhD (Seattle University) and Lynn Itagaki, PhD (University of Missouri).  Organized by the Center for Ethnic Studies, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability and the Center for Ethnics and Human Values.  Location:  Hagerty 180, 1775 College Road, OSU.  Campus Map


Monday, November 18, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Sign the Columbus Community Bill of Rights Petition.  The Columbus Community Bill of Rights is a citizen-initiated charter amendment for the city of Columbus. It will give us the right to protect our Water from toxic, radioactive Frack Waste dumping in our Water supply.   Parsons Branch - Columbus Metro Library Meeting Room #1 1113 Parsons Avenue Columbus, OH 43206.  Facebook.


Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:15 – 8:30 PM.  Community Meeting in Support of Miriam and her family.  Please join us on Monday, November 18th at 7:15 p.m. as we continue the conversation on how we can best support Miriam Vargas and her family. Your support over the past year has been much appreciated and we hope you will join us as we share and make plans for the coming months.  Location:  First English Lutheran Church, 1015 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43205.  Facebook.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM.  The Future of Wildlife Conservation:  Funding Strategies for the State of Ohio.  Join this EPN Breakfast Program to learn from Kendra Wecker (the Chief of Ohio’s Division of Wildlife) and Naomi Edelson (Senior Director for Wildlife Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation; national expert on state-based conservation funding strategies), as we discuss a variety of strategies aimed at enhancing the future of wildlife conservation in Ohio. The discussion will cover traditional funding sources derived through activities such as hunting and fishing, as well as those related to taxing outdoor goods or shooting-specific sports equipment. Additional strategies include broader coalition-building with various stakeholders to expand the number of recreationists. Attendees will walk away from this program with a deeper knowledge of the most critical strategies and challenges to conserve wildlife in Ohio. Cost $22.00; college students free.  Location:  Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center,  2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43221.  Registration and more information here


Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00 PM.  Westerville Nondiscrimination Ordinance: Final Vote.  Join us for the third reading and final vote for Westerville's nondiscrimination ordinance. This date is tentative so watch for updates. Parking in Uptown Westerville can be a challenge, so please arrive early to be sure you can find a parking space and get a seat!  Location:  21 S. State St., Westerville 43081.  Facebook.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 7:30 – 10:00 PM.  Columbus Stand Up for Choice:  Naral ProChoice Ohio. Are you ready for some laughs with a cause? 'Comedy @ Ace of Cups' and Columbus Stands Up for Choice! are proud to present our next pro-choice, local comedy show and rally - Columbus Stands Up for Choice: NARAL ProChoice Ohio!  Join us for an exciting night of homegrown Columbus comedy, nationally touring acts and advocacy for reproductive rights and women's health!  Location:  Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St., Columbus 43202. Facebook


Wednesday, November 20,2019, 7:00 – 9:30 PM.  Free Screening of Dark Money.  1 hour and 38 minutes.  DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, DARK MONEY uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM).  See the Trailer:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus. Contact Michael Greenman –  Note: this showing is part of a series of “Meaningful Movies” that will be shown at the First Unitarian Universalist Church on the third Wednesday of each month from September thru June. We welcome suggestions from the viewing public regarding relevant and readily available films highlighting major issues of concern of our times.


Wednesday, November 20, 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:

November 20, 2019, 7:00PM - 9:00PM. Campus Event: Screening of Emanuel: The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is hosting a screening of the film Emanuel, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries (Associate Professor in History, Ohio State), Dr. Koritha Mitchell (Associate Professor in English, Ohio State), and Bob Trube (Associate Director Faculty Ministry/Emerging Scholars Network, Intervarsity).

The Center for Ethics and Human Values is pleased to co-sponsor this event, together with the School of Music and Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. For more information, and to RSVP, please see ODI's event listing.  Location: The Ohio Union, Performance Hall. 


Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:30 PM.  Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019.  Join the Columbus transgender and gender non-conforming community as we memorialize and celebrate those we lost this year.  More details to come - please follow this event for updates.  Location:  King Avenue UMC, 299 King Ave., Columbus 43201.  Facebook


Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:30 PM.  Transgender Day of Remembrance 2019.  Join the Columbus transgender and gender non-conforming community as we memorialize and celebrate those we lost this year.  More details to come. Please follow this event for updates.  Location:  King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Avenue, Columbus 43201.  Facebook


Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  November Green Drinks – Climate Change and Health.  Join us for November Green Drinks - Exploring Climate Change and Health. Meet us downstairs at Barley's for an informal & informative session about health and climate change with the Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action. Are allergies worse than they used to be? What are climate-related illnesses? How are medicine and sustainability related? We have a fantastic line-up of knowledgable experts:  Sarah Spence, Director of Climate Programs, OEC; Anna Cifranic Program Coordinator, OCCA; Jason Cervenec, Director, OSU Byrd Polar Research Center; Brooke White, Air Quality Program Specialist, MORPC; Dr. Mariam Hussain, Oncology Hospitalist, Wexner Medical Center, and Ariunaa Bayanjargal, Medical Student, OSU College of Medicine. This will be our last Green Drinks of 2019. We hope to see you there.  Location:  Barley’s Brewing Company, 467 N. High St., Columbus 43215.  RSVP on Facebook.


Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6:00 PM.  Public Forum for Columbus Police Chief. The search committee for the next Columbus Police Chief has narrowed down its search to two finalists for the position: Thomas Quinlan, Interim Police Chief, City of Columbus Division of Police and Perry Tarrant, former Assistant Chief of Police, Seattle Police Department, Seattle, Washington. The next Police Chief could be announced by the end of the year. The forum will be livestreamed.  Location:  East High School, 1500 E. Broad St.  More information here.


Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 PM.  Simply Living Meet-Up at Green Haven Living in Uptown Westerville.  Discover a local and sustainable business gem that if focused on gifts and home furnishings We will gather at Green Haven Living, share introductions, and hear from owner Angie Scheu. The small store in the heart of Uptown Westerville offers eco-friendly home furnishings and gifts, all carefully selected and sourced locally as often as possible. Angie is all about sustainability and is eager to share her start-up story with us. After the Meetup, some of us will walk across the street and eat and/or socialize at Java Central (20 South State St), one of the best local coffee houses with a music and art venue in central Ohio.  Location:  Green Haven Living, LLC, 12 W. College Road, Westerville 43081.  Facebook


Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohio Workers Center Immigrant Justice Committee Business Meeting.  The COWC mission is to advocate with and for workers and immigrants in Central Ohio. We combat wage theft, defend immigrants at risk of deportation, and educate workers to the benefits of collective action. COWC promotes a culture of solidarity, one which brings all working people and immigrants together in the fight for economic and social justice for all.  Location:  Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave., Columbus 43202.  Parking in the lot across the street.  For more information, contact  


Thursday, November 22, 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  Website and calendar.


Friday, November 22, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Onda Latina Ohio:  Break the Cage.  All are welcome to Onda Latina Ohio's open mic night with featured guest Paola Quiñones. Spaces will fill fast, so please arrive early if you have a five minute or under performance to share.  This month, we're excited to welcome first-time Onda Latina performer Paola Quiñones to talk to us about her journey as an accidental triple minority in the Midwest. A Mexican diesel technician originally from Los Angeles, California, she was raised in two starkly different homes and has been "pushed to revisit the veracity of childhood truths and prejudices."  Location:  Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St., Columbus 43202.  Facebook


Friday, November 22, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Public Launch:  Columbus Freedom Coalition.  Last December, CPD swat officer Eric Richards brutally shot and killed 16-year-old Julius Tate Jr. Yet while Julius' family lives with the fallout of his death, Richards continues to work in Columbus without consequence. Time and time again the state gets away with murder, and we must take a stance. As a coalition, we are organizing Columbus OH to fight racist, state-sanctioned violence; to build a future without police or prisons; and to find justice for Julius Tate Jr., his family, and all those who have been harmed at the hands of the police state.  To get involved with this work and learn more about it, join the launch of this work Friday, November 22, at Driving Park Rec Center from 6-8 PM. Food, childcare, and ASL interpretation will be provided. Bring any friends and family members - all are welcome.  Facebook


Sunday, November 24, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  What Would Jesus Buy?  The film uses humor and real-world skits to show how our consumer culture has co-opted the holidays and links with social issues. The documentary follows Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping gospel choir on a cross-country tour. Through retail interventions at the Mall of America, corporate exorcisms at WalMart, and some good old-fashioned preaching, Reverend Billy (actor Bill Talen) reminds us that we have lost the true
meaning of Christmas. Simply Living hosts this screening at the start of holiday shopping to connect the dots between our addiction to shopping and credit card debt and the environmental consequences of the consumer culture. Q&A discussion will follow the film.  Location:  Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, 3055 Indianola Ave., Columbus 43202.  Facebook


November 29, 2019, 7:30 – 9:00 PM.  Bill Cohen’s Black Friday Concert.  Bill will be back this year to remind us of all the gifts we have nature, friends, freedom, families, music, art, our miraculous bodies, and emotions. He will bring songs from a lot of our old favorites, as well as inspiring sayings about gratefulness. Don’t forget he also comes ready with trivia questions! The proceeds will help his wife Randi make her annual trek to the Dominican Republic where she translates for the International Medical Alliance of Tennessee, a team of volunteer doctors and nurses, providing basic medical care to poor villagers. Come and just relax, enjoy the music, answer the trivia questions (if you can), and chuckle at some jokes. If you have any questions, contact Bill at 614-263-3851 or See you at the concert!  Cost: $10 per person donation is suggested (at the door).  Location:  Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave., Columbus 43202.  Parking available in the lot on the corner of Indianola and Maynard.