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Monday, June 15, 2015, 11:00 PM.  Rally  to Stop FirstEnergy BailoutsIn the coming weeks, we will have our best opportunity to stop the coal bailouts in Ohio as the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO) begins their hearings on FirstEnergy's bailout request. On June 15th, in downtown Columbus, join Sierra Club, Ohio Citizen Action, Public Citizen, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and others as we take a stand against dirty energy bailouts.  June 15th marks the beginning of legal proceedings for FirstEnergy's bailout proposal, a request that, according to the Ohio Consumers' Counsel, would skyrocket rates $3 Billion, and if successful make it more likely other dirty energy bailout requests could be approved as well.  It's up to us to make sure the PUCO stays the course and rejects dirty energy bailouts once and for all.  The only way we make that happen is if YOU are there to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow activists on June 15th.  The morning rally will be on the sidewalk in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio offices, 180 East Broad Street.  RSVP now to say you'll be there!

 

Monday, June 15, 2015, 7:00 PM.   Central Ohio Solar and Smart Grid Cooperative.  Location:  First UU Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road.  Please check the meet up site to verify.  Sign up at meetup for more information.

 

Monday, June 15, 2015, 7:30 PM.  Youth Beat Radio on WCRS.   This week Youth Beat Radio will air a special episode featuring one of our local Congressional leaders, Representative Joyce Beatty.  Tune in to hear advice for getting involved in local government, perspectives on youth issues, current legislation affecting young people, and opportunities to visit Washington DC. Tune in Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS  102.1 and 98.3 FM 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 on your radio dial. Program and podcasts here.   For more information, contact youthbeat@osu.edu.

 

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015.  Community Shares Night at Denmark on HighAs a fairly new addition to Columbus night life, Denmark sources almost all of their ingredients and supplies locally, in addition to opening up Wednesdays for Charities to help host, through their “Guest Bartender” program, and in return receive 15% of the Beverage Sales for the evening. (They also have non-alcoholic drinks.) Funds raised on June 17th will go towards general operating expenses at Community Shares. http://www.communityshares.net/ With overall contributions down since 2008, Community Shares still tries to minimize administration fees for its members, which includes Simply Living, The Free Press, NAICCO, and the Central Ohio Green Education Fund.   Wednesday night is a great opportunity for all the Community Shares Members- their partners, friends, and Board members- to get together for socializing and networking and to celebrate our diversity and solidarity... more information - http://www.denmarkonhigh.com/Doors open at 4:00 PM. 

 

Thursday, June  18, 2015, 8:00 PM.  Move To Amend Internet Radio.  Listen to it streaming at:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movetoamend 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, June 18, 2015, Columbus Club of the CPUSA Meeting (every third Thursday).  For more information, call 614-325-1926.

Friday, June 19, 2015.   Opening night of "The Yes Men Are Revolting" @ the Gateway Film Center TBA Time.  For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men (Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum) have staged outrageous hoaxes to hijack public dialogue worldwide about the issues of the day. In their third cinematic outing (after The Yes Men and The Yes Men Fix The World), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced, climate change! Revealing the real people behind the ruses, their latest film is as much a character study as it is a thrilling ride depicting their latest interventions against corporate greed. From villages in Uganda’s Karamoja region to the toxic oil fields in Canada’s tar sands, these iconoclastic revolutionaries take on big oil, lobbyists, Wall Street, and the U.S. government. Overcoming personal obstacles, the Yes Men deliver a hopeful message about ordinary people breaking through the paralysis to take back our planet. Panel of local experts follow the film and Simply Living will be tabling on the opening night.  The film will be shown at the Gateway for a week.   Location: Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St. Cbus 43201.  Details on ticket prices and show times coming soon!

June 19-21, 2015,  Juneteenth Ohio 2015:
http://juneteenthohio.net

 

June 19  – 22, 2015, Pride Events, culminating in the Pride Parade:  http://www.columbuspride.org

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 12:00  – 2:00 PM.  Move To Amend - Central Ohio Meeting.  Learn about what Move to Amend is doing locally and how you can get involved!  Location:  First UU  Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.  For more information, please contact: sbolzenius72@hotmail.com  or see Move to Amend – Central Ohio on Facebook and Web: http://movetoamend.org/OH-Columbus.   

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015, Franklin County Green Party Gay Pride Parade March.  Walk with Pride! The Franklin County Green Party and Columbus Community Bill of Rights supporters are marching in the Columbus Gay Pride parade (one of the largest in the country!) and want you to join us! Every year, the Franklin County Greens (and other Greens from around the state) have a presence in solidarity with the Pride parade to support LGBTQ rights. Also, in this election year, the Greens are supporting the Columbus Community Bill of Rights to protect our city from polluters. The parade begins in downtown Columbus around Front and Broad Streets and marches through the Short North ending at Goodale Park. Location for Greens:  Meet at 10am at Bob Fitrakis' house, 1021 E. Broad St., Columbus, 43205 (614-374-2380) OR Meet in downtown Columbus at 11am (actual place in parade not determined until on site) Wear a green outfit! To RSVP, send us your cell phone number to fcgreenparty@gmail.com or call 614-374-2380 so we can call or text you on the day to tell you where we are in the parade. (There are 100s of people there, so it may be difficult to find us on your own)

 

Sunday, June 21, 2015, Care and Share Time Bank.  Potluck: 6:30 PM, Program: 7:15 PM.  Please bring a dish to share and your own tableware.   The program for this potluck focuses on ways the Care and Share Time Bank (CSTB) can continue its momentum.  Since our time bank started in 2010, we now have over 350 members and six affiliates, about 15% participation, and a leadership core of 3 people who have served since its inception.  How do we feel about where we are?  Does the value you receive match your expectations?  What would you like to keep? change? improve? eliminate?  How do we preserve continuity and longevity?  As a member of the Columbus community served by the CSTB, please join us for this timely conversation.   For more information, call Alice 614-560-1732.  information, please visit the Care and Share Time Bank (CSTB) website or on Facebook

June 21, 2015, 8:30 AM – June 23, 2015, 9:00 PM.  2015 Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Citizens’ Climate Education International Conference.  Join us in Washington D.C. this summer for the 6th Annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby/Citizens’ Climate Education International Conference!  We had more than 600 volunteers meeting with 507 congressional offices during the June 2014 lobby day. There will be many more this year, doing what we do best: Having conversations with congressional offices that lead to the breakthroughs necessary to enact effective climate solutions.   Contact: 
conference@citizensclimatelobby.org.  More information and registration here:  https://donate.citizensclimateeducationcorp.org/washington/events/2015-international-conference/e41246

 

Monday, June 22, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program:  Human Trafficking.   Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, Associate Professor of Social Work at The Ohio State University, will speak about human trafficking.  She was featured in a Columbus Dispatch article earlier this year when 30,000 students signed up for her online class on human trafficking.  For information about Professor Meshelemiah, see http://csw.osu.edu/about/faculty-staff/faculty-directory/meshelemiah-jacquelyn-ph-d/  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.  For information about COFP, visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/centralohioansforpeace/Home  or contact Email: central-ohioans-for-peace@googlegroups.com

 

Monday, June 22, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights - Group Welcome/Training/Canvassing.  Get involved in the effort to put a Columbus city charter amendment on the general ballot, defining our inalienable rights to pure water, clean air, safe soil, and self-governance.  It is time to affirm the rights of our community having primacy over corporate “rights” of the hydrocarbons industry, to pollute and damage our health and property.  Location:  Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, 14 W. Lakeview Rd., Clintonville.  For more information, see:  http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/   You can download and read the final language of our Columbus Community Bill of Rights from our website.  Click on the large symbol above to access our website, or on the link below. 

 

Monday, June 22, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace.    Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, Associate Professor of Social Work at The Ohio State University, will speak about human trafficking.  She was featured in a Columbus Dispatch article earlier this year when 30,000 students signed up for her online class on human trafficking.  For information about Professor Meshelemiah, see http://csw.osu.edu/about/faculty-staff/faculty-directory/meshelemiah-jacquelyn-ph-d/.  Central Ohioans for Peace meets at 7 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. For information about COFP, visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/centralohioansforpeace/Home

 

Monday, June 22, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights – Welcome/Training/Canvassing.  Join the effort to collect signatures for a ballot initiative to protect our water, air and soil from contamination with fracking waste.   Location:  Clintonville Resourse Center, 14 W. Lakeview Ave., Columbus 43209.  More information:  http://www.columbusbillofrights.org or ColumbusBillofRights@gmail.com.   

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  The Golden Rule Today: Still Vibrant or No Longer Valid?  Join us at the Martin de Porres Center as Fred Andrle, renowned poet and radio host, moderates a panel discussion with humanities scholars about this important question.  This program is being held in conjunction with the special art exhibit "Peace Labyrinth: Quilting the Golden Rule," open June 22-July 11, 2015.  The program and exhibit is presented by the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio in collaboration with the Dayton International Peace Museum.  View a PDF flyer for more information about the exhibit. 

June 25-28, 2015, US Social Forum Convergence Philadelphia.  The US Social Forum Philadelphia convergence is driven by the understanding that people’s movements are what create social change. It is an opportunity for regional and issue-specific social justice projects to work toward broader unity. The goal is to map out action plans for a cohesive movement and organize to be on the offense against all forms of oppression.

The USSF is the next most important step in our struggle to build a powerful and inclusive movement that transforms this country and the world. We will reach far and near to lift up our people so that they can be heard and know they are not alone. Through learning together we will tear down divisions and put into practice the idea that "Your Fight Is My Fight."  More information and registration here:  http://ussfphilly.org/about

 

Friday, June 26, 2015, 7:00 PM. Middle East Peace Study Group:  Screening of  Ghost Town: The Hebron Story by Ellie Bernstein.  This documentary tells the stories of families in Hebron (located in the West Bank of Palestine). It is narrated by Martin Sheen. The documentary follows the rise of the settlements in Hebron and how they came to have such a major role in the halting and destruction of the peace process in the Mideast.  Mary Yoder has agreed to come and share some of her experiences working with Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron and moderate a discussion.  Location: Maynard United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave.  For more information, please contact Connie Hammond, cmhammond11@att.net

 

June 26, 27, 28, 2015, ComFest - https://www.comfest.com

 

Saturday/Sunday, June 29, 2015 (all day).  First Annual Blue Rock Station Reunion.  Fun, discussion and more - if you've been an intern or a student at Blue Rock Station join Annie and Jay Warmke for a free weekend event that will look at the accomplishments made over the past 11 years, and for talking about the future.  Reservations required.  (740) 674-4300 annie@bluerockstation.com.