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Events and Meetings 


Ohioans to Stop Executions is holding a vigil and lobby day Tuesday February 13th from 9am-12pm at the Statehouse, 1 Capital Sq. Details and RSVP here: http://action.otse.org/page/speakout/stop-the-execution-of-raymond-tibbetts. And sign on to the letter by FPL and OTSE here: http://fpl.actionkit.com/sign/Ohioans-to-stop-executions/?t=2&akid=388%2E47927%2Eg04k7C.

 

 


Wednesday, April 3- 5, 2018, Act Now: United to End Racism rally in DC.   Buses are going from around Ohio. Sign up by March 1st!  Cost: $75/person plus incidentals.. Unite to End Racism Rally: Buses will depart Columbus approximately 10:00 pm April 3, estimated return 1 am April 5. Register for Unite to End Racism Let this be a transformational experience.  (details below) More information.    Registration.

 

 

 

Updated Information fot Date And Time TBA depending on Timing of Mueller Firing. National Call To Action - Rapid Response Coordinated by Indivisible.  If Trump fires Mueller prior to 2 p.m. Eastern, rallies will occur at 5 p.m. local time that day; If Trump fires Mueller after 2 p.m. Eastern Time, rallies will occur at Noon local time the following day. The DATE ON THE EVENT IS JUST A PLACEHOLDER.  We want to be ready to take the streets to demand that Congress respond quickly and forcefully – to protect our democracy and justice system.#NotAboveTheLaw  We will likely march from the Conservatory up Broad Street to Senator Portman's office so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a long walk. Signs are highly recommended!  NOTE - This is a replacement for the original (but cancelled) Rapid Resist Mueller Firing event which was to be co-hosted by Indivisible groups and Junto Unsilenced.  This event is at a NEW LOCATION (the amphitheater at the Franklin Park Conservatory) because parking there is ample and free, and is hosted only by Indivisble.  Attendees will be expected to comply with Indivisible guidelines for rallies: No guns, No violence, No flag burning. Thank you in advancing for respecting those guidelines if you choose to participate!   Please mark that you are "Going" to this new event so you can be kept informed about any changes or updates in plans.  Facebook. 


 

Monday, February 5, 2018, 11:30 – 12:30 PM.  Rally for #BlackPride4, Drop the Charges!  Despite widespread outrage at their trumped-up charges, Wriply, Ashley, and Kendall of the #BlackPride4 are still scheduled to go to trial from February 5th-9th, 2018. On Monday Feburary 5th, we call community members to rally for the #BlackPride4 when they most need us. This is the defining moment in not just their cases, but the rest of their lives. We will be holding a rally from 11:30-12:30 on Monday and then having volunteers move inside for 1:00 court support shifts. We will pack the courthouse and we will CONTINUE to pack the courthouse every day of trial week. We must show our city that we will not sit idly by as Black queer and trans activists are brutalized by the state.   **Court support sign-ups are now closed due to overwhelming support! In the meantime, don't forget to take a selfie & text your friends about the #BlackPride4 to continue raising public awareness! Location:  Franklin County Municipal Court, 375 S. High St., Columbus, 43215.  Facebook Event.  


 

Monday, February 5, 2018, 6:00 (doors open), 6:30 – 8:00 PM (program).   Town Hall with Dennis Kucinich and Tara Samples.  Please join Central Ohio Progressive Democrats of America for a lively TOWN HALL event with Ohio gubernatorial candidate and former US Congressman DENNIS KUCINICH & his running mate TARA SAMPLES.  This is also the INAUGURAL event of the new Central Ohio chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), where we will present our platform and goals and encourage attendees to join.  Topics presented will include: Education/Tuition Reform, Healthcare Reform, Workers Rights, Reproductive/Women's Rights, Environment/Climate Change (including fracking), Immigration/Refugees/Sanctuary, and Criminal Justice.  LOCATION:  CWA Local 4320 Union Hall, 4140 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213.  Free parking available.  Facebook.


Monday, ​ February 5, 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


Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:30 -8:30 PM.  Stomp out slumlords.  Tenants Right Working Group.  Many renters facing eviction do not have complete information as to their rights as tenants. The Columbus DSA Tenants Right Working Group is seeking to change this by canvassing households and providing them with the information and resources they need to fight to stay in their homes. Please join us!  Location:  Panera Bread, 300 W. Lane Ave., Columbus, Ohio.  Facebook.  


 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 3:15 PM.  Support Ohio SB 98 for Dental Access Now.  Please support the many people in your community who need access to quality oral health care.  It is critical that we have a group of supporters at the hearing so please come and bring a colleague.   So many people go without oral health care because there are not enough providers or the providers do not accept Medicaid.  Dental therapists are rigorously trained on treatment procedures and work under the supervision of a dentist.  They would help people get the care they critically need. For a quick review of dental therapists see The Pew Charitable Trust: Five Facts About Dental Therapists.  If you wish to testify in support, testimony is due by 3:15 on Monday in the chairman’s office.  If you can’t come, call a member of the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee and tell them you support Senate Bill 98.  Ask them to vote the bill out of committee. Location:  Ohio Statehouse, South Hearing Room.  For more information contact UHCAN Ohio (614) 441-9145 or send a message http://uhcanohio.org/contact-us/.


 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:00 PM.  Voting Rights Action.  Join members of ACLU People Power of Bexley and NW Columbus and ACLU of Ohio Policy Associate, Avery Martens, to learn about the voting rights of incarcerated persons in Ohio and ways to help advocate for the rights of incarcerated voters. Location: Capital University, Convergent Media Center, room 121, 1 College & Main, Columbus, OH 43209.  Directions:  The Convergent Media Center is located on Capital University's main campus on College Avenue near the Main Street/College Avenue intersection. Please be aware of Bexley City's no parking regulations - there is no street parking on eastbound Main Street until after 6 PM.  Join members of ACLU People Power of Bexley and NW Columbus and ACLU of Ohio Policy Associate, Avery Martens, to learn about the voting rights of incarcerated persons in Ohio and ways to help advocate for the rights of incarcerated voters.  Training will take place in room 121 of the new Convergent Media Center building on Capital University's main campus. For questions or concerns regarding this event, please e-mail eastsidepeoplepower@gmail.com.  RSVP Here:  ACLU of Ohio Jail Voting Toolkit Training


 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 8:00 PM.  No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge Orientation Call.  Join this orientation call to find out how you can tell your leaders: Take the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.  It’s past time for our politicians and political candidates to reject support from the fossil fuel industry and protect the health of our families, our climate, and our democracy.  Join this orientation call to learn how to get candidates in your town, city or state to sign on, too.  Register here to receive the call information. Orientation calls will be held monthly.  Find more information at http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/.


 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Paris is Burning – Screening and Panel Discussion.  Black sexuality and queer identity have posed serious contentions, both within the black community and in popular culture at large. How and what black people do with their bodies, and how they negotiate their sexuality and sexual experiences, have been taboo topics of discussion for decades.  Winner of several film awards, such as a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and a GLAAD Media Award, Paris Is Burning provides a powerful and stimulating look at the golden age of drag ballroom culture in 1980s Harlem—a crucible of LGBTQ expression and style, as well as a refuge for the scene’s Latino and African American youth.  The iconic cult documentary will be screening on campus in February, followed by an engaging discussion of black gay life then and today, as well as how black sexuality and sexual liberation is expressed, performed, and experienced in all its cultural forms. The event is free and open to the public.  Location:  Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus 43210.  Facebook.  


 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:00 PM business meeting, 7:00 PM General Meeting.   Franklin County Green Party Central Committee Meeting.   Join the Franklin County Greens - we meet on the second Tues of each month.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.  Parking available behind the building in “R” spaces.  fcgreenparty@gmail.comfacebook.com/FCgreenparty. 


Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Single Payer Action Network (SPAN) Ohio Region V meeting.  Steve Hollon, President and CEO of Ohio United Way will speak about a statewide study, A-L-I-C-E, an acronym for (people) who are "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed." (In other words, "the working poor.") He will be accompanied by Nick Roman, who helped conduct the study. I have asked Steve to focus attention on healthcare access for people in the ALICE study.  At 7:45 PM we will have a business meeting including the status of the Health Care for All Ohioans Act, SB 91 and HB 440 and upcoming events.   Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside Branch, 1423 N Nigh Street, Columbus, Meeting Room 3.  For more information, please contact Bob Krasen bkrasen@twc.com.


 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018,  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.   Stop Executions Wednesday Vigil.   With the resumption of executions in July comes the admonition to us all to step up our work to end the death penalty in Ohio. The next execution is scheduled for 10am,  Feb 13, (and almost monthly going into 2022! Schedule is here - http://www.drc.ohio.gov/execution-schedule).   Attend the weekly vigil every Wednesday between 11:30am and 1pm on the sidewalk in front of Riffe Tower at 77 S. High - the building in which Governor Kasich and Ohio House members have their offices. (Have your faith or civic community group pick a Wednesday every month to make that YOUR day each month to support this weekly vigil.) Help pass out fliers, hold our sign or bring your own - just come! [NOTE - Weekly vigil does not take place on execution dates - see below for execution vigil info].  For more information on what you can do, see the Facebook Event Page.


 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Prisoner Letter Writing + Film Screening.  Please bring a friend and join us in Meeting Room 1 for Black History Month. A film screening of ‘Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners’ will precede our fourth letter writing event. This film revisits the 1972 acquittal of a prison abolitionist placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. After the film, we will send b-day cards to Cheryl Jones and Kim Jordan. Both were sentenced to life in prison. Click the following link to review a draft of our letter writing guidelines: https://goo.gl/958GNi.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whitehall Branch, 4445 E. Broad St., Columbus 43213.  More information on Facebook.  


 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:00  – 8:30 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio Meeting.

 

 

Program:  JVP Curriculum on the Nakba.  JVP members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.  All are welcome.   Note new location:  Columbus Public Library, Main Library, meeting room 1A, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Parking available in the library garage.  For more information please contact,  centralohio@jvp.org


Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 5:30 PM.  Zero Weeks Screening.  February 5th is the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Working America- Central Ohio will be taking action throughout Paid Family Leave Week, February 5-9th, to help in the fight for better paid family leave policies.   Geben Communication, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, and Gateway Film Center are hosting a screening of the documentary Zero Weeks, which discusses America’s paid leave crisis.  The event costs $15, which includes the documentary and 1 drink during the cocktail hour.  Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  More information on Facebook.


 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:00 PM.  "Symposium on Syria and Afghanistan: Part II." Soviets occupied Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989 to prevent the country from collapsing. Currently Russia is treating Syria as a client state in similar ways. Afghanistan remains a struggling democracy, often falling into "failed state" category. The Syrian state is almost nonexistent in terms of functional central institutions. This symposium will dig deeper into the two countries' situations, answering such questions as: What are the similarities and differences with regard to the relationship with Russia? What role do regional rivalries (Iran and Saudi Arabia) or intervention (Turkey) play? The panel features Amr al-Azm , associate professor of Middle East history and anthropology at Shawnee State University; Alam Payind, director of the Middle East Studies Center at Ohio State University; and Richard Herrmann, professor and chair, Department of Political Science. Co-sponsored by Middle East Studies Center.   Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.  Read more and register


Thursday, February 8, 2018, 12:00 – 1: 00 PM.  Visit 51! Tiberi Gang Reunion Rally.  A reunion for the Tiberi gang--but all are invited. We will visit 250 E Wilson Bridge Rd at noon on a Thursday as usual at least once a month (and also plan to demonstrate at the corner of North Broadway & High St in Clintonville fortnightly). Bring your wonderful signs! Location:  250 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington 43085.  Facebook.  

 

 

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Monthly Activist Meeting – Join the DSA!  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.  Location:  Northwood High Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43210.  Facebook.  


 

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Sweet Nothings for Steve:  Be Heard Office Visit.  We will be delivering our cards and poems we created last week to Mr. Stivers' office in Hilliard, providing a poetry reading that tells him how we really feel!  Location:  3790 Municipal Way, Hilliard 43026. Indivisible District 14 Event - Facebook.  


 

Thursday, February 8, 2108, 7:00 PM.  Screening BACKPACK FULL OF CASH.  BACKPACK FULL OF CASH, a new documentary narrated by Matt Damon, takes an urgently-needed look at how charter schools, vouchers and the privatization movement are threatening public schools. Filmed in Philadelphia, Nashville, New Orleans and other cities, the film also portrays resistance by parents, teachers, activists and students who are fighting for their own education.  In the wake of the 2016 presidential elections and the appointment of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, BACKPACK is more timely than ever.  Location: Bethel International United Methodist Church, 1220 Bethel Road, Columbus OH 43220.


Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:00 PM.  The Colored Section.  The Colored Section, reaches into our recent past and explores our country during its civil unrest. This production dares to challenge the notion that police brutality is an anomaly of old. It forces the viewer to determine if society is placing a noose around its own neck or has the supremacist nation realized their creed.  Location:  Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus 43215.  Tickets $20.  Facebook.  


 

Friday, February 9, 2018, 3:30 PM.  A Return to the Madhouse: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump.  Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. He was a lead author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Mann has received a number of honors and awards not only for conducting science but also communicating effectively to public audiences about the reality and implications of Earth's currently warming situation. Mann is author of three books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, and most recently, The Madhouse Effect with editorial cartoonist Tom Toles.  Sponsored by Department of Geography

 

 

Location:  0180 Hagerty Hall, 1775 College Road, Ohio State University.  Read more


 

Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Peace Concert.  ODU’s Office of Campus Ministry and the Dominican Sisters of Peace invite you to a Peace Concert featuring music by E. Louis Canter and Jim Hughes, two directors of music from the Catholic Dioceses in Florida.  Join us as we pray for peace through music and preaching from the three Faiths that are children of Abraham:  Christian, Jewish, and Muslim.  Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be taken to support the event.   Location:  Christ the King Chapel, Sansbury Hall, Ohio Dominican University, 1250 Sunbury Rd., Columbus.   Rev. Paul H. Colloton, OSFS, D.Min. (614) 251-4563, collotop@ohiodominican.edu


 

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM.  Shooting Without Bullets: Creative Responses to State Violence and Social Injustice.  On Saturday February 10, IRTF will be hosting our 18th annual Social Justice Teach-In in conjunction with the Social Justice Institute and Center for Civic Engagement and Learning at Case Western Reserve University. Our Teach-In is a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical human rights issues and practice hands-on skills to organize for change. This annual event attracts more than 800 participants, many from area high schools and colleges. The Teach-In provides participants with information, skills, and resources to support social justice campaigns at their schools, congregations, and in their communities.  Keynote: Amanda King, founder and creative director of Shooting Without Bullets.  Come and learn more about international activism, racism, sexism, environmental justice, resistance to militarism and state-sponsored violence, intersectionality, and the broader social movement for social justice! Location:  Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106.  Website.  Register here at the EventBrite site:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/18th-annual-social-justice-teach-in-shooting-without-bullets-creative-responses-to-state-violence-tickets-28235218298?aff=erelexpmlt 


 

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  SPAN Ohio (Single Payer Action Network) State Council Meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  We will be discussing the strategy going forward on how to gain Medicare for All in Ohio.  SPAN Ohio supports Healthcare as a Human Right!  All are welcome to attend.  Location:  First UU Church of Columbus, 93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus, OH.  More information about SPAN Ohio:  www.spanohio.org and Facebook.


Saturday, February 10, 2018, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Hearts United for One Billion Rising.  Now in its fifth year, Hearts United is an art project and community convening that is open to all Franklinton neighbors, Columbus artists, and any adults or children who want to participate.  Hearts United is part of One Billion Rising's V-Day, a global movement of song, dance, and art to end violence against women.  Come show support by hanging your heart-shaped or heart-themed artwork on the fence at Bellows End!  Details here: http://www.secondsightfranklinton.com/#!hearts-united/c1oy6.    Want to know more about One Billion Rising? Website:   https://www.onebillionrising.org/  Location:  Second Sight Project, 730 Bellows Avenue, Columbus, 43222.  Facebook.  


 

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Monthly Meeting, Columbus Club, Communist Party USA.  Planning for the We are Ohio march against "Right to work" on Feb. 24th. We will also be discussing Principles of Scientific Socialism.  Location:  Panera Bread, 4519 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook.  


Saturday, February 10, 2018, 6:30-11:00 PM.  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, music, a presentation on The Year of Cannabis in Ohio.  For more information, contact 614-253-2571, colsfreepress@gmail.com,  columbusfreepress.org.   Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus.  Parking in side driveway, front or rear parking lot.


Sunday, February 11, 2018, 1:30 – 3:30 PM.  CAIR Columbus Presents – Meet Ohio’s Candidates for Governor.  Join us to meet the Ohio gubernatorial candidates and have a conversation about issues that matter to our community and all Ohioans.  Candidates confirmed thus far: State Senator Joe Schiavoni, Former State Rep Connie Pillich, Former Congresswoman Betty Sutton.  This event is free but please RSVP in advance by emailing CAIR-Columbus Public Affairs Coordinator Usjid Hameed at uhameed@cair.comWebsite.  Location:  Dublin Recreation Center, 5100 Post Rd., Dublin, Ohio. 


 

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2:00 – 3:00 PM.  Meet Ohio’s Candidates for Governor.  Join us to meet the Ohio gubernatorial candidates and have a conversation about issues that matter to our community and all Ohioans.  Candidates confirmed thus far: State Senator Joe Schiavoni, Former State Rep Connie Pillich, Former Congresswoman Betty Sutton, Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.  This event is free but please RSVP in advance by emailing CAIR-Columbus Public Affairs Coordinator Usjid Hameed at uhameed@cair.com.   More information here.  


 

Monday, February 12, 2018, PUCO Public Hearing on AEP's clean energy and EV infrastructure proposal .  The Public Utility Commission of Ohio is holding a public hearing on an AEP rate case that could result in more clean energy for Ohio. Join us February 12th in Columbus to show public demand for clean energy!  Last year, AEP proposed a big increase in the fixed monthly charge you have to pay for electricity. Activists packed hearings and sent thousands of messages opposing this proposal while calling for AEP to instead focus on clean energy and the future.  As a result of the public pressure, AEP abandoned the proposed charge, and agreed to invest millions in new electric vehicle infrastructure in central Ohio, and take the next steps supporting Ohio wind and solar plans  that Sierra Club members and supporters secured in an agreement with AEP in 2015. Now, we need to fill a public hearing in Columbus to make sure AEP's new plan come for clean energy comes to fruition.  Now, we need to fill a public hearing in Columbus to make sure AEP's new plan for clean energy comes to fruition. 

 

 

RSVP for the hearing today to demonstrate public support for clean energy in Ohio!  Location:  Ohio History Center, Cardinal Classroom 800 East 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43211 (MAP) For more information:  Contact Neil Waggoner at neil.waggoner@sierraclub.org or 614-484-7033


 

Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Green Energy Ohio Community Meeting.   Meet Jane Harf, Executive Director, Green Energy Ohio, and Dale Arnold, Director, GEO Board Member and Director, Energy, Utility  and Local Government Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.   Explore:  Local and State Sustainable Energy Development Issues, Renewable Generation & Utility Infrastructure Development, Energy Efficiency Initiatives, and Advanced Fuels & Transportation.   Shape GEO’s clean energy agenda for 2018, network with GEO Friends and Community Leaders, and enjoy Ohio Craft Beer and Pizza.   RSVP by February 5 to director@greenenergyohio.org.  Location:  The Homestead Beer Co., 811 Irving Wick Dr. W. Heath, Ohio. 


 

Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program:  Nuclear Issues Update - Pat Marida.  Pat Marida is the convener of Ohio Sierra Club Nuclear group.  She closely follows issues relating to nuclear power plants, nuclear waste and the dangers involved.  Details to follow. Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214.  More information here.   For questions about Central Ohioans for Peace, please send email to: cohioansforpeace@gmail.com.   Like us on Facebook!  


 

Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Care and Share Timebank Orientation.  Join us for our monthly orientation session for new time bank members and for anyone who would like a refresher on the computer-based tracking system, hOur World. Simply Living members who join the time bank can volunteer for SL and receive CSTB "Hours" that can be used to access any member services listed in the Time Bank.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, Room 7, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd Columbus 43214.  Contact: Alice.Faryna@gmail.com


 

Monday, February 12th, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Friends Committee on National Legislation – Central Ohio advocacy group Meeting.  FCNL is focused on many issues at the Washington D.C. level.  Our local advocacy team issue right now, is to stop the most urgent risk of nuclear war in a generation - with North Korea.  We now have more than 80 advocacy groups (up from 34 in 2016) across the U.S., and had 427 lobbying visits (up from 250 in 2016) to U.S. legislators.  Please join us.  Location:  Center on High, 3208 N. High St. Columbus, 43202.  For more information, contact Greg Pace: 614-565-6067 or gpace67@gmail.com


 

Monday, February 12, 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  Columbus February Phone Bank hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.  One of your New Year's Goals is to be more active in the fight for reproductive rights, isn't it? Well, we've got you covered!  Enjoy some snacks and drinks, play some phone bank bingo, and spin the new NARAL prize wheel (yep, that's right)!!  The Pro-Choice community in Columbus can help secure access to safe and legal abortion care throughout Ohio. We'll be supporting efforts in Northwest Ohio to make sure their only abortion provider remains open to the public. Volunteers will be calling Toledo residents to ask them to urge ProMedica to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network. This may be the last and only chance to ensure women have access to abortion in that community.  Location:  61 Jefferson Ave, Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  


 

Monday, February 12, 2018, 3:30 PMWar, Constitutionalism, and International Law: A (Selective) Comparative Study.   Lori Fisler Damrosch is Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Columbia Law School. Her principal areas of interest are public international law and the U.S. law of foreign relations. Prior to joining the Law School, Damrosch served in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State with responsibilities including European and Canadian affairs, international antitrust, aviation, and trade. In this event, Damrosch will present her research at the intersection of the international law and comparative constitutional law governing use of military force. Taking the multinational coalition against Daesh (the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) as an illustration, she will discuss the national constitutional processes by which democratic states decide to participate in international military operations. Location:   250 Drinko Hall, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave. Read more and register


 

Monday, February 12 at 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Clintonville Energy Collaborative Monthly Meeting.    Please check the website for details and contact information. www.cec-freedom.org


Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Fundraiser for Fair Districts=Fair Elections.  You are cordially invited to  a fundraiser hosted by The Coalition of Democratic and Progressive Organizations of Central Ohio in support Of Fair Districts = Fair Elections with special guests Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio and Richard Gunther, Professor Emeritus, Internationally Respected Expert on Fair Elections.  Location: 515 El Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille, 515 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.  A minimum donation of $25 is suggested, but any amount is welcome.  More information on Facebook.  


 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 9:00 AM.  Prayer Vigil to Stop Executions.  Join Ohioans to Stop Executions and all of its allied organizations *inside* the Statehouse for a "Prayerful Vigil to Stop Executions." More details coming soon, BUT TAKE ACTION NOW: First - Dial 855-782-6925 to hear a short message and be connected to Governor Kasich's office to ask him to STOP THE EXECUTION of Ray Tibbetts on Feb 13, and to stop all executions. Next - Read about the case and send Governor Kasich an e-mail at http://action.otse.org/page/speakout/stop-the-execution-of-raymond-tibbetts  Finally - Engage your community with resources available at http://otse.org/ways-can-take-action-executions/ - Download a flier to pass out and post, add prayer to your regular services, and plan now to TOLL CHURCH BELLS for two minutes starting at 10am on Feb 13. And more - check it out!  Contact:  abe@otse.org


Tuesday, February 13, 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM.  Environmental Professionals Network.  For Love Of Rivers: Celebrating 50 Years Of The Scenic River Act.  Bob Gable, Scenic Rivers Program Manager with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will provide a brief history of the scenic rivers program and an overview of what makes these rivers so special and some of the efforts to protect them. Former First Lady Hope Taft will follow with a discussion of what it takes to keep a scenic river “scenic” when she talks about some of her local efforts to protect the Little Miami State and National Scenic River right in her own back yard. You can register online and download a parking permit. More info here.  Location:  Ohio 4H Building on OSU West Campus, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus 43210.  $10 (includes breakfast). 


 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Keep Wayne Wild February Public Meeting.  Our goal is to stop the auctioning and use of land within the Wayne National Forest for fracking purposes. Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northern Lights Branch, 4093 Cleveland Ave., Columbus 43224.  Facebook. 


 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 8:00 – 10:00 PM.  Spoken Word and Open Mic.  Join BQIC for their first spoken word of the year!! We have the amazing Monee Jae doing her thang as the MC. We will have DJ Aloha providing dope music for before and after we hear from our talented spoken word artists. All proceeds go to Community Pride and BQIC programs!! Come have a drink, eat delicious food, and hear amazing spoken word!!  Location:  Lincoln Café, 740 E. Long St., Columbus 43203.  Facebook


 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Has the Islamic 'Reformation' Already Happened?: Reformist Thought and the Beginning of Islamic Modernity.  Professor Sean Anthony of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures will deliver the second talk in the 2017-2018 Community Lecture series.  ABSTRACT: Public discourse on Islam often opines that Islam still stands in need of a Reformation along the lines that of European Christianity. What this discourse misses, however, is that early modern Muslim societies did witness the rise of Reformist thought. This talk examines the most important Sunni expression of Reformist thought in modern Sunni Islam – Salafism – and explores some of the reasons why it failed to achieve much of its political program and reformist aims.  Admission to this event is free and open to the public. For any questions, please contact (614) 688-8010.  Parking for this event is available at the Union South Garage, which can be accessed from High Street or from College Road S. Metered parking is also available along W. 11th Avenue west of High Street, and on W. 12th Avenue across from Hale Hall. Information about ADA accessible permits and parking can also be found here