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Take Action to Support the Nuclear Ban Treaty! Honduras has become the 50th country to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This means that the treaty has reached the number needed to go into effect. This will start on January 2022 according to the United Nations. 122 countries out of the 193-member UN General Assembly have expressed support and 84 have signed the treaty. Write your representatives and tell them to support this effort! According to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres this development, “represents a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.” But this is only the beginning. Countries with nuclear weapons, including the United States, Russia, and China, have shown opposition to the treaty which aims to destroy all nuclear weapons and ban new ones. The countries that possess nuclear weapons, the US, Russia, the UK, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel have not signed the treaty. Changing perspectives in nuclear countries is incredibly important in the movement for nuclear disarmament. Citizens and residents of nuclear powers need to use their voices to support the elimination of these dangerous weapons. Tell your representatives that you want them to push for the United States to join the treaty! 



 

Events and Meetings:  


Now - October 31, 2021. A Shelter for Edith.  This video is now available for viewing here.  Suggested Donation $15. Please donate via PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/SolidaritywithEdith This link will be available until October 31, 2021, as a thank you for donations to Edith Espinal. Follow Edith's story on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SolidarityWithEdithEspinal/

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 11:00 AM.  KUMI Now:  Profiting from Occupation.  Every week, hundreds of companies and corporations are profiting off the occupation. Sadly, these profits are at the cost of the rights and livelihoods of the Palestinian people. On October 21, 2003, the United Nations condemned the Israeli Apartheid Wall, demanding “that Israel stop and reverse the construction of the wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Building of that wall continues, and it is just one way that outside corporations are directly profiting off the occupation, aiding in its construction and flocking to the industrial zones and settlements it enables. Our guest will be a representative of Who Profits.  Register for the webinar here.

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 8:00 PM.  CODEPINK Congress:  New Nukes?  No So Fast!  Join CODEPINK Congress as we mobilize opposition to the production of new nuclear warheads. As part of the near $2 trillion nuclear rearmament program, the Department of Energy (DOE) plans to quadruple production of nuclear bomb core triggers for new warheads. This Tuesday, we’ll talk to the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the DOE who are charging the department with failing to the conduct proper environmental assessment of ramped up production in Los Alamos, New Mexico and Savannah River, South Carolina.

Join us to learn more about this important lawsuit, current efforts to halt production on new warheads for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), and demands for oversight hearings on the risks posed by plutonium transportation and storage. CODEPINK will also report back on meetings held with staffers for Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney and Environmental Subcommittee Chair Ro Khanna.  More information and registration for the webinar here

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:30 PM.  Biden and the Border: Immigration and Border Policy Under Biden. A critical evaluation of immigration policy and policing under Biden, and a conversation about actually honoring the humanity of people who migrate. Presenters: Nana Gyamfi, executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and A. Naomi Paik, associate professor, University of Illinois, Chicago, and author of "Rightlessness and Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding US immigration for the 21st Century." Moderated by Khury Petersen-Smith, Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.  Register here

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, Kick-off of OTSE’s Lobby Week to End the Death Penalty.  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, October 19, October 26, November 2, and November 9, 2021, 07:00 PM.  Pax Christi:  The Gospel & Nuclear Disarmament Study Circles.  The purpose of these study circles is multi-faceted: to explore, in the context of prayer and reflection, what radical discipleship means in the Nuclear Age; to deepen our faith commitment to Jesus's command of nonviolence and resistance to idolatry and empire; to better understand the omnipresent nuclear peril and examine how nuclear weapons serve to reinforce empire, white supremacy and systemic racism and oppression; to educate ourselves about Pope Francis's declaration that the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral and what the implications are for the wider church; to explore what actions can be taken to: have the U.S. ratify the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)-- which now deems nuclear weapons illegal--and abolish nuclear weapons, convert all nuclear weapons facilities and manufacturing sites to non-military production, and redirect the over $1.7 trillion 30-year U.S. nuclear modernization now underway to eradicate poverty and meet urgent human needs.  The Nuclear Disarmament study circles is a continuation of an ongoing series we’re calling, “Love is Political: Literary Circles for Liberation.”  Register here. 

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5:00 - 6:00 PM.  “SMA in Good Faith” Training.  Healing is a key part of what it means to be faithful and in community with others. Learn how to share information about why Self-Managed Abortion (SMA) through medication a safe, effective, and convenient reproductive health option for those in your community is.  Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.  Register here.   Facebook.   

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 5:30 PM. Simply Living’s annual Gift to Be Simple fundraiser. You will get to meet and network with dozens of other Simply Living friends and acquaintances as you munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy the beautiful setting of Scioto Audubon Metro Park near downtown Columbus. Walk around this lovely building to meet representatives from sponsoring sustainable businesses and organizations. Then you can hear a presentation on “Our Story: How Simply Living has made Central Ohio more sustainable,” and meet several of the movers and shakers from core organizations that we have helped launch over the past 29 years. Simply Living has made a difference in the lives of so many Central Ohioans, and they will tell you about it. Finally, you’ll hear the big plans Simply Living has for the future — our new database, the relaunch of Sustainable U, and more. You are not going to want to miss this! Covid-19 considerations: Health and safety is a top priority for Simply Living. As such, Simply Living will be following CDC recommendations for distancing and mask wearing during Gift To Be Simple. Masks will be available on-site. We ask that all guests be vaccinated against COVID-19. We understand that not everyone will be comfortable attending an in-person event. We will have options for ticket purchasers to attend Gift to Be Simple virtually. If you would like to attend virtually, please indicate that when you purchase your ticket, or reach out to Cathy Cowan Becker at cathy@simplyliving.org. Tickets: $50 per person. Location: Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 505 W. Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215.  More information and registration here.  Register: bit.ly/GTBS2021. Sponsorships: bit.ly/GTBS2021Sponsorships.

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 1:00 PM. A New Era of American Progress. Please join the Center for American Progress as we welcome our new president and CEO, Patrick Gaspard. With an introduction by CAP founder John Podesta and closing remarks by CAP board member Secretary Julián Castro, the event will highlight Gaspard’s vision for CAP and the progressive movement as a whole. It will address how we, as progressives, can move policy that alleviates inequality, uplifts underserved communities, and creates a more equitable and just world for all.  Register here

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12:00 PM. Fair Districts Congressional Map Winners: Updates Based on Public Input.  Join 1st place winner John Hagner from Yellow Springs, Ohio; 2nd place winner Paul Nieves from Yonkers, New York, and 3rd place winner Riley Jones from Loveland, Ohio as they show us updated congressional maps based on public comment and input from our 10/13 webinar.  More information and registration here

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Global Security Talks—A Discussion on the US Nuclear Posture ReviewThe White House is currently working on its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), a process that develops the Biden administration's approach to US nuclear weapons policy. The Union of Concerned Scientists is pushing for the NPR process to lead to major policy changes that make us all safer. Unfortunately, early signs suggest that Biden's NPR may only make modest changes that don't reduce the nuclear threat.  Join Union of Concerned Scientists for a virtual event to discuss the importance of the NPR and how to improve US nuclear weapons policy. We need to pressure the Biden administration to adopt nuclear weapons policies that make the United States and the world a safer place—such as a no-first-use policy, ending the sole authority of any president to launch a nuclear attack, and canceling plans to spend trillions of dollars rebuilding current nuclear weapons systems.  Register here

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12:30 PM.  The Palestinian Political Arena: Where Do Things Stand? What Lies Ahead? While the twists and turns of Israeli politics are frequently the subject of mainstream media coverage, the intricacies and dynamics of Palestinian political affairs are largely overlooked. But with Palestinian President Abbas’ approval ratings in freefall following his highly unpopular decision to postpone this year’s legislative and presidential elections, the volatile Palestinian political arena demands our much greater attention. We hope that this timely event affords you the opportunity to learn more. This webinar is the latest installment in Partners for Progressive Israel “Conversations with Israel & Palestine” series. The moderated discussion will be followed by Q&A with the Zoom audience.  Register for the webinar here

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 2:30 - 3:30 PM.  Equal Districts Coalition + AOTL Ohio People’s Redistricting Hearing - Ohio Statehouse.  Join All On The Line Ohio and the Equal Districts Coalition for a People's Redistricting Hearing! Our elected officials failed to meet the September 30th Constitutionally mandated deadline and it appears they will blow past the October 31st deadline as well.

Ohioans deserve better! We need YOUR voice to help us in demanding a fair, transparent process that gives us the representative maps that we so desperately need.  More information and registration here

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 8:00 PM.  Until We Find Them: The Caravan of Mothers of Missing Migrants and Root Causes of MigrationOver the course of 12 days, a cohort of mothers and sisters, who have disappeared loved ones, will travel the United States to share their stories. These are personal accounts of displacement: rooted in imperialism and colonialism, and there needs to be a narrative shift -- one which begins with the experiences of those most affected. Mothers from this caravan, as well as the global movement, will join us on Zoom to share about their monumental journey. We hope to see you on October 20th for a chance to hear stories, take action and learn about the Caravana.  Register here

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 3:15 PM.  The Road Ahead in Immigration Law: What Can the President Do? - Univision National Network’s Jorge Ramos in Conversation with Three DREAMers Who Fought the President and Won.  Jorge Ramos, Univision National Network Anchor and one of the nation’s leading voices on immigration, will launch CILP’s conference with a live interview of three leaders of the immigrants’ rights movement: Erika Andiola, Chief Advocacy Officer of RAICES Texas; Cristina Jiménez Moreta, Co-Founder of United We Dream; and Lorella Praeli, Co-President of the Center for Community Change. As undocumented youth a decade ago, Erika, Cristina, and Lorella each played a crucial role in the advocacy that contributed to DACA, the most significant advance for the rights of undocumented immigrants in a generation. Erika, Cristina, and Lorella have particular insight into the present political moment because each of them was told time and time again that the President did not have the power to create what became DACA. Their persistent advocacy changed the course of history. Jorge will engage these three powerful advocates in a reflective, personal conversation about what they have learned from their time in the movement, and how they see the path forward.  Register for the webinar here

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 12:30 PM.  Ohio Environmental Justice Speaker Series event. This month will feature Guy Jones from the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition.  Register here

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7:00 PM. Ohio American Promise Meeting.  Join Ohio organizers as we work toward ratifying a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. Healthy democracy groups, businesses, and elected officials join together toward this cross-partisan goal.  Register here

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 5:30 - 6:30 PM.  A Conversation with “The Daily Show” Co-creator, Lizz Winstead.  Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio is thrilled to announce our next Virtual Voices event featuring the co-creator and head writer of “The Daily Show” and co-founder of Abortion Access Front, Lizz Winstead! Lizz will be joined in conversation by our own President and CEO Iris E. Harvey and Mason Hickman, Digital Organizer for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. Join us for this virtual discussion on abortion access, activism, and more.  Register here

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 4:00 PM. Climate Change and U.S. Foreign Policy.  Please join Professor Alex Thompson for a discussion of climate change and U.S. foreign policy. Dr. Thompson will discuss the recent U.N. climate report and examine the larger consequences of climate change for U.S. foreign policy.  OSU Mershon Center.  Register here

 

Friday, October 22, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Homeward Bound: Refugee Return and Local Conflict. As the number of refugees worldwide has risen to unprecedented levels, the international community touts refugee repatriation as the preferred solution and endpoint to displacement crisis. But conflict between returning and non-migrant populations is a nearly ubiquitous issue in post-conflict societies from Iraq to South Sudan to Guatemala. University of Southern California Professor Stephanie Schwartz argues that refugee return creates new social divisions between those who fled and returned, and those who stayed. OSU Mershon Center. Register here

 

Friday, October 22, 2021, 10:00 PM. Arna's Children with the Palestine Foundation. Join the Palestine Foundation for a screening of Arna's Children and a discussion with the Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre.  Register here

 

Friday, October 22, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 PM.  Honk and Wave for Our Revolution. Join us at the pedestrian bridge overlooking route 315 (near Whetstone Park) as we wave to the folks on their way home for the weekend. bring signs and a smile and a wave!  Location:  4261 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214.  Register with Our Revolution here

 

Friday, October 22, 2021, 5:00 - 5:30 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com.  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ

 

Friday, October 22, 2021, 12:00 PM. Homeward Bound: Refugee Return and Local Conflict.  As the number of refugees worldwide has risen to unprecedented levels, the international community touts refugee repatriation as the preferred solution and endpoint to displacement crisis. But conflict between returning and non-migrant populations is a nearly ubiquitous issue in post-conflict societies from Iraq to South Sudan to Guatemala. University of Southern California Professor Stephanie Schwartz argues that refugee return creates new social divisions between those who fled and returned, and those who stayed.  OSU College of Arts And Sciences, Mershon Center For International Security Studies.  Register here

 

Friday, October 22, 2021, 2:00 PM.  Navigating Queer Identity in the Iranian-American Community.  While Pride month has become a widely celebrated occasion, the lived experience of the LGBTQ+ community is an everyday affair. For the LGBTQ+ community Pride continues outside of June, along with the continued struggle for acceptance and equal rights. Please join us for an important discussion that looks at attitudes on queerness and LGBTQ+ rights in the Iranian-American community, the need to create a space for open dialogue and discussion, and a safe space for the queer Iranian-American community. Join NIAC's Assal Rad as she leads a virtual discussion about these issues with Dr. Sima Shakhsari (Associate Professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexualities Studies at the University of Minnesota), Shawndeez Jadalizadeh (PhD Candidate, Department of Gender Studies at UCLA), and Abdi Nazemian (author, screenwriter, and producer).  Register here.

 

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 2:00 - 4:00 PM.  Community Meeting for Transit Justice.  Please join Columbus transit riders as we meet together to improve our bus service. We'll learn about current transit initiatives, share our experiences and ideas, and take action for change! Food and beverages will be provided.  Sponsored by Simply Living, Sunrise Columbus, and Sierra Club Ohio.  Please mask while in pavilion for meeting.  Location:  Mayme Moore Park, 867 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus.  Facebook

 

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Opposing Militarism: A Key Task For Climate Justice. Anti-militarism/peacebuilding and climate justice intersect in many ways: from shared roots in capitalist extraction to manifestations in endless wars to protect access to fossil fuels and enrich weapons manufacturers. The Pentagon is both the single largest institutional polluter on the planet, and the largest enforcer of fossil fuel greed at the expense of our land and futures. The confluence of the climate crisis and rampant militarism -- two existential crises -- demands our attention and centering in our work.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  Register here

 

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  Occupy for Our Revolution.  Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity.  Register with Our Revolution here

 

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10:00 AM 0 2:00 PM.  Community Safety Day.  DEA drug take back, free Naloxone with training, free produce drive through market, fee Covid-19 and flu vaccinations, free bike helmets, first aid kits, bags, and more.  Location:  Columbus Fire Training Academy, 3639 Parsons Ave., Columbus 43207.  More information at takebackday.dea.gov or email to RREACT@columbus.gov.

 

October 23-31, 2021.  Host a Virtual Meeting with Coalition of Immokalee Worker Leaders for your organizationCIW leaders will be available for virtual presentations about the dual threats posed by the COVID pandemic and deadly heat waves to essential farmworkers in our country’s fields, and how the award-winning Fair Food Program has added new, life-saving protections to its award-winning human rights standards to address these dangers. CIW leaders will be going on a (virtual) speaking tour through Wendy's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, from October 23-31 to raise awareness about the urgent need for real, enforceable human rights protections for hundreds of thousands of essential farmworkers in corporate supply chains, and the unique power of the Fair Food Program to monitor and enforce farmworkers’ fundamental human rights.  We’re counting on our supporters in Columbus to help us connect with local leaders, so if you’re a professor or part of a student group, congregation or community organization and would like to host a CIW farmworker leader for a presentation while we’re virtually touring your city from the grassroots, fill out this form to get it on our calendar today.

 

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 2:00 PM. Democracy Film Festival: The People Vs. Agent Orange.  When you register, you'll gain access to our film screening and live post-film Q&A with filmmaker Alan Adelson and activist Carol Van Strum. We'll send a link and password for the film by Friday, Oct 22, which will be active for a 48-hour period to view the film. Please watch the film before the Q&A on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 pm EST. You will also receive a Zoom link for the Q&A that is unique to you - so please don't share it. If you haven't had the chance yet, please consider making a donation of $5 or more at www.paypal.com/paypalme/ohiocrn. All proceeds will be shared equally with Simply Living and OHCRN. Thank you in advance. If you have any questions please contact us at OhioCRN@gmail.comRegister here

 

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 2:00 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lnes. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com.  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ

 

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 2:00 PM.  Democracy Film Festival: The People Vs. Agent Orange.

When you register, you'll gain access to our film screening and live post-film Q&A with filmmaker Alan Adelson and activist Carol Van Strum. We'll send a link and password for the film by Friday, Oct 22, which will be active for a 48-hour period to view the film. Please watch the film before the Q&A on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 2 pm EST. You will also receive a Zoom link for the Q&A that is unique to you - so please don't share it. If you haven't had the chance yet, please consider making a donation of $5 or more at www.paypal.com/paypalme/ohiocrn. All proceeds will be shared equally with Simply Living and OHCRN.  Register here