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Events and Meetings:  


Monday, April 6, 2020, All Day.  Trust the Circle - Remembering Rubén Castilla Herrera.  On Monday, April 6th we will have had one year without Rubén.  This event is here to hold collective space throughout the day.  Check-in to this space and share a memory or a picture and use the hashtag #trustthecircle. This will serve as a virtual altar and a way to be together in some way, even when we are apart. Facebook.

 

Monday, April 6, 2020, 1:00 PM.  J Street Webinar.  Live Briefing:  Will Israel’s New Government Pursue Annexation?  For months, Netanyahu and his fellow right-wing leaders have pledged to carry out unilateral annexations as soon as possible — with the deliberate goal of making the occupation permanent and preventing the creation of a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel. Now that Blue and White party leader MK Benny Gantz has agreed to negotiate the formation of an Israeli “unity government” in which Benjamin Netanyahu will remain prime minister, will the prime minister and his right-wing allies will use this government to implement their dream of unilateral annexation of occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank?  More information and registration here

 

Monday, April 6, 2020, 3:00 PM.  Racial Justice Has No Borders Town Hall Webinar.  A Discussion on War and Militarization in the Time of Pandemic.  Racial Justice Has No Borders is a new, broad anti-war coalition that seeks to re-center the conversation about U.S. wars and militarization on the needs and leadership of those most impacted.  This coalition puts a focus on diaspora, refugee, veteran, Black, Brown and Indigenous communities who bear the brunt of this country’s militarism to challenge the myth that more police, wars and weapons have made any of us more safe or secure. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we forge new avenues for global solidarity that can lead to real and lasting peace and security. Specifically, the Town Hall will launch a shared campaign demanding the immediate end to the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that has been the pillar of escalated US military intervention under the banner of the War on Terror.  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 - 9:00 PM.  Webinar: Building Emotional Resilience.  It is safe to say that we need to increase our emotional capacity and resiliency so that we can be better aware of what is going on for us and the people around us. We need to lean into the traditions we are already a part of, learn new practices, and explore what is supportive to us collectively so that we can strengthen our capacity to go through this transition together. We will review important information about what goes on during transitions; go over concepts in psychology and neuroscience such as emotions, needs, values, trauma, and resiliency; and we will share some resources and practices that can support in increasing our collective emotional capacity. This webinar is intended to provide introductory support to build stronger emotional resiliency. We also understand that there are deeper mental health needs that we won’t be able to meet through this experience. We kindly ask that you measure your expectations accordingly and if you have questions, you can message us directly.  For more information and to register (required): bit.ly/4720ber

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 1:00 PM.  J Street Webinar.  U.S. Sanctions Impact on Iran’s COVID-19 Catastrophe.  Last week, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) led ten fellow senators in sending an urgent message to the Trump administration: Ease economic sanctions against countries where those restrictions are seriously hampering the response to COVID-19 -- specifically Iran and Venezuela.  “Helping these nations save lives during this crisis is the right thing to do from a moral perspective, but it is also the right thing to do from a national security perspective,” Senator Murphy and his fellow senators wrote.  At J Street, we agree. That’s why we’re proud that Sen. Murphy will join us for an online briefing on this urgent topic. Following remarks from the senator, the International Crisis Group’s Ali Vaez will speak with J Street about the situation in Iran and how modifying the current US sanctions regime could help save countless lives.  Register here

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 4:00 PM. Columbus City Council Virtual Town Hall.  In light of the continued COVID-19 pandemic, City Council is working to find innovative solutions to minimize and mitigate the impact of this coronavirus. During the town hall, residents will hear from Council, Columbus Public Health and other organizations on how we are working together to support residents during this crisis. Topics to be discussed include small business support, public safety, and recreation and parks.  All interested citizens are invited to participate and email questions to townhall@columbus.gov by 4pm on Sunday, April 5, 2020. There are also limited opportunities to ask questions during the event through Facebook Live. The town hall will be posted on the City of Columbus YouTube channel following the event. Columbus City Council's Official Facebook Page: Click this link to join our town hall on Facebook Live

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 4:00 PM. J Street Webinar.  Conflict 101 with Jeremy Ben-Ami.  Jeremy Ben-Ami developed J Street’s Conflict 101 presentation to arm members of Congress, pundits and community leaders with a basic understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — the geography, demography, history and core issues that will need to be resolved to achieve peace. Until now only conducted for participants on J Street’s delegations to Israel and the West Bank, Jeremy will deliver Conflict 101 publicly for the first time and take questions in this special J Stream virtual event.  Register here

 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 7:00 PM.   #FreeThemAll614 Campaign Launch Webinar. You’re invited to #FreeThemAll614’s Campaign Launch Webinar on Tuesday, April 7th at 7pm. #FreeThemAll614 is a campaign launched by a group of Columbus activists demanding local judges and officials release the adults and children held in Franklin County Correctional Centers I and II and the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center in the interest of their safety, and public safety at large. At the launch, we will provide an overview of our campaign and its demands, have storytelling, and discuss how to get more involved in applying pressure to our local judges and officials. Link to sign petitionRegister here. Facebook Event.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Pride Volunteer Meeting.  Join us and learn about Columbus Community Pride 2020 and how you can volunteer and organize!  We have seven teams leading Community Pride efforts this year: Logistics and Volunteers, Communications and Digital, Outreach, Safety/Harm Reduction/Accessibility, Musicians and Artists, Money-Making and Community Care.  We center QTPOC for everything, this included! QTPOC will be prioritized for leadership positions within Community Pride. No prior organizing or event planning experience needed, just a desire for creating space and collaborating with other dope QTPOC!  Like the past two years, Community Pride 2020: FTP will consist of five fun, educational events meant to anchor us in the true spirit of Pride, that will all culminate in the 2020 Community Pride Festival!  https://linktr.ee/columbuscommunitypride

 

Friday, April 10, 2020, 10:30 AM.   Decarceration and COVID-19.  SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Ohio statewide webinar.  Register here

 

Friday, April 10, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Coronavirus in Columbus:  Socialist Response Needed!  Join us for a Virtual Town Hall Featuring: Phoenix Sanderell, a grocery store worker and member of Socialist Alternative, Alek Nielsen, a member of DSA and organizer in the Columbus Tenants Union, and Claire Tranchino, a member of Socialist Alternative Stream Link will be posted! Facebook

 

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.  Central Ohio Worker Center Immigrant Justice Committee Virtual Meeting.  Join us for our monthly Immigrant Justice Committee meeting! This will be a zoom call, please email us for the link/phone number at centralohioworkercenter@gmail.com. The Immigration Justice Committee is responsible for advancing the immigrant rights mission of the organization by proposing projects, policy statements, and inter-organizational relationships to the board for approval, and for providing ongoing up-to-date information about opportunities for COWC.  Brittnee Pankey Qualls will do a presentation on how COVID-19 is affecting the immigrant/refugee population in Central Ohio.

 

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5:00 - 6:30 PM.   Webinar: COVID 19 Decarceration & Abolition Ruth Wilson Gilmore in conversation with Naomi Murakawa.  How should abolitionists respond to the coronavirus pandemic?  How can we achieve urgently needed decarceration for the millions of people caged in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers?  Abolitionism doesn’t just say no to police, prisons, border control, and the current punishment system. It requires persistent organizing for what we need, organizing that’s already present in the efforts people cobble together to achieve access to schools, health care and housing, art and meaningful work, and freedom from violence and want. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/covid-19-decarceration-and-abolition-tickets-101585777796

 

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Move to Amend Ohio Network 8th Annual (VIRTUAL) GatheringBuilding a Real Democracy Movement in Ohio.  Keynote Presentation: “The Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival” by Rev. Donna Moore. Hear from Move to Amend National Director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap on national MTA successes and 2020 plans and connect with other Ohioans to build a community for fundamental change to end corporate rule, get big money out of politics and work in solidarity with others to create justice! Stay tuned for Zoom link. For more information, contact Sandy Bolzenius, sbolzenius72@hotmail.com. Please register/RSVP at ohio@movetoamend.org.

 

April 22-24, 2020, Earth Day Live.  The youth-led 72-hour live stream and online mobilization will aim to engage people around the world in collective action to protect our climate and communities, and will feature performances from artists and influencers, panels with activists who are on the front lines of the climate crisis, trainings and teach-ins with partners, and conversations with elected officials to keep people engaged, informed, and inspired during this difficult time.  To join Earth Day Live, you can RSVP for updates on the live stream and tune in online on April 22.  You can also participate in the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by striking digitally with the Friday for Future Digital Movement.


Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:00 AM.  SPAN State Conference Goes Online. Since we can’t hold our conference in person, we will be bringing it to you online!  Keynote Speaker:   Wendell Potter. Participants who join by computer will have the opportunity to ask questions during the question and answer period.  We will conduct a brief tutorial on how participants can use the Zoom tools.  It is easy to log in via computer and in most cases, no download is required.  You just click on the link that you will be provided.  You can join with a phone call, but you will not be able to receive the video portion or use the video tools to participate. This is the first part of our planned conference.   We are making plans to bring the rest of the conference to you via Zoom over the next few months.   You will be receiving a new invitation for each segment of the conference that is presented.   Register (requires) in advance for this meeting:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYqdu2gqTsqWLOeXq7GMLJ7Xdb6KMtywA.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. There is no charge for participating in this video conference.  However, there are costs associated with the presentation, so if you would like to make a donation, please do so via our webpage:   https://www.spanohio.org/index.php/takeaction/donate.  We would be very appreciative of any donation you can give.  Facebook.

 

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 1:30 – 4:30 PM.  Indivisible Ohio District 15 Annual Meeting.  Sign up for the 2020 fight. Let's support our District 15 congressional candidate and other candidates with a committed band of volunteers and activists ready to march in parades, host fundraisers, make calls, canvass....  We'll have a planning meeting very soon, so stay tuned--and PM this page even sooner if you want to be sure you're involved!  Location:  Columbus Public Library, Main, 95 S. Grant Ave., Columbus.  Facebook

 

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Lend Your Voice – Health Care for All Annual Tribute and Fundraiser Event.  Celebrating 23 Years of Advocacy.  Join us for an evening of music and light hors d’oeuvres as we pay tribute to outstanding leaders for health care in Ohio at our “Lend Your Voice – Health Care for All” annual event.  Location:  Lincoln Theatre Ballroom, 769 E. Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203.  Tickets: $25.00 and more information here

 

Friday, May 1, 2020, Noon - 2:30 PM.  International Worker’s Day 2020 Virtual Rally for Columbus, Ohio.  Join us for a virtual rally for workers around the world! The Coronavirus pandemic has shown us just how inadequate capitalism is at dealing with crises. We need a world that puts the needs of working people first!  Facebook

 

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Moral March on Washington.  A national gathering to address Systemic Racism, Systemic Poverty, Ecological Devastation, War Economy and theDistorted Moral Narrative of Religious Nationalism.  Sign up: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/june2020/.  Location:  Washington D.C.  Facebook

 

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  2020 Women’s Leadership Symposium.  The Ohio State University and Ohio University alumni associations are proudly co-hosting the second Women’s Leadership Symposium, an energizing and inspiring day of growth and connection. Learn from alumni experts and university thought leaders about a variety of topics covering wellness, career and leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and more. This one-of-a-kind experience will equip attendees to confront the challenges they face while empowering them to celebrate the unique strength of women.

Location:  The Ohio Union, 1739 North High St., Columbus, Ohio 43210.  Alumni and friends: $30 per person includes breakfast, lunch and digital headshot image. Undergraduate students may register for the discounted rate of $15.  More information and registration here