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Monday, May 22, 2017,  6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Central Ohio Black Community Town Hall Meeting for Our Health.  Come share your personal story and hear stories of others who are worried about losing Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare.   Please RSVP, invite friends, and plan to attend the evening of Monday, May 22.   SAVE OUR LIVES. SAVE OUR COVERAGE. Healthcare coverage -- particularly by life-saving programs Medicare, Medicaid, and ObamaCare -- is now being threatened by a new bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4 that's supported by the President. The American Health Care Act (AHCA/TrumpCare) aims to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a plan that would help the rich, hurt the poor, and have disastrous effects for African Americans in Ohio, in particular.  More than 4.3 million Ohioans with preexisting conditions like, cancer, diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, arthritis, even pregnancy, would no longer be guaranteed coverage if the AHCA passes the Senate in its current formed and is signed into law by the President.  Location:  The Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 492 Oakwood Ave., Columbus, 43205.   Facebook.

 

Monday, May 22, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights Organizing Meeting. We continue to organize to protect our water, air, and soil from contamination by the fossil fuel extraction industries.   Location:  88 W. Blake St., Columbus OH.  See the CCBOR website for more information:   http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/.  For more information, please contact CCBOR at columbusbillofrights@gmailcom.  

 

Monday, May 22, 2017, 7:45 – 9:00 PM.  SPAN Ohio Region 5 Meeting.  The region 5 branch of Single Payer Action Network (SPAN) Ohio will hold an organizational meeting and discuss issues and ideas for the coming campaign to support SB 91, “To Provide universal health care coverage to Ohioans.” Location:   Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whetstone branch, 3903 N High Street.  For more information, please contact Bob Krasen,  bkrasen@twc.com

 

Monday, May 22, 2017, 7:00-9:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program:  Screening of Merchants of Doubt (93 minutes).  Ever wonder about the sources of spin particularly about climate change, tobacco, toxic chemicals, etc.?  “Merchants of Doubt” introduces some of the charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats. Central Ohioans for Peace meets at 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, ​ May 22, 2017, 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

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 8:00 – 11:00 AM.  Protest Wendy’s Shareholder’s Meeting.  Representatives of the Fair Food Coalition may stop by to invite us to join them at their next action outside Wendy’s annual shareholders’ meeting.  We urge Wendy’s to sign on to the Fair Food Program.  After months of escalating action in the Wendy’s Boycott, demanding that the corporation respect farmworkers’ human rights, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their allies will show up in powerful witness outside of Wendy’s annual shareholder meeting.  For over four years, Wendy’s has refused to meet face to face with farmworkers to dialogue and negotiate their participation in the Fair Food Program.  Enough is enough!  We will bring the call for farmworker justice to Wendy’s doorstep, directly to the company’s top executives and shareholders.    Here are four ways you can take action in the month of May!  

1) Begin making plans to join farmworkers, Ohio Fair Food and allies from across the country on Tuesday, May 23 for a major protest outside of Wendy’s annual shareholder meeting, followed by a community lunch with CIW. Housing will be provided for those coming from out of town. Get in touch with us at organize@allianceforfairfood.org for support in planning the trip! 

2) Send a boycott postcard to Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor and Board Chairman Nelson Peltz, then organize your community, congregation, or student group to do the same! Download the postcard here to print, sign, and send to One Dave Thomas Blvd., Dublin, OH 43017. 

3) Donate to the Wendy’s Boycott Fund to bring us closer to our goal of $25,000 in the month of May, to fuel sustained and growing action in the struggle for Fair Food – and bring us closer to an agreement with the final fast food holdout! You can donate online at bit.ly/boycott-fund or by writing a check to Alliance for Fair Food and sending to PO Box 509, Immokalee, FL 34143.

4) On Monday, May 22, participate in a national call-in day to Wendy’s Headquarters! Below is information about the call-in day and a sample script for your call. Once you’ve called, email us at organize@allianceforfairfood.org to share a report!  For additional information about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their fight for human rights for Florida farmworkers, visit http://www.ciw-online.org/   Location: meet at 1 Dave Thomas Blvd in Dublin, Ohio. 

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 PM. Institute for Women’s Policy Webinar: Integrating Asset Building Strategies into Programs for Survivors.  Join the Economic Security for Survivors Project and the Assets for Independence (AFI) Program at the Administration for Children and Families for a webinar on building and enhancing survivor economic security through asset development programming.  Attendees will learn about opportunities to help survivors build the assets and financial resources needed to pursue economic independence with Individual Development Accounts (IDA) programs.  Asset Building Policy and Partnerships Analyst Cassie Russell will discuss the ways that IDA programs have been integrated into domestic violence services and share tools and resources to help programs interested in developing internal programs or partnerships to support asset development.  Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski, M.A. is the Director of the Economic Security for Survivors Project at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Sarah oversees the development of training, tools, and curricula and provides technical assistance to domestic/sexual violence programs and justice system professionals on strategies to better address the intersections of survivor economic security and safety. Sarah specializes in the creation and implementation of employment focused curricula as well as fostering comprehensive community-based support strategies.  Cassie Russell, M.S.W. is a Policy Analyst for the Assets for Independence program at the Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to this role Cassie managed the delivery of financial capability services in a variety of nonprofit settings. She has supported survivors of domestic violence interested in financial and career goals, worked with first-generation college students, and provided training and technical assistance to a network of 60 agencies implementing Individual Development Account projects. Click Here to Register

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 8:00 PM.  Move to Amend Live.  Join our national director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and national board member Laura Bonham in this interactive monthly report on what’s happening with the Campaign to Legalize Democracy and all things Move to Amend. We help you stay connected by giving you regular updates, answering your questions, and taking your comments. 

Please tune in every fourth Wednesday at 8 PM ET  for Move to Amend Live.

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00 PM.  Pizza for All:  Getting Saucy for CRIS.  We're bringing the Columbus community together (again) to raise money and awareness for Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS)with Mikey's Late Night Slice in 4th & Main District.  Come support an incredible organization while getting your weekly dose of pizza and beers. We've been asking around and have come up with some pretty cool raffle prizes from our favorite local businesses. So bring some extra cash for that ($5 each, 5 for $20 or an entire arms length for $50).  Hosted by Ohio Progressive United in Service.  Facebook

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 8:00 PM. Webinar:  CPUSA 2017 Late Spring Marxist Class Series. Ideology, Insidious Individualism, and Insurrection: Angela Davis and the Critique of Racial Capitalism. Readings: Freedom is a Constant Struggle (Haymarket) “Women and Capitalism: Dialectics of Oppression and Liberation” (PDF--in attachment-- or The Angela Davis Reader [Blackwell Publishing]) Join in even if unable to complete the readings. Class Topics will include: 1. Is neoliberalism solely an economic policy or a white supremacy project?  2. How do the life and theoretical work of Angela Davis help us understand the current moment?  3. Can we defeat the ideology of individualism? You can register for the webinar here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4144663339289549315

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 8:30 AM.  Making Change at Wal-Mart EXPOSE WALMART Tour.  Location: UFCW Local 1059: 4150 E Main St. Columbus, OH 43213.

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  OHDWC & ODWC 2017 Women’s Lobby Day. Sponsored by the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC) and the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus.  Registration free but required.  Location:  77 S. High St., Columbus, 43215.  Registration required link to registration on Facebook.  Register for your seat and an included lunch! 

 

May 24, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.  TELE-TOWN HALL WITH CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY (OH-DISTRICT 3).  Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, representing the 3rd Congressional district of Ohio, invites you to join her for a tele-town hall meeting to discuss the critical issues important to you, Ohio, and our nation. Click here to RSVP or call (614) 220-0003 by May 22, 2017.  The town hall will be streamed live on Congresswoman Joyce Beatty’s Facebook page: facebook.com/RepJoyceBeatty.

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 1:00 PM.  Webinar:  The Trump Budget and What’s Ahead in Congress.  The President’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal (which is expected on May 23) and the forthcoming House budget proposal (which is expected in early June) are both likely to include deep cuts to non-defense discretionary programs such as rental assistance and education, as well as deep cuts to mandatory programs targeted to low- and modest-income people, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Health care, nutrition assistance, housing, education, and other services essential for children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities are all under threat.  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Coalition on Human Needs, and Center for American Progress are co-sponsoring this webinar for state and local advocates to learn about the content of these budget proposals and discuss recommended messages and activities to use to help protect human needs programs as the federal budget debates progress.  This webinar is off the record and not for the press. Contact Deborah Swerdlow at dswerdlow@cbpp.org with any questions.

Speakers: Sharon Parrott, Senior Fellow and Senior Counselor, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

John Halpin, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs.  Moderated by Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs, Food Research and Action Center.  Register Now!

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Central Ohio Community Action Team Meeting.  Join our Community Action Team meeting! We'll discuss and create plans of action to face and fight the issues that affect us most today, including: health care, education, retirement security and more. Be a part of the team that will make a positive difference in our community now and for the future. Hosted by Working America.  Location:  1350 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus 43212.  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  UAPA May Meeting – Citizen Action at the State Level.  Have you seen Innovation Ohio's new guide to state-level activism, Ohio Resistance Guide? Put together by people who worked at the Ohio statehouse in the executive and legislative branches, this guide shows you how to make your voice heard in Columbus. Join UAPA for an action presentation by Terra Goodnight covering:  The Ohio Legislature and the legislative process, testifying in committee, how to track and research bills, key tips on contacting, staying in touch with and influencing lawmakers and
current bills worth keeping an eye on.  Terra Goodnight is Policy Director for Innovation Ohio, a progressive research and policy advocacy organization based in Columbus where she works on policy issues including tax fairness, healthcare access, charter school accountability and paid family leave.  Location:  Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington 43221.  Facebook.   

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM. "Lend Your Voice – Health Care for All." Annual Tribute and Fundraiser Event for United Health Care Action Network.  Celebrating 20 Years of Advocacy.

Location:  Lincoln Theatre Ballroom, 769 E. Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203.  Tickets: $25.  Purchase tickets here

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio.  Business meeting.  Location:  Northwood High Building, 2231 N. High St., room 100.  Parking available in “R” spaces behind the building.   For more information, contact smorgen@juno.com

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 11:00 PM till Midnight.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio on WCRS 98.3 / 102.1 FM.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio features:  a) newly released Alternative and Independent music by emerging Alternative musical trends from across the world  c) interviews with local musicians, filmmakers, artists and activists.  All shows are: 1) broadcast on 98.2/102.1 FM  2) streamed “live” on the internet and 3) available for download at: http://www.wcrsfm.org/audio/user/1851.

 

Friday, May 26, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Palestine Study Group:  Palestinian Refugees.  Following up on the presentation last month by Lubnah Shomali (representing the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Human Rights), we will watch and discuss some short videos from the Badil playlist:  Villagers on the Line (18 minutes), Fleeing the Same War (9 minutes), Forcible Population in the Old City Hebron (6 minutes), Visualizing Occupation – Home Demolitions in Silwan Village (6:22 minutes).  We will also discuss how we can answer the call of Badil to support the National BDS movement and the movement for a statewide boycott of Hewlett Packard.  Light refreshments.  If you missed the presentation by Lubnah Shomali, you can watch the video of her presentation in Columbus here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxf4WWXHgqM.  Free and open to the public.  Location:  Maynard United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave., Columbus 43202.  For more information, contact Connie at cmhammond11@att.net.

 

May 26 – June 8, 2017.  My Iftaar Kitchen.  Feeding Homeless & Needy in Ramadan. Daily Iftaar Meal for Homeless and Needy Individuals.  Throughout the Ramadan, MY Leaders are planning to distribute Iftaar boxes to homeless and needy individuals in selected Columbus neighborhoods. You may provide cooked food or can give us donation to buy food. We also need volunteers to help us.
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May 27, 2017, 10:30 – 11:30 AM.  Single Payer Health Plans.  Bills are pending in the congress and in the State of Ohio for Universal health care.  The time is right for a discussion and education on the subject. We will have a speaker from the Single Payer Action Network.  Location:  Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Columbus, 43221. 

 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 7:30 - 9:30 PM.  MUSIC FOR THE REVOLUTION! at Rambling House.  Doug Morris will perform an evening of Protest Music.   The performance is free but donations will be accepted benefitting Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  Doug is a guitarist, singer, composer, professor, and performs in the tradition of Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Bruce Springsteen, and other progressive protest singers, with an emphasis on struggles for workers rights, peace, dignity, freedom, substantive equality, ecological rationality, and meaningful democracy.  Performances encourage audience participation.  Location:  Rambling House, 310 E. Hudson St., Columbus, Ohio.  For more information, contact Bill Lyons at wmlyons@gmail.com

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Indivisible OH12 Redistricting Petition Training.  Anyone in OH12 who wants to collect signatures for the redistricting ballot initiative is welcome to attend this training! Many of you will be trained and organized through your OH12 subgroups, but if you don't have a subgroup or haven't been able to attend a training in the past, this event is for you. We will explain the legal guidelines for circulating petitions and give you tips on the best practices for how to increase your signature validation rate.  We hope to have petition booklets to distribute by this date or shortly afterwards. In either case, we will be signing folks up to collect signatures at specific locations and events. Location:  Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Rd., Columbus 43235.  Facebook.

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 8:00 PM.  Webinar: The future of FCNL.  Join Executive Secretary Diane Randall to celebrate the dedication of FCNL’s network as we enter the final month of our capital campaign, The World We Seek: Now is the Time. We hope you’ll join us for a webinar to learn more about how this campaign has already strengthened FCNL and opportunities for you to be part of these efforts. RSVP Here.