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Monday, ​ January 16, 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

 

Monday, January 16, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12 Noon.  Police Officers for Equal Rights 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Free Breakfast:  A Dream Refreshed.  A free breakfast will be served 8:00-9:55 AM.  Gospel music, videos, and keynote speaker, Dr. Joel King, Jr., cousin of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., will be in the sanctuary 10:00 AM – noon.   Location:  First AME Zion, 873 Bryden Road, Columbus.  Contact:  Tyrone Thomas 614-668-4837.  Monetary donations (check or money order) may be sent to:  Police Officers for Equal Rights, P.O. Box 27040, Columbus, Ohio 43227.

 

Monday, January 16, 2017, 4:00 PM.  Annual City of Columbus  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March and Celebration.  Location:  The March will kickoff inside East High School at 4:00 PM and begin at 4:30 PM.  The program, featuring Keynote Speaker Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie begins at 5:30 PM.    RSVP for the march and/or celebration is requested.   More information and RSVP here.

 

Monday, January 16, 2017, 7:30 – 10:00 AM32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast:  Cooperation, Peace, Acceptance and Caring.  Keynote Speaker, Michael B. Coleman.   Tickets will be sold in advance and will not be available at the door.  $35.  More informationTickets.  

 

Monday, January 16, 2017, 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.  Since our local advocacy team began in 2015, we lobbied to ensure that the Iran Nuclear Deal was ratified, and recently focused on incarceration reform.  The underlying primary focus is to reduce U.S. military spending.  As we begin with a new administration and U.S. Congress in Washington, we will find out in January what issue we will focus on moving into 2017.  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, January 16, 2017, 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 in 2017 is to reduce U.S. military spending while keeping social benefits from being cut.  President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to increase the U.S. military budget this year.  We are a powerful 34 advocacy groups across the U.S., and had over 200 lobbying visits to U.S. legislators in 2017.  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

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Wayne National Forest Fracking Strategy SessionJoin Ohio Revolution and a long list of interested organizations and parties as we discuss and coordinate strategies to address fracking in Wayne National Forest following the Bureau of Land Management's auction of leases for 17 parcels of the forest to oil and gas corporations in December.  Location:  Northwood High Building, room 100, 2231 N. High St. Columbus.  Facebook event here.  
The Northwood-High Building has off-street parking located to the rear of the building and accessed from Northwood Avenue. Visitors should park in spaces marked "R" Reserved, Rardin Clinic Only for community meetings. Visitors do not need to pay or use the pay station. On-street parking is available (both metered and non-metered) but please be aware of all signs marking parking restrictions and enforcement of meters.

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:00 PM Frack-Free Beer Tasting; 7:00 PM.   Screening:  We The People 2.0 - The Second American Revolution.    "We the People 2.0 confronts its viewers with the ravages of mine tailings and leaky containment ponds, of sludge and ooze and grue, all of which, the film documents, are killing people, particularly in the cancer-blighted small towns of North America. The film's brief is laudable: Alongside documenting grassroots activism, including the kayak flotillas that protested Shell Oil in Seattle, the film focuses on legal challenges presented to corporations by granting rights to ecosystems. Talking heads come from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit that helps small towns draft laws against fracking, factory farming, and water privatization.  The "2.0" in the title refers to what the filmmakers have dubbed "The Second American Revolution"—a battle not against a foreign power, but against corporate power."  This documentary film about community rights, the loss of democracy in the United States, and what to do to become engaged citizens will be shown at Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave., Columbus.  Frack-free beer available for purchase; 50/50 raffle; T-shirts.  Free - donations greatly appreciated.  For more information, contact:  Bill wmlyons@gmail.com.   Website event page and trailer here.   Columbus Community Bill of Rights:  http://www.columbusbillofrights.org

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017. 7:00 PM.  Join the Socialists! A Four-Part Series on Joining the ISO. 
The rallies against Trump in the weeks following the election were a surprising and inspiring show of popular opposition to the racism, misogyny, and xenophobia of the far-right. But rallies alone won't stop Trump. We need to build socialist political organizations that can connect and help lead struggles for immediate demands and fight for wider, long-term changes.  Starting on January 11, we will host a series on becoming a member of the ISO to discuss what revolutionary politics mean in practice. We will read and discuss the ISO's political program, titled Where We Stand, which briefly explains the politics of our organization. We will also read the ISO Members' Toolkit, which covers the nuts and bolts of organizing as an ISO member. The politics of the ISO are explained in further detail in the book The Meaning of Marxism. If you'd like to read The Meaning of Marxism alongside Where We Stand, please reply to this email to pick up a copy.  Readings for 1/18: "Marxism and Oppression" Readings:
Where We Stand: Chapter 5  (Optional reading: Meaning of Marxism, Chapter 11)  You can access the Where We Stand pamphlet here.  Location TBA  For details, please see:  Facebook Event 

Thursday, January 19, 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  b) emerging Alternative musical trends from across the world  c) interviews with local musicians, filmmakers, artists and actvists.  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.  Podcasts are available for download free of charge at: http://www.wcrsfm.org/audio/user/1851.  

 

Friday, January 20, 2017.  Inauguration Day of Action.  Various times/locations.  Join the call to action asking that organizations, groups, families or friends take public action on Inauguration Day to send a clear message that we are not in alignment with the new president.  It will take all of us, using all our skills, abilities, connections, knowledge and insight, to build a city that keeps each other safe, stands for justice for all, and fights back against hate and oppression.  We are calling for a full day of rolling actions and events.  Organized by SURJ, Showing Up for Racial Justice.  Email SURJColumbusOH@gmail.com with any questions.  Facebook.com/SURJ/ColumbusOhio  If you don’t want to organize your own but want to plug in with existing efforts, track their Twitter feed, Facebook page, and website for more information.

 

Friday, January 20th, 7:30pm, Rise Up and Resist – A Counter-Inaugural Event.  This is an inauguration day benefit for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU, featuring many excellent performing artists from Central Ohio. This is a ‘give what you feel’ event - the recommended donation is $20.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave.  Link to more information.   Facebook Event.


Saturday, January 21, 10:00 AM – 1:15 PM and Sunday, January 22, 9:30 AM.  Winter Seminar:  Drew Hart.   Drew Hart, author of Trouble I've Seen, Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, will be with us on Saturday, January 21 and during worship and Christian Education on Sunday, January 22. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated for lunch on Saturday. A donation for the cost of lunch would be appreciated. Childcare will be available (nursery-5th grade) on January 21 but you must RSVP by January 11 with the names and ages of your children. RSVP to office@columbusmennonite.org.


Saturday, January 21, 2017, Noon – 1:30 PM Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.   Learn about local and statewide plans to promote a constitutional amendment saying that corporations are not people and money is not protected free speech.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.   For more information, please contact:  sbolzenius72@hotmail.com  Facebook:  https://movetoamend.org/oh-columbus  Website:  https://movetoamend.org.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Women’s March on Washington.  Official statement, National Organizers:  OFFICIAL STATEMENT, National Organizers.  On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.   Facebook Page.  

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 2:00 – 4:30 PM.  Economic Empowerment & Resistance Task Force.  We are a grassroots organization for poor working-class people.  We discuss current events and explore how commons-based transitions, Fab Labs and other models can end class exploitation and transform the capitalist system.  This meeting is free and open to the public.  For more information, see facebook or email to   economictaskforce@gmail.com  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Driving Park Library, 1422 Livingston Ave, Rm 3, Columbus, OH 43205, USA (map)  Click HERE for a link to the calendar.

 

Monday, January 23, 2017,  7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights organizing meeting.  We continue to organize our signature campaign to protect our water, air, and soil from contamination by the fossil fuel extraction industries.   We will have petitions and supplies for petitioners at the meeting.  You can turn your finished ones in as well.  Location:  88 W. Blake St., Columbus OH.  This is the street that The Blue Danube restaurant on N. High St. in the north campus area is at the corner of Neil and Blake (there is parking in front of the house and in back via Buck Alley).  The street is one-way, so you need to drive to from Neil Avenue.   See the CCBOR website for more information:   http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/For more information, please contact CCBOR at columbusbillofrights@gmail.com.   Please sign the petition for clean air, pure water and safe soil before July 1, 2017!  Volunteer - contact Greg Pace:  gpace67@gmail.com  Like/Share FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusBillofRights/?ref=bookmarks

 

Monday, Janurary 23, 2017, 6:30 – 7:30 PM.   Transition Hub: New Ways to Support the Local Economy.   Instructors Mac Crawford and Chuck Lynd will facilitate a discussion to explore what “local” means and how our consumer choices can create healthy, vital communities. Free.  Donations welcome and support Simply Living’s “Sustainable U” initiative. Location: Northwood High Bldg, Community Room 100, 2231 N High St, Cols 43201. Park in rear lot but only in the R spaces (Rardin Clinic) or on the street. RSVP:or Questions: Chuck.Lynd@gmail.com, 614.354.6172.