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Monday, November 5, 2018, 12:00 PM.  Webinar:  Yemen - US Involvement and the Current Humanitarian Crisis.  Presenters:  Dr. Aisha Jumaan, Founder and President of the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation and Kate Kizer, Policy Director at Win Without War.  The war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen continue.  The United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees reported that “Conflict in Yemen has left 22.2 million people, 75 per cent of the population, in need of humanitarian assistance and has created a severe protection crisis in which millions face risks to their safety and are struggling to survive. Yemenis are facing multiple crises, including armed conflict, displacement, risk of famine and the outbreaks of diseases including cholera – creating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”  Congress has never authorized America’s involvement in this war in Yemen, yet for almost three years the United States has fueled the conflict and the suffering of Yemeni civilians by providing mid-air refueling to coalition jets, sharing intelligence for targeting assistance, and selling weapons to the Saudi-led coalition – all assistance that is used in the coalition’s bombing campaign that has killed thousands of civilians and directly contributed to the humanitarian crisis.  Please click here to join us for a webinar on November 5th at 12 pm to learn more about the crisis.  Sponsored by the Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness. 

 

Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.  Colombian Peace Accords:  Walking with the Displaced.  Marcos Knoblauch has been a full-time member of Christian Peacemaker Teams - Colombia (CPT-Col) since June 2017. He will be in Columbus to talk about the work of CPT-Col and the challenges faced by the rural communities and human rights workers and organizations that CPT-Col accompanies. Most of this work involves the 7.7 million people displaced since 1985 according to the Colombian government. 2017 saw the implementation of the Peace Accords between the Colombian national government and the FARC, the largest of the revolutionary guerilla organizations. 2017 also saw slightly over 300 human rights defenders murdered worldwide, 121 of those deaths happened in Colombia, compared to 60 in 2016. [1] 2018 has shown little improvement.  Marcos will share stories about the safe havens that CAHUCOPANA [2] (Corporation of Humanitarian Action for Coexistence and Peace in Northeastern Antioquia) has built to host and shelter social leaders and human rights defenders who have been threatened. CAHUCOPANA is asking the Colombian government to officially recognize those safe havens or refuges and requesting the State to provide collective protective mechanisms. CPT-Col has been accompanying CAHUCOPANA since 2008 because an international presence can increase the space of security for its leadership.  In 2016 he was invited to serve temporarily with CPT in Hebron after which he joined and completed CPT training in January 2017. Since June 2017 he has been a full-time member of the CPT Colombia team in the Magdalena Medio region, accompanying communities and social leaders who are in high risk due to their labor in defense of human rights in the context of the armed conflict.  [1] https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/may/01/2017-deadliest-year-on-record-colombian-human-rights-defenders [2] https://pbicolombia.org/cahucopana/.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214.  More information on Facebook.  

 

Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Book Discussion – The Book of Joy:  Lasting Happiness.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN) invites you to a book discussion of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams.  Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.  Join the members of WIN as we discuss the examples set by these three amazing men, who have learned to understand and respect others in their individual faith walks through life.  Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington, 43085.  More information on Facebook.    

 

Monday, November 5, 2018, 6:30 PM Film At 7 PM.  Environmental Film Series. Toxic Puzzle:
Algal Blooms In Toledo
“Toxic Puzzle” Synopsis: Harmful Algal Blooms caused Toledo to shut off drinking water. Might they also contribute to ALS and other diseases? Panel features OSU Wexner Medical Center ALS neurologist, Adam Quick, MD and recently retired Columbus Public Health Commisioner Teresa Long, MD. Free pizza and beverages at 6:30 pm. More info HERE. More info on the series HERE.  Location:  OSU CBEC BLDG, ROOM 130, 151 W Woodruff, Columbus 43210.  Free and open to all. 

 

Monday, ​ November 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.

 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 6:00 PM.  Meaning of Marxism Study Group.  Join the Columbus International Socialist Organization for a study group of "The Meaning of Marxism" by author and ISO member, Paul D'Amato.  "The Meaning of Marxism" offers an engaging introduction to Marxism and revolutionary socialism with the aim of giving activists the tools to interpret and change the world around us. At each meeting, we will have summaries of each chapter and extended open discussions to dive deeper into the text and create room for debate and disagreement.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase at our regular Thursday branch meetings, and a free PDF of the first edition, and a free audiobook version are also available.   The group will also be meeting on November 20, December 4 and December 18.  More information on Facebook.  


Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:00 PM.  Civil War: American Policy in Yemen.  With Michael Doran, Austin Knuppe, and Christopher Gelpi.  The Alexander Hamilton Society at Ohio State is pleased to announce our second event of the semester, Civil War: American Policy in Yemen, which will focus on American policy in Yemen and America's relationship with the Saudi led coalition. The event will feature Michael Doran (left), senior fellow at the Hudson Institute specializing in Middle East security issues; Austin Knuppe from the Department of Political Science, and Christopher Gelpi, director of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, as moderator. As always, free pizza and Coke products will be served. Read more and register.  Location: 001 Jennings Hall, 1735 Neil Ave.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio Meeting.  Special guest Dr. Julie Hart will present on her research and her recently published book, Pathways to Pacifism and Antiwar Activism Among U.S. Veterans.  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.   Location:  Columbus Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Parking available in the library garage.  For more information please contact,  centralohio@jvp.org.   More information on Facebook.  


Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 4:00 – 7:00 PM.  We Won’t Be Erased – Rally for Trans Visibility.  The Trump-Pence administration is attempting to legally redefine gender on a narrowly “sex” based male-female basis that would gut enforcement of existing civil rights protections for over 1.4 million transgender Americans. Additionally, since this memo was put out, Trump’s Department of Justice has said that transgender workers are not protected by civil rights laws (https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/transgender-workers-not-protected-civil-rights-law-doj-tells-supreme-n924491).  This proposal is a dangerous and harmful one that essentially attempts so erase the transgender community. We intend to assemble peacefully at the Ohio Statehouse with the goal of sending the message that the trans community and our allies will not stand for it.  Bring signs! Be loud! But please, keep it nonviolent.  Location:  State House, Columbus.  Facebook.  


Thursday, November 8, 2018, 3:30 PM.  Furniss Book Award Winner Laura Madokoro "On Refuge: The Politics of Race and Humanitarianism."  Laura Madokoro, assistant professor of history and classical studies at McGill University, will speak about "On Refuge: The Politics of Race and Humanitarianism" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (11/8) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. Madokoro is author of Elusive Refuge: Chinese Migrants in the Cold War(Harvard, 2016), winner of the 2016 Mershon Center's Edgar S. Furniss Book Award. The book documents the experience of Chinese migrants during the Cold War and the politics of exclusion and humanitarianism among the white settler societies of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This talk will explore American responses to refugees in Asia during the Cold War. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/madokorol  Location: 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

 

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  DSA Monthly Activist Meeting.  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.  For more information, contact columbusdsa@gmail.com

 

Saturday, November 9, 2018, 6:30 – 11:00 PM.  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, music and an update on medical marijuana, CBD, and more!  Free, no RSVP required.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus.  Parking in side driveway, front or rear parking lot.  For more information, contact 614-253-2571, colsfreepress@gmail.com, columbusfreepress.org.

 

Friday-Saturday, November 9-10, 2018.  Conference.  Populism and Race in the Trump Era

Organized by Benjamin McKean and Inés ValdezPopulism seems to have swept the globe, with the election of Donald Trump to the presidency among the most prominent examples. This conference will consider the ways political identities have been at the forefront of these populist narratives that have shaped contemporary democracy, with profound implications for national security. Populists tend to address a "people" that has supposedly been taken advantage of by elites and foreign actors, is threatened by particular groups, and whose efforts are not recognized by "ungrateful" groups. These claims rebrand social and political problems in terms of security threats and, in doing so, create aparticular vision of "real Americans" who are entitled to democratic voice. This phenomenon touches upon important research in political science, sociology, and history on populism, immigration, and race that have not been put into conversation. This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars whose research concerns populism, state violence against African-Americans, and the political theory of migration to answer this question. Together, the workshop will critically assess the relations among populism, racial exclusion, and conceptions of security as well as explore the potential of more democratic forms of populism. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/populismrace.  Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

 

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Ohio Marxism Conference:  The Politics of Socialism from Below.  Please join us for Ohio Marxism Regional Conference, a day-long event co-hosted by the Columbus and Athens branches of the International Socialist Organization. How do we as Marxists understand this political moment, and what do we see as the necessary components to continue charting a path forward as revolutionary socialists?  From the teachers' strikes in the spring, to the Chicago hotel workers' strike, to the outpouring of rage and resistance directed at the confirmation of the rapist Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme, this year has seen an upsurge in working class consciousness. We will center the conversation around revolutionary socialism and socialism from below, and apply these perspectives to the lived experiences and material conditions of working class people in the U.S. and beyond.  Location:  Ohio Union at The Ohio State University, 1739 N. High St., Columbus 43210.  Facebook.  

 

November 10, 2018 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Central Ohio Worker Center Wage Theft and Job Site Inspection Training.  Help End Wage Theft.   Fight Back.  Empower Workers to Hold Employers AccountableWage Theft Intake Volunteers play a vital role in our community. Intake Volunteers meet with wage theft victims, collect information about unlawful employer practices, and refer workers to attorneys, government agencies, and others who can provide assistance.  The training session will provide you with an overview of the law, information about severity of the problem of wage theft and the skills you need to serve as a COWC Wage Theft Intake Volunteer. Our ability to fight against wage theft depends upon people like you playing an active role in the process.  RSVP and get more info by clicking the link below!  Location:  Seafarers International Union, 2800 South Hight St., Columbus 43207.   Free, registration required. More information and registration here.   Facebook.  

 

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Growing Cities: A Film About Urban Farming In America. 
Come early to network at the bar around 1:15 pm Growing Cities is a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat. In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. Q+A following the film to discuss the local food system in central Ohio. Location:  Studio 35 Cinema And Drafthouse, 3050 Indianola Ave. Columbus 43202. $5 Donation at the door.

 

Wednesday, November 12, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Gramercy Books Presents: An Evening With Journalist, Essayist Sarah SmarshHeartland, her eye-opening memoir of working-class poverty in the American Midwest, has been longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. The event filled up quickly and was moved to the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main Street, Bexley, 43209.  Full press release HERE.

 

Monday, November 12, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Care and Share Time Bank Orientation.  Learn about Time banking and become a member Location:  First UU Church, Room 7, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214.  For more information, contact mgreenmanoh@gmail.com.

 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:00 PM.  Franklin County Green Party, open business meeting, 7:00 PM General Meeting and speaker.  Join the Franklin County Greens - we meet on the second Tuesday of each month.   Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.  Parking available behind the building in “R” spaces.  For more information, contact:   fcgreenparty@gmail.com or facebook.com/FCgreenparty.  

 

Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 PM. Columbus Climate Action Night. We will network and get updates and take action on federal and state policies related to climate and environment. All are welcome. We'll provide a light snack so let us know you are coming.  Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library - Driving Park Branch, 1422 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio, 43205.  https://www.facebook.com/events/545407392557679/


Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Ready for 100 Columbus General Meeting.  This is a general meeting for Ready for 100 Columbus. Come hear about everything we have organized this year including the Aerial Art 100% project, statewide Ready for 100 training, Reinventing Power film and discussion, Josh Fox tabling event, Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice march and rally. Then find out about some big plans we have for 2019 and how you can get involved! Snacks will be served. Facebook.  Sign up at https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z0000027BQnQAM.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklinton Branch, 1041 W. Town St., Columbus 43222.  Also, if you are interested in learning more about Sierra Club 100 Columbus initiative or can’t make it to the event, this is a link to a petition you can sign to support Columbus 100 chapter electronically which also has a video that talks about the Columbus 100 initiative. That link is here:  https://www.addup.org/campaigns/get-columbus-ohio-readyfor100-clean-energy-438532.

 

Thursday November 15, 2018,  8.30 am to 4.30 pm : “ A Place of My Own “ Affordable Housing Conference.  Sponsored by Capital University Law school, Compassionate Columbus (The Charter for Compassion International - Columbus chapter) and Stone Village Church.  Please join us to learn about the social, economic and environmental factors that impact the housing needs of Columbus’ vulnerable and marginalized communities, understand national trends, brainstorm potential strategies and funding to address the situation, and find out what you and other stakeholders can do to promote access to affordable housing in Columbus.  Community Representatives include the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, Coalition on Homelessness and Housing and many more!  Keynote speaker is Evelyn Stratton, former associate justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, who will discuss the problem of housing scarcity as it relates to persons will mental illnesses in jail.  The conference is free, but seating is limited. Complementary lunch will be provided courtesy of the Nelson Lecture series. Please note that 6.5 CLE credits are available for lawyers.  Location:  Capital University Bexley Campus: Huntington Recital Hall. For complete information and registration, visit www.capital.edu/aplaceofmyown. Registration deadline: November 8th.   Also, November 2-15: "A Place of My Own" Art Exhibiton at Capital University's Bexley Campus Convergent Media Center. The exhibit is of twenty local artists who have created new works around the theme of homelessness.  

 

Saturday, November 17, 2018, Noon – 2:00 PM. Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.  The monthly meeting of the local affiliate of the national Move to Amend organization that is calling for a U.S. Constitutional amendment to reverse several U.S. Supreme Court decisions during the past century and thereby to firmly establish that corporations are not people and that money is not free speech. Find out what can be done locally to restore democracy!  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.  For more information, please contact sbolzenius72@hotmail.com.  Website:  https://movetoamend.org.

 

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 2:00 – 4:30 PM.  Screening of Invisible Hand.   INVISIBLE HAND is the world’s first documentary film about the creation of ‘Rights of Nature’ from the exploitation of capitalism. The defining battle of our times between democracy and corporations.  In the fall of 2014, for the first time in United States history, an ecosystem filed to defend itself in a lawsuit claiming its ‘right to exist' in Grant Township, Pennsylvania. For attempting such a radical act, Grant’s rural community of 700 people were sued by a corporation, then by the state government, and are now locked in a battle to defend the watershed they call home, the water they drink, and enforce the local laws they enacted that gave legal Rights to Nature.  Half a continent away in Standing Rock, North Dakota, the same industry threatening Grant Twp. is using militarized force against indigenous tribes and allies fighting to protect Mother Earth. The two, Grant Township and Standing Rock, are joined in an international fight to protect more than just water. They fight for their community, democracy, and for Nature as a living entity unto itself.  Location:  Upper Arlington Main Library, 2800 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington.   FREE.  ColumbusBillofRights.org

 

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Ohio Environmental Council Green Gala.  Over the past year, Ohio's environmental movement has had some amazing wins, and we couldn't do any this work without the support of our friends and partners. On Saturday, November 17, at COSI, we’ll celebrate our victories, honor environmental heroes, and look ahead at what’s to come.  Location:  COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus.  Nonmember tickets - $120.   Registration here.