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Events and Meetings:  

Monday, September 14, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.  Sustainable Justice Town Hall.  Part of achieving sustainable justice means breaking down barriers to employment for returning citizens. Join us for a brainstorming session on how a revived Civilian Conservation Corp., as part of climate change legislation or a green new deal, could be designed to meet the needs of people ensnared in our criminal justice system. Online event hosted by ReImagine Appalachia.  Register on Facebook


Monday, September 14, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Moral Monday Mass Assembly.  Voting is power unleashed!  We are calling the nation to join us for an evening of information and inspiration as we share tools and training on voter engagement, registration and protection. We will also announce additional training, forums and town halls that will occur over the next two months.  More information and registration here


Monday, September 14, 2020 07:00 PM, Militarization of the Police and the 1033 Program. Local police throughout the U.S. are direct beneficiaries of the military-industrial complex’s overproduction of hardware designed to dominate the globe. The Pentagon’s 1033 program provides police departments with excess military-grade equipment—including tanks, armored cars and weaponry—meant for war, not for keeping the public safe. When police are dressed and equipped for war, studies have shown, they are more apt to act as though the population is their enemy.  Massachusetts Peace Action.  More information and registration here


Monday, September 14 - Friday, September 18, 2020.  Virtual Palestine Advocacy Days.  Since 2015, American Muslims for Palestine has organized an annual Palestine Advocacy Day and Training weekend to educate students, community activists, and organizers —young and old—on civic engagement and policy work exclusively on the issue of Palestine. Invited guest lecturers and instructors provide an in-depth course on legislative advocacy and the political process in the U.S. with workshops on: The Structures of Government, Community & Movement History – Building Power, Understanding Civic Engagement, How to Speak to Elected Officials and Their Offices, Political Advocacy & Organizing, and Training on Making Asks on Specific Policy Issues.  More information and registration here.


Monday, September 14, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Meet the Makers: WEARELATINX Preview Event.  WORLD CHANNEL kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with a special Meet the Makers event on Monday 9/14. Join us for a live preview and discussion of Doc World: Siqueiros: Wall of Passion, a co-production of ITVS and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and Voces: Building the American Dream an election year special coming to PBS from LPB. During this special preview event, WORLD will showcase a collection of films that are coming to WORLD Channel from an esteemed group of LatinX filmmakers. See clips from their stories and hear their perspectives as they present their work and engage with our live online audience.  Register here


Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 7:00 PM.  SURJ Ohio September Orientation Call. SURJ Ohio is starting monthly info sessions to welcome newcomers to antiracism! These calls are geared toward people who are brand new to taking collective action for racial justice, or who have acted for racial justice before but are unfamiliar with SURJ's work specifically. All are welcome for this 1-hour overview and Q&A session. You'll leave with a clearer idea of what SURJ is, how we do work, and actions you can take. Contact Andrea Reany at if you need ASL interpretation or for other access needs.  Register here.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 PM.  DeEscalateOhioNow!  End Qualified Immunity.  Etta James explained what reparations for Black people would be with one word,”security.” That means that quality food, housing, education, health care, transportation, communication, and exposure to culture would be lifetime guarantees. Heartbeatmovement Incorporated Mission is to End Systemic @ Institutional Racism inequality, Injustice in America. History Is Watching. Your voices are needed to bring about change! America is in a state of National Emergency. White America must categorically admit to systemic racism in order to address Police Brutality and Legalized Lynchings with Qualified Immunity. Too many Ohioans are murdered by its police officers - stand with the families who are organizing statewide accountability. Our elected representatives have failed us so now is our chance to also register everyone eligible, educate and then VOTE in every election. This work is being modeled after other successful campaigns in other states and many of these changes are already happening across the country. People aren't colorblind, but bullets are.  DeEscalateOhioNow! Heartbeatmovement is a collection of Grassroots organizations rising up from the collective pain, in order to educate and ensure changes take place NOW. Our multiracial coalition is not about being anti-police, we are fighting for human life. We are NOT part of, or associated with partisan political parties, nor are we directed from the top by others.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse.  More information on Facebook


Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30 PM.  Is a Plan B Needed to Save Afghanistan?  The future of Afghanistan’s constitutionally liberal democratic system is very much at issue. On its survival rests the aspiration of the greatest number of its people, the deep investment of the international community in the country’s stability and wellbeing, and ultimately the security of the region and beyond. Negotiations are beginning in what is certain to be a lengthy process that may in the name of a compromise trade away social and economic gains realized over nearly two decades. Afghanistan has additionally to cope with the disengagement of foreign forces just at a time when their leverage militarily and diplomatically could be critical. In the absence of a verifiable ceasefire, the country confronts a prospect of exploding violence and possible descent into chaos.  Can Afghanistan pull itself together to not only protect its achievements but to overcome past errors? Should Afghans and their international partners think about formulating a Plan B to save the republic while striving for true reconciliation with the insurgency? The Middle East Institute is pleased to host a panel of experts to discuss these questions and more.  Register here


Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:00 PM.  Nation Conversation: Sochie Nnaemeka on How to Win in NovemberJoin Nation editorial director and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and the director of the Working Families Party in New York, Sochie Nnaemeka, for an urgent conversation about how and why progressive insurgents can win in November.  As State Director of the Working Families Party, Nnaemeka is wielding her expertise to grow the party into an increasingly potent national outfit. She'll discuss the party's agenda and what she sees as the most critical progressive priorities ahead of the most important election of our lives.  Tickets are $10. All proceeds directly support The Nation's journalism. There will be ample time for audience questions and conversation. More information and registration here


Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 5:00 PM.  Confronting Racism From an Environmental Perspective. Racial justice is environmental justice. But environmentalists have not always acknowledged this truth. Together, environmentalists can empower our communities by taking action for racial equity. As the environmentalists of the present, it is our duty to ensure we—and our society—stop drawing power from these inequities. Change starts with our community. Change starts with a choice. The OEC Emerging Leaders Council invites you to join us for a virtual discussion with social and climate justice champions: Laura Recchie, President, Root + Branch, Avery Martens, SURJ Ohio Organizer, Leslie Hinkson, CO of Racial Justice and Equity, League Conservation Voters, National, and Jocelyn Travis, Central Ohio Organizing Manager, Sierra Club.  Let’s confront the racist history of the environmental movement and modern environmental racism.  Register here


Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Central Ohio Poor People’s Campaign Regional Meeting.  We hope our OHPPC Family is doing ok. Please reach out if you need help getting connected with resources. We have so many new amazing OHPPC Family members that have stepped forward into the movement making phone calls and building relationships! We still need to do M.O.R.E. - mobilizing, organizing, registering, educating people for the movement who will vote! If you need more information about any of these events, please don't hesitate to reach out. 1. Become a M.O.R.E Organizer - check out the Poor People's Campaign Movement That Votes Page! All you need to know about engaging your friends, family and community in the movement, registering to vote and filling out the census!  Register for the online meeting here


Wednesday, September 16, 2020 04:00 PM.  The Importance of Independent News.  Join faculty, students, and alumni from the School of Communication for a conversation about the importance of independent news organizations at universities and beyond. Learn about the critical work of The Lantern, the value of independent media, and much more.  Panelists:  Spencer Hunt, Director of Student Media, The Lantern; Nicole Kraft, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Jack Long, B.A., Journalism '22; Managing Editor for Digital Content, The Lantern; Jay Ridgely Smith, B.A. Journalism '71; Retired President, Cox Newspapers Inc.; Mike Slater, Director, School of Communication.   More information and registration here


Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 1:00 PM.  Palestine Today and the Kairos "Cry for Hope.” In a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the globe and as the struggle against historic and systemic injustice and oppression is revived, the circumstances of Palestinians living under occupation continue to worsen. The threat of Israeli annexation of large parts of the West Bank is an example of the decades of policies that have denied Palestinians their basic human and civil rights. Join us on Wednesday, September 16 at 1 PM Eastern for a special webinar conversation with two Palestinian Christian leaders, Rifat Kassis and the Rev. Munther Isaac, as they discuss the current reality, the situation of Palestinian Christians, and the recently-issued “Cry for Hope,” a letter to the world calling for attention and action to challenge injustice and to seek change to which UCC and Disciples leaders have responded. This webinar is scheduled to take place during the World Council of Churches’ World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel.  Register here


Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Simply Living Meetup:  Real Conversations Online/Learn about Columbus Community Radio.   Learn the backstory of Low Power FM Radio in Cbus. Are you listening to 92.7 or 98.3 or 94.1?  or streaming  or Find out about locally produced shows and national programs syndicated by Pacifica Radio, and the best progressive Talk Radio Shows.  Share your favorite music genre, news, comedy, and environmental programs and podcasts!  More information and registration here

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 07:00 PM.  Global Cooperation or New Cold War? The People's Foreign Policy
.  "If Trump loses in November and can be forced out of office, building opposition to U.S. militarism and the foreign policies of a Biden administration will likely be the social justice movement’s biggest challenge," writes Max Elbaum in Organizing Upgrade.   Meanwhile, both the Trump administration and the Biden-led Democratic Party are moving on a path of confrontation with China, writes Tobita Chow in The Nation. Cosponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Organizing Upgrade and Justice is Global.  More information and registration here


Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 7:00 - 8:15 PM.  Showing How We Count:  Story telling and civic engagement in the Latinx community.  Join us for a community conversation on culture and civic engagement. We will debut a Public Service Announcement on the Census and how to get involved and participate safely in this election, have story time with author Dr. Raquel Ortiz and chat with community leaders Jerry Peña and Luis Cabrera.  Facebook.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 2:00 PM.  Weekly September Abolition Zaps.   A one- hour weekly action where we make calls together to #FreeThemAll #DefundPolice #DropTheCharges and more.  Sign up here.  (repeats September 16, 23, and 30).


Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Strategy Call to Defund Prisons Body CAMS for CO’s.  We are pushing for the Gov of Ohio to Defund the prison and put that money into Body Cameras for All Ohio Correctional Officers. We also need to structure the CIIC and legislation. To include incarcerated people. On the CIIC as well as create prison task force. That is compiled of directly impacted people. Link to the Zoom meeting on Facebook:  More information on Facebook


Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 PM: SPEAKING OF DEMOCRACY ... SLAPP Suits (virtual).  You submit a letter to your local papers critical of a major corporation’s activities in your town. Next thing you know, you are being sued for defamation. How can that be? You have First Amendment rights to free speech, right? It’s called being SLAPPED, a legal device that corporations use to discourage people from speaking out against important public issues that threaten their profits. Central Ohioan Mike Kovalik, long concerned with corporations’ attempts to block citizens from speaking out against policies that harm our communities, will provide an introduction to SLAPP suits.  The one-hour session on SLAPP is part of Move to Amend’s “Speaking of Democracy” series that dives into local concerns. All are welcomed to join. Zoom link: Topic: Move To Amend presents "Speaking of Democracy." Q&A will follow the presentation. Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 819 4100 2408. By phone, 312-626-6799. Contact: Sandy Bolzenius,   


Thursday, September 17, 2020, 5:00 - 6:30 PM.  Columbus City Council Northside Community Meeting.   Council President Shannon G. Hardin will kick-off the festivities with a welcome, and legendary Coach Satch Sullinger will provide remarks. The Community Meeting series gives residents a chance to talk to Councilmembers, staff and department leadership about diverse subject matter in an informal setting. Due to the virtual nature of the event, each Councilmember will have their own breakout room, related to the committees they chair.  Registration Information:  RSVP by 5pm on 9/16 to Erin Gibbons with your preferred breakout room at Upon registration, participants will be sent Zoom information.


Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  Christian Zionism and Settler Colonialism.  Rev. Don Wagner examines Christian Zionism in relation to U.S. Middle East policy. Rev. Donald E. Wagner is the author of Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land. Until recently, historical, and political accounts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have ignored or understated the influence of Christian Zionism in British and U.S. policy in the Middle East. Reverend Wagner examines Christian Zionism in relation to Britain’s 1917 Balfour Declaration during the British Empire and how “Manifest Destiny” and settler colonialism have influenced attitudes about Middle East policy in the United States. Christians United for Israel (CUFI) has proclaimed itself the largest pro-Israel lobby in the United States. With its intimate partnership with AIPAC and various Zionist think tanks and lobby organizations, Christian Zionism’s political profile has been elevated to new heights during the Trump-Netanyahu alliance. But who is really setting the agenda? And at what cost? Have Christian evangelical leaders been a force on Capitol Hill, beyond urging its adherents to the ballot box? How do Christian Zionist lobbying expenditures stack up against Jewish Zionist organizations? What was Secretary of State Pompeo trying to accomplish by speaking to the Republican National Convention from Jerusalem?  Register here.  


Thursday, September 17, 2020, 12:30 PM.  Rethinking Security in A Pandemic: No Justice, No Peace.  Join us for a 30-minute webinar to learn about the latest thinking on national security in the time of a pandemic and a global economic crisis. COVID-19 highlights our global interconnectedness, as well as the ways the current national security system fails to protect us. We'll examine ways to redefine and reorient security in light of Catholic social teaching and offer ways U.S. voters can call upon electoral candidates, to create security policies that promote a just, sustainable peace. This is the seventh in a series of webinars to help U.S. voters prepare for the upcoming elections by offering a look at global issues through the lens of Catholic social teaching. The webinars are part of our Faithful Voting and Global Concerns project:  HOST: Susan Gunn, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. SPEAKER: Dan Moriarty, Sustainable Pathways to Peace Program Coordinator, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.  Register for the webinar here


Friday, September 18, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 PM.  Testing, Quarantines, and Contact Tracing: Privacy in a PandemicAn effective public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic depends on mandatory self-reporting of health status, regular testing, and "tracing" of recent contacts and exposures. Can these measures be implemented in a way that respects the privacy of the people who are subject to them? To the extent that they can’t, how should we balance these two important values against each other?  Panelists: Woodrow Hartzog (Law, Northeastern University), William C. Miller (Public Health, Ohio State University).  Moderator: Dennis Hirsch (Law, Ohio State University).  This event is co-sponsored by the OSU Office of Residence Life.  Register here


Friday, September 18, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  The Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security and Long-term Implications and Adaptations.  Host: Center for Urban and Regional Analysis. What are the long-term implications? How can we learn from this crisis and find new adaptations to make our communities more food resilient and secure? Moderated by Harvey Miller. Our panelists include: Kip Curtis - Associate Professor in the Department of History,  Mary Rodriguez - Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at OSU, Brian Snyder - Executive Director of InFACT, and Lauren Vargo – Program Manager at Case Western Reserve University

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, click here


Saturday, September 19, 2020, 5:00 PM.  Annual Tashlich Ceremony.  Since the late medieval period, Jews have observed the practice of Tashlich, often on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. It is based on several passages in the bible, most notably Book of Micah (7:9): “You will hurl all of our sins into the depths of the sea.” Water has continually served as a significant symbol in Jewish life and practice.

We will cast off thoughts written on a piece of wood or bark into the Olentangy. The idea is not that we suddenly get rid of our sins, but that we set our intention to transform them.  Social distancing will be observed.  Hosted by JVP Central Ohio.  Location:  Clintonville Como Park, 301 Pacemont Road, Columbus.  Facebook.