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Take Action to Support the Nuclear Ban Treaty! Honduras has become the 50th country to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This means that the treaty has reached the number needed to go into effect. This will start on January 2022 according to the United Nations. 122 countries out of the 193-member UN General Assembly have expressed support and 84 have signed the treaty. Write your representatives and tell them to support this effort! According to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres this development, “represents a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.” But this is only the beginning. Countries with nuclear weapons, including the United States, Russia, and China, have shown opposition to the treaty which aims to destroy all nuclear weapons and ban new ones. The countries that possess nuclear weapons, the US, Russia, the UK, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel have not signed the treaty. Changing perspectives in nuclear countries is incredibly important in the movement for nuclear disarmament. Citizens and residents of nuclear powers need to use their voices to support the elimination of these dangerous weapons. Tell your representatives that you want them to push for the United States to join the treaty!
Events and Meetings:
Monday, January 11, 2021, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. New England Film Premiere. Noam Chomsky: Internationalism or Extinction. A Fundraiser for Massachusetts Peace Action. “No one but Noam so passionately links the twin, man-made threats to organized human existence--catastrophic climate change and nuclear doomsday machines--and no previous communication of his warnings and challenge to action has presented them so impressively. The brilliantly chosen visuals transform what might otherwise be an almost unbearable recitation of horrific facts--and the institutional failures to move toward changing them--into a presentation with a potential to inspire and motivate public activism whidh I can hardly imagine being surpassed.” - Daniel Ellsberg. Link for more information and registration here.
Monday, January 11, 2020 08:00 PM. Ohio Poor People’s Movement Central Regional Meeting. Register here.
Monday, January 11, 2021, 2:00 PM. What to Expect from the New Round of Israeli Elections, with Tal Schneider. Tal Schneider will analyze the Israeli political arena as it heads to the March 23rd general elections, the fourth round in two years. Schneider is one of Israel’s leading political correspondents and analysts. Currently with The Times of Israel and formerly with Israel’s economic daily Globes, Schneider was the Washington bureau chief of Maariv. In 2011, she established an independent political blog. Her “Plog” quickly became a leading source for news and analysis and a standard-setter for ethical, balanced political coverage, and catapulted her to the front line of Israeli TV and radio pundits. Schneider’s Plog won the 2012 Excellence in Digital Journalism Award by Google Inc. and by Tel-Aviv’s Journalists Association. Register here.
Monday, January 11, 2021, 11:00 AM. Raided and Razed: West Bank Education under Attack. Palestinians and human rights defenders named 2020 as one of the most violent years for Palestinians in the West Bank in recent record, including de facto annexation, escalating assaults, and evictions and home demolitions. New research from the Norwegian Refugee Council looks at the impact of occupation on Palestinian education in the West Bank, detailing “a deluge of attacks” perpetrated by Israeli forces, settlers, and settlement guards over the last 30 months. Palestinians in Area C are especially vulnerable to these attacks, which include raids on schools-in-session, physical assault of children, and damage of educational facilities. To discuss these new findings, their impact on Palestinian children, families, and educators, and potential routes to secure children’s rights to education, FMEP and NRC invite you to join us for a webinar. This discussion will feature human rights attorney Netta Amar-Schiff, Middle East Institute’s Khaled Elgindy, and NRC’s Priscilla Wathington, in conversation with FMEP’s Sarah Anne Minkin. Register here.
Monday, January 11, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM and 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Plastics Expansion Update with Rumpke Waste & Recycling. Soon residents and businesses in central Ohio will be able to recycle even more types of plastics in Rumpke’s recycling program. Join the SWACO team and Rumpke Waste & Recycling to learn about these new changes and how you can continue to recycle right and make a difference. By recycling plastics the right way, we can significantly reduce the amount of plastic material that ends up in the landfill and increase the amount that’s recovered and used to manufacture new products. Register here for 12:00 PM. Register here for 8:00 PM.
Monday, January 11, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Citizen Forum Climate Policy. Join Sunrise Movement, Ohio Youth Climate Strike, Columbus Stand Up! and Our Revolution Central Ohio for our next virtual citizen forum on climate policies in Columbus! Hear from local speakers on Columbus’ efforts to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2035 and what further action is needed. We need to keep the pressure on our local officials to ensure that Columbus is tackling the climate crisis with the urgency it requires. Register here.
Monday, January 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 2021, 7:30 PM. Modern Monetary Theory 4- part Study Group. "If I had to describe Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) in a few sentences, I would say it is about replacing an artificial revenue constraint with a real inflation constraint. So there are limits. But the limit is not a predetermined numerical level or a percentage of the budget. There is no strict financial constraint. A currency-issuing government can afford to buy whatever is priced and available for sale in its own currency. The limit is the impact of the spending. Not the spending itself, and not the deficit—the limit is inflation. That is central to MMT.“ - Author Stephanie Kelton. The United States came off the gold standard in 1971. Since then, we have used “modern money” which offers substantial new options that have been poorly understood by members of Congress and the media. It’s up to us to educate ourselves and our politicians and to challenge them when they persist in repeating outdated and misleading information about our money system. In the midst of the Covid pandemic, the economic emergency, and the looming climate emergency, MMT provides the best approach to a combined effective response to all these urgent issues. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 3:00 PM. The Power of Labor in a Green Economy. A just transition to a clean energy economy requires ensuring that labor groups are at the table, and that quality green jobs are created across the country. But how can climate advocates and policymakers ensure that the move away from fossil fuels and toward renewables doesn’t leave anyone behind? In this Deep Dive webinar, we’ll be hearing from a broad range of experts who will overview the importance of ensuring labor groups are at the table during this transition. Carol Sabin, Director of the Green Economy Program at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, will share the latest research on the issues of job creation, access, and training in the emergent green economy. Kevin Lee, the State Policy Director at the Blue Green Alliance, will discuss how labor unions and environmental organizations across the country are coming together to create good jobs while protecting the environment. Cecilia Estolano, the CEO of A Better World Group, will share how a California coalition of environmental and labor groups helped enact some of the nation’s boldest climate policies. Finally, Jon Grossman, a union representative at the Service Employees International Union, will bring a critical union perspective to this conversation. Register here.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 8:00 PM. A Deadly Shame Part 3: Caring for Caregivers - Mitigating Care Work Inequities. This webinar is part of NNU's Nurse Advocacy Network Winter Workshop series. Over the last month, we’ve been talking to you about “Deadly Shame”: the inadequate amounts of support and protection from hospital leadership and lawmakers as nurses, patients, and frontline health care workers die preventable deaths from Covid-19. As hospitals and employers find every opportunity to maximize their profits – often at the expense of our health, safety, and even our lives, nurses and frontline workers have been forced to fight tooth and nail for protections to keep ourselves, our patients, and our communities safe. Like parts one and two, this final installment of Deadly Shame will be hosted by NNU’s Assistant Director of Nursing Practice (and registered nurse) Michelle Mahon. We will have a candid yet powerful conversation among nurses that explore their experiences working through the challenges presented at their own hospitals, and the changes we can make together. Register here.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021m 11:00 AM. Kumi: Week 2 - Doing Business While Palestinian. The first injustice we address is limitations on the ability of Palestinians to participate in the business and labor market. Our guests include Denes Assad, a Palestinian storyteller from Caesarea, Sam Bahour, an American businessman and entrepreneur, and Nisreen Musleh, founder and Managing Director of RITAJ Managerial Solutions in Ramallah. Read the full entry online. Zoom Meeting ID: 946 7950 2800. Password: 1wQuTG. https://zoom.us/j/94679502800?pwd=SkRRUmR2VEo3WTdib0EzaDhIZUg2dz09.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 8:00 PM. Introduction to the History & Dynamics of U.S. Asia-Pacific Policies. Hosted by the Asia-Pacific Working Group. Featured Speakers: Tobita Chow, Director of Global Justice, Corazon Fabros of the Asia-Europe Peoples Forum, the ASEAN Civil Society Conference- ASEAN Peoples Forum, and Mark Seldon, Professor emeritus at Cornell University and Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Journal. The United States has been an imperial power across Asia and the Pacific since Admiral Perry’s Black Ships “opened” Japan, and the U.S. conquered the Philippines, Guam and Samoa and annexed Hawaii during the “Spanish-American War.” President-elect Joe Biden and Antony Blinken are repeating their commitments to reinforce U.S. Asia-Pacific alliances and to the military buildup to contain China that was begun with the Obama “pivot” to Asia and the Pacific and deepened by Trump’s ratcheting up of tensions with China. This webinar will provide a background and analysis of the history and dynamics of U.S. Asia-Pacific policies. Register here.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 8:00 - 9:30 PM. Osage Murders. The Reign of Terror. When the Osage nation was forced to move to Indian Territory, their new reservation was a sea of grass with rocky outcroppings. What nobody knew was that just below the surface were the richest deposits of oil and gas in the country. When it was discovered, suddenly every member of the tribe was a multi-millionaire. In the 1920’s, the streets of Pawhuska and Fairfax were thick with grifters and thieves of every stripe. All of them had dreams of cheating or stealing millions in Osage oil money and many turned to murder. From 1910 to 1930, over a hundred Indians died under suspicious circumstances in what the Osage call The Reign of Terror. Free. Register here.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 8:00 - 9:30 PM. Speak Up! Spoken Word & Open Mic. In the spirit of Kuumba, join us for BQIC's monthly fundraiser, BQIC speak up! Spoken Word and Open Mic. Come out and share your poems, songs, monologues, inner musings, and good encounters, bad days, good dates etc. on the digital mic! LGBTQIA+ people of color take priority. Suggested donation for spoken word and open mic is $5. All proceeds will go to Columbus community pride!! Community pride is a grassroots pride by and centering BIPOC communities without police and corporations! This will be the third year doing this and we want to be sure we pay all our performers, facilitators, and educators of workshops as best as we can! More information and Zoom link on Facebook.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 1:00 PM. Bring on the Power of Public Banking for Ohio Town Hall. States, cities and towns are facing serious budget crises and communities are struggling to survive, in the wake of mass unemployment, exploding costs, and plummeting tax revenues. Interest rates on municipal bonds have shot up, while interest rates for banks have dropped virtually to zero. What can states and cities do? One option is to form their own publicly-owned banks. Public banks — banks owned by the public — have been shown to respond more rapidly, effectively and equitably to crises than privately-owned banks. Municipal administrators and the public is invited to learn how at an informative Town Hall titled “Bring On the Power of Public Banking: How to Rescue Main Street Post COVID-19”. Registration coming soon. More information here.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM. HIV Criminalization and the Trans Community: A Care Package. Ohio state social work CE approval pending. Transgender people are disproportionately impacted by HIV and its criminalization. Join the Ohio Health Modernization Movement for a discussion on the unique challenges transgender and gender non-conforming people face in the legal system, HIV care and prevention systems, and even within the LBGTQ community. Panelists will also briefly provide an overview of correct terminology to use when discussing transgender people. Facebook.
Wednesday, January 13, 2020, 7:00 PM. Ohio Poor People’s Movement Weekly Meeting. Our Meet & Build - Let's meet and build community! Don't worry if you are late or have to leave early. Just come and hang out! Get to know fellow OHPPC Family. Register here.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 8:00 PM. Virtual Screening “This is Not a Movie: Robert Fisk and the Politics of Truth. A special tribute screening to the late Robert Fisk, hosted by the Middle East Children’s Alliance and the Arab Film & Media Institute. Robert Fisk died on October 30, 2020, in Ireland at the age of 74. Followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Yung Chang! $10 Donation, REGISTER now! https://bit.ly/meca-afmi-fisk. NOTE: After this content becomes available January 13th at 5:00 pm PST, you’ll have 4 days 6 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you’ll have 24 hours to finish watching the film. The January 13th at 5:00 pm live stream can be viewed anytime until January 17th at 11:45 pm. More information on Facebook.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 12:15 - 1:45 PM. Building a More Perfect Union. The next decade will prove pivotal to the future of the United States. America will either adopt an ambitious program of national rebuilding and address the serious challenges of the present day, or it will confront continued national stagnation. National rebuilding requires bold, immediate, and interlocking action to subdue a devastating pandemic, recover from the resulting economic collapse, reduce societal inequalities, address climate change, and navigate the shifting tectonic plates of the international system. To that end, the Center for American Progress is proud to release “A More Perfect Union”—a framework for national policymaking centered on an expansive but achievable set of multiyear goals to rewire America’s economy, rebuild the social safety net, and reconnect America with the rest of the world. More information and registration here.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 1:00 PM. A New Congress, A New Administration: New Opportunities for Palestinian Rights! As a new Congress takes their seats in early January, and as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are inaugurated later in the month, MFSA and UMKR offer this webinar to help us better understand what we might expect from the new Congress and new Administration related to Palestinian rights. Who will the key players be in Congress? What legislation might come forward? How do we best advocate for Palestine with Congress and in our own locales? What strategies can we use to deepen our influence in D.C.? We will hear from Kyle Cristofalo, Senior Director of Advocacy and Government Relations for Churches for Middle East Peace and our own Mark Harrison, Director of the Peace with Justice Program for the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society in Washington, D.C. Mark is also on UMKR's Steering Committee. Register here.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 8:00 PM. White Backlash: why it happens and how we fight back. The far-right mob storming the US Capitol building on January 6th caused outrage across the world, but this kind of event is part of a long history of white organized backlash to Black-led struggle and victories. As people committed to organizing white communities for racial justice, we must understand this situation in its historical context in order to be able to strategically build power to fight back. Join Showing Up for Racial Justice and leading activist scholar Robin DG Kelley to learn more about this historical trend and to join the work of fighting back. If the webinar reaches capacity, it will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page: facebook.com/showingupforracialjustice. There will be live ASL interpretation on this webinar. Register here.
Thursday, January 14, 2021, 2:00 PM. Syria and US Politics with Rania Khalek. Join for a conversation with Rania Khalek as we discuss the conflict in Syria, US involvement, and US politics more broadly! Rania Khalek is a journalist, podcast host, and an important, rising voice in independent media. The conflict in Syria has divided the peace movement and the US left. With lots of competing and often contradictory sources of information, it is crucial we inform ourselves of the situation in Syria, as well as the US involvement in Syria. Rania lives in the Middle East, and has often visited Syria to provide firsthand, on the ground reporting. Join us for an exciting conversation and come ask Rania your questions! Register here.
Thursday, January 14, 2021, 6:00 PM. Religious Freedom Day Panel Discussion. Religious Freedom remains a cherished, founding principle of our country. While it is intended to protect all people in their religious beliefs and practices, a basic element - often ignored - is that Religious Freedom is both freedom "of" as well as freedom "from" religion. Yet some do harm in the name of religious freedom, with real impacts on the lives of our nation’s people. They inappropriately try to use it to justify discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and others, to criticize people who adhere to faith practices that they don’t like, to diminish and threaten people with secular or atheistic views, and to impede people’s reproductive rights and freedoms. Join us for a Religious Freedom Day event where leaders from faith and secular institutions lift up the true meaning of religious freedom. Event by National LGBTQ Task Force, Faith in Public Life, and others. Live on Facebook.
Thursday, January 14, 2021, 7:30 PM. Launch of the “Care is Essential” Campaign. The National Domestic Workers Alliance is launching the "Care is Essential" campaign to ensure that Care work is an essential part of rebuilding our economy. The COVID pandemic has demonstrated that the work of caring for our loved ones is crucial life-saving work. It's time to invest in our sector by ensuring that these are good jobs and that people have the care that they need. RSVP today for our Tele-Town Hall -- it will be an opportunity for care workers and supporters to hear our unified vision, progress on the campaign, and take action. Register here.
Thursday, January 14, 2021, 12:00 PM. The Biden Administration and LGBTQ+ Rights: What You Need to Know. Join Equitas Health Institute Lead Trainer Ramona Peel (she/her/hers) and Equitas Health Public Policy & Civic Engagement Manager Zach McCune (he/him/his) for a discussion about the impact a new Biden-Harris Administration and a newly elected congress will have on LGBTQ+ rights across the United States. This webinar will include a detailed accounting of the current state of LGBTQ+ rights, as well as and the legal and policy implications of the 2020 U.S. election. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A session with Zach and Ramona. This is a free webinar. More information and link to registration on Facebook.
Friday, January 15 and February 19, 2021 06:30 PM. OHPPC Beloved Community Care Launch! This team was created to build capacity for a culture of inclusivity that welcomes all to belong, connect, and be healthy in our efforts to achieve a moral revival. We will gather to connect with each other, learn about community healing, de-stress for the holidays, and receive the launch of the Beloved Community Care Team. All are welcome, you do NOT need to live in Ohio. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Register here.
Friday, January 15, 2021, 5:00 - 5:30 PM. GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding. Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.
Saturday, January 16, 2021, 10:00 AM. Virtual COWC New Member Orientation. What can you do to build power for low wage and immigrant workers in Columbus? Join us for an online new volunteer and membership orientation. In this training you will learn about the key issues facing workers and immigrants today, understand the Central Ohio Worker Center's mission and strategy for making Columbus a place for all people, and learn what you can do to have an impact. The orientation is a prerequisite for COWC membership but is open to all residents who wish to learn more about the COWC and about grassroots social justice organizing. Please RSVP on Facebook so we can make sure to get you the details of the call!
Saturday, January 16, 2021, 3:00 - 6:00 PM. #ForwardTogether. A Mass Organizing Meeting. Ahead of the inauguration this month, we’ll gather virtually to plan how we continue to push together. The Frontline is partnering with Women’s March, Rising Majority, the Movement for Black Lives, Working Families Party, United We Dream and others to continue to mobilize thru #ForwardTogether, an unprecedented Mass Organizing Virtual Event. This mass organizing meeting will gather organizers and everyday people who made these electoral wins possible to discuss the issues that the new Administration and Senate Leadership need to center in their policy agendas: Racial Justice, Climate, Trans Rights, the Economy, and more. More information and registration here.
Saturday, January 16, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Occupy for Our Revolution. Join us at the intersection of North Broadway and high as we demonstrate weekly for peace and justice. bring a mask and a sign or two. Facebook.
Sunday, January 17, 2021, 2:00 PM. GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding. Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.
Sunday, January 17, 2021, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. BQIC Member Meeting. Black LGBTQIA+ people are invited to join the BQIC Member Meeting on 1/17/2021 @ 2:00 PM EST! More details to come on agenda items. No organizing experience is needed to join BQIC, so come through and invite a loved one!
BQIC Member Meetings are the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Sunday of every month -- if you miss this one, please come to the next! Feel free to email us at email@example.com if you ever want meeting minutes or if you want to speak with someone about how to become a member. ***BQIC Member Meetings are for Black LGBTQIA+ people only. *** More information and Zoom link on Facebook.
Monday, January 18, 2021, 9:00 AM. Join the Celebration Event! 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast. "Now Is the Time." "We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Excerpt from I Have a Dream at the Washington D.C. Civil Rights March 1963. In the wake of COVID-19 this is a virtual event open to the public, but attendance is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced registration is required. Cost: $20.00. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 5:30 PM. Virtual Voices with Maggie Smith! Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio is excited to host its second Virtual Voices event featuring poet and author Maggie Smith, and our own President and CEO Iris E. Harvey. This online conversation will be moderated by PPAO Board Member, Jennifer McNally. Our free-to-attend Virtual Voices speaker series invites local authors and poets to share their work. Throughout this series, Planned Parenthood of Great Ohio will facilitate interactive conversations with these creative thought leaders. Register here.
Wednesday, January 20, 2020, 3:00 PM. CEHV Faith and Society Series: Chaos to Community. In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this panel welcomes faith leaders to reflect on the continuing role of organized religion in the movement to expose, resist, and overturn racist policies and practices. This event is cosponsored by the Ohio Council of Churches. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman (Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible, Methodist Theological School in Ohio). Mr. Usjid Hameed (Government Affairs and Development Director, CAIR-Columbus). Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr. (Executive Director, Ohio Council of Churches). Sponsor: Ohio State Center for Ethics and Human Values. Register here.
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 PM: Speaking Of Democracy...Citizens United v. the FEC: Its History And Its Consequences. On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruling unleashed a tidal wave of election spending that cleared the way for the sale of American democracy to the highest bidder. On the eleventh anniversary of this disastrous decision, Move to Amend’s Greg Coleridge will lay out the historical precedents behind the Citizens United v. FEC ruling, the consequences, AND the only proposed amendment that would reverse them all! Guest speaker: Greg Coleridge. Free and open to all. Register in advance for the zoom meeting here. Sponsor: Move to Amend, Central Ohio. Contact: Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 3:00 PM. Advocacy Training Series: Advocacy 101. Advocacy Training Series in Preparation for Ohio Council of Churches Advocacy Day March 2021 In Partnership with the Hunger Network of Ohio. Register for the webinar here.
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 8:00 PM. Medicare for All National Strategy Call. With Medicare for All legislation soon to be re-introduced into Congress, a continued global pandemic with nurses and patients at risk, and a health care system in crisis, there has never been a more urgent time to guarantee health care to all. During the call, we'll be joined by some special guest speakers to discuss the kickoff of the national 2021 Medicare for All campaign. We’ll talk about the launch of some exciting new programs and an effort to build pressure campaigns at the local level across the country. National Nurses United. Register here.
Friday, January 22, 2021, 1:00 PM. Tell Battelle, Nuclear Weapons are Illegal! On January 22, 2021 the world will declare nuclear weapons to be illegal under international law. That is the date when the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force. This amazing feat is the culmination of years of work by antiwar and human rights activists worldwide. Columbus activists will hold a rally at Battelle Memorial Institute headquarters at 1 pm on that date. Battelle manages 6 nuclear weapons laboratories and has received billions for nuclear research and development. The rally will focus on the importance of Battelle converting nuclear weapons work to life-affirming work that promotes health and equity, such as addressing pandemics. Battelle is a private, nonprofit charitable trust, organized for scientific and education purposes. Gordon Battelle left his fortune “to benefit mankind through science.” The institute opened their King Ave. site in Columbus in 1929. Contact Pat Marida email@example.com. See Pat Marida’s article in the Columbus Free Press on the subject here. Location: Battelle headquarters, 505 King Avenue (corner of Old Cannon Road), Columbus.
Friday, January 22, 2021, 4:30 PM. 1619 Legacy: Judy Richardson on "Eyes on the Prize.” Judy Richardson is a Civil Rights Movement veteran and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She was on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the South, from 1963 to 1966, working in SNCC’s national office in Atlanta; in Mississippi during “Freedom Summer”; in Southwest Georgia; and in Lowndes County, Alabama. She describes her experiences on the front lines of the movement in Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, which she co-edited with five other female SNCC activists. In 1978, Ms. Richardson began her first stint with the film production company Blackside, Inc. She worked on all 14 hours of Blackside’s seminal PBS series, Eyes on the Prize, which received an Academy Award nomination and won six Emmys. She was Series Associate Producer for the second series, content advisor and researcher for the first series, and Education Director for the full series. In this talk, Ms. Richardson will draw on her movement experiences and involvement in producing Eyes on The Prize to provide an insider’s take on the making and meaning of this groundbreaking series. OSU College of Arts and Sciences. Register here.
Wednesday, January 23, 2021, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: Invest in Minds not Missiles. Though the Coronavirus may be slowing the economy, it's not clear it has any braking effect on the Presidential and Congressional push for spending more of our tax dollars on military and nuclear weapons development programs. Thus, we will have to find ways to continue to collaborate and cooperate in the development of a social movement strong enough to reverse the new nuclear arms race. The public health response to a new human virus such as the Coronavirus depends on the robustness and efficiency of the healthcare system. Though our healthcare professionals are now working 24/7 the ability to respond would be greatly enhanced if instead of a patch work of privately owned or run hospital systems and insurance plans, the US had a unitary national health care system, as called for by Bernie Sanders. The ability to respond to a new virus depends on the existence of a sophisticated scientific infrastructure, including structural biology laboratories such as X-ray diffraction and cryo-electron microscopy, high speed nucleic acid sequencing machines, and substantial computing and supercomputing facilities. The ones we haven place represent prior federal investments through the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Dept. of Energy. All of President Trump's proposed federal budgets have included substantial cuts in these agencies, in order to fund Pentagon accounts and weapons contractors. That issue was one of our April 4th themes in calling for “Invest in Minds not Missiles”. Register here.
Saturday, January 23, 2021, 9:30 PM. Ohio Green Party New Member Political Education Series. Come join the Ohio Green Party as we lead an online session on an introduction to Green politics! We will begin conducting political education sessions once a month to let Party members know the basic values of the Green Party and where we stand on the issues. These sessions will be held online and can be taken from anywhere. You do not have to be an Ohio Green Party member to attend, but new members are encouraged to take part. Facebook.
January 23 and 24, 2021. Medicare for All Strategy Conference. Healthcare-NOW and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare invite you to join hundreds of activists for a 100% online week of inspiration and strategy to win Medicare for All! With a new President and uncertainty over the Senate, this year's conference will highlight effective strategies and tactics from across the country, and make sure we continue to grow our movement through 2021 and beyond. During the preceding week, each evening we’ll release pre-recorded panel discussions and presentations addressing key issues facing our movement, which you can watch any time. Cost $35. Low income scholarships available. Register here.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 8:00 - 9:00 PM. The Armenian Struggle: History and Organizing Webinar. Join JVP and the Armenian Action network to learn about the Armenian struggle in context, focusing on the history of the Armenian national liberation movement, the systems of racial injustice that impact Armenians across the globe, recent events in Armenia and Artsakh, and a historical overview of organizers' demands for the rights of return, recognition, and liberation throughout history. This educational webinar will be led by organizer Sophia Armen and researcher Mashinka Firunts Hakopian, of the Armenian Action Network. Register here.
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Advocacy Training: State Budget Process. In preparation for Ohio Council of Churches Advocacy Day March 2021. Nick Bates, Hunger Network Ohio. Facebook.
February 20 - June 27, 2021. 2021 Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training. Catalyst Project will be holding the Anne Braden Anti-Racist Organizer Training Program for white social justice organizers and activists starting on February 20, 2021. This program will be held online. The Braden Program develops white anti-racist leaders as part of an overall multiracial movement-building strategy. Applications are now open for this 4-month program, which includes weekly workshops, small group meetings, one-on-one mentorship, readings, homework, and grassroots fundraising. The applications are due DECEMBER 31 and space is limited. More info about the program here: bit.ly/2021abpinfo. Register here.
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 3:00 PM. Advocacy Training Series: Issues and Policy. Panel of experts will discuss priorities in state budget. In preparation for Ohio Council of Churches Advocacy Day March 2021. Register here.
June 4 -6, 2021. #NoWar2021 Virtual Conference: From Weapons Fairs to War Zones: Unraveling the War Machine. Leading activists and trainers from around the world will be making connections between weapons fairs and war zones and focusing our global efforts on a few key projects while preparing us to unravel the war machine everywhere it's found. The whole thing will be virtual, with full participation possible from anywhere on June 4-6, 2021. Early-bird discounted tickets are now available!