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Monday, May 20, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  SURJ Columbus Spring Into Action.  Learn, eat, connect with community!  Hear short updates on key local social justice issues while building community with Showing Up for Racial Justice.  Donations of food to share welcome but not required.  Location:  Northwood-High Building, 2231 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201, Room 100.  More information on Facebook.  

 

Monday, May 20, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Unitarian Universalist Webinar.  We’ve just learned of an increasing need for support for asylum seeking immigrant families in transit on the Greyhound bus lines. Children and families are traveling for 4 or more days and need food and water and basic supplies by the time they reach our Ohio bus depots where they change busses for other eastern cities. There is great need for those who can speak Spanish, can purchase basic food items and water and aspirin and diapers and bag it up for other volunteers and for nurses or paramedics or EMT trained folk who can check children for basic medical needs along the route of travel.  This webinar will explain how you can help support asylum seeking families who are traveling from the border to be with family and sponsors in eastern cities. Please contact your networks and ask folk to attend the webinar on Monday night.  Please register at: https://uujo.wufoo.com/forms/mry3a7j0tvqnqz/

 

Monday, ​ May 20, 2019, 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 21, 10:00 AM – Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 4:00 PM.   2019 People’s Assembly. The Ohio Organizing Collaborative is bringing together community leaders for action, training, and outreach to our state legislators. Register here: https://actionnetwork.org/events/ooc-peoples-assembly-advocacy-day

Cant’ go but want to support? Donate or become a member here. Location:  Holiday Inn, Downtown Columbus, 175 E Town St.

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Noon.  Stop Abortion Bans Day of Action.  This Tuesday, May 21st at noon local time at statehouses, town squares, and courthouses across the nation, we will show up to speak out and fight back against this unconstitutional attempt to gut Roe and punish women. Together we say: Stop the bans. Hosted by Stop The Bans.  Location:  77 S. High St., Columbus 43215.  RSVP here.  

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Racist Zach Klein still targets children.  Tell him to stop.  City Prosecutor Zach Klein has added juvenile witnesses to police murder as defendants to the wrongful death suit brought by #TyreKing's family against the Columbus police. This is collective punishment of the black community for speaking out against the murder of children. Come to his house and tell him to stop.  Location:  268 E. 2nd Ave., Columbus 43201.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 9:00 AM. House Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing on HB 6.   From the Ohio Sierra Club:  The House Energy and Natural Resources Committee just announced it will meet for another hearing on HB 6.  There will be possible amendments, a possible sub bill, and a possible vote on the bill. To review, HB 6 was once again heavily amended this week but was not materially altered. It still remains a gutting of the clean energy and efficiency standard, a bailout for FirstEnergy's two nuclear plants, and opens the door for bailouts of dirty coal plants. This is a ridiculous bill and it should not pass. Even if you have submitted written testimony, or come to previous hearings on HB 6 before, please consider doing both again. Even if the bill was not materially changed with the latest sub-bill, you're still open to testify once again since the latest version of the bill is different than what previous opponents testified on. It's important we let the committee know no matter how they dress HB 6 up - if it's killing clean energy and efficiency while bailing out dirty energy, that's not acceptable. Example of what to say in opposition: Ohio has not had a comprehensive energy policy for years and starting with ideas to reduce carbon is a good first step. However, if you really cared about carbon emissions, HB 6 is not the answer. It bails out costly nuclear plants, leaves the door open to pay more each month for dirty coal plants, and does so at the expense of low-cost, truly carbon-free energy like wind, solar and energy efficiency. IF you take away incentives for clean energy and reducing energy waste, Ohio's carbon emissions will go up -- not down.  That's why I oppose this bill.  Testimony for Wednesday's hearing must be submitted by 3:30p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 to Energy&NaturalResourcesCommittee@ohiohouse.gov.   Please call the members of the House Energy Committee and leave a message opposing HB 6. You can find a call sheet here: http://bit.ly/2WYujcw.  For more information, contact Becca.Pollard@sierraclub.org.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Room 313.   Facebook.

Wednesday, May 22 and June 5, 2019, 9:00 AM.  Opponent Testimony Hearings on HB 178, Federalism Committee Meetings.  From the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.  Testimony needed!  This can be sent electronically, and you can testify in person.  See Summary of HB 178   here. The Ohio House Federalism Committee is now considering HB 178 which will allow anyone over 21 years of age and not prohibited by law to carry hidden loaded guns in public without a license, training, background check or oversight! HB 178 would also allow persons to carry without a permit that are charged with pending felonies and violence related crimes and persons convicted of some assaults, drug offenses, resisting arrest and even a misdemeanor assault on a police officer.  The bill allows carrying of knives as concealed weapons and eliminates the requirement to notify law enforcement when carrying a weapon.  Call the committee now. Tell the sponsors and cosponsors to represent all Ohioans not just people that want to carry weapons everywhere.  Help defeat this terrible bill. No on HB178.   Make some calls & write your testimony!  If you plan to testify in person Chairman Becker requests that you provide the office with the witness form accompanying your testimony to ensure that you on the list of in-person witnesses.   Contact Chairman Becker's office for the electronic form.  Chairman Becker requests that in-person testimony be limited to 5 minutes or less, but the written version can be as detailed as you wish. Please send all committee-related documents 24 hours or more prior the committee's start time via the following email address: FederalismCommittee@ohiohouse.gov.  Find the members of the House Federalism Committee and link to contact information here.  Questions:  contact Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence info@ohioceasefire.org.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Columbus City Council Community Meeting – Southside.  The Council Community Meeting series gives members additional opportunities to listen to the needs and concerns of residents. In 2018, Council passed historic pieces of legislation to address retaliatory evictions, revise tax incentives, invest in sidewalks, affordable housing and safety. Each piece of legislation was crafted from information gathered from residents.  Community Meetings allow residents to discuss issues that affect their daily lives in an informal, one-on-one setting with Councilmembers, staff and department leadership. Let's talk. We are here to listen!  Location:  Schiller Community Center, 1069 Jaeger St., Columbus, OH 43206.

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Columbus City Council Community Meeting.  The Council Community Meeting series gives members additional opportunities to listen to the needs and concerns of residents. In 2018, Council passed historic pieces of legislation to address retaliatory evictions, revise tax incentives, invest in sidewalks, affordable housing and safety. Each piece of legislation was crafted from information gathered from residents. Community Meetings allow residents to discuss issues that affect their daily lives in an informal, one-on-one setting with Councilmembers, staff and department leadership. Let's talk.  Location:  Schiller Community Center, 1069 Jaeger St., Columbus, OH 43206. 

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Voter Registration Training.  Join Indivisible OH12 in the library Meeting Room for Voter Registration Training plus training on collecting petition signatures. Even if you have done VR before this is a great opportunity to ask questions and sign up for VR opportunities coming up this summer. Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Karl Road Branch, 5590 Karl Road, Columbus 43229.  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Business/Coordinating Committee Meeting.   Open to all, this meeting is to coordinate our activities, discuss chapter business, and hear committee updates. Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N High St Columbus, OH.  For more information, contact columbusdsa@gmail.com

 

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:00 PM.  SPAN Ohio District 6 Meeting. Plan now to attend. Medicare for All is now a "HOT TOPIC!"  Location: Room 7 of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus 43214 (just West of N. High Street, behind Panera's).  For more information, please contact Bob Krasen, SPAN Ohio Columbus Area Coordinator, brkrasen@gmail.com or (614) 261-0754. 

 

Friday, May 24, 2019, 8:00 PM.   Queer Shades of Comedy.  Columbus Community Pride Fundraiser. Queer Shades of Comedy showcases local LGBTQ+ performers of color to entertain us with a night of laughter and community! Our show is meant to get you ready for June and the rest of the events we have in store! There is a suggested donation $5-10. Doors open 8PM and show starts at 8:30PM!

Location:  Vanderelli Room, 218 McDowell St.  https://www.facebook.com/events/582552725568815/.


May 25, 2019, 9:00 – 11:00 AM.  Gentrification: Town Meeting.  Gentrification has been the cause of painful conflict in many of our African American communities, often along racial and economic fault lines. We must have a plan of action to save the African American communities and cultures of Columbus, Ohio. This is a grassroots event, and your input is invited.  If you would like to present or be on the discussion panel, please email us. 614-285-7531 or garveytrade@gmail.com.  Location:  899 E. Broad St.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019, Noon – 3:00 PM.  Protest KKK Rally in Dayton.  The Honorable Sacred Knights-a KKK organization with roots in Madison, IN--are bringing their nonsense to Dayton on May 25. They have acquired a permit to demonstrate at the Court House, though they claim they will be at an unnamed location nearby.  The ARA has been committed to fighting racism for over 20 years: we go wherever they go. Will you show up with us to help our Dayton comrades counter-protest these hate-mongers?  Location:  Old Courthouse, N. Main St., Dayton. Columbus Antiracist Action:  Facebook.   Dayton Antiracist Action:  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  A Community Celebration: An Afternoon of Love, Unity Peace & Inclusion.  A community event in response to the upcoming KKK-affiliated rally in Dayton. All are welcome. This event is FREE and open to the public. Our intent is to hold an event that is a family-friendly, block-party style celebration with speakers, music and spoken word. Please bring a chair and your own refreshments. All are welcome to join us as we celebrate #LoveUnityPeaceInclusion in Dayton!
Dayton Unit NAACP and a coalition of community partners.   Location: McIntosh Park (previously Riverview Park), Edwin C Moses Blvd and W. Riverview Ave. Dayton, OH 45402.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Community Pride Planning Meeting.  This is the LAST planning meeting before Community Pride 2019 starts! Come get plugged into volunteering for the various CP events as well as tying up the last loose ends before we hit the ground running on May 31st for the LGBTQties Burlesque Show!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Parsons Branch, 1113 Parsons Ave., Columbus 43206.  Facebook.

 

Sunday May 26, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Paris To Pittsburgh.  “Paris to Pittsburgh reveals the inspiring steps communities across the country are taking to confront the severe health and economic threats posed by climate change,” said Geoff Daniels, of National Geographic. “From innovative ways to improve our food supply chain through Fleet Farming, parking lots shaded by solar paneled roofs to passionate college students making an impact in sustainable energy jobs, this documentary provides a hopeful roadmap for the future.” The film was produced by Radical Media and distributed by National Geographic in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.  The city of Columbus received a grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to assist in developing strategies to address climate change. We are inviting the City to participate in a panel discussion and Q&A after the film to share information about local plans to reduce greenhouse gases. In addition, local community groups will be invited to share their vision about a Green New Deal and what it will look like in Columbus. Speakers will include: Cathy Cowan Becker, leader of the local Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign; and Sean Fabb-Soto, OSU student and leader of the local Sunrise Movement Hub. Additional speakers will be announced.  Free tickets are available now on Eventbrite.  Updates will be made on Facebook

Location: Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, 3055 Indianola Ave Columbus 43202.  Cost: $10 suggested donation or pay what you wish. 

 

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  Table Aid: concert benefiting The Largest Table by St. John’s Band.  St. John's Band has some of Columbus's favorite musicians. The Largest Table feeds nearly 200 hungry and marginally-housed folks every Wednesday. On May 30th, we bring these two forces together to have some fun and raise some money to keep feeding our neighbors. You'll hear loads of music with spiritual themes from artists like Prince, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Lady Gaga, and more. General admission tickets are $20. Reserved seating tickets are $30. Invite your friends. Buy tickets. Come downtown on a Thursday night. Hear good music. Feed the hungry. #allarewelcome.  Location: 520 South High St., Columbus 54215.  Facebook.  

 

Friday, May 31, 2019, LGBTQties Burlesque Fundraiser:  Community Pride 2019.  In case ya hadn’t heard about this bop of an event, called LGBTQties Burlesque & Variety Show, let us put you on.  It’s a good vibe party with local LGBTQ+ entertainers of color, servin us their best drag and burlesque for one night only before pride. It’s a little moment to be around us Queeros, get that feel, and help us put this Pride thing together!  We’d love to see you there! Suggest donation of $5-$10. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:30pm! Location:  Awol Bar, 49 Parsons Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook

 

Friday, May 31, 2019, 8:00 PM.  Immigrant Justice Benefit.  Shake it for social justice!  Dance for dignity!  Work it for workers!  Join us for a night of dancing, inspiration, networking, and giving back on May 31st! CENTRAL OHIO WORKER CENTER BENEFIT For immigrant workers and for economic justice. Speaker:  @Austin Kocher, Board President.  International music by @Adrian Willis aka Trueskillz @DJ Aloha. Proceeds from bar sales go to COWC.   Dress for dancing the night away!  Location:  The Oracle, 1159 Oak Street, Columbus 43205.  Facebook.