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Events/Meetings - this week:

 

Monday, March 23, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program:  Discussion on the causes of war.  We will identify the reasons why nations and peoples resort to violence to solve a conflict.  Julie Hart, Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace and Justice Studies at Ohio Dominican, will provide an introduction with presentation of the theoretical model she uses in a class on violent conflicts and the causes of war.  We will continue the discussion by noting how the U.S. manages internal conflicts that in other nations result in violent conflicts.  This topic comes up frequently in our meetings; it's time we listed the causes of war and consider how we might address them in future meetings.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. For information about COFP, visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/centralohioansforpeace/Home

 

Monday, March 23, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights organizational meeting.  Get involved in the effort to put a Columbus city charter amendment on the general ballot, defining our inalienable rights to pure water, clean air, safe soil, and self-governance.  It is time to affirm the rights of our community having primacy over corporate “rights” of the hydrocarbons industry, to pollute and damage our health and property.  Location:  Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, 14 W. Lakeview Rd., Clintonville.   For more information, see:  http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/   You can download and read the final language of our Columbus Community Bill of Rights from their website.   Email contact -  ColumbusBillofRights@gmail.com  

 

Monday, March 23, 2015, 7:00 PM.   Central Ohio Solar and Smart Grid Cooperative.  Location:  First UU Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road.  Please check the meet up site to verify.  Sign up at meetup for more information. 

 

Monday, March 23, 2015, 7:30 PM.  Youth Beat Radio on WCRS.   This week Youth Beat Radio will air a special episode featuring one of our local Congressional leaders, Representative Joyce Beatty.  Tune in to hear advice for getting involved in local government, perspectives on youth issues, current legislation affecting young people, and opportunities to visit Washington DC. Tune in Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS  102.1 and 98.3 FM 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 on your radio dial. Program and podcasts here.   For more information, contact youthbeat@osu.edu.

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:30 PM.  4th Tuesday Columbus Free Press Free Screening:  The Columbus Black Lives Matter Newsreel: Why Columbus Needs a Citizens Review Board.  Come see the first two installments in an ongoing project to document the local movement in response to the Ferguson, Beaver Creek, Cleveland and Staten  Island shooting deaths of unarmed black men.  Present by Columbus Citizens for Police Review, columbuscpr@gmail.com.  Police shootings of citizens in Columbus are almost always ruled as justified, the Columbus Dispatch reported. “Of seven cities surveyed by The Dispatch — all similar in size to Columbus — Columbus had the second-highest rate of police shootings, both fatal and nonfatal, in 2013. Last year, the city ranked fourth, at 1.1 shootings per 100,000.”  To highlight the need for a civilian review board to investigate officer-involved shootings, videographer Will Delphia has compiled a newsreel of footage from the local and regional #BlackLivesMatter movement.  columbusfreepress.com or 614-253-2517.  Location:   Drexel Theater, 2254 E. Main St.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Economic Empowerment and Resistance Meetings.  Our focus for these meetings will include: Transitioning from protest politics to an agenda based on economic empowerment.  We will also continue our critique of capitalism and use it to draft an alternative economic vision, community building strategy and implementation plan for Columbus.  Suggested reading material for this meeting is chapter 3 ("What's So Bad About Capitalism?") of Envisioning Real Utopias.  If you already know what's wrong with capitalism please read chapter 5 for an explanation on "Social Capitalism" as one of seven different pathways to social empowerment. To download a copy of the full book click HERE or see the attachment.  It has been brought to my attention that some of you are experiencing technical difficulty viewing the calendar.  In turn, I've modified some of the settings but if that does not work let me know.  Click HERE to bookmark our community calendar.  If you know of any upcoming events we could add to this calendar please let us know.  Also, if any of you are interested in car-pooling to the out of town events on that calendar let us know.  For more information, please contact Michael at 420vince@gmail.com.    Location: OSU AAAS Extension Center, 905 Mt Vernon Ave., Columbus.   

 

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 6:00 PM, Doors Open at 5:30 PM.  Town Hall on Fast Track and TPP.  Union Members and Community Allies will gather together in Columbus to tell Congress:  No Fast Track!  Fast Track will bring more trade deals that increase corporate power and CEO bonuses while pushing down wages for the rest of us.   Location:  The Neighborhood House of Columbus, 1000 Atcheson St, Columbus, OH 43203.  To RSVP please Contact Jessica Vernon at 614.329.5842 or jvernon@ohaflcio.org

 

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:00 PM.  Move To Amend Internet Radio.  Listen to it streaming at:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movetoamend and click on “Live.”  Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution.  This is a call-in program. Call (646) 652-2345 and press 1 to participate.  Listen in every Thursday - previous programs can also be accessed at the website. 

 

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:15 PM.  ISO Cbus Discussion:  Cops, Race, and Class: How Police Protect the 1%.  As communities around the nation have taken to the streets in the ongoing movement against police brutality the question of the police and their role in society has taken on new importance. With the police killing a Black person every 28 hours a movement is emerging that challenges the idea of who they protect and who they serve. The very origins of their institution is saturated with racism and violence. From their beginning as a force to quell strikes, urban riots, and the threat of slave insurrection they have always existed primarily as an enforcer for the 1% and a protector of their property.  Join the International Socialist Organization for a discussion about the origins and function of the police and their relationship to racism, class and capitalism.  Location:  Enarson (Central) Classrooms 246, O.S.U. campus.    https://www.facebook.com/isocolumbus/events  

 

Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM both days; lunch provided.  Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop.  Theatre of the Oppressed is used around the world to: examine structural oppression, collectively propose solutions, and activate bottom-up change.  Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O.) was created by Augusto Boal in Brazil in order to examine and overcome oppression through theatre activities. The approach we will be using is Forum Theatre: after watching a play that presents an issue, the audience gets actively involved to suggest ideas and solutions. This leads to concrete action that can change the world through immediate application in communities, schools, and organizations. <?xml:namespace prefix = "v" /> This FREE T.O. training will teach you how to create your own Forum Theatre piece to help your community discuss solutions to any important social issues that should be addressed. You will gain the necessary tools and experience to create an action plan to instigate change in your community.  

CLICK HERE  to see our newly released Theatre of the Oppressed video for a visual explanation of our workshop 

CLICK HERE to download the flyer 

Location:  Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd., Fairlawn OH 44333 

Attendance Options: 

• One Day (Thurs, March 26) – Description and Fundamentals 

• Two Days (Thurs&Fri, March 26-27) – Culminates in a public Theatre of the Oppressed event, putting our training into action! 

*If you can only attend on Friday, March 27, please contact us anyway and we will be in touch*   

Please RSVP your presence at afscworkshops@gmail.com since lunch is provided.  For more information, check out our Facebook event or contact us: Katherine Burke, President of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed: 330-322-1236,  American Friends Service Committee: 330-923-2301.  Sponsored by: Alternatives to Violence Course ● Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed ● Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee ● UUCA's Social Action Coalition 

 

Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Zionism Unsettled.   Continuing on with this study, this week we’ll focus on Christian Zionism, watching Episode 6: Mainline Protestant Theology and Episode 7:  Onward Christian Zionists and discuss pages 37-48 of the study.  The study, Zionism Unsettled was released in January 2014 by the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).    This study addresses the role that Zionism and Christian Zionism played in shaping attitudes and driving historical developments in the Middle East and around the world and how Christians, Jews, and Muslims understand the competing claims to the land of Palestine and Israel.   It also addresses the steps that can be taken to bring peace, reconciliation, and justice to the homeland that Palestinians and Israelis share.  Zionism Unsettled embraces these critical issues fearlessly and with inspiring scope. The booklet and companion DVD draw together compelling and diverse viewpoints from Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Israel, Palestine, the US, and around the globe. By contrasting mainstream perceptions with important alternative perspectives frequently ignored in the media, Zionism Unsettled is an invaluable guide to deeper understanding.  Released in January 2014 to immediate critical acclaim, Zionism Unsettled consists of a 74-page illustrated booklet and a free companion DVD.   If you would like your personal copy of the study, you can order it here for $10.00:  http://www.israelpalestinemissionnetwork.org/main/component/content/article/70/256-zionism-unsettled   

Everyone is welcome.  It’s not necessary to attend all the session of the study to participate.  Location:  Maynard United Methodist Church,  2350 Indianola Avenue, 43202 (on Indianola between Hudson and Lane Ave.) 

 

Friday, March 27, 2015, Noon.  Paul Chamberlin, "The Cold War's Killing Fields."  Paul Chamberlin is associate professor of history at University of Kentucky. His first book was The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War World (Oxford, 2012). He is currently working on a history of the Cold War in the Third World under contract with HarperCollins. He earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and has held fellowships at Yale University and Williams College. Chamberlin will examine the darker side of the superpower struggle: a vast, bloody conflict fought to prevent nuclear war, mark out the boundaries of the American and Soviet empires, and decide the fate of societies throughout the developing world. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/chamberlinp.  Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (gather with coffee & tea beginning at 9:00 am).  Move To Amend Ohio Network 3rd Annual Gathering "Onward to a 2020 Statewide Initiative." 

Special Guest:  Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Move to Amend National Director.   

√ Hear about and discuss national MTA plans and activities 

√ Be inspired by Move to Amend happenings across the state 

√ Learn how to organize MTA events in your community 

√ Attend break-out sessions on MTA-related issues and organizing skills 

√ Help decide direction of our statewide network going forward 

√ Participate in discussion on organizing an Ohio ballot initiative by 2020 calling to end corporate personhood and money as speech! 

Suggested but not required donation: $5 to defray church expenses.  Catered lunch available for $10.  Carpooling available.
RSVP and/or questions to
ohio@movetoamend.org 

Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus, Ohio.   

 

Saturday, March 28, 2014 8:00 - 9:00 PM.  Turn off my lights for Earth Hour.  Turn out your lights for one hour and take a stand against climate change.  More information and pledge here:  Pledge to Turn off my lights for Earth Hour

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 4:30 – 6:00 PM.  Economic Empowerment and Resistance Meetings.  Our focus for these meetings will include: Transitioning from protest politics to an agenda based on economic empowerment.  We will also continue our critique of capitalism and use it to draft an alternative economic vision, community building strategy and implementation plan for Columbus.  Suggested reading material for this meeting is chapter 3 ("What's So Bad About Capitalism?") of Envisioning Real Utopias.  If you already know what's wrong with capitalism please read chapter 5 for an explanation on "Social Capitalism" as one of seven different pathways to social empowerment. To download a copy of the full book click HERE or see the attachment.  It has been brought to my attention that some of you are experiencing technical difficulty viewing the calendar.  In turn, I've modified some of the settings but if that does not work let me know.  Click HERE to bookmark our community calendar.  If you know of any upcoming events we could add to this calendar please let us know.  Also, if any of you are interested in car-pooling to the out of town events on that calendar let us know.  For more information, please contact Michael at 420vince@gmail.com.  Location: Driving Park Library, 1422 East Livingston Ave, Meeting Rm 2 

 

Saturday, March 28,  2:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights Training and Canvassing.  Meet at Clintonville Resource Center for a brief training to volunteer for canvassing.  We’ll be collecting signatures

to put a Columbus city charter amendment on the general ballot, defining our inalienable rights to pure water, clean air, safe soil, and self-governance.  It is time to affirm the rights of our community having primacy over corporate “rights” of the hydrocarbons industry, to pollute and damage our health and property.  Location:  14 West Lakeview Avenue, Columbus, OH 43202.  For more information:  http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/  and/or ColumbusBillofRights@gmail.com

 

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 6:00  – 7:00 PM.  Peace Prayer Service.  We will be focusing on action:  what individuals can do to combat systematic racism and what groups are already doing in Columbus that they can join in on. Specifically, we will be giving folks an opportunity to begin writing a letter to their representative, the mayor, city council or a letter to the editor and provide the info to mail those letters.  There will also be a time of blessing for any and all people already working for positive change or those feeling called to begin that work.  Rev. Joel King, nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, will be sharing with us the theological foundations for justice work.  This is an interracial and ecumenical service.  Columbus Effective Resistance.  Location:  Woodland Christian Church, 143 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43203, United States (map

 

 

 

Monday, March 30, 2014, 12:00 – 1:30 PM.  Mass Incarceration & Immigration Enforcement.  Prof. Michelle Alexander (Ohio State Law), Sikly Shah (Executive Director of Detention Watch Network), and Prof. César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (Denver) will speak on immigration detention.  Location:  Moritz College of Law, O.S.U., Saxbe Auditorium, 55 W. 12th Ave.  Contact for more information:  akbar.20@osu.edu

 

Monday, March 30, 2015, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  Student Peace Conference:  “Practices and Strategies of Nonviolence.”   

3:00 PM.  Welcome and Introduction 

3:15 PM.  Social Hour (Learn more about OSU student organizations!) 

4:00 PM.  Conflict Resolution Education Workshop presented by Jennifer Batton 

5:30 PM.  Break 

6:00 PM. Practices and Strategies of Nonviolence Panel and Discussion featuring Mark Chupp and Danielle Poe 

7:30 PM. Student Peace Award Presentation presented by the Peace Studies Society 

Location:  Mershon Center for International Studies (OSU Campus), 1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43212.  Map and parking.   Free and open to the public.  Registration required.  Registration and more information here.   Questions? Please contact peacestudiessociety@gmail.com  

 

Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:00 PM.  The continuities Between Immigrant Detention & Mass Incarceration.  A Roundtable featuring:  Michelle Alexander (Ohio State University), César Cuauhtémoc García Hernándex (Capital University & University of Denver), and Silky Shah (Detention Watch Network).  This event is part of ’50 Years Later,’ a series that marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.  The series highlights the varied and contradictory meanings of this bill for different migrant populations.  Sponsored by the College of Social Work, Comparative Studies, Criminal Justice Research Center, Department of Political Science, Latino/a Studies, Mershon workshop on Immigration & Global Justice, Multicultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Bar Association.   

Free and open to the public.  Location:  Saxbe Auditorium (Moritz College of Law).  Reception to follow in Lou’s Café

 

Monday, March 30, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights Information Presentations. The Science of Shale Gas:  Fracking Induced Seismic Events (Earthquakes) in Eastern Ohio.  Ray Beiersdorfer, Ph.D., Professor of Geology and Environmental Sciences, Youngstown State University.  Land-Use, Resource Utilization in Ohio’s Utica Shale….Now and in the Future.  Ted Auch, Ph.D., The FracTracker Alliance, Great lakes Program Coordinator, Cleveland State University, Adjunct Faculty (presenting live).  More information and RSVP on Facebook.   Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, Ohio.   Sponsored by Columbus Bill of Rights, www.columbusbillofrights.org