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Emergency Response to Attack on Iran.  Central Ohioans for Peace will hold an emergency peace vigil in the event that the US starts a war against Iran for all Central Ohioans who oppose war. The start of war will be defined as a military strike against military and/or civilian targets within or belonging to Iran.  An attack on Iran would constitute a massive disaster and would touch off a region-wide conflict.  We believe that diplomacy is the better option.  If the strike occurs and is made public in the morning hours, the demonstration will be held the same day.  If the strike is announced later in the afternoon hours, the demonstration will be held the following day.  Area peace advocates continue holding weekly peace vigils in Clintonville and Worthington every Saturday at noon.  We will gather on the sidewalk around the McKinley statue on the High St. side of the statehouse. 


Meetings and Events


Monday, August 19, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Sign the Petition/Public Meeting. The Columbus Community Bill of Rights is a citizen-initiated charter amendment for the city of Columbus. It will give you and I the right to protect our Water from toxic, radioactive Frack Waste dumping in our Water supply.  Location:  Columbus Public Library, South High Branch, 3540 S. High St., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Monday, ​ August 19, 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, August 20, 2019.  Replace NAFTA 2.0- August 20th National Call-In Day: Call Congress:  Stop the Big Pharma giveaway in Trump’s NAFTA 2.0.   Corporate lobbyists are bragging about spending millions of dollars to try to ram NAFTA 2.0* through Congress in September. If you spend three minutes today calling your representative on this toll-free number – 1-855-973-4213 - that will connect you to the home office of your representative, We the People can win. Big Pharma loves the deal Trump signed last year because it guarantees them monopoly powers to delay generic competition and to lock in high drug prices.  Corporations have used NAFTA to outsource hundreds of thousands of jobs to Mexico to pay worker less over the years. And they are thrilled that its labor and environmental terms are too weak to stop more job outsourcing.  Big Oil is lobbying for the deal because it lets them attack Mexican climate and environmental policies. But we will not sit by and let these massive corporations control our future.  Today, people nationwide are flooding Congress with calls demanding “No vote on NAFTA 2.0 until it’s fixed!” Join labor unions, health advocates, environmental groups, faith organizations and many more in the progressive movement to demand Congress not hold any vote on NAFTA 2.0 until its Big Pharma provisions are removed and its labor and environmental standards are improved.  Making this call is quick and easy — and really makes a difference. We’ll provide a toll-free phone number and sample script for you to use. Democrats in Congress are demanding critical improvements to the NAFTA 2.0 deal Trump signed. But Trump and the corporations that stand to benefit are still pushing for a vote on the deal as-is as soon as possible.  If we all take action together, today, by calling our representatives in their local offices we could create real momentum to ensure Congress stands up to the powerful special interests and refuses to vote on the deal unless and until Trump fixes it. That means removing the Big Pharma giveaways and adding swift and certain enforcement of improved labor and environmental standards.  A deal like that — unlike Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 — could actually stop some of NAFTA’s ongoing harm to people across North America. And that is worth fighting for: NAFTA will continue to inflict damage on people in the U.S., Mexico and Canada until we replace it.  Take action now.   If you’re new to the Replace NAFTA fight, check out this article for a quick summary.

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 PM.  Ohio Promise Town Hall with Reps. Boggs, Crawley & Lightbody.  Join State Reps. Janine Kristin Boggs, Erica Crawley and Mary Lightbody for a legislative update and a discussion on how to strengthen our state. The event is free and open to the public.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1113 Parsons Ave., Columbus 43206.  Facebook.   

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Congresswoman Beatty’s Affordable Housing Community Discussion. U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty invites you to participate in her Affordable Housing Community Conversation "Engagement, Education, Empowerment."  Location:  The King Arts Complex
867 Mt. Vernon Avenue., Columbus, OH 43203.  RSVP NOW at www.beatty.house.gov.  All constituents of Ohio's Third Congressional District are invited to attend.

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 3:00 – 7:00 PM.  Safety Commission Meeting.  https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147510867&dt=8/20/2019.

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 10:30 - 11:30 AM.  Health Policy Institute of Ohio Webinar.   The purpose of this webinar is to explore key themes from the 2019Health Value Dashboard. The Dashboard tracks Ohio's progress toward health value by examining Ohio's rank and trend performance relative to other states on population health, healthcare spending and the social drivers of health. The tool also highlights gaps in outcomes for some of Ohio's most at-risk populations. The Dashboard found that, in order to improve health value in Ohio, policymakers need to:  create opportunities for all Ohio children to thrive, Invest upstream in employment, housing and transportation, and build and sustain a high-quality addiction prevention, treatment and recovery system.  Speakers on the webinar will discuss strategies (including those in the recently adopted state budget) that move Ohio toward achieving those goals.  Speakers include: LeeAnne Cornyn, Director of Children's Initiatives, Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine; Brie Lusheck, Deputy Director, Children's Initiatives, Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine; And more to be announced! Register Now!  After you register for the event you will receive an email confirmation with the webinar link and login credentials. You will need to sign up for the webinar using the GoToWebinar website to be able to view the webinar on 8/20/2019. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Alana Clark-Kirk, aclarkkirk@hpio.net

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohio Progressive Democrats of America.  Meets monthly on the third Wednesday.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus in the carriage house on the second floor.  Parking in back.  Contact: mayo.makinde@gmail.com for more information. 

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Name & Gender Change Legal Clinic.  Trained volunteers will provide one-on-one counseling to help navigate the process of updating your identity documents with an attorney on site during this FREE Legal Clinic. No need to bring anything but your questions.  Funding is still available to those who cannot afford filing fees or additional costs, so please ask TransOhio about scholarship opportunities!   Pre-registration is not required, but is preferred for planning purposes. Register at: https://goo.gl/forms/94jEOVR8PItj14RC2. Email questions to: LegalClinics@EquitasHealth.com Location:  ACLU of Ohio, 1108 City Park Ave., Suite 103, Columbus. 43206.  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, August 22, 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.  Website and calendar.

 

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  People Not Prisons.  We will never reduce Ohio’s prison and jail populations, if we cannot identify meaningful sentencing reform bills, when we see them—and do everything in our power to ensure their passage. Join us, the SE Progressives, at our August 22 meeting. Gary Daniels, Chief Lobbyist for the Ohio ACLU, will explain how SB 3 and HB 1, two criminal justice reform bills would lower Ohio's prison population, save the state millions of dollars, and help more Ohioans rebuild their lives after going through the court system. We'll also learn how we, as citizens, can help pass them both!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Southeast Branch, 3980 S. Hamilton Rd, Groveport 43125.  Facebook

 

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Build the Revolutionary (Pizza) Party.  Join Central Ohio Revolutionary Socialists for a radical pizza party! We’ll start the meeting with a short introduction to our group’s politics and plans for organizing. After that, we’ll have space to chat, get to know each other, and plot the revolution!  Vegetarian and vegan eating options will be provided.  Location:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and University Center, 30 W. Woodruff, Columbus 43210.  Facebook.  

 

Friday, August 23, 2019, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Which Side are You On?  Cleveland Work & Wages Conference.  Six of Ohio’s 10 most common jobs pay so little a family of three would need food assistance to make ends meet. These jobs don’t lift people out of poverty—they keep them there. That’s why Policy Matters Ohio is hosting a daylong conference on low-wage work along with partners from The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Neighborhood Connections, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center, Central Ohio Worker Center, the labor community, and others. This conference is an important step toward founding a worker center here in Northeast Ohio, built on a broad and deep understanding of the challenges facing low-wage workers.  Location:  Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus Center.  Registration is FREE but required - space is limited! Learn More: For conference details, including the agenda and list of union-friendly hotels & restaurants, visit policymattersohio.org/register.  Contact: For more information, email Cynthia Connolly – cconnolly@policymattersohio.org,  (216) 361-9801. 

 

Saturday August 24, 2019, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Columbus Vegan Festival.  Spend a day with friends, enjoy music, education, dynamic speakers, or just perusing vegan owned businesses and sample local vegan eats!  The Columbus Vegan Festival is a day celebrating vegan community connections with education promoting sustainable living, healthier bodies, and a fairer/socially just, compassionate, and conscionable society.  The festival features more than a dozen health & activism speakers, vegan and vegan-friendly exhibitors, kids activities & more!  EVERYONE is welcome and invited to come and celebrate vegan community living and discover the amazing, innovative, equivalent and delicious vegan options you may have never known existed!  Register for free on EventbriteLocation:  Whetstone Community center, 3923 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214.

 

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 5:00 (Picnic on the lawn) – 9:00 PM.  Concert for a Cause Featuring Shaun Book.   Tickets are $20 general admission, $40 per family, and can be purchased on line. Under 12 free. https://squareup.com/store/just-north-ucc. Additional donations are also be gratefully accepted. Hosted by Eric Gnezda - Songwriter and SpeakerJust North UCC and Temple Israel Columbus invite you to an interfaith celebration in support of the Mauritanian community. Proceeds for the concert will be donated to legal defense, bonds, and direct support to Mauritanians in Columbus impacted by this deportation crisis. Location:  Just North UCC, 2040 W Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220.  More information on Facebook.

 

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10:00 AM.  MomsDemandAction August Membership Meeting.  Meetings begin with a brief introduction to Moms Demand Action, the work we do and the evidence based policies we advocate for. There will be updates on pending legislation, school board and community group outreach and information on upcoming events. Membership meetings are a great opportunity to learn about gun violence prevention efforts in Columbus and opportunities to get involved. Children are always welcome. Please RSVP using this link so that we can easily keep you updated of any changes to this event and future opportunities:  https://tinyurl.com/yxbgkgfb.  Location:  Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Columbus 43235.  Facebook

 

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM.  Volunteer Kickoff/Rally.  Join us next SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 to our first grassroots kick-off event for Morgan Harper’s campaign to represent Ohio’s Third District — we need YOU!  MEET MORGAN and learn why she’s running for Congress: to enact bold, progressive policies that will deliver REAL change in Washington for all of us here in Ohio.  MEET FELLOW VOLUNTEER #Morganizers over lunch and tell us how YOU can help build this political movement. Then go out and TALK TO VOTERS in our very first canvass for Morgan’s campaign! Morgan refuses to take corporate PAC money so we need your help. Come #Morganize and make a real difference for Ohio — and for America!  Location:  139 E. Main St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  Learn more about Morgan’s policy platform at www.morganharper.org.

 

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Ohio Statewide Get Out the Count 2020 Census Training.  The 2020 Census is less than a year away and your community needs your help to get counted. On Saturday, August 24 join other organizations from across Ohio for an engaging and educational training on how to mobilize for the 2020 Census. The training will incorporate best practices in reaching out hard-to-count communities. The training is free and open to any organization in the state of Ohio planning to launch a 2020 Census strategy and outreach plan. As part of our goal to ensure every community is counted, we will empower you locally to enact and implement an effective outreach plan to ensure a complete count in 2020. There is a lot at stake in 2020, including hundreds of billions of dollars of federal funding allocated towards transportation, education, and social services. Become a trusted Census messenger for your community and sign up for the Ohio Statewide Get Out the Count 2020 Census training today.  RSVP HERE: https://apia.vote/NYMLI2019.  Location:  St. John’s Church, 59 E. Mound St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook

 

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Worthington Interfaith Neighbors’ 4th Annual International Interfaith Potluck.  Meet neighbors of many faiths & cultures.  MUSIC, GAMES, ENTERTAINMENT.  All are welcome! This is the 4th year for this outstanding event. I can promise you good food, fabulous fellowship with your neighbors, fun and games. Just bring your family favorite, your cultural favorite or just something that you like to share with all the attendees. Beverages and tableware are provided. Bring your blanket, chairs or anything that is comfortable for you to seat and visit for a while.  Sponsored by WIN and the Worthington Community Relations Committee. Supported by: Ahlul Bayt Society - Columbus, WIFA, Worthington Resource Pantry and Sacred Space Church.  Location:  Selby Park, 355 S. Selby Blvd., Worthington 43085.  Facebook

 

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 3:30 - 5 PM.  Optional Vegan Buffet 5 - 6 PM.  Simply Living Book Club Discussion: ACTIVE HOPE: How to face the mess we're in without going crazy.  We will discuss the book, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy, by Joanna Macy, Chris Johnstone. Active Hope shows us how to strengthen our capacity to face the climate crisis so that we can respond with unexpected resilience and creative power. Library copies and inexpensive used copies are available. You can also watch Joanna Macy's TED Talk or her talks on YouTube.  Stay for the optional vegan buffet after the discussion from 5 - 6 pm. The Book Club is free. Donations for the buffet are appreciated.  The event is free but please RSVP on Eventbrite. Updates and discussion on Facebook and MeetupLocation:  Portia's Cafe 4428 Indianola Ave, Columbus 43214. ContactChuck@simplyliving.org

 

Sundays, August 25, September 15, October 6, 27, 2019, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM.  Mini-Farm Stand to Raise Funds for School in Guatemala.  Buy local to support a good cause: Herbs and vegetables from local urban gardens, Home-made baked goods, Hand-made crafts from Guatemala. 100% of sales goes to support The New Dawn Middle School:  Education for Maya Youth in Guatemala.  More info?  contact Heather at copalaa2003@yahoo.com.  Location:  Oakland Nursery, 1156 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus 43224.

 

Monday, August 26, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program: Screening of the film “Hidden Colors 4” (120 minutes).  This film is the fourth in a series of films exploring the real and untold history of people of color around the globe.  This installment explores the motivation behind European global subjugation of people of color, the history of the vast West African empires, the ways germ warfare has been used on people of color, and the slave breeding farms in America.  Because this is a longer film, our discussion after viewing it will be short.  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

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  PETE SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG.  Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – Jan. 27, 2014) introduced America to its own folk heritage... and got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. He deeply believed in the power of song, convinced that individuals can make a difference. The film was produced by PBS as part of their American Masters series. Seeger’s inspiring story is told by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Maines (the Dixie Chicks), Tom Paxton, Arlo Guthrie, and Seeger himself.  Co-sponsored by Columbus Folk Music Society and the Columbus Free Press. Q&A panel discussion follows the film. Location:  Drexel Theater, 2254 E Main St, Bexley 43209. RSVP on Eventbrite. Donate at Door.  Facebook

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 PM.  Meet the Matriots’ Endorsed Candidates.  Please join The Matriots PAC to meet members of our 2019 class of endorsed general election candidates on Tuesday, August 27, at 5:30 p.m. Get to know women who want to lead from school board to City Hall to county councils across Ohio. We know you want to meet our endorsed candidates and work toward their success in November. This is a great way to meet candidates and connect with other Matriots members. All are welcome. Don't forget to invite your friends who want to know more about The Matriots PAC.  We look forward to engaging in some great conversation. The event is free. RSVP on the ticket link. Location:  Versa, 1201 Dublin Road, Columbus 43215.  More information and RSVP link on Facebook.

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 8:30 AM – 10:00 PM.  All Children Count!  The Big Table at Martin de Porres Center.  Clear and accurate Census data is the life blood for a strong Ohio. But inadequate funding as well as a series of vital policy decisions could place Ohio’s communities at risk of an inaccurate census count, limiting their political power and federal funding for the next decade.  We welcome you to join us for the Big Table: All Children Count! on Wednesday, August 28th to come together as a community to ensure a complete count of all Ohioans - especially our children - in 2020. This is a free event but we ask that you please register using this eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-big-table-all-children-count-at-the-martin-de-porres-center-registration-67030380673.  We will be serving a complimentary continental breakfast courtesy of Common Spirit. Please park in Parking Lot B at the Martin de Porres Center.  Hosted in part by the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio, the Ohio Commission of Hispanic/Latino Affairs, Proyecto Mariposas, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and Common Spirit.  Location:  Martin de Porres Center, 2330 Airport Drive, Columbus 43219.  More information on Facebook

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 8:00 – 9:30 PM.  SURJ Webinar.  Mab Segrest:  Memoir of a Race Traitor Re-Release!  Mab Segrest, long-time racial justice organizer and friend of SURJ will be giving a public talk about the re-release of her movement classic book: Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South.  Register here! bit.ly/mabandsurjFacebook

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Ohio Promise Town Hall with Reps. Russo, Leland & Lightbody.  Join state Reps. Russo, Leland and Lightbody for a legislative update and a discussion on how to strengthen our state.  The event is free and open to the public.  Location:  Norwich Township Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard 43026.  Facebook

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Safety Commission Meeting – Public Hearing.https://www.columbus.gov/Templates/Detail.aspx?id=2147510868&dt=8/28/2019.

 

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Community Festival Meeting.  Community Festival will hold a Special Meeting at the residence house in Goodale Park.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how to rekindle & repair Unity, Value & Respect for each other going forward.  For more information, contact:  maweber@ix.netcom.com.

 

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  August RHHH!  Here in Ohio, August is Back to School Month! But did you know that in Ohio, there are no official health standards? That means our students are rarely receiving comprehensive fact-based, medically-accurate sex education. This month, our Repro Happy Hour will feature a group of people who are currently working to change this! Come learn about the awesome work URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity is doing to ensure Ohio students get the sex education they deserve!  Facebook

 

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Ohio Promise Town Hall with State Representative Beth Liston.  Join state Rep. Beth Liston for a legislative update and a discussion on how to strengthen our state.  The event is free and open to the public.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Dublin Branch, 75 N. High St., Dublin, Ohio 43017.  Facebook.  

 

August 29, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Ohio Promise Town Hall with Reps. Russa, Leland and Lightbody.  Join state Reps. Allison Russo, David Leland and Mary Lightbody for a legislative update and a discussion on how to strengthen our state. The event is free and open to the public.  Location:  Columbus Public Library, Whetstone Branch, 3909 N. High St., 43214.  Facebook

 

August 29, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Community Discussion on Westerville Nondiscrimination Ordinance.  Join us for a community discussion on the proposed LGBTQ-inclusive ordinance for Westerville!  Save the date! Look for more details to come!Location:  The Point at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Road, Westerville 43081.  Facebook.