Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohio Solar and Smart Grid Cooperative Meeting.  Discussion of possible upcoming projects.  Location:   UU Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road (just west of N. High Street, between Morse Rd. and Henderson Rd, Columbus).  For more information, see http://www.meetup.com/Columbus-Community-Solar-and-Smart-Grids-Cooperative/

 

Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:30 PM.  Youth Beat Radio on WCRS.  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, April 8, 2014, 5:30 PM (open business meeting).  Franklin County Green Party Central Committee Meeting.  Business meeting/open to the public.  Location:  Northwood Building, Room 100, 2231 N. High St., Columbus.  (Free parking behind the building in “R” spaces.)

 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Care & Share Time Bank (CSTB) Orientation Meeting.  Come learn about this community-based organization that encourages the sharing and exchange of skills and services. Orientation meetings are held once each month. Their tagline is “Reclaiming our local economy one exchange at a time!”  It’s a great way to build community as you interact and share with other members. NOTE: CSTB applicants will need to attend an orientation prior to being activated into full membership.  Existing members are encouraged to attend one orientation meeting, but not required to do so.   Location:  Whetstone Library meeting room, 3909 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio.  For more information, contact Alice alice.faryna@gmail.com

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 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, April 10, 2014, 7:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Meeting.   Program:   Bruce
Bostick will discuss how the Lorain County Central Labor Council fielded about 2 dozen candidates for the city council and all but two of them won.  They were disgusted with the city council's disinterest in the problems of ordinary working people.  I think it would be interesting to know if the requirements for running are different, and what factors explain the activism of that labor council.  While it's been barely mentioned around here if at all, it was picked up on by Kshama Sawant, the Seattle Socialist council member, and through her mention, has probably gotten some national attention.  Location:  Northwood Building, Room 100, 2231 N. High St., Columbus.  (Free parking available in the R spaces - Rardin clinic - behind the building.)  For more information, contact Simone Morgen,
smorgen@juno.com Website:  www.dsacolumbus.org  

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6:30 PM.  Reading Group on "The Battle for Justice in Palestine" by Ali Abunimah.   Join us for a reading group and discussion on Abunimah's new book "The Battle for Justice in Palestine.", as we inform our organizing locally and situate ourselves within the international struggle for justice for Palestine.  On April 10, we meet to discuss the first three chapters of the book. The dates for meeting to finish the reading of the book is yet to be announced.   We have a limited number of books available to us for purchase at the discounted price of $10. Please email at bantikonar@gmail.com to purchase the book at the discounted price.  Praise for "The Battle for Justice in Palestine":  "This is the best book on Palestine in the last decade." - Joseph Massad.  "Sailing effortlessly from the domestic the global, from Johannesburg to Belfast and from Chicago to Tel Aviv, Ali Abunimah paints a lucid, accessible picture out of a complex web of racism, racialized oppression, and creative resistance." - Omar Barghouti, author of "Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions"  Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/225311277662552/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Location:   Enarson Classroom Room 246, 2009 Millikin Road,  Ohio State University.  Parking and location information here.  

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Sasha AbramskyThe American Way of Poverty.”  Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist and teaches at the UC Davis writing program.  He is the author of The American Way of Poverty listed by the New York Times as amongst the 100 Notable Books of 2013, Inside Obama’s Brain (2009), Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix It (2009), American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment (2007), Conned (2006), and Hard Time Blues (2002). His writings have appeared in The Nation, Mother Jones, The Atlantic Monthly, New York Magazine, Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, New Yorker online, and Rolling Stone.  A graduate of Oxford University and the Columbia University School of Journalism, he was awarded an Open Society, Crime, and Communities Media Fellowship in 2000. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the New York City-based Demos think tank and a participant in the Voices of Poverty on-line narrative project. Reading available at: http://www.thenation.com/article/167564/other-america-2012-confronting-poverty-epidemic.  Co-sponsored with the OSU Multicultural Center, Comparative Studies, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Organized by the Humanities Institute’s Precarity and Social Contract Working Group. Contact: Philip Armstrong (armstrong.202@osu.edu)  Location:   Page Hall 10, 1810 College Road, OSU Campus.  Location and parking information here.  

 

April 10-30, 2014.  Earth Month Activities Summary:   

April 10 – One Million Actions for Planet Earth featuring Jack Hannah, Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast, Ohio Union (1739 N High St) Griffin Ballroom, 8:30am
April 10 – Heat Powered Engines presented by Green Energy Ohio, McConnell Arts Center (777 Evening St, Worthington), 7-8:30pm, free
April 10 – Chasing Ice, an award winning documentary about gathering photographic evidence of climate change, McConnell Arts Center (777 Evening St, Worthington), 7pm, free

April 12 – Recycle Fest, Whole Foods Market Upper Arlington (1555 W Lane Ave) and Whole Foods Market Dublin (3670 W Dublin Granville Rd), 9am-4pm
April 12 – Bexley Cleanup, drop-off clothes, games, electronics, building supplies (not paint) and more for recycling, South Gateway Parking Lot, 9am-noon
April 14 – Switch, Discover the Future of Energy: with Dr. Scott Tinker, screening and discussion, Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N High St), 5pm (reception), 6pm (screening)
April 14 – Years of Living Dangerously screening at Studio 35 (3055 Indianola Ave), 7pm, free

April 19-26 – Earth Week Service, multiple locations, register to volunteer

April 22 – Free Ewaste Recycling Drive and Jeni’s Ice Cream at Integrated Building Systems (950 Michigan Ave), 7:30am-4pm
April 22 – Artic Action Founders Award honoring Mayor Coleman and featuring Dr. Ian Stirling, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (4850 Powell Rd, Powell), 11am, normal admission
April 22 – Chasing Ice, an award winning documentary about gathering photographic evidence of climate change, Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St), 7pm, free
April 25 – Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens Arbor Day Celebration at OSU Oval, 10am, free
April 26 – PreCycle Day organized by Sustainable Worthington, curbside free giveaway of re-usable stuff, Worthington
April 26 – Earth Day Celebration at Columbus Commons (160 S High St), 11am-10pm, free

April 26 – Earth Day Celebration at Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (4850 Powell Rd, Powell) with free games, crafts and interactive exhibits, 9am-5pm, normal admission
April 27 – GMO OMG screening, Gateway Film Center (1550 N High St), 2pm, free
April 29 – Workplace Charging Workshop and Tesla Test Drive, Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (2201 Fred Taylor Dr), 10am-3pm, free
April 30 – Chasing Ice, an award winning documentary about gathering photographic evidence of climate change, Audubon Nature Center (505 W Whittier St), 7pm, free

 

Friday April 11, 2014, 9:30-11:30, Seminar with Sasha Abramsky.  Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist and teaches at the UC Davis writing program.  He is the author of The American Way of Poverty listed by the New York Times as amongst the 100 Notable Books of 2013, Inside Obama’s Brain (2009), Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix It (2009), American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment (2007), Conned (2006), and Hard Time Blues (2002). His writings have appeared in The Nation, Mother Jones, The Atlantic Monthly, New York Magazine, Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, New Yorker online, and Rolling Stone.  A graduate of Oxford University and the Columbia University School of Journalism, he was awarded an Open Society, Crime, and Communities Media Fellowship in 2000. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the New York City-based Demos think tank and a participant in the Voices of Poverty on-line narrative project.   Reading available at: http://www.thenation.com/article/167564/other-america-2012-confronting-poverty-epidemic.  Co-sponsored with the OSU Multicultural Center, Comparative Studies, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. Organized by the Humanities Institute’s Precarity and Social Contract Working Group. Contact: Philip Armstrong (armstrong.202@osu.edu)

Location:  Humanities Institute, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave., Columbus. 

 

Friday, April 11, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 Pm.  Second Friday Social with Big Green Head in Worthington.  Big Green Head is a monster on a mission to get people thinking and acting green. His “do green” attitude is helping businesses, schools and communities reduce their waste and increase their awareness.  Big Green Head is out in the community entertaining, educating and encouraging people of all ages to rethink their habits and embrace a lifestyle that is kinder to our planet and each other.  Location: The social will take place at: The Pub Out Back in Old Worthington, 679-C High St., Worthington, OH, 43085. Parking and pub located behind Zettler Hardware. Food and soft drinks provided.  RSVP- Karen Ferris, Karen@biggreenhead.com.  

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 2:30 PM (doors open), 3:00 PM (movie starts).  Screening of the documentary:  “Inequality for All.”   Clintonville for Change, Columbus International Film + Video Festival, and Northwest Area Progressives are thrilled to host the film “Inequality For All” starring Robert Reich.  Location:  Studio 35 Cinema and Draft House, 3055 Indianola Ave., Columbus.  Mark your calendars and invite your friends.  Together we can take back our economy and democracy.  The event is free but we will accept donations.  More information:  http://www.columbusfilmcouncil.org/events/

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 6:30 PM – Midnight.  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Join progressive friends for food, drink, music, art, and presentations by Greg Pace on community bills of rights against fracking and Anita Rios, Green Party candidate for Ohio Governor.  Socializing, networking and great fun!  Location: 1021 E. Broad St., east side door, parking in rear.  Contacts: Suzanne Patzer <columbusfreepress@gmail.com> or call 614-253-2571

 

Sunday April 13, 2014, 2:00 – 5:00 PM.  Handling the Tsunami of Religious Diversity Change:  An Interactive Community Workshop.  Workshop Director: Rev. Heckman is the Executive Director of Religions for Peace USA and an ordained Christian minister from the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. He has served rural, urban, and suburban churches in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. A frequent speaker and writer on interfaith relations, Rev. Heckman edited InterActive Faith: The Essential Interreligious Community‐Building Handbook.  To register, email Skip Cornett, IACO Education Chair at wcornett@insight.rr.com or call or text his cell 614-226-2410. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration in advance helps us in planning.  Location:  Noor Islamic Cultural Center, 5001 Wilcox Road Dublin, Ohio, 43016.  Financial contributions to help defray costs are welcome! 

 

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM. (Note:  week change due to Easter) Care & Share Time Bank Community Potluck Meeting .  Program:  Introduction to Your Money or Your Life with Randall Loop.  Meet your CSTB Community, share a potluck dish (label items please), join CSTB (if you haven’t already), add requests and offers, brainstorm growing the CSTB, earn 2 time credits, participate in our SHARING TABLE – bring something you want to give away / take something you would like to have, stay afterward for an extended “Q&A” about conducting time credit transactions and using website: hOurworld / Time and Talents. Invite your friends who might be interested.  Remember: they receive time credits if they join and post an offer and you receive time credits for recruiting them!  Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Fellowship Hall, 93 W Weisheimer Columbus, Ohio 43214. Call 614-560-1732 (Alice) if you would like additional information.