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Monday, August 7, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights Organizing Meeting.  CCBOR launches its third petition drive with circulator training and meeting.  We continue to organize to protect our water, air, and soil from contamination by the fossil fuel extraction industries.   CCBOR has a year to collect over 20,000 signatures and is actively seeking volunteers to help meet this goal.  See the CCBOR website for more information:   http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusBillofRights.  For more information, please contact CCBOR at columbusbillofrights@gmail.com.   Location:  88 W. Blake, Columbus, 43202. 

 

Now through August 9), 2017, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.  Opening at the Gateway Film Center.  Check their website for times/tickets:   http://gatewayfilmcenter.org/inconvenient-sequel-truth-power/   Location:  1550 N. High St., Columbus. 

 

Monday, ​ August 7, 2017, 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

 

Monday, August 7, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Friends Committee on National Legislation – Central Ohio advocacy group Meeting.   (Please note:  regular meeting is one week later this month only.)  FCNL is focused on many issues at the Washington D.C. level.  Our local advocacy team issue in 2017 is to reduce waste in U.S. military spending instead of increasing the Pentagon budget, while keeping social benefits from being cut.  President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to increase the Pentagon budget by $54 Billion (10%) in 2018.  We now have more than 50 advocacy groups across the U.S., and had over 200 lobbying visits to U.S. legislators in 2016.  Please join us.  Location:  Center on High, 3208 N. High St. Columbus, 43202.  For more information, contact Greg Pace: 614-565-6067 or gpace67@gmail.com

 

Monday, August 7, 2017, 7:00 - 09:00 PM.  Chamber Concert for ACLU of Ohio.  Performers and Artists for Social Equity (PASE) is an association of musicians, vocalists, artists, dancers, and other creatively inclined people who are concerned about the well-being of all of our friends and neighbors.  The mission of PASE is to come together and enjoy music, and raise awareness of some of our favorite social charities.  We will be collecting donations to be sent to Ohio ACLU.  Suggested donation is $10; all proceeds will go to Ohio ACLU.  There will be a brief presentation introducing our organization, and explaining a little about the ACLU for those who might not be familiar with their work.  A modest reception will follow the program.  Musical Program: A string quartet arrangement of a modern popular song, TBA, Mendelssohn String Quartet Op. 13 in A minor, Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
- FEATURING David Thomas, Principal Clarinet of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus OH 43214.  Website.

 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 6:00 PM business meeting, 7:00 PM Public Meeting.   Franklin County Green Party Central Committee Meeting.  Business meeting, but open to the public. At 7:00 our guest speaker, Steve Farber will talk about the International Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and the Anti-BDS movement in the U.S.  Steve is a Jewish member of Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.  Parking available behind the building in “R” spaces. 

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  YesWeCan Make Columbus Better.  What is your vision for Columbus? What are Columbus' biggest assets? What should we fix? Please join me for this relaxed discussion about Columbus as part of the Yes We Can movement to get passionate people we trust elected to public office.  Location:  39 S. Richardson Ave., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 6:30 PM.  Clintonville Energy Collaborative (CEC) meeting.  We will be reviewing the plans for one of our next solar installations. Our solar project owners are active, and able to use their experience to give great advice to new project owners as they design their installations.  Location:  Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave., Columbus, OH 43202.  (One block south of N Broadway on N. High St.) More information and calendar at:  http://cec-freedom.org/

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Columbus City Council Member Mike Stinziano Communnity Hours.   Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help.  All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend. For additional information contact: Stephanie Megas, 614-645-8311.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library—Livingston Branch, 3434 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43227.

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Free Screening of An Inconvenient Sequel.  Truth to Power.  Indivisible is hosting a FREE SCREENING of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel Truth to Power. Following the movie, local Indivisible and environmental group leaders will be available to answer questions and suggest ways you can get involved in battling climate change.  Location:  AMC Lennox Theater, 777 Kinnear Road Columbus.  TO RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKET, USE THE EVENTBRITE LINK on the Facebook event page. PLEASE ARRIVE BY 6:45 TO CHECK IN AND FIND A SEAT!  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00 PM.  Tell Pat Tiberi:  Stop Trump’s Unfair Budget (Weekly Action).  Republicans in the House of Representatives have unveiled a federal budget that would give tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations, paid for by defunding core programs that help working families get by. The proposal would slash Medicaid, which provides health care coverage to 3 million Ohioans, including children. It would also strip money from the budget for food stamps, which help 1.5 million people in our state feed their families.  As a part of Indivisible 12's Weekly Tiberi Action, join us in telling Rep. Pat Tiberi to oppose any budget proposals that take away basic programs in order to line the pockets of the rich.  Sign the petition. Location:  250 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington.  Facebook.  

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:00 PM (doors open), 7:00 PM screening.   Premiere showing at The Drexel Theatre in Bexley for The Columbus Crossing Borders documentary film titled "Breathe Free".  The Columbus Crossing Borders travelling art exhibit allows an intimate look into

the arduous journeys of refugees and the art inspired by those journeys.     And now, through the lens of filmmaker Doug Swift, comes the  Columbus Crossing Borders documentary film, Breathe Free.

View the Documentary Trailer:   https://www.columbuscrossingbordersproject.com/the-documentary.  A very large turnout is expected, so all are encouraged to arrive early to secure seating.  Admission is $5 and presale tickets (strongly encouraged) are available at  www.drexel.net/index.php/events or by calling the Drexel at (614) 231-1050.  Location:  The Drexel Theatre, 2254 East Main Street, Bexley.  Columbus Crossing Borders Project website:  https://www.columbuscrossingbordersproject.com

 

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Chapter Monthly Eduation Meeting.  DSCO monthly educational/ general meetings are held the second Thursday of each month.  The meeting forum will feature education/training sessions followed by committee breakouts, including a "New to DSA" committee to share information about DSA to new attendees.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., room 100.  Parking available in “R” spaces behind the building.   For additional details, please refer to the website www.dsacolumbus.org or facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Democratic-Socialists-of-Central-Ohio-1682708101986360/  Contact for more information:  columbusdsa@gmail.comFacebook Event.

 

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 11:00 PM till Midnight.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio on WCRS 98.3 / 102.1 FM.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio features:  a) newly released Alternative and Independent music by emerging Alternative musical trends from across the world  c) interviews with local musicians, filmmakers, artists and activists.  All shows are: 1) broadcast on 98.2/102.1 FM  2) streamed “live” on the internet and 3) available for download at: http://www.wcrsfm.org/audio/user/1851.

 

Saturday, August 12, 9:00am.  Morrow County Class II Injection Well Tour hosted by Columbus Community Bill of Rights (CCBOR).  Join us for a tour to see a representative sample of the growing number of frack waste injection wells that are located within the source water protection area of Columbus’ supply watershed. We leave Clintonville at 9:15am, and should be back by 3pm to 4pm.  CLICK HERE for more information and to RSVP.  To email CCBOR, you can also click HERE.

 

Saturday, August 12, 2017, Noon – 2:00 PM.  Rapid Response Protest – (Upon Mueller Firing).  NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION/TIME AND DATE TO BE DETERMINED.  New revelations of Russia's meddling in our elections are increasing the odds that Donald Trump will try to block the investigation of his Administration's potential collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice.  Experts believe that there is a good possibility that Trump will fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  If Trump fires Mueller, we want to be ready to take the streets to protest within hours - to demand that Congress respond quickly and forcefully – to protect our democracy and justice system.   If Trump fires Mueller prior to 2 p.m. Eastern, rallies will occur at 5 p.m. local time that day; If Trump fires Mueller after 2 p.m. Eastern Time, rallies will occur at Noon local time the following day.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, August 12 – Sunday, August 13, 2017.  Festival Latino 2017.  Join us this year for this FREE family festival! Location:  Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St., Columbus.   Facebook.

 

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 6:30 – 11:00 PM  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, music by Andrew Davis, Verbz Vegas, a presentation and open mic for performance or announcements. Free, no RSVP needed. Location: 1021 E. Broad St, east side door.  Parking in side driveway, front or rear parking lot.  Free. Contact: colsfreepress@gmail.com or 614-253-2571.

 

August 12 -13, 2017.  Galvanize Program! In Columbus.  After the first United State of Women Summit last summer, you made it clear you wanted to keep learning and connecting – and you wanted to do it in your local community. We heard you loud and clear –and that’s why we’re proud to announce The Galvanize Program! We’re bringing local United State of Women summits to communities across the country to bring together people to tackle the challenges women are facing nationally and locally. We’re arming women with the tools and resources they need to keep organizing and fighting for gender equity, whether that’s through elected office, entrepreneurship, and everything in between.  Attendees will choose one of five tracks based on their interests to receive in-depth and skills-based training: 

Political Candidates - Training developed by Vote, Run, Lead; Campaign Management - Training developed by Wellstone; Grassroots Organizing - Training developed by Midwest; Academy Leadership - Training developed by Bossed Up; Entrepreneurship - Training developed by BRAVA Investments. Are you ready to turn for passion for gender equity into action?  Learn more and register online, at www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/galvanize

 

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 3:30 – 5:00 PM.  How Things Work at the Statehouse with Indivisible Westerville.   Join us as Indivisible Westerville hosts groups across Indivisible OH12 for a "How Things Work at the Statehouse" training session:  So you want to understand Ohio government? Want to impact your state legislators? You're in luck. Come enjoy a drink while staffers from the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus describe how things work at the Statehouse, explain how you can affect state policy, and answer your questions. Location:  Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081.  Facebook.  

 

Monday, August 14, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights Petition Training.  If you are interested in helping gather signatures for the CCBOR ballot initiative to protect our soil, air and water from fracking waste, please come to this meeting.  Volunteers are needed!  Location:  Columbus Metro Library- North side branch, 1423 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43201.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Screening:  Big Pharma Market Failure.  The Columbus Area Region of SPAN Ohio will host the showing of the recently released, 50 minute documentary, Big Pharma Market Failure at the Grandview Theater and Drafthouse. This 1926 single-screen theater sells beer as well as pizza, subs & pastries from local restaurants. The movie is free and all are welcome. A discussion will follow. Come early and enjoy food and drink before the show...Stay after the show for discussion, food and drink.  Big Pharma Market Failure is the second health care financing expose produced by Richard Master, the owner and CEO of MCS Industries. It takes a hard look at out of control drug prices and what we can do about it. Richard Master understands growing health care costs from a business perspective, and explains how this alone could put his and other companies, out of business.   A discussion will follow led by Latonya Thurman and William Booth of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). AHF circulated petitions in Ohio and was able to put the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act on the Ohio ballot this November.   Make plans to attend. Location:  Grandview Theater, 1247 Grandview Ave., Grandview Heights 43212.   Facebook.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace.  Program:  Screening of–  Under the Sun (110 minutes).   This is a 2015 Russian documentary film directed by Vitaly Mansky.  The film follows a year in the life of a family in Pyongyang, North Korea as their daughter Zin-mi prepares to join the Korean Children's Union on the Day of the Shining Star (Kim Jong-il's birthday).  Mansky conceived the project as a film set in a country similar to the Soviet Union. He envisioned the film to be "a time machine" to the Soviet Union under Stalin, and means to better understand his country's history.  Prior to the project, Mansky stated that he had not previously visited North Korea and "only knew what most of us knew".   After visiting the country, Mansky felt that North Korea was "much more hard and cruel" than the Soviet Union.   Mansky observed, "From the outside, it looks like the Soviet Union in the 1930s. But if you look deeper, there is a crucial difference.  In the Soviet Union, we had culture - theatres, libraries, films.  And the Soviet people were critical thinkers - they complained if there was something they didn’t like.  If you compare that to North Korea - they don’t have any of those cultural memories.  Everyone looks content, happy with the way things are.  This is what I wanted to depict in the documentary.”  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214.  More information here.   For questions about Central Ohioans for Peace, please send email to: cohioansforpeace@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 5:30 PM. Understanding the 1st Amendment.  Protest Rights, Civil Disobedience, and the Right to Dissent.  Have you attended a protest, assembly or other demonstration? Do you plan to use your right to peacefully dissent? Know your rights! Join us for a robust discussion about protest rights, civil disobedience, and the right to dissent, led by our staff attorney, Elizabeth Bonham. Peaceful assembly is vital to a thriving democracy, and always remember — dissent is patriotic!  This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.  RSVP Here.  Location:  ACLU of Ohio, 1108 City Park Ave., STE 203, Columbus, OH 43206. 

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Citizen Hearing on EPA Budget Cuts.   At a time when Ohio is facing the challenges of toxic algal blooms, increasing heat, and nearly 200,000 cases of pediatric asthma, President Trump and his allies in Congress are attempting to roll back some of the most critical public health safeguards and environmental protections that have been put in place over the last 50 years. Partnered with the proposed slashing of the US EPA budget, their actions would impact funding for Great Lakes Restoration funding, air quality monitoring, and other EPA programs that keep families safe.  Reductions in crucial funding will disproportionately impact low-income families and those living in the most vulnerable communities, children, the elderly, those who work and play outdoors, and people with underlying health conditions. We want to hear your story—please join us for a Citizens’ Hearing and tell us what matters most to you!  Organized by Climate Action Campaign.  Location:  COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus 43215.  For more information, contact tsabetta@initiativeohio.com  or phone 614-581-2907. 

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Premier Film Showing and Fundraiser for Columbus KTC Buddhist Meditation Center.   The Columbus KTC Buddhist Center is hosting a Columbus Premier Film event at the Gateway Film Center. The film, Yangsi, by filmmaker Mark Elliot, focuses the reincarnation of one of Tibetan Buddhist revered Tibetan Buddhist meditation master.  All money raised from this event will be used to help build a new Buddhist Meditation Center. In late January 2016, an arsonist set fire to our building and it was destroyed. Help us raise money for our new home!  Yangsi, the newest documentary by director, Mark Elliot, offers an intimate portrait of a young Tibetan boy who is recognized as the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the most revered Tibetan Buddhist masters in the twentieth century.   Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Tickets can be purchased online at The Gatefilm Center. (Link coming soon!)   Facebook. 

 

Friday August 18, 2017, 7:30 - 9 Pm, Bill Cohen Concert: Facing Death Celebrating Life.   With piano and guitar, Bill Cohen sings songs about many aspects of death:  different ways it happens, loss, acceptance, and memories.  The songs are linked to a wide variety of performers — Pete Seeger, John Prine, the Kingston Trio, New Christy Minstrels, Sarah McLaughlin, Louis Armstrong, Phil Ochs, Shel Silverstein, & others.  It will be a mix of humorous and serious tunes that prompt us to face the reality of our eventual deaths.   A positive theme will shine through --- embracing the inevitability of death can actually liberate us to live our lives on earth to the fullest. Bill will be splitting the proceeds with the Central Ohio Funeral Consumers Alliance.  The group urges people to plan their funerals, memorials, wills, and other legal papers now, so that when they die, their families won’t be burdened so much.. Questions? contact Bill at (614) 263-3851. Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church 93 W. Weisheimer Rd Columbus 43214 Free Admission but donations appreciated.

 

Friday, August 18, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 PM. Columbus City Council Member Mike Stinziano Communnity Hours.   Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help.  All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend. For additional information contact: Stephanie Megas, 614-645-8311.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library—Main 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215.

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Resist, Persist, Enlist. 2017 Annual Women’s Caucus Luncheon.   Speakers will include former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Political Director for Emerge America, A’shanti Gholar.  Click here to purchase your ticketshttps://secure.actblue.com/donate/resist-persist-enlist  Location:  Hilton Columbus Downtown, 401 N. High St. Columbus.   Facebook.  

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 1:30 – 6:00 PM.  Run to Win Training for Women Candidates and Activists.  After the Women's Caucus Luncheon on August 19, Emily's List is partnering with ODWC on a free Run to Win 201 training for women candidates and activists! Don't miss this opportunity to learn next steps for fundraising, building your network and getting more women elected in your community!  Free. 
RSVP on Facebook for the specific location.

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Bus It! Simply Living Meetup Rides COTA.  Become a Sustainable traveler around town!  Join Mariellen Miller in the Simply Living office to learn about COTA schedules, routes and figuring it all out.  Bring your Smart Phone if you have one! Mariellen will lead us on a bus trip around the city learning how to navigate the COTA system. Purchase a day-pass at Kroger or Giant Eagle or bring a pocketful of singles and let’s go!  Park in the Maynard United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave 43202 (location of Simply Living Office). 

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017, Noon – 2:00 PM Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.   Learn about local and statewide plans to promote a constitutional amendment saying that corporations are not people and money is not protected free speech.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.   For more information, please contact:  sbolzenius72@hotmail.com  Facebook:  https://movetoamend.org/oh-columbus  Website:  https://movetoamend.org.

 

August 19, 2017.  SAVE THE DATE: Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March, Washington D.C.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017, 6:30 (Potluck) – 7:15 PM (Program).  Care and Share Time Bank Potluck & Orientation.  (If you can help set up, please arrice at 6:15 PM.) Learn about time banking in Central Ohio.  Your Time is Valuable! Spend it wisely!  Time banking is a tool by which a group of people can exchange their time and skills, rather than pay money to acquire goods and services. Learn all about it at the Orientation.  Join more than 300 like-minded individuals in the Columbus area who find that banking on their community helps to SAVE them time and money and builds a better world!

For more information,  check us out on Facebook at “Care and Share Time Bank” or fill out the application online at www.hOurWorld.org (“Join” => “Select Your Exchange” =>“OH-Columbus: Care and Share Time Bank”).  Accounts activated following attendance at “Orientation” or contact Alice Faryna, alice.faryna@gmail.com  (614) 560-1732 or Michael Greenman mgreenmanoh@gmail.com (614) 439-4768.  Join the Time Bank during or soon after the orientation and receive two hours credit just for attending! Location:  First Unitarian Universalist, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43214. 

 

Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  CODWC August Meeting – Opioid Awareness.  We are gathering local experts who deal with the effects of the opioid addiction crisis in Ohio on an intimate, day-to-day basis. They will share a snapshot of what they see and experience, areas of need, and possible solutions from the ground-level.  Speakers and location will be updated as the date nears. This event will not be held at the Ohio Democratic Party, as it usually is. Mark your calendars. Come late or leave early as needed. We hope to see you there!  This event is next to the Orange Pool in Orange Township!  Location:  Orange Community Room, 7560 Gooding Blvd, Lewis Center, 43035.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 12:00 PM. Tell Sen. Portman, No to Donald Trump's Unfair Budget.  Republicans in the House of Representatives have unveiled a federal budget that would give tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations, paid for by defunding core programs that help working families get by. The proposal would slash Medicaid, which provides health care coverage to 3 million Ohioans, including children. It would also strip money from the budget for food stamps, which help 1.5 million people in our state feed their families. We need a budget that works for all of us! Sign the petition.   Location:  Portman's Columbus office, 37 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43217.

 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  August Repro Health Happy Hour.  Do you believe in reproductive justice for all?  Do you love fresh craft beer?  Do you find that pro-choice happy hours make the best happy hours?  Join us for the August Repro Health Happy Hour at GROWL! in Clintonville! 
Repro Health Happy Hour is part of a global network of social events for people who care about sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice in their personal or professional life.   Come when you can and leave when you need to...it’s a casual meet-up.  We ask for a $5 donation to a pro-choice cause, and your donation gets you a drink on the house! 100% of donations will go to Columbus' very own Founders Women's Health Center, which provides abortions to women from the Central Ohio area and beyond.  Join our email list here: tinyurl.com/cbus-rhhh. Location:  Growl, 2995 N. High St., Columbus, 43202. Facebook

 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 8:00 PM.  Move to Amend Live.  Join our national director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and national board member Laura Bonham in this interactive monthly report on what’s happening with the Campaign to Legalize Democracy and all things Move to Amend. We help you stay connected by giving you regular updates, answering your questions, and taking your comments. 

Please tune in every fourth Wednesday at 8 PM ET  for Move to Amend Live.

 

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Business Meeting.  DSA Business Meetings are held monthly on the 4th Thursday to discuss chapter business and plan future events. Free parking available behind the building, spots labeled R only, or park on High Street.  Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N High St Columbus, OH.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Columbus City Council Member Mike Stinziano Communnity Hours.   Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help.  All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend. For additional information contact: Stephanie Megas, 614-645-8311.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library—Hilltop Branch 511 S. Hague Ave., Columbus, OH 43204.

Sunday, August 27, 2017, Doors open at 4:30 PM, Program begins at 5:00 PM.  Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) 25th Annual Main Event Dinner.  Political Action and Advocacy in Faith Based Community: Possibilities and limits in our US democracy.  In 1954, Congress approved an amendment by Sen. Lyndon Johnson to prohibit 501(c)(3) organizations, which includes organizations that are organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes, from engaging in any political campaign activity. To the extent Congress has revisited the ban over the years, it has in fact strengthened the ban. The most recent change came in 1987 when Congress amended the language to clarify that the prohibition also applies to statements opposing candidates. (IRS Publication ‐ Charities, Churches and Politics).  On May 4th President Trump signed an Executive Order “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” directed at limiting or even abolishing the effect of the Johnson Amendment. As a result, the President has started a conversation and renewed an effort to overturn the Johnson Amendment and to allow charities and faith communities to engage in partisan politics without a threat to their non‐profit status. This year at the Main Event, three distinguished panelists: Joseph L Mas (José Luis Mas), trial attorney representing newly‐arrived immigrants and refugees; James R. Beattie, Jr., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/Professor of Law at Capital University and winner of 2002 Teacher of the Year Award from Association of American Law Schools; and James M. Childs, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Theology and

Ethics at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and ordained pastor in Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, will

discuss the possibilities and limits of political action and advocacy by faith based community.  Cost:  $30 person/ $15 high school/college students (includes vegetarian meal).   Make your check payable to IACO and mail to:   IACO, 65 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.  Please include your names, address, phone and email.  Deadline for non‐refundable reservations: August 15, 2017.  For more information, please contact us:  Phone: 614‐849‐0290 or E‐mail: iaco@iaco.org.  Funding provided by Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.  Location:  First Community Church, 3777 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43221. 

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Columbus City Council Member Mike Stinziano Communnity Hours.   Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help.  All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend.  For additional information contact: Stephanie Megas, 614-645-8311.
Columbus Metropolitan Library—Shepard Branch, 850 N. Nelson Rd., Columbus, OH 43219.

 

Wednesday, August 30 (12:30 – 8:30 PM) and August 31 (8:30 AM – 12:30 PM). 2017.  The Art Of Non-Combative Communication.  Registration Deadline Extended! Now August 10.  In this age of division, you may be struggling to find the right words … or even the right approach to the anger, hurt and discord you encounter every day.  We are following up on our wildly popular Art and Power of Active Listening by offering a hands-on, reality based class that will empower you to deal directly with your own experiences in the church – or at school, at work, or in the neighborhood.  Allan Rohlfs is our lead coach. He brings us nearly four decades of experience working in the international Center for Nonviolent Communication.  Rohlfs holds a M.Div. degree, and as an auxiliary faculty member of Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. He has served faculty appointments at the California School of Professional Psychology and at the University of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine.  Your cost is $30, plus the expense of travel, meals enroute, and overnight lodging. The registration fee covers a group dinner on the evening of August 30, and refreshments during the workshop. Professional fees and related expenses are heavily subsidized by a generous grant from the Thomas Dipko Fund.  Location:  Westerville Community UCC, 770 County Line Road, Westerville, 43081.  Registration here.  

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017, 5:00 – 7:30 PM.  Public Reception for the Columbus Crossing Borders travelling Art Display.   As millions of people are fleeing war, terror and persecution,

34 artists and a film crew have embarked on a creative mission to inspire understanding, compassion and support.  Location:  Schumacher Gallery, 2199 E. Main St., Bexley, Ohio.  The exhibit will be on display at the Schumacher Gallery from August 28 – September 1.  For more information, please contact:  artsoup@columbus.rr.com.