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Upcoming WEEK's -  Events/Meetings for January: 

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 7:00 PM.  DNC Debate Watch Party.  Join an informal chat to talk about popular issues around the campaign and discuss politics in general.  Then watch the debate starting at 9:00 PM. Location:  Dempsey’s Food & Spirits, 346 N. High St., Columbus, 43215.  More information and RSVP:  (Note:  There is also a debate watch party at the Gateway Film Center.)


Sunday, January 17, 2016, doors open at 8:30 PM.  Watch the Debate with ODP.  The Ohio Democratic Party is hosting a watch party for the Democratic Presidential Debate.  Location:  Ohio Democratic Party Headquarters (340 E Fulton St). Bring your family and friends out to mingle with fellow Democrats from around the city, as well as with a few special guests. To RSVP, contact Isaac Bacon at or at (937) 553-1095 so that we can get a rough head count.


Monday, January 18, 2016, 8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (8:00 AM Breakfast/10:00 AM Program).  21st Annual MLK Day Free Community Breakfast.  Police Officers for Equal Rights sponsors the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday event.  Free breakfast from 8-10 AM.  Gospel music, videos, and keynote speaker, Reverend Arthur L. Holloway II in the sanctuary, 10 AM – 12 noon. The theme of the breakfast is “Is Racism Terrorism?”  Free Press Editor Bob Fitrakis will be one of the speakers.  Tyrone Thomas, 614-668-4837.  Location:  First AME Zion Church, 873 Bryden Rd.  Please send check or money order donations to: Police Officers for Equal Rights, P.O. Box 27040, Columbus, OH 43227.


Monday, January 18, 2016, 4:00 – 7:00 PM.   City of Columbus MLK Day Event.  Join us for the City of Columbus's Annual MLK Event! 4:00 pm MLK Day Activities Begin at the King Arts Complex.  4:45 pm March Kicks Off at the King Arts Complex.  6:00 pm Program begins at 6:00 pm at the Historic Lincoln Theatre.  Free, but registration required.  Location:  Lincoln Theatre (769 E Long St) - More info here.​


Monday, January 18, 2015, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohio Grassroots for Bernie Sanders.  Central Ohio Grassroots for Bernie Sanders meets every Monday at 7:00 PM (some get there at 6:00) at Dempsey’s Food & Spirits, 346 N. High St., Columbus, 43215.  More information:


Monday, ​January 18, 2016, 7:30 PM.   Youth Beat Radio on WCRS.  Tune in this award winning program every Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS  102.1 and 98.3 FM or listen online at  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


Monday, January 18, 2016, 9:00 – 10:00 AM.  BSides Columbus 2016.  Keynote Speaker is Thomas Drake.  Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency where he blew the whistle on massive multi-billion dollar fraud, waste and the widespread violations of the rights of citizens through secret mass surveillance programs after 9/11. As retaliation and reprisal, the Obama Administration indicted Drake in 2010 as the first whistleblower since Daniel Ellsberg, charged with espionage. Drake faced 35 years in prison, turning him into an Enemy of the State for his oath to support and defend the Constitution. In 2011, the government’s case against him collapsed and he went free in a plea deal. He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, and a joint recipient with Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is now dedicated to the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Cost: $25  Location:  Doctors Hospital West, 5100 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43228,+5100+W+Broad+St,+Columbus,+OH+43228&hl=en&geocode=CapatTxDUL-dFdWiYQIdEmoL-yEnlLhnj7c0NA&gl=US&t=h&z=16 

Only 200 attendees permitted due to the venue.  Registration Link:  v

Tuesday, Janurary 19, 2016, 4:30 – 6:00 PM.   Franklin County Local Food Council Meeting.  The Local Food Council seeks to expand, strengthen and maintain a resilient and local food system in Franklin County.  The council meets on 3rd Tuesday of every monthThey will be working on planning for 2016 together - all are welcome and encouraged to attend!  Location: Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), 111 Liberty Street, Columbus, 43215)Want to get involved? Email for more information. 


Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Fix It – Healthcare at the Tipping Point.  Join us….for a Special Showing of this documentary about our dysfunctional health care system produced by Richard Masters, CEO of MCS Industries, Inc.  Frustrated by rising health care costs, Mr. Masters investigated where all the money goes and was shocked to find Americans spend twice as much as other countries and still don’t get the health care they need.  Learn what he calls on other business owners to do in order to FIX IT!  Admission is free.  Location:  Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave., Columbus, 43202.  Sponsored by the Single Payer Healthcare Network, SPAN Ohio.  For more information, please contact:


Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Call to Action Columbus.    What Dignity Has to Teach the Whole Church on Sexuality by Dr. Mary E. Hunt.   Dr. Hunt is a feminist Catholic theologian and co-founder, co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland.   She is an activist in the Catholic women church movement and lecturer/writer on theology and ethics focused on social justice.  Sponsored by Call to Action Columbus,  Location:  Maple Grove UMC, 7 W Henderson Rd, Columbus. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 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  b) 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:  Podcasts are available for download free of charge at :  


Thursday, January 21, 2016, 11:45 AM.  Citizens United 6th Anniversary.  Join Central Ohio Move to Amend in a march around the Ohio Statehouse to dramatize the effect of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United vs. the FEC.   MTA states:  “We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”  Bring signs and enthusiasm!  End Corporate Rule!  Legalize democracy!  Location:  gather at the McKinley Statue on High St. (in front of the Statehouse), march steps off at noon.  For more information, contact  Also see: and

January 21, 28, 30 and February 4, 18.  Witness:  Black Independent Film At the Wexner.A five-night series exploring the African American independent filmmaking scenes in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond.  Witness offers a much-needed focus on the pioneers who created landmark, often radical films with meager resources: from classics by Charles Burnett, Kathleen Collins, Spike Lee, Spencer Williams, and Billy Woodberry, to more recent works by Arthur Jafa and Khalik Allah. Spanning more than 70 years, the series explores a wide range of subject matter—poverty, faith, civil rights, and cultural identity—as told through a variety of distinctive directorial perspectives. Made at a time before African American directors received Hollywood support, the films featured here are not just major works of cinema, but vital acts of honesty, defiance, and in some cases, creative revolt.  More information and tickets.  


Thursday, January 21, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM.  Can Ohio Meet the Clean Power Plan?   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued its Clean Power Plan—aggressive national greenhouse gas regulations on the electric sector. Greenhouse gas emissions are known to be responsible for man-made climate change. 

Dr. Noah Dormady of Glenn College, Cheryl Roberto of Twenty First Century Utilities and Eric Burkland of Ohio Manufacturers' Assocation will discuss:

·         What does the Plan mean for Ohio’s utilities, industry, consumers and economy?

·         What tools and strategies are available for industry to meet the aggressive targets?

·         Is the technology available to meet the new standards?

·         How did the plan come about?

·         How will the plan be implemented going forward? 

Location:  Glenn College of Public Affairs, 1810 College Rd, Room 130, Columbus, Ohio 43210. 

More information and registration here.   Registration deadline:  January 20, 2016. 

Thursday, January 22, 2016, 5:30 – 7:00 PM.  YWCA Fireside Chat:  A Safe Conversation about Race.  Suzanne Roberts and James White will engage in a thoughtful and candid conversation about race relations in our communities and America.  The topic for this part of our series will focus on microaggressions.  This talk is inspired by the contemporary political climate in the US and will address current dialogues being held all around the country.  Suzanne and Jim have been meeting and discussing racism for over four years and audiences have found their conversations and synergistic style on this topic to be riveting, compelling and enlightening.  Join us for an interactive, fireside chat. Bring your questions, observations and curiosity so that we can all grow from this intimate conversation.  Free Admission- Light refreshments provided.  RSVP by January 22 at


Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23, 2016, Documentary:  The Pearl Button.  Winner of multiple prizes at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, The Pearl Button follows Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán’s masterful documentaries The Battle of Chile and Nostalgia for the Light in exploring memory, the historical past, and the theme of disappearance under the brutal regime of dictator Augusto Pinochet. This poignant documentary looks at the indigenous people of Patagonia and the utter decimation of their ancestors during the past period of colonial conquest. (82 mins., DCP).  Location:  Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St.  More information:

Friday, January 22, 2016, 7:00 PM.  Palestine Study Group.  Farrell Brody will lead discussion of our study of Chosen? Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Walter Brueggemann.  Open to all.  Location:  Maynard United Methodist Church, 2350 Indianola Ave., Columbus (corner of Maynard and Indianol).  All welcome!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 8:00 PM EST.  Move To Amend January Webinar: Move to Amend's 2016 Plans.  Move to Amend has big plans for 2016 and beyond!  This month we're offering a preview of what's in store for the year ahead and how these plans fit in to our 10-year strategic plan that we will be unveiling in May 2016.  You'll also have the opportunity to get involved in the movement to amend. This webinar will be recorded and available online if you cannot make it at the scheduled time. RSVP for the webinar here!