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Take Action to Support the Nuclear Ban Treaty! Honduras has become the 50th country to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This means that the treaty has reached the number needed to go into effect. This will start on January 2022 according to the United Nations. 122 countries out of the 193-member UN General Assembly have expressed support and 84 have signed the treaty. Write your representatives and tell them to support this effort! According to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres this development, “represents a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.” But this is only the beginning. Countries with nuclear weapons, including the United States, Russia, and China, have shown opposition to the treaty which aims to destroy all nuclear weapons and ban new ones. The countries that possess nuclear weapons, the US, Russia, the UK, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel have not signed the treaty. Changing perspectives in nuclear countries is incredibly important in the movement for nuclear disarmament. Citizens and residents of nuclear powers need to use their voices to support the elimination of these dangerous weapons. Tell your representatives that you want them to push for the United States to join the treaty! 



 

Events and Meetings:  


Monday, September 20, 2021, 2:45 PM.  #CloseGuantánamo Digital Rally!  More than 250,000 people and counting from all over the globe are demanding that President Biden close Guantanamo! Join MPower Change, Daily Kos, Amnesty International USA, Justice for Muslims Collective, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and more for a digital action as we deliver our petitions to the White House. The U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba is an enduring international symbol of injustice and torture, and it continues to cause profound harm to the 39 men who remain imprisoned. President Biden has said his goal is to close the prison, but we must urge him to act now and quickly. As we mark the 20th anniversary of the global "War on Terror", ending indefinite detention without charge or trial and closing the prison is a necessary step towards justice, accountability, and reconciliation. Join us to hear from ex-detainees and their advocates to learn how you can add your voice to the calls to #CloseGitmo!  Register here

 

Monday, September 20, 2021, 4:00 PM.  Faith Voices Call: Citizenship For All.  Join the Interfaith Immigration Coalition for a webinar, "Faith Voices Call: Citizenship For All!" where you will receive updates on Congress's budget reconciliation process, who could get covered by the path to citizenship that has been included in the budget resolution, and how you can take action NOW to get citizenship for all across the finish line.  Register here

 

Monday, September 20, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.  Ohio's State Legislative Maps Review and What's Next?  On September 15th, the Ohio Redistricting Commission passed our new state legislative maps. Now, the Ohio General Assembly has only ten days until their first Congressional map deadline. Join All On The Line Ohio for a review of the state legislative process, the new maps, and how All On The Line Ohio activists can have their voices heard during the Congressional map drawing process. All On The Line is the grassroots advocacy campaign supported by the National Redistricting Action Fund.  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM.  Policy Corner - The Dangers of Pushing Away the Right to Asylum.  Authors from National Immigrant Justice Center's policy team and FWD.us will discuss their recently released report, "Pushing Back Protection: How Offshoring and Externalization Imperil the Right to Asylum." The report dives into dangerous policies of asylum offshoring and externalization led by the U.S., European nations, and Australia. Our report shows that there are clear patterns and even shared blueprints these nations use to prevent people seeking asylum from reaching their shores, rather than offer them protection as required under international law. Presenters include: Azadeh Erfani, Senior Policy Analyst at NIJC and Maria Garcia, Director of Research at fwd.us.  Register here

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Fair School Funding in Ohio - Where do we go from here? Join us for a celebration of the teachers, parents, faith, community and labor leaders who teamed up with some of the brightest policy minds in Ohio to pass the historic Fair School Funding Plan! Learn about the policy that was passed in the biennium budget, what it means for our schools, and what the successes and the challenges might be. Find out what's next and how to stay engaged in the movement to fully and fairly fund our schools.  Register here

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 8:00 - 10:00 AM. It’s a Read-in for Accurate Education.  Anti-critical race theory protestors plan to demonstrate at the Ohio State Board of Education on Tuesday, September 21st.  Let’s show the “mom” alternative to their temper tantrum. Bring a blanket, a friend, and your favorite anti-racist book. While they yell and scream, we will read and display signs promoting learning and truth. Do not disturb -- we are reading honest, accurate history!  Location:  25 S Front St., Columbus, OH 43215.  Registration and more information here

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 11:00 AM.  KUMI Now:  Blockade of Gaza.  The Kumi Now community celebrates International Day of Peace on September 21 by standing together for the part of Palestine most in need of peace: Gaza. Implemented in 2006, the Israeli blockade of Gaza was intended to punish Hamas for their victory in the 2006 elections. However, the reality is that children, families, and ordinary citizens are most punished by the blockade. We will be joined by George Antone of the Pontifical Mission for PalestineRegister here

 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  Fair Maps Day at the Ohio Statehouse.  Join Fair Districts and many partners as we come together from all across Ohio to demand FAIR MAPS. We have a full day of action planned, including a press conference, a march around the statehouse, speeches, scheduled lobby visits and more. It will be a show of force that official mapmakers will not be able to ignore! Check out the event schedule and additional information HERE

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 5:30 PM.  Author Talk with Paul Robinson: Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?  Join author Paul Robinson at the Whetstone Library Meeting room for our Fall Simply Living Book Club discussion. Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped? explores the science, psychology, and the morality of climate change.  Get answers about global warming and what we can do to preserve the quality of life for generations to come. The event is free to all.  Free will donations at Registration ($5.00) are appreciated and support the work of Simply Living.  Location:  Whetstone Library in Clintonville, 3903 N. High St., Columbus 43214.  More information and registration here

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12:00 PM.  ICAHD UK Webinar - Israeli Dissent Voices: Breaking Away from Zionism. Dissident Israelis will be in conversation with each other as they discuss their journey of moving away from Zionism. They will cover what it has been like to counter Israel’s rhetoric, how this has impacted on their lives including with their family and friends. Learn about why some Israelis leave, preferring to live in exile. Hear about their vision for an inclusive democratic state to be established in historic Palestine as the only sustainable way for the future. Featuring:  Livnat Konopny Decleve – Israeli PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, Israel; Ilan Pappe – Israeli historian, author, director of the European Centre of Palestine Studies, University of Exeter, UK; and Jeff Halper – Israeli anthropologist, author, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICHAD).  Register here

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK Webinar - Israeli Dissent Voices: Breaking Away from Zionism.  Dissident Israelis will be in conversation with each other as they discuss their journey of moving away from Zionism. They will cover what it has been like to counter Israel’s rhetoric, how this has impacted on their lives including with their family and friends. Learn about why some Israelis leave, preferring to live in exile. Hear about their vision for an inclusive democratic state to be established in historic Palestine as the only sustainable way for the future. Featuring: Livnat Konopny Decleve – Israeli PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, Israel, Ilan Pappe – Israeli historian, author, director of the European Centre of Palestine Studies, University of Exeter, UK, and Jeff Halper – Israeli anthropologist, author, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.  Register here

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 1:00 PM.  Black-Palestinian Solidarity.  There is a long and storied history of Black-Palestinian solidarity in the United States, dating back at least to the 1960’s. In recent years that solidarity has grown in remarkable ways, now emerging as one of the most important factors in the movement for Palestinian liberation. In recent months, commentators have credited it with a critical role in “changing the conversation” in the U.S. and beyond: widely influencing and altering public opinion about Palestine/Israel.  What does this solidarity look like today? What are some likely next developments? What does all this mean for the wider movement for Palestinian rights? How can individuals and organizations support and strengthen this solidarity? For some background about Black-Palestinian Solidarity watch this powerful 3-min. video “When I See Them, I See Us,” at: https://www.kairosresponse.org/black-palestinian_solidarity.html.  More information and registration here.   

 

Wednesday, September 22, 12:00 - 1:30 PM, Saturday, September 25, 12:00  - 1:30 PM, or Tuesday, September 28, 2:00 - 3:30 PM.  Virtual Delegation to the South Hebron Hills Join Youth of Sumud & The Good Shepherd Collective.  Join us for a virtual tour of the South Hebron Hills. During this tour we will visit villages in the southern part of the West Bank where Palestinians remain steadfast and continue to resist the constant threats and attacks from nearby Israeli settlements and outposts. Saurora was abandoned in the 1990's because of settler violence from the nearby illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Ma'On and the ancient cave homes were damaged or demolished. In 2017, members of Youth of Sumud have begun to revive the village of Saurora - rebuilding the caves and establishing a permanent presence there. Youth of Sumud have also taken on the responsibility of accompanying children who have to travel past nearby settlements and outposts to go to school and farmers who face violence from settlers and Israeli soldiers in their fields. We will visit with Youth of Sumud and hear about a new campaign, Defund Racism, a Palestinian-led movement to end the use of 'charitable' funds raised in the United States to carry out the mission of Israeli settler organizations.  $25.00.  Choose from the three dates and register here

 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 4:00 PM.  LCV’s Climate Action Watch Party.  Our work to solve the climate crisis has never been as important as it is right now. We have a once-in-a-generation chance to build a future with clean energy, clean water, clean air, protected and accessible public lands, equitable investment in environmental justice communities, and a thriving democracy. Thanks to years of strategic base building, electing, and supporting pro-environment candidates, and demonstrating that climate is not just an important issue but a winning one, we are right where we need to be to make pro-climate, pro-justice, and pro-jobs legislation happen. The work isn’t over. We need as many supporters on board as possible to save people and the planet! Join us for a Climate Action Watch Party where you will hear from climate champions from across the movement and get plugged into our plan for climate action. Your ticket goes directly to support our work - from hiring field organizers to launching digital ads to printing yard signs - and gives you access to a number of advocacy tools and up-to-the-minute insider information on progress for climate.  Register here

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 3:30 PM. Faith Talks Hispanic Heritage Month. Join us when Faith Talks commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month. We’ll be interviewing several Latina leaders, including representatives of MARCHA, the Hispanic Caucus of The United Methodist Church.  Register here

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 6:30 PM.  A conversation with H.E. Denis Moncada, Nicaraguan Foreign Affairs Minister.  Nicaragua and the defense of its sovereignty in the face of sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.  Register here

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 4:00 PM.  Is the Two-State Solution Dead?  Is the Two-State Solution Dead?  2021 witnessed a renewal of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, seizing the international spotlight and garnering important questions for U.S. foreign policy. Please join Dr. Peter Hahn of the Ohio State Department of History for a discussion on the question: 'Is the Two-State Solution Dead?'  Register here

 

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Divest from War, Invest in Peace. The Military Industrial Congressional Complex Laid Bare. Part 3 of a 4-part series. The tragic end of the Afghanistan war provides ample evidence of the futility and wastes of war. Continuing to pour billions into military solutions instead of real human development and planetary health must be challenged. These four programs offer alternatives and actions we can take to redirect our commonwealth for the health and prosperity of people and the planet. With William Hartung, Director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International PolicyWilliam Hartung is director of the Arms and Security Program at the Center for International Policy and a widely recognized expert on military spending and the arms industry. He will share his insights, including new information forthcoming in a report on the aftermath of 9/11. No one knows the system’s inner workings better.  More information and zoom link here.     

 

Friday, September 24, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 PM.  Honk and Wave for Our Revolution. Join us at the pedestrian bridge overlooking route 315 (near Whetstone Park) as we wave to the folks on their way home for the weekend. bring signs and a smile and a wave!  Location:  4261 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214. 

 

Friday, September 24, 2021, 5:00 - 5:30 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com.  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ

 

Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Press Conference and March - Stop the OSU Gas plant.  A coalition led by OSU students is planning a press conference at the construction site of the OSU gas plant followed by a march to OSU President Johnson's office on Friday, Sept 24 at noon. Concerned community members are encouraged to join in putting pressure on decision makers to halt construction of this plant!  Location:  670 Vernon L Tharp StFacebook Event

 

Friday, September 24 - Sunday, September 26, 2021.  The Serpent Mound Fall Equinox Peace Summit.  The event will feature music, drumming, workshops and presentations by Native American elders, peace activists and others as well as honoring the life of Chief Golden Light Eagle thru ceremonies. The cost is $25 a day or $50 for all three days.  Facebook Event

 

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  Occupy for Our Revolution.  Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity. 

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021, 5:30 PM.  Community Solidarity Rally.  Stand with Worthington Libraries workers as they prepare to for their Union vote.  Location:  Village Green Park (NE corner of N. High St and Dublin-Granville Road), Worthington. 

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021, 4:00 PM.  World Without Nuclear Weapons: What We Can Do. September 26th marks the United Nations International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. This day commemorates the goal to strive for peace and security around the world without one of the world’s biggest threats. Despite the intention of this day, there still remains enough nuclear weapons to cause havoc and destruction for much of the global population and remains to do so with their presence. Not only that, most of the world’s largest nuclear powers have neither ratified nor signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons—a treaty that aims to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons. To learn more about this global issue, join us on September 26th at 4pm EDT to view and discuss the documentary, The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons, and learn more about what we can do to enact a world without nuclear weapons. The webinar will feature the 56-minute documentary, followed by a discussion about the film and the topic revolving around the disarmament of nuclear weapons. After discussion, members of the TPNW committee will address ways to take action for eliminating nuclear weapons and striving towards world peace.  Register here

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021, 2:00 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com.  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ