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Now through November 1, 2020.  The Ninth Annual Witness Palestine Film Festival.  This year the festival is online. In this new format, we plan to make four films available via the web at no charge. This year’s films offer perspectives on Palestine / Israel through a variety of lenses: historical; shared heart-felt personal experiences of former Israeli soldiers and of American Jews encountering first-hand the realities of Palestinian life under Israeli occupation; and the stories of Arab Americans in Brooklyn seeking a political voice. Film titles, dates, registration information, and other details may be found at WitnessPalestineRochester.org.

 

Monday, October 19, 2020, 2:00 PM.  SURJ Phone Zaps.  Since April, the SURJ Action Zap team has been leading weekly hour-long zaps where people from around the country gathered to make phone calls and send emails as part of Black and people of color led campaigns for justice. Every Monday and Wednesday between now and the election, join the Election Defense Zap to make calls and send emails to local election officials in critical counties in swing states. We’ll be asking them to take a pledge to defend the election. Trump has threatened to postpone the election, has said he won’t respect the results if he loses, has been defunding the post office, and has been encouraging white supremacist supporters to intimidate voters at the polls. One crucial action we can take to prevent an authoritarian takeover of the election is to make direct contact with local election officials in key swing states and ask them to take the Election Defense PledgeBy taking this pledge, they commit to count every eligible vote, count votes quickly and thoroughly, be cautious and conservative when rejecting ballots, use plain language when communicating to voters or poll monitors, and take other commitments to uphold a democratic process in the election.  Register here and invite a friend.

 

Monday, October 19 and Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00 PM. Election Defense Phone Zaps. Take Action to defeat Trump by putting pressure on local election officials in crucial swing states to count every vote! What is an Action Zap? Using just a cell phone and computer, you will sign into a group zoom meeting where we’ll share information about how to make phone calls and send emails to county election officials, alongside many other SURJ members - when we take action together we make a more significant impact. Register here

 

Monday, October 19 and October 26, 2020 8:00 PM.  Protect the Results: Prepare for Protest.  We must mobilize folks to vote, because we know the best way to stop Trump is to vote him out in a landslide. But in his desperation, he may try and pull a dangerous scam on people in the U.S. by refusing to concede or claiming a false victory before all the votes are counted. If Trump does throw a tantrum and tries to scam the election, we must be ready to uphold the rule of law. Millions of folks across this country are preparing to mobilize on and after Nov. 3rd to demand that every vote be counted and ensure that the rightfully elected candidate is sworn in. If we need to call for the protection of our democracy by honoring the outcome of the election, Greenpeace wants you to be prepared to engage in lawful activities such as nonviolent and peaceful protest. Greenpeace supports nonviolent and peaceful protest, and this training will help you prepare for lawful activities. Join Greenpeace USA's Executive Director, Annie Leonard, to learn more!  Register for either webinar here.  

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  A Founding Generation of Looters:  New Research on Israeli Theft of Palestinian Property in 1948.  In a newly-published book (discussed in recent blockbuster Haaretz article), Israeli historian Adam Raz shatters the “conspiracy of silence” that surrounds the widespread Jewish looting of Palestinian property that took place in 1948. Drawing from materials he found in more than 30 archives, Raz documents how in the period around the 1948 War, Jewish civilians – who after the war became the founding generation of the state of Israel – pillaged private Palestinian property throughout the land. Raz also documents how, as the looting took place in full public view, Jewish leaders – including David Ben Gurion – knew what was happening and, even as some expressed disapproval, did nothing to stop it.  Raz’s research sheds light not only on this phenomenon of widespread theft by Israel’s founding generation, but also on the political impact this looting had on Israel’s relations with Palestinians and the fate of Palestinian refugees. As Raz observes, having robbed their neighbors, Israeli civilians became “accomplices to the political situation,” with a “vested interest” in preventing their former neighbors from ever returning.  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00 PM. #NOWAYTOTREAT A CHILD Webinar.  Home Demolition Update.   Please join #nowaytotreatachild campaign co-leaders from Defense for Children International - Palestine and American Friends Service Committee for a webinar.  We will share military detention updates, including the situation with COVID-19 in Israeli prisons and detention centers.  We will also highlight increasing home demolitions against Palestinian families documented by Defense for Children International - Palestine. We will debunk a few more opposition talking points, too.  More information and registration here

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 PM.  What does “Defund the Police” Mean?   Join the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship for a conversation via Zoom about: what “defund the police” means, where some of the demands and movements to defund the police come from, and an exploration of how to engage discomfort or disagreement around “defund the police”, and beginning steps for how to have a conversation with others about it.  Register here

 

Tuesday, October 20 or Thursday, October 22, 2020,  Peacekeepers at the Polls Training.  Faith in Public Life is partnering with the organizations of the nonpartisan Ohio Voter Rights Coalition to recruit faith leaders to act as Peacekeepers at the polls. Please consider utilizing your unique talent and skills in support of democracy and love in these challenging times. We plan to have Peacekeeper Teams at the polls on the two weekends of Early Voting - Saturday all day and Sunday afternoon - and on Election Day. Ohio Voting Rights Coalition will provide the training and resources you need, but we need volunteers. The training session is 90 minutes and will be offered on Zoom on October 20 at 2:00 PM EST or on October 22 at 6:30 PM EST. Can we count on you to register for a training slot to protect our elections and community? 

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 07:00 PM. #Fight4HER Oct National Volunteer Call.  2 weeks until election day we’ll be gathering activists from across the country. You’ll get fired up hearing from Rep Chris Pappas, you’ll meet a ton of other #Fight4HER activists, and get a chance to learn how to make sure we win big in November. What we do in the last 14 days just might determine the way things look for years to come.  Register here

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 5:30 PM.  Clintonville Area Progressives Happy Hour Our Happy Hour will be Tuesday on Zoom. Join us as we prepare for the “short haul” to the election on November 3rd.

We will start at 5:30 with social time. https://ashlanduniversity.zoom.us/j/95293356168 . Meeting ID: 952 9335 6168, Dial by your location:  +1 646 876 9923 US (New York). 

 

Tuesday, October 20 (Part 1:  The Path Forward), Wednesday, October 28 (Home is the Key:  Addressing Community Disparities), Thursday, October 12 (From Conversation to Action), and Thursday, November 19, (An Anti-Racist Future: “The Fierce Urgency of Now”), 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  Conversations About Race in America:  A four-part webinar series presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and The Ohio State University Alumni Association in partnership with Ohio State Alumni Magazine.  While a new generation marches forward for greater justice and equality, The Ohio State University is tackling systemic racism in its own backyard. On the heels of an Ohio State Alumni Magazine fall issue package on the topic, a new four-part webinar series is being launched—Ripe for Change: Conversations on Race in America. More information and registration for each session here.  

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 7:00 PM.  SURJ Ohio October Orientation Call. SURJ Ohio is starting monthly info sessions to welcome newcomers to antiracism! These calls are geared toward people who are brand new to taking collective action for racial justice, or who have acted for racial justice before but are unfamiliar with SURJ's work specifically. All are welcome for this 1-hour overview and Q&A session. You'll leave with a clearer idea of what SURJ is, how we do work, and actions you can take. Contact Andrea Reany at andrea@showup4rj.org if you need ASL interpretation or for other access needs.  Register here

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00 PM. Election 2020: Political Scientists in Conversation.  Join faculty experts from the Department of Political Science for a conversation about Election 2020. Panelists: Paul Beck, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science; Gregory Caldeira, Chair of the Department of Political Science, Distinguished University Professor, Dreher Chair in Political Communication and Policy Thinking; Thomas Wood, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science.  Unable to join the event live? No worries, register anyway. All registrants will receive a recording of the webinar and additional resources following the event.  Register here

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6:00 - 7:15 PM.  ACLU Virtual Book Club.  The Inner Work of Racial Justice.  In a society where unconscious bias, microaggressions, institutionalized racism, and systemic injustices are so deeply ingrained, healing is an ongoing process. When conflict and division are everyday realities, our instincts tell us to close ranks, to find the safety of our own tribe, and to blame others. This book profoundly shows that in order to have the difficult conversations required for working toward racial justice, inner work is essential. Through the practice of embodied mindfulness - paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgmental way - we increase our emotional resilience, recognize our own biases, and become less reactive when triggered.  Register here

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6:45 - 9:00 PM.  Israeli Annexation:  Geopolitical Implications and the Future of PalestineWe are very excited to have as our guests Phyllis Bennis, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, one of the founders of U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, board member of Jewish Voice for Peace and author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer – and Leila Farsakh, Associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department at the UMass Boston, Senior research fellow at the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University, West Bank and author of Palestinian Labor Migration to Israel: Labor, Land and Occupation. The government of Israel threatened to formally annex parts of the West Bank in July 2020, while they have been carrying out de facto annexation for years, since 1967 – by confiscating land, building the wall within the Green line, demolishing homes and expelling Palestinians.  July 1 came and went without annexation – and then we learned in Sept. that the UAE, and subsequently Bahrain, agreed to normalize relations with Israel, in return for which (or so it seems) “formal” annexation has been delayed.  Our speakers will present the geopolitical context in which all this is happening and what annexation actually means for Palestinians in the occupied territories and within Israel proper (within the Green line). Jeff Klein, Coordinator of Mass Peace Action’s Israel/Palestine Committee, will close the program by presenting action items that the participants can take to address the issue of annexation and occupation. For Zoom Link: click here.  Co-sponsors:  Mass. Peace Action, The Community Church of Boston, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East – MA Chapter, Jewish Voice for Peace Boston. 

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020,12:00 PM or 6:30 PM. ACLU’s Central Ohio Core Action team is hosting a Know your rights Know your risk training for protestersWhile it is our First Amendment right to peacefully protest it is important to understand the risk that are associated with exercising that right. In this training we will explain in detail exactly what your rights are, we will also have two guest speakers who will share their lived experience of peaceful protesting and what ensued as a result. Join us and get in the Know. Register for the 12:00 PM here.  Register for 6:30 PM here

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Ohio Poor People’s Movement Weekly Meeting.  Our Meet & Build - Let's meet and build community!  Don't worry if you are late or have to leave early. Just come and hang out! Get to know fellow OHPPC Family.  Register here

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Briefing:  How to Protect the Vote - Election Software Project progress report.  This is the most important election in American history. Millions of Americans have already voted and millions more are planning how they’re going to vote in the next few weeks. Time is short to protect your vote in the upcoming November election. Every day, every week remaining, is critical to laying the groundwork in key battleground states to ensure that our votes are counted as we, the American People, cast them.   You are critical to the success of our Election Software Project, which is focused on preparing now, in case there is evidence of tampering. Want to learn more?    Please join us for our 1 hour Election Software Project Update meeting.   You’ll learn the current status of our election protection efforts in seven Battleground States – Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  You'll be able to assess the health of the American election system
from a number of perspectives based on the information gathered by the Project. The Election Software Project could quite literally make certain that the votes will be counted as cast and that those votes will determine the final certified vote total in each of the seven Battleground States.  As was shown in 2016, election results can turn on the smallest of margins!  Register here

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:00 AM.  Ohio's State of Unemployment.  Join us for this virtual townhall to get updates on the current state of unemployment from policy and legal experts as well as the voices of unemployed Ohio workers.  Ohio Organizing Collaborative and Policy Matters Ohio.   Register here

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12:00 PM and 6:30 PM.  ACLU Ohio. Know Your Protestor Rights.  Our Central Ohio Organizing Fellow Michael Mitchell will facilitate the discussion in partnership with local activists from Columbus.  This virtual workshop will help you understand your rights and empower you to take action if those rights are violated. Check out our webpage for more information about your right to protest.  Register for 12:00 PM here.  Register for 6:30 PM here

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00 - 3:30 PM. Webinar:  Debunking the Myths about Small Modular Nuclear Reactors.  Learn how to debunk the many myths surrounding SMNRs. Speakers: KERRIE BLAISE, Staff Lawyer, Canadian Environmental Law Association. EDWIN LYMAN, Director of Nuclear Power Safety, Union of Concerned Scientists. M.V. RAMANA, Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security and Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia. With contributions from David Lowry (UK) and Gordon Edwards (Canada).  Organized and hosted by Beyond Nuclear; co-sponsored by The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) and The Coalition for Responsible Energy Development in New Brunswick (CRED-NB).   Register the event here.

 

Wednesday, October 21, 12:00 - 1:30 PM, Tuesday, October 27, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, OR Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Ohioans Speak Out:  Repeal House Bill 6.  Share and submit your testimony alongside concerned Ohioans—who have been shut out of committee hearings—on the need to repeal HB 6. It has been nearly 3 months since the FBI arrested former Ohio Speaker Larry Householder and his associates in an alleged $60 million bribery scandal connected to House Bill 6—the nuclear and coal bailout bill that cost consumers more than $1 billion, destroyed Ohio jobs, and stripped away clean energy programs that have protected Ohioans’ health during this pandemic. Despite widespread opposition from Ohioans before the bill passed and outrage over the news that HB 6 was passed as part of "likely the largest bribery scheme ever perpetrated against the state of Ohio,” this bad bill remains in place.  The Ohio House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight continues to drag its feet on HB 6 repeal efforts and has not yet invited the public an opportunity to testify on this corrupt legislation. In fact, Committee Chairman Hoops recently announced that the Committee will not meet to consider a repeal of HB 6 until further notice. Ohioans deserve to be heard, which is why stakeholders will convene a series of virtual public hearings on the need to repeal HB 6. Starting on October 21st, you are invited to share and submit your testimony alongside organizations, businesses, and concerned Ohioans—who have been shut out of committee hearings to date—to share your perspective on the need to repeal HB 6. Each participant will be allotted 2 minutes to speak out and tell Ohio lawmakers why HB 6 needs to be repealed immediately and entirely. We ask that you submit your comments in written form ahead of the hearing. Once you sign up, we will provide you with an estimated time in which you will deliver your spoken testimony, as well as a link to submit your written comments.

If you’d rather provide written-only testimony, please submit that hereSign up for any of the dates here.    

 

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.  Nonviolent Civil Action for People of Faith.  Please join us for a conversation with the Rev. Traci Blackmon, Graie Hagans, BlackOUT Collective, and the ACLU about the role of the faith community during election week to help safeguard our democracy. We will go over what it takes to engage in direct action safely -- including de-escalation, digital security, your rights as a protester, and more. Co-hosted by Fight Back Table, Bend The Arc, and Faith in Public Life. Register here.

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 5:00 - 5:30 PM.  Community Organizing 101.  Ohio needs community organizing now, more than ever. Come learn, or get refreshed, on some basics of community organizing.  Do you consider yourself as someone who is fighting for social change? Do you call yourself an activist, an organizer or advocate? A community member who wants to understand how to bring about political and economic change? Well, Ohio Voice wants to support you in doing your work better!

Please join us for this Organizing 101 training where we will cover some key concepts of community organizing, basic tools and skills for organizers and community leaders. This training will be useful not only for "new" organizers but also those with more experience.  Register here

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 5:30 PM.  Black Women Winning:  Liberation Movements and Local Elections.  On this National Day Against Police Brutality on Thursday, Oct. 22nd, please join SURJ Ohio and Operation Change Cincy for a power-hour with Black women leaders in Ohio!  We’ll focus on the visionary and powerful leadership of Black Women leaders in Hamilton County and the impact their work has had on the political and cultural landscape. We’ll hear calls to action and concrete ways that people can become involved in their efforts. You'll also learn more about the local election in Hamilton County and the incredibly important impact it will have on movement work in Cincinnati. The sheriff's race in Hamilton County this election is historic! On one side of this race you have a candidate who has engaged in excessive use of force and has previously murdered an unarmed Black man during his time as law enforcement. He would be the first person in 50 years who had been found guilty of using excessive force to kill an unarmed Black man and still been elected as sheriff!!  He is running against a woman who has crossed the "blue wall of silence" by whistle-blowing on her fellow officers when she witnessed police brutality inside the local jail and who advocates for rehabilitation over incarceration.  More information and registration here.   Facebook.   

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 3:00 PM. ADC Presents: A Conversation with Palestinian U.N. Observer & Ambassador Dr. Riyad Mansour.  Join the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee for a conversation with Dr. Riyad Mansour, the Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations. Dr. Mansour began his career in the Palestinian diplomatic service in 1983 at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the United Nations. Currently, he serves as the Ambassador and Permanent Observer to the State of Palestine to the UN. Dr. Mansour is also the non-resident Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Dr. Mansour was promoted on January 2019 with the rank of Minister of the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Group of 77 and China at the United Nations in New York.  Please register here using a valid email address and you will receive the Zoom webinar invitation on the day of the event.

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 2:00 PM. Losing the Long Game: The False Promise of Regime Change in the Middle East.  Since the end of World War II, the United States has set out to oust governments in the Middle East on an average of once per decade―in places as diverse as Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan (twice), Egypt, Libya, and Syria. The reasons for these interventions have also been extremely diverse, and the methods by which the United States pursued regime change have likewise been highly varied, ranging from diplomatic pressure alone to outright military invasion and occupation. What is common to all the operations, however, is that they failed to achieve their ultimate goals, produced a range of unintended and even catastrophic consequences, carried heavy financial and human costs, and in many cases left the countries in question worse off than they were before. Philip H. Gordon's Losing the Long Game is a thorough and riveting look at the U.S. experience with regime change over the past seventy years, and an insider’s view on U.S. policymaking in the region at the highest levels. It is the story of repeated U.S. interventions in the region that always started out with high hopes and often the best of intentions, but never turned out well. No future discussion of U.S. policy in the Middle East will be complete without taking into account the lessons of the past, especially at a time of intense domestic polarization and reckoning with America's standing in world. The SETA Foundation at Washington DC is pleased to host the author for a discussion of his new book. Register here

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Medicare for All 101 Webinar.  This call is to learn more about the basics of Medicare for All and the national campaign to win it. On this call we will discuss what Medicare for All is, our current profit-driven health care system, and how we change it. We will discuss the case for Medicare for All and offer concrete next steps to take action. We will also have time for Q&A at the end. Register here.

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 8:00 PM.  An Economy that Works for All.  ROAR’s fifth virtual Next World Conversation on Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. is focused on what the next economy will look like. Please join us as Fadhel Kaboub, Professor of Economics at Denison University, engages in conversation with Denise Fairchild, Director of Emerald Cities Cooperative. How can we build a economic system that is supportive of a healthy planet, productive for new and more sustaining jobs, and that addresses the deep racial and social inequities which has been exposed and exacerbated by the combined COVID-19 and climate crises?  Bring your thoughts and ideas!  More information and registration here

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6:00 PM.  How Systemic Racism and White Privilege Became the American Way After 1619. Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., The Ohio Council of Churches.  A Virtual Study of the NYT 1619 Project hosted by The Ohio Council of Churches and the African American Heritage Institute of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio.  Register here

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  An online conversation with Kevin Peterson and Dr. Peniel Joseph on MLK and Malcom X.  We are elated to announce that Dr. Peniel Joseph will join us for an evening of discussion about his new double biography of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. It is a stunning account of two men shaped and molded in Boston. Dr. Joseph is among our nation's top historians.  More information and registration here

 

October 22, 4:00 PM - October 24, 1:00 PM, 2020.  Harm Reduction and the State of Black Women’s Lives.  Join Legal Action Center’s “No Health = No Justice” Campaign and Black Women Rising for our “Harm Reduction and the State of Black Women’s Lives” virtual summit. This three-day event will take place October 22-24, 2020. All are welcome to join us as we share knowledge, build partnerships, establish principles of understanding, and create organizing and policy strategies that will work to fight against policies and practices that harm Black women.  More information on Facebook

 

Thursday, October 22 and 27, 2020, 2:00 PM.  U.S. Election Webinars.  Please join Episcopal Public Policy network on the two Tuesdays leading up to Election Day, November 3rd, for informative webinars - in collaboration with the Church’s Reconciliation, Justice & Creation Care and Ethnic Ministries departments - on empowering your vote and those in your community as well learning how to build on your advocacy from this election onward. Both webinars will be in English, with simultaneous interpretation into Spanish available. Register for either or both webinars here

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 4:00 - 6:00 PM.  Stand with Melissa McFadden.  Complaint filed against Columbus police lieutenant over book she published alleging racism. As Melissa McFadden stand up and speak out against racism within CPD, let's stand up and stand with her as we demand changes and end institutional racism in our city. We will also be demanding a complaint be filed against ALL the officers that are racist since they can file a complaint on a POC and oh yeah our action on this day will be for the complaint be dropped and complaints be filed on the real racist officers. The retired officer who filed the bogus complaint need to be arrested as well.  Location:  120 Marconi Blvd, Columbus.  Facebook

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2020, 3:00 PM.  A Storied Centennial:  Race and Racism in The Women’s Suffrage Movement.  Dr. Treva Lindsey, Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, will join Furaha Henry-Jones, Professor at Sinclair, for this webinar to explore the portrayal of race and the role of racism during the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Register for the webinar here

 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Reimagine Climate and Environmental Justice. As we face great uncertainty in our country, we are choosing to keep our dreams for justice alive. We know hope for the possible is often born in great struggle, so this October we will be hosting Reimagine, a series of women-led conversations at the intersection of faith, politics, and race.  Join us on Facebook  or Twitter on the following days for the next three weeks!  More information and register for a reminder here.

 

Friday, October 23, 2020, 5:00 - 5:30 PM.  Grassroot Ohio With Carolyn HardingOur 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. 

 

October 23-24, 2020, Kairos Policy Conference! Moral Policy in a Time of Crisis, an online conference that will look closely at the policy demands of the poor and dispossessed in this time of profound crisis.

The conference will begin with a keynote by Kairos Center Director Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President of Repairers of the Breach. As Co-Chairs of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Revs. Theoharis and Barber will discuss how the Poor People's Jubilee Platform paves the way for the moral and economic reconstruction we so desperately need. The Jubilee Platform is not a proposal to tinker around the edges. Rather, it is a plan to reconstruct society around the needs and hopes of the poor. “Jubilee” is a reference to the Biblical Code and moral commitment to cancel debts, release slaves, pay fair wages, provide for the poor and hungry and allow the land to recover from overuse. The term “Jubilee” has often been invoked as shorthand for the promise of freedom, from the Abolitionist movement to today. In the following sessions, we will hear from economists, historians, theologians, organizers, impacted people and others on the policies that brought us to this point, what we can and must do to reclaim our Constitutional and human rights and how doing so will usher in a period of economic revival. Each session will take up a key theme of the Jubilee Platform: General Welfare (Welfare and Housing), Domestic Tranquility (Jobs and Income), Systemic Racism, Blessings of Liberty (Health and Healthy Environment), and Common Defense (Reprioritizing our Resources). This is a free virtual conference, but all participants must register to attend. Register here

 

Friday, October 23, 2020 12:00 PM.  The Impact of COVID-19 on Federal, State and Local Budgets. The Impact of COVID-19 on Federal, State and Local Budgets will be the sixth in a series of events on “Cities and Regions in the Post-Coronavirus Era,” initiating community conversations on what lessons we can learn from this crisis to create a more resilient and sustainable world. How much have federal, state, and local budgets been (or will be) impacted by COVID-19 and what will the implications of this impact mean going forward for communities? Did we learn anything from the Great Recession of 2008 that has helped or will help us during this financial crisis? Our panelists include: 1. Megan Kilgore - Columbus City Auditor, 2. Jim Landers - Associate Professor of Clinical Public Affairs at OSU, 3. Kimberly Murnieks - Director of the Office of Budget and Management for the State of Ohio.  More information here.   Register here

 

Friday, October 23, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Current State of Immigration Policy. Overview of Current Immigration Policy.  Third of a 4-part virtual conference hosted by: Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), The Ohio State University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and The Ohio Immigrant Alliance.  More information hereRegister here