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Date and time TBA.  Indivisible’s Rapid Resist Rally if Mueller or Rostenstein Fired.   TIME AND DATE TO DEPEND ON TIMING OF MUELLER/ROSENSTEIN FIRING. Nobody is above the law.  NEW LOCATION: Bicentennial Park, 233 S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215. The location may need to change again in the future depending on the date this eventually occurs. Please check here and with the MoveOn event for updates when the rally is actually called.  #NotAboveTheLaw. If Trump fires Mueller or Rosenstein prior to 2 p.m., our rally will occur at 5 p.m. that day; If Trump fires one of them after 2 p.m., rally will occur at Noon the following day. The DATE ON THE EVENT IS JUST A PLACEHOLDER. Please register through MoveOn to receive an email notification if/when the event is triggered. https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response/13341/signup/?   Find other rallies here. 


 

Monday, April 16, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30.  Counter GOP Fundraiser.  An opportunity to protest the wealthy Republican fundraiser while supporting our progressive grassroots candidates and values. 
Phase 1: Meet at the strip mall at Pizza Cottage in Lancaster at 5:30. Walk the short distance to the wealthy Republicans' fundraiser to protest slippery Steve Stivers for abandoning us while he fundraises for his party. Why are you hiding, Steve Stivers? Protest Ron Hood for introducing the abortion ban in Ohio. Protest slippery Steve Stivers and Ron Hood for their pro-gun, pro-NRA stances. Protest Ron Hood for his right to work agenda.  Join us for pizza and postcard writing for mission vote afterwards.  Location:  Pizza Cottage Lancaster, 2223 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster 43130.  Facebook.  


 

Monday, ​ April 16, 2018, 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, April 16th, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Columbus Community Bill of Rights Meeting.  CCBOR has launched 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 3 months remaining to collect about 20,000 signatures and is actively seeking volunteers to help meet this goal.  See the CCBOR website for more information:    Columbus Community Bill of Rights-local self governance .  For more information, please contact CCBOR at columbusbillofrights@gmail.com.  Location:  88 W. Blake Avenue, Clintonville 43202.  It is the street that the Blue Danube Restaurant is on the corner of from N. High Street.  Website


Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00 – 8:40 PM.  Environmental Professionals Network Sustainability Through Reinvention Supply Chain Panel: Patagonia, Jeni's, Owens Corning.  Our 2018 Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event will explore the concept of sustainable supply chains through the lens of reinventionDr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Chief Reinvention Officer at WE EXIST Reinvention Agency, will introduce us to the need for “reinvention” to achieve an exceptionally sustainable supply chain. Then sustainability and supply chain professionals from three iconic companies (Patagonia, Owens Corning, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams) will share how they are working to embed sustainability into their supply chains. Dr. Zhexembayeva will facilitate a deeper conversation with our panelists and audience participants about how to build reinvention and sustainability into our social, economic and environmental systems.  Location:  Ohio Union 1739 N High St, Columbus 43210.  Free, Open to Public and Students.  REGISTER HERE


Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Bi-Partisan Climate Solutions Panel.  Climate Change is an issue that will affect all of us and every issue that we care about regardless of our partisan leaning. We at Defend Our Future will be holding a climate solutions panel in the auditorium of the Agricultural Administration building on Ohio State's campus. The event will feature community and state leaders as well as academics of all partisan leanings to have a discussion on how we can work together to #DefendOurFuture!  Speakers include: State Representative Kristin Boggs, Sarah Spence - Director Government Affairs, Ohio Environmental Council; National Secretary for the Young Republican Majority; and former Chair of the Ohio Young Republicans, Laura Burns - Ohio Field Consultant, Mom's Clean Air Force, Dr. J. Craig Jenkins - Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University and Dr. Erik Nisbet - Associate Professor, School of Communication, The Ohio State University.  Location:  2120 Fyffe Rd., Columbus 43210.  Facebook.  


 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 12:00 PM.   Webinar:  What’s Next for Israel/Palestine?  The controversial move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem is scheduled for early May.  Tensions in Gaza and the rest of the Occupied Territories are rising.   And UNRWA is facing a catastrophic crisis in funding.  Israel/Palestine is facing unprecedented pressures.   Join us for a discussion with experts on the Israeli Palestinian conflict as well as the peace process.   Gain insights into the perspectives of our partners on the ground in Israel Palestine as well as the current dynamics of the conflict and the region.  Learn what you can do as a Presbyterian and citizen.  Presbyterian Church USA Office of Public Witness.  Register here:   Webinar 


 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Webinar:  Challenging Islamophobia Part 1.  United For Peace and Justice is honored and grateful that leaders from the Muslim Justice League, the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], and the American Friends Service Committee are partnering with us to present two webinars on Challenging Islamophobia for our members and supporters. Please register for the webinars today so that you do not miss out on hearing these experts’ insights and recommendations about how individuals, groups, and communities can work to end Islamophobia and build peace and justice. Plan to attend both webinars, if possible, as they will cover a wide range of topics and issues and the second webinar will build upon the content of the first. Share the registration link with friends and colleagues who you think would also be interested in this vital topic.


 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.   Stop Executions Wednesday Vigil.   With the resumption of executions in July comes the admonition to us all to step up our work to end the death penalty in Ohio.  Execution schedule is here - http://www.drc.ohio.gov/execution-schedule).   Attend the weekly vigil every Wednesday between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM on the sidewalk in front of Riffe Tower at 77 S. High - the building in which Governor Kasich and Ohio House members have their offices. (Have your faith or civic community group pick a Wednesday every month to make that YOUR day each month to support this weekly vigil.) Help pass out fliers, hold our sign or bring your own - just come! [NOTE - Weekly vigil does not take place on execution dates - see below for execution vigil info].  For more information on what you can do, see the Facebook Event Page.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:00 PM.  ACLU Webinar: Planning Your Local Campaign's Strategy.  How to discern if the target of your campaign on-board with your objectives or if you need to put the pressure on, and what your next steps are.  Our webinars are designed to make you the most effective activist you can be - whether you are getting involved for the first time or for the hundredth! Each training will last 45 minutes, followed by an optional 15 minute Q & A section with a trainer. If you’re new to People Power, our “Overview” webinars are a great starting place. We’ll go over how ACLU People Power stands up for our civil liberties through grassroots activism, along with how to get started on our Let People Vote campaign to expand access to the ballot.  Looking for guidance on your local campaign? Our “Tactics & Strategy” webinars are for you! We’ll go in-depth on how to turn up the heat on your campaign and navigate political realities to make progress locally and l walk you through steps to be successful as you plan an upcoming action. Ready to get organized? If you aren’t sure what to do next, go ahead and join a handful of trainings to build a wider range of skills.  Sign up here.  


 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:00 PM.  DART Webinar Information Session (Direct Action & Reseearch Training Information Session).  The DART Center will be hosting an online information session for Ohio State students and alumni interested in community organizing, uniting congregations, and working for social, economic, and racial justice. You can RSVP at: www.thedartcenter.org/OSU.  Interested in becoming a faith-based community organizer?  Want to learn more before you apply? This hour-long online information session is for you.  Whether you want to organize in 2018 or you plan to apply a few years from now, we would love to have you join us. Webinar FAQ  Note: the application deadline will be extended for those who attend the April 18 webinar.  DART hires and trains organizers to build organizations that have successfully addressed issues including: Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline, Reining in predatory lending practices, Expanding access to primary health and dental car, Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training, Improving low-performing public schools, Fighting for immigrants' rights. Positions start August 13, 2018 in Knoxville, TN, Charleston, SC, Columbia, SC, Lexington, KY, Louisville, KY, Lawrence, KS, and St. Petersburg, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Miami and


 

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Justice for Stephon Clark!  On March 18, police gunned down Stephon Alonzo Clark, a 22-year-old father of two, in his grandmother's backyard. Police fired at least 20 shots at Clark striking him eight times.  The cold-blooded murder of yet another unarmed Black man has sparked protests across the country.   Stephon’s murder - as many other police murders have - has also raised questions and debates about the role of the police in American society. There have already been 294 people in the United States killed by the police in 2018.  While a grassroots movement around gun violence continues to grow across the country, the role of the armed police must be brought into this conversation.  Join us for a discussion about Stephon Clark, and what it means to pursue justice in a society plagued by lethal state violence against Black and brown people.  Suggested Reading: "When they Murdered Stephon, they Lit a Fire"  Location:  St. Stephen's Episcopal Church  RSVP on Facebook


 

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 3:00 PM.  Webinar: How Benefit Cuts Impact People with Disabilities; How to Fight Back. (Please note:  this webinar has been rescheduled from March 20; if you registered then, you have been automatically added to this - you should receive emailed confirmation of that shortly.) Learn about likely federal policy threats affecting people with disabilities in programs such as Medicaid, nutrition assistance, SSI/SSDI, housing and legal protections.  Included in the webinar will be a discussion of effective messaging to combat these threats, and action steps you can take to get involved. Following the presentations, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Center for American Progress, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Fiscal Policy Task Force, and the Coalition on Human Needs.  Register here


 

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  BQIC General Meeting.  At this BQIC General Meeting, we will continue planning Columbus Community Pride 2018!  Let us know if you need a ride or can provide a ride to the meeting!  If you'd like to get involved with FUNDRAISING for Community Pride, email Helen at blackqueercolumbus@gmail.com.  If you'd like to get involved with EVENTS for Community Pride, email Wriply at blackqueercolumbus@gmail.com, If you'd like to get involved with OUTREACH + EDUCATION for Community Pride, email Dkeama at blackqueercolumbus@gmail.com.  Unable to come to this meeting but still want to be involved with Community Pride festivities? Fill out your info on columbuscommunitypride.org to stay updated!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Parsons Branch, 1113 Parsons Ave., Columbus 43206.  Facebook.  


 

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 3:30 PM.  Stephen Macekura "Dethroning the Goddess of GNP: Environmentalism, International Development, and the Origins of Ecological Economics."  Stephen Macekura is a scholar of U.S. and international history who focuses on political economy, international development, U.S. foreign relations, and environmentalism. He is the author of Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global 'Sustainable Development' in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge, 2015). The book analyzes how environmental NGOs struggled to implement environmental protection measures in the developing world in the 1950s and 1960s and then critiqued and reformed the development policies of the U.S. government, World Bank, and UN system in the 1970s and 1980s. At this event, Macekura will explore critiques of economic growth by revealing how reformers have challenged the ways in which the concept of "growth" has been defined, assessed, and measured. Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/macekuras


 

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:00 PM.  OH 12 Weekly Protest Rally (and lunch).  Join OH12 for a weekly protest in Clintonville.  Location:  corner of N. High and North Broadway. (NE corner in front of the construction, across from Kroger.)  Facebook.


 

Friday-Saturday, April 20 (noon) – April 21 (noon), 2018. Bioblitz at Highbanks Metro ParkAlways dreamed of being a scientist? Well, now you can! Join OSU's School of Environment and Natural Resources capstone students and Highbanks Metro Park for our inaugural Earth Day weekend bioblitz, an educational citizen science event. Our goal is to help you learn how to use the tools and methods to identify wildlife, plants and more all the while contributing to a growing database of species within the park. We'll also have a variety of programs, from bird watching to exploring vernal pools. Two night programs will occur after park hours and registration for those events is absolutely required. Location:  9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035. Register HERE. Facebook event page HERE.


 

Friday, April 20, 2018, 4:00 PM.  Memorial for John Carlarne.  The Mershon Center invites you to a lecture and discussion in honor of John Carlarne, his contributions to both the study and practice of peace making, and his contributions to the Peace Studies program at the Mershon Center and in central Ohio. We will listen to John's TEDxOhioStateUniversity talk on his experiences in in the war in Bosnia and their implications for peace building and reconstruction. Then we will discuss John's work and its impact on the central Ohio community. Please join us to honor our colleague. Refreshments will be available. Location: 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/carlarnememorial


 

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Prisoner Letter Writing + Film Screening.  Cages are disabling and traumatizing environments. As a result, prisoners suffer from low morale. They also suffer from a variety of human rights abuses committed by jail and prison officials such as torture and “extremely poor quality health care.” These forms of violence are state-sanctioned. Therefore, we can’t expect meaningful oversight of Ohio's concentration camps to come from the state.  Correctional officers practice sadism and identify targets for malicious repression by taking a path of least resistance. They are less likely to target a prisoner with outside support but more likely to target a prisoner who receives no mail. Since there is a lack of community support for incarcerated people, our aim is to use the tactic of One-Prisoner-One-Contact to maintain the security of prisoners while boosting their morale and providing community oversight of Ohio's prison system. We will use our penpal program to support each other across prison walls while strengthening the movement to abolish prisons. Please bring a friend and join us in room 1 for the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Rebellion. A film screening of ‘Prison Riot, U.S.A’ will precede our ninth letter writing event. This film is about one of the longest prison uprisings in U.S. history. After the film, we will send b-day cards to Adrienne and Auria. Both were sentenced to life in prison.  Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising by Staughton Lynd [FREE BOOK] https://goo.gl/8iJnsB  If you know someone who needs a penpal please visit the following link and fill out the application. https://goo.gl/forms/3CqocjcbM7az702p1.  Click the following link to review a draft of our letter writing guidelines.https://goo.gl/958GNi.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside Branch, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook.  


 

Saturday, April 21, 2018, Abortion Access Bowl-A-Thon.  We're lacing up our bowling shoes and getting to work! Join us to #FundAbortionBuildPower at WHO/O's bowl-a-thon on April 21st. Your participation could be the difference between someone getting the abortion they need and being forced to go without. The money you raise will give patients in and from Ohio the freedom to make the best decisions for their lives and their families. Columbus, Ohio,  Register for details


Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:30 PM.  Tom Nielson Concert.  Mark your calendars for this concert Tom Nielson, folksinger and storyteller extraordinaire.  Tom's songs are powerful social and political commentaries which resonate with the work of Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214.  Suggested donation $15. 


 

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:00 AM.  Ready for 100% Aerial Art EventAre you #ReadyFor100? We are! And you are invited to help us kick off our Ready for 100 campaign with one of the most memorable events in our city. We need about 100 people to help us spell out a giant 100% on the greenway of Scioto Mile, just across the Olentangy River from COSI. We will meet in Genoa Park at 11 a.m., where Green Columbus will hold its annual Earth Day celebration. We will then cross the Broad Street Bridge and line up in formation at 11:30 a.m. to spell out 100% on the greenway of Scioto Mile just across the river at Coleman’s Pointe.  A photographer and videographer will get photos and videos of our group spelling out 100% with the Columbus city skyline in the background, similar to the photos taken in Cleveland. We hope to make these photos and videos an iconic part of our campaign – and you can be there!  Read more and register for this unique event à http://bit.ly/RF100ColumbusArtLocation:  Genoa Park just behind COSI in downtown Columbus for an aerial art event to tell the city of Columbus we want 100% renewable energy. 


 

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 12:30 – 4:30 PM (Service Projects), 5:00 – 7:00 PM Community Celebration and potluck).  Earth Day Service Project at Columbus Global Academy.  The Columbus Global Academy, or CGA, is a Columbus City School that serves 6th -12th grade students. CGA's purpose is to ensure refugee/immigrant youth achieve English language proficiency in an ESL environment. Over 50 countries are represented between students and staff. Students can attend up to two years before transitioning into their assigned permanent school. CGA’s environment is one where students are exposed in a positive learning environment with their peers from numerous other national, ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds. Upon completing their studies most can be fully integrated into the traditional school system. Note: Volunteers needed for all aspects of “Service Day” – e-mail the Interfaith of Central Ohio (IACO) office (office@iaco.org) or go to IACO’s website to sign up (iaco.org).  When you sign up to volunteer, please include hours you can be there: 12:30 – 2:30; 2:30-4:30; 12:30- 4:30 – and potluck (5:00-7:00). 


 

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Free Fun Folkie Sing-Along.  Join the Folk Ramblers (Carl Yaffey on banjo and me Bill Cohen on guitar) as we sing the classic folk songs we remember from decades ago.  We’ll do songs made famous by folks like Pete Seeger, the Kingston Trio, the Limelighters, Joan Baez, Peter Paul and Mary, the Weavers, Tom Paxton, and others.  Sing and clap along to love songs, children’s songs, work songs, civil rights songs, anti-war songs, lullabies, and more.  We’ll feel the power, energy, and community that people feel when they sing together.  Bill will bring his guitar.  Carl will bring his banjo.  Everyone else is invited to simply bring your voice, your smile, and your spirit!  Location:  Byrne’s Pub, 1248 W. Third Avenue in Grandview.   Admission is free.  We’ll simply pass the hat, with donations going to help produce this May’s Central Ohio Folk Festival. Besides the music, you can buy delicious sandwiches, subs, beer, and pizza off the pub’s menu.  Questions?   call Bill at (614) 263-3851.


 

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  Earth Day & Chill W/Green Candidates.  Come join us for a fundraiser @high becks we'd love to meet you.  Tickets are only $1!  Location:  High Beck Corner Tavern, 564 S. High St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  


 

Monday, April 23, 2018, 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  Tarana Burke:  Silence Breaker.  Join #MeToo movement founder and TIME Person of the Year Tarana Burke for a Courageous Conversations: Women's Voices #HERStory forum. Burke's efforts to help women and girls who have survived sexual violence, particularly those of color, have gained international prominence with the viral #MeToo social dialogue and her inclusion in TIME's "The Silence Breakers" Person of the Year recognition. Location:  Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  


 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Food for Change:  The Story of Cooperation in America.  FOOD FOR CHANGE looks at the current resurgence of food cooperatives in America and their unique historic place in the economic and political landscape. Born in the heartland, cooperatives are seen as the middle path between Wall Street and Socialism. It examines the important historical role played by food co-ops in lifting America out of the Great Depression through their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems, build food security, and strengthen local economies.Co-sponsored by the Bexley Natural Market. Q&A after the film with local experts.  $5.00 donation at the door.  Location:  Drexel Theatres, 2254 E. Main St., Columbus 43209.  Facebook.  


Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  The Addiction Crises in Newark.  What can we do about the addiction crisis in Newark? We'll have an open community conversation exploring three questions:  1. What does addiction look like in our community? 2. What do you see as causes of the addiction crisis here? 3. What steps might we take to combat the addiction crisis? Our project partners include the Chillicothe Gazette, Columbus Dispatch, WOSU, the Newark Advocate, the Marion Star, WBNS-10TV, and Eye On Ohio. Many journalists will be joining the conversation to gather your questions, understand how you're thinking about the crisis, and help identify community-based solutions.  There will be free parking and refreshments available.  Can't attend but want to share your thoughts on the addiction crisis? Share your story on Facebook or yourvoiceohio.org. Facebook.  


 

Wednesday (note day change), April 25, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program:  Speaker:  Anne Yoder.  Expanding the Narrative: The Experiences of WWI Conscientious Objectors in Their Own Words.  In Mennonite circles, we often hear only about the experiences of C.O.s who were from the Historic Peace Churches, and usually filtered through the perspective of an historian. By focusing on the personal writings of the C.O.s themselves, a fresh picture of the plethora of men and the complexities of their varying encounters and decisions may be reached. By broadening our scope to include others outside our own tradition, we may gain a deeper understanding the important legacy of conscience passed down to us from a century ago.  Co-sponsored with Columbus Mennonite Church.   Ms. Yoder has been an archivist for 25 years, most of that time at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, where she has processed hundreds of feet of archival material about conscientious objectors (in addition to many other archival collections on various peace topics going back to 1815). In addition, she administers a database of information about WWI C.O.s, and a website of over 700 of their letters/diaries/statements/etc. She lives near Philadelphia. 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.   Like us on Facebook!  


 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Center for Ethics and Human Values Events Distinguished Lecture in Ethics: Jan-Werner Müller, "What is Populism? – Politics in the Age of Trump."  Populists seem to be on the rise across the globe. But what exactly is populism? Should everyone who criticizes Wall Street or Washington be called a populist? What precisely is the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism? Does populism bring government closer to the people or is it a threat to democracy? Who are “the people” anyway and who can speak in their name? Do populists in power always turn out to be incompetent? Professor Müller will address these pressing questions.  Location:  Wexner Center for the Arts, Film/Video Theater, 1871 N. High St.  More information hereRegister for this event here.


 

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:00 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Business Meeting.  The usual 4th Thursday of the month business meeting where we will be planning for the new year.  Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N High St Columbus, OH.  For more information, contact columbusdsa@gmail.comFacebook.


 

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Save the Date:  Annual D15 Meeting!  Can you believe it's been a year since the first public Indivisible Ohio District 15 meeting? And can you believe how much you've done and learned during this year of activism, and how many new people you know and trust since last April?  Please plan to attend our meeting in the main Auditorium of the downtown Columbus library where we will focus on our goals for this year (can anyone say "Fire Slippery Steve!"?) and some of the projects you want to see happen. We'll create some 2018 strategies AND have some fun.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook. 


Saturday, April 28, 2018.  SPAN Ohio's Fifteenth Annual State Conference.    Conference registration is open now.  The program includes:  Keynote Speaker, Dennis Kucinich;   Featured Speaker:  Yvonka Hall, and workshops.  Space is limited, so register soon.  Location:  Quest Business & Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio.  Registration fee: $40.00 (includes lunch).   Scholarships are also available.  Register here!


 

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  PreCycle Day Sustainable Worthington.  PreCycle Day is a city-wide free exchange of reusable items. Residents set furniture, toys, clothing, household goods, and other no longer needed things at their curbside. Neighbors peruse the items, taking what they want and giving things new life. Unlike a garage sale, all items put out for PreCycle Day are free. The semi-annual event was started in 2010 by Sustainable Worthington, in partnership with the City of Worthington. More HEREFacebook


 

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Postcard Party!  Join us as we write postcards to infrequent voters to make sure their names don't get removed from the voting rolls. We have supplies. You bring your friends and energy!  Gifts of postcards or stamps also gratefully accepted. Here's a link to our wish list: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2OUXGV6I0JDQ0  Facebook.  


 

Saturday, April 28, 2018.  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.  The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy encourages you to inform your patients of this great opportunity to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs. Recent data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 51 percent of those who misused prescription pain relievers in the past year obtained the prescription pain relievers they had most recently misused from a friend or relative for free. To reduce opportunities for diversion, it is important to regularly dispose of leftover medication.  For collection site locations, please visit: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.  The Board of Pharmacy has also published resources to help Ohio residents find drug disposal boxes throughout the year. To access the disposal box locators, please visit: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov/disposal.  For more information about safe pain medication and pain management practices, please visit: www.takechargeohio.org.


 

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  Interfaith March for Peace and Justice.  Stand up against racism and religious intolerance with people around the country and the world as we march together! The Columbus March will begin at Genoa Park at 4:30 PM! Attendees should arrive by 4 PM. Location:  Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St., Columbus. The Interfaith March for Peace & Justice is a nonpartisan event meant to affirm the freedom of religion and to condemn all acts of discrimination directed at people because of their religion, race, or place of origin. Visit interfaithmarch.com and Facebook for more details.


 

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  Rikers: An American Jail - Documentary Screening and Panel.  What ethical, moral and political questions should our country’s incarceration rate—and the human toll it represents—raise for us?  "Rikers: An American Jail", a riveting new award wining documentary  brings you face to face with men and women who have endured incarceration at Rikers Island. Their stories, told direct to camera, vividly describe the cruel arc of the Rikers experience—from the shock of entry, to the extortion and control exercised by other inmates, the oppressive interaction with corrections officers, the beatings and stabbings, and the many challenges of returning to the outside world. Following the screening, a panel of criminal justice experts, community professionals and formerly incarcerated individuals will discuss the documentary.  Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St.  Website:  www.gatewayfilmcenter.org.  More information here.


 

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 3:00 – 5:30 PM.  Walking While Black Documentary Discussion and Meal (free).  As minority communities face the daily stranglehold of racial profiling, and police officers face relentless scrutiny by an anxious public, tensions mount as lines are being drawn in the sand.  This conflict can only be broken by finding common ground with each other. L.O.V.E. Is the Answer.  Join Maple Grove, the Columbus Community and Columbus Police Officers to view this amazing documentary, talk to each other, break bread together, and build bridges for the future.   Location:  Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road, Columbus 43214.  Facebook.  


 

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1:00 PM.  Study Group:  The Forging of the American Empire – Part 1.  This classic book, by author Sidney Lens, is the first truly comprehensive history of American imperialism.  Surveying the pressures, external and internal, on the United States today, Lens concludes that like any other empire, the reign of the U.S. will end -- and he examines how this time of reckoning may come about.  We will be discussing chapters 1-11 for our first meeting, and then we'll discuss the rest of the book for our second meeting (May 20). All are welcome!  If you need a book for this study group please message us! If you would like to purchase your own you can go here: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/1080-the-forging-of-the-american-empire Location:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and University Center, 30 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus 43210.  Facebook.   


 

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 3:30 - 5 PM.  The Simply Living Book Club to Discuss DRAWDOWN! You don't have to take part in the Drawdown EcoChallenge to participate in the Book Club discussion - but good on you if you do! You can read the book online and delve into any of the 100 "solutions" or you can buy the book at drawdown.org. Stay for a delicious vegan buffet from 5-6 pm if you like. Many thanks to Portia for hosting our book club. Donations appreciated!  Location:  Portia's Cafe, 4428 Indianola Ave., Columbus 43214.  Registration is free but space is limited! Email Chuck.Lynd@gmail.com or call 614-354-6172.