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Updated Information fot Date And Time TBA depending on Timing of Mueller Firing. National Call To Action - Rapid Response Coordinated by Indivisible.  If Trump fires Mueller prior to 2 p.m. Eastern, rallies will occur at 5 p.m. local time that day; If Trump fires Mueller after 2 p.m. Eastern Time, rallies will occur at Noon local time the following day. The DATE ON THE EVENT IS JUST A PLACEHOLDER.  We want to be ready to take the streets to demand that Congress respond quickly and forcefully – to protect our democracy and justice system.#NotAboveTheLaw  We will likely march from the Conservatory up Broad Street to Senator Portman's office so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a long walk. Signs are highly recommended!  NOTE - This is a replacement for the original (but cancelled) Rapid Resist Mueller Firing event which was to be co-hosted by Indivisible groups and Junto Unsilenced.  This event is at a NEW LOCATION (the amphitheater at the Franklin Park Conservatory) because parking there is ample and free, and is hosted only by Indivisble.  Attendees will be expected to comply with Indivisible guidelines for rallies: No guns, No violence, No flag burning. Thank you in advancing for respecting those guidelines if you choose to participate!   Please mark that you are "Going" to this new event so you can be kept informed about any changes or updates in plans.  Facebook. 

 

Monday, January 15, 2018. 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  What Are You Doing to Empower Our Community? 23rd Annual Community Free Breakfast On Martin Luther King, Jr’s Holiday.  A free breakfast will be served from 8:00 - 10:00 AM.  Community program of gospel music, videos, and Keynote Speaker, Rev. D’Andre W. James-Daniels I, Senior Pastor of First A.M.E. Zion Church follows from 10:00 AM – Noon.  We stand behind our commitment to justice and equal rights in Columbus Ohio.  Location:  First A.M.E. Zion Church, 873 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43205.  For a monetary donation, please send your check or money order to:  P.O.E.R (Police Officers for Equal Rights @ P.O. Box 27040, Columbus, Ohio 43227-0040. 

 

Monday, January 15th, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Friends Committee on National Legislation – Central Ohio advocacy group Meeting.   (Please note:  regular meeting is one week later than usual, this month only.)  FCNL is focused on many issues at the Washington D.C. level.  Our local advocacy team issue right now, is to stop the most urgent risk of nuclear war in a generation - with North Korea.  We now have more than 50 advocacy groups across the U.S., and had over 200 lobbying visits to U.S. legislators in 2018.  Please join us.  Location:  Center on High, 3208 N. High St. Columbus, 43202.  For more information, contact Greg Pace: 614-565-6067 or gpace67@gmail.com

 

Monday, January 15, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Care & Share Time Bank Orientation.  Join us for our monthly orientation session for new time bank members and for anyone who would like a refresher on the computer-based tracking system, hOur World. Simply Living members who join the time bank can volunteer for SL and receive CSTB "Hours" that can be used to access any member services listed in the Time Bank.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd Columbus 43214
Contact:
Alice.Faryna@gmail.com

 

Monday, January 15, 2018, 5:30 – 8:00 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. Please bring a friend on MLK day and join us in Meeting Room 3. A free film screening of ‘What I Want My Words To Do To You’ will precede our third letter writing event. This film features a group of womyn, including former members of the Weather Underground that participated in a prisoner writing workshop facilitated by Eve Ensler. After the film, we will send b-day cards and letters to Ciera Johnson and Kimmie Wilson. Both were sentenced to life in prison.  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, Parsons Branch, 1113 Parsons Ave., Columbus 43206.  More information on Facebook.

 

Monday, January 15, 2018, 4:00 PM Kickoff inside East High School, 4:45 PM March Begins; 5:30 PM Program.  City of Columbus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration & March.  Keynote address by Jane Elliott, Diversity Pioneer, creator of the Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Exercise.  RSVP Required - Columbusgov/MLK2018Location:  East High School, 1500 E. Broad Street, Columbus. 

 

Monday, ​ January 15, 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

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 3:30 - 5:00 PM.  Mershon Center Speaker Series. The Road to an Israeli-Palestinian Peace – Gadi Baltiansky.  Gadi Baltiansky is director general of the Geneva Initiative in Israel, an NGO that promotes a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians through diplomatic, political, educational and public tools. As an expert on the Middle East conflict, Gadi served as a member of the official Israeli negotiation team with Syria and the Palestinians in 1999, and as a non-official advisor to the negotiating teams in 2007-08 and 2014-15. Gadi addressed numerous international conferences, including several UN events, on issues regarding the conflict, the Israeli political arena and its public opinion. During his years in government, Gadi served as press secretary for the Israeli prime minister, advisor to the foreign minister, and press counselor at the embassy in Washington.  Gadi holds a master's in public administration from Harvard University and a bachelor's in international relations and political science from Hebrew University.  Abstract:  What can we learn from past failures and from current difficulties to produce innovative ideas that are needed to reach a solution for the 100 years conflict? What are the psychological barriers and the substantial differences one need to overcome in order to reach an historical compromise? What is the role of the United States in the current political arena? What are the exact steps to be taken in order to reach the necessary breakthrough? And what is the only solution?  Location:  Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Avenue, Room 120, Columbus, Ohio 43201. Register here for this event

Mershon Center Speaker Series.

 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Sanctuary People, Sanctuary Community, Sanctuary Movement.  Over the past few months we have witnessed two things: 1) the cruelty of the Trump administration’s efforts to deport immigrant families and 2) how those immigrant families are leading our movement by resisting Trump’s deportation agenda. While many localities, like Columbus, Ohio, have made proclamations that no local resources will be used to enforce federal immigration law, the reality is that ICE continues to terrorize and separate families like Edith Espinal’s. On October 10, 2018, Edith, a mother of three, was ordered to leave the country. She courageously made the decision to fight her deportation by entering sanctuary. Edith’s case is one of a handful of other cases where immigrant families have taken up sanctuary across the country. We invite you to join us to hear from Edith and others living in Sanctuary who are leading the sanctuary movement. 
The conversation will include: 
- Testimony from families in sanctuary about what it means to enter sanctuary and how does it impact the families and their communities.
- Sanctuary as a form of resistance. 
- What does it mean to be a sanctuary people, sanctuary community and a sanctuary movement? 
- How sanctuary can influence the national conversation around immigration -- including the fight for DACA and the DREAM Act -- and offer hope in the Trump era. 
- How communities outside the faith community can actively participate.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus 433214. 
Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, January 17, 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. The next execution is scheduled for 10am,  Feb 13, (and almost monthly going into 2022! Schedule is here - http://www.drc.ohio.gov/execution-schedule).   Attend the weekly vigil every Wednesday between 11:30am and 1pm 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, January 17, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  OH12 Listening Forum on Candidates. 2018 will bring a special election in OH12 to replace Pat Tiberi. Even before we know the date of the special election, we can begin by thinking about what we are looking for in a candidate. Here's an opportunity to meet face to face with other OH12 members and hash out what we are looking for in a candidate. Join the discussion! Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whitehall Branch, 4445 E. Broad St., Columbus 43213.  Facebook.

 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  HQ Grand Opening.  Grand Opening of the Democratic Progressive of Ohio Headquarter! Come join us and be a part of change and progress!  RSVP on Facebook.

 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  OH12 Listening Forum on Candidates.  2018 will bring a special election in OH12 to replace Pat Tiberi. Even before we know the date of the special election, we can begin by thinking about what we are looking for in a candidate. Here's an opportunity to meet face to face with other OH12 members and hash out what we are looking for in a candidate. Join the discussion!  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library – Whitehall Branch, 4445 E. Broad St., Columbus, 43213.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.   Green Drinks with Chadwick Arboretum.  In collaboration with Chadwick Arboretum and Great Lakes Brewing, join us for the first Green Drinks of 2018. Together we can make a difference in the new year! Connect with amazing local non-profit organizations (Simply Living will be there!) and find out how they make Columbus a better place. Beer, non alcoholic beverages and light snacks will be provided. Donations of $5 - $10 at the door from working professionals are highly encouraged. RSVP here (Facebook).  Location:   Ohio 4H Building, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, OSU West Campus. 

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Monthly Meeting Hosted by Columbus Club, Communist Party USA.  Discussing Marxist concepts of exploitation and surplus value. Planning for 2018 elections and other local struggles for justice.  Location:  Panera Bread, 4519 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  BQIC General Meeting.  Come on out to our first meeting of the year! We will be going over plans for the #BlackPride4's weeklong trial (which starts February 5) and discussing proposals for Community Pride.  The library and room are wheelchair accessible. Please message us if you need any accommodations such as an interpreter or childcare.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Parsons Branch, meeting room 3, 1113 Parsons Avenue, Columbus 43206.  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Effective Redistricting Phonebank.  Come out and join us as we phone bank our fellow Working America and community members, and urge them to contact their local representatives to stand up against gerrymandering! Please bring a laptop or tablet and a cellphone. Cant wait to see you there! We will provide scripts and training for those who need it. Location:  1350 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus 43212.  Facebook.

 

Friday, January 19, 2017, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  We Are Not Going Away:  benefit for ACLU, SPLC, & Sanctuary Fund (which currently houses refugee Edith Espinal).  After a year of the new administration in Washington it is clear our fears were not unfounded. Civil liberties, the environment, science, the arts, the working class, the middle class, economic rights, and so many other basic aspects of our society and culture are under sustained attack. The organizations for which we are raising money are on the forefront of the resistance to these attacks and injustices. ART 4 JUSTICE!!  The Columbus Liberation Music Orchestra is The Jazz Poetry Ensemble (Michael Vander Does, Roger Hines, Roger Myers, Brett Burleson, Laura Kolb) with special guests The Governor (Greg Pearson), Debra James Tucker, Randy Mather, Eddie Bayard, Wahru Cleveland, and players to be announced.  Online tickets have a minimum donation of $20. If you can, please give more. If $20 is too much, you can give less at the door.  Ticket donations of $50 or more get a t-shirt.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus, 43214.  Facebook.  

 

Friday, January 19, 2018, Noon - 1:30 PM.  Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano Community Office Hours.   Councilmember Michael Stinziano will hold Community Hours in October across the City to listen to issues and concerns of Columbus residents. Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help.  All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend.  Location:   Columbus Metropolitan Library - Shepard Branch, 850 N. Nelson Rd., Columbus, OH 43219.  For additional information contact: Kevin McCain, 614-645-5829.

 

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM.  Working Summit on Climate Change.  The Central Ohio Community Project is a group of central Ohioans uniting their forces to address the threats of climate change. By talking together, comparing what we are already doing and looking for steps where we can take things further, we can increase our momentum in addressing this urgent global problem with effective local action. We are committed to the hope that changes are indeed possible and can even bring us and our neighbors together in ways we may not have imagined.  Location:  Stratford Ecological Center 3083 Liberty Road, Delaware, OH 43015.  REGISTRATION FEE $25.00, includes pre-summit, lunch, snacks and all materials.  Registration vailable HERE  RSVP DEADLINE:  January 10, 2018.  For questions about this event or project group, please contact climatechange@otterbein.edu

 

Saturday, January 20, 2018, Noon – 2:00 PM Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.   Learn about local and statewide plans to promote a constitutional amendment saying that corporations are not people and money is not protected free speech.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.   For more information, please contact:  sbolzenius72@hotmail.com  Facebook:  https://movetoamend.org/oh-columbus  Website:  https://movetoamend.org.

 

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Solidarity & Struggle at Ohio State:  Stories from Campus Workers.  Ohio State University is one of the largest employers in Ohio, bringing together tens of thousands of tenured and contingent faculty, graduate students, nurses, staff, and other workers. Without our collective labor, the university could not run. While each group of workers faces their own unique struggles, our common position as workers on campus gives us a shared interest in organizing together to fight for a more equitable university.  On January 20, International Socialist Organization -- Columbus and Save Grad Ed OSU will be hosting a panel of campus workers to discuss their individual stories and the struggle for workers' rights and fairness on campus.  The panel will feature a representative from Save Grad Ed, a coalition of graduate students organizing to fight against the GOP tax scam; a representative of the Communication Workers of America Local 4501, the union representing many staff workers on campus; and a representative of a contingent faculty working group, which recently organized a teach-in on conditions facing contingent faculty at OSU.  The panel will also feature a keynote speech from Joe Richard, a labor organizer with Rutgers AAUP-AFT, which represents all contingent faculty, adjuncts, and graduate employees at Rutgers University. He has also worked on organizing drives at University of Illinois at Urbana and Champaign, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  If you are a part of an organization that would like to co-sponsor this event, please send a message to the ISO Columbus Facebook page.  Location:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and University Center, W. Woodruff Avenue, Columbus 43210.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Women’s March Ohio Power to the Polls 2018.  2018 has been a year of women's movements – from the historic Women's March on Jan. 21 to the bravery of the #MeToo Silence Breakers. Let's carry this strength of women's resistance into 2018! Join Socialist Alternative and the Women's March Ohio – Columbus Region at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to hear speakers on the battle facing us in 2018 – the midterm elections are coming up, and the political establishment doesn't want you to vote!  Come and hear speakers who fight against sexual assault, harassment, and inequities in the work place. We will also share information on gerrymandering, voting rights, and organizing disenfranchised communities for the Midterm Elections on November 6th, 2018.  We will then march to the Ohio Statehouse and rally – it's been a year of#Resistance to Trump and the political establishment, and we aren't going anywhere!  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, January 20, 2018, Noon – 2:00 PM.  RestoreCBUS:  La Lengua Materna.  One year after the inauguration of 45th U.S. President Donald Trump, Black, Brown, & low-wage working neighbors, comrades, & friends will be coming together with accomplices to deepen intentional community building through Language Circles.  The Hope:...Is to uplift reciprocity and breakdown language barriers, as we work to #RestoreCBUS through organizing and advocating for a #CBUSForAll.  The Reason: ...It can be challenging for Black, Brown, and low-wage workers to access language lessons for a myriad of reasons (i.e. cost, transportation, etc.), on top of Black and Brown residents being the majority of low-wage workers.  In 2018, we have to evolve. We have to take better care of ourselves & our neighbors. "We must love and support eachother. We have nothing to lose, but our chains."  Experiment with us in love.   Location: TBA.  More information on Facebook.  

 

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 6:30 (Potluck) – 7:15 PM (Program).  Care and Share Time Bank Potluck & Orientation.  (If you can help set up, please arrive at 6:15 PM.)  January Program:  Simply Living will present information about our programs, including a discussion of the public banking movement and how it could address chronic problems like affordable housing and the transition to renewable energy.  Learn about time banking in Central Ohio.  Your Time is Valuable! Spend it wisely!  Time banking is a tool by which a group of people can exchange their time and skills, rather than pay money to acquire goods and services. Learn all about it at the Orientation.  Join more than 300 like-minded individuals in the Columbus area who find that banking on their community helps to SAVE them time and money and builds a better world!   For more information,  check us out on Facebook at “Care and Share Time Bank” or fill out the application online at www.hOurWorld.org (“Join” => “Select Your Exchange” =>“OH-Columbus: Care and Share Time Bank”).  Accounts activated following attendance at “Orientation” or contact Alice Faryna, alice.faryna@gmail.com  (614) 560-1732 or Michael Greenman mgreenmanoh@gmail.com (614) 439-4768.  Join the Time Bank during or soon after the orientation and receive two hours credit just for attending! Location:  First Unitarian Universalist, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43214. 

 

January 22, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.   Speaker Julie Hart, Pathways to Peace.  Julie Hart will speak about her book Pathways to Pacifism and Antiwar Activism among U.S. Veterans: the Role of Moral Identity in personal transformation.  Details to follow. 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!  

 

Monday, January 22, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights Organization Meeting.  CCBOR launches its third petition drive with circulator training and meeting.  We continue to organize to protect our water, air, and soil from contamination by the fossil fuel extraction industries.   CCBOR has a year to collect over 20,000 signatures and is actively seeking volunteers to help meet this goal.  See the CCBOR website for more information:   http://www.columbusbillofrights.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusBillofRights.  For more information, please contact CCBOR at columbusbillofrights@gmail.com.   Location:  88 W. Blake Ave., Columbus.

 

Monday, January 22, 2018, 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  Tenants Right Working Group. Many renters facing eviction do not have complete information as to their rights as tenants. The Columbus DSA Tenants Right Working Group is seeking to change this by canvassing households and providing them with the information and resources they need to fight to stay in their homes. Please join us us as we set the schedule for 2018, bring new attendees up to speed, and lay out our strategy for the next few months. Location:  Panera Bread, 300 W. Lane Ave. Columbus 43201.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Medicare for All National Town Hall – Facebook Live.  With the introduction of the Medicare for All Act last year, Sen. Bernie Sanders and 137 of his colleagues in Congress began the long struggle to end the international embarrassment of the United States being the only major country not to guarantee health care to all its people. Already, 60 percent of the American people want to expand Medicare to provide health insurance to every one, but many Americans still do not know how a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care system would work in the United States. To answer that question and more, Sen. Sanders and leading digital outlets NowThisATTN: and The Young Turks are partnering on a groundbreaking Medicare for All Town Hall event January 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  For the first time, leading digital outlets will come together to do what cable channels and network news will not– engage in an in-depth conversation about one of the issues that matter most to Americans, their health care. Streamed live across multiple social media channels, Sen. Sanders and leading health care experts will take questions about Medicare for All from people around the country and discuss how universal health care would change the American system.  Location: Capitol Visitors' Center Congressional Auditorium (CVC-200).  Facebook.

 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 2:00 –5:30 Program; 5:30 - 7:00 PM dinner (including kosher, halal, and vegetarian options).  Identifying and Countering Violent Language.  This year, we have faced a deluge of hateful political rhetoric that stigmatizes people based on their creed, color or nation of origin. It's not only disrespectful, it's dangerous -- and we don’t want it in Ohio.  Faith leaders in the Columbus area and across the country can prevent dangerous speech from provoking even more violence. It takes training, skill and, most of all, relationships across religions.  That's why Faith in Public Life is holding atraining on countering the language that sparks violence towards religious and ethnic minorities. Location:  Vineyard Columbus, 6000 Cooper Rd., Westerville, OH 43081.  Please sign up today here.

 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 4:00 - 5:30 PM.  Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano Community Office Hours.   Councilmember Michael Stinziano will hold Community Hours in October across the City to listen to issues and concerns of Columbus residents. Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help.  All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend.  Location:   Panera Bread - Olentangy Plaza, 875 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.  For additional information contact: Kevin McCain, 614-645-5829.

 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 8:00 PM.  Move to Amend Live Report from Facebook -- Every 4th WednesdayMove to Amend's weekly online podcast has transitioned to a new monthly video format -- the Move to Amend Live Report brought to you by Facebook Live! This is the place where you can learn what's going on in the movement to amend the Constitution.  Join us LIVE each month on the 4th Wednesday on the Move to Amend Facebook Page  (go to videos) to get the latest news, ask questions, and get involved! ​

 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Sierra Club New Year Social.  Join us for the annual Sierra Club New Year Social!  Social hour 6 - 7 PM: Meet & greet fellow Sierra Club members, activists, staff, and volunteer leaders. Beverages (soft drinks & some wine) and light appetizers included. 
Green goody baskets will be available for raffle chances. 7 PM: Review Sierra Club Central Ohio Group's 2018 accomplishments and discuss the challenges, plans, and volunteer needs for 2018. Please bring your questions and suggestions. Location: OSU Northwood-High Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus. First Floor, Room 100.   Free parking available in the rear of the building off of Northwood Ave. Please park in spaces labeled "R" to avoid parking violations; or use metered spaces along High St. or take COTA bus #2 or #31.  RSVP if you can via FaceBook.  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus 43201. 

 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Indivisible OH12 Happy Hour & Postcard Party. Join us as we gather to hang out, socialize, strategize, and write postcards to voters and our elected officials. Members of OH3 and OH15 are also welcome!  We will reserve a table, so come on in and look for the OH12 gang. Location:  Keystone Pub & Patio (next to Rave Cinema), 1081 Gemini Place, Columbus 43240.  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 3:30 - 5:00 PM. Teaching Moderation and Reconciliation in Midst of Conflict: Paving the Way for Peace- Mohammed Dajani.  Mohammed S. Dajani is a Jerusalem-born scholar and peace activist with two doctorate degrees granted from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, (1981) and the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, (1984). In 2007 he established the Islamic movement he calls Wasatia to promote reconciliation, moderation, and peaceful coexistence. He is professor of political science, and worked as Head of Libraries and founding director of the American Studies Graduate Program at Al-Quds University (2002-2014). He is author of numerous books in Arabic on Wasatia; also, he is authof of many books in English and Arabic including: Holocaust Human Agony: Is there a way out of violence? (2009), Wasatia: The Spirit of Islam (2009), Jerusalem from the Lens of Wasatia (2010); Dajani Glossary of Islamic Terms (2015). Teaching Moderation and Reconciliation in Midst of Conflict (2015). Dajani made headlines at home and abroad in the spring of 2014 when he organized and led 27 Palestinian university students to visit Nazi death concentration camps at Auschwitz and Krakow to teach them about the Holocaust. His courage and dedication to his vocation cost the professor his job at al-Quds University and compromised his personal safety. There was demonstrations against him, he received death threats, and his car was torched.

Tufts University bestowed the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Awards to Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi in recognition of his ongoing work to encourage dialogue and find alternatives to extremism.  Abstract:  Is achieving peace between the Palestinians and Israelis possible? If so, how?  This lecture tackles this Gordian Knot by providing simple answers for a most complex and protracted conflict of our century. At a time of desperation and loss of hope he argues that peace is not only possible but attainable.  Location:  Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Avenue, Room 120, Columbus, Ohio 43201.  Register here for this event

 

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:00 9:00 PM.  ColumbusDSA 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.com.

 

 

Friday, January 26, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Sanctuary is Resistance – a fundraiser for Edith Espanal.  From families being ripped apart, the near-end of DACA, a pending renewal of the 'Clean' Dream Act, and re-ratification of visas from Trump's administration; the effects are being felt on a national level, and locally here in Columbus Ohio. From protesting the annulment of DACA, fighting for a Clean Dream Act, mobilizing at ICE check-ins, to organizing around cases, we must protect and support all people facing ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) however they choose to respond.  Edith Espinal is one of the many immigrants who has chosen Sanctuary as a form of resistance against deportation-- Join us at a space of resistance: Columbus Mennonite Church, where Edith is in Sanctuary. This will be a unique event as Edith invites you to that space to share your music, share your art, share your stories-- while raising funds for Edith's legal fees. We're here to support Edith, her resistance and the broader movement for immigrants' justice. There will be an open-mic open to all to share their experiences and struggles that intersect with immigrants' justice.

If you are interested in donating/selling artwork and/or food, please fill out these forms: Donating/Selling form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfzuoZSk8j__-2K45T-RLD9IWDVgK2nwZ6NiQttl8zKRfme6w/viewform
Open-Mic form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEEYhEqGaJPOLvasVTJISb41vlbB6ReYOM01QWHL9po2fD0Q/viewform
Suggested donation entry is $5-$10; if you can give more, do so. If not, give what you can!

Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Ave., Columbus 43214.  Facebook.

 

Friday, January 26 – 28, 2018.  Sierra Club Ohio Chapter Retreat.  All Sierra Club members and supporters are invited to meet the Ohio Sierra Club board, staff, and grassroots leaders at our annual retreat. Including, Sierra Club President Loren Blackford our keynote speaker on Saturday.  This weekend will be filled with fun activities, presentations on local environmental issues, and speakers. Go on a group hike and meet leaders who are promoting clean air and water in your corner of the State. There will be plenty of time for catching up with old friends or making new connections. We encourage members to come early for a Friday evening social hour.  Meals are FREE but you have to click on tickets and register so we know how much food to order. Lodging is not included, but we have a Sierra Club group rate of $90.00 per night.  Location:  Deercreek State Park.  More information on Facebook.  

 

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 2:30 PM.  Housing planning meeting hosted by Fair Treatment Reform and Reentry.  Help us with the planning stages of our transitional housing project.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Parsons Branch, 1113 Parsons. Facebook.  


Sunday, January 28, 2018 & February 18, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect Study Group.  Join International Socialist Organization (ISO) Columbus for a two-part study group on "Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?" a collection of essays on police violence and resistance in the United States compiled by Truthout.  Featuring a forward from #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza and contributions from over a dozen activists and scholars, the collection includes essays such as "Say Her Name: What It Means to Center Black Women's Experiences of Police Violence," "Our History and Our Dreams: Building Black and Native Solidarity," "Building Community Safety: Practical Steps Toward Liberatory Transformation," and much more.

Sunday, January 28, 1:00 - 3:00:  Part 1 - Police Failing to Protect and Serve, Chapters 1-9.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, room 3B

Sunday, February 18, 1:00 - 3:00: Part 2 - Communities Building Resistance and Alternatives

Chapters 10 – 16.  Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, room 3B. 

Copies of the book are available for purchase through Haymarket Books: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/search?q=Who-Do-You-Serve-Who-Do-You-Protect

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Renewal:  Charting a Path to Our 2018 Green Goals.  Please join the Ohio Environmental Council Emerging Leaders - our group for Columbus young professionals (ages 18-40) - for a special retreat to kick us into high gear in the New Year!  We all know climate change and environmental degradation are huge problems worth spending our time to solve. Unfortunately, many of the actions offered to solve the problem don’t feel impactful.  The truth is, if we want to see real change, we all need to lead the change with our skills, assets, resources, knowledge, networks, and ideas.  During this half-day retreat, we will work together to brainstorm ideas, build teams, set goals, and turn aspiration into action. Come prepared to shake up the environmental movement. It’s our future - let’s shape it into the world we want to see.  Learn more and complete your RSVP using the link below. You must RSVP to attend.  Location:  1145 Chesapeake Ave., Suite I, Columbus 43212.  Free tickets on Facebook.  

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  Anti-Bullying Conference.  Sign up now for the CAIR-Columbus Anti-Bullying Conference!  This event is for students and parents. The Anti-Bullying Conference will feature:

·         Interactive activities for students focused on how to deal with bullying.

·         A “Know Your Rights” workshop aimed at teaching parents the legal steps they can take to address bullying against their children.

·         A diverse panel of experienced professionals who will provide insight about the impacts of bullying, the signs of bullying, and much more!

Space is limited, especially for students, so please sign up now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cair-columbus-anti-bullying-conference-tickets-41777368233

There will light snacks and coffee at the event.  For all additional questions and concerns please contact CAIR-Columbus Public Affairs Coordinator Usjid Hameed via email at uhameed@cair.com or via phone at 614-451-3232.  Location:  Upper Arlington Public Library at 2800 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221 in the Friends Theater.

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Columbus – Help Palestinian Student Reach Their Dreams.  Meet students from Palestine who are touring the US.  Join Reach Education Fund in this awareness and fundraising event to support Palestinian students’ scholarship program in Palestine. Program will include:  Student's testimonies, Guest speaker: Imam Monzer Taleb, Presentation, Dinner, Fundraising for REF programs.  Location:  Sunrise Academy, 5657 Scioto Darby Road, Hilliard, Ohio 43026.  More information and tickets (free) on Facebook.   For tickets and more information contact Ibrahim Hamed 614-264-3571 To learn more about Reach Education Fund visit www.reacheducationfund.com

 

Monday, January 29, 2018, 12:30 - 2:30 PM.  The United States and East Asia Under President Trump: A One-Year RetrospectiveDonald Trump’s election to the presidency unsettled many areas of American foreign policy, but few more than the nation’s relationship with East Asia. From China to Japan to the two Koreas, this region has emerged over the past decades as both a dynamic economic and cultural partner as well as a serious challenge to global stability and American pre-eminence. The list of serious issues that have emerged from East Asia over the past year is long and diverse: North Korea’s nuclear program; the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative; America’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the controversies over the THAAD missile system; questions related to cybersecurity, tariff policy, and human rights; territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas; and much more.

Considering the importance of East Asia and the seriousness of the emerging challenges in the area, it is imperative that scholars evaluate the administration’s initial steps and make recommendations for the future. Accordingly, this workshop will offer a one-year retrospective on US-East Asian relations, with presentations by a number of scholars who focus on the region and a subsequent question and answer session.  More information.  Location:  Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Avenue, Room 120, Columbus, Ohio 43201.   Register here for this event


Monday, January 29, 2018, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.  We are excited to announce that Nikki Giovanni will be joining us as the keynote speaker for Columbus State’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 29! Stay tuned for more info!  Location:  Columbus State Community College Center for Workforce Development, 315 Cleveland Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  Simply Living Meetup with Ohio Interfaith Power & Light.  Sara Ward, director of Ohio IPL, will explain how their volunteers and staff help Ohio faith communities conserve energy, become more energy efficient, and promote renewable energy in response to climate change. Time to mix and network. Light refreshments. Bring a friend. All are welcome. Reserve free tickets on Eventbrite. Updates on Facebook and Meetup.  Location:  Old Worthington Library 820 High St, Worthington 43085. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  OH12 1st Anniversary Celebration and Flat Pat Retirement Party.  An evening to celebrate OH12's first year, and re-engage for the struggle ahead. We will have a chance to say goodbye to Flat Pat (Tiberi), as well as meet and greet the candidates running to replace him. The evening will start out with an OH12 Subgroups Fair with booths from groups through out Ohio's 12th congressional district.  Location:  North Broadway United Methodist Church, 48 E. North Broadway St., Columbus 43214.  Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 4:00 - 5:30 PM.  Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano Community Office Hours.   Councilmember Michael Stinziano will hold Community Hours in October across the City to listen to issues and concerns of Columbus residents. Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help.  All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend.  Location:   Third Way Café, 3058 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43204.  For additional information contact: Kevin McCain, 614-645-5829.

 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:30 (begins at 8:00 PM).   Fossil Free Watch Party.  The livestream event, Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance, will feature movement leaders including  Rev. Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, Jessica Lorena Rangel of Houston Eyes of a Dreamer, Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, and many more will address the state of our climate movement. They will share stories and light our path ahead to secure the lasting change we need through local action. Chuck Lynd and Sheila Fox are hosting at their home in NE Columbus. More info and RSVP HERE. Other venues are likely HERE.