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Daily Until December 20, 2017,  Dream Act Phone Bank.  Have a spare hour or two and want to make a difference for Dreamers across Ohio? We're kicking off a digital phone bank this week to drive calls to Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown encouraging them to support a clean DREAM Act.  We'll provide the names, numbers, and a script for you to use for guidance, and you can make these calls from the comfort of your own home on any day that works best for you.  If you're interested, please email Rachel Sosnowchik at rsosnowchik@ofa.us with your name, email address, and phone number, and we'll get you started!  Facebook.  

 

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. 

 

Now through December 27, 2017. Art Exhibition at Ohio University: “Expression and Repression: Contemporary Art Censorship in America.”  Link to complete information on this event here.    

 

Monday, December 11, 2017, 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, December 11, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting. Annual Holiday Party.  The evening will open with Sieglinde Martin offering reflections on peacemaking.  Then we will enjoy conversation and refreshments.  Please bring finger foods to share.  All are welcome.  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, December 11, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Friends Committee on National Legislation – Central Ohio advocacy group Meeting.   FCNL meets regularly on the second Monday of the month.  FCNL is focused on many issues at the Washington D.C. level.  Our local advocacy team issue in 2017 is to reduce waste in U.S. military spending instead of increasing the Pentagon budget, and rescinding the 2001 AUMF (Authorization of the Use of Military Force).  We now have more than 60 advocacy groups across the U.S., and had over 200 lobbying visits to U.S. legislators in 2016.  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, ​ December 11, 2017, 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, December 11, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Teach In – The Power of Women in Bringing Justice.  Rosa Parks, Laymah Gbowee, Mary Hamilton, Mamie Till - all women whose fighting spirits helped crack injustice in their days. A call for women to come and learn and be motivated to help beat the evil back that's breathing down our backs. Location:  Summit on 16th United Methodist Church, 82 E. 16th, Ave., Columbus 43201.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Celebration of Faith, Love and Justice in Ohio.  Join us on December 12 as we celebrate the work of Faith in Public Life Ohio in fighting for justice this past year.  We will award the Faith Leader of the Year and Faith Community of the Year and enjoy live jazz with The Dubfunk Quartet. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and complimentary valet is provided.  Special guests include John Gehring, Faith in Public Life’s Catholic Program Director and author of “The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church” and Rabbi Jessica Shimberg of The Little Minyan Kehilla who will help us celebrate the first night of Chanukah during our gathering.  Thank you to our sponsors:  Dominican Sisters of Peace, Natural Resources Defense Council, Ohio Council of Churches, Ohio Education Association, Ohio Environmental Council, Ms. Katie Paris, Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio.  Location:   McGowan Loft, 520 S. High St. Columbus, OH 43215.  Tickets are $15 each, or $20 for two.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 8:00 – 10:00 PM.  BQIC Spoken Word.  Come to the last Spoken Word of the year put on by Black Queer & Intersectional Columbus (BQIC)!!! BQIC is raising funds to send a few members to the Creating Change Conference in Washington, D.C. in January 2018! Any left over money will continue to go to the Community Pride 2018 Fund!! Come hang with the amazing local queer community to celebrate the end of the year with spoken word, great music, tasty food, and good drinks!!  Location:  Lincoln Café, 740 E. Long St., Columbus 43203.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6:00 PM business meeting, 7:00 PM General Meeting.   Franklin County Green Party Central Committee Meeting.   Join the Franklin County Greens - we meet on the second Tues of each month. At 7:00 brief remarks by Dan Cahill, Michael Vinson, and Bob Fitrakis followed by discussion.  Is $400 million for a new Franklin County jail money well spent?  Will a new building solve the ongoing abuses at the county jail?  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.  Parking available behind the building in “R” spaces.  fcgreenparty@gmail.comfacebook.com/FCgreenparty. 

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6:00 PM.  Celebrate the Resistance with Progress Ohio, Progressive Hero Award Event.  And the 2017 Progressive Hero Award goes to... The #RESISTANCE! Join us on Dec. 12 as we honor the ACLU of Ohio alongside local resistance leaders, all for standing up so strongly to hate and despotism during this first year of Trump's presidency." Tickets available and more information on Facebook HERE. Please attend and support Progress Ohio! Location:  Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W Whittier St, Columbus.”

 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017,  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, December 13, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  Cleveland Allies for Equality Honoring Christine Link.  Every year, Equality Ohio honors outstanding contributions of an ally to the LGBTQ community. This year, we are proud to honor Christine Link, formerly of ACLU of Ohio for her decades in service of justice for all and equality for LGBTQ Ohioans.  Location:  Equality Ohio, 118 E. Main St., Columbus, 43215.  Facebook.

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017,  Noon – 2:00 PM.  Stop the Bans:  Hold Kasich Accountable Rally.  The Ohio State Legislature is pushing through abortion bans like nobody's business, and as you know, Gov. Kasich loves taking away our rights with the stroke of a pen and signing these awful bans into law. Since his reign began in 2011, NINETEEN attacks on abortion and reproductive health have passed into law, and by the looks of it, he's likely to sign a few more next month at the rate these bills are moving in the Statehouse. We can't allow him to continue painting himself as a moderate when he's restricting access to basic reproductive healthcare. And we can't allow Ohio's gubernatorial candidates for 2018 think that they can continue these attacks. So, when repro rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up fight back!  We have crafted some gorgeous banners detailing all NINETEEN of Kasich's abortion attacks and we need reproductive rights warriors showing up IN FORCE at the Statehouse in Columbus, on December 14 to display them. We'll be arranging carpools from all over Ohio so that we can gather together, show our power, and send Kasich a message he and Ohio won't soon forget.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capital Square, Columbus.  Facebook.

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017,  4:00 – 5: 00 PM.  Singing for Stivers!  [Be Heard Office Visit]. Last week we wrote carols for Steve, reminding him of the RepubliCons' efforts to make this a Season of Taking...from the middle class, from workers, from cities and states. This week we'll sing them!  Don't worry, we'll have the words so you can sing along. We'll sing in Stivers' office for his staff and building passers-by, then we'll go outside the office to sing for Lancaster citizens. We'll be videoing this for our new YouTube channel coming in 2018. Bring your best caroling outfit!  If you can't be there but want to participate, we can schedule a video of your solo! PM us for details. Location:  104 E. Main St., Lancaster, Ohio 43130-3712.  Facebook.    

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Care for the Land, Serve the People.  One year ago the Bureau of Land Management began auctioning off public land in Wayne National Forest to gas and oil companies for unconventional fracking. The fracked gas from these wells will feed into Energy Transfer Partners' Rover Pipeline, which is currently under construction, and will go under the Ohio River and through Wayne National Forest's Proclamation Boundary. These industrial threats put the beautiful forest we love and the natural resources we depend on at risk.  On December 14th the fourth auction will be held, despite continued public outcry. The US Forest Service can stop the leasing of this land, but decision makers have refused to act.  On the day of the auction grassroots groups and other concerned forest lovers will gather at the Athens Ranger Station to tell Forest Manager Tony Scardina and other decision makers to do their job and protect the forest!  #KeepWayneWild #StopETP.  Location:  13700 US-33, Nelsonville.  Facebook

 

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 11:00 PM till Midnight.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio on WCRS 98.3 / 102.1 FM.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio features:  a) newly released Alternative and Independent music by emerging Alternative musical trends from across the world  c) interviews with local musicians, filmmakers, artists and activists.  All shows are: 1) broadcast on 98.2/102.1 FM  2) streamed “live” on the internet and 3) available for download at:  http://www.wcrsfm.org/audio/user/1851.

 

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 9:00 – Noon.  Deportation Defense Training.  Are you interested in fighting the US deportation regime through grassroots advocacy? Our current case, Pedro Hernandez, is only the most recent in a long list of valued Columbus residents that ICE has tried to deport. Join the Central Ohio Worker Center and Immigrant Alliance Ohio for an introductory training on deportation defense organizing, and gain first-hand experience by volunteering with our current campaign #KeepPedroHome. You will learn the basics of immigrant-led organizing, how immigration law works, how and why people are deported, and what you can do to help prevent deportation and provide meaningful support for individuals and families.  Free, but YOU MUST REGISTER through EventBrite in order to attend. Removal defense is a sensitive topic and we take the safety of our presenters and attendees very seriously. Unregistered individuals will not be able to go through building security. Citizenship is not required. More information will be distributed by email to all registered participants before the event. We are keeping the class size to 25 participants, so register soon.  Location:  Midland Building, 250 E. Broad St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017, Noon – 3:00 PM.  Community Collage and Button Making Workshop with Bobby T. Luck.  What does community mean to you? Drop in to our free interactive collage and button making workshop with Bobby T. Luck to figure it out with us and express yourself through mixed media pieces. Bobby is a professional artist and community activist who is passionate about giving back to his community and making sure all people have access to art and education. Bobby will educate us in how he creates his art and lead us in a hands on workshop. We will have materials for collage and button making, queer and trans coloring pages, food, music, and free STI and HIV testing. You are welcome to also bring your own craft materials and a friend and hang out with us for the afternoon in a safer space for trans and queer people of color.  Questions? Reach out via this Facebook event or email Zo at ZosimoDikitsas@equitashealth.com.    Location:  Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center, 889 E. Long St., Columbus 43203.  Facebook.

 

Saturday, December 16, 2017, Noon – 1:00 PM.  JVP Chanukah Vigil for Human Rights.  Please join Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio for our annual Chanukah Vigil.  All are welcome!  Location:  15th and High.  Contact:  centralohio@jvp.orgFacebook.

 

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 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.

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Crafternoon.  Join this monthly Craftivist night with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio!  We'll stitch and discuss the reproductive ‘state of the state’ for folks who might be interested in what’s going on at the state level regarding abortion and reproductive rights access - hence the 'bitching' part of stitch and bitch. :)  You don't have to be a knitter to come out! In fact, you don't even really have to be a crafter of any kind (but it's nice if you are - and any crafter is welcome, be it knitting, crochet, cross stitch, weaving, or whatever)!   This event is family-friendly.  Location:  Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St., Columbus 43214.  Facebook.  

 

Sunday, December 17, 2017,  2:00 – 3:30 PM.  SURJ Training and Education Combined Work Group Meeting.  This meeting is the perfect opportunity to get involved in new initiatives on training and education for the Columbus chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). We will review what we have already done, brainstorm new ideas, and create a plan for the coming year. Whether you are already and active member or just considering getting more involved, join us!  Free parking; near bus line; no childcare planned.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklinton Branch, 1041 W. Town St. Columbus 43222.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 11:30 AM - 1:00 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:  Tim Horton’s - Central Point Shopping Center, 636 Harrisburg Pike, Columbus, OH 43223.  For additional information contact: Kevin McCain, 614-645-5829.

 

Tuesday December 19, 2017, 5:00 - 8:00 PM.  Simply Living's Annual Holiday Open House.  Stop in for conversation, networking and holiday cheer with our Simply Living community.  All are welcome! Consider participating in our “bring one, take one” gift book-recycle table. Bring a book to give or trade. Somehow, there are always extras even if you come empty handed! NEW VENUE: Wild Goose Creative! FREE, but please Register on Eventbrite. Location:  Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St, Columbus 43202.