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Events and Meetings:  

Now - April 19, 2020.  Columbus International Film and Animation Festival.  Our global community is currently facing uncertainty due to COVID-19. This global pandemic has impacted all of us, shifting our daily lives online as we shelter in place. While much has changed, one thing remains the same - film still has the power to connect us all.  The 68th annual Columbus International Film and Animation Festival will continue as an online festival and we hope you'll join us for an outstanding selection of features, student films, documentaries, animation and experimental film.  We'll also have online workshops, Q&A sessions and more.  Buy tickets here


Now through April 26, 2020.  Stalking Chernobyl.  The film takes a deep, first-hand look inside the strange world of illegal Chernobyl Exclusion Zone stalkers, extreme sports adventurers, and the tourists who flock to the radioactive Zone, including the abandoned city of Pripyat and the surrounding Red Forest, many in denial of the health risks.  You can view the film on YouTube here. The film is subtitled. Please click the "cc" link to choose your language. If you cannot access YouTube, the film is also available on Vimeo here


Monday, April 20, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Virtual Town Hall - Protect Our Vote:  Defending Democracy During COVID-19.  Right now, our democracy is under threat.  Health experts are urging the public to stay home, yet too many states are failing to offer options for voters to cast their ballot in a safe and accessible way. While state governments consider adapting their voting laws in response to the pandemic, the reality is that states lack funds to implement and expand voting by mail and early voting. The $400 million allocated in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) relief package passed on March 27 was woefully insufficient.  However, it’s projected that it will take at least $4 billion for states to take the steps needed to adequately protect our democracy and voter access. Fortunately, there is scientific research that can help guide the actions needed to make sure all US states have measures in place to ensure that people can vote safely and protect the integrity of our democracy.

That’s why we need you. Join the Union of Concerned Scientists and our partners with the Declaration for American Democracy coalition on Monday, April 20 for an informative virtual town hall on the critical voting reforms we need.  RSVP Here


Monday, April 20, 2020, 2:00 PM.  Online Town Hall Re: Facts of COVID19, how to stay safe & misconceptions.  There are so many #COVID19 misconceptions & rumors making it hard to know is best. Learn the facts about COVID-19, how to stay safe and protected. Join Franklin County Commissioner Kevin Boyce for an online town hall he is hosting with Dr. Gray to fight those misconceptions. Monday 2 p.m. ID 879-1138-8473, Password 963330.


Monday, April 20, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM.   Collective Liberation: A Fight to #FreeThemALL. Join the Columbus Freedom Fund as we have a conversation with special guests Mary Hooks from Southerners on New Ground (S.O.N.G), Kenza Kamal of Juvenile Justice Coalition/Columbus Freedom Coalition, BQIC's (Black Queer and Intersectional Collective) Dkeama Alexis and Stacey Little of Columbus Freedom Fund, on Monday April 20th at 2pm. We will discuss how to continue the fight to free people locked in cages during and after these uncertain times!  Register here


Monday, April 20, 2020, 4:00 PM   National Nurses United:  COVID-19 Live Q&A on Facebook Live. 
During the livestream, we’ll cover:  A message to the public about how you can best support nurses right now, the latest research and science update on antibody testing, answers to questions about personal protective equipment (PPE), and what you can do now to take action on our latest demands.

Sign up now to join this important update on the COVID-19 crisis.


Monday, April 20, 2020, 5:00 PM.  Columbus City Council Virtual Meeting.   Columbus City Council urges residents to submit their testimony in writing rather than attend the meeting in person. Residents that wish to speak during the meeting via WebEx should submit a speaker slip online. As with the regular in-person procedure, the first three speakers for and against an ordinance who submit time-stamped forms will be invited to speak before Council through a WebEx invite. To access the form, visit Online speaker slips can be submitted between 8am-3pm on the day of the meeting to

During the emergency period, non-agenda speakers must submit their testimony to the City Clerk in writing by 3pm to the same email address. All submitted testimony will be entered into the record. The meeting will be live-streamed on CTV, the City’s YouTube channel and Facebook Live. 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM.  CHEJ Training Call:  Health Care for All!  Now, more than ever, we need a Government that cares for us. Every developed country provides healthcare for its citizens, and it's about time we demand that ours does, too! The outbreak of coronavirus has clearly exposed the gap between haves and have-nots in America, but what can WE do about it? Join us this Tuesday at 12 Noon EST for the latest on the Medicare for All campaign. Please RSVP for the Call-in information. Register here


Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM.  Move the Nuclear Weapons (and fossil fuel) Money Webinar.  Move the Nuclear Weapons (and fossil fuel) Money: Cutting nuclear weapons budgets, Ending investments in nuclear weapons & fossil fuels, Reallocating these to public health, climate protection and sustainable development International webinar.  More information and registration here.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 5:30 PM.  Clintonville Area Progressives.  In place of our usual Happy Hour, we are planning a Virtual Happy Hour with David Leland and Alaina Shearer as our guests.  If you would like to participate by Zoom, contact for more information. 


Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  A Virtual Screening of “Rigged:  The Voter Suppression Playbook.”  Join us for a virtual screening of the film, "Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook." The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.  Details on how to get ready to screen the film and join the discussion coming soon!  Facebook


Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. How to Build State Political Power.  The state of Ohio moves billions of dollars and sets policies for our neighborhoods every year. How do we leverage our power effectively at the Statehouse to improve the lives of everyday Ohioans? We will discuss strategies, tools, and tips on how organizations can fight for issues in the Ohio legislature, and why they should. Come learn more about the "inside game" from an experienced grassroots lobbyist, Nick Bates, the Policy Director for One Ohio Now.  Register here


Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.  Saving Half the Earth:  Join us for an Earth Day Discussion.  If we're going to halt the wildlife extinction crisis, we have to protect the places where these animals and plants live.  Join the Center for Biological Diversity for special discussion about our ambitious goal of protecting 30% of wildlands and waters by 2030 and half of them by 2050. The presentation will include the Center's Executive Director Kierán Suckling and Public Lands Director Randi Spivak. We're excited to bring these weekly Saving Life on Earth webinars to wherever you are. Just because we're almost all homebound doesn't mean we can't dive into our passion for saving wildlife. Each week the Center will convene a small team of experts to discuss some of the more important topics of our times.  This week's conversation will dive into the value of our public lands and waters, the importance of thinking big, and what it'll take to ensure wild animals and plants have long-term protection for the places they call home. Sign up here for Wednesday's conversation. 


Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 6:00 PM.  Learning for Our Liberation:  Gaza in Context’s Lessons for Today’s Struggles for Liberation.  Eyewitness Palestine is excited to host this informative webinar with the March for Racial Justice featuring Noura Erakat, Human Rights Attorney, Activist.  Registration here


April 22-24, 2020, Earth Day Live.  The youth-led 72-hour live stream and online mobilization will aim to engage people around the world in collective action to protect our climate and communities, and will feature performances from artists and influencers, panels with activists who are on the front lines of the climate crisis, trainings and teach-ins with partners, and conversations with elected officials to keep people engaged, informed, and inspired during this difficult time.  To join Earth Day Live, you can RSVP for updates on the live stream and tune in online on April 22.  You can also participate in the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by striking digitally with the Friday for Future Digital Movement.


Thursday, April 23, 2020, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.  Central Ohio Worker Center Immigrant Justice Committee Virtual Meeting.  Join us for our monthly Immigrant Justice Committee business meeting!  In addition, attorney Brittnee Pankey-Qualls will present an update on how COVID-19 in the immigrant community. This will be a zoom call, please email us for the link/phone number at or  The Immigration Justice Committee is responsible for advancing the immigrant rights mission of the organization by proposing projects, policy statements, and inter-organizational relationships to the board for approval, and for providing ongoing up-to-date information about opportunities for COWC.  Brittnee Pankey Qualls will do a presentation on how COVID-19 is affecting the immigrant/refugee population in Central Ohio.


Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7:00 PM.  Our Revolution Ohio Medicare for All Roundtable. The coronavirus pandemic is tragically illustrating why tying health care to employment is such a bad idea, as millions of Americans are being furloughed or laid off and losing their health care. Join us online for a Medicare for All Round Table. Michelle Mahon from National Nurses United, Yvonka Hall from Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition and  Dr. Matthew Noordsij-Jones from Span Ohio. Register here:


Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7:00 PM.  The Movement For Black Lives: Free Them All! Prison is no place for a pandemic.  During COVID-19, prisons, jails, and detention centers have turned into outbreak zones for incarcerated people, and Black people represent 33% of the sentenced prison population. In New York’s Riker’s Island prison complex, 287 incarcerated people and 406 staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, exposing the entire community to the deadly virus for which there is no known vaccine. Although the federal government is considering releasing people from prison, only a small percentage of Black incarcerated people would be deemed low-risk enough to get out using the federal prison system’s risk assessment tool.  During this panel, hear from experts about the unique life and death challenges people in prisons, jails, and detention centers face during this unprecedented pandemic, and how the virus will impact Black incarcerated people now and after we flatten the curve. We will also discuss solutions for how to use this experience to advocate for new approaches to accountability. Register here.


Thursday, April 23, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 PM.  Coronavirus and U.S. Foreign Policy:  A Conversation with Congressman Tom Malinowski.  He will be joined by guest host, Sanam Anderlini, the Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science, for a conversation on coronavirus and foreign policy, including the impact of Iran sanctions and implications for human rights and peacebuilding.  This is your opportunity to speak with a leading Congressional voice on foreign policy and human rights issues at a critical time.  Register here.  


Friday, April 24, 2020, 12:00 - 3:00 PM.  Rumble In The Valley Release 20k By May.  HONK and WAVE rally on the Statehouse and the ODRC headquarters. We are asking all directly impacted, previously incarcerated or just people down for the cause. We are demanding real answers and the release of 20k by May. We want to be heard and we want 40%. Of the already overpopulated by 127% population. Facebook event here.


Sunday, April 26, 2020, 1:30 – 4:30 PM.  Indivisible Ohio District 15 Annual Meeting.  Sign up for the 2020 fight. Let's support our District 15 congressional candidate and other candidates with a committed band of volunteers and activists ready to march in parades, host fundraisers, make calls, canvass....  We'll have a planning meeting very soon, so stay tuned--and PM this page even sooner if you want to be sure you're involved!  Location:  Columbus Public Library, Main, 95 S. Grant Ave., Columbus.  Facebook


Monday, April 27, 2020, 8:30 PM.  LIVESTREAM - Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony. Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, is a solemn day in which Israelis remember those who they have lost in decades of war and conflict. The joint ceremony provides an opportunity for Israelis and Palestinians to acknowledge the loss and the pain of those living on the other side and to together walk a path of respect, equality, freedom - and ultimately peace.  APN is a co-sponsor of this event hosted by Combatants for Peace and The Parents Circle-Families Forum. RSVP to receive live-streaming information >.


Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 6:30 - 7:30 PM.  Inhale/Exhale - Polarity with Sharonda Crome. Inhale/Exhale is a safe space for activists and organizers to heal. We bring in local healers to introduce no/low cost restorative healing practices for activists and organizers in our progressive ecosystem. Join us via Zoom to learn about Polarity with healer Sharonda Crome.  For more information on polarity or Sharonda please visit  Register here.  Zoom link information is provided after registration!


Thursday, April 30, 2020, 6:00 - 9:00 PM.   Abolition Feminism: Celebrating 20 years of INCITE! Join founders and generations of leaders of INCITE! and Angela Y. Davis for a discussion of the origins, genealogies, and futures of abolition feminism on April 30th, the 20th anniversary of INCITE!’s founding.  INCITE!, a national radical feminist of color organization, was founded in 2000. Over its two decade history, INCITE! has envisioned, articulated, and promoted what Angela Y. Davis has described as abolition feminism, a liberatory vision of a world free from all forms of violence, including those produced by carceral logics and systems of surveillance, policing, punishment, and exile. Abolition feminism, and its roots in grassroots anti-violence organizing by women, trans and gender nonconforming people of color, is particularly relevant in this moment of heightened attention on movements advocating abolition and resisting incarceration of our communities–and of backlash rooted in carceral feminism.  Speakers include Beth Richie, Mimi Kim, Nadine Naber, Cara Page, Shana M. Griffin, Angela Y. Davis and MORE!  Online Event here.  Register here