Monday, December 2, 2013, 7:00 PM. Central Ohio Solar and Smart Grid Cooperative meeting. Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Slowter Lounge.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 2:00 PM. PHI (The Paraprofessional Health Institute) and NELP (National Employment Law Project) are offering a webinar to explain and answer questions about the final rule extending minimum wage and overtime protections to home care and the impact it will have for home care workers, services and the industry. Please plan to join us! Sign up here.
Thursday, December 5 , 2013, 8:00 PM. Move To Amend internet radio. Listen to it streaming at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movetoamend and click on “Live.” Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution. This is a call-in program. Call (646) 652-2345 and press 1 to participate. Listen in every Thursday - previous programs can also be accessed at the website.
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 8:00 – 10:00 AM. Central Ohio Clean Energy Network Meeting – Green Energy Ohio Holiday Breakfast. GEO Celebrates 2013. Join GEO for a festive continental breakfast featuring John Rohyans on Climate Change Reality Check for Ohio. John has spent his professional career as a practicing attorney with the Porter Wright law firm in Columbus. Civically involved in a number of organizations, over the past 15 years John has taken an active interest in sustainability, environmental and climate change issues. He has participated with Al Gore in his Climate Reality Project and will present informative slides that every informed Ohioan needs to know about in reducing their carbon footprint. Open to the Public: $10 admission must be received by Monday, December 2. Cost then increases to $13.00 if space is available. Please mail your check or fax or scan your credit card information on GEO Registration Form to: Green Energy Ohio, 7870 Olentangy River Road, Suite 2013. Limited Seating Available, so attendees will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Continental breakfast with orange juice, coffee, muffins, danishes, and bagels and cream cheese at 8:00 AM. We'll Be Having A Silent Auction. If you have an item you'd like to donate, please contact Barry Adler or Bill Spratley at GEO by Tuesday, December 3 at 614.985.6131 or by phone at email@example.com. Enjoy Catching Up with GEO Friends; Make New Ones at the Festive Worthington Inn! Location: Worthington Inn, 649 High St., Worthington, Ohio.
See more about The Worthington Inn at: www.worthingtoninn.com/index.html
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:00 PM. Documentary: God Loves Uganda. The feature-length documentary God Loves Uganda is a powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to change African culture with values imported from America's Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting "sexual immorality" and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow Biblical law and, consequently, institute an American-influenced bill that would make homosexuality punishable by death.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with three OSU colleagues who are specialists in areas relevant to the film:
* Cynthia Burack, Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; author of Sin, Sex, and Democracy: Antigay Politics and the Religious Right, among other works on the Christian Right.
* Ousman Kobo, Associate Professor of History, who writes about African History, including religious history. He will provide some brief historical background on Christianity in East Africa and why the Religious Right considers that area a fertile ground for evangelization.
* Rita Trimble, Ph.D. student in Comparative Studies, who has written about transnational evangelical organizing and the effort to import "natural family" belief throughout the world.
God Loves Uganda premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 18, 2013 and has won numerous awards at film festivals so far. http://www.godlovesuganda.com/
Watch the trailer here: http://www.godlovesuganda.com/film/video/
Location: Gateway Theatre in the OSU Gateway area.
The film will be showing at the Gateway until Dec. 12. But the Dec. 5 showing at 7 p.m. is the only showing that will be followed by a discussion with our OSU colleagues. Please join us for this important event. Keep in mind that in 76 countries being LGBT is a crime, and in 10, it is legal grounds for life imprisonment or execution (https://www.allout.org/en/about).
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 8:15 AM - 2:30 PM. Ohio Wetlands Summit 2013. The Summit will address the legal and regulatory framework of wetlands protection in Ohio. We will explore the 401 and 404 permitting process that controls how wetlands are filled and drained. The discussion will lead us to understand how we can influence the evolution of regulations that could provide a more secure future for Ohio's Wetlands. Cost: $40. Register at http://ohwetlands.org/?page_id=547
Monday, December 9, 2013, 3:00 PM. The Direct Service Workforce Resource Center at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is hosting a webinar to explain the features of the recently updated PHI State Data Center, the first web-based tool to provide comprehensive, state-by-state profiles of the direct-care workforce. The latest state-by-state wage, employment, and demographic data available on nursing home aides, home health aides, and personal care aides is readily available on the site, as well as information on legislation/regulation and notable initiatives in each state. Online registration is required. An option to participate by audio conference is also available. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, December 9, 2013, 7:00 PM. Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting – Program: The International Criminal Court. OSU Professor Emeritus John Quigley on The International Criminal Court: the basics of its establishment and jurisdiction; US efforts to undermine it and the possibility that the US might become a member; acts that can be prosecuted, in particular settlements in occupied territory or drone strikes; political pressures that affect prosecution decisions; whether the court's focus to date on prosecuting African reflects a bias or political pressure; the recent request by the African Union to delay prosecutions of heads of state or heads of government. Location: Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue. For more information on COFP, visit https://sites.google.com/site/centralohioansforpeace/
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:00 PM. Alchemy for the Spirit. Free Program. Debbie Keri-Brown traveled around the country nine months a year for four years buying gold, silver and platinum jewelry while working for the largest company of its kind in the country. She experienced a fascinating, gypsy type lifestyle as she planted the seeds of love, peace and joy. This presentation offers inspiring, informative, transformational and humorous stories from the road which provide wisdom on handling life's challenges. This free program will be held on Thursday, December 12 at 7 PM at Journeys of Wisdom, 6161 Busch Boulevard, suite 310. Journeys is dedicated to serving anyone who is seeking an empowered life. For further information, contact the center at (614) 888-1240.
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 6:30-midnight. Free Press Second Saturday Salon. There will be food, drink, music, art, and presentations. Network and socialize with friends. Location: 1021 E. Broad St., parking in rear or front, come to east side door. Free, open to the public. For more information, call 614-253-2571 or email: email@example.com.
Sunday, December 15, 2013. CIW Action at Wendy’s Headquarters. Save the date for another rousing action by internationally acclaimed Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Ohio Fair Food allies at Wendy's Headquarters, 1 Dave Thomas Blvd. (just west of Sawmill Road on West Dublin-Granville Rd. (Time to be announced on Ohio Fair Food Facebook page and in this newsletter next week.) The farm workers and allies will be back again calling on Wendy's to celebrate the opening of their new, innovative Flagship Store by signing the Fair Food Agreement to bring justice at last to the farm workers who pick the tomatoes they buy. Despite major actions by Fair Food allies in cities from coast and formal requests for dialogue at the annual shareholder meetings for the past three years, Wendy's management refuses to talk with the Coalition. Join us and be part of another great victory for justice!
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:30 PM. Franklin County Green Party Central Committee Meeting. Open business meeting. Location: Northwood-High Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus, room 100. (Free parking behind the building in the R spaces for Rardin Health Clinic.)
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:30-7:30 PM. The Homeless Interfaith Memorial Service.
The Annual Interfaith Memorial Service to Celebrate the Lives of Homeless and Formerly Homeless People Who Died in Central Ohio in 2013 (sponsored by The Columbus Coalition for the Homeless) will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church (Southeast Corner of S. Third St. and E. Broad St.).
The keynote speaker for the evening will be Dr. Laura Stivers, author of “Disrupting Homeless; Alternative Christian Approaches.” The reading of the names of those who have died, the ringing of the steeple bell and lighting of candles in their memory will be the focal
point of the service. Also featured on the program at the Memorial Service will be the Ridgeview Middle School Choir.
Earlier in the day from 2 to 3:30 p.m., a workshop entitled “From Charity to Community: Addressing Homelessness.” will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer in Clintonville.
How can churches, faith groups and ecumenical organizations address homelessness in a way that promotes hospitality and justice? Dr. Laura Stivers will share highlights from her book and engage participants in conversation about the ideologies we assume and ways that we might approach homelessness differently. This event has been organized by the Sexuality Studies Program. Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 East Broad Street.