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Take Action to Support the Nuclear Ban Treaty! Honduras has become the 50th country to ratify the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This means that the treaty has reached the number needed to go into effect. This will start on January 2022 according to the United Nations. 122 countries out of the 193-member UN General Assembly have expressed support and 84 have signed the treaty. Write your representatives and tell them to support this effort! According to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres this development, “represents a meaningful commitment towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons.” But this is only the beginning. Countries with nuclear weapons, including the United States, Russia, and China, have shown opposition to the treaty which aims to destroy all nuclear weapons and ban new ones. The countries that possess nuclear weapons, the US, Russia, the UK, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, and Israel have not signed the treaty. Changing perspectives in nuclear countries is incredibly important in the movement for nuclear disarmament. Citizens and residents of nuclear powers need to use their voices to support the elimination of these dangerous weapons. Tell your representatives that you want them to push for the United States to join the treaty!
Events and Meetings:
Monday, December 6, 2021, 1:30 PM. Hearing on Rules for Radioactive Oil and Gas Waste Injection Wells. You probably know that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is a “captured agency” of the Oil and Gas industry. Cheryl Johncox, Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fossil Fuels campaign leader, is recruiting people willing to keep ODNR honest as they rewrite their rules. WE NEED YOUR HELP to testify in person or in written testimony opposing the new rules and recommend how they can be improved to protect Ohioans. It may seem complicated but it isn’t. Email email@example.com and she will send you talking points that you can customize in your own words. We want as many people as possible to show up or testify!
December 6, 2021, 7:00 PM. Co-Creating
the Eco Future: Meetup and Discussion on
Hello all you cultural creatives! Simple livers, renegades from the consumer society, green activists, arts and craft makers, yoga lovers, meditators – you know who you are! Join us for a meet and greet, a time to share what you are reading, watching, imagining, and doing to make the changes we need to get to an ecological culture. We can get there if we gather together, online and in person, learn from each other, and build a community that is inclusive, resilient, and way more fun than life in big box stores, traffic jams, and fast food. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for! Suggested price $5.00. Simply Living. More information and registration here.
Monday, December 6, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. American Promise Connect. This month American Promise Connect will feature John F. Kowal and Wilfred U. Codrington III, co-authors of the book “The People’s Constitution: 200 Years, 27 Amendments, and the Promise of a More Perfect Union,” which includes insight on American Promise and the 28th Amendment. In addition, our very own Dr. Jessica Hare will sit down for a conversation with author and founder of Civic Courage, Sam Daley-Harris, who will review the impact American Promise and its nationwide core of volunteers have made this past year.
As always, we will be taking your questions regarding the amendment, training calls and other ways you can get more involved with American Promise. Just want to listen in? You can stream the webinar LIVE on our Facebook page @usapromise. More information and webinar registration here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 10:30 - 12:30 PM. Supporting Palestinian Rights Defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Reality, Challenges and Obligations. This UN Palestinian Rights Committee virtual event will highlight the engagement of the Committee with civil society partners in the implementation of its mandate towards ending the occupation of the Palestinian territory and advancing the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. It will shed light on the implications of the Israeli decision of 22 October 2021 to designate six Palestinian human rights and humanitarian NGOs as “terrorist organizations” and more broadly on the work of civil society organizations and human rights defenders in the OPT. Finally, it will underline the role and responsibilities of the international community in the context of a shrinking space for CSOs. The speakers - Shawan Jabarin (Al-Haq), Heba Morayef (Amnesty International), Michael Sfard (Human rights lawyer) and Omar Shakir (Human Rights Watch) - will brief on the varying dimension of this critical decision and show Israel's long-time efforts to target organizations that document the ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights and seek to hold Israel accountable. Watch the live stream on UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 11:00 AM. KUMI Now: Human Rights. On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each December 10 is Human Rights Day, in honor of that foundational text of modern human rights. Sadly, human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine have been well documented by the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other organizations for decades. And yet the violations continue. Our guest will be Raji Sourani, founder of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Register here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 12:00 PM. No Way to Treat a Child Webinar: Key Takeaways & Updates from 2021. Please join #nowaytotreatachild campaign co-leaders from Defense for Children International - Palestine and American Friends Service Committee for a this webinar. We will analyze the impact that 2021 had on Palestinian children: from Israel's Operation Guardian of the Walls decimating the Gaza Strip in May to detaining Palestinian children without charge during a deadly pandemic, Israeli authorities continued violating Palestinian children's rights throughout the course of the year. Join this webinar to get the facts and learn how to advocate for Palestinian children's rights in 2022. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 12:00 PM. Connecting the Dots from National Security to Genuine Security: Partners from Colombia and Korea discuss the cost of militarism in their context. Please join the Presbyterian Office for Public Witness for a webinar on the concept of security and how it is used to justify military action. Speakers from Korea, Colombia, and the United States will examine the theological foundation for Christians in relation to the concept of security and examine how it plays out in each context in this first installment of a webinar series entitled ‘Connecting the Dots,’ presented by the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Militarism Working Group in collaboration with the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Spanish and Korean. In the season of Advent and on Pearl Harbor Day, please join us as we remember the Prince of Peace and reflect on who we are called to be as peacemakers. Register here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00 PM. The USA, Russia, NATO: Arms Races, Confrontations, Common Security Alternatives. In the U.S. much of our attention has had to focus on reversing the intensifying cold war with China. But with the U.S., NATO and Russia locked in new arms races and military confrontations in the Baltic and Back Seas and Central Europe, we need deeper understandings of these dynamics and where there are openings to defuse these dangerous confrontations. Prof. Alexey Gromyko, Chairman of the Council of Professors of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Director of the Institute of Europe RAS, founder and head of Center for British Studies (2000?2014), Member of Bureau of RAS Department of Global Problems and International Relations, and Member of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the UK. She is a nationally and internationally renowned peace activist and has served as an officer of the Stop the War Coalition. By profession a historian, she was Head of Social and Policy Studies at London South Bank University. Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director of the Arms Control Association, he is a frequent source for reporters and has written and spoken extensively about nuclear arms control, non? proliferation, and weapons production. He has been recognized as a key individual whose ideas will help shape the policy debate on the future of nuclear weapons. Initiated by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Co-sponsored by the International Peace Bureau, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Peace Action, Massachusetts Peace Action and Kansas City. Register here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 8:00 - 9:30 PM. The Crisis in Honduras. Join Honduran activists for an update on the state of affairs in the weeks after the highly contentious 2021 Presidential Elections. After two years of unjust imprisonment, on Thursday, December 9, the trial against the eight political prisoners of Guapinol will continue. Their crime: defending the Guapinol and San Pedro rivers from the Los Pinares mining project. In a case plagued by false accusations against the human rights defenders and corruption on the part of Honduran authorities, on February 9, 2021, the UN determined that the detention of the Guapinol 8 was arbitrary and contrary to their human rights. The elections of November 28, 2021 became a historic event for Honduras. We see in Xiomara Castro’s electoral victory as another step in the popular resistance that preceded the 2009 coup and the result of the sacrifice of hundreds of murdered, disappeared, or displaced comrades. As we celebrate, we keep in mind the hundreds of thousands of people who, day by day, continue to resist the effects of the neoliberal and criminal model that gave rise to the regime of Juan Orlando Hernandez. We celebrate and honor the memory of those who preceded us by standing firm in our solidarity with the Honduran people and continue to denounce the crimes committed by the U.S. and Canada-backed neoliberal governments that resulted from the 2009 coup. The Honduras Solidarity Network & IRTF Cleveland. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7:00 PM. Economics of Happiness: Community Localization Deep Dive and Discussion. Join us for a deep dive into the benefits of localization and how bottom up and top down strategies are implementing solutions that revitalize our communities. This discussion course is based on the award-winning film, Economics of Happiness (EOH), developed by Helena Norberg-Hodge and her team at the International Society for an Ecological Culture (LocalFutures.org). Each session includes content from the EOH film or related media, a presentation that frames and explores the topic in greater depth, and class discussions based on selected readings in the booklet Localization: Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness. Participants can attend any or all classes. Chuck Lynd is the facilitator, and he will share his experience of leading a coalition of local organizations engaged in Local Food, Locally owned retail goods and services, Local micro loans to entrepreneurs, Local community banks and credit unions, and local businesses and advocacy groups. As we like to say: Eat Local, Buy Local, Bank Local, Invest Local, and LIVE Local. The session is free or consider a free will donation. Register here for the zoom link.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM. Screening of The People’s Patriarch: Reflections with Patriarch Michel Sabbah. Join Churches for Middle East Peace for a screening of a short film about the life, ministry, and advocacy of His Beatitude Michel Sabbah followed by remarks from His Beatitude as well as a Question-and-Answer time with him. His Beatitude Michel Sabbah served as the Archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem from 1987 to 2008, the first non-Italian to do so in over five centuries and is an outspoken defender of Palestinian rights. Register here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 1:00 PM. The USA, Russia, NATO: Arms Races, Confrontations, Common Security Alternatives. “The risk of an accidental war breaking out between Russia and the West is greater than at any time during the Cold War, Britain’s most senior military officer has said in an interview with Times Radio” — CNN Nov 14, 2021. In the U.S. much of our attention has had to focus on reversing the intensifying cold war with China. But with the U.S., NATO and Russia locked in new arms races and military confrontations in the Baltic and Back Seas and Central Europe, we need deeper understandings of these dynamics and where there are openings to defuse these dangerous confrontations. Initiated by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Co-sponsored by the International Peace Bureau, Peace Action, Massachusetts Peace Action, and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Register here.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Cultural Resistance: Visualizing a Nuclear-Free World. Presented by Beyond Nuclear, Goethe-Institut, and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America. How do we advocate for an end to nuclear power and nuclear weapons? Beyond research papers and speeches, articles and fact sheets, and protests on the streets, can a painter, a fashion designer, and a creative performance director convey the same urgency about our nuclear peril? More information and registration here.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Global Security Talks—Redefining Security. Nuclear weapons are the most deadly and destructive weapons ever built. Yet, nuclear policy decisions are limited to exclusive spaces that permit only the most privileged to have a seat at the table. The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a virtual discussion with Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and the Daisy Alliance, where we will examine the adverse consequences of highly exclusive decision making on nuclear weapons and explore solutions to change this status quo. Register here.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 1:00 PM. Stealing the Earth Part 3: “Pervasive and Self Perpetuating:” The continuous falsifying of narratives. The use of violence and dehumanization by the Doctrine. Speakers: LaRenda Morgan is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and is also part of the Otoe Missouria Tribe. She attended Carter Seminary Indian boarding school and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Social Sciences and a Masters in Human Relations. Leon (Kaulahao) Siu is of Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry and hails from the island of Hawaii. While he is well known as a recording artist with the group “Leon & Malia,” he also plays a vital role in the movement to restore the Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign nation. To that end he is currently serving as its Minister of Foreign Affairs with the goal of restoring diplomatic relations with other nations. He also serves as a director of the Koani Foundation. More information and registration here.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 4:00 PM. Peace and Human Rights in North Korea: An Argument for Ending the War. Join Women Cross DMZ and Korea Peace Now! for a panel discussion titled “Peace and Human Rights in North Korea: An Argument For Ending the War.” This event will grapple with the intersection of human rights and peace in the context of US-North Korea relations and the role of the unended Korean War. The event will feature introductory remarks from Sr. Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea. Women Cross DMZ Executive Director Christine Ahn will facilitate a panel discussion with Elizabeth Beavers, a national security and human rights attorney and advocate, and Su-mi Jeon, a South Korean human rights lawyer.
The webinar will include an opportunity for audience Q&A. Register here.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Permission to Narrate: The Shifting Discourse on Israel/Palestine in the U.S. The pending expulsions of Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah by Israeli settlers and the Israeli offensive in Gaza this past summer garnered unprecedented media attention and public solidarity with Palestinians, along with a perceptible shift in how international and especially U.S. media cover issues related to Palestine-Israel. Amid these developments, a number of activists and policy analysts point to what they regard as a “shifting narrative” on Palestine—even as the political and policy discourse in Washington remains palpably Israel-centric. Register here.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 12:30 PM. Americans for Peace Now Webinar: Upside-Down Love with Sari Bashi. Sari Bashi, an Israeli human rights lawyer and the co-founder of Gisha, recently published a Hebrew-language book, “Maqluba: Upside-Down Love,” about her relationship with her partner, a Palestinian professor from Gaza. The book is a personal and political memoir: a romance, a historical record, a political critique, and an adventure story of navigating Israeli checkpoints. Bashi, who writes the popular Umm Forat blog, has won critical acclaim for her book and is working on an English translation. She will share what it's like to speak Hebrew to her kids in supermarkets in Ramallah, how she answers her daughter's questions about the soldiers who don't let her father cross checkpoints, and what one family's story can tell us about the control that the Israeli authorities exercise over Palestinians. Register here.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 5:30 PM. COP 26 ITR Report Back. This November, the It Takes Roots delegation--comprised of Climate Justice Alliance, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Indigenous Environmental Network, Just Transition Alliance, and Central Florida Jobs with Justice, went to the UNFCCC COP26 Conference of the Parties in Glasgow, representing frontline communities directly impacted by fossil fuel extraction and production. Join us for a member report-back on the Glasgow Climate Pact coming out of COP26, what it means for our communities, and next steps in the fight for climate justice. Register here.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 5:00 PM. Prospects for Peace and Justice in Israel and Palestine. Boston Review and Standing Together—one of the largest grassroots people's movements in Israel working to bring together Jews and Arabs—welcome Sally Abed, Noam Chomsky, Alon-lee Green, Congressman Jim McGovern and Dr. James Zogby, President of the Arab-American Institute, for a panel discussion on the prospects for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine. This event will be moderated by Omar Dahi. Tickets to this event are free and open to the public. Please consider making a small contribution of $3—or any amount you can donate—when you register to help fund future events like this and the work of Boston Review. More information and registration here.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. U.S. Weather Review 2021. The Texas freeze, the Pacific Northwest heatwave, the Western wildfires, the Southwestern drought, the Southern hurricanes, and Northeastern flooding are just a few of several extreme weather events that occurred this year. It has become clear that climate change is exacerbating these extreme weather events that are having real impacts on people’s lives. Join us highlighting the powerful effects of climate change by reviewing the bizarre and intense weather events that happened across the country in 2021. Join Climate Action groups from New Hampshire, Virginia, Nevada, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania for this virtual event to learn how weather and climate change are related, what our politicians and communities are doing to mitigate their impacts, and how you can join the fight against the climate crisis. More information and registration here.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM. No Coal Bailouts! Join us at The Statehouse to send a message to state legislators to end the OVEC coal plant bailouts from HB6! We will line the street holding signs and banners in support of the bailout repeal bills SB 117 and HB 351. Holiday-themed clothing and signs encouraged! We will have extra signs for those who need them. Sierra Club Beyond Coal and others. Location: Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. Facebook Event.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 6:00 PM. National LCIP Forum - The Fight For Citizenship For All. Adding to its 35 years of failed promises, the Democratic Party has excluded a path to citizenship from the Budget Reconciliation Bill – excluding also all the important economic and climate justice provisions – and leaving 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. But from California to Chicago, from New York to Washington D.C., undocumented families are saying enough. No more lies! No more deportations! A clear and permanent path to citizenship for all, now! The Democrats' failure to pass the Budget Reconciliation Bill is only their latest betrayal. Join us as we hear from immigrant leaders, labor leaders, and public education teachers, among others, on the importance of connecting our struggles and building an independent working class party that is rooted in our movements, that is accountable to the grassroots through labor and community assemblies, and that can stand up to both corporate parties. The time is ripe to seize the momentum of Striketober and the growing movements for racial, gender, and climate justice to win critical reforms for all working class people and oppressed communities. Our time is now. Labor & Community For An Independent Party. Register here.
Thursday, December 9, 2021, 7:00 PM. Blueprint for Democracy 2021: Democracy and the Courts, the Intersection between Race, Law, and Democracy. For democracy to work, systemic racial inequities in the law and the courts must be addressed. There is a deep distrust of the criminal justice system, which is inherently an issue unto itself while also threatening the legitimacy of the courts. Breaking down these barriers is key to eliminating racism and implicit biases within the laws, courts, and judges and is also key to building diversity on the bench so judges reflect the communities they serve. Panelists include Kyle Strickland, Senior Legal Analyst at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at Ohio State University, retired Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine, Rev. Raymond Greene, Jr., executive director of Freedom BLOC, and Maria Bruno, Public Policy Director, Equality Ohio. Sponsored by Common Cause Ohio, Ohio Fair Courts Alliance, Freedom BLOC, Ohio Council of Churches, and ACLU of Ohio. Register here.
Friday, December 10, 2021, 1:00 PM. Human Rights Day Webinar. Join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture for a webinar featuring members of our newly launched U.S. Prisons Program Advisory Council. Come learn how these Council members are leading efforts to uphold human rights in their respective advocacy spaces and learn more about NRCAT’s work for the preservation of human rights in the coming year. The conversation will be led by the Director of NRCAT’s U.S. Prisons Program, and solitary survivor himself, Johnny Perez, and will include: Ceyenne Doroshow, Founder and Executive Director, Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (G.L.I.T.S.) (New York), Steven Mangual, Justice Advocate Coordinator, Latino Justice PRLDEF Southeast Region (Florida), Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass, Vice Chairperson, Interfaith Action for Human Rights (Virginia), and Jack Morris, Lead Community Health Worker/Coordinator, St. John's Well Child & Family Center (California). Join us as we commemorate Human Rights Day on December 10. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, which declares that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and human rights." Register here.
Friday, December 10, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Honk and Wave for Our Revolution. Join us at the pedestrian bridge overlooking route 315 (near Whetstone Park) as we wave to the folks on their way home for the weekend. bring signs and a smile and a wave! Location: 4261 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214. Register with Our Revolution here.
Friday, December 10, 2021, 5:00 - 5:30 PM. GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding. Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.
Friday, December 10, 2021, 1:00 PM. Food Sovereignty & Anti-Colonial Struggle. PALESTINE - JACKSON - BRAZIL. A conversation on Food Sovereignty and our local, national, global, political Struggles for Liberation. In Solidarity with the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC) & Bisan Center for Research & Development. #StandWithThe & IIn conversation with Cooperation Jackson & Brazil's Landless Workers Movement (MST). Register here.
Friday, December 10, 2021, 4:45 PM. Boycott Military Industrial Complex. We invite you to join us on Friday, December 10th, International Human Rights Day, for a teach in focusing on strategies for successful boycott campaigns that advance Palestinian freedom. We'll be looking at local campaign to Boycott the Military Industrial Complex at the city council level and thinking about budgets, from local to federal, developing strategies to hold elected officials accountable from local politicians to Members of Congress. This is the second teach-in in a three part local series on BDS organizing, organized by Demilitarize Durham2Palestine, with support from the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR). Register here.
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. The Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series presents Hype Man. This film is based upon Idris Goodwin’s acclaimed play which was originally produced by Company One and filmed in collaboration with the American Repertory Theater. Watch the film during the week of December 6-12, and join us December 11th, 7:00-8:30pm for a panel discussion with the artists and a local activist in the racial justice space including: Idris Goodwin, playwright, and Paige Curtis, Culture & Communications Director, Boston Ujima Project, Shawn LaCount (Moderator) – Executive Director, Company One Theatre. Actors from the film have been invited. About the film: Hype Man follows a hip-hop group on the precipice of making it big in the industry—until an instance of police violence divides the group. The white rapper, Pinnacle, can’t understand the perspectives of the group’s hype man, Verb, and beatmaker, Peep One, both people of color. Pinnacle resists addressing the police violence in music because he has not personally experienced it, and yet he operates in an industry and an art form created by Black musicians. What ensues is an investigation of responsibility in the face of social injustice, through the lens of the hip-hop world. A trailer can be seen by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdEL2jaFXoE. REGISTER HERE: https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/4480052. Please Note: You only need to register one time. You will receive a ‘ticket’ at time of registration, but the links to see the film online and to attend the zoom panel discussion will be sent separately in early December. You will receive a link to the film via email a week before the panel, on December 11th. You will have access to the film for the week preceding the panel discussion.
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Occupy for Our Revolution. Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity. Register with Our Revolution here.
Saturday, December 11, 2017, 7:00 PM. Columbus Free Press Second Saturday Salon. Since we aren't getting together in person, we can gather for a couple hours on the second Saturday night of each month. This salon will feature World Beyond War activist David Swanson. Join Zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906590837. Meeting ID: 839 06.
Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3:00 PM. Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: "Christians in Palestine." Our VFHL Online Film Salon discussion this month focuses on Christians in Palestine today, as we approach the Christmas story. There are two short films that bring today's Palestine to light: "Bethlehem – The Living Stones": So often, Christian pilgrims travel to the Holy Land to experience where Jesus lived, walked and performed miracles. Churches now stand over ancient stones on the places where Bible events occurred. The tours come; the tours go. But most of the pilgrims/tourists don’t encounter the Palestinian people in Bethlehem. This film opens the aperture to experience the land where Jesus walked, through the eyes of "the living stones," Palestinian Christians who descend from the disciples. "Christians of Palestine, Life Behind the Wall": This short documentary focuses on how the Israeli occupation impacts the Palestinian population of today. The story, told by Christian-Palestinians, sheds light on different perspectives of the conflict that we don't hear about in the United States. Watch the film. Witness the Christmas celebration and hopeful spirit of those living in the walled city of Bethlehem. This film conveys a message of peace, along with a deeper understanding of what the Bethlehemites face. View these films in advance (links provided upon registration) and join our salon discussion on Dec. 12 with Yousef Al Khouri, lecturer at Bethlehem Bible College & member, Christ at the Checkpoint and Elizabeth, a community builder and former teacher at Jerusalem School in Bethlehem. The discussion will be led by Rev. Susan Wilder, Co-Moderator of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of The Presbyterian Church (USA). Register here.
Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3:00 PM. How Sanctions Adversely Affect Ethiopia and Eritrea, a webinar co-sponsored by EACC and the Sanctions Kill! Coalition. The Ethiopian American Civic Council, Ethiopian and Eritrean Americans, and the Sanctions Kill Coalition present a webinar on the damage that US sanctions will inflict on Ethiopia and Eritrea. The Biden administration is fully aware that harsh sanctions will primarily hurt the poor, but it has already sanctioned Eritrea and will all but certainly sanction Ethiopia in January. We will dig deep into the context of this aggression and discuss how we can resist with advocacy and action. Join us! Register here.
Sunday, December 12, 2021, 2:00 PM. GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding. Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lnes. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.