Monday, June 17, 2024, 5:00 PM.  Grassroots Election Protection Coalition/ALLIANCE 4 GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY.  Weekly zoom meeting.  Register here

 

Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20, 2024, 3:00 PM.  Power Half-Hour for Gaza: Channel grief & fear into action to stop a genocide.  This week very Monday – Thursday.  Many of us are grieving, angry, scared and confused. Wherever you are, you are needed urgently now to act to stave off imminent genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. As we hold the devastating pain of the last few days, in which thousands of Palestinians and Israelis have been killed, we are terrified. The U.S. government is rushing to send more weapons to the Israeli military as it wreaks devastation on the over 2 million Palestinians trapped in Gaza. We must act together to demand the U.S. immediately de-escalate to prevent imminent genocide after 75 years of Israeli military occupation and apartheid. Invite your friends to this daily power-half hour to take action in the political community.  Call on Congress to demand they stop fueling violence -Get messaging resources and pointers for having the hard conversations with people in your life -Intervene in the media narrative beating the drums of war against Palestinians Come to channel grief and fear into action to stop the bloodshed. All are welcome. All are needed. URGENT: We need all hands on deck now to act. Register here.  If the Zoom room is full, join us on YouTube

 

Monday, June 17, 2024, 8:00 PM.  Professor Shaul Magid "Beyond Zionism and Anti-Zionism: On the Possibilities of a New Diasporism."  October 7th and its aftermath marks a turning point for North American Jewry. Many Jews, traumatized by the atrocity of October 7th, have fiercely defended Zionism and Israel’s war, while other Jews, horrified by the destruction of Gaza, have embraced anti-Zionism. Professor Shaul Magid will explore the possibilities of North American Jewish life that continue to critique Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people while reaching beyond both Zionism and anti-Zionism. He will argue for a constructive Diasporism that refocuses Jewish life away from Israel and within the communities in which we live.  Shaul Magid is Visiting Professor of Modern Judaism and senior fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. He previously taught Jewish Studies at Dartmouth, Indiana University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Rice University. He was ordained in Jerusalem and has served as the rabbi of the Fire Island Synagogue since 1997. His many books and essays include, most recently, The Necessity of Exile: Essays from a Distance (Ayin Press, 2023) and Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical (Princeton University Press, 2021). He is a member of the American Academy for Jewish Research and the American Society for the Study of Religion.  Register here

 

Monday, June 17, 2024, 1:00 PM.  Stones Cry Out - Omar Haramy.   Sabeel Palestinian Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem.   Register HERE

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 4:00 PM.  Gathering Voices, June 2024: Wink Fellow Interview with Diana Oestreich and Iskander AbbasiJoin us for the Fellowship of Reconciliation's monthly Gathering Voice event, where we will feature a compelling Zoom interview with two remarkable individuals: Diana Oestreich and Iskander Abbasi. As a combat medic in the Army National Guard, Diana Oestreich's journey is one of extraordinary courage and profound moral challenge. Enlisting with a sense of duty and honor inspired by her parents, Diana's service in Iraq confronted her with a harrowing command: to run over an Iraqi child to keep her convoy moving and protect her fellow soldiers. This heart-wrenching moment put her at a crossroads between her faith's call to love her enemies and her country's command to kill. In a powerful act of defiance, Diana chose to wage peace in the midst of war, embracing her role as a peacemaker and forming a transformative bond with an Iraqi family. Her story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the possibility of peace even in the most challenging circumstances.  A scholar of race, religion, and resistance, Iskander Abbasi brings a rich perspective to our discussion. His work spans Islamic Liberation Theology, Decolonial Theory, Islamophobia Studies, and Environmental Justice and Ethics. For the past fifteen years, he has been actively involved in interfaith Palestine solidarity movements in the USA and South Africa. Iskander's insights will deepen our understanding of the intersections between faith, justice, and resistance in contemporary struggles for peace and equity. Register for the webinar here

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 11:00 AM.  Kumi Now! Rise Up Together for JusticeKumi Now is an online gathering every Tuesday with a guest activist on the ground exploring issues of critical relevance to the Palestinian people and how you can get involved. Register here.

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 4:00 – 5:00 PM. The Five Demands.  Film and Discussion Event on Equity and Access in Education.  Start your celebration of Juneteenth with a live online discussion of equity and access in education featuring distinguished panelists from NAACP, Maryland Public Television, Brooklyn College and Clips from the new film “The Five Demands,” coming to PBS stations nationwide later this year.  This 60-minute online event will include a lively discussion of critical issues facing a new generation of students and faculty, including LIVE Q&A with the audience and special preview clips from the "The Five Demands."  Register here

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 8:00 PM.  Palestine to Ukraine Capitol Calling Party.  While the world shouts “Ceasefire!” President Biden and Congress send Ukraine weapons to attack inside Russia and risk a nuclear war. While the world shouts “Diplomacy now!”  President Biden and Congress send billions more in weapons for Israel’s genocide in Gaza and chokehold on the occupied West Bank.  How do we stop the madness? Where are the levers of power? Join our guest, Vijay Prashad, an expert on international politics, for a discussion on strategy, influence and grassroots pressure as the US empire declines amid an emerging multipolar world.  Register for CODEPINK Congress here

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 7:30 PM.  SE Regional Veterans for Peace Zoom Meeting.  Divestment and Boycotts Information and Strategy Session.  Want to help stop Israel’s genocide?  We see the genocide every day.  We see Biden either helpless or hopeless along with his administration to take action to stop this and to even admit the truth about Israel.  If you want to do something substantive but do not know what join us to talk about how we all can actually make a difference.  It may take time but it finally worked on South Africa. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81658034969. Meeting ID: 816 5803 4969. 

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  Souls from the Well.  Join JUST on Juneteenth at Parable Cafe for Souls from the Well, an art exhibition that will explore and celebrate the power of Black and Palestinian solidarity through art and community!  The event explores ancestral roots, shared struggles, and collective resilience as we come together to honor our heritage and envision a future of liberation.  Location:  Parable Café, 149 S. High St., Columbus 43215. 

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 7:00 PM.  Stacy Mitchell makes the case for an emerging Anti-Monopoly Movement.  Simply Living will host an online discussion and demonstration of our Shop Local Directory - a strategic tool for localization.  Chuck Lynd will moderate the discussion and a panel of Simply Living Board members will demonstrate how our Shop Local directory is a tool that everyone can use to participate in the movement to transition away from the global consumer culture dominated by monopolies. The Shop Local Directory is available now and open to the public for free. While the discussion is free of charge, if you value information and events like this, please consider making a one-time donation to support our efforts to offer you future events and programming. Register

 

Thursday, June 20, 2024, 8:00 PM.  How Clinton's Foreign Policy Launched the U.S. Trajectory from Bush II to Biden.  In this War Industry Resisters Network webinar we will be joined by Jeremy Kuzmarov, the Managing Editor of CovertAction Magazine. He is the author of five books on U.S. foreign policy, including Obama's Unending Wars (Clarity Press, 2019), The Russians Are Coming, Again, with John Marciano (Monthly Review Press, 2018), and Warmonger. How Clinton's Malign Foreign Policy Launched the U.S. Trajectory From Bush II to Biden (Clarity Press, 2023).  In so many ways, Clinton's presidency set the groundwork for the disasters that were to follow under Bush II, Obama, Trump, and Biden. It was Clinton―building off of Reagan―who first waged a War on Terror ridden with double standards, one that adopted terror tactics, including extraordinary rendition, bombing and the use of drones. It was Clinton who cried wolf about human rights abuses and the need to protect beleaguered peoples from genocide to justify military intervention in a post-Cold War age. And it was Clinton's administration that pressed for regime change in Iraq and raised public alarm about the mythic WMDs―all while relying on fancy new military technologies and private military contractors to distance US shady military interventions from the public to limit dissent.  Register here

 

Thursday, June 20, 2024, 1:00 PM. The Stones Cry Out.  Maintaining the Momentum, Mobilizing for Change.  Rifat Kassis and Munther Isaac webinar.  The 20second Stones Cry Out Delegation will be held virtually focusing primarily on reinforcing and expanding the contacts we established on Capitol Hill, the State Department, in the Washington DC church community, and beyond.  Our goal is to rally a broad spectrum of church leaders, Palestine Israel Network groups, and their allies across the US to exert political pressure on our government to reverse its course of unconditional support of Israel and to advocate for full civil, political, and human rights for Palestinians in their land. Throughout the summer, we will hold a series of webinars with important Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars, activists, and NGO leaders, then gather in Washington DC during the week of September 23-27. The webinars will focus on context, strategy, leveraging, and messaging with members of Congress, the State Department, and the administration. Register here.

 

Thursday, June 20, 2024, 7:00 PM.  Veterans For Peace No Nukes Webinar: Nuclear Power and Weapons in a Time of Rising Tensions.  Featuring:  William Hartung, an expert on US military spending;

Linda Pentz-Gunter, founder of Beyond Nuclear; and Greg Mello, director of the Los Alamos Study Group.  Register here

 

Thursday, June 20, 2024, 1:00 PM.  Looking to the Future: Maoz Inon and Aziz Abu Sarah on a Post-October-7th WorldPlease join Americans for Peace Now for a webinar with outspoken peace activists, entrepreneurs, and social advocates Aziz Abu Sarah and Maoz Inon. These two speakers feel the loss and pain of October 7th and the carnage in Gaza that has followed especially keenly: both have lost family to the conflict, before and on October 7th. Since 10/7, the two have appeared on various international forums regarding their partnership in establishing peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Most recently, they traveled together to Verona, Italy to meet Pope Francis and share their vision for the future: one where Israelis and Palestinians can move forward and live side by side. In this difficult time, we look forward to hearing what they have to say. Aziz Abu Sarah is a Palestinian peacebuilder, entrepreneur, and international speaker. He is the co-founder of InterAct International and MEJDI Tours, and the former executive director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Maoz Inon is an Israeli social entrepreneur and peace activist. He has founded several tourism initiatives in Israel and in the Middle East, including the Fauzi Azar Inn and Abraham Hostel and Tour brands.  Register here

 

Thursday, June 20, 2024, 4:00 PM.  Gathering Voices, June 2024: Wink Fellow Interview with Diana Oestreich and Iskander AbbasiJoin the Fellowship of Reconciliation's monthly Gathering Voice event, where we will feature a compelling Zoom interview with two remarkable individuals: Diana Oestreich and Iskander Abbasi.  More information and registration here

 

Friday, June 21, 2024, 12:00 PM. AFSC Action Hour – Ceasefire Now.  Join AFSC staff every Friday to hear updates from Gaza. Then, take action with us as we contact our elected officials and call for an immediate cease-fire and humanitarian access to Gaza. Our elected officials need to keep hearing from us. Register here.

 

Saturday, June 22, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Weekly Rally for Peace.  Location:  East North Broadway and High St., Columbus. 

 

Saturday, June 22, 2024, 7:00 PM.  Through a Healer’s Lens.  A Palestinian American doctor returning from Gaza highlights the need to revive a collapsing healthcare system.  Dr. Jomana Al-Hinti is a neurologist, educator, activist and community organizers.  Location:  Noor Islamic Cultural Center, Main Musallah, 5001 Wilcox Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016.   

 

Sunday, June 23, 2024, 4:00 PM.  The 2024 Gladden Lecture Series Rev. Dr. Yvonne V. Delk. Truth Telling: A Mission for the Church and Country in an Era of Afrophobia, Critical Race Theory, and Christian NationalismFor more than 60 years, Rev. Delk has been a strong ally in the fight for human and civil rights for people of color, children, and the poor. In 1974, Rev. Delk became the first African American woman to be ordained as clergy in the UCC. She is the editor of the book Afro-Christian Convention: The Fifth Stream of the United Church of Christ. This is the story of faith, survival, and empowerment in the hostile environment of racism. The holy stream of African spirituality that flowed across the Atlantic Ocean up to the tidewaters of Virginia in 1619, the same stream that overflowed in 1957 into the worship and work of the United Church of Christ is given its long-overdue place in the canon of UCC. The 2024 Gladden Lecture is being co-sponsored by the Washington Gladden Social Justice Park.  A reception will be held in Social Justice Park following the lecture. Location:  First Congregational UCC, 444 East Broad St., Columbus.

 

Monday, June 24, 2024, 10:00 AM.  Israeli-Saudi Normalization: An Effective Incentive for Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking?  To help end the war in Gaza and facilitate a pathway to an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution, the United States developed a special package of regional initiatives. A key component of this package is apparently Israeli-Saudi normalization, which is seen as a potentially major incentive for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. The Arab Peace Initiative linked the prospect of Israeli-Arab diplomatic rapprochement to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more than 20 years ago. Since then, Israel signed normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco, hoping that its next major regional achievement would be to establish diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia. But in the absence of any significant progress on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and particularly following the breakout of the current war in Gaza, normalization with Riyadh has become that much more difficult to achieve, as the Saudi government conditions normalization with Israel on genuine and irreversible steps toward a two-state solution. At a time when skepticism in post-Oct. 7 Israel toward the two-state solution is at its peak, can the prospect of normalization with Saudi Arabia provide sufficient incentive to alter public preferences and official policies? And more specifically, can Israeli-Saudi normalization be a game-changer in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking efforts? The Middle East Institute webinar will bring together Israeli and Arab experts to discuss these and related questions. Moreover, the panelists will seek to identify conditions under which such an incentive structure can be most effective by drawing lessons from previous attempts to utilize third-party inducements in the Middle East peace process.  Register here

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 1:00 PM.  Sabeel Conference Webinar:  Genocide with Dr. Mads Gilbert.  Dr Gilbert is a Norwegian ER doctor who has worked extensively in Gaza. Register here.  

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Live from Ramallah: Virtual Delegation. Join Eyewitness Palestine on for our Live from Ramallah webinar, featuring a special virtual delegation led by Palestinian Artist, Wafa Hourani, who will take us around Ramallah on a custom tour of the city. Participation in this event is free as Eyewitness Palestine is seeking to highlight voices in Palestine as broadly as possible. Donations are appreciated.  Register here

 

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 2:00 – 3:15 PM.  Cross and Crescent: How Can Evangelicals and Muslims Connect During this Crisis in the Middle East?  Given a lack of understanding and historic tensions, American Evangelicals largely overlook opportunities to build relationships with Muslims. Given the conflation of Muslims and the Middle East in the American imagination, times of crisis in the Middle East further complicate relations. This webinar features a discussion between an American Evangelical, a Palestinian Evangelical, and a Lebanese-American Muslim, reflecting together about the challenges and opportunities for interreligious cooperation in pursuit of understanding and peace. This event is hosted by Network of Evangelicals for the Middle East (NEME) and co-sponsored by Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP).  More information and registration here

 

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 8:00 PM.  NIRS Night with Experts:  The Downside of Expanding Nuclear Energy.  Unspoken High Costs and Harms.  Tami Thatcher, Nuclear Safety Expert, Researcher and Author.  The Department of Energy (DoE) is promoting expansion of nuclear energy to combat climate change, despite how slow to deploy and how costly nuclear energy construction is. The DoE is promoting a High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU) Fuel program that includes all aspects of the uranium fuel cycle, from uranium mining, enrichment, fuel fabrication, nuclear reactor operation, spent nuclear fuel storage and management. Each aspect of the uranium fuel cycle carries environmental and human health harm. The DoE has no spent nuclear fuel disposal program and has no program to site the one or several disposal repositories. The promotion of Consolidated Interim Storage is not an answer and has no safety advantages, except to shift the location to less populated regions – and create the illusion of a solution. The DoE is making various unsubstantiated claims of nuclear energy being affordable, reliable, clean, and safe. Even without a nuclear accident, nuclear emissions from the uranium fuel cycle and nuclear reactor operations pose health harm. The plethora of proposed nuclear reactor types will increase costs and project risks and complicate spent nuclear fuel management and disposal. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has a long record of putting cost savings for owner/operators of nuclear reactors above public safety. Reactor designs “approved” by the NRC provide no assurance of reactor safety, affordability, or achieving safe long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel as a permanent solution to the spent nuclear fuel becomes the burden for future generations.  Tami Thatcher has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as an Advisory Engineer for Department of Energy contractors, specializing in nuclear facility probabilistic risk assessment for commercial nuclear reactors and Department of Energy reactors. She was a Department of Energy nuclear facility safety analyst.  Register here

 

June 28, 29 and 30, 2024.  COMFEST.  ComFest will feature over 150 musical performances, social activism and community-oriented programming over three days. In addition to the line-up of the city’s best live music spread over five stages, workshops, KiDSART, live comedy, poetry readings and other programming will be featured throughout the park. The much-loved Street Fair also returns with one-of-a-kind vendors, arts and crafts, local food and community organizations.  New at ComFest this year will be a singer/songwriter/troubadour stage and a Silent Disco. ComFest has partnered with Seventh Son Brewing Co. for a special ComFest brew that will be featured all weekend. A portion of the sales will benefit ComFest’s Community Grants Program. Also new for 2024 will be a non-alcoholic beer option.  More information here

 

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 1:00 PM.  The destruction of healthcare in Gaza: A scientific assessment of settler-colonial violenceJewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council invites to a webinar with Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim, Dr. A. Kayum Ahmed, Dennis Kunichoff, and Dr. Bram Wispelwey.  Register here

 

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 7:00 PM.  Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: A Decent Respect to the Opinions of All: JFK and the Effort for World PeaceColonel (retired) Lawrence Wilkerson will be joining us for our monthly screening of JFK's Peace Speech. Col. Wilkerson will be offering remarks and responding to Q&A after the screening.  JFK Peace Speech Committee and the Community Church of Boston.  More information and registration here

 

July 5-7, 2024, 12th Columbus Black Theatre Festival.  Peace Within the StormLocation:  Columbus Performing Arts Center Van Fleet Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus 43215.  More information and tickets here

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 6:00 PM.  Fair Districts All Volunteer HuddleJoin Fair Districts leaders and volunteers for a monthly meeting. We will be celebrating the end of signature collection, the turn in of petition booklets, and the beginning of the next phase of the campaign! Second Wednesday of the month at 6 PM!  Register here

 

Thursday, July 11, 2024, European Peace Movement Perspectives: Ukraine, Gaza, Nukes & Elections.  Russia's summer offensive is on, and U.S. supplied weapons are being launched against targets threatening a wider, potentially nuclear, war. Israel's genocidal assault on Gaza and settler violence in the West Bank continue, reinforced by U.S. and German weapons. The world's sixty year-old arms control architecture is in shambles, and in the absence of strategic stability we are on the verge of an all-out arms race. Europeans are going to the polls to elect a new European Parliament, and in the United States voters face the disheartening choice between Biden and the would-be dictator Trump.  Massachusetts Peace Action Webinar.  More information and registration here

 

Wednesday, July 31, 2024, 1:00 PM.  Sabeel Conference Webinar: Apartheid.   Speakers to be announced. Register here.  

 

August 30 – September 2, 2024, Socialism 2024.  The last year has changed us all.  As global crises deepen, social movements the world over are striving toward new visions and experimenting with new strategies. From Palestine to the US and beyond, radical politics have re-emerged as necessary for both survival and full liberation. At this critical juncture, the Socialism 2024 Conference will be a vital gathering space for today’s left.  A four-day conference featuring dozens of participatory discussions, lectures, and workshops organized by activists from all over the country, the Socialism Conference will host exchanges between existing organizers and organizations, while bringing in new layers of the politically curious as part of building our radical traditions and movements.  Location:  Chicago.  More information and registration here.