Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Ohio:  Can We Pull the Plug on FirstEnergy?  A virtual meeting of the Move to Amend Ohio Network.  Could we do it? If so, how? Is it even a good idea? Without FirstEnergy Corporation, where and how could we get our electricity? Any other implications?  Presenters:  Philomena Farley, Ohio Green Party and Mike Ferner, former member of Toledo City Council and the Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD), Coordinator of Lake Erie Advocates.  Moderator:  Greg Coleridge, Move to Amend.  Background information and registration here.  

 

Sunday, June 5, 2023, 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Redbird Books to Prisoners.  We collect, pack, and send books to Ohio prisoners every 1st and 3rd Sunday.  Location: Thirdhand Bike Coop, 979 East 5th Ave, Columbus. Please wear a mask, and please don't park in front of the building.

 

Sunday, June 5, 2022, 2:00 - 4:00 PM.  ACLU Speak Up, Ohio! Campaign Kick-Off Online Training.  This summer, the ACLU of Ohio is flipping the script and embarking on one of our boldest missions yet — a statewide Listening Campaign.  Through this campaign, we plan to speak to YOU — and 9,999 other Ohioans — to learn about your deepest hopes, dreams, and needs of the moment. These honest conversations will help inform our 2023 priorities, furthering our efforts to build an Ohio that works for all of us. At the end of this campaign, our network will be stronger and more powerful than ever before.

In this short video, ACLU describes more campaign details, check it out!  Get ready to Speak Up, Ohio! Join our Kick-off to the 2022 Listening Campaign & get trained to host your own conversation! Make sure your voice and your community is heard.  Register here

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 12:00 PM.  How to Think About Converting an Apartheid Regime into a Democratic StateBob Herbst talks with Jonathan Kuttab of FOSNA.   Jonathan Kuttab is a human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA).  Robert Herbst is a civil rights lawyer, co-chair of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions-USA board, and a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the Westchester, New York, Peace and Action Coalition (WESPAC).  REGISTER HERE

 

Saturday, June 11, 2022, 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.   Join Zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83906590837.  Meeting ID: 839 06.

 

Sunday, June 12, 2022, 4:00 - 6:30 PM.  The "Defuse Nuclear War" Live Stream.  With a focus on the current terrible dangers of nuclear war and the imperative of taking action to reduce them, the Defuse Nuclear War live stream will mark the 40th anniversary of when a million people gathered in Central Park for nuclear disarmament on June 12, 1982. This online event will serve as a catalyst for grassroots organizing. Several dozen peace, disarmament and social justice organizations are co-sponsoring this event, which is sponsored by RootsAction.org and the RootsAction Education Fund. We will hear live presentations from a wide range of speakers including Hanieh Jodat Barnes, Medea Benjamin, Leslie Cagan, Mandy Carter, Emma Claire Foley, Khury Petersen-Smith, David Swanson and Katrina vanden Heuvel. We will also see the world premiere of a video featuring Daniel Ellsberg on “defusing the threat of nuclear war,” produced by Oscar-nominated director Judith Ehrlich.  Register here

Sunday, June 12, 2022, 12:00 - 4:00 PM.  Inspired by Our Past, Organizing for Our FutureJune 12, 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the largest peace demonstration in United States history. On this historic day, one million people marched from the United Nations, filled the streets of New York City, and rallied in Central Park to demand an end to the nuclear arms race.  While the June 12th demonstration anchored the efforts, many other important parts of the mobilization occurred before and after that historic day, including the nonviolent civil disobedience actions at each of the five nuclear nations’ missions to the UN on June 14th; a major international conference; an interfaith religious service; and scores of cultural and educational activities. LEARN MORE

 

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 9:30 - 11:00 AM.  Community Backyards Workshop.  Join us for the Community Backyards workshop at the Linden Library to learn more about backyard conservation practices! Eligible Franklin County residents who attend will qualify for one $25 or $50 rebate on backyard conservation items. Additional details here.  Presented by Simply Living.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Linden Branch, 2223 Cleveland Ave., Columbus 43211.  Space is limited.  Please register in advance.

 

Saturday, June 18, 2020.  Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on WashingtonSave the Date for the Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly & Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. This day is intended to be "a generationally transformative and disruptive gathering of poor and low-wealth people, state leaders, faith communities, moral allies, unions and partnering organizations." Organizers hope that "it is NOT just a day of action. It is a declaration of an ongoing, committed moral movement to 1) build power, 2) shift the political narrative and 3) make real policies to fully address poverty and low wealth from the bottom up."   More information here.  Information on the bus from Columbus:  https://rally.co/poor-peoples-assembly/from/columbusoh-oh.  Some scholarships are available, contact Monica at 937-949-0139.

 

Tuesday, June 21, 28, and July 5, 2022, 2:30 - 3:45 PM.  How Strong is the Biblical Basis for Christian Zionism?  In a mini-course co-hosted by Churches for Middle East Peace and Embrace the Middle East, Colin Chapman presents material from his book Christian Zionism and the Restoration of Israel: how should we interpret the scriptures? (Wipf & Stock, May 2021). Christian Zionists argue that Zionism and the creation of the state of Israel should be seen as the fulfillment of biblical promises and prophecies and therefore tend to be very supportive of Israel. But is this the only way to use the Bible to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? What do Old Testament writers say about the nation of Israel and the promised land? And how do New Testament writers interpret these Old Testament promises and prophecies? What does it mean for Christians today to be peacemakers and hunger and thirst after righteousness/justice? All the webinars are designed to be as interactive as possible. The first three include a 40-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A, and the fourth contains presentations from speakers with differing viewpoints.  Register here

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 1:00 PM.  Strategies to Advance Palestinian Liberation and Solidarity in the United States Congress and Administrative BranchBob Herbst talks with Beth Miller, political director of JVP Action.  Hosted by Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions-USA and Co-sponsored by JVP Action.  Register HERE.   

 

Friday - Sunday, June 24, 25, and 26, 2022.  ComFest Returns to Goodale Park in 2022.  Community Festival (ComFest) has announced that ComFest will return live to its home in Goodale Park this year.  Celebrating 50 years of community, social activism and education, ComFest will again feature live local music and other entertainment, workshops, street fair and much more.  Applications are now available for performers, workshops, speakers and more.  More information about ComFest 50 and applications may be found at www.comfest.com

 

Sunday, June 26, 2022, 2:00 PM. Community Empowerment Film Festival: Patrimonio.  A multi-billion-dollar American development is poised to engulf a small coastal community in Mexico with a mega hotel/condo complex. But local people are banding together to save their way of life and the delicate ecosystem on which they all depend. The narrative arc of our film follows the efforts of the Salvatierra family as they struggle to educate and organize their community against the developers and the burgeoning awareness among the fishermen and the townspeople regarding the enormity of what is at stake. It is all part of an American mega development, called Tres Santos, that threatens to transform and overwhelm the town of Todos Santos. The fishermen themselves are being pushed off the beach and the development would drain the already diminished aquifer, taking drinking water from a town where many residents already do not have access.  What are the rights of small, under-represented communities in the face of global business interests and unsustainable development and what can they do to stand up for those rights and their way of life? When you register using the form below, you'll gain access to our film screening and live Q&A with filmmakers Lisa Jackson and Sarah Teale.  This event is hosted by the Ohio Community Rights Network and Simply Living.  More information and link to the registration here