Monday, April 2, 2018, 7:30 – 8:30 PM.  DSA Columbus Tenants Right Working Group meeting.  Location:  Panera Bread, 300 W Lane Ave, Columbus, OH. Contact:


Monday, April 2, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  CCBOR Final Push Kickoff Gathering – 3 months to July 1!  Dear Columbus Community Rights Supporters: We are working to protect Columbus Water, to keep it safe from Frack Waste Injection wells, and landfill dumping within our City and Watershed, and We stand for our inalienable rights for local self-governance to protect our community. We have just 3 1/2 months to deadline to turn in our petitions. This is it!  All Folks who are committed to helping get the Columbus Community Bill of Rights on the November 2018 ballot, will meet to Kickoff this final Push to get the 12,000 signatures we need before July 1, 2018.  Come have a bite to eat, meet the team, get your petitions, post cards, get a short training if you are new or rusty, pick up an awesome T shirt and our new yard sign.  This won't happen without You.  We need You. Team.  Location:  Room 100, Northwood-High Building, 2231 N. High, Columbus 43201.  Facebook.  


Wednesday, April 3- 5, 2018, Act Now: United to End Racism rally in DC.   Buses are going from around Ohio. Sign up by March 1st!  ACT NOW: Unite to End Racism is both a rally and a call to action, organized by the National Council of Churches with partners: the National African American Clergy Network, Conference of National Black Churches, Sojourners, Franciscan Action Network, Churches Uniting in Christ, and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and its member communions.  The Ohio Council of Churches invites you to join us in a transformational journey, beginning this April.  Join us on a transformational journey!  Awaken to the truth that racism is evil and hurts us all. Confront racism through truth-telling and action to right the wrong.  Transform the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and institutions. We are sponsoring bus departures from four cities to events taking place in Washington DC on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Cost: $75/person plus incidentals. You may want to bring a sling chair. Unite to End Racism Rally: Buses will depart Columbus approximately 10:00 pm April 3, estimated return 1 am April 5. Register for Unite to End Racism Let this be a transformational experience.  More information.    Registration.  


Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:00  – 8:30 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio Meeting.

Program:  JVP Curriculum on the Nakba.  JVP members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.  All are welcome.   Note new location:  Columbus Public Library, Main Library, Auditorium, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Parking available in the library garage.  For more information please contact,

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Doors open at 6:15 PM, Music program 6:45 – 8:45 PM, Reception at 8:45 PM.  An Evening of Song, Narration, and Images:  “Music and Racial Justice from Abolition to Black Lives Matter.”  Throughout our history, social movements have relied on music as a way to share their stories and to unite their members.  Music has shown the plight of the oppressed as well as the depth of their resistance.  The 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provides a compelling opportunity to present the ways the battle for racial justice has been fought.  The Ohio State University College of Social Work, in collaboration with the King Arts Complex, invites you to join us in honoring the memory of Dr. King.  With musical help from the Sutton Entertainment Group, a Central Ohio live entertainment and event planning agency, we will show how music inspired and informed movements for racial justice across five eras in American history. You will also see how the common themes of white supremacy, oppression, sanctioned violence against African Americans and resistance impacted these five eras.  Location:  King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave, Columbus 43203.  Free parking is available on the street and behind the building. For more information, contact Keith Kilty at   Please RSVP by March 28, go to

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.  50 years to the date of Dr. King’s funeral, we present Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. He was regional director of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, leading several campaigns to fight various forms of discrimination and segregation. King also married Moss and his wife. In 1971 he spent one year away from the church to co-pastor Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta with Martin Luther King Sr. He was an advisor to President Jimmy Carter and befriended such figures as Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Jesse Jackson. Rev. Dr. Moss will share his thoughts about the King family and their impact 50 years since the assassination of Dr. King. Ticket Pricing:  Adults: $20.00, Member: $15.00.  Location:  Pythian Theater, King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus 43203. 

Friday, April 6, 2018,7:00 PM. The Meeting.  In conjunction with NIA Performing Arts, we continue our reflection of Dr. King with a presentation of The Meeting. It is a 1987 American play by Jeff Stetson about an imaginary meeting between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in 1965 in a hotel in Harlem during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. We hope you will join us for this classic play in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X.  Ticket Pricing: Adults: $20.00 Member: $15.00.  Location:  Pythian Theater, King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus 43203.  

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:30 AM (doors open and screening of Legalize Democracy), Program:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.  Move to Amend Ohio Network 6th Annual Gathering.  Keynote Speaker: Mary Jo Kilroy [former U.S. Representative, Franklin County Commissioner, and Columbus School Board member] on "Fair Elections for a Fair Democracy.”   Report from Move to Amend: Jessica Munger, national Program Director on national movement-building projects and campaigns.  Take Action workshops:  Fair Districts = Fair Elections, Sharpening Move to Amend Basic Skills, Corporate Constitutional Rights -- Before & After Passage of the 28th Amendment, Election Fraud and Voter Suppression, Legislation Status and Lobbying Basics, and Criminal Justice Reform Ballot Initiative.  People’s Assembly to democratically decide projects for upcoming year.  Rousing closing by nationally known activist, author, and political candidate Bob Fitrakis.  Free ($10 suggested donation or $20 with lunch).  Registration and more information here.  


Saturday, April 7, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  CAIR-Columbus District 15 Congressional Candidate Forum.  Join CAIR-Columbus for a District 15 Congressional Candidate Forum starting at 1:30 PM at the Upper Arlington Public Library at 2800 Tremont Rd in the Friends Theater on Saturday, April 7th. Doors will open at 1:00, event begins at 1:30. Confirmed participants include Mr. Rick Neal and Mr. Rob Jarvis.  The questions from CAIR-Columbus will focus on health care, immigration, infrastructure, the opioid crisis, foreign policy, and more. We will also be taking questions from the audience.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn about candidates for Congress. SPACE IS LIMITED. Event is free, but please register in advance at  Location:  Friends Theater/Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Columbus.  Facebook


Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:00 – 4:00 PM.  Ohio Green Party State Wide Convention.  This is our biennial convention.  This meeting of the general membership is the highest authority in the Ohio Green Party.  In the morning we will be voting on changes to our bylaws and other housekeeping activities. Then there will be a potluck lunch. In the afternoon, we will be hearing from our exciting candidates, past and present from all over Ohio, and getting ready to put Connie Gadell-Newton and Brett Joseph into the Governor's mansion!!!  Come join your fellow Greens in changing the face of Ohio politics.  Location:  2231 N. High St., Columbus 43201.   Facebook.  


Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1:00 PM.  No Human Being is Illegal.  Want to learn about the current state of the immigration struggle?  Join us for the third of the readings and discussion on "No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border" by Justin Akers-Chacon and Mike Davis. The book is available for purchase on Haymarket Books and other book providers, and we have copies you can get at our weekly meetings on Thursdays at 7:00 PM, same location. We will also be sharing additional material like podcasts and short videos to each session.   April 8:  Part IV: The War On Immigrants pg. 173-260 and Part V: Queremos un Mundo Sin Fronteras! pg. 261-290.  We will also have PDFs of some of the sections available:
Location:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and University Center, 30 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus 43210.  More information on Facebook.  


Sunday, April 8, 2018, 12:00 – 7:00 PM.  Voter Registration/garage Sale/LIVE Music.  Location:  The Shit-hole, 4335 Sidway Ave., Columbus 43227.  Facebook.  


Monday, April 9, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Friends Committee on National Legislation – Central Ohio advocacy group Meeting.  FCNL is focused on many issues at the Washington D.C. level.  Our local advocacy team issue right now, is to stop the most urgent risk of nuclear war in a generation - with North Korea.  We now have more than 80 advocacy groups (up from 34 in 2016) across the U.S. and had 427 lobbying visits (up from 250 in 2016) to U.S. legislators.  Please join us.  Location:  Center on High, 3208 N. High St. Columbus, 43202.  For more information, contact Greg Pace: 614-565-6067 or  


Monday, April 9, 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  Columbus Electoral Phone Bank!  It's ELECTION SEASON!  We've got two phone banks before the May primary, so if you've made a commitment to help elect pro-choice officials, make sure to mark your calendars!  Volunteers will be calling pro-choice supporters all over the state encouraging them to turn out to vote!  Enjoy some snacks and drinks, play some phone bank bingo, and spin the NARAL prize wheel (yep, that's right)!!  Location:  61 Jefferson Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  


Monday, April 9, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Clintonville Energy Collaborative Monthly Meeting.    Please check the website for details and contact information.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:00 PM business meeting, 7:00 PM General Meeting.   Franklin County Green Party Central Committee Meeting and Presentation by Josh Ruebner.   Join the Franklin County Greens - we meet on the second Tues of each month.  Join the Franklin Green Party at 6:00 PM for the open meeting of the Central Committee followed at 7:00 PM by a presentation by Josh Ruebner: "The Ultimate Deal"? Israel and the Palestinians in the Trump Era.  Donald Trump entered the White House promising to secure what he termed the "ultimate deal": an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. After more than one year in office, has the Trump administration succeeded in laying the groundwork for this agreement, or has its policies made this prospect more remote? Josh Ruebner, Policy Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, and author of Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace and Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State?, will share his analysis of this subject.  He is Policy Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a national coalition of hundreds of organizations working together for freedom, justice and equality. Ruebner is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs for Congressional Research Service, a nonpartisan federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy analysis. He holds a graduate degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.  Copies of his latest book, Israel: Democracy or Apartheid State? will be available.  Ruebner’s analysis and commentary on U.S. policy toward the Middle East appear frequently in media such as NBC, ABC Nightline, CSPAN, Al Jazeera, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Huffington Post, and more.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.  Parking available behind the building in “R” spaces.  Facebook.   Facebook Event.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 10:00 – 4:00 PM.  Freedom of Choice Ohio Advocacy Day – 2018.  Freedom of Choice Ohio will hold our annual Advocacy Day on April 10, 2018. This year, we will focus on bringing our personal stories to the Statehouse to help legislators understand how their agenda attacking reproductive healthcare hurts Ohioans and their families. Since taking office in 2011, the Kasich administration has systematically passed bill after bill limiting access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and abortion services in our state. During Kasich's time as governor, half of Ohio’s abortion clinics have closed, leaving many without access to the services they need.  We will provide you with all the information you need to effectively share stories and advocate with elected officials. Following the training, participants will engage with their legislators to show the impact that the dangerous anti-abortion and reproductive health care agenda has on their constituents.  Tickets available on Facebook.  Location:  The Columbus Athenaeum, 32 N. Fourth St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  


April 10 – 14, 2018.  MLK 50 Years Later Events.   In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s untimely death, The King Arts Complex will convene a week-long citywide arts celebration honoring his life and legacy. From April 10 – 14, 2018, The King Arts Complex and community partners from across central Ohio will host nearly a dozen unique events. Programs will feature simulcasts and live streaming to reach local, national, and international audiences, including our sister arts organization, the National Theatre of Ghana.  Inspired by video stations at the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, video testimonial booths at each event will allow attendees to record their stories related to MLK, civil rights, and social justice.  More information at


Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:00 PM.  A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Join us to explore the legacy of Dr. King through the music of the past 50 years. In 1984, Stephen B. Oates's book Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a biography of Malcolm X caused the lyricist Bono of the band U2 to ponder the different sides of the civil rights campaigns, the violent and the non-violent. We hope you will join us for a special performance of the U2 song “In the Name of Love” presented in collaboration with the Harmony Project and much more.  Ticket Pricing: Adults: $25.00 Member: $20.00.  Location:  Lincoln Theater, 769 E. Long St., Columbus 43203. 


Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Hispanic Legislative Visit Day.  The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission is pleased to once again convene legislators and the community to foster dialogue on the opportunities and challenges facing Latinos in Ohio. This full-day event will feature a panel of Latino elected officials, Q & A session with legislators, and a special workshop (facilitated by one of Ohio's most successful campaign consultants) for individuals considering a run for office someday.  More details on Facebook.  


Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Ohio NORML Lobby Day.  The theme is "Educating Ohio's lawmakers about the benefits of cannabis". We'll be presenting our legislators with facts and testimony in regards to topics such as; the role of cannabis in reducing opiate abuse, affects of legalization in other states and areas for improvement in our current law, H.B. 523.  To learn more and register follow the link below. (ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER).  We encourage those who plan to register for this event to attend the Activism and Lobbying training meeting that Central Ohio NORML will be holding on January 20th. More details here  Location:  1 Capitol Square, Columbus 43216.


Thursday, April 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Fair Treatment Reform and Reentry Protest.  We'll meet at the corner of South High and State Street to protest better medical and in better conditions for inmates and staff alike. For County jails and state prisons. Bring an awareness of the corruption that is taking place.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse.  Facebook.  


Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  DSA Monthly Activist Meeting.  Join us to learn about how you can get involved with our ongoing activist activities. Parking is located in the back of the building in the spots marked "R" or on-street parking is available. Meeting is held in room 100. Facebook.  


Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8 PM. Terell Stafford Quintet. Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads. He helms a top-flight ensemble for his only Columbus engagement at The Lincoln Theatre, timed to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Jazz Arts Group.

Ticket Pricing: Adults: $26.50.  Location:  Lincoln Theater, 769 E. Long St., Columbus 43203. 


Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:30 – 9:00 PM.  Candidate Forum:  U.S. Representative 12th District.  The U.S. House seat representing Ohio's 12th Congressional District became open for the first time since 2000 when Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R) announced that he would resign effective January 15, 2018. The primary election was scheduled for May 8, 2018, the same day as the state's regularly scheduled primaries, while the special election was scheduled for August 7, 2018.  The League of Women Voters chapters in Metropolitan Columbus, Delaware and Licking County as well as the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government are collaborating to present a forum on April 12 featuring all candidates running for the U.S. House of Rep. 12th District seat in the Primary Election. Voters will have a chance to learn about each candidate and what they would do if elected to office.  The event starts at 6:30 PM with a half hour meet and greet. The forum officially begins at 7:00 PM.  Location:  Delaware Area Career Center – North Campus, 1610 State Route 521, Delaware 43015.  Facebook.  

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Keep Wayne Wild Spring 2018 Bioblitz in the Marietta Unit.   Join us April 14th for a fun and educational day in the Marietta Unit (specific location TBD) to identify species that call the forest home!  We're looking for volunteers of all ages and experience levels to help plan and coordinate the event, as well as to participate in identification! If you have a smartphone, we recommend downloading the free iNaturalist app in advance, but you don't have to use it to participate.  Whether you're a biologist, a naturalist, or just a casual wildlife lover, we hope you'll come out and engage with our beautiful, biodiverse forest and help us document what we find!  Please email us at if you'd like to join the planning committee or if you have questions or suggestions about how to make this event a success!  Location:  Leith Run Recreation Aea (near Matamoras, Ohio 45767).  Facebook.  


Saturday, April 14, 2018, 6:30 – 11:00 PM.  Free Press 2nd Saturday Salon.   Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, music, and a special presentation (TBA) on topics of local interest. Parking in side driveway, front or rear parking lot. Contact 614-253-2571,,  Location:   1021 E Broad St, Columbus 43215

Saturday April 14, 2018, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  AIDS Walk Columbus.  Walk with us to raise money for Equitas Health, a community organization that does case management for people with HIV/AIDS in our community. Wear a Green Party T shirt and show your colors!  Facebook.


Sunday, April 15, 2018, 4:30 – 8:30 PM.  PCRF – Columbus 5th Annual Benefit Dinner.  We are pleased to announce our 5th Annual Benefit Dinner for the PCRF (Palestine Children’s Relief Fund)-Columbus Chapter.  Please help by attending our dinner to learn more about our ongoing work for the children of Gaza, the West Bank and Syria and supporting our important cause. We hope you will be able to join us ‪on April 15th to enable us to continue to heal the Children of the Middle East through the PCRF.
Keynote Speakers: Ra-id M. Abdulla & Zaineb Abdulla, Fundraiser: Abd Alrhaman Traboulsi.  Program includes: Debka performance by PCRF Children and Youth Debka Group, Dinner and Silent Auction.  Ticket Price:  $60 Adults (ages 12+) $25 Children (ages 2-11) LIMITED SEATS.  To purchase tickets and sponsorship packages please visit  Location:  The Exchange at Bridge Park, 6520 Riverside Dr., Dublin, Ohio.  Facebook.  


Sunday, April 15, 2018. 1:15 – 3:15 PM.  Policing a Class Society Study Group.  Join ISO Columbus for a study group on "Policing A Class Society: The Experience of American Cities, 1865-1915" by Sidney L. Harring", an in-depth critical analysis of how ruling elites use the police institution in order to control communities. Harring provides an essential corrective to the ideas that police have always been around, that they are a force for deterring crime, or that they have an interest in the pursuit of justice. Looking at the growth of the urban police force around the turn of the 20th century, Harring argues that the police protected the welfares of manufacturers, working almost as hired guns. Rather than fighting crime, the historical role of police was to control the leisure activity of the devloping working-class and maintaining the existing order of capitalist relationships.  Copies of the book are available for purchase through Haymarket Books:  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, room 3B.  Facebook.  

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Tax Day March #2.  April 15, 2018 is Tax Day and is also the first Tax Day under the TrumpTax — which makes it the perfect day to take to the streets again. With the new law giving billions in tax breaks to the rich, and vital programs like Medicare and Medicaid under attack from Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, we’ve got plenty of reasons to come together again to make our voices heard.  We will meet at the Federal Building in Columbus OH, 200 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, Sunday April 15 1:00-3:00, march around the Statehouse, and reconvene for speakers and music.  Location:  Bricker Federal Office Building, 200 N. High St., Columbus 15.  Facebook.


Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00 – 8:40 PM.  Environmental Professionals Network Sustainability Through Reinvention Supply Chain Panel: Patagonia, Jeni's, Owens Corning.  Our 2018 Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event will explore the concept of sustainable supply chains through the lens of reinventionDr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Chief Reinvention Officer at WE EXIST Reinvention Agency, will introduce us to the need for “reinvention” to achieve an exceptionally sustainable supply chain. Then sustainability and supply chain professionals from three iconic companies (Patagonia, Owens Corning, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams) will share how they are working to embed sustainability into their supply chains. Dr. Zhexembayeva will facilitate a deeper conversation with our panelists and audience participants about how to build reinvention and sustainability into our social, economic and environmental systems.  Location:  Ohio Union 1739 N High St, Columbus 43210
Free, Open to Public and Students.  REGISTER HERE


Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Teaching Hard History:  American Slavery.  What have you learned about slavery in the United States? Have you ever wondered why black Africans were chosen as slaves for the so-called New World? How do these complicated histories affect the lives of all Americans and why is it so hard to talk about? Recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center, an American nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights, released the report Teaching Hard History: American Slavery. It is a resource for teachers - and communities - who are eager to help their students better understand slavery. Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, of The Ohio State University and chair of the Teaching Hard History Advisory Board, will break down and discuss questions about the history, development, and impact of slavery in the United States. He will be joined by Maureen Costello, Director of the Teaching Tolerance Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and together they will introduce Teaching Hard History: American Slavery as a resource for educators and citizens alike.  While Teaching Hard History: American Slavery was developed with educators in mind and includes excellent resources to help develop curriculum, the report resonates with the broader community. Join us for the unique opportunity to not only learn about the hard history of American slavery and how it impacts our understanding of America, past and present, but become equipped with useful tools for talking about slavery. Copies of the report will be available for those attending.  Dr. Jefferies was born in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Midwood High School in 1990, he headed south, enrolling at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, the nation’s leading institution for educating African American men. He then earned a MA in American history in 1997, and a PhD in American history with a specialization in African American history in 2002, both from Duke University. His current book project, entitled Stealing Home: Ebbets Field and Black Working Class Life in Post-Civil Rights New York, explores the struggle of working class African Americans to secure and enjoy their freedom rights.  Location:  Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., Bexley 43209.  Facebook.


Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM.  Comm Intercultural Relations Conference.  Community Intercultural Relations Conference (CIRC) 2018.  The conference includes continental breakfast, lunch and speakers.  Expected continuing education credits will be made available to all attendees.  Mission Statement: To raise awareness of social and cultural similarities and differences to build an inclusive community. The conference committee collective group consists of business leaders, educators, students and residents of Licking County for the purpose of planning an annual conference.   Individual cost $30.00 for community members, staff and faculty and $20.00 for students by April 1, 2018 and $40 and $30 respectively after April 1, 2018.  To register…  For more information about the conference, registration and sponsorship, contact Vorley Taylor at or (740) 366-9443. Location:  Central Ohio Technical College, Newark Campus, 1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055.  Reese Center Room 125FG – Grand Ballroom Conference Room.  Event website.

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  Prisoner Letter Writing + Film Screening.  Cages are disabling and traumatizing environments. As a result, prisoners suffer from low morale. They also suffer from a variety of human rights abuses committed by jail and prison officials such as torture and “extremely poor quality health care.” These forms of violence are state-sanctioned. Therefore, we can’t expect meaningful oversight of Ohio's concentration camps to come from the state. We will use our penpal program to support each other Dacross prison walls while strengthening the movement to abolish prisons.  Please bring a friend and join us for the 25th Anniversary of the Lucasville Rebellion. A film screening of ‘Prison Riot, U.S.A’ will precede our ninth letter writing event.  This film is about one of the longest prison uprisings in U.S. history. After the film, we will send b-day cards to Adrienne and Auria.  Both were sentenced to life in prison.  Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising by Staughton Lynd [FREE BOOK] Location:  Northside Branch Library, 1423 N. High St., room 1, Columbus 43201.  More information:  Facebook.  

Sunday April 22, 2018, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Folk Ramblers' Sing-Along.  Join the Folk Ramblers (Carl Yaffey and Bill Cohen) as we sing the classic folk songs we remember from decades ago.  We’ll do songs made famous by folks like Pete Seeger, the Kingston Trio, John Denver, Malvina Reynolds, Harry Belafonte, Peter Paul and Mary, the Weavers, and others.With Carl on banjo and Bill on guitar, memories of a half-century ago will come flooding back as we all sing together.  We’ll do tunes like We Shall Overcome, Puff the Magic Dragon, If I Had a Hammer, MTA, and Turn Turn Turn.  Bring your hands for clapping, your feet for tapping, and your voice for singing. Free admission.  We’ll simply “pass the hat,” with proceeds going to help this May’s Central Ohio Folk Festival.  Location:  Byrne's Pub, 1248 W 3rd Ave In Grandview 43212.


Monday, April 23, 2018, 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  Tarana Burke:  Silence Breaker.  Join #MeToo movement founder and TIME Person of the Year Tarana Burke for a Courageous Conversations: Women's Voices #HERStory forum. Burke's efforts to help women and girls who have survived sexual violence, particularly those of color, have gained international prominence with the viral #MeToo social dialogue and her inclusion in TIME's "The Silence Breakers" Person of the Year recognition. Location:  Columbus State Community College, 550 E. Spring St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  


Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Save the Date:  Annual D15 Meeting!  Can you believe it's been a year since the first public Indivisible Ohio District 15 meeting? And can you believe how much you've done and learned during this year of activism, and how many new people you know and trust since last April?  Please plan to attend our meeting in the main Auditorium of the downtown Columbus library where we will focus on our goals for this year (can anyone say "Fire Slippery Steve!"?) and some of the projects you want to see happen. We'll create some 2018 strategies AND have some fun.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  

Saturday, April 28, 2018.  SPAN Ohio's Fifteenth Annual State Conference.    Conference registration is open now.  The program includes:  Keynote Speaker, Dennis Kucinich;   Featured Speaker:  Yvonka Hall, and workshops.  Space is limited, so register soon.  Location:  Quest Business & Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, Ohio.  Registration fee: $40.00 (includes lunch).   Scholarships are also available.  Register here!

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:30 – 6:00 PM.  Interfaith March for Peace and Justice.  Location:  Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St., Columbus.  Facebook.        


Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  Prisoner Letter Writing + Film Screening.  Cages are disabling and traumatizing environments. As a result, prisoners suffer from low morale. They also suffer from a variety of human rights abuses committed by jail and prison officials such as torture and “extremely poor quality health care.” These forms of violence are state-sanctioned. Therefore, we can’t expect meaningful oversight of Ohio's concentration camps to come from the state.  Please bring a friend and join us in room 1 for a Season of Emancipation celebration. A film screening of ‘The Prison in Twelve Landscapes’ will precede our tenth letter writing event. This film is about the prison from places we least expect to find it.  Later, we will send b-day cards to Jessie and Lana.  Both were sentenced to life in prison.  Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Y. Davis [FREE BOOK]  Click the following link to review a draft of our letter writing guidelines.  If you know someone who needs a pen pal please visit the following link and fill out the application.


Saturday, May 12, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30 PM.  Remembering the Nakba – A Teach In.  This event is in the planning stage. Please contact us if you would like to be part of the planning of this event at or message us on Facebook. We need speakers who can relate the history to the continued displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.   What is the Nakba? The 1948 war uprooted 700,000 Palestinians from their homes, creating a refugee crisis that is still not resolved. Palestinians call this mass eviction the Nakba - Arabic for "catastrophe" - and its legacy remains one of the most intractable issues in ongoing peace negotiations. Palestinians see decades long, premeditated Israeli campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestine of its Arab population. Today, there more than 7 million Palestinian refugees, defined as people displaced in 1948 and their descendants. A core Palestinian demand in peace negotiations for some justice for these refugees, most commonly in the form of the "right of return" as guaranteed under international law.  We remember the Nakba because:  Nakba denial has been one of the most prominent methods of erasing the history of Palestine and the rights of Palestinians. Even use of the word "Nakba" in school textbooks belonging to Palestinian citizens of Israel has been banned and all references to the Nakba condemned as "terrorist propaganda."  The Nakba law in Israel imposes sanctions on institutions that finance Nakba activities. This pattern of Nakba denial and distorting the narrative culminates in a recent bill to criminalize commemoration of the Nakba.  The Palestinian narrative of their own experiences is dismissed, disputed and rejected as anti-Semitic, and Palestinians are even accused of being responsible for their own expulsion.  Location:  Broad St. United Methodist Church, 501 E. Broad St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  


Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  Nakba – March and Rally.  We will gather outside Broad St. United Methodist Church (corner of E. Broad St and S. Washington Ave) at 4:30 PM for a March to the Statehouse.  This event is in the planning stage. Please contact us if you would like to be part of the planning of this event at or message us on Facebook. We need speakers who can relate the history to the continued displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. 
What is the Nakba? The 1948 war uprooted 700,000 Palestinians from their homes, creating a refugee crisis that is still not resolved. Palestinians call this mass eviction the Nakba - Arabic for "catastrophe" - and its legacy remains one of the most intractable issues in ongoing peace negotiations. Palestinians see decades long, premeditated Israeli campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestine of its Arab population. Today, there more than 7 million Palestinian refugees, defined as people displaced in 1948 and their descendants. A core Palestinian demand in peace negotiations for justice for these refugees, most commonly in the form of the "right of return" as guaranteed under international law.  Location:  E. Broad St. and Washington and Ohio Statehouse.  Facebook.  


Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM.  Prisoner Letter Writing + Film Screening.  Cages are disabling and traumatizing environments. As a result, prisoners suffer from low morale. They also suffer from a variety of human rights abuses committed by jail and prison officials such as torture and “extremely poor-quality health care.” These forms of violence are state-sanctioned. Therefore, we can’t expect meaningful oversight of Ohio's concentration camps to come from the state.  Please bring a friend and join us in room 2 to commemorate Mother's Day. A film screening of ‘Mothers of Bedford’ will precede our eleventh letter writing event. This film explores the effects of a long-term prison sentence on the mother-child relationship. After the film, we will send b-day cards to Nichole and Bomani. Nichole was sentenced to life in prison while Bomani was sentenced to death for his role in the Lucasville Rebellion.  Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Y. Davis [FREE BOOK]  Click the following link to review a draft of our letter writing guidelines.
If you know someone who needs a penpal please visit the following link and fill out the  application.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside Branch, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook


June 1 – 16, 2018.  Columbus Community Pride 2018.  With celebratory and educational events ranging from dance parties and documentary showings to invited speakers and art shows, Columbus Community Pride will highlight the vibrant lives of queer, trans, and intersex people of color (QTIPOC) and communities at other intersections of oppression. Community Pride will culminate in the Columbus Community Pride Festival, which will include performance and visual artists, arts & crafts, a community resource fair, and more. We are raising money so that every Community Pride event, including the Festival, will be FREE to attend.   We are committed to bringing Pride back to its radical roots, highlighting movement leaders such as Marsha P. Johnson, QTIPOC history, and the legacy of protest instead of bending to corporate and state interests. Our Pride will not be for police and will be free from the capitalistic influence of corporate sponsorships. Rather, it will be a grassroots effort in support of the seeds of Pride: a community-based coalition which furthers the safety and liberty of the most marginalized in our communities. Pride started as a riot. Let’s uproot the weeds of white supremacy, corporate interest, and collaboration with state-sanctioned violence and return Pride to its original radical legacy. In order to grow the promise of liberation for QTIPOC in Central Ohio and beyond, we must create space outside of white, cis, ableist corporate Prides. It all starts at the roots.  Follow links on the main menu to learn more about why Columbus needs Community Pride, get involved, hear about events, and more. The Columbus Community Pride Facebook is coming soon.  Logo submission contest deadline is April 1 prize is $150  Volunteer form is up.  Location:  TBA.