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Local Antiwar Demonstrations:

OSU:  First Sunday of the Month -  5:00 – 6:00 PM.  @  15th and High, OSU Campus.

Worthington:  Every Saturday at Noon at N. High St. and 161 in Worthington.

Clintonville: Every Saturday at Noon at N. High St. and E.N. Broadway.

 


Current ACTION ALERTS

 


Afghanistan: America’s Longest War – July 29, 2011

In just over two months the United States will have been fighting in Afghanistan for 10 years, with no end in sight. Kathy Kelly of Voices For Creative Non-Violence discusses with GLN’s Andy Thayer the human and financial costs of the war, and the big anti-war march on the Obama 2012 National Campaign Headquarters to occur on Saturday, October 8th. While both parties fight over the extension of the national debt limit, they conveniently ignore that over 60% of the national budget pays for current and past wars, and the America’s “defense” budget has nearly doubled since 9/11. Uploaded July 30, 2011

LINK: http://blip.tv/gay-liberation-video/afghanistan-america-s-longest-war-july-29-2011-5426783


THERE IS PLENTY  OF MONEY IN THE U.S. FOR HUMAN NEEDS

Flyer by

James A Lucas :  jlucas511@woh.rr.com       


Banks Play Shell Game With Taxpayer Dollars, By Sen. Bernie Sanders Reader Supported News April 26, 2011
http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/320-80/5750-bernie-sanders-banks-play-shell-game-with-taxpayer-dollars


VIDEOS OF CORPORATE POWER: THE LEGACY OF SANTA CLARA
April 20, 2011 - Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, Columbus

If you were unable to attend this powerful program or would like to see parts of it again – the entire session is available on youtube.
Corporate Power - Racial Equality - The Supreme Court
This video features some moments from an event called, "Corporate Power -The Legacy of Santa Clara" that took place on 4/20/2011 at The Ohio State University, Moritz Law School, Saxbe Auditorium. The event was sponsored by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.
http://www.youtube.com/user/laurenmichellekinsey#p/a/u/2/03yZHZAd_XQ
Corporate Power v. Citizen Representation In Government
Jennifer Brunner, attorney at Brunner Quinn and former Ohio Secretary of State, addressing some of the effects of corporate power on the election process and what we can do about it.
http://www.youtube.com/user/laurenmichellekinsey#p/a/u/1/2OXcmazzUuM
Corporate Power and Unfair Taxation
"The logical consequence leads us to Senate Bill 5, where the budget is ostensibly to be balanced by curtailing human rights of workers, by making them cheaper. This downward pressure and the narrative that supports it comes from a powerful community, it's backed by the Chambers of Commerce, it's backed by the corporate 'persons' that have gained in ascendancy..."
http://www.youtube.com/user/laurenmichellekinsey#p/a/u/0/S6KLYBbEnA4


The Stench of Death

Libya and the Hypocrisy of Humanitarian Intervention

By JOHN V. WALSH


President Obama: DNC Says "Bring the Troops Home!"  Last weekend, members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) leadership, Vice Chairs Donna Brazile and Rep. Mike Honda (CA) and DNC Secretary Alice Germond from WV joined CA Rep.Barbara Lee to submit a resolution on ending the war in Afghanistan. It passed unanimously.  The DNC resolution said "the Democratic Party supports prioritizing job creation and a swift  withdrawal of U.S. armed forces and military contractors in Afghanistan which must include a significant and sizable reduction no later than July 2011."  The resolution put the DNC in step with a super majority of people and especially Democrats who believe the war is not worth fighting.  Send a strong message now to President Obama: Take bolder steps on negotiations and set a timetable for troop withdrawal.


Human Rights Watch:  Stop Congress' New McCarthy Witch Hunt

Rep. Peter King, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee—the person in Congress who is in charge of our safety at home—plans to hold hearings next week about the threat we face from our fellow Americans. 

Write your Representatives today to urge that facts, not fear, drive the upcoming hearings on the "radicalization" of American Muslims.

Rep. King has said that 80% of religious leaders in mosques are radicalized. Not true. He has said that American Muslims do not cooperate with law enforcement. The police and FBI disagree.

We need to make sure that our national security experts are not trumped by the politics of fear. Help us by writing your representatives today.


A Great New Website and Event Calendar for Liberal Ohioans!

This new project is an online magazine targeted at liberal Ohioans. It's at www.liberalohioan.com.
The calendar is an important part of the whole project and it's pretty awesome. Would you take a People can submit their own events for posting on the calendar. Take a look at that function here:
http://www.liberalohioan.com/EventSubmission.html
Also, you can sort events by their location, automatically get email or text reminders for specific events of their choosing, sign up to get a weekly automated email with the calendar events over the next 2 weeks and view events going on in other parts of Ohio. 


Advocates for Ohio’s Future – a New Coalition

Advocates for Ohio’s Future issues action alerts at key times during the budget process, when legislators need to hear from constituents about the value of health, human service, and early care & education programs.

Action alerts appear both here and on the home page. You can help make a difference by responding to our action alerts. It’s easy — and usually takes just a click or two.

To receive AOF’s action alerts, join our mailing list.

 

Pentagon's Christmas Present: Largest Military Budget Since World War II by Rick Rozoff. December 23, 2010

 “The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimates   American military spending for 2009 to have accounted for 43 percent of the world total.  Carl Conetta, co-director of the Project on Defense Alternatives, earlier this year estimated the 2010 U.S. defense budget to constitute 47 percent of total worldwide military expenditures and to amount to 19 percent of all American federal  spending.”

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Pentagon-s-Christmas-Prese-by-Rick-Rozoff-101223-140.html

 

War Times - Tiempo de Guerras

Latin American Peoples Organize to Resist Increased Militarization in the Region

by Moira Birss.  Click here for this issue. 

 

War Times - Tiempo de Guerras

The Silent Casualty of War

By H. Patricia Hynes

Click here for this issue.

 

Click here to read:  AN OPEN LETTER TO OHIO’S PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS

 

The UNAC Statement on Wikileaks

Antiwar Movement Expresses Outrage Over New Wikileaks “Iraq War Logs” and pledges to redouble protests with a major meeting in New York City on November 6th and a program of Activity leading to Massive demonstrations on April 9.  Read the statement.

 

Wikileaks - A Call for Accountability from IVAW
Iraq Veterans Against the War put out the following statement: “The recent Wikileaks release--The Iraq War Logs--has shed important light on the high rate of civilian death and widespread atrocities, including torture, that are endemic to the war in Iraq. As veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are outraged that the U.S. government sought to hide this information from the U.S. public, instead presenting a sanitized and deceptive version of war, and we think it is vital for this and further information to get out. Members of IVAW have experienced firsthand the realities of war on the ground, and since our inception we have spoken out about similar atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are asking the U.S. public to join us in calling on our government to end the occupations and bring our brothers and sisters home.”  To read the entire statement, visit ivaw.org


Tell Congress to Shut Down the SOA
SOA graduates continue to get cited for serious abuses throughout the Americas and the Pentagon is fighting hard to keep the school open. Despite the requirement in National Defense Authorization Act for 2010 to release the names and enrollment information of recent students and instructors at the facility, the Pentagon used a loophole and continues to classify the information based on "national security reasons" in an effort to prevent the connections between their training and human rights abuses to become public.

Click here to send a message to your Member of Congress to Tell Her/Him to Close the School of the Americas. 


FBI Raids Offices/Homes of Peace Activists

- from War Times/Tiemp de Guerras


Use the Afghanistan Study Group Report to Help End the War

A group of policy experts who want to end the war in Afghanistan - the Afghanistan Study Group - have unveiled a report calling for the U.S. to scale back its military operations in Afghanistan, and to promote power-sharing and political reconciliation in Afghanistan and diplomacy in the region to end the war.

Go to:  http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/


Action Alert from U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW): 

Iraq Minister closes all union offices

USLAW just learned that Iraqi troops and police have raided the offices of the Electricity Union all across Iraq as they execute a new decree issued by the Minister of Electricity (who is also the Minister of Oil).  That anti-union decree is the latest in an escalating series of measures designed to incapacitate and destroy the Iraqi labor movement.

The unions of Iraq have called upon the labor movement of the world to respond to this outrageous assault on worker rights.  

USLAW has designed a very easy process by which you can generate a protest message to Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki, the Minister of Oil/Electricity al-Shahristani, Iraqi ambassadors in the US, other Iraqi officials and have copies sent to Secretary of State Clinton.  

It will take just a few minutes of your time.  Please demonstrate your personal solidarity with our courageous sisters and brothers in Iraq.  Send the message we have drafted or modify it to send your personal message.  When you have finished, you'll have an opportunity to forward this appeal to others.

SEND YOUR LETTER HERE

Thanks in advance for standing up for international labor solidarity.  

An injury to one, is an injury to all!


Action Alert from Jewish Voice for Peace – Tell TIAA-CREFT to DIVEST from the Occupation

It took the courage of over 700 humanitarian aid activists and the needless deaths of nine of them to put the siege of Gaza and the broader issue of the Israeli occupation on the front pages of  the world's newspapers, day after day, for a week.  There were demonstrations across the globe and diplomatic condemnations.

While other countries condemned the illegal attack, here in the US, President Obama played games with words and ensured that no resolution would pass the UN Security Council. And instead of demanding an impartial international investigation, he gave his blessing to a widely criticized  Israeli plan to investigate itself.
The catastrophe on the high seas off the Gaza Strip has only underscored the urgent need to end Israel's occupation of Palestine and to bring a just peace.
In the last year, divestment campaigns at U.S. universities including Hampshire, Berkeley, and Evergreen have galvanized discussion and action about Israel's treatment of the occupied Palestinian territories. Building on that momentum, I am proud to tell you that Jewish Voice for Peace is announcing today
a new divestment campaign that you, your family, your friends, and your community can all help build.
The goal is to get TIAA-CREF, one of the largest pension funds in the United States, to divest from companies that are profiting from the occupation.
Why TIAA-CREF?
TIAA-CREF's tagline is "finance for the greater good."  It takes pride not just in its financial acumen, but also in its ethical standards.
But TIAA-CREF, invests its money--my retirement money-- in companies that help maintain the Gaza blockade, build West Bank settlements, embed spy equipment in the illegal Separation Wall, and sell Israel navy ships and other war equipment used to attack Gaza and, most recently, the Flotilla. Even TIAA-CREF's "socially responsible" funds are invested in some of the companies JVP is targeting, including Caterpillar and Motorola.
Yet TIAA-CREF was the first major fund to divest from those doing business in the Sudan, and then other companies followed suit. If we can just convince TIAA-CREF to follow its own guidelines, as it has in the Sudan, we will have a major impact.
TIAA CREF participants are public school teachers, college and university professors, hospital doctors and staff, researchers, artists and non-profit workers. We are launching this campaign with the endorsements of over 250 prominent  professors, doctors  authors, artists, and many others who are standing up for what is right. 
You can see who has signed on here.
This is just the beginning.  Will you join us?
You'll be standing with scholars such as Professor Richard Falk and Professor Noam Chomsky, authors and activists such as Naomi Klein, Juan Cole, Bill Fletcher Jr., and Nadia Hijab, a dozen rabbis from around the country, and many others fighting for justice.

Please sign the petition - regardless of your religion, ethnicity or profession, or whether you participate in a TIAA-CREF retirement plan.
This campaign demands accountability from the ground up, starting with you and me. An old bumper sticker sums it up:  "If the people lead, the leaders will follow." 


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Can You Pass The Iran Quiz?
By Jeffrey Rudolph
What can possibly justify the relentless U.S. diplomatic (and mainstream
media) assault on Iran?  Take the test!


Link to details about

Demonstrations, Vigils and Ongoing Events

 

Death Penalty Vigils:

Join us on Fridays from noon - 1:00 PM at the NW corner of State and High Streets downtown. On the week of a scheduled execution, the vigils will be on High Street in front of the capital at 10:00 am, on whichever day of the week it is (usually a Thursday).  There is one scheduled every single month through September this year.  Sponsor:  Pax Christi and Catholic Worker.

Every Friday from 6:00-7:00 PM in Front of the Governor’s Mansion at North Parkview and Maryland Ave in Bexley.  To find the Governor's Mansion, go east on Broad St from I-71 (downtown).   As you enter Bexley (crossing Nelson Rd and Alum Creek), you will go up a hill. The light at the top of the hill is Parkview.  Turn left (North), and it is several blocks down on the right, at the corner of Parkview and Maryland. There is typically plenty of parking - participants are asked not to park right in front of the house, as that would block the protesters!  Citizens United for Alternative to the Death Penalty, http://www.cuadp.org/otsefridaynightvigil.html



 Supreme Judicial Treason - Corporations are NOT PEOPLE - Take ACTION:

URGENT CALL TO ACTION FROM HOWARD ZINN, THOM HARTMANN, MEDEA BENJAMIN, FRAN & DAVID KORTEN, BILL MCKIBBEN, BILL FLETCHER, JIM HIGHTOWER, TOM HAYDEN, REV. YEARWOOD, & MANY MORE . . .
http://www.MovetoAmend.org

Exxon. AIG. Enron. Blackwater. Edison. Halliburton. Diebold.
They've gone after our tax dollars. Our services. Our jobs. Our schools. Our military. Our votes. Our future. Our freedoms. And the federal courts have helped them every step of the way.
Today, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government.
Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.
We Move to Amend.
We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:
Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.
Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate "preemption" actions by global, national, and state governments.

A Supreme Act Of Judical Treason Against The People Of The United States, And What We Can And Must Do About It.
Because of the gravity of the crime against the Constitution committed by a gang of 5 right wing judicial outlaws on our Supreme Court yesterday, we are launching two critical action pages at once:
Action Page: Corporations Are NOT The People   http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1029.php
Action Page: Impeach The Supreme Court 5    http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1030.php


 CPA Pages and Links:

 

The Free Press

Independent News Media

Speaking Truth to Power

 

Senator Bernie Sanders Unfiltered on Health Reform – Click Here!

Senator Bernie Sanders Unfiltered on Afghanistan -

SEE THE Video HERE.

Senator Bernie Sanders Unfiltered - Where's the Fed?

See the Video Here.

 

HUMAN RIGHTS IN PALESTINE AND OTHER OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES

Sept 15, 2009
Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict:

Summary.

Complete report (PDF) – 575 pages.

 

David Swanson in Columbus

Bob Fitrakis Introduces best-selling author David Swanson in Columbus at Areopagitica Bookstore in Columbus.  See it on youtube!  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUWooBY0j9w

"It's an incredible book...It deserves the widest possible reading..This is what we need to stay true to our Constitution and our values.."  A limited number of signed copies are still available.  Contact Bob Fitrakis, truth@freepress.org

 

David Swanson spoke in Columbus on September 9th, 2009 at Areopagitica Bookstore.  It was great!  If you missed it you can  See it on YouTube!

 

Ending Israel's Occupation

by John F. Mahoney

The working topic for the latest issue of The Link is BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) – An Update.  Recently, the executive director of AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby, concluded that the growing movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel could fundamentally change U.S. policy towards the Jewish state.  The latest issue of The Link would seem to confirm his assessment.   

The Link is published quarterly by Americans for Middle East Understanding – www.ameu.org

Click here for to download a pdf of the entire issue:  Current Issue  

 

WE DECLARE PEACE IN IRAQ! - Support Comprehensive Peace Plan:  Sign AND support the Declaration of Peace....

 

Iraqi Health Now, an organization providing humanitarian aid and medical supplies to families in Basra, Iraq.

Your donations
to
Iraqi Health Now are now urgently needed!
 

U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation:

Action Alert for Gaza

December 27, 2008

Take ACTION TO END THE ATTACK ON GAZA

 

Phyllis Bennis -

Talking Points on Gaza

 

Washington's Wars and Occupations:

Month in Review #46

February 27, 2009

By Max Elbaum, War Times/Tiempo de Guerras

Stop Digging

 

Oppose the Iraq War: Sign the Online Petition to Columbus City Council

Several Central Ohio civic organizations are conducting a petition drive asking Columbus City Council to pass a resolution opposing the Iraq War.  The war is taking urgently-needed dollars away from cities - in particular, the Bush Administration has cut funds formerly available to help municipalities upgrade sewer systems. Find out more and sign the petition electronically by going to the ProgressOhio website

 

 

Red Bird Columbus Books to Prisoners Project Information

 

Ohio Conference on Fair Trade Newsletter - August, 2008

 

How to end the war in one day
by Gregg Gordon
March 13, 2008

 

War Resisters League Releases Special Report Assessing the Antiwar Movement based on interviews with 90 peace and justice organizers. http://www.warresisters.org/node/415

 

War Times/Tiempo Guerras – Month in Review #38 – June 2008, Stop the War of Torture and Lies – Max Elbaum.

 

War Times/Tiempo de Guerras - March 2008 Issue

 

Not Another War Petition

Sign the True Majority Online Petition http://www.notanotherwar.org/ohio.php

"The United States should not start a war with Iran. Iran is not an immediate threat, nuclear or otherwise, and should be dealt with diplomatically. Talking about war with Iran is only making the world a more dangerous place."
 

SPAN Comparison of  Clinton, McCain, Obama, and Single Payer Healthcare Proposals

States Consider Calling Back Nat'l Guards from Iraq

 

 

http://thefollyofattackingiran.org 

 

War is just a racket. -Smedley Butler

Meetings & Organizations

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Columbus Anti-War Protest and Pictures from Clintonville Rally to oppose "surge" 

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Central Ohioans Peace Network - COPN

 

Iraq Body Count

The worldwide update of reported civilian deaths in the Iraq war and occupation.

 

Columbus Coalition for the Homeless

 

National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund

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“Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”  Karl Rove? No~Herman Goering, Adolf Hitler’s deputy.

 

 

 

Columbus Peace Network Newsletter

Last Updated

August 28, 2011

 

Columbus Peace Network Newsletter

  

Please sign the JOBS Not War Petition!!

End Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

End military aid to Israel

Bring troops and tax dollars home NOW

The petition is now ready and can be accessed on line at the following link:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/jobsnotwarpetition/

 

Some Highlights for This Week:

Verizon Leafleting – All week

Monday, August 29th, 7:00 PM. What is the meaning and significance of a DEBT CEILING?

Wednesday, August 31st, We Believe Ohio Press Conference.

Friday, September 2nd, 5:30-6:00 PM. Fair Food Friday Event.

September 3rd – 5th, 2011, NAICCO Labor Day Pow Wow. The Drum Returns to THE Newark Earthworks.

Sunday, September 4th, 3:00-5:00 PM. Screening and community discussion of “Hawo’s Dinner Party: The New Face of Southern Hospitality.”

Details and more EVENTS BELOW--------------

 

Meetings/Events

 

Sunday, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 3:00 – 5:00 PM and Monday – Saturday, 12 PM – 2:00 PM and 5:00  - 7:00 PM. Informational Leafleting at Verizon.

45,000 Verizon workers went on strike on Sunday, August 7th. On Saturday, August 20th, CWA and IBEW announced that they had reached an agreement on bargaining with Verizon.

The unions did not agree to any of the company’s concessionary demands to reach agreement. Instead, it was the solidarity we all showed that created the opportunity for progress. The strike brought Verizon to their knees and brought the company back to the table negotiate in good faith. Verizon workers need your help to keep the pressure on to help win a fair contract with decent wages, good benefits and job security. Mobilization continues. We will continue to keep the pressure on until a fair contract is won!

The informational leafleting at Verizon stores is back at the Taylor Park Verizon Store and a Grove City store. The Verizon wireless store in Reynoldsburg, Ohio is the location starting this weekend.
Demand Health Care for ALL!!  Location will be 2406 Taylor Park Drive (just north of I-70, at SR 256)
and the hours will be:
Monday to Saturday, 12 pm - 2 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm
Sunday, 11 am - 1 pm and 3 pm - 5 pm
Contact Diane Bailey,
614-477-8804, <diane.bailey59@yahoo.com> CWA, to coordinate a time to leaflet in Reynoldsburg.  There is also Grove City leafleting on Wednesdays, but you need to contact Allison Petonic, <allison.petonic@gmail.com> UFCW, to coordinate those times for leafleting.

 

Monday, August 29th, 2011, 7:00 PM.  What is the meaning and significance of a DEBT CEILING?  Dr. J. Huston McCulloch, Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, will speak at the St. John's Church, UCC, in downtown Columbus on the meaning and significance of the American Debt Ceiling. Dr. McCulloch has written
about House proposed balance budget amendments within the past.  He is knowledgeable and experienced in discussions related to both debt ceilings and balanced national budgets.  Free and open to the entire community.  Location:  St. John's Church, 59 East Mound Street in downtown Columbus.  Free parking is available in the lot at the corner of 3rd Street and Mound Street. Refreshments served. All are welcome.  If you need more information, please contact:  Earl Wurdlow, Chair of the Currents Committee, (614) 296-6304. 

 

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011.  Mosquito Spraying in Clintonville.  Columbus Public Health is planning to spray for mosquitos in the south-central Clintonville area (in an area with North Boundary- Blenheim Rd., East Boundary- Railroad Tracks next I-71, South Boundary- Oakland Park Ave., and West Boundary- N. High St. (map at http://g.co/maps/93a5).  Folks should take care to close their windows prior to the spraying as well as empty birdbaths, pet waterbowls, etc. after the spraying.  They may also wish to hose-off/wash childrens' play items that have remained outside. And most importantly, they should keep their pets inside during the spraying (some of the compounds can be especially toxic to cats).

 

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011.  We Believe Ohio Press Conference.  We Believe Ohio, a coalition of faith leaders and people of faith who believe in an Ohio that follows the traditions of kindness and civility that the Abrahamic traditions, will host a kick-off press conference in Columbus on Wednesday, August 31. The press conference will reintroduce the organization to Ohio, and discuss the importance of respecting the labors of both the worker and management as Ohio prepares to celebrate Labor Day. All are welcome to attend.

10:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Church

(for those who wish to process to Trinity we will meet at 9:15 at

First Congregational Church at 444 E. Broad St)

Come call on Faith Communities to lift up labor concerns on Labor Day Weekend through prayer and remembering in our worship that weekend those who labor.

In the press conference we will lift what our faith traditions say about issues of labor. We will confess our failure to protect the rights of our public servants.

We will call upon our legislators to address labor concerns as it relates to Ohio’s budget in a civil manner by working in a bipartisan manner and inviting all sides to the table in developing legislation that is fair and protects the rights of the laborer.

Please invite your members and other clergy to join us in the

press conference. We will meet outside Trinity across from the State House. The press conference should conclude at 10:30.

Please consider going to our website and sign the Labor Pledge

http://webelieveohio.wordpress.com/sign-the-pledge

 

Friday, September 2nd, 2011, 5:30-6:00 PM.  Fair Food Friday Event.  Members and allies of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are holding Fair Food Friday demonstrations at Columbus-area Kroger stores in support of the rights of farm workers.  Location: Kroger’s at 2090 Bethel Rd.  Come straight from work!  Due to the location which offers little space for a demonstration, we'll visit in the store--the more the better though, since we may do a walk-around with some visuals.  For more information, contact:  Susan Carter, ohiofairfood@gmail.com

 

September 3rd – 5th, 2011. 2011 NAICCO Labor Day Pow Wow. The Drum Returns to THE Newark Earthworks. To celebrate, educate, and continue cultural traditions within the Native American community as well as an outreach to all peoples who would like to watch, learn, and experience. Open to public. This yearʼs special event is the new location itself. NAICCO is proud to be working with the Ohio Historical Society and the Licking County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to bring the sound of drums and the Native American presence back to the Earthworks. Worldwide and throughout time, the festival gathering of people in ceremony is our oldest tradition. We are all pleased to invite everyone to gather at this site built some 2000 years ago by Native Americans for ceremony, and the largest set of geometric earthworks built anywhere in the world. Selected head dancers will lead an opening procession daily. Song, dance, arts, crafts, food, informational resources and community sharing will continue for three days. Gates open daily at 11 a.m. Grand Entry of all dancers, along with song and drums, occurs twice daily at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. on Monday). Stay long enough to notice the many cultural exchanges taking place. Attending a pow wow can dispel many common misconceptions and negative images which

separate peoples from each other. Please help publicize this event so that people can learn and enjoy the Native American experience and more of the history of the land which we all now share. Admission: Adults $7. Seniors and students $3. Children 5 and under are free. Weekend passes are available for $15. Bringing a chair is encouraged. Sponsored by the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio. NAICCO is a member agency of the Franklin County ADAMH Board and Community Shares of Mid

Location: The Neward Earthworks, 455 Hebron Rd/SR 79, Newark, Ohio. For more information, contact: Marilyn McKinley, NAICCO PR Coordinator, (614) 395-1819.

Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio, Mitakuye Oyasin.

 

Sunday, September 4th, 2011, 3:00-5:00 PM.  Screening and community discussion of “Hawo’s Dinner Party:  The New Face of Southern Hospitality.”  Economic anxiety and global tensions between America and the Muslim world provide the unhappy backdrop for frictions between Muslim immigrants and refugees in receiving cities and towns across the United States. Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio, have not been exempt from those frictions.

Location:  Center of Science and Industry (COSI) at 333 W. Broad Street in downtown Columbus

(Please park in the lots on Belle Street on the West side of COSI, Parking is $5, cash only)

RSVP to hawosdinnerparty@gmail.com

As representatives of the Community Refugee and Immigration Services, the Somali Documentary Project, and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, we believe well-structured, inclusive community forums can promote respectful community-building in Columbus. "Hawo's Dinner Party" is provided in partnership with Active Voice in association with the BeCause Foundation. Active Voice is a strategic communications nonprofit that "uses film, television and multimedia to spark social change from grassroots to grass tops."

Why this film? "Hawo's Dinner Party" is a 30-minute video module that has been adapted from the documentary Welcome to Shelbyville by Kim A. Snyder. By focusing on the experiences of several Somali residents in Shelbyville, Tennessee - including Hawo, a refugee and former nurse who now works at a local poultry processing plant - the module puts a human face on the complex issues we face in this time of increasing globalization. The story follows Hawo through ESL and citizenship classes, and a tense meeting with the local reporter who has little knowledge of the community he's reporting about. Most importantly, Hawo invites us into her kitchen as she reflects on her flight from the violence of civil war in her native Somalia, how it feels to live in such a radically different culture, and her vision for making this small town her permanent home.  Following the screening, we will have facilitated discussion groups that create space for participants to reflect on the film and the issues it raises, especially as they may resonate for us here in Columbus. Representatives from key Columbus service providers and community organizations will serve as resources. Our intention is to provide a venue where diverse members of the Columbus community will feel welcome and free to share their concerns, exchange valuable information, create new relationships, and deepen existing ones.

In light of the drought and famine hurting millions of people in Somalia, as well as Kenya and Ethiopia, the September 4th event will also serve as a fundraiser, with proceeds going entirely to the American Refugee Committee. The American Refugee Committee has joined forces with the American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa to provide nutritious food for families in Mogadishu. In addition to food, they are distributing basic essentials like tents, plastic sheets, bedding, eating utensils, and soap. $100 provides a month of food for a family and 90 cents of every dollar donated to ARC will directly support people and communities in need.

To make an individual or organizational donation to the American Refugee Committee on behalf of famine and drought relief in the Horn of Africa, please visit www.ARCrelief.org/somaliafamine. Donations can also be sent directly to ARC headquarters at 430 Oak Grove St, Ste 204, Minneapolis, MN 55403. All gifts are 100% tax-deductible, as allowed by law.

Cost: FREE (light refreshments provided; parking at COSI costs $5) . Event Flyer - Event eFlyer

 

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.  Public Sector Collective Bargaining.  Stephen B. Hills, associate professor emeritus of management and human resources at OSU and author of the book, Employment Relations and Social Sciences will present the topic geared to ballot issue 2 (SB 5).  His presentation will be followed by moderated discussion.  Location:  Whetstone Library, 3909 N. High St. Sponsored by the Council for Public Deliberation. 

Also, see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Council-for-Public-Deliberation/118191408217990

Thursday, September 8th, 2011, 6:30 PM.   Rain Garden Workshop Offered by Franklin Soil and Water.  The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District will offer a Rain Garden Workshop at the Worthington Community Center.  Location: 345 E. Wilson Bridge Rd. Worthington, OH 43085. Cost of the workshop is $20 per person and covers the cost of the instructor and instructional materials attendees can take home. Participants will also have an opportunity to join CORGI (Central Ohio Rain Garden Initiative). Registration is available in person at the Community Center, or on the web (coming soon) at
http://www.worthington.org. For more information about rain gardens, click here.

 

Thursday, September 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Eastern time.  Webinar:  Wake-Up Call to the Nation:  How to Use the New Poverty and Health Insurance Data.  On September 13, the Census Bureau will publish its annual survey of poverty, income, and health insurance coverage, including national and some state data for 2010. Then on September 22 a wealth of state and local Census survey data will be released. Last year, we learned the number of poor people shot up by 7.1 million from 2006 to 2009, that the number of people with private health coverage continued to plummet, and that one-third of our nation were either poor or near poor. Few expect improvement this year.
This new data should wake us to the need to rebuild our economy and protect our people. It’s hard to think of a time when the nation’s needs and the decision-makers’ nostrums were farther apart. The facts of September can help build the demand for real solutions.
This webinar can help you be an educator and an alarm-sounder. You’ll learn the best predictions about what the data will show. You’ll get a practical guide to finding and using the data quickly and accurately. And you’ll learn how the stories the data tell can help us fight the cuts threatened in Washington and in state capitals.
Register today!
Presenters:
Arloc Sherman, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: He has decades of experience mining Census data to reveal powerful truths about the impact of poverty.
Deborah Weinstein, Coalition on Human Needs: Census data jockey who will guide you straight to the data you need.
The Coalition on Human Needs appreciates the help of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in preparing this webinar, and the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the ELCA World Hunger Grant Program, and anonymous donors.
How this webinar can help you:
• Show you how to get your state’s poverty and health insurance data as soon as it comes out, so you can comment to the press in time for the first coverage and help to shape the public’s understanding of what it means.
• Prepare press releases, blogs, letters to the editor, and other press pieces to tie the findings to their policy implications (protect Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.)
• Keep you up to date on the federal budget threats (lots) and opportunities (well, some) the new data relate to.
• Give you the opportunity to ask questions during the webinar and to get follow-up help when the data are released.

Register Today: https://chn.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=9173

 

September 9, 10, and 11, 2011.  Hot Times Art and Music Festival.  It's a mini-Comfest! Plan now to attend the Hot Times Festival the weekend of Sept 9-10-11. Art cars, two music stages, food vendors, art exhibits, kid friendly activities, and more. Friday night kicks off with the party for Comfest volunteers and a group picture. Also on Friday is the Simply Living Social event (see details in the Calendar). Click here for all the offerings and schedule of events. Location: 240 Parsons Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43215.  Website:   Hot Times Art and Music Festival

 

Friday, September 9th, 2011, 5:30 - 6:30 PM.  Fair Food Friday Event.  Members and allies of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are holding Fair Food Friday demonstrations at Columbus-area Kroger stores in support of the rights of farm workers.  Location: Kroger’s at 2090 Bethel Rd.  Please mark on your calendar and tell your friends.  We can really get public attention at this great location with busy street and visible public sidewalk.  It's ready-made for our first major demonstration, so I'll bring signs and banners and other ways to let Kroger know we're gathering strength in Ohio.  Location:  Kroger’s 1350 North High Street.  For more information, please contact:  Susan Carter, ohiofairfood@gmail.com
 

Saturday,  September 10th, 2011, 6:30 PM – Midnight. Second Saturday Salon at the Free Press. Enjoy food, drink, music, art, good friends and acquaintances for socializing, networking, and just relaxing and having fun. Location: 1021 E. Broad St., east side door, parking in rear. Contacts: <truth@freepress.org> or call 614-253-2571

 

September 10th, 2011.  UNA’s 13th Model United Nations Symposium.  The goal of Model UN is to give students and instructors from different backgrounds the chance to debate issues of global importance, appreciate intellectuals of different mindsets, and work together to achieve international peace. The symposium is open to college students, college and high school faculty, and by invitation to high school students. They will acquire experience in debate, critical thinking and problem solving, delegation, and negotiation. Teachers will be provided a hands on experience, showing them how productive Model UN can be and the wonderful tools it provides to students. International awareness must be increased, especially for young students- they are our future! Come participate and help to learn and show how important the United Nations and international participation can be!

This will be a great networking opportunity, You will have a chance to speak to former UN employees, child soldier survivors, and many other students and instructors. We hope to hear from you soon regarding when we can come by to give a presentation to your students and register for the symposium.

Refreshments will be provided, and 4 CEU credits will be provided!

Contact:  Len Baldwin, President of UNA-Columbus, phone:  937-309-6500

 

Saturday, September 10th, 2011, 7:00-9:00 PM.  1961 Flashback: the Hit Songs of Sam Cooke, Ricky Nelson, and the Everlys.  Travel back 50 years as Bill Cohen takes us on a musical journey to the early years of rock and roll. He’ll be strumming and singing about 20 hits made famous by Sam Cooke, the Everly Brothers, and Ricky Nelson.

The memory-filled evening will also feature a top-notch backup band – Brian Szuch on lead electric guitar, Renilda Marshall on bass, and Rebecca Stansbury on violin and percussion.

The concert, titled “50 Years ago,” will take place Saturday September 10 in the basement Fellowship Hall of the Overbrook Presbyterian Church at 4131 N. High in Columbus.  The show will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Plenty of free parking is available in the church lot and on nearby streets.

The songs themselves --- ranging from “Travelin Man” and “All I Have to is Dream” to “Chain Gang” and “You Send Me” – will be center stage. But Bill will also help turn back the clock with fun trivia questions about other 1961 hits and popular culture.

As usual, there will also be a couple of surprises, plus refreshments.

$10 per person donations are suggested at the door.  Proceeds will go to pay expenses for Bill’s wife Randi and their daughter Hannah to staff a volunteer medical mission to the Dominican Republic.  That’s where U.S. doctors, nurses, and medical students from the non-profit International Medical Alliance of Tennessee annually provide basic medical care for about a thousand Spanish-speaking villagers.  Next February, Hannah and Randi will serve as interpreters as they have before.

For more information, call Bill at (614) 263-3851. Or contact billcohen@columbus.rr.com

 

Sunday, September 11th, 2011, 4:00-5:30 PM.  Ohio Interfaith Prayer Service.   On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we gather as communities of diverse faiths to:
- pray for all affected by the tragedy;
- honor the creative human responses;
- promote peace and interfaith harmony;
- and foster unity among people of Ohio.”

Location:  Atrium of The Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio.

Co-Sponsors:  Central Ohioans for Peace, Columbus Jewish Federation, Columbus Metropolitan Area Church Council, Council on American Islamic Relations – Ohio, Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, Ohio Catholic Conference, Ohio Council of Churches, Ohio Jewish Communities, Office for Social Concerns - Catholic Diocese Columbus, Muslim Students’ Association at OSU, Sikh Educational and Religious Foundation, and United Church of Christ, Ohio Conference.  For more information or to join as a co-sponsor of the event, please email iaco@iaco.org.

 

Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 7:00 PM. Central Ohioians For Peace Meeting.  Special Program:  "Palestine’s Approach to the United Nations" with Professor John Quigley.  John Quigley is President’s Club Professor in Law at the Moritz College of Law of the Ohio State University. His specialty is international law, and he has written extensively on the Palestine-Israel conflict. His most recent book is “The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict” (Cambridge University Press, 2010).   Location: Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park (one block north of N. Broadway), Cols., 43214.   Central The latest information about our upcoming meetings can be found on our new website at   https://sites.google.com/site/centralohioansforpeace/

 

Monday, September 12th, 2011, 6:30 PM.  Franklin County Greens Meeting.  Open business meeting.  Location:  Location:  Northwood Building, room 100, 2231 North High St. (corner of Northwood and N. High St.), parking available in visitor spaces behind the building.  For more information, please contact fcgreenparty@gmail.com

 

Monday, September 12th, 2011, 7:00 PM.  Federal Healthcare Insurance Mandate.  Francis Beytagh, Professor Emeritus from the Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law will present background information on the Federal Healthcare Insurance Mandate.  His presentation will be followed by moderated discussion.  Location:  Whetstone Library, 3909 N. High St. Sponsored by the Council for Public Deliberation.   Also, see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Council-for-Public-Deliberation/118191408217990
 

Monday, September 12th, 2011, 7:30 PM.  Contested Streets.  Early Bird Screening for the Columbus International Film + Video Festival.  CONTESTED STREETS explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile times to the present. This examination allows for an understanding of how the city - though the most well served by mass transit in the United States - has slowly relinquished what was a rich, multi-dimensional conception of the street as public space to a mindset that prioritizes the rapid movement of cars and trucks over all other functions.
Central to the story is a comparison of New York to what is experienced in London, Paris and Copenhagen. Interviews and footage shot in these cities showcase how limiting automobile use in recent years has improved air quality, minimized noise pollution and enriched commercial, recreational and community interaction. London's congestion pricing scheme, Paris' BRT (bus rapid transit) and Copenhagen's bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure are all examined in depth. New York City, though to many the most vibrant and dynamic city on Earth, still has lessons to learn from Old Europe.

Admission is $5.  This screening is co sponsored by the Sierra Club and MORPC.

Location:  Gateway Film Center , 1550 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio, USA 43215

 

September 15th, 2011, 8:30-9:30 PM. Health Care for All.  Join host Debbie Silverstein every third Thursday of the month from 8:30-9:30 PM ET on WCAN radio for Health Care for All sponsored by SPAN Ohio.  This month’s  program will feature special guest Dr. Jonathan Ross.  Guaranteed to be informative and entertaining!  Find out why improved and expanded Medicare for All is JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERS. Listen live on line at  www.wcanradio.com

 

Thursday, September 15th, 2011.  Palestine Is Coming to the U.N.!

Rally, Thursday, September 15, to demand:

Palestine: Sovereignty Now!

Palestine: Enforce the Right of Return!

Palestine: Full Equality for All!

5 pm: Gather at Times Square

6 pm: March to Grand Central and then over to the U.N., as we say:

End All U.S. Aid to Israel!

End the Occupation!

Support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions!

For more information, email palestineun@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Palestine U.N. Solidarity Coalition

 

Thursday, September 15th, 2011,  7:00 PM.  Pax Christi Meeting.  Members of Pax Christi International, the Catholic peace movement, strive to create a world that reflects the Gospel by exploring and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence.  This work begins in our personal lives and is extended to all those we meet.  Pax Christi rejects war, preparations for war, and every form of violence and domination. We advocate peaceful conflict resolution, economic and social justice, and respect for all life and all creation.  Pax Christi works toward a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world.  The Columbus chapter meets the third Thursday of each month at 7pm at the St. Thomas More Newman Center, 64 W. Lane Ave.  For more information, contact Grace Rees at grace.rees2@gmail.com or at 614-784-9139.

 

Thursday, September 15th, 2011, 7:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Meeting.  This is an open business/planning meeting for upcoming events and campaigns.  Location:  Northwood Building, room 100, 2231 North High St. (corner of Northwood and N. High St.), parking available in visitor spaces behind the building.  For more information, please contact smorgen@juno.com or website www.dsco.org     

 

Friday, September 16th, 2011, 6-8:00 PM.  CSTB (Care and Share Time Bank) Potluck.  Meet your CSTB Community, share  a potluck, register (if you haven't already), discuss and add services,  brainstorm growing the TB, and earn 2 time credits. We'll introduce the new CSTB Web site!  September CSTB Potluck will be held Friday, September 16 at the Simply Living Offices, 2350 Indianola Ave (Maynard Ave UMC).  Bring your own table service (less to clean up afterward). Invite your friends who might be interested.

 

Saturday, September 17th, 2011, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Day of Mindfulness Will Discuss Reconciliation Approach of Thich Nhat Hanh.  We will be discussing the book Reconcillation: Healing the Inner Child by TNH. It is not necessary to read the book, in the event that you just want to join the discussion, come. You can order the book for $14.95 from . parallaxpress.org, the publishing company for Thich Nhat Hanh. "A simple but penetrating perspective on transforming our childhood pain and confusion into strength and clarity." — Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, offers unique insights on how mindfulness practice can encourage wellness and balanced mental health, and help heal childhood suffering and trauma. With personal stories, techniques for dealing with old and new situations, and advice for building strong and long-lasting relationships, Reconciliation is full of concrete practices for healing the inner child. Nhat Hanh shows how mindfulness can transform anger, sadness, and fear and allow joy and tranquility to flourish. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Bring an instrument to play. A voice to sing. A friend. And, a smile to give. Location: Unity Church, 4211 Maize Rd. 43224. Contact: Art Yoho <art@lovebarbecue.com>.

 

September 18-20, 2011. WAND/WILL Conference: Women at the Table of Power.

Come join us for an exciting and informative three days in Washington, DC! The biennial conference presents a unique opportunity to exchange strategies and ideas with fellow women state legislators and community leaders from across the country. Don't miss out on this chance to build your legislative skills, network professionally, and share in the WiLL expertise and energy! Please call 202-544-5055 for further information see: WAND/Will

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 4:30-6:30 PM.  Rally for Ohio’s Energy Future.  Join us to stand up for Renewables, Energy Efficiency and bringing jobs to Ohio. Say NO to Fracking and YES to Wind and Solar at Gov.
12:00 pm - come out early and help promote the rally
4:30 - 6:30 pm - Main event with music, speakers and elected officials.
Kasich's Summit on Energy and Economy. RSVP via
http://www.nofrackohio.com/

Location:  OSU Student Union, 1739 N. High St., Columbus

 

September 24th, 2011, 12 Noon – 4:00 PM.  www.BIKE2thefuture.org – A Ride and Festival to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels.  Columbus will be a part in a worldwide gathering of tens of thousands of people, in hundreds of cities and towns from almost every country.  The action will be a mass bike ride to showcase alternative transportation that does not emit carbon dioxide.  The bike ride begins at12 pm in Franklin Park Columbus, OH.  The route will be approximately 8 miles starting and returning to Franklin Park Amphitheater.  At the amphitheater we will have a climate solution "party" with speakers, tables, music, and food to purchase.  Everyone in central Ohio is invited to be part of this worldwide event. The bicycle ride and celebration will be our piece in this global effort to mark one day to move beyond fossil fuels.  Sponsors:  350.org , Sierra Club Beyond Coal, considerbiking. 
To register go to
Columbus 350 on Facebook.  

 

Saturday, September 24, 2011, 10 AM – Noon.  Hands Off Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.  NO CUTS TO THESE VITAL SAFETY NET PROGRAMS!  Devastating cuts in benefits to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid recipients could be enacted within a few months following recent Congressional action. This would undermine living standards and health care coverage for over 100 million people.

The undemocratic Congressional “super committee” of 12 could do that, with Congress limited to voting “yes” or “no” on their recommendations, and with no opportunity to offer amendments.

Get the facts! Find out what’s going on! Learn what we can do to save our pensions, retirement security, and health care.

Speakers:

Norm Wernet, Field Organizer, Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans; Semanthie Brooks, Director of Community Advocacy, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging; David Sheagley, Regional Vice President, SSA Field Offices Chicago Region, AFGE Council 220, AFGE Local 3448 SSA Field Offices, Ohio; Greg Coleridge, Director, Northeast Ohio AFSC; Rachel DeGolia, Director of national UHCAN, the Universal Health Care Action Network; Deb Silverstein, SPAN Ohio Regional Coordinator; Jerry Gordon, Secretary, Emergency Labor Network

Sponsors (partial list):

North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor, Alliance for Retired Americans in Ohio, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, Antioch Baptist Church, American Federation of Government Employees, Emergency Labor Network, Northeast Ohio American Friends Service Committee, Single-Payer Action Network Ohio, Universal Health Care Action Network (National), Universal Health Care Action Network Ohio, Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice, Progressive Democrats of America Ohio Chapter, Cleveland Peace Action

Free Admission – Free Parking

More information: Jerry Gordon, 216-382-4597 / emergencylabor@aol.com or

Greg Coleridge, 330-928-2301 / gcoleridge@afsc.org

Location:  Laborers Union Hall, 3250 Euclid Ave., Cleveland (enter parking lot from Prospect Ave.)

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00-9:00 PM program.  Franklin county Consortium for Good Government’s Meet the Candidates Forum.  These events will feature candidates for statewide issues, county judges, local mayoral, city council, and school board races.  A map and calendar of the Consortium’s “Meet the Candidates” Forum events, directions to each event and lists of races scheduled and candidates invited Sites and dates may change. For complete and updated information, please visit the Consortium’s Web site or call Event Coordinator Debby Rosenthal at (614) 383‑VOTE (383-8683).  to appear at each event are available at the Consortium’s Web site at http://franklincountyconsortium.com.

Location:  St. Elizabeth Church, 6077 Sharon Woods Blvd, Columbus (43229)

 

September 27th, 2011, 6:30-9:00 PM.  Okla-Choctaw Wisdom Keeper Offers Teachings on Native American Spirituality.  Rainbow Eagle is a Wisdom Keeper, honored with the responsibility of an Ancient Native American Peace Shield. Now that the Seventh Fire of the Anishinabe/Ojibwa traditions has been lit, he is responsible for teaching the traditions of the peace shield. Rainbow Eagle has spent most of his life traveling and living among traditional Native Americans, both on and off reservations in the United States and Canada, sharing with traditional people, and learning from their most respected elders. He is a revered storyteller and teacher. All are invited to join Rainbow Eagle, Okla-Choctaw American Indian, for three evening teachings on Native American Spirituality. Location: Worthington Arms (Clubhouse) 5277 Columbus Pike (US 23), Lewis Center, OH 43035. Questions: Call 740-815-1643 or email gentleheart2821@yahoo.com or visit http://www.rainboweagle.com. Love Offerings will be appreciated.

 

September 28-30, 2011. SAVE-THE-DATE National Training Conference. “Informing Cultural Competence through Research and Best Practices—Eliminating Disparities across Systems.” CARE Trainings -- Register Now. The CARE training session(s) will help you increase your knowledge and understanding about the impact of cultural practices and beliefs on the patient/client - provider relationship, and provide opportunities for developing strategies to strengthen your cross-cultural skills. The training is targeted to behavioral/health care and human services professionals, as well as others who are interested in learning more about how to better serve the needs of our community's diverse populations. The cost of the CARE training Level I (3 hour session) is $35 for MACC members and $45 for non-members and CARE Level II (8 hours) is $120 and $150 accordingly. CEU’s are available for RNs/LPNs and LSWs/LISWs; application has been made for CEU’s for Counseling and Ohio Chemical Dependency professionals. Location: Embassy Suites, Columbus – Airport, 2886 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219. Fax the registration brochure to 614-487-9320. For more information about CARE trainings click here. Sponsored by the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence in partnership with the National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health.

 

Friday, September 30th, 2011, 5:30 PM.  Critical Mass Bike Ride.  Meet at 5:30 at the statue in front of the Statehouse, and go for a bike ride at 6pm. Broad and High in Columbus. Protest the war for oil and smelly cars. It's tomorrow- Last Friday of every month!!  Contact:  cgadellnewton@gmail.com

 

Saturday, October 1, 2011.  Join rallies against more nuclear at Davis-Besse and Fermi!  Sierrans from Ohio and Michigan will participate with several other organizations in rallies in Monroe and Toledo. Kickoff is at 11 am at a public park in Monroe, MI, focusing on stopping development of a new Fermi 3 nuclear plant and on shutting down existing Unit 2. There will then be a carpool to Toledo where a rally will start at 1pm at Promenade Park, downtown across Summit Street from Toledo Edison headquarters. The rally will call for the immediate shutdown of Davis-Besse. There will be musical acts, great speakers and food at both events. The Nuclear Issues Committee is emphasizing the importance of Sierrans attending the Toledo rally to emphasize that a 20-year license extension should not be given to the accident-plagued Davis-Besse reactor. If you would like to carpool from Columbus either to Toledo or to both events, please contact Connie Hammond at cmhammond11@att.net or (614) 531-4146.

 

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00-9:00 PM program.  Franklin county Consortium for Good Government’s Meet the Candidates Forum.  These events will feature candidates for statewide issues, county judges, local mayoral, city council, and school board races.  A map and calendar of the Consortium’s “Meet the Candidates” Forum events, directions to each event and lists of races scheduled and candidates invited to appear at each event are available at the Consortium’s Web site at http://franklincountyconsortium.com.  Sites and dates may change. For complete and updated information, please visit the Consortium’s Web site or call Event Coordinator Debby Rosenthal at (614) 383‑VOTE (383-8683).  Location:  All Saints Academy, 2855 East Livingston Ave., Columbus (43209) (Next to Christ the King Catholic Church)

 

Thursday, October 6th, 2011.  Protest continued U.S. troops in Afghanistan in Freedom Plaza, D.C.  Take the Pledge.   "I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza to demand that America's resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning."

For more information, see http://october2011.org

 

Thursday, October 6th, 2011, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00-9:00 PM program.  Franklin county Consortium for Good Government’s Meet the Candidates Forum.  These events will feature candidates for statewide issues, county judges, local mayoral, city council, and school board races.  A map and calendar of the Consortium’s “Meet the Candidates” Forum events, directions to each event and lists of races scheduled and candidates invited to appear at each event are available at the Consortium’s Web site at http://franklincountyconsortium.com
First Unitarian Universalist Church Sites and dates may change. For complete and updated information, please visit the Consortium’s Web site or call Event Coordinator Debby Rosenthal at (614) 383‑VOTE (383-8683).
93 West Weisheimer Road, Columbus (43214)

 

Monday, October 10, 2011, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00-9:00 PM program.  Franklin county Consortium for Good Government’s Meet the Candidates Forum.  These events will feature candidates for statewide issues, county judges, local mayoral, city council, and school board races.  A map and calendar of the Consortium’s “Meet the Candidates” Forum events, directions to each event and lists of races scheduled and candidates invited to appear at each event are available at the Consortium’s Web site at http://franklincountyconsortium.com. Sites and dates may change. For complete and updated information, please visit the Consortium’s Web site or call Event Coordinator Debby Rosenthal at (614) 383‑VOTE (383-8683).  Location:  Congregation Beth Shalom
5089 Johnstown Road, New Albany (43054)

 

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00-9:00 PM program.  Franklin county Consortium for Good Government’s Meet the Candidates Forum.  These events will feature candidates for statewide issues, county judges, local mayoral, city council, and school board races.  A map and calendar of the Consortium’s “Meet the Candidates” Forum events, directions to each event and lists of races scheduled and candidates invited to appear at each event are available at the Consortium’s Web site at http://franklincountyconsortium.com. Sites and dates may change. For complete and updated information, please visit the Consortium’s Web site or call Event Coordinator Debby Rosenthal at (614) 383‑VOTE (383-8683).  Location:  Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church
1636 Graham Road, Reynoldsburg (43068)

 

October 11, 2011.  Stop the Machine! Create a New World!  A Call to Action in Washington D.C.

October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of the 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions.

We call on people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace, economic justice, human rights and a healthy environment—to join together in Washington, D.C., beginning on Oct. 6, 2011, in nonviolent resistance similar to the Arab Spring and the Midwest awakening.

A concert, rally and protest will kick off a powerful and sustained nonviolent resistance to the corporate criminals that dominate our government.

"Stop the Machine! • Create a New World!" is a clarion call for all who are deeply concerned with injustice, militarism and environmental destruction to join in ending concentrated corporate power and taking direct control of a real participatory democracy. We will encourage a culture of resistance—using music, art, theater and direct nonviolent action—to take control of our country and our lives. It is about courageously resisting and stopping the corporate state from destroying not only our inherent rights and freedoms, but also our children’s chance to live, breathe clean air, drink pure water, grow edible natural food and live in peace.

As Mother Jones said, "Someday the workers will take possession of your city hall, and when we do, no child will be sacrificed on the altar of profit!"

We are the ones who can create a new and just world. Our issues are connected. We are connected. Join us in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 6, 2011, to Stop the Machine.

http://october2011.org/statement

http://october2011.org

 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011. MORPC Summit on Sustainability & the Environment. Eco-Innovation Across Borders: Best Practices Here and Abroad. The Summit is MORPC’s signature environmental conference in Central Ohio each year, developed to aid community leaders, businesses and individuals in going green. The Summit offers a valuable learning experience with the opportunity to network and socialize with like-minded peers. This exciting event brings hundreds of people together from diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in making the world a better place for existing and future generations.

Event highlights:

Keynote by Amy Camacho, Secretary of Environmental Sustainability and Land Management of the State of Puebla, Mexico. The keynote is hosted in partnership with Columbus Council on World Affairs.

Engaging workshops on the topics of clean and efficient vehicles, greenways and trails, green buildings and climate change adaptation.

The second annual Sustainability Awards to recognize achievements in multiple categories of environmental stewardship. Stay tuned for more information and a nomination form in August.

Exhibit Hall to showcase environmental products and services to hundreds of attendees.

Pre-event reception on Oct. 10, 6-8 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts, featuring environmentally-themed art exhibitions, hors d'oeuvres, and Green Pact signing ceremony.
Location: COSI, 333 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH.

Pre-event Reception:
October 10, 2011 at the
Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High Street, Columbus, OH

Registration page coming soon! Please email Shari Saunders for early registration.

Ticket prices:

Summit on Sustainability & the Environment (Oct. 11, 2011): $65
Pre-event Reception (Oct. 10, 2011): $25
Both Summit & Pre-event: $85
Summit keynote luncheon only: $50

Summit Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities:

Each year, the Summit is made possible through the generous support of event sponsors. Sponsorship provides an opportunity for your business or organization to gain visibility and share your message with hundreds of attendees from the public and private sector.

Click here for a menu of Summit sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. Contact Brandi Whetstone at 614-233-4174 for questions or to reserve your spot.

 

Thursday, October 14th, 2011, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00-9:00 PM program.  Franklin county Consortium for Good Government’s Meet the Candidates Forum.  These events will feature candidates for statewide issues, county judges, local mayoral, city council, and school board races.  A map and calendar of the Consortium’s “Meet the Candidates” Forum events, directions to each event and lists of races scheduled and candidates invited to appear at each event are available at the Consortium’s Web site at http://franklincountyconsortium.com. Sites and dates may change. For complete and updated information, please visit the Consortium’s Web site or call Event Coordinator Debby Rosenthal at (614) 383‑VOTE (383-8683).  Location:  Temple Beth Shalom, 5089 Johnstown Road, New Albany (43054)

 

Saturday, October 16, 2011, 12:30 PM. ANSWER march in Chicago on the 9th Anniversary of Afghanistan war. October 16 is being organized by dozens of antiwar and social justice organizations in Chicago and across the Midwest. Bring your signs and banners and join us in the streets. Assemble at Michigan & Congress, MARCH ON MICHIGAN AVE! For more information: http://www.chicagoanswer.net/October16.htm

 

Sunday, October 16, 2011, 12:00 noon - 3:00 PM. Faith Perspectives on Becoming a Peacemaker in Our Community Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO)19th Annual Main Event Luncheon.

Location: University Plaza Hotel, 3110 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43202

Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana

President of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) in Chicago & Past Director for the Program on Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva, Switzerland
Registration Form:

Name(s) _________________________________ Phone number ______________________________

Address ________________________________City _____________ State__________ Zip _________

Email address _________________________________________ Faith affiliation: __________________

Cost: $30 per person: _______ dinners at $30 each = $ __________

Meal preference: None ____ Vegetarian ____ Vegan ____ Kosher ____ Halal ____ Gluten-free ____

Make your check payable to IACO and mail with this completed form to
IACO, 57 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

Deadline for non-refundable reservations is October 7, 2011. Online reservations via PayPal at iaco.org/events. For more information, please contact us by phone: 614-849-0290, or e-mail: iaco@iaco.org

 

October 18th, 2011, 6:30-9:00 PM.  Okla-Choctaw Wisdom Keeper Offers Teachings on Native American Spirituality.  Rainbow Eagle is a Wisdom Keeper, honored with the responsibility of an Ancient Native American Peace Shield. Now that the Seventh Fire of the Anishinabe/Ojibwa traditions has been lit, he is responsible for teaching the traditions of the peace shield. Rainbow Eagle has spent most of his life traveling and living among traditional Native Americans, both on and off reservations in the United States and Canada, sharing with traditional people, and learning from their most respected elders. He is a revered storyteller and teacher. All are invited to join Rainbow Eagle, Okla-Choctaw American Indian, for three evening teachings on Native American Spirituality. Location: Worthington Arms (Clubhouse) 5277 Columbus Pike (US 23), Lewis Center, OH 43035. Questions: Call 740-815-1643 or email gentleheart2821@yahoo.com or visit http://www.rainboweagle.com. Love Offerings will be appreciated.

 

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00-9:00 PM program.  Franklin county Consortium for Good Government’s Meet the Candidates Forum.  These events will feature candidates for statewide issues, county judges, local mayoral, city council, and school board races.  A map and calendar of the Consortium’s “Meet the Candidates” Forum events, directions to each event and lists of races scheduled and candidates invited to appear at each event are available at the Consortium’s Web site at http://franklincountyconsortium.com. Sites and dates may change. For complete and updated information, please visit the Consortium’s Web site or call Event Coordinator Debby Rosenthal at (614) 383‑VOTE (383-8683).  Location:  McConnell Art Center, 777 Evening Street, Worthington (43085)

 

Monday, October 24th, 2011, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00-9:00 PM program.  Franklin county Consortium for Good Government’s Meet the Candidates Forum.  These events will feature candidates for statewide issues, county judges, local mayoral, city council, and school board races.  A map and calendar of the Consortium’s “Meet the Candidates” Forum events, directions to each event and lists of races scheduled and candidates invited to appear at each event are available at the Consortium’s Web site at http://franklincountyconsortium.com. Sites and dates may change. For complete and updated information, please visit the Consortium’s Web site or call Event Coordinator Debby Rosenthal at (614) 383‑VOTE (383-8683).  Location:  Congregation Tifereth Israel
1354 East Broad Street, Columbus (43205)

 

Thursday, October 27th,  2011, 6:30 PM reception, 7:00-9:00 PM program.  Franklin county Consortium for Good Government’s Meet the Candidates Forum.  These events will feature candidates for statewide issues, county judges, local mayoral, city council, and school board races.  A map and calendar of the Consortium’s “Meet the Candidates” Forum events, directions to each event and lists of races scheduled and candidates invited to appear at each event are available at the Consortium’s Web site at http://franklincountyconsortium.com. Sites and dates may change. For complete and updated information, please visit the Consortium’s Web site or call Event Coordinator Debby Rosenthal at (614) 383‑VOTE (383-8683).  Location:  Torat Emet (Main Street Synagogue) 2375 East Main Street, Bexley (43209)

 

Friday, October 28th, 2011, 9:00 AM reception, 9:30-11:00 AM Program.  Franklin county Consortium for Good Government’s Meet the Candidates Forum.  These events will feature candidates for statewide issues, county judges, local mayoral, city council, and school board races.  A map and calendar of the Consortium’s “Meet the Candidates” Forum events, directions to each event and lists of races scheduled and candidates invited to appear at each event are available at the Consortium’s Web site at http://franklincountyconsortium.com. Sites and dates may change. For complete and updated information, please visit the Consortium’s Web site or call Event Coordinator Debby Rosenthal at (614) 383‑VOTE (383-8683).  Location:  Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Avenue, Columbus (43209)

 

Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th, 2011. Save the Date for the Columbus International Festival. Location: Veteran’s Memorial, 300 W. Broad St., Columbus. More information: http://www.unacol.org/international_festival.html

 

Saturday, November 5th, 2011, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Ohio Street Protest For Gay Marriage!  There will be a street protest held in "Support of Gay Marriage."  On November 5th. 3 days before voting day in Cincinnati, OH.
It will be at Fountain Square in Cincinnati, OH.  You will want to make signs for the protest.   For this too work we will need a large amount of Protesters!  We will be meeting there at 11:00am.
TO HELP US IN OUR EFFORTS INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS!
Even if you cant make it we ask you invite your friends to help spread word!
Its time for Ohio to legalize "GAY MARRIAGE!"
If you coming shot us an email. Also if you have any questions email us!
rainbowmarriageohio2011@ya​hoo.com
I WILL SEND YOU REMINDER BEFORE THE EVENT AND INFORMATION ON THE EVENT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!
  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=237526392953598

 

November 11 – 13, 2011.   UNAC national Conference TO BRING THE TROOPS AND WAR DOLLARS HOME NOW!  In the summer of 2010, 800 activists from peace, environmental, economic and social justice groups from around the country gathered in Albany for the largest movement conference held since 9/11 and the initiation of the so-called “War on Terror”. The conference presented a wealth of dynamic speakers and dozens of panels and workshops focusing on analyses, issues and actions in order to organize effectively for ending US wars and for social change. An ambitious action plan was adopted and a new national coalition, UNAC, the United National Antiwar Committee, was formed.

Since then, UNAC has implemented the action program, culminating in large bi-coastal mobilizations on April 9-10, 2011, and responded to the huge events of recent months: the popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and other North African countries; the fight backs to union-busting and cuts to social services in Wisconsin and elsewhere; the wars at home on communities of color, rising Islamophobia and racist attacks on Muslims and pre-emptive prosecutions; activists targeted by the FBI; attacks on civil liberties; environmental destruction and global warming; struggles to end the siege of Gaza, threats to Iran and No. Korea; the dangers of nuclear power; and the endless wars continuing in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now expanding in Libya.

As we see in Egypt and throughout history, all critical social change comes through the direct, massive, independent intervention of the people. This does not happen spontaneously.

It is time for a unified movement to meet again to learn, to strategize, to plan and to organize in order to take stock and to move forward collectively. Everyone attending this one-person, one-vote conference has an equal voice and responsibility for the direction of the movement and the development of an action program to carry us through 2012.

Location:  Stamford, Ct.  For more information, please contact:  UNITED NATIONAL ANTIWAR COMMITTEE (UNAC) www.UNACpeace.org UNACpeace@gmail.com 518-227-6947

 

November 18th – 20th, 2011. Commemorate the Martyrs, Celebrate the Resistance: Close the SOA! This November, the SOA Watch movement returns to the gates of Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. We will strengthen and build alliances, remember our fallen sisters and brothers in struggle; demand the closure of the SOA/WHINSEC; and an end to oppressive U.S. foreign policy in the hemisphere. Our yearly vigil is a dynamic and transformative space, attracting thousands of all ages, colors, genders, and abilities, with last year's being the most inclusive and energetic thus far! For details, see: SOA Watch

 

 

 

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