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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/


 

From the Nation magazine –

How to help in Pakistan:

http://www.thenation.com/blog/154063/how-help-pakistan


National and Regional Mobilizations for Jobs, Economy and Peace and in October

and PEACE Mobilization in April

There are national calls for action on October 2, 2010 'One Nation Working together: Jobs, Education, Justice march on Washington, DC, a Regional Anti-war Action in Chicago on October 16th, and April 9, 2011 anti-war rally and march on New York City.  Busses are being reserved for these actions (Oct 2 - Columbus to DC, Oct 16th Columbus to Chicago, and Apr 9 - Columbus to NYC), but we would like to see if there are any initiating organizers who would like to help on this project and/or would like to hear from anyone interested in getting on the bus for any of these actions?

The buses for October 2nd are filling up fast.  If you are interested in buses from Columbus to D. C. for October 2nd, contact Mark Stansbery as soon as possible - 614-252-9255 or walk@igc.org

(Details for the Oct 2 national mobilization follows below under events.)


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!


Make Economic Justice an Everyday Event with Fair Trade Coffee from Haiti.  The Columbus Catholic Worker House is spoiling Columbus rotten one bag at a time!  We are proud to be the only distributors of Haitian coffee in the city.  Contact us to take home a bag of fairly traded, shade grown, organic coffee from Haiti.  Not only is this absolutely delicious coffee, but you'll enjoy knowing that your coffee purchase is making a healthy, sustainably lifestyle possible for the people of Haiti.   Medium and Day roast is available, whole bean or ground.  Frank Lesko at 614-267-3322 or franklesko@yahoo.com, or  visit the Catholic Worker House at 1614 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus. 

To inquire about coffee
...or to be on the Catholic Worker e-mail distribution list with news & updates
...please send an email to us at columbuscatholicworker@gmail.com


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


Support Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Columbus Catholic Worker and Pax Christi groups are helping the Catholic Diocese distribute postcards urging our senators and representatives to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.  They are also would like to ask folks from other groups or denominations to get involved.  If you or your group is interested, please contact:  franklesko@yahoo.com


 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


Oppose the Iranian visa ban bill!  STOP S.T.E.P.

The STEP Act as introduced on January 13th  labels all Iranians as "terrorists" and would ban them from getting US visas. This bill would prevent Iranians from visiting their family in the US, and at a time of increasing repression in Iran, would impose even greater burdens on Iranians seeking refuge.
This is unacceptable.
Write your representative today, telling them that you object to the STEP Act!
Ask them to consider true common sense reforms that open doors between the Iranian people and the US—not close them.   You can send an email message using this link:  www.niacouncil.org/stopstep.


Follow Ashley Franz in Palestine with the International Solidarity Movement.   .

Blog: http://voice-for-voiceless.blogspot.com

ISM: http://palsolidarity.org/

CODEPink (Hosting the Gaza Freedom March; ISM will be joining this collation): http://www..codepink4peace.org/

 


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

Related Links:

Elected Officials
About The Alliance
Contact Info
OSU Campus Map
Columbus Anti-War Protest and Pictures from Clintonville Rally to oppose "surge" 

Links:

 

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 November 14, 2010

  

Events/Meetings

 

Monday, November 15, 2010, 6:30-8:00 PM.   Meatless Meals.  Location:  Franklin Park Conservatory.  $40 to $45.  RSVP: 614-645-5923.

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010, 6:00-8:00 PM.  Franklin County Greens Meeting.  Plans are being made now for the spring primary.  Everyone welcome!   Location:  Northwood Building, Room 100,  2231 North High St., Columbus (visitor parking available in back of the building).  For more information contact dgibson6@columbus.rr.com or chammon@columbus.rr.com

Tuesday,  November 16, 2010, 7:00 PM.  Screening:  The Rivals.  They Shared a state but were worlds apart. 
This is a documentary film about competing social classes, sports and ambitious kids from opposite sides of the track. It’s a film about injuries, victories and opportunities and measuring up to the status quo. It just happens to be about high school football and it just happens to be set in Maine. It is the tale of two communities, one white collar and one blue, united by a common dream: winning the State Championship. The physical conflict takes place on the playing field, but the real story is how these two communities see themselves and what they teach their kids about the game of life, the pride of place, the passion of tradition and the careful balance between success and respect. http://www.rivalsmovie.com/  Sponsored by the Columbus International Film+Video Center. 

Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High Street, Columbus, OH

Special event admission pricing is just $5.  Tickets will be available at the box office and are available at 

http://www.movietickets.com/house_detail.asp?house_id=22812&rdate=11/16/2010

 

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010, 7:00 PM.  Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed Meeting.  The movie Liquid Assets will be shown.  http://liquidassets.psu.edu/index.html Location:  Whetstone Recreation Center, 3923 N. High St., Columbus.

 

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010, 7:00 PM.  Evolver Spore.  Come discuss the topic of the month - Visionary Culture.  Location:  172 E. 5th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201.   Phone: 614-299-INFO Email: info@sporeprint.info Website: sporeprint.info  Any questions? E-mail us! Want to hold an event? E-mail us! Want to volunteer? E-mail us!

 

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM.  Columbus Metropolitan Club.  "Full Potential, Children's Health Report – Nationwide Children's Hospital" featuring Steve Allen, Dr. Teresa Long, Eddie George and moderator Ann Fisher.   Location:  Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad Street.  For more information and to register (required):  http://www.columbusmetroclub.org


Thursday, November 18, 2010, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.   Healthy Thanksgiving Cooking. The Wellness Forum.  $35 to $45.  RSVP: 614-841-7700

 

November 18th, 2010, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Screening:  "This Land is Our Land" (The Fight to Reclaim the Commons) -Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Meeting.  In the aftermath of the elections, we face renewed opposition to efforts for universal health care, secure retirement, jobs that pay a living wage, ending unnecessary wars -- the list is long and the fight will be difficult.  We must oppose the transformation of our economy by multinational corporations, "free-market" ideology and the attempts to limit basic social needs such as broad-based education and Social Security.  These current actions are part of a much older  drive toward privatization of citizen resources and common interests.  To set the background and start our conversation on how to proceed, Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio will show "This Land is Our Land" (The Fight to Reclaim the Commons).  Join us on November 18 at the Northwood High Center, 2311 North High Street (2 blocks north of Lane Avenue).  Parking behind the building. Brief business meeting, open to all.


Thursday, November 18, 2010, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  GREEN DRINKS.  Topic: Local food (after all, Thanksgiving is coming up!)  Location:  Bernard’s Tavern (630 North High Street Columbus, OH 43215-2010)

 

Thursday, November 18th, 2010,  8:00 PM.  Movie Night at the Spore.  We will first begin the evening with Wikileaks video of American soldier shooting Iraqi journalist and then watch Alphaville (1965)  A Jean-Luc Godard's sci-fi pulp detective investigation of biopower, authority and reason.  Bring snacks!  Location:  172 E. 5th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201.   Phone: 614-299-INFO Email: info@sporeprint.info Website: sporeprint.info  Any questions? E-mail us! Want to hold an event? E-mail us! Want to volunteer? E-mail us!


Friday, November 19th, 2010,  4:00 PM.   You're invited to a national conference call on Immigration Reform and Creating Welcoming Communities.  The Interfaith Immigration Coalition will host a conference call with young leaders - students, interns, recent graduates, young professionals, etc. - who are passionate about immigration reform and building more welcoming communities. Young Leaders from across the country will share what they're doing to build pro-immigrant movements in their communities and campuses, ideas on how to inspire and mobilize other young people for action, and resources available for social media and advocacy work. Call information is below.   Call in number: 1-218-936-4700; Participant code: 657758.  For more information, visit the Interfaith Immigration Coalition website or contact Liza Lieberman.

 

November 19-21, 2010.  The 20th annual Vigil to shut down the SOA and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy.  Remember the victims and celebrate the resistance.  Thousands will gather at the gates of Fort Benning to stand up for justice, to shut down the School of the Americas and to end the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the school represents. We invite you to join us this November as we remember, in solemnity, the victims, and as we grow stronger than ever before in our resistance.  For more information, see:  http://www.soaw.org/take-action/november-vigil

 

Friday, November 19, 2010, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.  Interfaith Association of Central Ohio. 25th Anniversary Interfaith Prayer Service, Calling for the Spirit of Peace.  IACO was founded on November 19, 1985 with an interfaith prayer service held at Trinity Episcopal Church to focus attention on the summit meeting between US President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev of the former USSR. IACO was subsequently incorporated on July 16, 1986.  IACO works to create an inter-religious community based on understanding, friendship, and trust.  (Light refreshments will be served following the service).  Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215.   For more information, contact the  Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO), 57 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, OH 43215, Phone: (614) 849-0290, E-mail: iaco@iaco.org, Web: www.iaco.org

 

Saturday, November 20th, 2010. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  MORPC Invites Public Input on Olentangy Watershed Planning Maps.  The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission invites citizens to learn more about Balanced Growth Planning and to view preliminary planning maps at the Olentangy Planning Partnership Open House. Balanced Growth Planning is a voluntary and incentive based process that is directed by communities and stakeholders within a watershed.  The Planning Partnership takes a watershed-wide look at existing and future land-use plans, to accommodate for growth while conserving natural and agricultural areas The preliminary planning maps are a result of communities and stakeholders in the Olentangy Planning Partnership coming together to prioritize areas for conservation, development, and agriculture.  Location:  Willis Building, 2079 U.S. Highway 23 North, Delaware.  

 

Saturday, November 20, 2010, 9:00 AM – 12 Noon. (hot coffee and cocoa will be available!) Green Deeds from Green Columbus.  Join us this month at Highland Avenue Community Garden - winner of the 2009 Community Garden Growing to Green Award and recently announced as one of the 12 hub gardens of Franklin Park Conservatory - for hands-on experience building a grape arbor, installing rain barrels, creating compost bins, and more. We'll also be composting the remains of the harvest and preparing the garden for a long winter's nap.
Non-profit Partner: Hilltop Prime Time, an inner city afterschool and summer program
Location: 71 S. Highland Avenue. One block south of W. Broad St. at the corner of Floral Avenue and S. Highland Avenue.  Why: (1) Because downtown neighborhoods deserve easy access to fresh produce too and this is way cheaper than building a grocery store. (2) Because community gardens yeild not only tastier tomatoes and the like but also generate a smaller environmental footprint. (3) Because volunteering feels good and generates good karma! (4) Because this is waaay better than running errands - spend your Saturday morning learning firsthand about community gardens, composting and rain barrels, then use that knowledge in your own neighborhood or backyard.
Bring: One or two power drills are needed – if you can bring one please say so when you RSVP. Also good for this kind of work: gloves, shovels, hammers, pruners, and rakes.  RSVP: Call or email Peggy Murphy at psmurphy@wowway.com or 614-260-5767 to let her know if you can help. (If you decide to come Saturday morning and haven’t RSVP’d we’ll still be very happy to see you!)

 

Saturday, November 20th, 2010,  7:00 PM.  Vegan Lasagna Cook-Off and Dance with KGB.  Raise some money for Spore by baking you best vegan lasagna...being creative or traditional.  Then dance off all those carbs with DJ KGB.  Location:  172 E. 5th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201.   Phone: 614-299-INFO Email: info@sporeprint.info Website: sporeprint.info  Any questions? E-mail us! Want to hold an event? E-mail us! Want to volunteer? E-mail us!

 

Sunday, November 21, 2010, 4:30-7:00 PM.  Columbus, Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck Dinner.  Join Mercy For Animals, Sunrise Sanctuary and the Columbus Vegan Meetup Group as we celebrate Thanksgiving - vegan style!  Whether you are a new or longtime vegan, there is a place for you at this celebration.  A main course and desserts will be provided.  Water will be available; sorry no alcoholic beverages allowed. Please bring a vegan side dish (made without meat, eggs and dairy) to share.  Include a serving utensil and a list of ingredients on a notecard along with your dish.  To help save resources, you are encouraged to bring your own place setting. 

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will begin at 5:00 p.m.  This is a free community event.  You can RSVP on Facebook - RSVP is not required but will help give us an idea of the amount of supplies to bring. 

This vegan potluck event is intended to build community and help support those who make or are interested in making compassionate food choices.  MFA will give a brief presentation and will have Vegetarian Starter Kits and other free resources available.   Sunrise Sanctuary and The Columbus Vegan Meetup Group will also share a few words and will have represenatives available to speak with.

For more information, please email Corey Roscoe, Ohio Campaign Coordinator, or call 614-377-0232.

Where: Whetstone Park of Roses Shelter House, 3923 N. High St., Columbus

 

Sunday, November 21st, 2010, 2:00-6:30 PM.  (registration begins at 1:15 PM).  One Message, Many Voices:  The Golden Rule.  The Interfaith Center for Peace is holding its 2nd Annual Interfaith Conference to build skill for peacemaking.   Do not miss this opportunity to explore the commonalities between religions and participate in skill building workshops around listening deeply, strategies for non-violence, and much more.  Location:  OSU Ohio Union.  Cost:  $35-Early Bird (Until November 1st); $40 by November 14th .

Come learn skills that support collaboration, activism, and relationship building!

To reserve your spot please contact the Interfaith Center no later than November 14th!

Interfaith Center for Peace Phone: 614-294-9019

1970 Waldeck Avenue Email: office@interfaithcenterforpeace.org


Sunday, November 21, 2010, 4:30 PM. The Columbus International Film and Video Festival presents:
"Percy Schmeiser: David Versus Monsanto."
  This movie explores one family's struggle to stand up against Monsanto, and protect the future of sustainable agriculture.  Imagine that a storm blows across your garden and that, without your knowledge and without your consent, foreign and genetically-manipulated seeds are in your vegetable patch which you have nourished and maintained for many years. A few days later, representatives of a multi-national corporation pay you a visit at home, demand that you surrender your vegetables and file a criminal complaint against you requesting a fine a $20,000 for the illegal use of patented and genetically-manipulated seeds. What's more: The court sides with the corporation! Yet, you fight back....
This is the true experience of the family of Percy and Louise Schmeiser in Canada who have been fighting the chemicals and seed manufacturer, Monsanto, since 1996. The Schmeisers are not just fighting Monsanto for the continuation of their livelihood as farmers, but also for the right to freedom of speech and the right to their property.
David versus Monstanto is an inspiring film that helps disprove the notion that individuals are powerless to confront policy makers, large corporations, or the business world.  For more information about the film screening:  http://www.chrisawards.org/films/percy-schmeiser-david-versus-monsanto-112110- gateway-film-center-columbus-ohio/   Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus. Cost: $5.00.  Questions? Contact: Susan Halpern, (614) 444-7460, susan@chrisawards.org

 

November 21, 2010, 3:00 PM. Columbus Women's Chorus Fall Concert: It Takes A VillageTaking its title from an African proverb about the importance of community, our fall concert celebrates children, and the ways that we can all positively influence young lives, whether or not we are parents ourselves.  The Chorus will be joined by 40 singers from the Columbus International Children’s Choir (http://www.cmaacademy.org/columbus-international-childrens-choir.htm), guitarist Joanie Calem (www.joaniecalem.org), and client families of Columbus Early Learning Centers (http://www.columbusearlylearning.org/) in a concert that includes lots of fun and audience participation.  We are also holding two open rehearsals for any school students (grades 2 through 12) who would like to come on board and sing with the Chorus on November 21.  These rehearsals are on Sat Nov 6 and Sat Nov 13, 10:00 am - 11:30 am, at St Patrick's Episcopal Church, Dublin. A great list of repertoire includes Joan Szymko's African-inspired piece It Takes A Village, music by Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, gospel numbers, spirituals, and Eric Lane Barnes' hilarious Lambscapes (four variations on the nursery rhyme Mary Had A Little Lamb, in the style of plainchant, Handel, Schubert, and Verdi). And we will get the whole house singing Rattlin' Bog, BINGO, and well known playground songs. Simultaneous interpretation by Artistic Sign Language Services.

Location:  Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E Broad Street, Columbus.  www.cwchorus.org

 

Monday, November 22, 2010, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace.  Please join us for a special screening of the new HBO documentary, The Lazarus Effect. Produced by Spike Jonze, (RED) and HBO, this film illustrates the transformative effect of life-saving antiretroviral medicine through the stories of HIV+ people in Zambia.Link to the film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqacszjHocM  A representative from ONE will be available to answer questions and to provide information about how you can advocate for global health.  ONE is a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than 2 million people who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African policy makers and activists. www.one.org

Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.  Directions can be found at http://www.ColumbusMennonite.org/streetmap.htm  For more information, see www.centralohioansforpeace.org

 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 7:30 PM.  Money as Debt II: Promises Unleashed.  Free Press 4th Tuesday free movie.  Bailouts, stimulus packages, debt piled upon debt...Where will it all end? How did we get into a situation where there has never been more material wealth & productivity and yet everyone is in debt to bankers?  And now, all of the sudden, the bankers have no money and we the taxpayers have to rescue them by going even further in debt?  Money as Debt II explores the baffling, fraudulent and destructive  arithmetic of the money system that holds us hostage to a forever growing DEBT.. and how we might evolve beyond it into a new era.  www.moneyasdebt.net/
Sponsored by the Free Press, Drexel Theater, and the Central Ohio Green Education Fund.  Contact: truth@freepress.org or 614-253-2571

 

Friday,  November 26th, 2010.  BUY NOTHING DAY.  Celebrate a 24-hour boycott of consumerism on the day after Thanksgiving, the busiest shopping day of the year. As the planet starts heating up, it’s time to go cold turkey. Take the personal challenge by locking up your debit and credit cards and see what it feels like to opt out of consumer culture, even if only for 24 hours.  Spend the day with family and friends. Use the opportunity to explain to your children what consumption can actually do to our “way of life”.   Like millions who have participated, you may experience a life-changing epiphany.

 

Sunday, November 28, 2010, 7:00 PM. Big History: The History of the Universe from the Big Bang to DNA - #40 The Early Modern Cycle, 1350-1700 CE and #41 Breakthrough--The Industrial Revolution. Join Wanda Hambrick and Pat Marida at this ongoing series of 2 half-hour video lectures by Professor David Christian, San Diego State University. Big History, Dr. Christian’s life’s work, weaves a single story from a variety of scholarly disciplines. Come to any! Second and fourth Sundays at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd.

 

Friday, November 29th, 2010,  Noon.  Post Thanksgiving  Veg-Out w/Leftovers and Movies.  Come hangout at the spore the day after Thanksgiving with your leftovers and watch movies. Location:  172 E. 5th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201.   Phone: 614-299-INFO Email: info@sporeprint.info Website: sporeprint.info  Any questions? E-mail us! Want to hold an event? E-mail us! Want to volunteer? E-mail us!

 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mercy for Animals Leafleting.  One of the most effective techniques for raising awareness about the health and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet is distributing literature in public places with heavy foot-traffic.  At the right time and place, just one person can hand out hundreds of brochures in less than an hour.  MFA will be distributing Compassionate Choices brochures at Dr. Temple Grandin's lecture at OSU where she will be speaking about animal behavior.  Dr. Grandin will be signing books starting at 4:30 p.m. and will be presenting at 6:30 p.m. Join MFA as we put compassion into action at this event. Volunteers are welcome to help for the entire time, or for as long as they are available. To find the event, please look for Corey, who will be wearing a Mercy For Animals messenger bag.

To volunteer, please email Corey Roscoe, Ohio Campaign Coordinator, or call 614-377-0232. An RSVP is not required, but it will help us determine the correct number of leaflets to bring. We will also notify you if we have to cancel the event due to bad weather (or you can call the day of the event to confirm).  Location:  Ohio State University Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentagy River Rd., Columbus.

 

Friday,  December 3rd, 2010, 5:30-8:00 PM. Luminary Tour at Dawes Arboretum.  An evening of illumination with 1,500 candle luminaries lining the North End Auto Tour.  Join us inside the Visitors Center after the drive for a cup of hot cocoa, a holiday treat and some activities.  Dawes Arboretum is on Ohio Rt. 13, five miles south of Newark and 3 miles north of I-70, Exit 132.

 

Monday, December 6th, 2010, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace.    Program:  December in Bethlehem.  Bethlehem is one of the most historically significant towns in Palestine.  It is know as the birthplace of King David and of Jesus.  And, for generations, it was a lively and bustling town.  But, today, Bethlehem resembles an open-air prison, occupied by Israel’s military and encircled by Israel’s wall.  These circumstances have caused Bethlehem’s population, particularly its once vibrant Christian population to emigrate from the city in dramatic numbers.    Join us to watch the video:  Sacred Space Denied – Bethlehem and the Wall.  In this documentary, Hanna Musleh investigates the myriad and devastating effects of the Israeli security perimeter on Palestinian culture and commerce and the film provides a revealing view into the alarming rate at which lands are being absorbed by the growth of the barrier.  Light refreshments will be served.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.  Directions can be found at http://www.ColumbusMennonite.org/streetmap.htm  For more information, see www.centralohioansforpeace.org

 

December 7th, 2010, 12:00 noon – 1:15 PM.  Columbus Council on World Affairs Program - The State of Women Internationally:  Where Are We and Where Are We Going?  Speaker:  Gillian Martin Sorensen, Senior Adviser & National Advocate, United Nations Foundation ,  Location & details to follow.  In partnership with the United Nations Association.  Speaker:  Cost:  $15 students; $25 members/free lecture only; $30 non members/$5 lecture only; $250 corporate table of 8.  For more details:  Visit their WEBSITE or  contact Rhonda Nicholas at 614 229 4599 X 401

 

December 7, 2010, 6:00-7:00 PM.  Meet Simply Living. This one-hour introduction to Simply Living provides an opportunity to ask questions and find about the activities that most appeal to your interests. Chuck Lynd will be on hand for this intro and will describe a start-up project to Support Our Local Economy (www.solenow.org). Refreshments are provided.  RSVP to the SL office at 447-0296 or to Marilyn at mwelker@ctcn.net.  The next Meet Simply Living gathering will be Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Location:  2350 Indianola Ave. (Parking available in lot across the street.)

 

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, 7:30 PM.  Sierra Club Program “Migration vs. Sustainable Living.”  Award-winning photographer Bob Studzinski will give a slide presentation on his recent visit with a Witness for Peace delegation to the heavily-indigenous southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Oaxaca's cultural diversity and biodiversity contrast with its growing poverty. We will explore how living sustainably off the land and developing traditional arts keeps people from moving.  Meet people building community to fight for food security, and enjoy a slice of life in lively Oaxaca. Studzinski has been documenting the lives of indigenous and endangered peoples for over 30 years. His photos have been exhibited worldwide.  At 7:30 pm at the Northwood-High Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.

 

Thursday, December 9th, 2010, 5:30-8:30 PM. CRC 4th Annual Holiday Mozart's Fundraiser at Immaculate Conception Church.  Come join CRC (Clintonville Resources Center) for a fabulous evening of great food and beverages with other CRC neighbors who support CRC! In addition to Mozart's we will be joined by food from other neighborhood restaurants who are Co-sponsoring the event: Colonial Candy Shoppe, Crimson Cup, Lavash, McCarthy's Wildflower Cafe, Mama Mimi's Take and Bake Pizza, O'Reilly's Pub, Patrick J's, Patty Cake Bakery, and Taj Mahal. All proceeds benefit CRC and its programs in Youth Services, Senior Services and Family Services. Pricing: $45 a person or $80 per couple in advance. $50 per person at the door. $250 to be a Neighborhood Sponsor-two tickets and acknowledgement at the event and in next year’s invitation. $1000 for a Corporate Table includes 8 tickets/seats, signage on table/ 2 minutes at the event to talk about your company. There are 8 tables available. Acknowledgement in full page ad in The Booster on December 1st. Call CRC at 268-3539 to rsvp, ask for Angela, Patty or Bill. Location: Immaculate Conception Church, 414 East North Broadway 43214.

 

Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 9:00 AM – Noon.  Holiday Decorations for Wildlife at Dawes Arboretum.  All materials provided—greens for a wreath or swag, unsalted popcorn, peanuts and cranberries for stringing, pine cones to be stuffed with peanut butter and birdseed, fruit slices and more! Cost is $30, reservation required, visit www.dawesarb.org or phone 800.44.DAWES. Location:   Dawes Arboretum on Ohio Rt. 13, five miles south of Newark and 3 miles north of I-70, Exit 132. 

 

December 14th, 2010, 12:00 noon – 1:15 PM.  Columbus Council on World Affairs Program - Arab Voices: What They are Saying to Us & Why it Matters.  Speaker:  James Zogby, Author & President, Arab American Institute .  In partnership with the Columbus Metropolitan Club.  Details/register HERE.  Cost:  $15 students; $25 members/free lecture only; $30 non members/$5 lecture only; $250 corporate table of 8.  For more details:
Visit their WEBSITE or  contact Rhonda Nicholas at 614 229 4599 X 401

 

December,  25th, 2010.  Buy Nothing Christmas? How about giving out holiday notes telling friends how much you value them, and to reduce impact on the planet you wish to no longer exchange gifts. It’s a perfect opportunity to educate people about the effects of overconsumption.  Alternatively, give consumable gifts such as theater tickets, organization or museum memberships, or charitable donations in your loved-ones’ names. Also nice are locally-produced foods and self-created healthy edibles.

 

 

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