Events Calendar for this week:


Monday, January 6, 2014, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohio Solar and Smart Grid Cooperative Meeting.  Location:   UU Church (in Slowter Lounge), 93 West Weisheimer Road (just west of N. High Street, between Morse Rd. and Henderson Rd, Columbus).  For more information, see


Thursday, January 9, 2014, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM.  5th Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  Please join State Representative Teresa Fedor at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.  Click here for more information, or call 614-644-6017 by January 6.  CLEs and CEU credits pending.


Thursday, January 9 , 2014, 8:00 PM.  Move To Amend internet radio.   Listen to it streaming at: and click on “Live.”  Move to Amend brings you voices from the movement to amend the Constitution.   This is a call-in program. Call (646) 652-2345 and press 1 to participate.  Listen in every Thursday - previous programs can also be accessed at the website.   


Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Meeting.  DSCO will be continuing part 2 of the discussion of articles on socialist organizing.   Location:  Northwood Building, Room 100, 2231 N. High St., Columbus.  Articles for discussion are available on request.  For more information, contact Simone Morgen, (Free parking available in the R spaces - Rardin clinic - behind the building.) 


Friday, January 10, 2014, 3:00 – 4:00 PM.  Streamlining Child Care Subsidies: Better for Families and State Agencies.  Audio Conference Sponsored by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and Child Care Aware® of America.  Work Supports Strategies (WSS) is a multi-year, multi-foundation funded effort to design, test, and implement more effective, streamlined, and integrated approaches to delivering supports for low-income working families, including health coverage, nutrition assistance, and child care subsidies. Six states are currently serving as pilot sites: Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Rhode Island, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and Child Care Aware® of America will sponsor a national audio conference to explore exciting developments in child care as part of the WSS initiative. Idaho, for instance, now offers a "self -reliance specialist" to determine eligibility for child care and other safety net programs. A single application form is used for SNAP, Medicaid, child care, and other benefits. The audio call will also examine issues such as how a conservative state embraced safety net programs; the effectiveness of particular streamlining strategies; and what lessons from WSS can be applied to child care and other programs in the other 44 states. For a sneak preview on WSS and child care, check out this just-released report from the Urban Institute and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).


             Richard Armstrong, Director, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare 

             Olivia Golden, Executive Director, CLASP 

             Hannah Matthews, Director of Child Care and Early Education, CLASP 

Register Now Space is Limited


Friday, January 10, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM. Simply Living Second Friday Social Features Talk + Hootenanny with Local Folk Music Society.  Simply Living and the Columbus Folk Music Society (CFMS) share some common values.  We appreciate the deep roots and wisdom found in our folk traditions, and living simply is a common practice among the folk music members. We’ll hear about the diverse programs and venues for local folk music performances, share updates about Simply Living programs, and ask each other questions in the discussion.  Light refreshments will be served, and we’ll end the informal evening with a short folk music sing-along.  The Folk Ramblers (Carl Yaffey on banjo and Bill Cohen on guitar) will lead the hootenanny, but all members present are invited to lend their singing voices! The more, the merrier, so bring friends! Location: Clintonville Community Resources Center, 14 W. Lakeview Ave 43202. or 614-354-6172.


Saturday, January 11, 2014, 6:30pm-midnight.  Come to the Free Press Second Saturday Salon. Socializing with progressive friends, food, drink, music, art, and film: “The Last War Crime”- A very well done film that recreates all the events leading up to the invasion of Iraq with actors portraying all the principals (7:30-9pm).  Location:  1021 E. Broad St. (east side door).  Contact:  614-253-2571 or at


Sunday, Janurary 12, 2014, 12:45 – 2:45 PM.  Presentation on Palestine by Emily Schornstein.  Emily will discuss her recent trip including a short history of the conflict and a power point presentation.  There will be time for questions for clarification.  Location:  Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 East Broad St., Columbus, 43215.  For more information, please contact Emily at  


Sunday, January 12, 2014, 2:00 PM. Economics of Happiness Screened at First Community Church.  Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization. Location: First Community Church, South Campus, 1320 Cambridge Blvd, 43212.  Contact:  Linda Baldeck at 459-0722 or email <>. 


Sunday, January 12, 2014, 4:00 PM.  Sustainable Clintinville Meeting.  Portia's Cafe "Talk and Tastings."  Portia has invited us in after hours to share some delicious samples of her vegan, gluten-free food and talk. She wants to share her personal recipe for a fun, fulfilling, life-enhancing relationship with food and the environment, and talk with us about her vision for the Café as a neighborhood center. Please join us!  Location: Portia's Cafe, 4428 Indianola Ave Columbus 43214. RSVP: Suzanne <>.