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People’s Climate Change March – April 29 – D.C.

Please join the movement for justice, jobs, and the climate.

Sign up for seats on a bus to DC from the Columbus, Ohio for April 29, 2017. 

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Monday, April 24, 2017, 7:00 PM.   Music for Social Change.  Folk Musician TOM NEILSON will entertain us with satire and social commentary.   Tom provides a voice for those who believe in the power of folk music to effect change. His award-winning songs of humor and compassion have been performed in 21 countries on 5 continents. His lyrics are celebrated for their sophistication, political astuteness, and wit.  His travels are reflected in his songs, intertwined with farm roots and a fervent commitment to social justice, as he writes about historical and current events. He has been at the for-front in helping communities organize against water privatization, mountain top removal, nuclear energy, incinerators, GMOs, fracking, & toxic waste. Suggested donation:  $15.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.  For more information, contact northcolumbusfriends@gmail.comFacebook.


Monday, April 24, 2017, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  EPA Conference Call on Radiation Exposure.  The EPA is holding a public conference call on radiation exposure standards (among other topics) this coming Monday, April 24 from 11 AM to 2 PM EST, phone number (800) 305-3182 , ID# 8535873.   This is in response to the Executive Order issued on February 24, 2017 on enforcing regulatory agendas. This order requires federal agencies to alleviate "unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people."  We all know that, according to research, exposure to radioactivity from the nuclear bomb and power industries places greater health burdens on females, children and pregnancy.  TALKING POINTS  PLEASE SEE MORE CALL DETAILS  NOT YOUR LAST CHANCE: If you can't make the call, EPA is ALSO accepting written comments by May 15. This written comment docket is EPA-wide, so please make sure to comment specifically on radioactive pollution. Beyond Nuclear will be providing comments on the call as well as more detailed written comments. Watch the Bulletin for main points to use for the May 15, 2017 written comment deadline. 


Monday, April 24, 2017m 9:00 PM.  Health Over Profit Conference Call.  Economist Gerald Friedman will speak about financing a single payer healthcare system and will answer your questions.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CALL. Please contact if you are interested in becoming a citizen lobbyist. 


Monday, April 24, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Come Celebrate with Columbus Community Bill of Rights.  We are celebrating in lieu of a weekly meeting on Monday, April 24th, at 7pm.  join us at Woodlands Tavern in Grandview Heights.  We need to kick back, have some fun together, and celebrate the hard work we have done over the past year.  You can order food, and the HIGHLIGHT will be a free concert at 9:00 PM by none other than incredible jazz organist Tony Monaco on his Hammond B-3.  Be sure to order your FREE ticket(s) to reserve your seat HEREClick here for more details on their website. Location:  1200 W. 3rd Ave., Grandview Heights, Ohio 43212. 


Monday, April 24, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30P PM.  “Sovereignty and White Supremacy in the Wake of the Charleston Massacre”  Heather Pool.  In this paper, Dr. Pool uses the Charleston Massacre in 2015 as a site to consider the intersection of white supremacy and state sovereignty in the aftermath of a contemporary mass killing in the United States. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof entered a historically significant black church to kill nine members attending a prayer meeting. In response, the state of South Carolina sought Roof’s execution (Roof has been found guilty and sentenced to execution). On the one hand, this event can be read as a straightforward story of state sovereignty and the equal protection of persons and punishment of perpetrators via legal means. Thus, it suggests that state sovereignty and white supremacy can be separated in meaningful ways. On the other hand, the state of South Carolina has long been a white supremacist state and has used state-sanctioned violence to support white supremacy. This is best shown by the reemergence of the Confederate flag on the grounds of its State House in 1965, where it remained until less than a month after Roof’s crime. Thus, even though the response of the state to Roof’s crime seems to support a definition of sovereignty that treats all equally, the persistence of the Confederate flag and its quick removal after the crime puts this relationship into question. Indeed, it does not straightforwardly illustrate that sovereignty is separate from white supremacy in South Carolina. Rather, it suggests that the state’s goal was to maintain its own sovereignty to perpetrate racial domination and to do so under the guise of a rational/legal regime. We might read the rapid removal of the Confederate flag after Roof’s crime as an effort to distance sovereignty from white supremacy, but the removal was too quick and too symbolic to have accomplished this purpose.  Heather Pool is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Denison University.  Location:  2130 Derby Hall, 254 N. Oval Mall, OSU.  Website.


Monday, ​ April 24, 2017, 7:30 PM.   Youth Beat Radio on WCRS and Tuesday on WGRN.  Tune in this award winning program every Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WCRS  102.1 and 98.3 FM and Tuesdays at 5:30 PM on WGRN 94.1 or listen online at  Youth Beat Radio is sponsored by The School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University, Ohio State University Extension, and the Puffin Foundation West.   Location: WCRS 102.1 and 98.3 FM and WCRS 102 on your radio dial. Program and podcasts here.   For more information, contact


Tuesday, April 25, Noon – 12:40 PM.  Weekly Lunch Hour Rally at Portman’s Office.  Every Tuesday at noon – rally to demand accountability.  Location:  37 W. Broad St.  Facebook.  


Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.   A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet. This powerful film is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization... the film tells vivid stories about people fighting - and succeeding - against enormous odds. Donations support the nonprofit Drexel theatre.  Location:  Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St.,  43219.    Earth Day and People's Climate Mobilization Special Event - FREE!

Reserve free tickets on Eventbrite.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:30 PM.  The future is now: Charter Schools.  Town Hall Meeting with Dennis Kucinich.  Charter schools have siphoned millions of dollars off from the Ohio Education budget to pay to for-profit corporate-owned charter schools.  Around $10 billion since 2000! (Privately owned and home schooling are not the problem). Huge amounts have flowed from these corporations to our state legislators and other government officials in Ohio.  We all know the objectives of our new Education Secretary regarding Charter Schools!  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus, 43214.  Contact:  Michael Greenman at for more information.  Facebook.    (Also:  Monday, April 24 - 10:00 AM - Columbus: Press Conference in the Ohio State House, Ladies Gallery, Columbus.) 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Nonviolent Direct Action Training with SURJ Columbus. (Note:  This is a repeat of the training offered on April 18).  Non-violent Direct Action (NVDA) can be a powerful force for social change but it is often surrounded by controversy. This training will cover the role and purpose of NVDA, discussion of collective safety, the hard skills of planning an action and tools for making sure that actions create powerful stories that are understood by your audience. Throughout this training participants will be challenged to interact with the material and engage in discussion and activities. The event is free, open to all, and is wheelchair accessible.  To register please fill out this short survey:  Feel free to spread the word! This training is being facilitated by SURJ Columbus organizer Tynan Krakoff in collaboration with the Action working group. If you have any questions or comments, please email Tynan at The Columbus, Ohio Chapter of SURJ is part of a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across Columbus, Ohio while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.  More information on Facebook.  


Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 PMOSU: Keep Your Word! Cut the Contract with Wendy's!  As the rolling fast for farmworker justice, sparked by OSU students, continues across the country, join us to demand once and for all that President Drake keep his word and cut the contract with Wendy's.  Wendy's is the only fast food chain hold-out of the Fair Food Program (FFP), an internationally recognized program which ensures basic human rights, like shade and water breaks, for farmworkers. Under the FFP, farmworkers are paid an extra penny per pound of produce they harvest, and work with zero tolerance for sexual assault and forced labor. By refusing to join the Fair Food Program, Wendy's profits off human rights abuses and undermines the efforts for self-preservation of thousands of farmworkers.  Our university has the power to bring Wendy’s to the right side of history by cutting OSU’s contract. OSU has already agreed to do so, in the contract itself!  Meet us at the Thompson Statue on the main Oval at 3pm on reading day to spell it out, loud and clear: the world is watching, OSU. Keep your word, cut the contract with Wendy’s!  Facebook.  


Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Happy Hour.  Join Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio for our first weekly Happy Hour at Land-Grant! Relax and chat with your fellow democratic socialists - or if you're interested in DSA and want to learn more, come have a beer and check us out!

Land-Grant does have a food truck on Tuesdays, and also offers non-alcoholic beverage options (including a delicious draft root beer!).  Location:  Land-Grant Brewing Company, 424 W. Town St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Council Kicks Off Community Meetings on the South Side.  The event gives residents a chance to talk about diverse subject matter in an informal, one-on-one setting with city council members, staff and department leadership.   Location:   the Reeb Avenue Center, 280 Reeb Ave., Columbus. Council President Zach Klein will welcome guests and provide a brief overview of the event.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.  OLBC Day of Action:  “Still History, Still Black.”  The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus is proud to host its annual Day of Action. The theme for this year is "Still History, Still Black...Championing the Causes of African Americans in Ohio Year-Round" We all know and appreciate Black History month, but our causes and triumphs are not limited to one month per a year, they occur on a daily bases. Come and join us as we share the legislative process with you, while holding conversations on key issues impacting our community. All events are free admission, RSVP on here and our eventbrite page. Our Keynote speaker will be announced soon. We look forward to seeing you!  Location:  340 E. Fulton St., Columbus, 43215.  Facebook.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM.  Sanctuary – Faith Community Training.  Immigrant families in our community are being torn apart by immigration enforcement raids. As a faith community, we are called to walk in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors in this difficult time.  Putting solidarity into action will require new skills and strategic approaches. That is why we are coming together as a faith community to learn and plan how we will support our immigrant brothers and sisters.  We will explore how the faith community is walking in solidarity with immigrant neighbors in other parts of the country, including Sanctuary Churches, and Matthew 25 churches, and how those strategies can be applied in our local area.  We will also learn about how immigration enforcement is affecting families in Columbus, efforts to respond quickly through the raids response network, and use communications strategies to influence public opinion and policy.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus. 43214.  Facebook.  Sponsored by Ohio Interfaith Immigrant and Migrant Justice Coalition, Central Ohio Workers Center, and Faith in Public Life.  


Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 8:00 PM.  Move to Amend Live.  Join our national director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and national board member Laura Bonham in this interactive monthly report on what’s happening with the Campaign to Legalize Democracy and all things Move to Amend. We help you stay connected by giving you regular updates, answering your questions, and taking your comments. 

Please tune in every fourth Wednesday at 8 PM ET  for Move to Amend Live.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6:30  - 8:30 PM.  Socialism vs. Capitalism.  This event will be livestreamed via Facebook Live! Stay tuned for the link!  During these tense and uncertain times, once minority viewpoints are now coming into the mainstream. Campuses, too, are center for heavy ideological debate and conflict.  Join Ryan Mosgrove, National Organizer for Young Democratic Socialists, and Charlie Kirk, Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA, two college based groups for a friendly debate on whether millenials should fight for socialism or capitalism.  The Democratic Socialists of America is a political and activist organization; through campus and community-based chapters DSA members use a variety of tactics, from legislative to direct action, to fight for reforms that empower working people.  Learn more here-  Facebook.


Thursday, April 27, 2017, 1:00 PM.  The Medicaid Policy Institute Welcomes OSU Dr. Sheldon Retchin.   Community Solutions will host Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center's CEO Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin, MD, MSPH, in its second installment of its Medicaid Policy Institute series. In addition to his role at OSU, Dr. Retchin is also a member of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which is a non-partisan legislative branch agency that provides policy and data analysis and makes recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the states on a wide array of issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Join us as we hear from Dr. Retchin about his perspectives on public policy, the future of Medicaid, and how these policies can affect academic medical centers, physician leaders, and the patients they serve. This free program will take place at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel, Congressional Room (75 E State Street, Columbus, OH). Click here to learn more.


Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Subterranean Fire:  A History of US Working Class Radicalism.  As we approach the Day without an Immigrant nationwide series of protests scheduled for International Workers' Day on May 1, taking the time to learn about the long and rich history of labor struggles in this country -- and the radical origins of May Day -- has become especially important.   Join us for our next monthly study group as we read and discuss "Subterranean Fire: A History of Working Class Radicalism in the United States" by Sharon Smith. By situating the ongoing decline of the labor movement in this country's larger history of working class struggle, Smith argues for a perspective of rank-and-file unionism that remains vital today. Copies of the book are available through ISO Columbus. Comment on the event page if you'd like to pick up a copy.  Location:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal, 30 W. Woodruff, Columbus 43210.  Facebook.  


Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:30 – 9:30 PM.  Working America Community Action Team meeting. Join our first Community Action Team meeting! We'll discuss and create plans of action to face and fight the issues that affect us most today, including: health care, education, retirement security and more. Be a part of the team that will make a positive difference in our community now and for the future. Location:  1350 W. 5th Ave., Columbus 43212.  Facebook.


Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:00 PM till Midnight.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio on WCRS 98.3 / 102.1 FM.  Big Barking Dog Alternative Radio features:  a) newly released Alternative and Independent music by emerging Alternative musical trends from across the world  c) interviews with local musicians, filmmakers, artists and actvists.  All shows are: 1) broadcast on 98.2/102.1 FM  2) streamed “live” on the internet and 3) available for download at:


April 27 – April 30, 2017, YWCA Women of Color Leading Change.  From April 27 to 30, YWCA will hold our 10th annual Stand Against Racism. We would be honored if you would join us in taking action, building community, and learning during this important campaign.  Here’s how you can get involved:  YWCA USA is pleased to invite you to attend the Stand Against Racism National Day of Action by attending our policy briefing in Washington, D.C., “Women of Color Leading Change: Policies that Break Down Barriers and Open Opportunity.” The briefing will be held Thursday, April 27th, from 2:00-3:30PM in the House Visitors Center, Room 201 A&B. Refreshments will be provided at this free event, however space is limited, so please register in advanceRegister for free and plan your own Stand Against Racism. (Did you know that you can plan a public or private Stand Against Racism?  Your event can be as simple as time for you and your staff or family to make a commitment to working against racism all year.) Take the Stand Against Racism Pledge – and encourage your friends and family to do the same!
Take action with us during Stand Against Racism as we work to break down barriers to women of color leadership.


Friday, April 28, 2017, 1:00 PM.  Conference Call with Rep. John Conyers, an American Visionary.  The National Jobs For All Coalition is hosting a conference call with US Rep. John Conyers and Dr. Philip Harvey.  The purpose of the call will be to educate progressives on the significance and important impact of the HR1000 “Jobs for All Act”. Rep. Conyers will present the vision and real needs HR 1000 will fulfill. Professor Harvey will give the details and the NJFAC overview. We would like to invite as many people as possible so please forward to your friends and key contacts.  Rep. Conyers is the Dean of the U.S. Congress and the first African American to serve in this capacity. He represents the Detroit, Michigan area and has been a strong voice for progressive ideas including job creation with his introduction of HR 1000 “Jobs for All Act”, and healthcare with HR 676 the “Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act”. He is also co-chair of the Full Employment Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Dr. Philip Harvey is a professor of Law and Economics at Rutgers School of Law, and a long-term advocate for job creation. To Register send an email to with your name, organization, and phone number.  Facebook


Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Fourteenth Annual SPAN Ohio State Conference.  The purpose of this conference is to bring together advocates of health care for all – business, community groups, faith groups, health care providers, women’s organization, and others – to divise ways to build support for publicly funded, not-for-profit universal health care guaranteeing comprehensive coverage for all Ohioans.  Keynote speech:  Single-Payer for a Healthy Democracy by Greg Coleridge, Director, AFSC Northeast Ohio and Coordinator, Move to Amend Ohio.  Workshops include:  When Profits Come First, the Most Vulnerable Come Last, Social Determinants of Health, Affordable Health Care and the Latinx/Immigrant Community, Introduction to Single Payer Effective Messaging, and Healthcare in the New Congress:  Actions We Must Take.  Registration fee:  $40 (includes lunch).  LOCAL OHIO AUTHOR BOOK FEATURED AT SPAN OHIO CONFERENCE – Gerard McLean’s book Dear Hillary: 100 Letters About Health Care will be offered free to all attendees of SPAN Ohio’s Annual State Conference on April 29, 2017 as part of their registration. All attendees will receive Gerard McLean’s book Dear Hillary: 100 Letters About Health Care, published by SharktoothPress. The author will be in attendance that day to sign books in the event that anyone would request it.   Location:  Quest Business and Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, 43240.  You can find the conference brochure with the complete information and online registration  Contact: 


Saturday,  April 29, 2017. Women Have Options Bowl-A-Thon.   It's bowling time.  Form a team to help raise money for abortion access in Ohio.  Location:  Various venues, see website for details.


Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. People’s Climate Change March, Washington D.C. There is no denying it: the election of Donald Trump has been, is, and will be is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families. It's more important than ever to stand up for what's right.  Join us on Saturday, April 29 in Washington DC where we will come together for one massive march to bring our demands to the streets -->  Sierra Club staff and volunteers here in Ohio will be helping to organize Ohioans to get to DC and participate in supportive local events. This page is to help coordinate Columbus activities.  We will march for our families. We will march for our air, our water, and our land. We will march for clean energy jobs and climate justice. We will march for our communities and the people we love. And we will be louder and stronger than ever before. People’s Climate Change March – Columbus.  

Please note:  A bus from Columbus has been reserved and if you are interested in purchasing a seat ($50 – 1-day round trip) or donating to help others attend, please contact Mark at or  The bus leaves Broad Street Presbyterian Church,
760 E. Broad Street, 43203 at 12:01 AM April 29 to arrive in DC by 9 AM.  The bus leaves DC 8:00 PM to arrive back to C-bus by 4:00 AM April 30, 2017.  For information on the March on DC,  and to encircle the White House


Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.  People’s Climate March – Columbus.   Donald Trump is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families.

The new administration has attacked the hard-won protections of our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, young people, and more.  We've fought back with a wave of protests larger than at almost any other point in history — let's make sure that we mark the 100th day of his presidency with another mass action that stands up for our communities.  Join us on April 29th at 11am at COSI. Let's march together to the Statehouse and declare that our future is not for sale! Contact The Eighth Fire at for more information or to get involved. We're looking for musicians, artists, speakers, and more!  Facebook Event.  Sign up here.  


Saturday, April 29, 2017, 8:30 – 11:30 AM.  CRIS 5k for Refugees 2017.  A 5k that changes people's lives. Please join us for the CRIS 5k for Refugees and Advocacy Fair, to benefit Community Refugee and Immigration Services. The event will celebrate the vibrant refugee and immigrant community in Columbus. Learn more about the vital services CRIS provides, discover ways to become an advocate, and run/walk to support out newest neighbors. Bring a running buddy! To learn more or register, visit  Facebook.


Sunday, April 30, 2017, 3:00 – 4:30 PM.  Columbus Indivisible District 3 Meeting.  Get an update on what our committees are doing. Find out what's planned for the summer. Hear a presentation on the Fair Districts Fair Elections anti gerrymandering campaign. And learn how to effectively use FB and Twitter to support the resistance.  Facebook.