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Monday, January 14, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Program - Haiti: Triumph Sorrow and the Struggle for Freedom (2010/43 minutes).  The devastating earthquake put a stark spotlight on Haiti.  This documentary chronicles the history and pre-earthquake strife of Haiti's people. Haitian-born film maker Jonas Nosile's takes a gripping look into both Haiti's past and the state of the Haitian soul today. It also provides a better understanding of the lack of infrastructure and political instability that left Haiti so damaged following the quake. The film traces Haitian history from its early successful struggles for independence through to its contemporary - less victorious - battles with poverty.  Nosile poses tough questions about the degree of Haitian's responsibility for their dilemma. Will this island nation find a way to break with the legacy of its tragic past? Will the resilient spirit of her people be enough to overcome the obstacles and catastrophes facing the country today?  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. For information about COFP, visit our website at


Monday, January 14, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Care and Share Time Bank Orientation.  Learn about Time banking and become a member Location:  First UU Church, Room 7, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd.
Columbus, OH 43214.  For more information, contact


Monday, January 14, 2019, 4:30 PM and more! Celebrate Black History – Columbus Public Library Events.  Harlem Renaissance Rewind Thurber House and Jazz Arts Group present poetry and jazz of the Harlem Renaissance. Hear live singing and poetry readings from the Roaring 20s. All ages.

Join us as we celebrate the Harlem Renaissance and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with events at our new Martin Luther King Branch starting Monday, Jan. 14.  Plus, celebrate Black History Month in February with programs featuring music, storytelling and history. Click here for a full schedule. Mark your calendars and bring your family. All events are free.  Location for the January 14 event:  Martin Luther King Branch, 1467 E. Long St., Columbus. 


Monday, January 14, 2019, 5:00 – 7:30 PM.  It’s Time.  Council is voting on Mayor Ginther’s $13,000 contribution limit.  It's confirmed. After two public hearings that five of six councilmembers skipped, and nearly unanimous opposition from dozens of community leaders, Council intends to vote to open the floodgates tomorrow. A $13,000 contribution limit will drown out the voices of regular people, and fix pay-for-play politics into law. They can't create their own rules in spite of public opposition. We need to be there to let them know that this isn't okay. Please join Yes We Can at City Hall to show Council we're watching, and we deserve better representation than this.  Location:  City Hall, 90 W. Broad St.  RSVP and more information here.  


Monday, ​ January 14, 2019, 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, January 15, 2019, 10:30 – 11:30 AM.  Honor Dr. King’s Birthday at the Social Justice Park.  Last year, dozens of faith leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall to call on Mayor Ginther and Safety Director Pettus to create a fair and equitable work environment within the Columbus Police Department. Black women officers’ stories of discrimination, intimidation and retaliation at the hands of their fellow officers moved us to tears and outrage.  Next Tuesday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, 90th birthday, clergy and community leaders will lift our voices for equality and dignity for all, especially the black women in our community who have sworn to serve and protect.  Join Melissa McFadden, a police officer acting as a private citizen, along with the faith leaders guiding this effort, Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens of First Congregational Church and Rev. Dr. Jeffrey P. Kee of New Faith Baptist Church of Christ, and many more.  Dr. King laid down his life for our nation’s public servants. The garbage collectors he visited in Memphis before his assassination were also people serving their city in need of equality and dignity. Let’s honor Dr. King’s life and legacy as we continue to struggle together for justice and equality. Location:  the Social Justice Park on the corner of Cleveland Ave. and E. Broad St.  Hosted by Faith in Public Life.  Facebook.  


Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Let Them In.  Join us for a conversation about the crisis on the border and to discuss how we can show solidarity with the Central American Exodus. This meeting will be a conversation among different organizations about how to build solidarity and support within our networks.  The emergency situation at the border is ongoing, and we must act. There are thousands of refugees fleeing violence, economic devastation, and environmental destruction who need our support. Xenophobia is a key way that the far right mobilizes in the current moment. For example, Trump is using xenophobic ideas to justify the government shutdown-- exploiting vulnerable workers with the goal of forcing the building of the border wall.  This makes it vital that we build an alternative to xenophobia and fascism based in solidarity and resistance. Join us as we discuss ways to build this alternative and support the Central American Exodus.   Hosted by International Socialist Organization, Columbus.  Location:  St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church an University Center, 30 W. Woodruff, Columbus 43210.   St. Stephen's is wheelchair accessible from the parking lot entrance. Anyone who needs accommodations, including, but not limited to, an interpreter and mobility assistance should message our FB page.  


Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  DSA Monthly Activist Meeting.  Join us to learn about how you can get involved with our ongoing activist activities. Parking is located in the back of the building in the spots marked "R" or on-street parking is available. Meeting is held in room 100.  For more information, contact


Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:15 - 9:30 AM.  Climate Action: Our Local Response To A Global Challenge.  Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast Program.  The U.S. Global Change Research Program just released its Fourth National Climate Assessment.  Some weather-related challenges in our region include impacts such as flooding, drought, and increases in urban heat islands.  We know our climate is changing, so what is our Central Ohio community doing about it?  Facilitated by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, this EPN Breakfast program convenes a group of community leaders across public and private sectors, including Franklin County, the City of Columbus, and Smart Columbus, who are making targeted efforts to mitigate and adapt to greenhouse gas-induced climate change.  Join the conversation as we explore local, aspirational goals that organizations in our region have set towards climate change mitigation and adaptation.  You will also receive status updates from public and private efforts seeking to reduce our regional carbon footprints and work towards creating a more climate-resilient community.  $10 for non-members; free for students.   Location:  Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, Ohio 43221.  Registration and more information here.  


Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 5:30 PM (doors open), 6:00 PM (program followed by a brief reception).  Re-evaluation of American Society Featuring J.D. Vance and Oren Cass.    Since the 1970s, workers without college degrees have seen their full-time employment fall, real wages decline, and family income stagnate. The 2016 presidential election served notice that the working class, especially working-class men, felt overlooked, alienated, angry and were desperate for new leadership. Please join us for a Dialogue event featuring J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy," and Oren Cass, author of "The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America," as we discuss American society, economics and public policy.  Location:  Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus 43202.  Tickets:  General Admission $15, Students, $5.  Click here to register. 


Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  January Green Drinks.  There will be more than a dozen groups (including GreenSpot) that will have booths and many speakers. This is a great way to connect with amazing local non-profit organizations and find out how they make Columbus a better place and how you can get involved.  Location:  Ohio 4-H Youth Development, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210.  Facebook.  


Saturday, January 19, 2019, Noon – 2:00 PM. Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.  The monthly meeting of the local affiliate of the national Move to Amend organization that is calling for a U.S. Constitutional amendment to reverse several U.S. Supreme Court decisions during the past century and thereby to firmly establish that corporations are not people and that money is not free speech. Find out what can be done locally to restore democracy!  We will be at the Columbus Women’s March.  For more information and location, please contact  Website:


Saturday, January 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Official Women’s March Ohio 3rd Columbus Anniversary.   We will no longer wait for the “right time." We will not wait for justice. We demand equality now! The Women’s March on Washington third anniversary will be held on January 19th, 2019, all while recognizing the actual anniversary is on the honorary Dr. Martin Luther King Day.  We will never forget civil rights leaders who came before us, whose shoulders we stand on and those who fought for freedom and liberation of all people.  Black and brown women were not permitted to march alongside leaders of the suffrage movement. However, today we celebrate in unity and solidarity, together centering those who are most vulnerable among us. We will not go back, nor will we allow justice to be delayed! Now, is the time for us to come together and lean in until every oppressive system is disrupted.  March details coming soon!  Location:  Washington Gladden Social Justice Park (E. Broad St and Cleveland Ave.), Columbus, 53215.   Facebook.  


Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3:00 PM.  ST. LUKE’S UMC Martin Luther King, Jr. Event. We Are the World! The second annual Festival of Spirituals and Songs in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Featuring Dr. Carren Moham, Director/Organizer and Rose Zuber, piano.  Join us as professional and amateur artists come together to present a program of reflections and music from several genres to honor the legacy of Dr. King.  This program is a presentation of the Music at St. Luke’s concert series and is free and open to the public.  Location: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 1150 W. 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212.


Sunday, January 20, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Care and Share Time Bank Community Potluck and program.  Bring something tasty to share with others and, if you wish, bring a card with the ingredients so all our varied diet preferences can be accommodated.  If it is a special dish you believe will be particularly well received bring a copy of the recipe. We are developing a CSTB "Cookbook" and are always pleased to add new dishes to the selection!  Bring your own reusable plates if you can, to reduce the washup necessary after the event.  We try to avoid single-use materials, wherever possible!  If you have something you no longer want that others may appreciate, bring it to the "sharing table".  We only request that, if it doesn't find a new home, please take it home with you.  (We don't have a used product dispensing system!)  You can look forward to a fun and informative program.  Location:  First UU Church, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214.  For more information, contact Michael Greenman or Alice Faryna


Monday, January 21, 2019, 8:00 AM – Noon.  24th Annual Community Free Breakfast, sponsored by Police Officers for Equal Rights, a celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  A free breakfast will be served, 8-10am. A community program of gospel music, videos, and a keynote Speaker, will be held in the sanctuary, 10am-12noon.  For more information, contact Tyrone Thomas, 614-668-4837 or tyronetho@msn.comPlease send monetary donations (check or money order) to: Police Officers for Equal Rights (POER), P.O. Box 27040, Columbus, OH 43227.  Location:  First AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Zion Church, 873 Bryden Rd.


Monday, January 21, 2019, 7:00 AM (doors open), 7:30 AM Program – 10:00 AM.  34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast.  Theme:  The Purpose of Education.  Keynote speaker: John B. King, Jr., Former Secretary of Education Under President Barack Obama.  An inspiring educational leader and advocate, King’s own story is proof of the transformative power of education.  Location:  Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215.  For more information, contact, (614) 863-6442.  Download order form for ticket information


Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors Presents: Sharing Our Stories - Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan, Umida Djakbarova.  Umida Djakbarova was born in Moscow, though ethnically her family belongs to the Uzbek community in Jalalabad in South Kyrgyzstan.  Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan are not treated as true citizens, but as if they are invaders from a hostile country. The lack of governmental and social support and inclusion encourages isolation and reinforces traditional ways of life for Uzbeks. They are discouraged from pursuing higher education or a career, because after graduating they have almost no prospects for employment.  The rate of higher educated Uzbek women is less than 0.1%.  Dr. Djakbarova and her mother are the only Uzbek women with PhD degrees.  It was a battle for her to overcome the social barrier of Uzbek people and pursue higher education abroad, in Turkey.  After spending 16 years in Turkey, due to sudden political change, she and her family had to leave Turkey.  She was an assistant professor in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan before coming to the US.  Currently she works as a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State University, investigating how cancer cells ‘walk’ during metastasis.  All are welcome.  There is no cost for this program.  Location:  Old Worthington Library – 820 High Street, Worthington. 


Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Humanist Meeting.  Program:  Single Payer Health Care.  Dr. Alice Faryna will do a presentation on single payer healthcare and what it would mean to citizens in Ohio.  Dr. Faryna is a member of the State Council of the Single Payer Action Network – Ohio.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd, Columbus. 


Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 8:00 – 10:30 PM.  BQIC Spoken Word & Open Mic.  Come out and share your poems, songs, monologues, inner musings, good encounters, bad days etc. on the mic!  Entry is a $5 suggested donation! We will have alcohol, beer, and snacks for suggested donations! Please consider donating art supplies to Art Outside the Lines which is a great art program for people with disabilities.  We will have the lovely Monee Jae to MC the event and DJ Zewmageddon (Sarah Mamo) spinnin sounds for the night!  Stay tuned for upcoming contests to help spread the word.  Location:  Art Outside the Lines, 485 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  


Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  BQIC Monthly Meeting.   Happy new year!!!! We're back from our hiatus and the holidays and ready to get things moving and build with folks. This meeting is for Black LGBTQIA+ folks only.  Please message us directly if you need accommodations such as ASL interpretation or childcare so we can best provide them.  Locations: Columbus Metropolitan Library- Parsons Branch, 1113 Parsons Ave Columbus, Ohio 43206.  Facebook.  


Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3:00 PM.  Coalition for Human Needs Webinar -m Census 2020: Why Getting It Right Matters (a lot!).  Everyone is invited. Click here to register.


January 23 – 24, 2019. Ohio State’s 2nd Annual Community Engagement Conference. Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future.  Sustainability is motivated by the fundamental dependence of humans on the natural environment, including air, water, and land resources, and the desire to foster life on Earth now and in the future. It focuses on improving the well-being of people and communities by protecting earth's life support systems, reducing environmental impacts, and enhancing resource efficiency. Sustainability also depends on the resilience of natural and human systems, such as those providing energy and food, and the ability of communities to recover, adapt and flourish in the face of changing environmental, economic, and social conditions. Location:  Ohio Union.  Featuring keynote speaker Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland.  Faculty, staff, students and community partners are invited to the conference for two days of insights and new connections that will expand your professional horizons. The theme for the conference, which takes place January 23-24, is Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future.  Special registration for students is just $30 for two days or $20 for one day.  Register and learn more at  Contact: Ben Lewis, or Jared Morrison,  Register here


January 24, 2019, 1:30 – 2:45 PM.  Provost's Discovery Themes Lecture.  Mary Robinson, "A Conversation About Climate Justice."  Abstract: One of the world's most respected advocates for climate justice and Ireland's first woman President, Mary Robinson leads the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education and advocacy for the poor and disempowered in the world that are disproportionately threatened by climate change.  Her new book, Climate Justice, has received glowing reviews from former world leaders and the environmental and human rights community.  Barack Obama, awarding Robinson the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, praised her as an “advocate for the forgotten and the ignored”, noting that she has “not only shone a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world.”  Mary Robinson first rose to international prominence as President of Ireland from 1990-97.  She is widely regarded as a groundbreaking and transformational leader who elevated the public role of the Irish presidency, helping to shape modern Ireland in a period of rapid and unprecedented economic growth.  From 1997-2002, Robinson served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, also transforming that office through highly visible public advocacy.  She is a founding member and currently the Chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders formed by Nelson Mandela to tackle the world's most pressing problems and leads The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. President Robinson has served as the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Change, sounding the alarm as extreme weather events dramatically affected the world's most vulnerable populations.  Earning consistent praise as an unforgettable keynote speaker, President Robinson brings the thought leadership of a former head of state, a grandmother's passionately felt concern for the future and the compelling stories of the thousands she has met traveling the world as a champion for climate justice, human rights, gender equality, and corporate responsibility. Known for touching hearts, expanding mindsets and sparking meaningful conversation, Mary Robinson frames humanity's most daunting threat in highly solvable terms, leaving audiences hopeful and inspired to change the course of our planet's future.  More information here.    Location:  Archie Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.   Register here for this FREE event.


January 24, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.  Columbus DSA Business Meeting.   Open to all, this meeting is to coordinate our activities, discuss chapter business, and hear committee updates. Location:  Northwood High Building, Room 100, 2231 N High St Columbus, OH.  For more information, contact


Saturday, January 26, 2019. 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Ohio Poor People’s Campaign 2019 Planning Convening.  The Ohio Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, is entering the next phase of our together work in Ohio.  This will include education and workshop opportunities, issue hearings and actions, public witness events, town halls, and more. We will also be keeping a very close eye on developments and trends in the new session of the Ohio Legislature, so we can help speak truth to power in the Statehouse.  We will be discussing what is happening now and the strategies for moving forward, both in Ohio and nationally. Together we will then plan and determine the next steps and how we will be moving forward in Ohio. Lunch will be provided.  Donations to cover the cost of lunch will be welcomed. Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus, OH 43214.  Please register HERE so we can provide written materials and  know how many to expect for lunch. You can also register at:


Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Love Thy Nature. Key To Saving Ourselves And The Planet. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Love Thy Nature is a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our vital relationship with the natural world. This gorgeous film shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well-being, but also to solving our climate and environmental crises.  $10 suggested donation or pay whatever you can afford. Q&A to follow the film. Panel will include representatives of local organizations working to reconnect both children and adults to nature.  Location: Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave Columbus OH 43202.  RSVP on EventbriteFacebook, or Meetup.


January 28, 2019, 8:00 – 10:00 PM.  SURJ Webinar. Connecting the Dots:  History of Policing with Andrea Ritchie.  Join us for the first webinar in our 2019 series, "Connecting the Dots: Border Militarism, US Domestic and Foreign Policy, and the Myriad of Connections to Racial Capitalism."  We are so pleased to have Andrea Ritchie joining us again for an overview of the history of policing in the US and how that history continues to impact the role of policing in the US today.  Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, and advocacy around criminalization of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color over the past two decades. She recently published Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color now available from Beacon Press. Read more about her and her work here:  Free.  Register:


Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Central Ohio Transition HUB Team Meeting.  We'll start with refreshments, introductions, and a discussion of the Transition Town movement. For background, read The Big Picture by Richard Heinberg. We'll show the film, Transition 2.0, for inspiration as we imagine new projects to make our communities resilient as we confront the climate crisis locally. Contacts: Mac Crawford <> or  Location:  Northwood High Bldg, Room 100, 2231 N High St., Columbus OH 43201.  Free Parking Only in R Spaces (Rardin Clinic).