July 4, 2017, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.  34th Annual Doo Dah Parade + Party.  Get knocked out a the 34th Annual Doo Dah Parade with some great humor and Less-Than-Grand Marshal Former Undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Author James “Buster” Douglas! The city’s Fourth of July traditional offbeat one-of-a-kind politically incorrect non-traditional Doo Dah Parade is filled with characters in costume, humorous political debates, satirists' readings, a singing of the National Anthem, and is complete with live music at an all-day free block party at High & Buttles. No Entry Fee. No Pre-registration.  Rules: No Full Nudity. No Blatant Advertising. No water projectiles. All Politicians Must Wear a Funny Hat.  Parade Line-up begins at Noon, Parade starts at 1 pmish after National Anthem, Party runs from 10 am – 7 pm.  Location:  Goodale Park, 120 W. Goodale St., Columbus.  More information on Facebook.

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 7:00  – 8:30 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio Meeting.  JVP members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.  All are welcome.  Note new location:  Columbus Public Library, Main Library, meeting room 3A, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Parking available in the library garage.  For more information please contact, centralohio@jvp.org or https://www.facebook.com/JVPCentralOhio

 

 July 6 -9, 2017.  Socialism 2017 Conference in Chicago.  Join more than 1,500 leftwing activists and authors in Chicago to share lessons from history, learn about Marxist theory, discuss current struggles, explore Marxist and socialist ideas, and debate current issues on the left. The same political system that spawned Trump cannot be relied on to stop his attacks—instead we must look to the millions of people who will continue to resist.  More information:  https://socialismconference.org

 

Saturday, July 8, 2017, 6:30 – 11:00 PM  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, music, and a program.  Free, no RSVP needed. Location: 1021 E. Broad St, east side door.  Parking in side driveway, front or rear parking lot.  Free. Contact: colsfreepress@gmail.com or 614-253-2571.

 

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  First All OH12 Indivisible Picnic and Potluck Party!  Potluck, Picnic, Barbecue!! Come hang out and relax with Indivisible OH12 members from across Ohio's 12th Congressional District. Celebrate the end of our Redistricting Petition Drive. Have fun with new and old friends. We will share ideas and stories and inspire each other to keep on keeping on!  Bring a dish or beverage to share, and your own plates and utensils. We will provide some items to grill. Feel free to bring more! Let us know if you or someone you are bringing can volunteer for a shift at the grill.  Families and friends very welcome! Bring a frisbee or soccer ball...  Location:  Blendon Woods Metro Park (Dogwood Shelter), 4265 E. Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus.  Facebook.

 

Monday, July 10, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Screening of “Big Pharma Market Failure.”  The documentary is the second American health care film produced by Richard Masters, CEO of MCS Industries, which focuses on high costs. This 50-minute film tells why Americans spend so much on drugs, and what we can and should do about it.  A discussion and meeting will follow the film.  This event is hosted by SPAN Ohio, Central Ohio Region.  Location:  Whetstone Library Meeting Room, 3909 North High Street.  Free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Bob Krasen, bkrasen@twc.com or 614-261-0754. 

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 6:00 PM business meeting, 7:00 PM Public Meeting.   Franklin County Green Party Central Committee Meeting.  Business meeting, but open to the public. At 7:00 speaker Greg Pace  will update us on the Columbus Community Bill of Rights - a lot of exciting things happening - coordinating with City Council, other Ohio cities with Bills of Rights, injection well tour, and more.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.  Parking available behind the building in “R” spaces. 

 

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio Chapter meeting.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., room 100.  Parking available in “R” spaces behind the building.   For more information, contact smorgen@juno.com  For additional details, please refer to the website www.dsacolumbus.org or facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Democratic-Socialists-of-Central-Ohio-1682708101986360/  Contact for more information:  columbusdsa@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017, Noon – 2:00 PM Move to Amend Central Ohio Meeting.   Learn about local and statewide plans to promote a constitutional amendment saying that corporations are not people and money is not protected free speech.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.   For more information, please contact:  sbolzenius72@hotmail.com  Facebook:  https://movetoamend.org/oh-columbus  Website:  https://movetoamend.org.

 

Sunday, July 16, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Care and Share Community Potluck and Program.  Bring a dish to share and please label ingredients.  Program:  TBA.  For more information contact afaryna@gmail.com.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus.    For additional details contact:  Alice at alice.faryna@gmail.com (614) 560-1732 or Michael  mgreenmanoh@gmail.com (614) 439-4768.  More information on Facebook.

 

Monday, July 17th, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Friends Committee on National Legislation – Central Ohio advocacy group Meeting.   (Please note:  regular meeting is one week later this month only.)  FCNL is focused on many issues at the Washington D.C. level.  Our local advocacy team issue in 2017 is to reduce waste in U.S. military spending instead of increasing the Pentagon budget, while keeping social benefits from being cut.  President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to increase the Pentagon budget by $54 Billion (10%) in 2018.  We now have more than 50 advocacy groups across the U.S., and had over 200 lobbying visits to U.S. legislators in 2016.  Please join us.  Location:  Center on High, 3208 N. High St. Columbus, 43202.  For more information, contact Greg Pace: 614-565-6067 or gpace67@gmail.com

 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017,  7:00 PM. St. Mary Magdala Celebration with  Mary Eileen Collingwood.  Rev Mary Eileen Collingwood a female ordained Roman Catholic bishop with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.  Rev Collingwood is a resident of Ohio.  Location:  The Forum at Knightsbridge, 4590 Knightsbridge Blvd., in the multi-purpose room,  Columbus, OH 43214.  Attendees should be prepared to stop at the Receptions desk to get a visitor's sticker.  Sponsored by Call To Action Columbus - www.cta-columbus.org -  Seeking an inclusive Catholic Church.  For more information, please contact:  Sharon at izzi2sharon@hotmail.com

 

Wednesday, July 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.

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 5:00 PM.  One Story of Mary Magdalene.  A Celebration of the Divine Feminine Spirit.  Suggested donation is $10.  Appetizers and dessert during presentation.  Free childcare with advance request.  RSVP by July 24 to skinzer@midohio.twcbc.com or call 614-451-1835.  North Congregational United Church of Christ, 2040 W. Henderson Road, Columbus. 

 

Sunday, August 6, 2017, 6:00 PM. “Still Life Sings – From Paralysis Towards Liberation.”  Concert and Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration.  Central Ohio residents will gather to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The concert will feature Rocco Di Pietro’s original pieces along with Korean, Japanese, and American works that focus on the broken world in a quest for wholeness. 

Location: Columbus State Community College, Center for Technology and Learning, 290 Cleveland Ave., Columbus (corner of Cleveland and Mount Vernon Ave.).  Free parking for the first 40 participants in the employee lot on the north side of the building (parking vouchers available at the venue). 


August 12 -13, 2017.  Galvanize Program! In Columbus.  After the first United State of Women Summit last summer, you made it clear you wanted to keep learning and connecting – and you wanted to do it in your local community. We heard you loud and clear –and that’s why we’re proud to announce The Galvanize Program! We’re bringing local United State of Women summits to communities across the country to bring together people to tackle the challenges women are facing nationally and locally. We’re arming women with the tools and resources they need to keep organizing and fighting for gender equity, whether that’s through elected office, entrepreneurship, and everything in between.  Attendees will choose one of five tracks based on their interests to receive in-depth and skills-based training: 

Political Candidates - Training developed by Vote, Run, Lead; Campaign Management - Training developed by Wellstone; Grassroots Organizing - Training developed by Midwest; Academy Leadership - Training developed by Bossed Up; Entrepreneurship - Training developed by BRAVA Investments. Are you ready to turn for passion for gender equity into action?  Learn more and register online, at www.theunitedstateofwomen.org/galvanize

 

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10:00 AM.  SPAN Ohio (Single Payer Action Network) State Council Meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  We will be discussing the strategy going forward on how to gain Medicare for All in Ohio.  SPAN Ohio supports Healthcare as a Human Right!  Location:  TBA.  More information about SPAN Ohio:  www.spanohio.org and Facebook.

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Deborah Rose Milavec Topic to be determined. Presentation by  Deborah Rose Milavec Executive Director of FutureChurch.  Location:  Maple Grove UMC, 7 W Henderson Rd, Columbus.  Sponsor:  Call To Action Columbus, www.cta-columbus.org.  Contact:  Sharon Izzi, izzi2sharon@hotmail.com