Tuesday, October 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – Noon.  Witness in Washington Briefing Series on Facebook Live.  Come hear policy experts discuss the pressing justice issues facing our country and the world. Learn how you can lift your voice with other people of faith and speak truth to power!

At this month’s briefing, we will be discussing two urgent foreign policy issues:  Nicaragua - What's Happening and What Can Be Done? with Geoff Thale, Washington Office on Latin America and US Involvement in the War in Yemen and Prospects for Peace with Kate Gould, Friends Committee on National Legislation.    This is an in-person briefing - it will be broadcast through facebook live for those who cannot be present.  For facebook link click here.

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 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 1A, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Parking available in the library garage.  For more information please contact,  centralohio@jvp.org

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6:30 PM (door open), 7:00 – 8:30 PM Program.  Challenging Gerrymandering, the Purge, and More:  A Panel Discussion on Voting Rights.  Join the ACLU of Ohio, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and the A. Philip Randolph Institute for a panel discussion on the current state of voting rights in Ohio.  Panelists:  Freda Levenson, Legal Director of the ACLU of Ohio; Jen Miller, Executive Director of the Ohio League of Women Voters; Andre Washington, President of the Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute.  Moderated by Gary Daniels, Chief Lobbyist for the ACLU.  This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. There is a parking garage onsite – the first hour is free and each additional hour is $.50.   Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.  To RSVP, please call 614-586-1959 or online here.  

 

Tuesday, October 3, 2018, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet, 7:00 PM Franklin County Consortium for Good Government Candidate Forum.  Confirmed:  Ohio House 26 – Steve Dodge, Ohio Senate 15 – Jeff Brown.  Location:  All Saints Academy, 2855 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus.   More information soon at http://franklincountyconsortium.com/

 

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  Speak Peace With Compassionate Communication
Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio (CCCO).
 What is Compassionate Communication? Come find out! This Meetup group gathers on the1st Thursday of the month. Join us for this FREE and engaging personal practice of Compassionate-Nonviolent Communication (NVC), the Language of the Heart, led by Compassionate Communication facilitators. Open to both beginners and experienced practitioners. NVC was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D., an American Psychologist, and is based on Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.'s principles of nonviolence -our natural state of compassion.  Location:  2350 Indianola Ave, Columbus 43202 Located in the in the upper level of the Maynard Ave United Methodist Church, on the corner of Indianola and Maynard Ave.  More information HERE.

 

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 3:30 PM.  John Mearsheimer "The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities."  John Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1982. Mearsheimer has written extensively about security issues and international politics more generally. He is the author of six books including Conventional Deterrence (1983), which won the Edgar S. Furniss Jr. Book Award; The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001, 2014), which won the Joseph Lepgold Book Prize; The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (with Stephen M. Walt, 2007), which made the New York Times bestseller list; and Why Leaders Lie: The Truth about Lying in International Politics (2011). In this event, based on his new book, The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities, Mearsheimer will explain why liberal hegemony, the foreign policy pursued by the United States since the Cold War ended, was doomed to fail. Read more and register at go.osu.edu/mearsheimerj  Location:  120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

 

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Keep Wayne Wild Fall Bioblitz.  Join us for our third bioblitz in the Marietta Unit!   KWW's Fall Bioblitz is coming up the first weekend of October! Come for the day and/ or grab a camping spot and join us for some camping in a beautiful area off the Wayne. This will probably be our final biolblitz before submitting our data to the Forest Service for the Land Management Plan revision and this data could influence how much protection certain areas get, so we need all the help we can get to identify species (especially sensitive ones) that could be impacted by the industrialization of this area! Get your iNaturalist, cameras, and phones ready.  Get in touch if you want to help make this event a success! We need volunteers to help with setup, welcoming people at the info table, transportation, surveying, and clean-up!  Location:  Lamping Homestead Recreation Area, Graysville, Ohio 45734.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Brake Light Clinic.  St. Stephen's Community House, 1500 E. 17th Ave, Columbus OH 43219. Columbus DSA and YDSA Ohio State want to ensure that no one has to deal with law enforcement over a broken taillight. We will be fixing brake lights in the parking lot of St. Stephen's Community House.  Want to help out? We're having two trainings on Sept 26th and Sept 29th.  Contact cbusdsacommunity@gmail.com for more information. 

 

Monday, October 8, 2018, 6:00 – 10:00 PM.  Save the Date for Free Press Awards Event at Woodlands in Grandview.  Honoring:  Free Press “Libby” Award for Community Activism, Sandy Bolzenius; Free Press Volunteer Award, Steve Caruso; Free Press Artist Award, Malcolm J; Bill Moss Award, Kojo Kamau.  Dan Dougan, emcee with comedy and speakers.   Bands:  Brian Clash Griffin, Guilded Sun, Something Else, Willie Phoenix.  Location:  Woodlands Tavern, 1200 West Third Ave., Columbus.  $10 suggested donation, sliding scale.  Help us honor local activists!  For more information, contact 614-253-2571 or colsfreepress@gmail.com.

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:00 PM.  Franklin County Green Party, open business meeting, 7:00 PM General Meeting and speaker.  Join the Franklin County Greens - we meet on the second Tuesday of each month.   Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.  Parking available behind the building in “R” spaces.  For more information, contact:   fcgreenparty@gmail.com or facebook.com/FCgreenparty.  

 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet, 7:00 PM Franklin County Consortium for Good Government Candidate Forum.  Location:  Worthington McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., Worthington.  More information soon at http://franklincountyconsortium.com/

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  Wine and Paint Night.  Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio for a night to unwind - with wine and paint! We'll be creating a pro-choice inspired painting while enjoying each other's company. We have everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind painting. Our artist will guide you through hours of creativity, drinking, and laughing ‘til your cheeks hurt. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an amazing time. Tickets are $45 and include 2 glasses of wine, a canvas to take home, and use of paints. The venue is also BYOB, so feel free! Location:  Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St., Columbus 43202.  Facebook.   More Ohio events:   https://www.facebook.com/pg/NARALProChoiceOhio/events/

 

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 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 columbusdsa@gmail.com

 

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 11:00 AM.  Finishing the year with a bang.  Fair Treatment Reform and Reentry protest for parole reform and awareness to our news station this is an important issue.  Location:  WSYX ABC 6, 1261 Dublin Road, Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 6:30 – 11:00 PM.  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, band, and presentation.  Planning an outside salon.  Free, no RSVP required.  Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus.  Parking in side driveway, front or rear parking lot.  For more information, contact 614-253-2571, colsfreepress@gmail.com, columbusfreepress.org.   

 

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:00 AM. Join the Women’s Workbench.  The Working America Women’s Workbench is an initiative that works to put power into the hands of women.  We have the power to make change in our own communities. By working together, we can make a difference and make our lives better. By sharing the skills and techniques that Working America has learned over the past 15 years of organizing, the workbench will provide you with the tools you need to push for the change you want to see in your community.  The Women’s Workbench includes trainings, interactive activities and chances afterward to make friends and build our networks. The Women’s Workbench is more than just the time we will spend together. It’s about the lasting impact our actions will have on our communities.  Sign up for our multi-part training events in Columbus to put power back into your hands.  Location:  OCSEA- 390 Worthington Rd, Westerville, OH 43082.  Sign up here.  

 

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 1:00 PM.  Legislative Day.  Promoting our Proposal to legislators to introduce and pass on a fair transparent parole process.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 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!  Bring a brown bag lunch.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.  For more information, please contact sbolzenius72@hotmail.com.  Website:  https://movetoamend.org.

 

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 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 mgreenmanoh@gmail.com or Alice Faryna alice.faryna@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:400 PM.  CCBOR Morrow County Injection Well Tour.  Join us and see what the dilapidated infrastructure looks like, where the oil & gas industry dumps millions of barrels of oil/gas waste "brine" within the Columbus drinking water source watershed in Morrow County.  If you are interested in joining us, please email us by either using our contact form on our website, or emailing columbusbillofrights@gmail.com.

 

Monday, October 22, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Community Bill of Rights #NotAnotherFlint Public Meeting.  The Ohio Supreme Court rejected the peoples’ arguments that the Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE) had violated the rights of the people to legislate directly by initiative and sided with the BOE to keep the Columbus Community Bill of Rights off the November ballot. The proposed ordinance, if enacted, would assert resident’s rights to clean water, air, and soil and ban oil & gas extraction infrastructure, particularly regarding radioactive, toxic waste disposals in the city of Columbus as a violation of those rights. The Columbus Community Bill of Rights group hopes that people will not simply “accept” this unjust decision and will join their group and efforts to continue to fight to protect the community and the future. Visit www.columbusbillofrights.org for updates and ways to help. Location: Columbus Public Library, Northside Branch, 1423 N. High St., Columbus OH 43201.  https://www.columbusbillofrights.org/Events.  For more information, contact sbolzenius72@hotmail.com

 

Monday, October 22, 2018, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet, 7:00 PM Franklin County Consortium for Good Government Candidate Forum.  Location:  The Pointe at Otterbein University, 60 Collegeview Rd., Westerville, 43081.  More information soon at http://franklincountyconsortium.com/

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet, 7:00 PM Franklin County Consortium for Good Government Candidate Forum.  Location:  4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus 43229.  More information soon at http://franklincountyconsortium.com/

 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Book Discussion – The Book of Joy:  Lasting Happiness.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN) invites you to a book discussion of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams.  Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.  Join the members of WIN as we discuss the examples set by these three amazing men, who have learned to understand and respect others in their individual faith walks through life.  Location:  Northwest Library, 2280 Hard road, Columbus 43235.  More information on Facebook.    (This event is repeated on November 5 at the Old Worthington Library on Hartford Street.)

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet, 7:00 PM Franklin County Consortium for Good Government Candidate Forum.  U.S. Congress. 12-Joe Manchik, Ohio Senate 19 – Gary Cox.   Location:  Beth Shalom, 5089 Johnstown Road, New Albany, 43054.  More information soon at http://franklincountyconsortium.com/

 

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 PM Meet and Greet, 7:00 PM Franklin County Consortium for Good Government Candidate Forum.  Location:  Downtown Columbus (TBA).   More information soon at http://franklincountyconsortium.com/

 

Monday, November 5, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Book Discussion – The Book of Joy:  Lasting Happiness.  Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN) invites you to a book discussion of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Abrams.  Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.  Join the members of WIN as we discuss the examples set by these three amazing men, who have learned to understand and respect others in their individual faith walks through life.  Location:  Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington, 43085.  More information on Facebook.    

 

Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 PM. Columbus Climate Action Night. We will network and get updates and take action on federal and state policies related to climate and environment. All are welcome. We'll provide a light snack so let us know you are coming.  Location: Columbus Metropolitan Library - Driving Park Branch, 1422 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio, 43205.  https://www.facebook.com/events/545407392557679/

 

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Ohio Environmental Council Green Gala.  Over the past year, Ohio's environmental movement has had some amazing wins, and we couldn't do any this work without the support of our friends and partners. On Saturday, November 17, at COSI, we’ll celebrate our victories, honor environmental heroes, and look ahead at what’s to come.  Location:  COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus.  Nonmember tickets - $120.   Registration here.