Friday, February 2, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.   Bill Cohen’s Special Pre-Valentine Concert:  Love Songs through the Decades.  Want Something Different for Your Valentine?  Then accept this invitation to come to our special pre-Valentine concert: Love Songs through the Decades.  With guitar and piano, I’ll be singing favorites made famous by John Denver, the Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, the Eagles, Patti Page, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Bing Crosby, and others.  

 Ann Fisher will be on hand to add some romantic flute accompaniment on several songs.  Special musical sparkle will come from Brian Szuch on lead guitar.  And David Maywhoor will help us keep the beat with his drumming.  Plus, the all-girl trio, the Harmonettes, will add some tight vocal back-ups on other tunes.  While the songs will reflect the ecstasy, warmth, heartache, and pain that love can bring, there will be a lighter side too, as you’re challenged with trivia questions about famous and infamous couples and love songs throughout the decades.   Refreshments will be served, and a couple special surprises are also being planned.  A $10 donation per person is being requested at the door, with proceeds going to help produce the upcoming Central Ohio Folk Festival.  This is the 8th year for this Valentine concert, and we’ve always had a great time.  For more information, call me at (614) 263-3851 or billcohen@columbus.rr.com.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church at 35 E. Oakland Park, zip 43214.

 

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Keep Wayne Wild RBDMS Training.  PLEASE EMAIL US TO RSVP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND!  If you've ever looked for information on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' website you have likely run into some challenges! One of the biggest obstacles for the public is accessing and learning to use the Risk Based Data Management System (RBDMS), which makes it difficult for many people to learn about environmental threats that may impact their communities. This is a serious social justice issue.  In this training, Buckeye Environmental Network Executive Director Teresa Mills will ensure participants are able to access the necessary software and will show us how to navigate it, so that we can get the information we need to protect our communities and natural resources.  If you would like to attend in this training please email KeepWayneWild@gmail.com and put RBDMS in the subject line to RSVP by Tues January 16th! Please tell us whether you have your own laptop that you can bring and, if so, what operating system you use.
This training is free, but we will be accepting donations! Location:  Northwood High Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Sunday, February 4, 2018, 3:30 – 5:00 PM. (New Date)  Simply Living Book Club. Food at Portia's optional after 5. We still have a few free copies of our first selection, Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth, by Gar Alperovitz, co-chair of the Next System project. You can read it online HERE. For background, Watch this short video by the author HERE. Contact Chuck.Lynd@gmail.com or call 614-354-6172 to enroll in the Book Club.

 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:00 PM business meeting, 7:00 PM General Meeting.   Franklin County Green Party Central Committee Meeting.   Join the Franklin County Greens - we meet on the second Tues of each month.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.  Parking available behind the building in “R” spaces.  fcgreenparty@gmail.comfacebook.com/FCgreenparty. 

 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Single Payer Action Network (SPAN) Ohio Region V meeting.  Steve Hollon, President and CEO of Ohio United Way will speak about a statewide study, A-L-I-C-E, an acronym for (people) who are "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed." (In other words, "the working poor.") He will be accompanied by Nick Roman, who helped conduct the study. I have asked Steve to focus attention on healthcare access for people in the ALICE study.  At 7:45 PM we will have a business meeting including the status of the Health Care for All Ohioans Act, SB 91 and HB 440 and upcoming events.   Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northside Branch, 1423 N Nigh Street, Columbus, Meeting Room 3.  For more information, please contact Bob Krasen bkrasen@twc.com.

 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Prisoner Letter Writing + Film Screening.  Please bring a friend and join us in Meeting Room 1 for Black History Month. A film screening of ‘Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners’ will precede our fourth letter writing event. This film revisits the 1972 acquittal of a prison abolitionist placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. After the film, we will send b-day cards to Cheryl Jones and Kim Jordan. Both were sentenced to life in prison. Click the following link to review a draft of our letter writing guidelines: https://goo.gl/958GNi.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whitehall Branch, 4445 E. Broad St., Columbus 43213.  More information on Facebook.  

 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018. 6:30 PM.  Clintonville Energy Collaborative Meeting. The CEC is working to build resilience and sustainability in the Clintonville area by increasing household energy efficiency and increasing the number of households using affordable, renewable energy options. Location: TBA.  Check the website www.cec-freedom.org for details.  Calendar.  

 

Wednesday, February 7, 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

 

Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:00 PM.  The Colored Section.  The Colored Section, reaches into our recent past and explores our country during its civil unrest. This production dares to challenge the notion that police brutality is an anomaly of old. It forces the viewer to determine if society is placing a noose around its own neck or has the supremacist nation realized their creed.  Location:  Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave., Columbus 43215.  Tickets $20.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM.  Shooting Without Bullets: Creative Responses to State Violence and Social Injustice.  On Saturday February 10, IRTF will be hosting our 18th annual Social Justice Teach-In in conjunction with the Social Justice Institute and Center for Civic Engagement and Learning at Case Western Reserve University. Our Teach-In is a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical human rights issues and practice hands-on skills to organize for change. This annual event attracts more than 800 participants, many from area high schools and colleges. The Teach-In provides participants with information, skills, and resources to support social justice campaigns at their schools, congregations, and in their communities.  Keynote: Amanda King, founder and creative director of Shooting Without Bullets.  Come and learn more about international activism, racism, sexism, environmental justice, resistance to militarism and state-sponsored violence, intersectionality, and the broader social movement for social justice! Location:  Case Western Reserve University, Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Rd, Cleveland, OH 44106.  Website.  Register here at the EventBrite site:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/18th-annual-social-justice-teach-in-shooting-without-bullets-creative-responses-to-state-violence-tickets-28235218298?aff=erelexpmlt 

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  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!  All are welcome to attend.  Location:  First UU Church of Columbus, 93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus, OH.  More information about SPAN Ohio:  www.spanohio.org and Facebook.

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 6:30-11:00 PM.  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, music, and art.  For more information, contact 614-253-2571, colsfreepress@gmail.com,  columbusfreepress.org.   Location:  1021 E. Broad St., Columbus.  Parking in side driveway, front or rear parking lot.

 

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 1:30 – 3:30 PM.  CAIR Columbus Presents – Meet Ohio’s Candidates for Governor.  Join us to meet the Ohio gubernatorial candidates and have a conversation about issues that matter to our community and all Ohioans.  Candidates confirmed thus far: State Senator Joe Schiavoni, Former State Rep Connie Pillich, Former Congresswoman Betty Sutton.  This event is free but please RSVP in advance by emailing CAIR-Columbus Public Affairs Coordinator Usjid Hameed at uhameed@cair.comWebsite.  Location:  Dublin Recreation Center, 5100 Post Rd., Dublin, Ohio. 

 

Monday, February 12, 2018, Columbus February Phone Bank hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio.  One of your New Year's Goals is to be more active in the fight for reproductive rights, isn't it? Well, we've got you covered!  Enjoy some snacks and drinks, play some phone bank bingo, and spin the new NARAL prize wheel (yep, that's right)!!  The Pro-Choice community in Columbus can help secure access to safe and legal abortion care throughout Ohio. We'll be supporting efforts in Northwest Ohio to make sure their only abortion provider remains open to the public. Volunteers will be calling Toledo residents to ask them to urge ProMedica to sign a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network. This may be the last and only chance to ensure women have access to abortion in that community.  Location:  61 Jefferson Ave, Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  

 

Tuesday, February 13, 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM.  Environmental Professionals Network.  For Love Of Rivers: Celebrating 50 Years Of The Scenic River Act.  Bob Gable, Scenic Rivers Program Manager with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will provide a brief history of the scenic rivers program and an overview of what makes these rivers so special and some of the efforts to protect them. Former First Lady Hope Taft will follow with a discussion of what it takes to keep a scenic river “scenic” when she talks about some of her local efforts to protect the Little Miami State and National Scenic River right in her own back yard. You can register online and download a parking permit. More info here.  Location:  Ohio 4H Building on OSU West Campus, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus 43210.  $10 (includes breakfast). 

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Keep Wayne Wild February Public Meeting.  Our goal is to stop the auctioning and use of land within the Wayne National Forest for fracking purposes. Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Northern Lights Branch, 4093 Cleveland Ave., Columbus 43224.  Facebook.  

 

Friday, February 16, 2018, 7:00 – 9:30 PM.  In the Intense Now.  “A remarkable film, one of the biggest political essays of the contemporary cinema.”—Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema.  Revisit the tumultuous revolutions of 1968—at times as if you were there—in this powerful, provocative work by revered Brazilian documentarian João Moreira Salles. Using startlingly fresh archival footage and offering uncommonly sensitive insights at every turn, In the Intense Now deftly moves between the student protests of May 68 in France, military takeovers in Czechoslovakia and Brazil, and through home movies that Salles’s mother filmed in China, Chairman Mao’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. A triumph of the documentary form, Salles’s film is one of those rare works able to combine the personal and the political in such a sweeping-yet-intimate scale. As a Variety review noted, it’s “a haunting record of history made poetic...reminiscent of the films of Chris Marker.” (127 mins., DCP)  Location:  Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus 43210.  Tickets available at wexarts.org.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 4:00 – 7:00 PM. Here’s to Health!  Your $10 donation to Single Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio) is good for one free beer and snacks.  The Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio) is a coalition of individuals and organizations working together to achieve fundamental reform of the health insurance system. Location:  Savor Pint Craft Beer Garden, 4440 Indianola Ave., 43214.  Facebook.

 

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 5:30 – 9:30 PM.  MY Project USA Annual Dinner 2018.  A Benefit Dinner To Protect & Empower Columbus Youth & Families.  Please Join Us for an Inspirational Evening with the honorable Representative Adam Miller, Councilmember Michael Stinziano, Councilmember Elizabeth Brown, Interfaith and Community Leaders and our Youth Leaders as we gather to Support Columbus Youth and Families.  Guest speakers:  Dr. Abdulhakim Mohamed, MuslimNama Inc. Dallas, TX
and William M Huffman, Hilltop Area Commissioner & Friends of Hilltop.  Youth Performances & More. 
The proceeds of this dinner would be used to protect and empower Columbus needy and undeserved families, help launch and grow initiatives to address Hunger, Poverty, Family Violence, Drugs, Gangs, Human Trafficking and many other issues that need our urgent attention, help train mentors and advocates to work with Columbus youth and families one on one basis and help initiate and further more Muslim social services in the partnership with the City of Columbus, local organizations and other agencies in Columbus.   EARLY EARLY BIRD SALE - Sale Ends on December 31:  Main Event $50/Seat - Save $25/Seat.   Location:  MY Project USA, 3036 Sullivant Ave, Columbus 43204.  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Safe Conversations About Race.  Join Susan Roberts and Jim White at Bexley Public Library for an interactive discussion about race with special insight into Bexley's past and present, in a safe space. Moderated by LC Johnson of the Columbus YWCA, this program will equip you with the tools to engage in conversations about race, challenge biases in your self and others, and tools for action. Bring your questions, observations and curiosity so that we can all grow from this conversation. The dialogue will continue and develop over a series of three events in partnership with the Bexley City Schools, the City of Bexley, and the Bexley Diversity & Inclusion Initiative. This series is funded by a generous grant from the Bexley Community Foundation.  While the program is the third of a series of three discussions, you are encouraged but not obligated to attend all three events. The conversation will evolve and be different at every event.  Location:  Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., Bexley 43209.  More information on Facebook.

 

March 11, 2018, 5:00 9:00 PM.  CAIR-Columbus 21st Annual Fundraising Banquet.  Join us for our 21st Annual Fundraising Banquet. Inspirational speaker Altaf Husain and more!  More details to come soon! Find out more »  $40.00.  Location:  The Ohio Union – West Ballroom, 1739 N. High St. 
Columbus, OH 43210. 

 

Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:00 PM.  BluesSwing Concert – Benefit for SPAN Ohio.  BluesSwing explores the blues and popular song roots of American music, from W.C. Handy to B.B. King, from Thomas "Fats" Waller to Nat "King" Cole--and adds the occasional Beatles or Elvis number to spice things up. The solid rhythmic foundation of bass (Carl Yaffey) , drums (Kevin Truman), and banjo (Jackie LaMuth) allows our tasteful lead guitar (John Sherman) and distinctive vocals (Bill Kerwin) to send this classic mix of tunes straight to your hearts.  www.bluesswing.org.  Refreshments.  Free will donations will benefit SPAN Ohio.   The Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio) is a coalition of individuals and organizations working together to achieve fundamental reform of the health insurance system. Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus 43214.  See:  www.spanohio.org. Facebook Event.  

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Ohio NORML Lobby Day.  The theme is "Educating Ohio's lawmakers about the benefits of cannabis". We'll be presenting our legislators with facts and testimony in regards to topics such as; the role of cannabis in reducing opiate abuse, affects of legalization in other states and areas for improvement in our current law, H.B. 523.  To learn more and register follow the link below. (ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER) http://www.ohionorml.org/_ohio_norml_lobby_day.  We encourage those who plan to register for this event to attend the Activism and Lobbying training meeting that Central Ohio NORML will be holding on January 20th. More details here http://www.ohionorml.org/activism_lobbying_training  Location:  1 Capitol Square, Columbus 43216.   Facebook Event.  

 

April 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Fair Treatment Reform and Reentry Protest.  We'll meet at the corner of South High and State Street to protest better medical and in better conditions for inmates and staff alike. For County jails and state prisons. Bring an awareness of the corruption that is taking place.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse.  Facebook.  

 

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WGRN 94.1 THE GREEN RENAISSANCE - TUNE IN COMMUNITY RADIO  NEW! 2018 Program Schedule Grid  Awesome programming! Pre-Set NOW! Democracy Now!, Thom Hartmann, EcoShock, Radio Curious, Health & Fitness, Food, Cooking, Arts, Folkn' Around, Music Africana, Bluegrass, Soul, SEA Change, Local Self Reliance, Green Power & Wellness, Conversation Earth,Dharma Punx!

 

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From the Rebuilding Alliance. Susiya is Under Threat Again.   Susiya’s lawyer is writing with urgency: The Government of Israel gave notice on Jan. 10th that they intend to demolish 15 homes and structures in the Palestinian village of Susiya.  According to the High Court decision days earlier, this triggers a 15 day clock.   Advocate Mishirqi Assad, attorney for Susiya, has until this Wednesday to oppose.  Then it is up to the High Court to issue an injunction against demolition to stop the bulldozers now set to demolish on January 23rd.   Now we must do our part:  If you haven't already, please  click here  to send your emails to your members of Congress

 

Congressional District Reform – An Action Ask from Norm Wernet, President of the Ohio Alliance for Retired American in Ohio.  I ask that in the next three weeks you call or write a small group of State Representatives and Senators to urge them to change the way Ohio redraws its Congressional districts, so the districts are more competitive and better represent the diverse views of us, the citizens. Then write a short letter to the editor of your local newspaper. These folks can make change happen: Senator Matt Huffman (R) Lima, Senator Vernon Sykes (D) Akron, Representative Kirk Schuring (R) Canton, and Representative Jack Cera (D) Steubenville. You do not have to live in any one district to have your voice heard because this affects all of us.

Senator Matt Huffman (614) 466-7584 Senate Building 1 Capitol, Square, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

http://ohiosenate.gov/huffman/contact

Senator Vernon Sykes (614) 466-7041 Senate Building 1 Capitol Square, Ground Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. http://ohiosenate.gov/sykes/contact

Representative Kirk Schuring (614) 752-2438 77 S. High St, 14th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.  http://www.ohiohouse.gov/kirkschuring/

Representative Jack Cera (614) 466-3735 77 S. High St, 10th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. http://www.ohiohouse.gov/jack-cera/contact 

General Assembly Leadership, Senate President Senator Larry Oboff (614) 466-7505 Senate Building 1 Capitol Square, 2nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 http://ohiosenate.gov/obhof/contact

Minority Leader Senator Kenny Yuko (614) 466-4583 Statehouse 1 Capitol Square, 3rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215  http://ohiosenate.gov/yuko/contact

Speaker Representative Clifford Rosenberger, (614) 466-3506 77 S. High St, 14th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215 http://www.ohiohouse.gov/clifford-a-rosenberger/contact

Minority Leader Representative Fred Strahorn, (614) 466-1607 77 S. High St, 14th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215 http://www.ohiohouse.gov/fred-strahorn/contact

Listed also are the House and Senate leadership who appointed the working group. Write a note to each of them and encourage their support of the working groups effort to find an outcome that works to represent all Ohioans.

Our message is pretty obvious: start with what we agreed to for our General Assembly, add the

improvements of the current ballot initiative, and work from there. Ask that these elements be included:

.● No congressional district map shall be drawn to favor or disfavor a political party or candidates.

● Each district will be nearly equal in population (one person, one vote).

● The plan shall minimize the splitting of counties, municipalities and townships, and no county shall be split more than once.

● Districts shall be geographically contiguous and compact.

● The Voting Rights Act and other state and federal laws that protect minority representation shall be

respected.

● Representational fairness is required. This means that the statewide percentage of districts leaning

towards each of the two major parties shall closely correspond to the partisan preferences of the voters of Ohio as measured by the statewide proportion of votes in state and federal partisan statewide general elections over the previous ten years. 

Ohio’s newspapers and media have written extensively about this issue and the need for reform. Editorials and news articles and analysis abound: http://www.fairdistrictsohio.org/media.html.

Be part of the solution to our dysfunctional Congress. Ask for fair districts. Ask for the process to change now. Write or call now.

 

From Just Foreign Policy – Tell MSNBC:  Stop censoring U.S.-assisted carnage in Yemen.  An analysis by Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) has found that the purportedly liberal cable network MSNBC did not run a single segment devoted specifically to the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen in the second half of 2017, even though – or perhaps because – the U.S. government has played a key role in creating the catastrophe. During this period MSNBC ran nearly 5,000 percent more segments that mentioned Russia than segments that mentioned Yemen.  In all of 2017, MSNBC only aired one broadcast on the U.S.-assisted Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians. And it never mentioned Yemen’s cholera epidemic, which infected more than 1 million Yemenis in the largest outbreak in recorded history, a direct result of the U.S.-assisted Saudi/UAE war and blockade. The Pentagon has been refueling Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing purported Houthi targets in Yemen, even though Congress has never authorized such military action in Yemen, as required by the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution. Section 8c of the War Powers Resolution defines U.S. participation in hostilities as including participation in the movement of foreign forces on their way to combat; clearly, refueling Saudi/UAE warplanes during their bombing runs meets this definition.  The Pentagon has been able to get away with this unconstitutional military action, in significant measure, because major U.S. media have refused to consistently report on the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen and especially because they have rarely reported on the direct U.S. military role in causing the humanitarian catastrophe.

Urge Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, and MSNBC to correct their failure to report on the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen and the direct U.S. military role in causing the catastrophe by signing our joint petition with RootsAction and World Beyond War.

And if you haven’t told your Senators to invoke the War Powers Resolution to end U.S. participation in the Saudi-imposed famine in Yemen, please do that here.