Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Transition Hub Class: Watch & Discuss Just Eat It!: A Food Waste Story.  We will watch the 50-minute version of this documentary film about food waste and food rescue. The film brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment. We will discuss the film and its implications for us as individual consumers and for Columbus and central Ohio communities. Class led by Mac Crawford and Chuck Lynd. Free.  Donations are appreciated and support Simply Living's Sustainable U.  Location: Northwood High Bldg, 2231 N. High St., Columbus 43201. Free parking only in the R (Rardin Clinic) spaces in the rear lot, or on adjacent streets. Contact: Chuck.Lynd@gmail.com or 614-354-6172. Light refreshments available! Bring a favorite snack to share if you like.

Monday, May 1, 2017, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. May Day Columbus, Ohio - #Solidarity City.  This year May Day will be a day of celebrating, learning and solidarity. The Central Ohio Worker Center(COWC) is pleased to partner and support immigrant led organizations for a full day of events.   COWC is hosting our 5th annual MAY DAY celebration this year. This year we will show that Columbus is a #SolidarityCity by standing with immigrants, workers, and students fighting for justice. City officials and corporate leaders continually refer to Columbus, Ohio as an "#OpportunityCity" while we know opportunities are only available for the few; low-wage workers, people of color, and others from front-line impacted communities are left out. WE HAVE A DAY FULL OF EVENTS THIS YEAR!

9:00am - Dia Sin Inmigrante Rally and March - Genoa Park (by COSI) - Red Migrante Ohio

10:30am - Rally at Statehouse - RED MIGRANTE OHIO

2:00pm - Workshop and Discussion - History of May Day and the struggles of immigrants in Columbus on and off campus. - 014 University Hall, Ohio State University - Main Campus - International Socialist Organization - Columbus - https://www.facebook.com/events/968970823240134/

5:00pm - #SolidarityCity - Columbus May Day gathering, rally and cookout - Communication Workers of America Hall (CWA) - 27 Euclid Ave (near OSU campus) - Central Ohio Worker Center - Centro de Trabajadores de Central Ohio  Facebook.

 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 10:00 AM.  Senior Hunger Advocacy Day.   Priorities:  1. Restore the allocation for the Senior Community Services Block Grant (ALI 490-411) to $15 million, providing home-delivered and congregate meals for seniors; and 2. Fund a Comprehensive Approach to Hunger Relief (ALI 600-410) at $30 million, providing Ohio-grown produce and shelf-stable food to Ohio’s seniors. Breakfast and a brief training on senior hunger issues will be provided.  Following the training, we will be visiting the Ohio Statehouse to meet with our state senators and representatives to show our support for vital programs that provide low-income Ohio seniors with the nutrition they need. Location:   Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square 75 East State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 To register, contact Kimberly LoVano at klovano@clevelandfoodbank.org or 216-738-7228 by April 24.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.  Town Hall Meeting with Representative Joyce Beatty.  Join us at the 2016 State of the District and Town Hall Meeting with our local representative Joyce Beatty. We will be there to support her actions that are advancing our country forward and hold her accountable for those that are not. Make your voice heard!  You must register to attend by April 26th!  Facebook

Wednesday, May 3, 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.  Location:  Bexley Public Library, tech room, 2411 East Main St., Bexley.   For more information contact, centralohio@jvp.org or https://www.facebook.com/JVPCentralOhio

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Freedom of Choice Ohio will hold our annual Advocacy Day on May 3, 2017. This year, Ohio women and men will gather at the Ohio Statehouse to demand an end to the anti-woman agenda pushed by Governor Kasich and the legislature. Kasich has passed multiple abortion bans, defunded Planned Parenthood, and is using his Department of Health to harass abortion providers.  We'll learn more about the multiple threats to reproductive health care and a forthcoming proactive legislative agenda. Armed with information and training, participants will engage their legislators to show that their constituents do not support abortion bans or attacks on funding.  Early bird tickets purchased before April 23 are $15 ($5 for students).  Can’t attend? You can still make your voice heard!  Email your legislators and urge them to oppose the Ohio Senate’s anti-choice bill.  Location:  The Columbus Athenaeum, 32 North 4th Street, Columbus, OH 43215.   More information at Http://bit.ly/advocacyday2017  #ROETOGETHER

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Monthly Meeting.

Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice.  Location:  Columbus Public Library, Driving Park branch, 1422 East Livingston Ave., Columbus 43205.   Contact SURJColumbusOH@gmail.com

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:00 PM (potluck), 7:30 PM (meeting).  2017 Community Festival Membership Meeting.   Anyone interested in plans for the 2017 ComFest welcome.  Please sign up on this google form to let them know what you’re bringing:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCGVy-p6D_ajQ0pi41DovHB9_ZhcEA1IWl3L4ZrPCM1BrXtA/viewform.  Location: Goodale Park Shelterhouse. For more information, contact finzel@comfest.com

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Interfaith Group with Muslim Neighbors.  Location:  St. James Episcopal Church, 3400 Calumet St., in Clintonville. Park in the back of the church. Enter on the door to your left and go down the stairs.  All welcome. Just show up!  For more information, contact:  ChristopherPurdy@wosu.org

 

Friday, May 5, 2017,  6:00 – 10:00 PM.  APRI Annual Beer & Brats fundraiser.  There will be a D.J. playing the music and the Urban Line Dancers will be showing us some of their Line Dances.  We are looking forward to your participation and continuing support of our annual event.  For ticket and / or table orders please contact John Lacey II, at 614-893-3407 or by e-mail j2lacey@yahoo.com or Mike Mitchell atmlnm1@att.net or by cell 614-286-7693.  Tickets are still $15.00 per person. Raffle tickets are also available at $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  Location:  UFCW LOCAL 1059 Union Hall, 4150 E. Main St. Columbus Ohio.  The A. Philip Randolph Institute is the Senior Constituency Group of the AFL-CIO. 

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  The Sultan & The Saint Columbus Film Premiere & Fundraiser.   Join us for the Columbus Premiere of Unity Productions Foundation's (UPF) latest film and a fundraiser for UPF's work with Muslim filmmaker Michael Wolfe.  About UPF:  UPF's has produced 10 award-winning films for PBS, National Geographic, ABC, etc, countering negative stereotypes about Muslims with positive, uplifting stories about Muslim contribution. They have been seen by tens of millions in the USA and globally with over 80% positive reviews.  Films include: Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, Prince Among Slaves, Allah Made Me Funny, and others. UPF also consults with many Hollywood TV shows on Muslim characters and storylines, including The Simpsons, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, The Carmichael Show and many others.  Their new film, The Sultan and the Saint, is the epic tale of Muslim-Christian Peacemaking where Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil made a great sacrifice to end a war.   UPF is lead by American Muslims, including Michael Wolfe and Jawaad Abdul Rahman, who have dedicated their lives to telling inspiring Muslim stories.  Sponsored by Noor Islamic Cultural Center and UPF.  Location:  Rave Cinemark Motion Pictures, (near Polaris Mall), 1071 Gemini Place, Columbus, OH 43240  For ticket information, see the Facebook Event.  

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017. 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  March for Racial Justice.  Our communities are in crisis, and we don't all share the burden equally. While wages are down for everyone, Black and Latino workers still make less than white workers. Because our neighborhoods are increasingly segregated by race and class, and because of racial disparities in policing and sentencing, Black Americans are imprisoned at nearly six times the rate of white Americans. Across the country--and right here in Ohio--Black men, women, and children are killed by police with few if any repercussions.  Ohio needs good jobs, criminal justice reform, and investment in schools and public services. On May 6, we will march for racial justice and to demand accountability from our justice system and our elected officials.  Organized by People's Justice Project, Ohio Students Association, 614 Unity, Black Lives Matter Cincinnati, Columbus Peoples Partnership, SURJ Akron, SURJ Columbus, and others.  Location:  Starting at Franklin Park,  E. Broad St., Columbus 43203-2040.  Facebook.    https://actionnetwork.org/events/march-for-racial-justice  RSVP page here

 

 

 

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  How Should White People Respond to Police Violence (c/SURJ).  In collaboration with SURJ we will watch the award winning film "Peace Officer" and follow up with a group discussion on the abuse of SWAT teams and how should majority white communities deal with their own experience of police violence? How can these communities find the proper way to build solidarity with other over policed and marginalized groups?  Peace Officer is a feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Driven by an obsessed sense of mission, Dub uses his own investigative skills to uncover the truth in this and other recent officer-involved shootings in his community while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide.  Location:  Northwood High Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus, 43201.  Facebook.

 

Monday, May 8, 2017, 6:30 PM.  Clintonville Energy Collaborative Meeting.   Creating solar homes in Clintonville.  CEC members will share energy efficiency ideas, products and issues, and others who have done efficiency work on their homes are welcome to share.  Location:  Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave., Columbus 43202.  For updates, please check website or calendar

 

Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Friends Committee on National Legislation – Central Ohio advocacy group Meeting   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 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

 

Monday, May 8, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Welcoming New Neighbors:  A Gala for Refugees Served by the Episcopal Church.  Confluence Year, the Episcopal Service Corps Program of St. John's Columbus, is proud to host a Happy Hour Gala on behalf of Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) at Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille in the Brewery District. Program at 6:00 PM.  CRIS, and the refugees and immigrants they serve, have been severely impacted by the new policies regarding immigration instituted by the new administration. CRIS’ commitment to support local refugee and immigrant communities remains strong, but they face challenges moving forward as they work to sustain staffing and agency infrastructure in the face of drastic funding cuts.  CRIS is forced to lay off valuable program staff and implement agency wide hours cuts. Confluence is hosting the gala in effort to raise $10,000 to fund the continued staffing of the Confluence Year member as a Refugee Resettlement Specialist with CRIS. All proceeds go directly to the work of CRIS. The gala will include live music, the opportunity to connect to newly arrived refugee families and individuals, and speeches from members of the CRIS Refugee Speaker Bureau, Confluence Year Member Nicole Hamme, and CRIS Executive Director, Angela Plummer. The gala is a unique opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the refugee experience, to learn about the important work CRIS does to help immigrants reach and sustain self sufficiency, and to financially support the work of CRIS.  Individual Ticket: $50.00 -- Includes Tapas & Drink Ticket.  Location:  Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille, 515 South High Street, Brewery District, Columbus, OH 43215.  More information an link to tickets from Facebook Event.

 

Tuesday, May 9, 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.  Or join us at 7:00 PM for a special program TBA.  Location:  Northwood Building, 2231 N. High St., Room 100.  Parking available behind the building in “R” spaces. 

 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.   Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life.  Come on a journey to the world's most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Encounter buildings that connect people and nature - hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children's test scores are higher, and communities where people know their neighbors and families thrive. This film pairs nicely with Simply Living’s May 15th Meetup at MORPC. Cost: $5 donation. Location: Gateway Film Center, 1550 N High St, Cols, OH 43201. Contact: Chuck.Lynd@gmail.com or 614-354-6172.

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio General meeting.  The general meeting format  will feature an education/discussion/dialogue then the committee break-outs.  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/

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Friday, May 12, 2017.  Democracy, the State and Protest. Organized by J. Craig Jenkins, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, and Irina Tomescu-Dubrow. The conference and workshop brings together scholars representing different approaches to the studies of protest behavior and democracy. Invited speakers will present their work on issues related to various aspects of the relationship between protest and democracy, with an emphasis on measurement and methodology. The one-day conference will be followed by a workshop-style panel discussion with the presenters, focused on the different methods, their opportunities and limitations, aimed at providing graduate students and junior scholars with an overview of the methodological repertoire in this research area. This event is organized with the Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program.  Location: 120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.  Read more and register at go.osu.edu/protest 

 

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  Columbus Mennonite Church Plant Sale.  Our annual plant sale is back!  Many plants to choose from.  Proceeds from the sale go to maintaining the church gardens and buying supplies to make comforters to send to people in need around the world.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus 43214.  Website.

 

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 6:30 – 11:00 PM  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Join progressive friends for food, drink and great music. Free, no RSVP needed. Location: 1021 E. Broad St, east side door, Free. Contact: colsfreepress@gmail.com or 614-253-2571.

 

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 3:00  – 5:00 PM.  Confronting Sexual and Domestic Violence:  A Reading Group.  The aim of this monthly reading group is to prevent interpersonal violence (IPV) by providing holistic political education. We use a Black feminist perspective to explore community-based interventions that do not rely on the police or governmental institutions. We are currently reading, "Creative Interventions Toolkit: An Invitation and Practical Guide for Everyone to Stop Violence". To download a free copy of the toolkit please visit www.creative-interventions.org facebook.com/events/134658450305664/ E-mail: economictaskforce@gmail.com.   Calendar.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Driving Park Branch, 1422 E.  Livingston Ave., Rm 2. Columbus, OH 43205.

 

Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.   Simply Living Meetup at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).  We will be participating in an interactive exercise that will ask us to envision what our city looks like in 2050, especially in regard to development and population growth. Attendants will learn how city planning impacts the local experience. This Meetup is a great follow-up to the May 9 film, "Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life" at the Gateway Film Center. Limit: 30 participants. Location: Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, 111 Liberty St, Suite 100, Cols, 43215. Parking in south-side lot in “M” spots. Contact: Hello@simplyliving.org. More info at MORPC.org.

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Planned Parenthood Centennial:  United for Our Second Century.  Join Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio as we celebrate our centennial anniversary and unite for our second century!  The Planned Parenthood Centennial: United for Our Second Century Columbus dinner will feature an intimate conversation with political activist and feminist organizer Gloria Steinem, led by former Ohio Supreme Court justice and partner at Jones Day, Yvette McGee Brown.  Location:  Battelle Hall, 400 N. High St., Columbus.  See the Facebook page for ticket information. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.  OSU 2017 Green Home Workshop.  And Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast (7:15 – 9:25 AM):  Technologies and Strategies for Home Energy EfficienciesThe second OSU Green Home Workshop will help Ohioans navigate the complex landscape of green home designs and technologies to reduce home energy consumption, improve indoor air quality, and achieve a healthy and sustainable living.  For:  Home owners, builders, building professionals, students and faculty.  Location:  Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201

Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus.  Register by April 29th, 2017 - http://greenhome.osu.edu/workshops  (this also links to agenda and brochure).  Registration includes lunch & parking.  Individual: $20 for the workshop only.  $30 for EPN Breakfast and workshop. Student: $10

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017,  7:00 PM.  Program with  Shane Claiborne (Topic to be determined). CTA Columbus and Maple Grove UMC present this event with Shane Claiborne, Christian activist, social activist, author, founder of the Simple Way, and involved in New Monasticism, via Skype.  Location:  Maple Grove UMC, 7 W Henderson Rd, Columbus.  . 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, May 17, 2017, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Ohio Fair Courts Working Group Strategy Session.  You are invited to attend a follow up planning session to the Dirty Money, Dirty Water Event on April 4. Watch the video that inspired this event.  Are you ready to fight for environmental justice and protect our courts as the last resort? If so, please join us for this important strategy session. We will begin to lay out our vision and goals for making our courts more fair and impartial. We will also begin planning for a fall event that will bring more community partners and voices into our working group. We hope you can join us and bring a friend!  In addition to metered street parking, there is a parking garage located around the corner on E. Capitol Street.  Sponsored by Common Cause Ohio, 614-259-8388.  Location:  Ohio Education Association, 225 East Broad St., Columbus, 43215.  Register for the event here.  

May 19-22, 2017.  2017 Action Camp hosted by Appalachia Resist! in Monroe County, OH.  RESIST IN THE WAYNE!  No Fracking on Public Lands.  No Fracking on Stolen Lands!  No Fracking Anywhere!

Workshops to include: anti-oppression, strategic direct action training, climb training/treesitting, environmental justice, facilitation training, pipeline resistance, legal matters/know your rights. 

To RSVP or for more information contact: appalachiaresist@gmail.com.  Directions to site, updates, and other details will be emailed after you RSVP. Childcare and food provided. Please tell us how to make you welcome!

 

Saturday, May 20, 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, May 21, 2017, 2:00 – 6:00 PM.  Columbus Crossing Borders Project Opening Reception.  As we seek to inspire compassion and support for the 65 million people in our world who are fleeing war, terror, persecution and hardship, The Columbus Crossing Borders Project warmly invites you to attend the initial public presentation of our travelling art exhibit and documentary film.  This event is being presented with support from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.  Location:  Columbus Cultural Arts Center, 139 W. Main St., Columbus, 43215.  For more information: Facebook.  Also, here’s the Columbus Crossing Borders website:  www.columbuscrossingbordersproject.com

 

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Care and Share Community Potluck and Program.  Bring a dish to share and please label ingredients.   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.

 

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio.  Business meeting.  Location:  Northwood High Building, 2231 N. High St., room 100.  Parking available in “R” spaces behind the building.   For more information, contact smorgen@juno.com

 

Saturday, June 3, 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, 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:  Maple Grove UMC, 7 W Henderson Rd, Columbus.  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