Saturday, February 2, 2019, 5:30 – 9:00 PM.  CAIR-Columbus 22nd Annual Banquet and Fundraiser.  From the Muslim Ban, advocacy & legislative efforts, and record-breaking amount of civil rights cases, CAIR-Columbus has had your back.  We ask you to come support our work as we prepare for another year of resistance.   Speakers:  Nihad Awad, National Executive Director of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Imam Johari Abdul Malik, Director of Outreach at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Washington D.C., Ilhan Dahir, writer, researcher, and civil liberties advocate, and Preacher Moss, Comedian/Writer and Founder of ‘Allah Made Me Funny.”  Tickets $35.00/person.  Location:  The Ohio Union Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom, 1739 N. High St., Columbus.  More information and tickets here.  

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 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:  Columbus Public Library, Main Library, auditorium, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Parking available in the library garage.  For more information please contact,  centralohio@jvp.org

 

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 6:30 – 11:00 PM.  Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, music and presentations. 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.

 

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 5:00 PM.  Fight to Win Medicare for All.  National Nurses United Barnstorm to Support HR 676, Enhanced Medicare for All.  Democrats have taken control of the House, and we have a real opportunity to move HR 676, The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, forward in the new Congress in January. We have a real shot at passing guaranteed healthcare for all Americans for the first time in our history in the House of Representatives. And we can do it, but we need to pressure them by building massive public support in every district. So how do we do that? Together, we’ll mobilize over the next several months in every district to knock on doors and deploy other crucial tactics. We’re going to talk to people across the country about Medicare for All, ask for their support, and ask them to call their elected representatives. Free.  All are invited to join the discussion.  Location:  Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus 43214.   Organized by the Region 5 chapter of SPAN Ohio (Single Payer Action Network). @FightForM4A.   For more information, contact Bob Krasen, brkrasen@gmail.com.   RSVP Here.  

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 6:00 PM.  Franklin County Green Party, open business meeting, 7:00 PM General Meeting.  Join the Franklin County Greens - we meet on the second Tuesday of each month.  We will be discussing strategic planning for 2019.   Special presentation at 7:00 PM with Austin Kocher, Board President of Central Ohio Workers Center.  Learn about what COWC is doing to assist low wage and immigrant workers and how you can get involved!  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.  

 

Friday, February 15, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00 PM.  Arab Night @OSU.  This year we will be participating in Taste of OSU 2019 with delicious food, a cultural booth, and the best part, a dance performance! Art of Freedom Dabke (Ohio State's Dabke team) will be representing us and Students for Justice in Palestine again this year as they rock the stage. Their Taste of OSU performances have hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube and are one of the most famous performances of the entire event.  Taste of OSU this year will take place on February 15 from 5-9pm in the Archie Griffin Ballroom (2nd floor) located inside the Ohio Union. Don't miss out!

 

Friday, February 15, 2019, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM.  COMPAS Conference:  The Pleasures and Perils of Personal Technology.  How many times have we heard someone in the tech industry proclaim that their new product is “revolutionary” or “disruptive”? Radical upheaval in the ways we live and communicate is now so frequent that it doesn’t even strike us as unusual. Yet the original iPhone came out only a decade ago, in the same year that Netflix started streaming. Facebook and YouTube came into existence just a few years before that.  On the timeline of human history this all happened mere moments ago, and as technology becomes more and more rapidly integrated into our everyday lives, we would do well to take a step back and contemplate exactly what is happening. This conference is part of the 2018-19 Technology COMPAS program investigating the many ways in which our lives have been changed by our technological creations.  Location:  Film/Video Theater, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus 43210.   Event Page.  

Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:00 – 3:00 PM.  Simply Living's 27th Annual Meeting.  Meet the Board and learn about our plans for the coming year! Share your ideas and volunteer your time as we build a new Team Structure in 2019.  Enjoy a buffet with pakoras (vegetable fritters), vegan lentil soup, salad and bread. A full cash bar will be available for beverages.  Location: Indian Oven, 427 E Main St. Columbus, OH 43215. 

 

Monday, February 25, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Heartland.  An Evening with National Book Award Finalist Sarah Smarsh.  Join journalist and essayist Sarah Smarsh, in conversation with United Way’s Senior Vice President of Community Impact, Michael Wilkos, to learn about her powerful memoir, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. A National Book Award finalist, Heartland reveals one woman's experience of working class poverty with a startlingly observed, eye-opening, and topical personal story. Location:  Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., Bexley, Ohio 43209.   Free.  More information and Registration.  

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 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.  

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Ed Fallon Reading and book signing:  Marcher Walker Pilgrim.  A memoir from the Great March for Climate Action.  On the 3,100-mile, 8-month walk from LA to DC, marchers became a mobile village — weathering harsh conditions, sharing joys and sorrows, and intensifying their commitment to the cause as they sounded the alarm about climate change.  Through humor and candid introspection, Ed shares his experience on the March and how it brought into focus his lifelong search for love and meaning — even as intense, interpersonal dramas threatened to tear the March community apart.  Purchase both hardcover and paperback books here.   Suggested donation:  $10.00.  All proceeds go to support continued climate action.   Sponsored by Columbus Community Bill of Rights and Simply Living.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214.  For more information, contact Greg gpace67@gmail.com