Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio Meeting.   In advance of Land Day (May 15), we will be screening 13: SEEDS OF CONFLICT, a one-hour documentary directed by filmmaker Ben Loeterman, explores the divergent social forces growing in Palestine before World War I, when Arabs and Jews co-existed in harmony as Ottomans, each yearning for a land to call their own.  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.  View the trailer at www.1913seedsofconflict.com. For more information please contact,  centralohio@jvp.orgFacebook Event.

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Central Oho Progressive Democrats of America Monthly Meeting.  Location:  Panaderia Guadalupana, 1979 E. Dublin Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229.  For more information, contact mayo.makinde@gmail.com.

 

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 2:00 PM.  Sierra Club Webinar:  The New Green Deal, Tackling Climate Change and Inequality.  Please join us Thursday, May 2 for a forum hosted by SIERRA magazine Editor in Chief Jason Mark in conversation with leaders in the growing movement for a Green New Deal. Hear strategies for achieving state and local policy wins, building awareness and momentum, and shaping the content of this bold plan to tackle climate change and inequity at the scale and speed that justice and science demand.  Register here.  

 

Friday, May 3, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30 PM.  Singin’ for BREAD.  This BREAD concert will support the incredible local social justice organization that has been working to confront issues of poverty here in Columbus since 1996. Check out some links for BREAD and the bands!  B.R.E.A.D. Organization - Building Responsibility Equality And DignitySour Cherry PieGood Time GirlsRon Freeman - Songs & Stories. Suggested donation of $10 to help fund BREAD's work in the community.  Location:  Short North Church, 25 W 5th Ave., 43201.

 

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Avenue for All Festival.  Avenue for All is a festival championing the vision that Parsons Avenue, and indeed the South Side, are a place for everyone, no matter our age, political affiliation, race, religion, or economic background. While historically Parsons Avenue has been a dividing line, it has the opportunity to be a gathering space for the whole community. We invite the community to experience the beauty and power of the South Side’s rich history and diversity and be a part of creating an Avenue for All!  Location:  Parsons Ave., Columbus. More information on Facebook.   

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Wage Theft Clinic.  Meet with a wage theft intake volunteer who can help you get paid. We work with attorneys and advocates to recover stolen wages for workers. Enforce your rights.  ¡Hablamos español!  Location:  2800 S. High St., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  Green on the Green.  Dozens of small green business, local nonprofits, and farmers’ market.  Co-sponsored by Simply Living.  Location:  Corner of 161 and High St., Worthington.  More information here

 

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:15 AM.  RACIAL JUSTICE EVENT. You are invited to a Racial Justice event designed to increase your understanding of Mass Incarceration and the School-to-Prison Pipeline.  The day will include panel discussions, videos, Q&A, table discussions, and will be led by Reba Collins, West Ohio’s All In Community consultant.  This is a free event hosted by the West Ohio Conference United Methodist Women and is open to everyone interested in learning more about these issues. The program and all materials will be provided; just bring yourself and a friend.  A free-will offering will be collected to cover the cost of the lunch and for the World Thank Offering Help us be green by bringing your own reusable drink container and carpooling with others.  The event will be held at Warehouse 839, Hilliard UMC, 3691 Main St, Hilliard. To reserve your seat at the table, contact Sharon Wildermuth at skwildermuth@outlook.com or 419-979-2275.

 

Sunday, May 5, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30 PM.  Ohioans for Gun Safety:  Closing Background Check Loopholes.   Join Indivisible OH12 for a presentation from Ohioans for Gun Safety. Learn about gun purchase background checks, how they help reduce gun violence, and their plan to place common-sense background checks on the statewide ballot in 2020.  Location:  Columbus Public Library, Northside Branch, rooms 2&3.  Facebook.  

 

Sunday, May 5, 2:00 – 5:00 PM.   Sunny Glen Garden Plant Sale fundraiser. Organically Grown Veggies Herb Fruit Nut & Native Plants.  Looking to start or add into your garden with wholesome, organic, healthy plants? Our favorite vegetable & herb, fruit, nut, and native plants to attract pollinators and create wildlife habitats and healthy eco-systems will be available. Check back often as we update our plant availability. You'll be supporting our local educational projects so people can learn how to turn lawns into food gardens, growing organically using natural pest management methods, lasagne mulching to reduce weeds and watering while building healthy soil that minimizes labor and reduces resources, how to produce free fertilizer through composting, tweaking our gardens to support our native pollinators, harvesting and making our own products from the garden, seed saving and more!  Location: Sunny Glen Garden, 1507 Sunny Glen Place, Columbus OH 43224. Facebook page HERE.

 

Thursday, May 8, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  DSA Monthly General 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

 

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:30 – 7: 50 PM.  Dukale’s Dream.  Please join Fair Trade Columbus for a special screening of Dukale's Dream! In honor of Fair Trade day on May 11th we would love to invite you to this screening to hear the story of Dukale, a coffee farmer in Ethiopia. Join us on this night to hear Dukale's story and sample fair trade coffee and learn about ways you can support Fair Trade in your city!  The coffee you drink can change the world!  At the heart of the documentary, DUKALE'S DREAM, is Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee Furness' journey to better understand how to make an impact on extreme poverty. During a trip to Ethiopia –the birthplace of coffee– they learned about the effectiveness of community development, fair trade, and education in reducing global poverty. DUKALE'S DREAM seeks to spark a conversation about the ways in which we can all play a part in tackling these important issues. When you host a screening, the film will be accompanied by an informational packet which provides resources to address global poverty in our everyday lives. You will also learn about empowerment principles that support dignified and sustainable opportunities for helping those in greatest need.  By screening the film, you are in a unique position to inspire, raise awareness and facilitate change in your community and beyond.  Dream with Dukale and make the world a better place one cup of coffee at a time.  Discussion to follow the screening.  Location:  Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  $10.00 general admission.  Tickets here.  

 

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Interfaith Iftar.  Columbus Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Uplifting Local Refugees, Orphans, Needy & Victims of Violence.  Please join us for an inspiring evening with Muslims and Non-Muslims neighbors and friends, as we celebrate the legacy of our social justice heroes. Break bread with us and help us uplift those in need.   The proceeds of this event will help address poverty, hunger, drugs, gangs, violence and human trafficking in Columbus. Paying Special Tribute To Social Justice Champions Amber Evans & Rubén Castilla Herrera. More information and tickets here.  

 

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 6:30 (Potluck), 7:15 - 8:30 PM (Program).  Care and Share Timebank Potluck and Program.    Program:  TBA.  Location:  First UU Church, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, contact mgreenman.oh@gmail.com  or link to the  Website.  

 

Monday, May 13, 2019, 5:00 – 6:30 PM.  Meet Simply Living:  Central Ohio Transition Hub.   Come check out our new co-working space at the CoHatch in Worthington. Newcomers and members are all welcome!  Network over light refreshments as we gather on the patio (weather permitting) and bring your questions and curiosity about Simply Living. Learn about our past as well as upcoming plans this spring and summer.  Mac Crawford will provide an overview of the Transition Hub and invite conversation about sustainability initiatives in central Ohio. Some of us plan to eat dinner after the meetup. Free Tickets on Eventbrite and Updates on Facebook.  Location:  CoHatch Worthington – the Library & the Madery, 752 High Street #2 Suite, Columbus 43085. 

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Franklin County Green Party Meeting.  Discussion of the campaign for statewide ballot access and more!  Location:  Northwood High Building, 2231 N. High St., Columbus. 

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 6:00 PM.  Venezuela – Dan Kovalik Speaking Tour.  Dan Kovalik, USW retired General Counsel of Pittsburgh, recently traveled to Venezuela and has a new book on the making of the coup on Venezuela by the US.  More information soon.  Location:  TBA.  Contact:  Mark Stansbery, walk@igc.org.

 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 7:15 - 9:30 AM. Prosperity And Well-Being In Ohio Communities
Environmental Professionals Network.
   Extraordinary fundraising success in a rural county and saving the Columbus Crew – what do these two stories have in common? Please join this Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast program to explore the ins and outs of two very successful community movements, touching on the layers of relationships that community leaders drew upon to enhance and preserve their community assets.   With two very recent, unique, exceptional and successful Ohio-based experiences – one set in a rural county and another in Ohio’s most populous region – we ask Morgan Hughes with Save the Crew and Cindy Bond with the Guernsey County Foundation, “how and why did people support their community-level cause?”  Attend this program, co-hosted with The Ohio State University Extension, to hear two very interesting stories and to consider the social relationships that underpin successful mobilization of people and financial giving. Systems of community resources – in the form of social, cultural, political, human and financial assets – can be aligned with the conservation of our environment and natural resources.  Dr. Mary Rodriguez and Dr. Joe Campbell, two community leadership and natural resource management scholars and practitioners, will moderate this program to highlight creative thinking and strategies that build purposeful collaborative connections to achieve community goals.  This EPN Breakfast is intended for community workers, non-profit volunteers, students and sustainability professionals alike!  Location:  Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus 43221.  $10 includes breakfast,  Contact: Nicole Jackson - jackson.1471@osu.edu.  Registration and additional program details here.

 

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Lend Your Voice – Health Care for All Annual Tribute and Fundraiser Event Celebrating 22 Years of Advocacy.  Join us for an evening of music and light hors d’oeuvres as we pay tribute to outstanding leaders for health care in Ohio at our “Lend Your Voice – Health Care for All” annual event.  Location:  Lincoln Theatre Ballroom, 769 E. Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203.   Cost:  $25.00.  Purchase tickets here.  

 

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  2019 Bridge2Equality Rally - "Together We Can!"  Join us for the 2019 Bridge2Equality Rally on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio! Come celebrate a year of progress, show unity and strength in our field, and bring awareness to legislators and the community about the continued need for funding and support.  Join The Arc of Ohio as we partner with Providers and County Boards for an Ohio Statehouse Rally to support an increase in wages for both Independents and Agency Direct Support Staff!  Register here.  

Friday, May 17, 2019. 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  State Protesting.  Protesting unfair parole Practices along with unfair treatment of inmates nationwide in our prisons along with those in the county jails. Change is needed let’s be about change.  Location:  1 Capitol Square, Columbus 43215.  Facebook.  

 

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 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!  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus.  For more information and location, please contact sbolzenius72@hotmail.com.  Website:  https://movetoamend.org.

 

Saturday, May 18, 2018, 8:00 PM.  CAIR Interfaith Iftar.  Join us or the CAIR-Columbus 23rd Annual Sharing Ramadan Interfaith Iftar. Our interfaith guests will share the experience of Ramadan and fast-breaking with their Muslim neighbors, co-workers, and friends.  $10/person, interfaith guests are free. Babysitting available on site. Space is limited, please be sure to get your tickets in advance.  Register here!

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019, Noon – 3:00 PM.  Protest KKK Rally in Dayton.  The Honorable Sacred Knights-a KKK organization with roots in Madison, IN--are bringing their nonsense to Dayton on May 25. They have acquired a permit to demonstrate at the Court House, though they claim they will be at an unnamed location nearby.  The ARA has been committed to fighting racism for over 20 years: we go wherever they go. Will you show up with us to help our Dayton comrades counter-protest these hate-mongers? Spring is “marching season” and we expect a lot more white supremacist groups to be making public appearances soon. Private message us if you're interested. We can provide more details on our plans thus far and discuss options.  Location:  Old Courthouse, N. Main St., Dayton.  Facebook.  

 

Sunday May 26, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Paris To Pittsburgh.  “Paris to Pittsburgh reveals the inspiring steps communities across the country are taking to confront the severe health and economic threats posed by climate change,” said Geoff Daniels, of National Geographic. “From innovative ways to improve our food supply chain through Fleet Farming, parking lots shaded by solar paneled roofs to passionate college students making an impact in sustainable energy jobs, this documentary provides a hopeful roadmap for the future.” The film was produced by Radical Media and distributed by National Geographic in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.  The city of Columbus received a grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to assist in developing strategies to address climate change. We are inviting the City to participate in a panel discussion and Q&A after the film to share information about local plans to reduce greenhouse gases. In addition, local community groups will be invited to share their vision about a Green New Deal and what it will look like in Columbus. Speakers will include: Cathy Cowan Becker, leader of the local Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign; and Sean Fabb-Soto, OSU student and leader of the local Sunrise Movement Hub. Additional speakers will be announced.  Free tickets are available now on Eventbrite.  Updates will be made on Facebook

Location: Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, 3055 Indianola Ave ColumbusOH 43202.  Cost: $10 suggested donation or pay what you wish. 

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 7:00 PM. No Visible Bruises… The Center for Family Safety and Healing, The Columbus Bar Association, and The Drexel Theatre are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this exclusive Salon@2424 event. Tickets at $10 will go toward the purchase of Ms. Snyder’s book, which will be on hand at the event.  Join award-winning journalist Rachel Louise Snyder for the launch of her book, Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, an intimate investigation of the true scope of domestic violence, called “gut-wrenching, required reading” by Esquire and named one of the most anticipated books of 2019. Snyder will be in conversation with Lynn Rosenthal, first-ever White House advisor on Violence Against Women, former Policy Director for the Biden Foundation’s Violence Against Women Initiatives, and current President of The Center for Family Safety and Healing.  Location:  Drexel Theatre, 2254 East Main St., Columbus 43209.  More information and tickets here.  

 

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.  Town Hall for the Green New Deal.  This Town Hall will present experts on the Federal proposal and how it might work in Columbus. Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, economics professor at Denison University, will present an overview of the Resolution, including the Job Guarantee program. Cathy Cowan Becker, leader of the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign in Columbus, will discuss on the ground movements in central Ohio.  Simply Living is sponsoring the event with the Justice Action Ministry of the First Unitarian Universalist Church. Co-sponsors include the Sierra Club, Progressive Democrats of America, Ohio Sustainable Business Council, Citizens Climate Lobby, Columbus Chapter, Central Ohio Transition Hub, and more will be announced.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Road, Columbus.  For more information contact Chuck Lynd, chuck.lynd@gmail.com.    Register here.