Monday, November 27, 2017, 6:00 PM.  MYMM – Letter to the editor.  Hey everyone, for this MYMM, we will be talking about the new tax plan and how it will impact ohioians. Afterward, we will be sending LTE's to different news outlets to voice our concerns with the new GOP tax plan. Hope to see you there!  Location:  1350 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus.  Facebook.  

 

Monday, November 27, 2017, 4:00  – 5:30 PM.  Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano Community Office Hours.   Councilmember Michael Stinziano will hold Community Hours in October across the City to listen to issues and concerns of Columbus residents. Community Hours offer citizens the opportunity to tell Councilmember Stinziano what is important to them and how he and City Council can help.  All members of the Columbus community are encouraged to attend.  Location:  Tim Horton’s, 3623 S. High St., Columbus.  For additional information contact: Kevin McCain, 614-645-5829.

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  Indivisible Flash Activism!  Join Indivisible Ohio Districts 3, 12, and 15 for an evening of activism and fun!  Want to get more involved but don't know what steps you can take?   Visit 15-minute activism stations where you can learn a variety of skills for immediate and effective activism!   Location:  Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Columbus.  More information:   Facebook Event.  

Wednesday, November 29, 2017,  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.   Stop Executions Wednesday Vigil.   With the resumption of executions in July comes the admonition to us all to step up our work to end the death penalty in Ohio. The next 27 executions are set for 10am Nov. 15, Feb 13, (and almost monthly going into 2022! Schedule is here - http://www.drc.ohio.gov/execution-schedule).   Attend the weekly vigil every Wednesday between 11:30am and 1pm on the sidewalk in front of Riffe Tower at 77 S. High - the building in which Governor Kasich and Ohio House members have their offices. (Have your faith or civic community group pick a Wednesday every month to make that YOUR day each month to support this weekly vigil.) Help pass out fliers, hold our sign or bring your own - just come! [NOTE - Weekly vigil does not take place on execution dates - see Facebook Event for execution vigil info].  For more information on what you can do, please see the Facebook Event Page.  

 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting (note date change).  Screening of Palestine,  Why the Caged Dove Sings (100 minutes).  Sabry Wazwaz, is a Palestinian American who traveled to Palestine in 2014 and interviewed families of the children who were murdered by the IDF.  He also has many other interviews with people in the U.S., including Norman Finklestein and more. He made a promise to these Palestinian families that he would not take any money from the documentary.  This program is cosponsored by Central Ohioans for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio and the Progressive Peace Coalition.  The American Support Network for Palestine is the regional organizer for the Midwest tour of this documentary.  Link to the trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK5AuGS_SDw. Q&A with Sabry will follow the screening.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214.  More information here.   For questions about Central Ohioans for Peace, please send email to: cohioansforpeace@gmail.com.   Like COFP on Facebook!   Facebook Event.  

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 PM.  Pathways to Pacifism.  Join Julie Hart and Anjel Stough-Hunte to celebrate their new book entitled Pathways to Pacifism and Antiwar Activism Among U.S. Veterans: the role of moral identity in personal transformation.  Light refreshments will be served. They'll talk about the book from 4:30- 5pm and have a local veteran, who they interviewed for the book, speak from 5-5:15pm. There will be books to purchase. The book come out in late October from Lexington Press.  Book link: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498538633/Pathways-to-Pacifism-and-Antiwar-Activism-among-U.S.-Veterans-The-Role-of-Moral-Identity-in-Personal-Transformation Location:  Griffin Student Center room 258, Ohio Dominican University. Facebook Event.

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:30 - Social get-together. 7:00 – Program.  UAPA Meeting – Fair Districts Update.  With all the turmoil being created by Congress and the current President, it is easy to become distracted from the most important issue on Ohio’s political agenda; the Fair Districts = Fair Elections Initiative.  Currently, about half of the necessary 305,510 signatures have been collected and validated.  Although there are undoubtedly many other signed petitions around the state, there is much yet to be done.  The November 30th meeting will provide not only an update on the Fair Districts effort and current status, it will discuss strategy for what needs to be done and how we can help.  Dr. Dick Gunther, Political Science Professor Emeritus at OSU and advisor to the Fair Districts Campaign and Catherine Tercer, Executive Director of Common Cause Ohio, one of the lead organizations in the Fair Districts effort will speak.  The UAPA program will also present any competing legislation and current information on the pending Supreme Court decision on partisan redistricting in Wisconsin.  As it becomes more likely that the Fair Districts = Fair Elections language will make the ballot, there is likelihood that the Ohio General Assembly will develop its own ballot initiative to confuse people or convince them that real reform is not necessary.  They would not have to gather signatures to put their alternative on the ballot.  Location:  Friends Auditorium, Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd. Facebook

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Safe Conversations about Race @Bexley Public Library.   Suzanne Roberts - former Bexley resident and CEO of UnifyingSolutions - and Jim White - author, Capital University alumnus, and CEO of Performance Consulting Services - have been meeting and discussing racism for over five years. As a white woman and a black man discussing race relations in our communities and America, they have educated audiences with a historical and personal perspective on the complexity of these issues.  Join us 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 yourself 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 a series of three, you are encouraged but not obligated to attend all three events. The conversation will evolve and be different at every event.  The series dates are:  Thursday, November 30, 2017, Thursday, January 11, 2018, Thursday, March 1, 2018.  Facebook Event.  

 

Thursday, November 30 – Friday, December 1, 2017.   “The New American Electorate Beyond the Voting Booth: Building an Inclusive Democracy.”  This two- day symposium will foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on the growing diversity of the American electorate, and what is necessary to protect and extend democratic inclusion for women, men of color, millennials and new immigrants, those underrepresented groups comprising the new American electorate.  This two-day symposium will take place on the OSU campus and will bring together scholars and practitioners from across the country to focus on how the new American electorate sustains and deepens its civic engagement with particular attention to moving these critical actors from sustained voters to candidates for elective office. This timely symposium offers an opportunity to build and enhance scholarship on democratic citizenship, civic engagement, democratic inclusion, and the overall health of our democracy.  Free.  Registration required by November 24.  Sponsored by the OSU Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.    More information here.   

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 3:30 PM.   Monica Toft "Death by Demography:  How Population Changes Impact National Security."  Monica Toft is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her areas of research include international security, ethnic and religious violence, civil wars and demography. Her most recent books include Securing the Peace (Princeton, 2011); Political Demography (Oxford, 2012); and God's Century (Norton, 2012). In this presentation, Toft will discuss her research on the political dimensions of demographic dynamics in key states during critical historical periods, which aims to facilitate a better understanding of demographic politics - one that is both theoretically informed and policy relevant. Location:   120 Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.  Read more and register at go.osu.edu/toftm

 

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Cards and Cocktails!  OH12 Postcard Party and Get Together.  Join hostess Susan Berntson for an OH12 postcard party and get together. Write your members of congress and/or voters in special elections nationally. Our hostess will provide Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, postcards, and stamps.  Directions:  Off W. Wilson Bridge Road, across from The Shops at Worthington Square. Turn left onto St. Julien (first light on W. Wilson Bridge, west of High Street). 114 St Julien is first ranch on right (Ohio State flag). Park in driveway or adjacent parking pad.  Facebook.

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017, Noon.  Unity March Against White Supremacy, Washington DC.  Let us come together as a nation to state that we are united as a people against White Supremacy.  We will not stand for leaders in Congress that fail to challenge President Trump when he 'winks and nods' to a racist base of support. We will not stand for leaders that would cynically sacrifice the good of the country, the safety of its people, for the sake of a legislative agenda.  We will not stand idly while our fellow Americans are condemned to a new age of fear and trepidation that the nation they owe their allegiance to will not ensure their ability to walk freely without expectation of persecution or the threat of violence.  We will not stand for the lingering (and expanding) institutional injustice that has and continues to pervade every corner of the American life.  All of this nation's greatest accomplishments have been the (often only part-way) rectification of the sins of our history. It is time for us to go the whole way.  I ask you to stand with me, with the majority of this nation, against the tyranny and terror of institutional racism, anti-Semitism, and the hate that exists across this land.  #UNITEAgainstWhiteSupremacy  #WhyWeMarch  Location:  Washington, D.C., Facebook.  

Monday, December 4, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Join The Fun. Trager® For Daily Life. Move With Karyn.  Come play with gentle easy movements and touch to relieve tension, move freer and feel younger! Karyn Deibel is a Senior Trager® Practitioner offering this FREE class to promote personal peace in this time of turmoil.  Location:  Whetstone Library Community Room, 3909 North High Street, Columbus, Oh 43214.  Questions?  Contact:  karyn.deibel@gmail.com

 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:15 – 10:00 AM.  EPN Breakfast.  Beyond Boundaries, Rural, Urban, Political – Acting on Shared Interests Can Promote Prosperity and Sustainability.  Relatively rapid growth of urban centers even during periods of economic downturn has often led to competition and even resentment over private and public investments by those in more rural areas, some of which are losing population. Economic situations vary widely across rural and urban areas around Ohio and beyond, but there are examples of shared interests that cross these boundaries, indeed need to cross these boundaries, to broadly increase prosperity and sustainability. These include economic development, water quality, transportation, and workforce development. Attend this EPN breakfast program to learn how to move beyond boundaries and hear of success stories in Ohio and elsewhere that promote shared values and recognize the many levels of interdependence across rural and urban areas – valuable lessons that could foster cooperation in our own communities.  Location:  Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210.  More information and registration here.  

 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  Single Payer Action Network (SPAN Ohio) Region 5 MeetingOpen to all interested in comprehensive, universal healthcare for all Ohioans.  Location:   North Side Library, 1423 N High Street, Columbus, Meeting Room C.   For more information, contact

Bob Krasen, bkrasen@twc.com

 

Wednesday, December 6, 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.   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 or https://www.facebook.com/JVPCentralOhio

 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Friends of Goodale Park 30th Anniversary Holiday Gala.  Mingle with neighbors, meet new friends, and help support your park at the Friends of Goodale Park’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Enjoy delicious appetizers and drinks, and participate in a silent auction featuring donated artwork and goodies from local artists and merchants. We will recognize Lifetime Achievement and other volunteer and supporter awards as well.  Hosted by Greg Zanetos at his beautiful home-Cocoa Manor.  $50 per person pre-sale; $60 at the door (all proceeds go back into the park for beautification and restoration).  Location:  76 Buttles Ave., Columbus, 43215.  Facebook.  

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  Construction Trades Career Fair.  Learn about career opportunities earning $50,000+/year with no college debt and excellent benefits.  Open to high school students and young adults interested in construction careers.  Hands on demonstrations.  For more information, please email Katie.raterman@limbachinc.co.  Pizza provided!  Location:  Construction Arts Facility, Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 600 Jack Gibbs Blvd., Columbus 43215. 

 

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.   SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Meeting.   White People: What will we do to change our Legacy of Violence?  Join us as we learn and grow and work together to become anti-racist. Charlottesville left no doubt that Ohio has White Supremacy problem. Become part of a group working to undo it.  SURJ meets monthly on the first Thursday.  All are welcome. Questions? SURJColumbusOH@gmail.com.   Location:  Driving Park Library- 1422 E. Livingston Ave.

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 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, December 9, 2017, 6:30-11:00 PM.  Free Press September Second Saturday Salon.  Come to network and socialize with progressive friends with refreshments, music, and a presentation.   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.

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.   Healing Spirits, Sacred Songs Features Grammy Award Winner, Douglas Blue Feather, Plus Holly Moretti With  The Cosmic Soul Band.  The 17th year of "Healing Spirits, Sacred Songs" will begin the holiday season with an uplifting, sacred concert featuring Grammy Award winner, Douglas Blue Feather, on the Native American flute as well as Holly Moretti, accompanied by Bonnie Shiplet with the Cosmic Soul Band.  The suggested donation is $10 with more if people are so inclined.  Those who are financially challenged may pay what they can, or nothing at all as no one will be turned away.  There is ample free parking at the meters after 6:00 PM, the church's lot and the Columbus Public Schools lot to the west of the church.  Additional information can be found at: www.christianspiritualisttemple.org  or call Rev. Jim Hetzer (614) 204-2139.  Location:   Christian Spiritualist Temple, 77 S. 6th Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. 


Sunday, December 10, 2017, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00  PM.  2nd Annual Interfaith Prayer Service and Community Potluck.  Welcoming the Stranger:  With Our Heads, Hearts, & Hands.   Sponsor:  Interfaith Association of Central Ohio in collaboration with Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS).  Location:  Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Broad St.  Please RSVP by December 8 to office@iaco.org

 

Sunday, December 10, 2017, 6:30 (Potluck) – 7:15 PM (Program).  Care and Share Time Bank Potluck & Orientation.  (If you can help set up, please arrive at 6:15 PM.) Learn about time banking in Central Ohio.  Your Time is Valuable! Spend it wisely!  Time banking is a tool by which a group of people can exchange their time and skills, rather than pay money to acquire goods and services. Learn all about it at the Orientation.  Join more than 300 like-minded individuals in the Columbus area who find that banking on their community helps to SAVE them time and money and builds a better world!   For more information,  check us out on Facebook at “Care and Share Time Bank” or fill out the application online at www.hOurWorld.org (“Join” => “Select Your Exchange” =>“OH-Columbus: Care and Share Time Bank”).  Accounts activated following attendance at “Orientation” or contact Alice Faryna, alice.faryna@gmail.com  (614) 560-1732 or Michael Greenman mgreenmanoh@gmail.com (614) 439-4768.  Join the Time Bank during or soon after the orientation and receive two hours credit just for attending! Location:  First Unitarian Universalist, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43214. 

 

December 11, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting. Annual Holiday Party.  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214.  More information here.   For questions about Central Ohioans for Peace, please send email to: cohioansforpeace@gmail.com.   Like us on Facebook!   

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Care & Share Time Bank Orientation.  Join us for our monthly orientation session for new time bank members and for anyone who would like a refresher on the computer-based tracking system, hOur World. Simply Living members who join the time bank can volunteer for SL and receive CSTB "Hours" that can be used to access any member services listed in the Time Bank.  Location:  First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd Columbus 43214
Contact:
Alice.Faryna@gmail.com

 

Sunday, January 21, 2018, 6:30 (Potluck) – 7:15 PM (Program).  Care and Share Time Bank Potluck & Orientation.  (If you can help set up, please arrive at 6:15 PM.) Learn about time banking in Central Ohio.  Your Time is Valuable! Spend it wisely!  Time banking is a tool by which a group of people can exchange their time and skills, rather than pay money to acquire goods and services. Learn all about it at the Orientation.  Join more than 300 like-minded individuals in the Columbus area who find that banking on their community helps to SAVE them time and money and builds a better world!   For more information,  check us out on Facebook at “Care and Share Time Bank” or fill out the application online at www.hOurWorld.org (“Join” => “Select Your Exchange” =>“OH-Columbus: Care and Share Time Bank”).  Accounts activated following attendance at “Orientation” or contact Alice Faryna, alice.faryna@gmail.com  (614) 560-1732 or Michael Greenman mgreenmanoh@gmail.com (614) 439-4768.  Join the Time Bank during or soon after the orientation and receive two hours credit just for attending! Location:  First Unitarian Universalist, Fellowship Hall, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43214. 

 

January 22, 2018, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.   Speaker Julie Hart, Pathways to Peace.  Julie Hart will speak about her work on veterans who became pacifists.  Details to follow. Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave., Columbus 43214.  More information here.   For questions about Central Ohioans for Peace, please send email to: cohioansforpeace@gmail.com.   Like us on Facebook!