BE THE CHANGE: Weekly Community Update 3-5-2021

Simply Living;’s Got Collaboration! Check out our March events!

The Free Press Second Saturday Salon invited Simply Living to present at the March 13 event. Learn about new initiatives at Simply Living!
Cathy Cowan Becker will present the latest on the Columbus Climate Action Plan. Mayda Sanchez will present on the Ohio Public Banking Coalition. Lynn Stan will present on plans for a database of locally owned businesses. Get all the details and link to register (free)

Simply Living members are leading the program on Community Solar!

Planning a Local Community Solar Project in Columbus
 Art Yoho will talk about plans to build solar arrays at a local school and on several 3-4 acre properties in the area. Art and other Simply Living members (SL is an affiliate member of the Time Bank) have met with the City of Columbus (Councilman Emmanuel Remy and various aides) to explore how the city might support their project. It has the potential to become a model community solar project serving 80 local homes as well as schools, and could be replicated in other neighborhoods to meet the city’s goals in their Climate Action Plan.
To zoom link and additional information will be posted soon on the CSTB website:

Simply Living is partnering with the Ohio Community Rights Network in a new Film Series. See the website here for details and registration links for the first two films in the series:
What is Democracy? (Sun March 28 at 2 pm)
Invisible Hand (Sunday April 25 at 2 pm)

$5 donation is requested. Revenue will be split between Sinmply Living and the Ohio Community Rights Network.

Both films are virtual and a link to the film will be provided to watch the film 24 hours in advance of the Discussion and Q&A. Details and discussion leaders on both films are HERE.


Awesome lineup of speakers address voting rights, elections, democracy! More..

Starts today. More here

Locally produced, nationally syndicated program by Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station. Listen on WGRN 94.1 at 11:30 am Friday and 6:30 am Saturday. More here.
Carolyn Harding interviews Morgan Harper, founder of Stand Up Columbus!
5 pm Friday on WGRN radio 94.1 FM. More HERE
Celebrate Women! More here.

Are you ready for climate action? More here

More here.

Join with other Ohio social justice friends for a Benefit Concert to support the work of UU Justice Ohio. Hal Walker Concert for Peace & Justice & Loving Your Neighbor More here

The 15th Annual Townes Van Zandt Tribute Night More here/
Sunday March 7 6 – 9 pm on

Green Energy Ohio invites you to join us for the first of our year-long series on climate change. Featuring U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria more here.

Equity strategies in water affordability for marginalized communities. Environmental Professional Network at OSU Tuesday, Mach 9 from 10 1m – 12 noon. Free. Open to All More here,

Vernal Pool Educational Module Overview- Ohio Wetlands Association (OWA) and Midwest Biodiversity Institute (MBI) More here.

March 18 @ 6 pm ET. Conversations For A Preferred Future-Series: Enright Ridge Urban Eco Village. Jan Spencer from Eugene Oregon is interviewing Jim Schenk, founder of Imago and this Cincinnati ecovillage. More info and links to other Jan Spencer presentations here.

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Earth Day 2021 is marking 51 days to Earth Day by bringing you 51 actions you can take for the planet. 
Volunteer for cleanups. Calculate your carbon footprint. Support The Canopy Project™. Become inspired by dozens of ideas of how you can work to Restore Our Earth.
51 Actions here.

Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy will host a virtual hearing to discuss and gather resident feedback on the City of Columbus’ Climate Action Plan (CAP). Hear a presentation on the CAP from the Sustainable Columbus team. The CAP can be found here
If you would like to provide written testimony, or sign up to provide three (3) minutes of public testimony during the virtual meeting, please email Lucy Frank at with the subject line “CAP Public Hearing 3/9” with your NAME, ADDRESS, and TOPIC of written or public testimony.
The hearing will be live-streamed on the City’s YouTube channel and Facebook.

The Market blog this week is about maple syrup. See the full blog here.

Excerpts: Three species of maple trees – the sugar, black and red – are most often tapped due to the high sugar content of their sap. The trees store starch in their roots and trunk before winter, which then gets converted to sugar and rises with the sap come spring. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.
> Pure maple syrup is made only in certain parts of North America – nowhere else in the world!
> Quebec is the largest producer in North America, contributing about 75% of the world’s output; Vermont is the biggest supplier in the US, and Ohio is generally 4th or 5th on the list.
> Maple sap is roughly 4% sugar and 96% water. The water is boiled off to make maple syrup, which must be at least 66% sugar.
> A maple syrup farm is called a “sugarbush,” and sap is boiled in a “sugar house” or “sugar shack.”

What Happened Last Year Webinar Replay here

Zach Bush followers know he offers the big picture on the pandemic. He addresses: The Role of Viruses in Human Health > Origin Stories for the COVID 19 Pandemic > Antibodies + the Human Immune Response >
COVID 19 + Air Pollution > Hypoxia or COVID 19? > Comorbidities with COVID 19 + What We Could Have Done Differently > The COVID 19 Public Health Response > Changing our Understanding + Take Action >
“Linear change is not an option. We must instead move into a co-creative relationship with our ecosystems and foster an incredible revolution with great speed.”

“We have so sold ourselves short, by this myopic kind of manifest destiny of the human belief that we were the most important and most advanced biology on the planet.” ~ Zach Bush, MD

Rita Haider recommends their HAPPINESS CALENDAR.
Check out the March edition and you will see why. Link to it here.
Online courses for educators are also offered by the Center.

Vicki Robin is a long time friend of Simply Living and the
co-author of the NY Times best seller, Your Money or Your Life.

We’re back from a short winter hiatus with a new episode of What Could Possibly Go Right? In our latest episode, Vicki Robin shares her motivation for creating this series and what she hopes to find as we embark on a new set of interviews.  During the break we moved our home base to Resilience. While you can still find all of our old episodes on the Post Carbon Institute site, all new episodes will be posted on

 The new edtion of Yes! magazine is about the path to aNew Ecological Civilzation. Simply Living is giving away copies at Portia’s Cafe, Global Gallery Coffee Shop, Northstar restaurants, the Bexley Co-op, and KEMBA in Clintonville.

We’re celebrating Earth Month by dedicating April to taking action on Project Drawdown’s 80 most substantive solutions to stopping climate change.As a sustainability leader, you are invited to create + build a team for your place of work, school, faith — wherever you gather! Advance your efforts to create more environmental + social good with us! Join us!

Tom and Jocelyn offer eco-conscious and award winning service in Clintonville.

Have you tried experimenting with what you can compost at home? You may be surprised by some of the items we suggest in this list, but it’s likely you can compost them, too! more…

Bill Lyons recent letter to the Dispatch warns is titled ‘Brine’ from oil and gas spill is extremely harmful to environment

Yet another dangerous oil and gas incident was revealed by Beth Burger’s Tuesday article “State responds to spill from oil and gas well in Noble County.”  Thousands of gallons of fracking waste spilled into the environment, killing an untold number of fish.  

The oil and gas industry has successfully gotten the media and politicians to adopt their word — “brine” — to represent this waste. It is a misnomer.  

Although such waste has high concentrations of salt, calling it “brine” obscures the fact it also contains heavy metals and other dangerous compounds. Most concerning are two isotopes of radium — 226 and 228. This is confirmed from tests of “brine” by the Ohio Division of Natural Resources in 2018 on many oil and gas wells throughout Ohio. The average radioactivity of “brine” collected was nearly 10 times the legal environmental discharge limit and more than 200 times the EPA drinking water limit. 

The oil and gas industry has known about this risk for decades. I urge everyone to read an important article entitled “America’s Radioactive Secret” from Rolling Stone environmental reporter Justin Nobel in the February 2020 magazine. It is high time we stop this radioactive waste from being spread on our roads and injected into our lands.

Bill Lyons, President, Ohio Community Rights Network, Co-organizer, Columbus Community Bill of Rights

Author Nita Sweeney’s Write Now blog offers an excellent calendar of literary events in central Ohio. More here.

The Columbus Free Press Network includes two awesome community radio stations! 94.1 and 92.7 / 98.3
Listen on your radio or online anytime!


Columbus on the Cheap Good, Cheap, Fun

In This Issue…

GET ACTIVE!  Items below are selected from the Columbus Peace Newsletter 
edited by Connie Hammond (pictured above).
Email to subscribe to her Community Calendar or share meeting info. 

Monday, March 8, 2021, 12:00 – 3:00 PM and Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30 PM.  Shine the Light: Root Causes and Intersections on Human Trafficking. NAC’s 2021 Human Trafficking Conference will explore the conditions and vulnerabilities that lead to trafficking. Throughout the conference, we will hear from survivors, service providers, and other anti-trafficking experts. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in advocacy that addresses the root causes of trafficking. The conference is free of charge and entirely virtual. By providing your home address (below), we will be able to connect you with your Senators and U.S. Representative. Visit our website for conference details and to learn more about anti-trafficking advocacy:  Register here

Monday, March 8, 2020 08:00 PM.  Ohio Poor People’s Movement Central Regional Meeting.  Register here

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Clintonville Area Progressives Meeting.  Columbus City Councilman Emmanuel Remy will be joined by Niyah Walters to discuss how Columbus will implement City Council Districts and elect Council Representatives from each district. Join us for information about how this process will be implemented. Zoom  (Meeting ID: 971 8587 9393). Dial by your location:  +1 646 876 9923 US (New York).

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Dialogue: Race and Police – Healing the Divide.  Decades of complaints of police bias and brutality against people of color came to a head in 2020 with the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Casey Goodson and Andre Hill. Demanding change, protesters flooded the streets of downtown Columbus and many suburban city centers. Columbus city officials promised reform and voters approved independent oversight of the police. Join us for Dialogue as we look at where those promised reforms stand and examine efforts to heal the divide between the police and people of color.  Our panelists for this program will be Columbus minster Jeffery Kee, veteran Ohio police officer Angel Tucker and former police chief Kim Jacobs. WOSU News Content Director Mike Thompson will moderate the conversation.  OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs.  Register here

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 5:00 – 6:00 PM.  Seeds of Truth: Stories Inspired by Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.  Inspired by the best-selling Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, four undergraduate students have created new media-based works, with collaborative mentorship from three Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts graduate students. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and our country’s ongoing reckoning with racial injustice, these young artists address personal narrative, the power of myth and the need for sustained engagement.  Host: OSU Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts.  More information and link for registration here

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 1:00 PM. APARTHEID THEN AND NOW: A Conversation with South African and Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Activists.  What is apartheid? How are the South African and Palestinian experiences the same? Different? How can and should apartheid be opposed? Rev. Kelvin Sauls was born and raised in townships south of Johannesburg, South Africa and became a leader in the anti-apartheid movement through his local Methodist Youth Fellowship. After a career in pastoral ministry he now serves as the Network Strategist at Community Health Councils in Los Angeles and is a Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Institute for Racial Equity where he is engaged in faith-rooted multi-racial and multi-faith community organizing through sacred resistance and moral re-imagination. Rev. Sauls hosts a monthly podcast, “Faith Without Borders,” is a Co-Founder of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and serves on the boards of multiple movement-building organizations working towards a more just, fairer and inclusive society. After a 2008 Holy Land pilgrimage, he joined the United Methodist effort to oppose the occupation of Palestine.  Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian, a lifelong advocate for Palestinian rights. In 2012, Israel barred her from entering Palestine because of her activism. A specialist in Arab studies and education, she is currently the Executive Director of the Adalah Justice Project, a Palestinian advocacy organization based in the U.S. that incorporates the struggle for Palestinian rights into existing liberation movements around the world. Sandra, based in St Louis, organized the Palestinian contingent to Ferguson in 2014 in response to the killing of Mike Brown. She was co-chair of the Steering Committee for the from 2015-2018.  Register here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 PM.  Webinar: The Israeli Political System & Political Map. Join CMEP and OneVoice for a discussion on the Israeli political system with an emphasis on the upcoming Israeli election. Israel will hold its fourth election in two years on March 23. The Israeli Political System & Political Map webinar covers the parliamentary and electoral system, the current make-up of political parties, what they each stand for, and how that takes shape on the ground. This program serves as a timely tool to better understand the Israeli political landscape, as Israel will hold elections for the fourth time in two years this Spring.  $25 suggested donation. Register Now

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 12:00 – 1:15 PM.  Webinar:  The Landscape of Reproductive Rights in Ohio.  ACLU Ohio, Planned Parenthood Ohio, and others.  Reproductive Rights sit on a razor’s edge in Ohio. In the last few months, Ohioans have witnessed the last lame duck session in the Ohio Statehouse being sabotaged in order to pass two new anti-abortion laws as well as the confirmation of another anti-choice SCOTUS judge. Join the ACLU of Ohio and Reproductive Rights experts to get an update on legislation, litigation, and community impact efforts and what the future of reproductive rights in Ohio – and across the nation – looks like.  More information and registration here

Mega Weekend
Modern Odyssey, & More!

Forty degrees?! It might almost feel like summer this weekend! Photo by Sean Hall on Unsplash.

Have a great weekend! Get your pie orders in for Pi Day. 
Dough Mama and Sassafras Bakery have some specials happening.


Learn about medical marvels and mishaps.
Columbus Science Pub discusses Killer Smiles tonight.
Frequency Friday has a show Friday night.
Discover new trends in outdoor living at the Dispatch Spring Home & Garden Show (tickets in advance only).
Sign your kid up to learn how to draw comics with CCAD grad Hannah Donovan. Discuss new book, Klara and the Sun.


The upstairs bar at PINS Easton with 36 taps and an extensive whiskey selection.
Go to North Market Bridge Park for a happy hour and check out their newest vendors. J’s Sweet Treats celebrates their first anniversary on Friday at 10am, prizes all weekend!
Budd Dairy Food Hall has a hiring event.
PINS opens this weekend at Easton.


Speak Easy is back tonight with some more stories.
Cinema Revival continues the Wexner Center.
Modern Odyssey opens at Sarah Gormley Gallery.
Catch dance performance Digital Traces.
Saturday is your last day to experience November at Beeler Gallery.
Short North Gallery Hop is virtual.
The Magic of Color opens at Keny Galleries.
Tune in to Ancestors, a virtual concert by Carpe Diem String Quartet.


Go ice skating at Easton.
Moonlight & Sunlight Markets are looking for vendors.
It’s the final weekend to see Orchids at Franklin Park Conservatory.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Take Over Storytime!
Vintage motorcycle company Throttle Co has a grand opening on Saturday.
Build your own plant at BrewDog Short North with Yelo Aple.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

Columbus Free Press Activists Calendar Editor Bob Roehm
WCBE Arts & Life Calendar 


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