Be the Change Weekly Community Update December 3, 2021


Co-Creating the Eco Future:
Presentation & Discussion on Zoom
Monday, December 6 at 7 pm

Monday, December 6 at 7 pm Register Now
Hello all you cultural creatives! Simple livers, renegades from the consumer society, green activists, arts and craft makers, yoga lovers, meditators – you know who you are!
We will begin with a short slide presentation by Chuck Lynd about the role of cultural creatives in co-creating a path to the ecological future.
Join us for a meet and greet, a time to share what you are reading, watching, imagining, and doing to make the changes we need to get to an ecological culture.
We can get there if we gather together, online and in person, learn from each other, and build a community that is inclusive, resilient, and way more fun than life in big box stores, traffic jams, and fast food. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!
Zoom link will be sent after you register. Free for members (donations are appreciated). If you are not a member, please join us here
You can read Chuck’s article on The Path to an Ecological Future here


Localizing Our Communities!
Learn from examples around the world
and here in Columbus and central Ohio
Tuesday, December 7 at 7 pm on Zoom

We will explore the many ways our communities benefit when localization is a priority. To learn more about the topic, check out this reading on the benefits of localization to understand how localization can serve as an antidote to the negative impacts of globalization. You can view short films that address this topic here. We will discuss how localization is happening in Columbus and central Ohio, and how it isn’t.

Chuck Lynd will start the discussion about a local coalition with a mission to Eat Local, Buy Local, Bank Local, Invest Local, and LIVE Local. Free to all SL members. Donations are appreciated. The zoom link will be sent to you after registering here.

This class is based on the award-winning film, Economics of Happiness (EOH), developed by Helena Norberg-Hodge and her team at the International Society for an Ecological Culture (LocalFutures.org). Register here.

Big Picture Activism is our last class in the Economics of Happiness Discussion Course. Mark your calendar for Tues, Dec 14 at 7 pm on Zoom!


Simply Living Sustainable U Community education for a sustainable world. logo
Sustainable U self paced courses in Fall 2021 here.

Jay Warmke, Center, and class learning solar technology. See below!
Introduction to Solar PV – This is an online course.
Residential Solar Installation and Design – Online.
Questions about Solar? Jay Warmke is available online on Tuesdays at Noon!
So much to learn about solar here.



HIGHLIGHTS FROM SIMPLY LIVING’S
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Climate activists from Sunrise Columbus have made a Zine! Come celebrate its publication with us!! There will be snacks, beverages, schmoozing and readings from the first issue of the Sunrise Columbus Zine. For our inaugural issue we asked: what does it look like to imagine radical futures for Columbus and Ohio? Come to hear what that means to your local youth climate activists, and share your own thoughts and stories!

A Live Online Talk: Paul Stamets on Psilocybin Mushrooms and the Mycology of Consciousness Fri Dec 3rd 9:00pm Tickets $20
Join renowned mycologist and medical researcher Paul Stamets for an illuminating talk covering the psilocybin movement through history into the current modern moment as well as an overview of the most clinically significant studies, the newest research on psilocybin analogues, micro-dosing, and the implications for creating a paradigm shift in the ecology of consciousness. More info and registration link here.

DIY Raised Garden Bed Workshop
Saturday, Dec 4 from 2 – 4 pm
$25 In Person Class at Columbus Garden School
1350 East Cooke Road, Columbus 43224
+ (614) 404-7236 Register Now
info@columbusgardenschool.com
Autumn/winter is the PERFECT time to plan and build raised beds for growing YOUR vegetables, herbs, flowers, and more! Plant-growing benefits include: • Control over soil composition and improved drainage • Flexibility of location • Easier planting, harvesting, and weeding • Easy incorporation of row covers/hoops, insect netting, and cold frames. Get details here.

Step into the shaman’s integrative, holistic world view toward a more awakened and generous Self. Medical anthropologist Alberto Villoldo Ph.D. has studied the shamanic healing practices of the Amazon and Andes for more than 25 years. In 1984 he founded the Four Winds Society, which offers extensive education in the philosophy and practice of energy medicine, training students to become modern-day shamans. More info & registration link here

Java Central Cafe and Roaster, 20 S State St, Westerville, OH 43081

Sacred Ground Sunday Morning Mindfulness Service
Sunday, Dec 5 at 10 am
For the first time ever we are having our Church/Sangha Services for four weeks in a row! (usually every other week.) We are celebrating a Buddhist Christian Christmas, as well as celebrating our beautiful connection to Mother Earth. If you’d like to check out our most recent service (the first of the four) with the theme “Juxtaposing Advent with Presence,” it is posted on our Sacred Ground Facebook Videos Page. To attend any – or all – of the next three services, you may preregister on Zoom. Our Sacred Ground services can also be watched live on Sunday mornings at 10:00 on Facebook. More on the SL calendar here.

Family Herbalist: Cold and Fever Care Sun Dec 5th 1- 2 pm $15 Online class
#The-Columbus-Garden-School EVERY FAMILY NEEDS AN HERBALIST, a caretaker to turn to in times of need. Are you ready to take on this role of supporting your loved ones on their journey towards optimal wellness? Now that we are familiar with the basics, let’s dive deeper into herbal care. In this ONLINE class, we will learn about strategies — herbal and lifestyle — to support ourselves and our loved ones during the times of coughs, drippy noses, and the like. Instructor is Bernadette Szabo who  lives in Pataskala, OH on a small herb, flower, and vegetable farm. Get all the details on our SL Calendar here.

DIY Holiday Cards Workshop Sun Dec 5th 1:00pm – 3:00pm
#The-Columbus-Garden-School $25 In Person Class
Come join us in making holiday cards to send to friends and family with a personal touch! You will be able to choose between a variety of techniques and mixed media to personalize your festive message, and guidance will be provided. All holiday celebrations and intents of joy, peace, and kindness are welcome! No artistic skills are necessary, as you will be guided through the card-making process step-by-step in a way that encourages play, connection, and relaxation. All materials will be supplied by instructor. Just come to class and spend a relaxing couple of hours making something beautiful to take home! More info and link to Registration on the SL Calendar here. Location: 1350 E. Cooke Rd 43224


I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know.
~ Jean Houston


Restoring Streams and Wetlands – Whose Job Is It Anyway?
Tuesday Dec 7th 7:15am – 9:30am In person and online
OSU Environmental Professionals Network
Designed and built properly, wetlands, streams and other ecological systems can improve our local economies, provide critical wildlife habitat for endangered and threatened species, and make our communities safer from flooding events. The program will feature : 8:15 a.m. Mary Mertz (director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources) provides an update on ODNR and other state initiatives to support stream and wetland restoration and development.
8:20 a.m. Gail Hesse (Great Lakes water program director, National Wildlife Federation) introduces the speakers and format for the program.
8:30 a.m. Mark Dilley (professional wetland scientist, founder and co-owner, MAD Scientist Associates) and Brian Tornes (environmental division director and environmental engineer, Burgess & Niple) participate in an interactive conversation about the roles and qualifications of ecologists and engineers in restoring streams and wetlands. 
Register Here Cost: $17; free for students and virtual participants
Location: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Q1CbFX5g4jpBaUYd6
Contact: Cecil Okotah, 6146880434 okotah.1@osu.edu
Live streaming of this event will be available at our EPN YouTube channel linked here. For those registering and joining via our YouTube Livestream and want to participate in the conversation via the chat please sign in prior to or during the program. More info and registration link here.


Green Your Holidays: Reduce waste and recycle more!
Tue Dec 7th 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Make a difference this holiday season by resolving to reduce your waste and recycle more. Join SWACO and Columbus GreenSpot for simple ways to plan a more eco-friendly holiday season and maintain those habits into the new year. We will cover topics such as food waste prevention, sustainable gift-giving, decorations, and recyclability of various product packaging. Register here.


Join GEO & OH Energy Leaders for the Ohio Energy Conference
Wed Dec 8th 1:15pm – Thu 9th 5:30pm

The Energy Coalition of Ohio (ECO) is a newly-formed group of energy leaders who have come together to host the Annual Ohio Energy Conference, a two-day event created to provide balanced and accessible information about energy system implementation to producers and consumers across the state. GEO is a proud sponsor of the First Annual Ohio Energy Conference, which will bring energy producers, consumers, and entrepreneurs together for discussion and dialogue focused on the diverse energy streams in the State of Ohio. This virtual, two-day event will feature innovative leaders from across the energy sector who will share their visions and strategies for bringing alternative energy to Ohio, in front of an audience of both private and public stakeholders. Click here for information on the agenda, speakers and ticket options.


No Coal Bailouts Statehouse Rally Thu Dec 9th 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Ohio Statehouse, 75 E State St, Columbus, OH 43215
It’s past time that Ohio lawmakers repeal ALL of HB 6!
They have a golden opportunity to do that by ending the consumer bailout of the two outdated, polluting OVEC coal plants — one of which is in Indiana. This coal giveaway was added at the last minute to HB 6’s nuclear bailout (already repealed), and is costing Ohio consumers $233,000 every day. Bring your home made signs, dress in festive holiday attire, bring friends and neighbors! If we get 240 people, each standing 10 feet apart, we can surround Capitol Square and really make a statement!
RSVP today so we can get a good count! ohiocitizen.org/december9

Community Cooking Class December Desserts with Local Matters Thu Dec 9th 6:00pm – 7:00pm

One class participant will win a $20 Kroger gift card through a live drawing at the class. Participants must be present in class to win.

Registration for this event is $10 per participant and includes a meal kit. Attendees must pick up their meal kits from the Local Matters offices – 633 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, OH 43206 – during two of the following windows: Wednesday, December 8 between 9am – 5 pm OR Thursday, December 9 between 9am – 4:30pm. All registrants will receive a confirmation email with additional details including the Zoom link to access the class. Register Today!

Questions? Email Jori Turner, Program Manager, at jturner@local-matters.org.



Wild Ones Presents: Native Plants, Phytoremediation & Green Infrastructure: How Native Plants Can Be Used to Improve Environmental Quality
Thu Dec 9th 7:00pm
Learn about how native plants and phytoremediation can be used to improve soil, air and water quality by removing or transforming common environmental contaminants found in urban, suburban and rural settings. The concepts and species discussed in this presentation aren’t limited to green infrastructure or large-scale remediation projects: they can be applied to residential, commercial and municipal landscaping projects as well. Learn how to pay attention to surrounding land uses and activities to know how to select species for your next native plant project that will benefit the environment beyond providing habitat for pollinators and wildlife. Topics covered in this presentation will include rain gardens, stormwater management, pesticides, heavy metals, carbon sequestration, outdoor air quality and more! Get all the details and background on the presenter and registration link on our calendar here.

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FOR LIVING LOCAL


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Tree of the Month, Dec 2021 American Holly (Ilex opaca)

by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living
Holly has long been associated with the holiday seasons. In fact, the name “Holly” is derived from the word “holy” because of this association.

Left – American Holly leaves and berries. Center – Directly behind person, unusually large Holly tree, by Central Ohio standards. Right – Holly sapling, showing pyramidal shape characteristic of young trees. Photos by Mort Schmidt. SEE the full blog post on the American Holly tree here.

20 W Main St Westerville 43081
Phone: +1 614 400 5779

Did You Know? Seniors ride half price + other Discounts

Read about all COTA fares and services + discount options here.

If you are 65 years and older, you can get half-price fares on fixed-route service. All you need is a Reduced Fare Senior ID Card, which you can present when boarding the bus. Senior Riders also enjoy:
Buses lower to the curb that make boarding easy
Free travel for any service animal
Ramps that accommodate wheelchairs and mobility devices
Priority seating at the front of the bus
Visit the COTA Pass Sales office at 33 N. High Street to get a Reduced Fare Senior ID Card. All you need is a photo ID with your birth date. COTA makes Reduced Fare Senior ID Cards from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Need a bit more help getting around? COTA offers Mobility Services options.

BA/BFA Exhibition | Fall 2021
November 30- December 18 | Urban Arts Space 
An exhibition featuring the work of graduating Bachelor of Fine Art majors from The Ohio State University. We are also holding a reception for the BA/BFA exhibition. It will be on Saturday, December 18, from 4-6pm at Urban Arts Space. Register for the reception here. To learn more, please click here.

Starburst Media helps businesses create effective websites. Based in Columbus, they serve clients worldwide. More here.

The Day the World Stops Shopping: How Ending
Consumerism Saves the Environment and Ourselves 

We can’t stop shopping. And yet we must. This is the consumer dilemma.
Drawing from experts in fields ranging from climate change to economics, MacKinnon investigates how living with less would change our planet, our society, and ourselves. He reveals just how much we stand to gain:
> An investment in our physical and emotional wellness.
> The pleasure of caring for our possessions.
> Closer relationships with our natural world and one another.
Imaginative and inspiring, The Day the World Stops Shopping will embolden you to envision another way. More info here.

Simply Living hosted Jan Spencer of Eugene Oregon for a discussion on Transforming Suburbia with Permaculture. Jan is currently presenting on Literacy For A Preferred Future. The first two parts of a trilogy are on Youtube.
Part One – Reasons, values and actions for moving away from capitalism
Part Two – Allies, Assets and Actions – Re imagining the neighborhood. These actions could be applied in almost any neighborhood. More info at www.suburbanpermaculture.org, including related podcasts, you tube presentations, video site tour, how to and more. Highly recommended!

Rianne Eisler’s Center for Partnership Video Clip of the Week

Have 5 minutes? Watch the 2021 Riane Eisler Highlight Reel So much wisdom from this brilliant author and activist who is still active reinventing economics to include the role of women in the Caring Economy.

It’s here! This Saturday, December 4th, marks the opening of our new INDOOR winter farmers market! We’re so excited to ring the bell at 9 am and welcome all of you back to our little local food community. We’ve got a stellar group of farmers and food producers lined up, and a warm, airy space to come together. You an expect to find apples, root crops like beets and carrots, winter squash, lots of crisp greens, cheese and jams, coffee and teas, pastured meat and eggs, farm-raised tilapia, fresh pasta, a wide variety of sweet treats and more! Click here to view the market map and list of producers attending

The winter market will be held on the plaza level of the Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. Parking is free and abundant within steps of the entrance, and the museum is graciously providing pay-what-you-want access to their exhibits during the market hours of 9 am to noon. Added bonus: on opening day, you’ll be treated to live music by the super talented Najoura. We can’t wait! More info and read the full newsletter here.

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11 Brilliant Uses for Leftover Turkey

Wondering what to do with all of your Thanksgiving leftovers? Well, here are 11 delicious answers to the question, “What can I do with leftover turkey?” more…

When Your Child Wants to Become a Vegetarian

So your child says she wants to stop eating meat. While you know that cutting animal products from our diets is good for the planet, is it healthy for a growing child? more…

Green Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

How do you make the holidays special for the kids in your life without creating more waste and carbon emissions? Here are some ideas for kids’ gifts that
will light up their faces stressing the environment. more…
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~ Michael H. Shuman

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Columbus on the Cheap
Good, Cheap, Fun

Holistic Horticulture
Check out Wes Williams and the landscaping services he offers:
https://www.plantconnections.net/

COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND
Mega Weekend
Krampus, Holiday Hop, Craftin’ Outlaws & More!

There are lots of ways to get in the holiday spirit this weekend. Photo by Ryutaro Tsukata from Pexels.

Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. Enjoy lots of special holiday shopping events this weekend, plus watch out for Krampus! Voting for CU’s Best of 2021 closes Friday, Dec 3. Enjoy your weekend!

Nightlife

Enjoy some live music at Land Grant’s Taproom.
The Rambling House has live music tonight with Angela Perley as a special guest.
Dance party Orange Soda turns 4!
Go dancing at SWET. Green Velvet plays Galla Park.
Enjoy Misfit Toys at Bossy Grrls.It’s time again for the Sgt. Peppercorn’s Marathon.
Over the Rhine is in town for a performance.
Heatwave is back at Ace of Cups.

Holiday Events

Shop WinterFair this weekend at the Ohio Expo Center.

The Statehouse turns on the Holiday Tree tonight.
Enjoy the Columbus Symphony’s Holiday Pops Spectacular.
Shop the Columbus Winterfair at the Ohio Expo Center.
Enjoy Festive Fridays and all of the lights at Columbus Commons.
Grove City has a special market and tree lighting.
Frank Fetch Park lights their tree.
The Short North lights up for Holiday Hop.
North Market has a special Holiday Market.
Shop the CCAD Art Fair & Marketplace.
Enjoy the Discovery District Holiday Trolley Hop.
Shop unique event The Merry Krampus.
Enjoy shopping for unique gifts at Craftin’ Outlaws.
Enjoy the Bexley Holiday Hop, or check out Village Lights.

ENJOY EXPLORING ART

Home for the Holidays.
Theatre Roulette gets started at MadLab.
Check out Second to Sherlock.
Jazz Arts Group wants to bring you 
Home for the Holidays.
Holiday Classics return to Gateway Film Center.
Small & Wonderful opens at Hammond Harkins.
Go to The Hip Hop Nutcracker. Watch Mars Attacks.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
THIS WEEDKEND?

Jerky’s Jamaican Grill opens in the Short North.
The Zoo has the Stuff the Truck Food Drive if you want a free pass to Wildlights.
Go on a Winter Wonders Walk at Dawes Arboretum.
Dublin’s Penzone’s invites you to a sip and shop.
Enjoy Winterfest at Bicentennial Park. Nocinofest returns at Watershed.
Shop the Punk Rock Pawn Shop holiday sale.

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GET ACTIVE!  Items below are selected from the Columbus Peace Newsletter 
edited by Connie Hammond (pictured above).
Email cmhammond11@att.net to subscribe to her Community Calendar or share meeting info.

Monday, December 6, 2021, 1:30 PM.  Hearing on Rules for Radioactive Oil and Gas Waste Injection Wells.  You probably know that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is a “captured agency” of the Oil and Gas industry. Cheryl Johncox, Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fossil Fuels campaign leader, is recruiting people willing to keep ODNR honest as they rewrite their rules. WE NEED YOUR HELP to testify in person or in written testimony opposing the new rules and recommend how they can be improved to protect Ohioans. It may seem complicated but it isn’t. Email cheryl.johncox@sierraclub.org and she will send you talking points that you can customize in your own words. We want as many people as possible to show up or testify!

Monday, December 6, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Co-Creating the Eco Future:  Meetup and Discussion on Zoom. 
Hello all you cultural creatives! Simple livers, renegades from the consumer society, green activists, arts and craft makers, yoga lovers, meditators – you know who you are! Join us for a meet and greet, a time to share what you are reading, watching, imagining, and doing to make the changes we need to get to an ecological culture. We can get there if we gather together, online and in person, learn from each other, and build a community that is inclusive, resilient, and way more fun than life in big box stores, traffic jams, and fast food. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for! Suggested price $5.00.  Simply Living.  More information and registration here

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Economics of Happiness:  Community Localization Deep Dive and Discussion.  Join us for a deep dive into the benefits of localization and how bottom up and top down strategies are implementing solutions that revitalize our communities.  This discussion course is based on the award-winning film, Economics of Happiness (EOH), developed by Helena Norberg-Hodge and her team at the International Society for an Ecological Culture (LocalFutures.org). Each session includes content from the EOH film or related media, a presentation that frames and explores the topic in greater depth, and class discussions based on selected readings in the booklet Localization: Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness. Participants can attend any or all classes.  Chuck Lynd is the facilitator, and he will share his experience of leading a coalition of local organizations engaged in Local Food, Locally owned retail goods and services, Local micro loans to entrepreneurs, Local community banks and credit unions, and local businesses and advocacy groups. As we like to say: Eat Local, Buy Local, Bank Local, Invest Local, and LIVE Local. The session is free or consider a free will donation. Register here for the zoom link

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7:00 PM.  The Economics of Happiness.  This discussion course is based on the award-winning film, Economics of Happiness (EOH), developed by Helena Norberg-Hodge and her team at the International Society for an Ecological Culture (LocalFutures.org). Each session includes content from the EOH film or related media, a presentation that frames and explores the topic in greater depth, and class discussions based on selected readings in the booklet Localization: Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness. Participants can attend any or all classes.  In this session we will explore the many ways our communities benefit when localization is a priority. To learn more about the topic, check out this reading on the benefits of localization to understand how localization can serve as an antidote to the negative impacts of globalization. You can view short films that address this topic here. Come prepared to discuss how localization is happening in Columbus and central Ohio.

Chuck Lynd is the facilitator, and he will share his experience of leading a coalition of local organizations engaged in Local Food, Locally owned retail goods and services, Local micro loans to entrepreneurs, Local community banks and credit unions, and local businesses and advocacy groups. As we like to say: Eat Local, Buy Local, Bank Local, Invest Local, and LIVE Local. The session is free or consider a free will donation. The zoom link will be sent to you after registering here.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM.   Screening of The People’s Patriarch: Reflections with Patriarch Michel Sabbah.  Join Churches for Middle East Peace for a screening of a short film about the life, ministry, and advocacy of His Beatitude Michel Sabbah followed by remarks from His Beatitude as well as a Question-and-Answer time with him.  His Beatitude Michel Sabbah served as the Archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem from 1987 to 2008, the first non-Italian to do so in over five centuries and is an outspoken defender of Palestinian rights.  Register here

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 1:00 PM.  The USA, Russia, NATO: Arms Races, Confrontations, Common Security Alternatives.  “The risk of an accidental war breaking out between Russia and the West is greater than at any time during the Cold War, Britain’s most senior military officer has said in an interview with Times Radio” — CNN Nov 14, 2021.  In the U.S. much of our attention has had to focus on reversing the intensifying cold war with China. But with the U.S., NATO and Russia locked in new arms races and military confrontations in the Baltic and Back Seas and Central Europe, we need deeper understandings of these dynamics and where there are openings to defuse these dangerous confrontations.  Initiated by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Co-sponsored by the International Peace Bureau, Peace Action, Massachusetts Peace Action, and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.  Register here

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  Cultural Resistance:  Visualizing a Nuclear-Free World.  Presented by Beyond Nuclear, Goethe-Institut, and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America. How do we advocate for an end to nuclear power and nuclear weapons?  Beyond research papers and speeches, articles and fact sheets, and protests on the streets, can a painter, a fashion designer, and a creative performance director convey the same urgency about our nuclear peril?  More information and registration here

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  Global Security Talks—Redefining Security.  Nuclear weapons are the most deadly and destructive weapons ever built. Yet, nuclear policy decisions are limited to exclusive spaces that permit only the most privileged to have a seat at the table.The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a virtual discussion with Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and the Daisy Alliance, where we will examine the adverse consequences of highly exclusive decision making on nuclear weapons and explore solutions to change this status quo.  Register here

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  No Coal Bailouts!  Join us at The Statehouse to send a message to state legislators to end the OVEC coal plant bailouts from HB6!  We will line the street holding signs and banners in support of the bailout repeal bills SB 117 and HB 351. Holiday-themed clothing and signs encouraged! We will have extra signs for those who need them.  Sierra Club Beyond Coal and others.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  Facebook Event


Thursday, December 9, 2021, 6:00 PM. National LCIP Forum – The Fight For Citizenship For All.  Adding to its 35 years of failed promises, the Democratic Party has excluded a path to citizenship from the Budget Reconciliation Bill – excluding also all the important economic and climate justice provisions – and leaving 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. But from California to Chicago, from New York to Washington D.C., undocumented families are saying enough.  No more lies! No more deportations!  A clear and permanent path to citizenship for all, now!  The Democrats’ failure to pass the Budget Reconciliation Bill is only their latest betrayal. Join us as we hear from immigrant leaders, labor leaders, and public education teachers, among others, on the importance of connecting our struggles and building an independent working class party that is rooted in our movements, that is accountable to the grassroots through labor and community assemblies, and that can stand up to both corporate parties. The time is ripe to seize the momentum of Striketober and the growing movements for racial, gender, and climate justice to win critical reforms for all working class people and oppressed communities. Our time is now. Labor & Community For An Independent Party.   Register here

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Blueprint for Democracy 2021: Democracy and the Courts, the Intersection between Race, Law, and Democracy.  For democracy to work, systemic racial inequities in the law and the courts must be addressed. There is a deep distrust of the criminal justice system, which is inherently an issue unto itself while also threatening the legitimacy of the courts. Breaking down these barriers is key to eliminating racism and implicit biases within the laws, courts, and judges and is also key to building diversity on the bench so judges reflect the communities they serve.  Panelists include Kyle Strickland, Senior Legal Analyst at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at Ohio State University, retired Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine, Rev. Raymond Greene, Jr., executive director of Freedom BLOC, and Maria Bruno, Public Policy Director, Equality Ohio. Sponsored by Common Cause Ohio, Ohio Fair Courts Alliance, Freedom BLOC, Ohio Council of Churches, and ACLU of Ohio.  Register here

Friday, December 10, 2021, 1:00 PM.  Human Rights Day Webinar.  Join the National Religious Campaign Against Torture for a webinar featuring members of our newly launched U.S. Prisons Program Advisory Council. Come learn how these Council members are leading efforts to uphold human rights in their respective advocacy spaces and learn more about NRCAT’s work for the preservation of human rights in the coming year.  The conversation will be led by the Director of NRCAT’s U.S. Prisons Program, and solitary survivor himself, Johnny Perez, and will include:  Ceyenne Doroshow, Founder and Executive Director, Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society (G.L.I.T.S.) (New York), Steven Mangual, Justice Advocate Coordinator, Latino Justice PRLDEF Southeast Region (Florida), Kimberly Jenkins-Snodgrass, Vice Chairperson, Interfaith Action for Human Rights (Virginia), and Jack Morris, Lead Community Health Worker/Coordinator, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center (California).  Join us as we commemorate Human Rights Day on December 10. This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, which declares that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and human rights.”  Register here


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