Be the Change Weekly Community Update October 1, 2021

You’re Invited! Join us IN PERSON or ONLINE
@ A Gift To Be Simple
Wednesday, October 20, 5:30 p.m.

Simply Living’s annual Gift To Be Simple fundraiser will be Wednesday, October 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 505 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215.

You will get to meet and network with dozens of other Simply Living friends and acquaintances as you munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy the beautiful setting of Scioto Audubon Metro Park near downtown Columbus. Walk around this lovely building to meet representatives from sponsoring sustainable businesses and organizations.

Then you can hear a presentation on “Our Story: How Simply Living has made Central Ohio more sustainable,” and meet several of the movers and shakers from core organizations that we have helped launch over the past 29 years. Simply Living has made a difference in the lives of so many Central Ohioans, and they will tell you about it.

Finally, you’ll hear the big plans Simply Living has for the future — our new database, the relaunch of Sustainable U, and more. You are not going to want to miss this!

Tickets start at $50 per person. Register at

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​Do you work for Ohio State University, State of Ohio, Franklin County, or City of Columbus? You can give to Simply Living through the Community Shares campaign. Use code 19052!
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Simply Living Sustainable U Community education for a sustainable world. logo
Sustainable U discussion and self paced courses in Fall 2021. Details here.

Economics of Happiness – Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m. 
Five week discussion course starting October 26, 2021

Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. Self paced.

Introduction to Solar PV – This is an online course. Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. Self paced.

Residential Solar Installation and Design – Online. Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. Self paced.

I want to see a New Story education, which is not only about intellectual knowledge – not only about measurement – not only about academic achievement. It is also about heart, feelings, emotions, relationship, love, compassion, generosity, beauty. All these values are part of the heart.
~ Satish Kumar

The People VS. Agent Orange
Co-sponsored by Simply Living and the Ohio Community Rights Network

Zoom Discussion: Sunday, October 24, 2021, 2:00 PM EST
You will have 48 hours to watch the film prior to the discussion! 
Two women, one American and one Vietnamese, fight to hold the chemical industry accountable for a devastating legacy.
Nearly 60 years following the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War—the deadliest use of chemical warfare in history—the devastating after effects of the toxin remain lethal, demanding attention both in Vietnam and at home in America. The People vs. Agent Orange closely follows two activists as they take on the chemical industry, and demand accountability for the pernicious legacy caused by the use of this poisonous herbicide.
French-Vietnamese activist Tran To Nga and American activist Carol Van Strum are joined in mutual pain and purpose in their quest for justice. Tran spent seven years building a legal case against the American chemical industry for poisoning her and her family in Vietnam—causing severe health issues and deformity—after 12 million gallons of the toxic herbicide were used there by the American military in the ’60s and ’70s. Stateside in Oregon, Carol Van Strum fights intimidation and threats by timber interests as she brings to light damning corporate documentation of the deadly impacts of the chemical 24D, even as it was widely used in her community, with no public consultation or warnings.
The People vs. Agent Orange unites these two activists nearly halfway around the world from each other, both equally passionate and righteous in their causes, in a staggering examination of corruption for which there has been no accountability.
More info here. Register here. Please consider a donation
of $5 per film or $20 for the series to help defray the cost of the film, and support the work of OHCRN and Simply Living

SLSU Discussion Course: Economics of Happiness
Tuesdays Starting Oct 26th 7-8:30 pm 
Course schedule (attend all, or as you choose)
October 26 – Introduction and orientation
November 2 – Globalization
November 9 – Local Economy
December 7 – Community Localization
December 14 – Big Picture Activism
Course facilitator is Chuck Lynd. Details and Registration link here

TUES NOV 9 @ 5:30 pm. Register

AUTHOR TALK ON GLOBAL WARMING AT WHETSTONE LIBRARY Join author Paul Robinson at the Whetstone Library meeting room for a presentation and discussion of his new book: Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped? We will discuss and explore the science, psychology, and the morality of climate change. Join us! Books will be available to purchase.


Generative Communities Summit!
Fri Sep 24th – Sun Oct 10th
Change-makers are gathering across the nation at The ReGenerative Communities Summit, and we’re inviting you to take your seat at the table. A round-table for doers and dreamers, activists and community leaders, farmers and entrepreneurs, educators and artists, and the multitude of people eager to reimagine and rebuild our world. The virtual summit presents a unique opportunity to amass a movement without financial or geographic borders for local, cultural, and ecosystem sovereignty and healing.
It’s time to call the spirit of “hope with its sleeves rolled up.”
Register to connect and learn with awesome change-makers

Free Yard Tree

If you own the place you live and have space in your yard, then sign up for your free three-gallon container tree (some of them are already 5-6 feet tall) and pick it up at our Linden tree nursery (1142 E 17th Ave) on October 2nd between 9 am and noon. Thanks Green Columbus!

Volunteer to help us hand out trees at our fall tree giveaways in Linden and Hilltop.

This Saturday we have a few volunteer spots left for our tree giveaway in Linden from 8.30 am to noon.

If you can’t make it this Saturday we have another tree giveaway in the Hilltop on Saturday, October 23rd. You can sign up here:

BTW: This is how much fun it was last year:

Grassroot Ohio streams all their broadcasts on 92.7/98.3 FM & streams @ Details and FB here. Listen to past programs here
Carolyn Harding with Whitney Shanahan, Founder of ProChoice with Heart, a growing organization that focuses on holding protests across the country fighting for women’s rights! Learn about the new anti-abortion legislation in Texas. More
Join Oct 2, Rally for Abortion Justice Nationwide: BIT.LY/OCT2RALLY

Psychedelics, Sacred Medicines, Purpose, & Business: Integrating Visionary Experiences into Conscious Entrepreneurship – More on our Calendar here
Simply Living is excited to co-sponsor a series of Environmental Justice Talks organized by Columbus Stand Up! as part of the Ohio Climate Justice Fund’s Listen. Lead. Share. campaign. More on the SL Calendar here.

Java Central is located at 20 S. State St. in Uptown Westerville 43081

Avalon Nine Trio to Perform at Folk Fest Fundraiser Patio at El Vaquero on Olentangy: Sun Oct 10th 3:00pm – 5:00pm
 Enjoy great Mexican food and acoustic music on the patio while supporting our Central Ohio Folk Festival! First come, first-served eating on the patio. $10-15 per person suggested donation when we pass the hat, with donations supporting our 2022 Central Ohio Folk Festival.
Linda Blaine, Dave Clutter and Brian Szuch will be celebrating the roots and branches of folk and Americana music. This acoustic trio brings vocal harmonies, guitar, mandolin, and other instrumentation to songs by such artists as Joni Mitchell, John Hiatt, Bob Dylan, Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Gillian Welch and many more.

Get ready for YES! Fest: A Better World Rising on Oct 7-8, 2021.
This 2-day online festival will feature inspiring talks with Vandana ShivaAlicia Garzaadrienne maree brownDallas GoldtoothRev. Dr. Liz TheoharisAmanda Alexander, Mariah Parker, YES! co-founders David Korten and Sarah Van Gelder, and our YES! editors.
Together, we’ll celebrate YES!’s 25th anniversary and dig into the past, present, and future of the movements for a more equitable and sustainable world—from food sovereignty and Indigenous-led climate movements, to transformative justice and the Movement for Black Lives.
This event is pay-what-you-can so that cost won’t be a barrier for anyone to attend. We’ll ask for donations when you register and at the event, so please, if it works for you, give what you can to help cover the costs of the event and support YES! into the future. Register Now

Please join Dr. Zach Bush on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 at 3pm ET  ReGenerations: Fertility, Childhood Development, and Puberty.
Registration is FREE and includes access to the video recording. Please share this link with anyone looking to create a brighter future for ourselves and our children. REGISTER NOW

INTRO to NVC: Speak Peace with Compassionate Communication
Thu Oct 7th 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Meets 1st Thursday of the month)
What is Compassionate Communication? Come find out!
Join us for this FREE and engaging personal practice of Compassionate-Nonviolent Communication (NVC), the Language of the Heart, led by local Compassionate Communication facilitators.
Open to both beginners and experienced practitioners.
NVC was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D., an American Psychologist, and is based on Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.’s principles of nonviolence -our natural state of compassion.
*Currently an Online Zoom Call*
Join Zoom Meeting:

Learn about the Summit on our calendar here.
Friday October 8 from 9 am – 3 pm
Stratford Ecological Center
Wonderful invitation video here.
 We will be joined by the Chris Kloth, renowned facilitator of Open Space technology. 
 Register here for $30 (includes lunch) and consider our sponsorship options.

Wild Goose Creative October Gallery Night: Plug and Play
Fri Oct 8th 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Unplug from the hum-drum of everyday life and connect to this exhibition that flips your sense of reality. Plug and Play brings together two artists, Krista Faist and Claire Smith, in a mash-up of vibrant color and provocative sensation. Playfulness as a theme is central to each artist as they create their work, elevating discarded materials and scraps of society to become moments of precious relief from these bleak times.
This exhibition features a virtual reality experience called Kaleidoscope by Krista Faist. Claire Smith’s work inspires you to reflect and to touch – yes, touch. Each piece, in its own unique way, encourages a moment of reflection and brings a little light to the shadows. More on our Calendar. REGISTER

We are not slaves of the market. Our human life has a greater meaning than making money, making profit, and working for the market or for multinational corporations. Satish Kumar

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“Don’t worry. Be Happy.” ~ Meher Baba (and the Bobby McFerrin song!)

October Tree of the Month: Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
By Martin (Mort) Schmidt, for Simply Living

One of the most valuable hardwoods of the eastern forests, and in October, perhaps the most beautiful is sugar maple, Acer saccharum. Sugar maple is most abundant in fertile, moderately moist, well̆drained soils, and is one of the most popular trees for landscaping.

Most people recognize sugar maple as the leaf depicted on the Canadian flag. Sugar maple has opposite, simple leaves. That is to say that the leaves, twigs, and branches occur directly across from each other, rather than staggered like your foot prints when you walk in the snow. Simple leaves are those that are distributed more or less evenly on the tree, rather than occurring in more or less constant groups of three, five, seven, etc. Sugar maple leaves are approximately 5 inches wide, symmetrical, and have five lobes, with rather small first and fifth lobes. Sugar maple leaves are palmately veined, i.e., they have several primary veins that meet at the stem, the way the fingers in the palm of your hand meet at a central point on your wrist. Pinnately veined leaves, such as oaks, have a primary vein extending from the base to the tip of the leaf, with secondary veins attached to it at various points along its length.

Unlike red maple and silver maple, Acer saccharum leaves have no teeth. The low spots between lobes, i.e., the sinuses or crotches are Ŭshaped, compared to red maple and silver maple, which have have V̆shaped sinuses. You can remember this by reminding yourself that if you eat too much sugar yoȗll lose your teeth, or that sugar maplȇs sinus is shaped like the letter U in sugar. Sugar maple also resembles black maple, Acer nigra, which some botanists regard as the same species. I do not distinguish between them. Sugar maple leaves are similar to those of the non̆native Norway maple, but the latter have shallower sinuses and the stems exude a milky sap when plucked from the tree. Sugar, red, and silver maple leaves produce clear sap. Also unlike sugar maples, some Norway maple cultivars have purple leaves. Of course, sugar maples are famed for their brilliant fall colors. Several trees, including red maple, sweet gum, and scarlet oak have lovely red leaves in Autumn, but only sugar maple has leaves of green, yellow, orange, and red.

Clockwise from upper left: Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Silver Maple, Norway Maple. Photos by Mort Schmidt

Sugar maples grow to be full̆ sized trees with a typical height of 90 feet and a trunk diameter of 3 to 4 feet at maturity. Sugar maples tend to have rounded crowns, often looking like gumdrops on sticks. Immature sugar maples have smooth bark, but the bark develops shallow furrows and divides into plates as the trees mature.

The defining feature of all maples is the presence of paired samaras (wafer̆like seedś that split and flutter to the ground like helicopters. Sugar maple flowers are pollinated by wind, before the emergence of pollinating insects. Subsequently, the flowers are not showy, and consist of pale green tassels better suited to catching wind than to catching an insect̑s attention. According to the Ohio DNR, ̍The long̅pediceled ˽stemmed˾ flowers of sugar maple may be male, female, or perfect ˽male and female within the same flower˾, with all occurring on the same tree,˳˳˳˳̎

Left: sugar maple bark. Photo by Mort Schmidt. Right: sugar maple samaras. Photo from USDA plants database.

We often use the term ̎hardwood̏ for non̆conifers, even though some, such as buckeye, provide soft lumber. But sugar maple really is hard, with a Janka hardness of 1,450 pounds̆force (lbf́ ̆ vastly harder than Ohiȏs softest hardwood, yellow buckeye (350 lbf́, and close to pin oak (1,510 lbf́, according to Wood̆ At the lumberyard, sugar maple and black maple are sold
as ̎hard maplȅ or ̎rock maplȅ, while red maple (950 lbf́ and silver maple (700 lbf́ are classified as ̎soft maplȅ.

Because of maplȇs hardness, smoothness, and mild flavor, sugar maple is widely used for kitchenware such as cutting boards and rolling pins. It̑s also used extensively for flooring and furniture. Although sugar maplȇs hardness is similar to oak̑s, its smoothness makes it preferable for turned objects such as chair legs and bowling pins. Historically, white ash was the wood of choice for baseball bats. But now, according to, three quarters of the bats used in the major leagues are made of hard maple. Maple is harder and heavier, but less springy. The choice depends on the batteȓs swinging style and strength.

Curly maple, aka ̎fiddleback̏ or ̐ti ger̆striped̏ maple is prized for musical instruments and high̆quality furniture. The cause of curly growth is unknown, and it seems to be most common in healthy, mature trees. Curly figure is generally associated with maple, but occurs in other woods as well. Another desirable wood figure is birdseye, or ̎bird̑s eyȅ. Birdseye apparently results
from buds sprouting out of the trunk, and it is usually sold in the form of veneer. Birdseye is also often associated with, but not limited to maple. Curly and birdseye woods are costly due to their scarcity and the difficulty of working their irregular grain.

Left: curly maple. Right: Birdseye Maple. Photos from Wikipedia

Maple’s limited durability (rot resistance), makes it poorly suited for outdoor use. Like most of the harder woods, sugar maple burns hot, and with its pleasant smell and clean burning, makes excellent firewood. Historically, the ashes of maple wood were valued for the extraction of potash (literally, pot-ash, and the source of the element name “potassium”). Potash is the soluble mixture of compounds leached from ashes to ma per pound as birch, and four times as much as most softwoods.

Of course, sugar maple, also called the “sugar bush”, is the source of maple syrup. Spiles are tapped into the tree in the spring when temperatures are below freezing at night, and above freezing during the day. A tree in the open can produce as much as 20 gallons of sap in a season, and in a forest, as much as 10 gallons. The sugaring season is over when the leaves come out, because the change in chemistry leads to off-tasting syrup. Even the best maple sap is watery, and 30 to 40 gallons of sap must be boiled down to produce one
gallon of maple syrup. Accordingly, even mature trees typically produce under a gallon of finished syrup in a season. Red maple is occasionally tapped for sugar, but the sap is more watery, and the season before the leaves emerge is shorter than for sugar maple. Further boiling turns maple syrup into maple sugar. According to Rebecca Rupp’s Red Oaks & Black Birches, the Science and Lore of Trees, Native Americans enjoyed shaping maple sugar candy into figures shaped like flowers, animals etc., much as is practiced today. Rupp also reports that in earlier days, maple sap was made into an alcoholic beverage.

Maple seeds are edible to humans. Who knew? They’re tastiest when their winged pods are still green. After removing and discarding the wings, the inner seeds can be eaten raw, but their taste is reportedly improved by roasting or boiling. Rodents and some birds also feed on maple seeds.

Maple may also have medicinal value. The Indians made tea from the inner bark to treat coughs and diarrhea. Maple bark extracts and sap were sometimes used to treat sore eyes.

Sugar maple is the state tree of Vermont, New York, and Wisconsin, while the state tree of Rhode Island is a maple of no particular species. As mentioned earlier, the sugar maple is also displayed on the Canadian flag. Some sources claim that Canada’s flag represents no specific maple, but the U-shaped sinuses to me suggest sugar maple. The leaves on the back of the Canadian penny are also maple, but regrettably, they were drawn with an alternate leaf arrangement.

As described in Fred Hageneder’s The Meaning of Trees, Iroquois legend tells of four brothers who were once hunting an enormous bear, finally killing him at the top of a high mountain. After cooking and eating the bear, they looked down to see thousands of sparkling lights below, and realized that they were no longer on the mountain, but in the sky. When the bear came back to life,
the hunters chased him and they became parts of the Great Bear constellation. Every Autumn when they kill him, his blood falls from the heavens and paints the maple leaves red.

Finally, maple is generally seen as a helpful tree, and medieval magicians recommended hard maple stakes for skewering the hearts of vampires. With its lovely fall colors, and protection from vampires as Halloween approaches, there could be no better Tree of the Month for October!

Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
Is An Amazing, Ancient Place Worth A Visit

Break out your hiking boots, because I have an adventure for you.
by Chelsea Wiley in The Columbus Navigator
Even though I’ve lived in Ohio for the majority of my life, I still find myself impressed with the natural beauty throughout the state. Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve in Licking County comes to mind whenever someone asks me about an underrated place in central Ohio and for good reason. It’s freaking jaw-dropping.

Blackhand Gorge is a scene straight out of Middle Earth. The Licking River cuts through a four-mile-long sandstone formation and it feels ancient and otherworldly. Thousands of years ago, early Native Americans lived in the area and visited the gorge. As the world changed, the importance of the gorge changed as well.
Read the full article here. Recommended by SL members Rita and Phil, who tell us Blackhand is the only Ohio preserve with a bike path.

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American Bumblebee Buzzes Toward Protection

In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that the American bumblebee — a once-common pollinator whose populations have plummeted by nearly 90% in 20 years — may warrant Endangered Species Act protection. The announcement kicks off a year-long review of the species’ status.
 “This is an important first step in preventing the extinction of this fuzzy black-and-yellow beauty that was once a familiar sight,” said Jess Tyler, a Center scientist. “To survive unchecked threats of disease, habitat loss and pesticide poisoning, American bumblebees need the full protection of the
Endangered Species Act right now.”

Support Bike Lanes on Indianola!
Comments Due October 6th
Background: The City of Columbus will soon be resurfacing Indianola Avenue through Clintonville and is considering bicycle and pedestrian improvements. This is a once in a generation opportunity to implement improvements that impact our quality of life and support local businesses.
The Project: Information about the project is available here. Slides with the possible options are here. See the full Transit Cbus newsletter here.
Click to Submit Public Comment

LinkUS Leadership Coalition

LinkUS is a transformative transit and multimodal corridor project being undertaken by the City of Columbus, COTA, MORPC and other partners. Engineering and other analysis is currently underway on the Northwest Corridor as well as an East-West Corridor on Broad & Main Streets. The project as currently proposed will result in a world class Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

See the full Transit Cbus newsletter here.
And become a secret transit agent!
Check out this fun video from our friends at Streetsblog and be reminded of the collective power we can have as transit advocates. A better world awaits.

Learn how to buy community property from experienced communitarians.
Whether you are doing it on your own or as a group, financing and purchasing community property can be a daunting process.
Buying Community Property is a great FREE introduction to the topic that is perfect for the beginner who doesn’t know how to get started.
In this short guide, you’ll learn what questions to ask yourself to get started, who to reach out to for support, and how to take the first steps toward land ownership.
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A community is like a ship; everyone ought to
be prepared to take the helm. ~ Henrik Ibsen

Every year since 2004, EWG has published its popular Dirty Dozen™ and Clean Fifteen™ lists to help shoppers reduce their exposure to toxic pesticide residues linked to cancer and hormone disruption. On day three of EWG’s CleanCon™ 2021, we’ll dive deeper into the unsafe but legal pesticides and food additives allowed in our food and help you shop smarter.

Xeriscaping 101: Landscaping With Minimal Water

Whether you live in a drought-prone region or simply want to minimize the water you use in your garden, xeriscaping may be right for you. This water-wise approach can provide you with a beautiful landscape, but it does rely on careful planning and smart plant selection. more…

The Often Invisible Impact of Maritime Trade

Did you know that most of the goods we purchase are transported by water? Ocean shipping is economical, but it has a negative environmental impact.
Can we help reduce the pollution from international trade? more…

Recycling Mystery: Water Filters

If you filter your drinking water to make it taste better or remove unwanted impurities, you’re not alone. From pitcher models to whole-house systems, water filtration systems are varied and popular. To keep working as intended, the filter must be replaced frequently. What do you do with your old water filter? more…

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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

Holistic Horticulture
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Mega Weekend
Hops & Cartoons & Shopping & More

Have a fun weekend! Photo by Aline Viana Prado from Pexels.

Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. And just like that, September’s over. Try some local peanut butter.
|Enjoy your weekend!

Fun Stuff to Do

This weekend, enjoy CXC Cartoon Crossroads Columbus.
Or, go to GDEX Game Expo & Origins Game Fair.
Laugh with Lori Graves
HAMi x Autokorekt perform at Dahlia.
Catch the SOS Indie Horror Film Festival at Grandview Theatre.
Enjoy the Creekside Hops & Vines Festival.
Spacebar welcomes Phantom Queens and more.

Shopping and Fashion

Buy some stuff at Golden Hobby Shop.
Enjoy a speakeasy event at Samson.
Shop the Pearl Market on Friday, Downtown at Pearl & Gay Streets.
Enjoy the Hops & Harvest Festival at Tanger Outlets.
Arrowfolk visits Tigertree.
Explore the Central Ohio Afro Fest.
Fashion Week Columbus has their Finale Runway Show at Gravity on Saturday.
Shop the Not Your Mama’s Fall Craft Market.
Little Flea is popping up at Rambling House.


Take an art tour at Ohio Craft Museum.
Skulls is on view at Blockfort.
Gateway Film Center has started HitchcocktoberVenetian Blinds opens at 934 Gallery.
Check out Gallery Hop.
Chalk the Block is happening all over Easton on Saturday.
Christopher Burk opens a new art show, Quiet Setting, at Brandt-Roberts Galleries.
View some art in the Hilltop
Clay Zombies anyone?


Ride a kayak at Prairie Oaks Metro Park.
Watch Independence Day and Gone Girl at Nightlight614.
Columbus Clippers take on Louisville Bats.
Drop off your hazardous waste!
Don’t forget about ZOMBIEzi Bay!
All Hallow’s Eve starts at the Ohio History Center.

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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. 

Friday, October 1, 2021, 5:00 – 5:30 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: Apple Podcasts: and YouTube:

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 12:00 PM. Columbus Rally for Abortion Justice.  We march to show solidarity with the people affected by the abortion ban in Texas. We also march because we are well aware that Ohio could be next to pass similar laws. But we will not only march, we will also make October 2nd a day of action.  We will meet at the Statehouse at 12:00 noon, march to Goodale Park, where we will have a training to do a voter registration drive. Training will take about 15 minutes. Instead of just marching, we will be actively working to change Republican control of the statehouse that they have maintained because of gerrymandering. Marching to Goodale will begin at one. Please come with your signs and your masks. As always, this is an intersectional march. We will be uplifting voices of BIPOC people, people who are members of the LGBTQ community, and disabled people who these kinds of laws most affect.  We will have medics, legal observers, security, and extractors. We will have masks for those who need them, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer. Undoubtedly, there will be forced birth protestors there. Please do not engage, as that is what they want. We want everyone to remain safe.  Location:  Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus.  Register here

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  Environmental Justice Talk.  This meeting is organized by Columbus Stand Up! as part of the Ohio Climate Justice Fund’s Listen. Lead. Share. campaign. Through this program, Columbus Stand Up! will host four environmental justice conversations in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color across Columbus in order to hear the community’s needs and challenges around living healthy and safe lives. Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library Linden Branch, 2223 Cleveland Ave. RSVP here.

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Occupy for Our Revolution.  Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity. 

Sunday, October 3, 2021, 2:00 PM.  GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding.  Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: Apple Podcasts: and YouTube:

Sunday, October 3, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM.  An Honest Look At The History Of Race Leading To Honest Engagement With Each Other.  Lead presenter, Katrina Browne, produced/directed the Emmy-nominated Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, a documentary about her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island, the hidden history of the North’s complicity in slavery, and her family’s reckoning with questions of privilege and repair. Traces premiered at Sundance (2008), aired on PBS, and contributed to the Episcopal Church’s decision to atone for its role in slavery. Katrina now works for the Church as a consultant on the Becoming Beloved Community racial justice and healing initiatives. She was the lead developer of the Sacred Ground curriculum which has been taken up by over 1700 circles in congregations across the country and is expanding in new ways. This workshop is an overview of Sacred Ground (a film and readings-based dialogue on race) including discussion of clips from the films. Experienced facilitators will offer guidance for how to form small groups to walk through key chapters in America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family stories, economic class, and political and regional identity.  Sacred Ground is a powerful online curriculum of films that focuses on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific histories as they interact with European-American histories. We all need to know this, but the series is especially helpful for white people talking with each other about race. These are the stories the anti-CRT protestors don’t want us to tell.  More information and link to registration here

Tuesday, October 5, October 19, October 26, November 2, and November 9, 2021, 07:00 PM.  Pax Christi:  The Gospel & Nuclear Disarmament Study Circles.  The purpose of these study circles is multi-faceted: to explore, in the context of prayer and reflection, what radical discipleship means in the Nuclear Age; to deepen our faith commitment to Jesus’s command of nonviolence and resistance to idolatry and empire; to better understand the omnipresent nuclear peril and examine how nuclear weapons serve to reinforce empire, white supremacy and systemic racism and oppression; to educate ourselves about Pope Francis’s declaration that the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral and what the implications are for the wider church; to explore what actions can be taken to: have the U.S. ratify the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)– which now deems nuclear weapons illegal–and abolish nuclear weapons, convert all nuclear weapons facilities and manufacturing sites to non-military production, and redirect the over $1.7 trillion 30-year U.S. nuclear modernization now underway to eradicate poverty and meet urgent human needs.  The Nuclear Disarmament study circles is a continuation of an ongoing series we’re calling, “Love is Political: Literary Circles for Liberation.”  Register here. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Ohio Environmental Council Training.  What’s in a Law: How to Understand Legislation and the Ohio Code.  The legislation passed at the Statehouse can be hard to decipher. Understanding the laws that make up the Ohio Code is a critical part of advocating for our environment. Join us to learn more about how the Ohio Code works and how to read proposed legislation from the Statehouse. Together we’ll cut through the jargon and legalese to dig into what makes up the laws in our state. Register here

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Facing the Past to Forge the Future.  Harvard Law School professor Martha Minow identifies a tension that every society must confront in the aftermath of political violence and oppression: “too much memory and too much forgetting.”She contends both ends of this spectrum hold the potential to derail the possibility of forging a just and shared future. In this webinar, Minow and moderator Dr. Duncan Morrow will hold a public conversation about what it means to face the past, how to find the balance between acknowledgement and taking responsibility for injustice, while – at the same time – turning toward the possibility of transformation and social healing.  More information and registration here

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Area Region of SPAN Meeting.  If you are interested in local Medicare for All, please contact Bob Krasen, for more information and the zoom meeting information. 

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 12:00 PM. Gaza is Palestine.  The Peoples’ Inquiry, sponsored by Adalah Justice Project and MPower Change, is an opportunity for the U.S. public to hear the accounts of Palestinians from Gaza on the massacres carried out by Israel in May 2021. It will culminate in a clear call to action for people in the U.S. to exercise personal power to disrupt Israeli and American violence on Palestinians in Gaza and a recommitment to end the blockade and siege of the Gaza Strip. Featured guests include Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Abier Al-Masri, Issam Adwan, Jehad Abu Salim, and others.  Register here

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 2:00 PM. (rescheduled). Faith Talks Hispanic Heritage Month. We’ll be interviewing several leaders of MARCHA, the Hispanic Caucus of The United Methodist Church.  Register here

Thursday, October 7, 2021, 2:00 PM. New nuclear: What’s at stake for wildlife? A webinar looking at the impact of planned and existing nuclear power stations on local wildlife.  More information and registration here

Saturday, October 9, 2017, 7:00 PM.  Columbus Free Press Second Saturday Salon.  Since we aren’t getting together in person, we can gather for a couple hours on the second Saturday night of each month. Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 839 0659.

The best way to cleanse the heart and prepare for the stilling
of the mind is to lead a normal, worldly life. Living in the midst of your day-to-day duties, responsibilities, likes, dislikes, etc.,
will help you. All these become the very means for
the purification of your heart. ~ Meher Baba

Columbus Free Press Activists Calendar Editor Bob Roehm
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