Be the Change Weekly Community Update 2-26-2021

Greta Thunberg and Jane Goodall

Two on Tues March 2
2 pm and 7 pm

Join our Town Hall TUESDAY MARCH 2 @ 2 PM

GO BOLD. The Coalition for Public Banking in Ohio invites you to BECOME AN ALLY and advocate for a game changing solution…

Public banks invest in Main Street, not Wall Street. Register (free) here.

Meet our Ohio Team. We’re part of the national movement for banking in the public interest. Become a citizen advocate and encourage your environmental and social justice organizations to become a partner. Learn more at the Public Banking Institute, and register (free) here. Sign up to receive the recording.

NEXT TUES EVE 7 PM… Hear from a panel of climate and environmental activists on what is in the Columbus Climate Action plan, why it’s not strong enough, and what you can do to tell the city to make the climate plan match the climate science.

Join this special Simply Living forum, led by climate science expert Cathy Cowan Becker. Get all the details here, including access to the Draft Climate Plan.
See Cathy’s Action Alert here.

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.

Kalle Lasn, founder of Adbusters Magazine, Journal of the Media Environment. Click through to check out their awesome new edition. Getting close the Simply Living vision!


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 author and activist Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith
5 pm Friday on WGRN radio 94.1 FM. More HERE
What if we used the power of creativity and art to imagine positive transformation for our communities? Fri 2-26-27-28.
Free symposium .Donations requested. More here.
Full Moon Gratitude Meditation Saturday 6 pm at Antrum Park. More here

Just to be is a blessing.
Just to live is holy…
The strength of faith is in silence,
and in words that hibernate and wait.
–Rabbi Abraham Heschel

More here.
Tuesdays 5 pm more here.

Wexner Center for the Arts: On Pause: FREE WORKSHOP FOR ALL AGES.
Wednesdays at Noon. More Here

Medicine of the Feminine: Virtual Retreat and Transformational Summit
March 6 – 8 More here/
more here.

Gotta love our Simply Living Calendar of Community Events
Search by keyword, scroll and browse, or display by month.


New blog on Columbus Coffee Roasters by Kyle Garvey. Check it out here!
The Market blog this week is about roots + lots more useful info here.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is worth celebration! More in Cville blog.

Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
All specialty pizzas & You Do Your pies (up to 4 toppings)

 YES! Presents ‘An Ecological Civilization: The Path We’re On” with Winona LaDuke, Leah Penniman, Jeremy Lent, Zenobia Jeffries Warfield, and Andrew Schwartz. More than 2,600 people attended. For those who couldn’t tune in live, here’s the link to the recorded conversation. Plus, here is the playlist of songs for the event.

Reining in Monopoly Power: The Push in Congress to Strengthen the Antitrust Laws and What It Means for Small Independent Businesses.
Excellent webinar featuring Stacy Mitchell, Zephyr Teachout, and a Congressman committed to regulating monopolies to rebuild our local economies with independent businesses.
The recording of the webinar can be viewed here :

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!

Roadmap to Regeneration in the US
Some of us read Grassroots Rising at a recent Book Club gathering last year.
For those who haven’t read the book, here is a link to Chapter Nine of the book.
READ “Roadmap to Regeneration in the United States, 2020—2030

How To Care for Cast-Iron Cookware
Are you new to cast iron? These tips will help acquaint you with proper care techniques for successful cooking with this durable cookware. more…
Carbon footprint concept drawn on a white background
Footprint by Footprint: Calculating Carbon
How much does your lifestyle contribute to climate change? Pick one of these free carbon calculators to discover where you can make improvements. more…
Do you have old extension cords or power cords cluttering your basement or garage? Get tips for responsibly disposing of them in this recycling mystery. more…

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. 

Friday, February 26, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM.  Honk and Wave Every Friday for Our Revolution.  We’ll hang banners and wave to the folks as they head home for the weekend. while they last, each person will receive a Medicare for all placard and an organize to win placard. Enter 4261 Olentangy River Road into your GPS and then walk to the bridge. this is how we win.  Register here.

Friday, February 26, 2021, 5:00 – 6:30 PM.  Social Movement Ecology.  Social Movement Ecology is a theory which explains how we change society for the better. This expert training isn’t one to miss!  SME lays a framework for organizations with different theories of change to recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses and work together to produce large-scale social change. This training will provide participants with the skills, tools, and confidence to identify complex layers of approaches in social movement. Learn how organizations with different theories of change can recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses and work together to produce large-scale social change.  Register here.  

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 2:00 PM. Beyond the Two State Solution – A Talk with PCAP Board Member Jonathan Kuttab.  Join the Palestine Christian Alliance for Peace for a talk with Jonathan Kuttab, PCAP Board member and international human rights lawyer.  Jonathan will be discussing his new book, Beyond the Two-State Solution, and will be joined by Miko Peled, an author and activist, and son of a late Israeli general, to reflect on a vision of co-existence and equality in a binational state.  Register here

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 4:00 PM.  Training on the New Sanctions Kill Toolkit. The Sanctions Kill coalition created a new toolkit that anyone can use to educate their organization, group or community about what economic sanctions are, the impact they have, why they are illegal and how they also hurt people in the United States. The toolkit is composed of a 20-minute slideshow, a sample script and resources.  You are invited to a webinar to learn more about the toolkit, hear a sample presentation and ask questions. This is led by members of groups in the Sanctions Kill coalition. All who are interested are welcome. Please spread the word.  Register here

Saturday, February 27, 2021, 9:30 PM. Islamophobia: Confronting a Global Challenge.  Islamophobia Research Center Gala.  Register here. 

Saturday, February 27, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  Occupy for Our Revolution.  Join us at the intersection of North Broadway and high as we demonstrate weekly for peace and justice. bring a mask and a sign or two.  Register here

Monday, March 1, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30, Ohio Voice Coalition Building.  Coalitions are essentially partnerships at the organizational level. We form these superstructures in order to mobilize multiple groups of people at once in pursuit of the same goal. In progressive work, where the intersection of multiple identities is a crucial part of our philosophy, coalitions allow us to represent the needs and concerns of a more inclusive community, and ultimately get wins for more people more quickly.  Register here.

Monday, March 1, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00 PM.  COVID Didn’t Do This, It Just Exposed It: The Continued Struggle for Education Justice in Ohio.  Join us for a presentation on education in Ohio with Michelle Dillingham (CFT) and Marché Gendrew (CEJC). State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney will join us to discuss HB1.  Co-sponsors: Cincinnati Educational Justice Coalition, Students for Gun Legislation, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, 513 Impact Coalition.  Register here

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 11:30 AM.  Day of Empathy.  The Day of Empathy is an annual, national day of action to generate empathy on a massive scale for the millions of Americans impacted by the criminal justice system. In partnership with our 50-state network of criminal justice reform organizers, we aim to: Build empathy in our elected officials — governors, state legislators, and other policymakers to take action on criminal justice reform. Humanize and uplift the stories of those who have been impacted by the criminal justice system through personal interactions with lawmakers to demonstrate the impact that policy has on the lives of impacted people, their spouses, their children, their parents, their friends, crime survivors, and their communities.  More information and registration here

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM. Ending Nuclear Weapons Before They End Us: Opportunities Under the Biden Administration to Take Action.  Union of Concerned Scientists.  This event will have two distinct segments. First is a policy briefing to discuss opportunities and challenges with a distinguished panel of experts, including Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of ICAN, and Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation in the Obama administration. The briefing will be followed by a series of interactive skills building and thematic workshops to help build your knowledge and advocacy skills.  More information and registration here.

Mega Weekend
Malt Adult, Ice Skating, Comedy, and More!

Try ice skating at Easton. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels.

Have a great weekend! The Crew has season tickets on sale. Pick up a cute doll from Tiny Activist Project and support historic preservation. Dunkin’s got avocado toast and it’s only $2.99 so go ahead and splurge.


Cinema Revival goes virtual with the Wexner Center.
Blooms & Butterflies are looking pretty at Franklin Park Conservatory.
Catch a couple of Bill Murray films at Studio 35.
Watch the EJs Warriors Documentary at The Phoenix Theatre.
Check out Malt Adult #19.

Food Things to Try

Saturday is National Pokémon Day, celebrate with The Fat Girl Bakery.
Try Hemisphere’s new Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee.
Hen Quarter Dublin has Jazz Brunch Saturdays.
Arcade Super Awesome turns 2 at Sideswipe.
LemonShark opens at Easton.

Enjoy Exploring Art

Friday is Comedy at Club Lincoln with Marc Fazon.
WinterFEST is happening with ProMusica. #Charlottesville continues.
MadLab puts on a virtual 24 Hour Theatre Festival.
Urban Strings has a Black History Concert.

What else can you do
this weekend?

Go ice skating at Easton.
BQIC has a free resource Friday at Community Grounds.
There are a few tickets left for Jim Breuer at the FunnyBone.
Enjoy Maple Syrup Days at Dawes Arboretum.
Do the 13th Annual Mark Dempsey Memorial Irish Triathlon.
Do a neighborhood cleanup. 80s Ladies takes over Axis.
Take an online photography lesson.
Last Call Sunday returns at The Forum.
Sign up for the 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

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


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