Be the Change: Weekly Community Update April 23, 2021


George Floyd and Ma’Khia Bryant should be alive today
Excerpts from Simply Living’s OpEd by Cathy Cowan Becker on Racial and Environmental Justice (right).
See the full statement here.

George Floyd should be alive today. So should Ma’Khia Bryant, Andre Hill, Casey Goodson, Henry Green, Tyre King, and many more. We mourn as their families mourn and demand a new approach to keeping our communities safe.

We believe a better world is possible, and that we cannot address the climate crisis without also addressing the crisis of racial and economic inequality. The key to a better world is to create it for ALL of us. There is no environmental justice without racial and economic justice.


Sunday! Must See Film + Nature Hike In Person


Invisible Hand: The Rights of Nature
REGISTER TODAY
tinyurl.com/yp7dmhkx
Get Link to see film on Saturday April 24
+ Join Discussion Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2 PM
Free! $5 donation requested

From Executive Producer Mark Ruffalo comes the world’s first documentary film on the Rights of Nature Movement, a “Paradigm Shifting” story about the current global battle between capitalism and democracy where the fight for our survival is at stake. Sponsored by Simply Living and the Ohio Community Rights Network. More info about this important Democracy film series here.

Markie is a volunteer organizer for Toledoans for Safe Water and the Ohio Community Rights Network. She currently works for CELDF on grant writing, communications, and leads special projects. She is an ambassador for the Lake Erie Bill of Rights and the Rights of Nature, speaking at the United Nations, appearing on The Daily Show, and numerous local, national and international media outlets.
Join us for the live Q&A Lake Erie Bill of Rights organizers Markie Miller (left)
and Tish O’Dell (right)

Link and password to view the film will be sent out Saturday, April 24.
The film will be available for a 24 -hour period before the Q&A,
which starts promptly at 2:00 pm
this Sunday the 25th.
Tish has been involved in community rights and Rights of Nature work starting in her own community of Broadview Heights, Ohio, which led to the first Community Bill of Rights banning fracking and recognizing Rights of Nature. She has worked with dozens of communities on anti-fracking, anti-pipeline, right to a livable climate, fair elections and water privatization issues.

Conversation in the Woods:
Guided Nature Walks with Cindy Lanese
Sunday, April 25 at 2 pm at Riverlea Woods

Reconnect with nature during a guided walk in the woods with Cindy Lanese.
$10 donation with all proceeds to support Simply Living
Details and registration here

Cindy’s lifelong love and pursuit of connection with nature along with her deep respect of indigenous practices and rituals are threads that are woven deeply into the tapestry of her life. Her love of nature is embodied in her experience of living. Certified at the School of Lost Borders Wilderness guide training, she has been on solo and group vision quests in Utah, Colorado, Ohio and has section hiked the Appalachian Trail and the El Camino in Spain. Cindy guides and walks with others to find a deeper soul connection, remembering that we are interconnected with the natural world and carry within us the intelligence of the earth as our teacher.. if we listen.



HIGHLIGHTS FROM SIMPLY LIVING’S BE THE CHANGE COMMUNITY CALENDAR


It’s Free. Sign up Fri Apr 23rd – Sun May 2nd More here.
Join 37 of The world’s top medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, scientists, dietitians, researchers, and authors, who will share with you the unbiased, accurate, scientifically proven truth about health, nutrition, the food system, the medical system, and the environment.

Friday April 23 from 8 am – 2 pm Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive
You’re invited! Taquito’s taco truck 11 am to 2 pm
950 Michigan Avenue, Columbus OH 43215 More here

NOTE: 1 – 2 PM EDT. More here including a May 21 evebt,

RSVP Following this week’s Climate Summit at the White House and the 51st celebration of Earth Day, we will discuss what the summit means both globally and domestically, how it gets us closer to ending fossil fuel subsidies, and how we can continue to demand the strongest, boldest climate solutions possible. We’re joined by Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan, and Senior Campaigner at Oil Change, Collin Rees. Tune in on Facebook Live or Zoom! more here

Grass Root Radio 5 – 5:30 pm Friday April 23. Carolyn Harding w/ Rebecca Ness and Kevin Doenges – Love Your Alley! more here
“Love Your Alley is about collaboration, sustainability, creativity and beauty. It is transforming our underutilized alleys into extended living space for everyone to enjoy, while creating our own Homegrown National Park in Bexley with native plants that support our pollinators and biodiversity. These events and speakers are scheduled throughout the month of May to help participants learn about planting native plants, enhancing gardens for pollinators, and much more! Registration is required and ends 3 hours prior to the start of the event.

Calling all Earthlings! Join us on Friday, April 23rd @ 7pm EST to celebrate the Earth and share some joy and creativity.
Transition US will be hosting: Welcome to Spaceship Earth, an interactive and free virtual event featuring planet-based family-friendly fun. more

Enjoy their music from 9:30 – 11:30 am to kick off the
summer market season . More herhttps://tockify.com/e/simplylivingsu/detail/647/1619269200000e.
This Saturday marks the beginning of our 19th summer market season! You an expect to find fresh cut flowers, spring treats like radishes and arugula, artisan bread, cheese and jams, 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. Read the full Market blog

Forest Restoration Project on Eakin Road Saturday April 24 from 9 am – 12 pm
We have 1900 trees to plant this Saturday!! Please come out and help!
This land has historically been neglected and used as an illegal dump site. This site is in poor shape but has a tremendous amount of potential.  2180 Eakin Rd, Columbus, OH 43223. Registration and more here.

Glen Echo Ravine Clean Up – Sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing

Sat April 24 from 9 am – 12:30 pm Join us for the 15th annual Earth Day Clean-Up in Glen Echo Park. We’ll be cleaning trash from the Glen Echo stream and possibly removing some bush honeysuckle. The Glen Echo Park is located in a ravine with steep slopes and a rocky stream. Boots and gloves are recommended. Extra glove, litter grabbers, and trash bags will be provided. More here

Decolonizing the Heart and Mind Sat Apr 24th 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Have you ever experienced the healing and freedom that comes with naming a harmful belief system as false, and forgiving yourself for it?
This is why I’m deeply honored to host a live workshop with Dr. Tone Rawlings, artist, scientist, educator, and guide who helps people tap into their higher wisdom and unwind from White-supremacy culture and heal early childhood, systemic, and intergenerational trauma. More here $11

More here.

Saturday, April 24 from 7 – 9:30 pm
Live at Java Central, 20 South State St, Westerville OH 43081

Mon Apr 26th 6:30pm – 8:00pm
The Backyard Herbalist at Columbus Garden School
An introduction to growing and appreciating medicinal herbs. Instructor is Bernadette Szabo.
Details and registration link here.
Joining us for this program will be leading climate scientists Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson from Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. WOSU News Chief Content Director Mike Thompson will moderate the conversation.
Virtual Event. Free to attend. More here.

Eating green(s) for the planet. Thu Apr 29th 4:00pm – 4:45pm
What we eat has a huge impact on our carbon footprint and the planet. Learn about different foods and their climate impact and how you can eat green for the planet! Join Bill Dawson with Franklin Park Conservatory and Stephanie Feldstein with Center for Biological Diversity for this GreenSpot Conversation. More here.

The events listed above are a fraction of those listed just this week. There are many more!
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“ECDI’s impact on the Ohio economy comfortably exceeds $1 billion annually, stemming from locally-owned, locally serving businesses.”
Overall Economic Impact Study of ECDI’s Lending to Ohio Entrepreneurs by Bill Lafayette, Ph.D.


We want to hear from you!
As we renew, rebuild, and relaunch Simply Living, we want to know:
What sustainability initiatives are you working on?
What would you like to see Simply Living take on in Columbus?
How would you like to be involved?
Please fill out our Simply Living survey to let us know: bit.ly/SLSurvey2021

NEWS + RESOURCES
FOR LIVING LOCAL


Simply Living signs letter on Yenkin-Majestic Paint factory explosion

Simply Living joined a coalition of organizations led by Columbus Stand Up! in delivering a letter to elected officials demanding answers about the April 7 explosion at the Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation. The blast killed one person, injured eight, and spewed ash and other debris over area homes. The factory, located immediately adjacent to a majority Black residential neighborhood on the east side, has a long track record of environmental and safety violations. The explosion rocked homes and businesses and released toxic chemicals. Read our blog here
Please share. The blog post includes a link to the full letter sent to State Senators..

Simply Living Membership with Solar Training Discount Details and Registration here

Want solar training? Get a discount!
We are super excited to announce a new partnership to provide a $50 discount for Simply Living members who sign up for online solar classes offered by Annie and Jay Warmke of Blue Rock Station.

Introduction to Solar PV
For those new to solar. How solar works, system options, parts of the system, and how to determine if your location is right for solar. (10 hrs) Cost: $99.

Residential Solar Installation & Design
Complete system design and installation course for residential PV systems. Prepares for industry certifications. (46 hrs) Cost: $199.


Read the newsletter online here.

Our next virtual “Chop with a Doc” is on Wednesday, May 12 at 5:30pm! Dr. Kelsey Sicker will lead us in learning how to cook for the most common food allergies. Sign up today!

Watch this short 4+ minute animated video from the Story of Stuff Project. Much of the conversation about plastic pollution focuses on plastic in the environment – but that’s just part of the story. Watch and share! Simply Living will be sharing more news next week about a campaign to tell grocers it is time to find alternatives to single use plrastics!

Read the latest newsletter from $2 Radio Headquarters here and get the skinny on how our local bookstores are faring during the pandemic.
What can you do about it? Visit a local bookstore, of course – first check out Kyle Garvey’s blog post here

Who can help these friends of Simply Living?
2 young physicians looking for a rental house, apartment, or condo 
2+ bedrooms > 1.5 bathrooms
2 parking spots with available street parking for guests
Flexible lease duration, would love 6 or 9 month option 
Lease start date in July or august 
Within 30 minutes driving to pickerington, new Albany, and Ohio state medical center 
<$2500/month 
Natural light, storage, and space for a dining table
In unit washer and dryer (not just hookups)
Please contact us at: stevenandjanaki@gmail.com.

One of Simply Living’s favorite films is now available to watch on Uplift TV. Watch the full length film here. See their latest newsletter here.

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


Saving the Earth From COVID Pollution: EcoBreathe Recyclable Face Mask
Discarded, single-use face masks have become a serious environmental and health threat. If you can’t use a reusable cloth mask, you now have another option: a 100% recyclable disposable face mask that helps protect us from COVID-19 and the planet from waste.
more



The Public Banking Institute just launched the
FRIENDS OF PUBLIC BANKING WEBSITE
https://friendsofpublicbanking.org/
As the public banking movement continues to surge forward, everyone can now learn about banking in the public interest and declare your support for the creation of public banks. Check it out now



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

CALENDARS!
LIVE LOCAL, BUILD COMMUNITY #SIMPLYLIVING


Columbus on the Cheap Good, Cheap, Fun

In This Issue…


COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND
Mega Weekend
Earth Day, Evil Dead II, Shopping & More

There are lots of opportunities to help for Earth Day. Photo by Zen Chung from Pexels.

Is the snow all done? Don’t forget to buy your ticket to the Urban Living Tour on Sunday May 2.
Have a great weekend.

Earth Day Happenings

Stop by Koko for an Earth Day Celebration.
Responsibly get rid of your electronics. Learn about bees.
Help 934 Gallery clean up in Milo-Grogan.
Learn about stuff you can do in your backyard. Clean up around Seventh Son. Help prep the garden at 4th Street Farms.
Enjoy an Earth Day Brunch at The Crest. Read about The Lost Fish of Ohio.

Shopping and Fun

Some of the mural proposals for Summer Jam West.
Shop the Vintage Market Days at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
Vote on the Summer Jam Mural proposals by Friday night.
Shop Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday.
Clintonville Farmers Market opens their summer season (still at Ohio History Center).
The Black Radish Creamery Farm Store has a Spring Fling.
Do some local shopping at Lincoln Cafe.
Shop the German Village Makers Market on Sunday.

ENJOY EXPLORING ART

The Columbus Museum of Art presents Art in Bloom.
Art in Bloom is this weekend.
Check out the Zhen Shan Ren International Art Exhibition.
CAPA’s ApART Together concerts continue.
ProMusica’s SpringFest goes online.
Explore the National Antiracist Book Festivalor the Ohioana Book Festival.
You can watch THE EVIL DEAD II Live with Bruce Campbell.
Watch The Oscars.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
THIS WEEDKEND?

The Rundown play a free show at Woodlands Tavern.
Learn more about Greenlawn Cemetery.
Are you running the virtual Cap City Half Marathon? Talk about Little Ohio. Taste of Grove City is a Restaurant Week.
The Forum hosts Last CallGalla Park Steak has opened.
Protests and vigils have been happening for Ma’Khia Bryant

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!


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. 

Friday, April 23, April 30, and May 7, 2021, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Immigration Policy in the Biden Administration: The First 100 Days and Beyond.  During the 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden repeatedly signaled his interest in adopting an immigration policy very different from that of the prior administration. After winning the election, several leaders from the immigrants’ rights movement joined the new administration, suggesting that fundamental change was imminent. As we approach one hundred days into this new era, it has become clear that the Biden Administration will reset U.S. immigration policies. But reset to what? This conference will bring together important stakeholders to address three central questions: First, what should federal immigration policy look like, both in the Biden Administration and beyond? Second, have the first 100 days put the country on a path toward achieving those goals, or is the reality mixed? Third, what should immigrants’ rights advocates do to achieve the world they want, in terms of both substantive demands and tactics to achieve them?  Topics:  April 23: Activism; Litigation; and Detention.  April 30: Movement Lawyering; The Department of Homeland Security; and Asylum.  May 7:  Inside vs. Outside Strategies; Congress vs. the Executive Branch.  UCLA School of Law.  More information and registration here

Friday, April 23, 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, April 23, 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 WGRN.com.  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ

April 22 – May 2, 2021.  Climate Reality Leadership Corps Virtual US Training.  With a new president and a new Congress ready to act, 2021 is our moment for change. To face the climate crisis devastating the planet. To confront the systemic racism destroying dreams and lives across the US.  More information and registration here

Friday, April 23 (8:00 PM) and Sunday, April 25 (4:00 PM).  From the Asylum Seekers Project.  People seeking asylum in the United States are usually detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Few migrants are granted release without a “sponsor” on record. Asylum Seekers Sponsorship Project is building a community of resistance against the injustice of the US immigration system by finding sponsors for people stuck in immigrant prisons.  Bringing a stranger into our homes is not a common practice in the U.S. But we must remember that people come to this country seeking safety, yet they are put in prison. They must often trust in strangers: Strangers to get them out of detention, to support them, and to join with them in seeking freedom. Sponsorship is not an act of charity; it is an act of solidarity. Gracious resistance = radical hospitality.  If you are interested finding out how you can become a sponsor, you can register for one of their upcoming trainings.   April 23, 8 PM – http://bit.ly/Apr23-ASSP.  April 25, 4 PM – http://bit.ly/Apr25-ASSP

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 AM.  Labor and Health Care Justice.  SPAN Ohio is pleased to be able to offer a program specifically for Labor to answer questions and concerns that the Labor movement has concerning health care and the Medicare for All movement.  Featured Speakers: Katherine Isaac, the Executive Director of the Debs Jones Douglass Institute.  The Institute was named for labor champions Eugene Debs, Mother Jones, and Frederick Douglass and is working to address the healthcare crisis by organizing workers in support of Medicare for All. Katherine will speak about a Just Transition from our current system to a Medicare for All system and how that will affect jobs. Rhiannon Duryea, US Labor Campaign for Single Payer. Rhiannon Duryea is the new National Coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer. Rhiannon has dedicated her career to advancing the rights of workers and building a broader, bolder, and more inclusive labor movement. Rhiannon has over a decade of experience in organizing and campaign development. Formerly the youngest ever Political Director of the Denver Area Labor Federation, she led efforts to expand access to collective bargaining for public workers, minimum wage increases for 510,000 Colorado workers, and dramatically increased member participation in legislative and electoral programs. Katha Fortier is Assistant to the National President of Unifor who oversees the health care sector.   Register for the zoom program here

Saturday, April 24, 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.  Register here

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 11:00 – 4:00 PM.  Annual Conference:  End US Support for Israeli Apartheid?  By The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and the Institute for Research Middle Eastern Policy.  While Congress wrangled over modest emergency pandemic relief for Americans, it obediently gives the nation of Israel $3.8 billion annually—and even more covert aid—with barely a whisper of debate. Any member of Congress who might question the annual U.S. subsidy for Israeli militarization knows that he or she will incur the wrath of AIPAC and other Israel lobby groups. The lobby patrols the Congress to ensure that Israel, a small country of some nine million people, remains by far the largest recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. U.S. aid enables Israeli apartheid, new settlements in illegally occupied territories and ongoing violent repression of Palestinians. Meanwhile, American citizens who question illegal Israeli policies and engage in nonviolent protest movements such as BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) are accused of being anti-Semites, and their free speech rights threatened.  This web-based conference considers whether the United States should cut off aid to Israel or make any such future assistance conditional on negotiation of a genuine peace settlement, respect for Palestinian human rights, and adherence to international law. Wrapping around the annual meeting of the Israel lobby group J Street, the webinar will address U.S. financial support of Israel, the strengths and weaknesses of “liberal” lobby groups like J Street, prospects for a one- or two-state solution, and the progress of free speech organizations, the BDS movement and other forms of resistance, including solidarity between Palestinian activism and the Black Lives Matter movement.  Learn more at: www.IsraelApartheidCon.org.  Register for the second session here

Saturday, April 24, May 15, (9:00 AM – 12:30 PM), or Monday, June 8, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Policing + The People.  Understanding The Local Budget, Organizing for Local Needs.  You’ve heard the discussions about public safety funding in local budgets, but do you feel equipped to engage with your local government to advocate for change?  Action Tank and Policy Matters Ohio have teamed up to demystify the local government budget process, especially as it relates to public safety budgets. This free, public workshop empowers participants skills to engage with elected leaders. We will offer the workshop three times via Zoom. This session will include segments on local government budget training, community investment priorities, and workshops from artists on creative ways to engage in the process. Registration and more information here

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Climate & Militarism Teach-In Series.  Part 4.  Change: How do we move forward? What does our analysis lend us in terms of theories of change?  Though the climate crisis has become something clearly worth addressing for so many of us, our understanding of what caused, perpetuates, and is caused by the crisis could often stand to be deeper. Particularly for those of us who grow up in the U.S., one aspect of the crisis that we rarely understand is how it is intertwined with militarism. The U.S. is perhaps the most violent empire in history. Its tentacles stretch to almost all corners of the world, and it concerns itself with maintaining supremacy at very high costs. Yet, we in the core of empire rarely see it for what it is. Therefore, we also fail to see how U.S. militarism is deeply intertwined with the U.S. role in the climate crisis. Fully addressing the crisis cannot be done until militarism is understood and dismantled.  More information and registration here

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 4:00 PM.  Noam Chomsky in Conversation with Noura Erakat.  Please join MECA to hear “one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world” — NOAM CHOMSKY — with Palestinian human rights scholar & attorney, Noura Erakat. Tickets only $15.  Funds go towards COVID-19 relief in Palestine & Lebanon.  Plus “Letters to Musafa” Launch Party from Palestinian Youth Movement — more below!  Register here

Sunday, April 25, 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 WGRN.com.  You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 12:00 -1:15PM.  Living With Chernobyl: Personal stories from the world’s worst nuclear disaster.  Presented by Greater Manchester CND, Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK), Nuclear Free Local Authorities, Beyond Nuclear.  A lived experience; a lyrical novel; a page-turning historical record; and a humanitarian response. What was it like to live through the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, or to deal with its health and environmental legacy 35 years on?  We look at how these stories are told — as documentary testimonials, as imagined through a novel, as investigated historically, and as lived by children and their families in Belarus. The event features a moderated round table discussion with guests, followed by an audience Q&A.  More information and registration here

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2:00 PM.  Democracy Film Festival: Invisible Hand. When you register using the form below, you’ll gain access to our film screening and live Q&A with Lake Erie Bill of Rights organizer, Markie Miller. We’ll send a link and password for the film by Saturday, April 24, which will be active for a 24 hour period to view the film. Please watch the film before the Q&A on Sunday, April 25 at 2 pm EST. You will also receive a Zoom link for the Q&A that is unique to you – so please don’t share it. If you haven’t had the chance yet, please consider making a donation of $5 or more at www.paypal.com/paypalme/ohiocrn. All proceeds will be shared equally with Simply Living and OHCRN. Thank you in advance. If you have any questions please contact us at OhioCRN@gmail.com. This event is hosted by the Ohio Community Rights Network and Simply Living.  Register here

April 26 – 30, 2021, 8:00 – 10:00 PM.  Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues.  The event focuses on the impacts that nuclear issues have on Native American communities across the country. Speakers include Winona LaDuke, Tom Goldtooth, Carletta Tilousi, Kandi White, Myron Dewey, Tommy Rock, Manny Pino, Joe Kennedy, and Ian Zabarte. Featured artists include Jack Malotte, Sorren Thunder Richards, and Bryan Hudson. Please register for your complimentary ticket here.

Monday, April 26, 2021, 6:30 PM. Connections: The Child Labor Reform, Union, and Civil Rights Movements.  Join Central Ohio Workers Center and community panelists for a webinar on the connections between the child labor reform, union, and civil rights movements. Hear from our experts and participate in a question-and-answer session about the issues most relevant to you! Panelists include Petee Talley, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO, Jocelyn Woodards, Popular Education Coordinator at national AFL-CIO, Andrea Canini, Field Coordinator for Ohio Federation of Teachers, and Gavin Strassel, archivist for the UAW/Walter Reuther collection at Wayne State University’s library. Where: Online via Zoom and Facebook Live.  Register in advance for this webinar here

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM.  Restorative & Transformative Justice Book Club.  Join us for a book club that explores the power & promise of restorative and transformative justice, led by Ohio RCRC Faith Organizer Kelley Fox! Regardless of whether you’ve read these books or not, Kelley will be available to answer questions and talk about each book.  More information and link to register on Facebook

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12:00 PM.  Dialogue: The Climate Change Tipping Point with Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson.  Globally, 2020 was the second hottest year on record as global temperatures increase at an unprecedented rate due to human activity. Here in our corner of the globe, the western US saw intense wildfires and the Atlantic saw so many hurricanes we ran out of names. As climate change progresses, what is the point where we no longer can reverse the damage? Leading climate scientists Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson from Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center will discuss the state of climate change with WOSU News Chief Content Director Mike Thompson.  Register here

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 6:30 PM. The Fight for Fair Courts: How We Can Keep Politics Off the Bench.  Join the Ohio Fair Courts Alliance for a panel discussion on the partisan battle to weaponize the courts and what we can do about it. This will include a discussion of Senate Bill 80 and House Bill 149 — current attempts at the Ohio Statehouse to add partisan labels in selected judicial races.  Moderated by Camille Wimbish of Ohio Voice, panelists will include Paul Pfeifer, Executive Director of the Ohio Judicial Conference and Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice; Patrick Berry, Fellow and counsel in the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program; Fanon A. Rucker, Retired Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge; and Melekte Melaku, Organizing Strategist at the ACLU of Ohio.  Register here

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 12:00 – 3:00 PM.  Parenting During a Pandemic:  Childcare Tax Credit.  The American Rescue Plan, passed by Congress and signed by President Biden in March, will deliver immediate and effective relief for parents and families hit hard by the pandemic, address racial and gender disparities in health and economic outcomes that have been exacerbated throughout the crisis, and make bold progress that puts us on a path to recovery. But what does that relief look like? What can parents and caregivers expect from the American Rescue Plan? Join NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and the Women’s Public Policy Network as we partner to host a series of Facebook Live conversations to examine the different components of the ARP and what is means for parents. This series will be structured as informative and action-oriented conversations featuring advocates, partner organizations, and elected officials.  Facebook


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