Conversation in the Woods: Guided Nature Walk
with Cindy Lanese
Sunday, March 28 at 2 pm
Meet in a wooded area in Riverlea (near the Olentangy River)
Ready to get outside? It’s not too late to register and join Cindy Lanese (pictured above) for a very special walk in the woods. Each Guided Walk will open your mind and senses to different seasonal experiences. This Nature Walk will be held in a wooded area in the village of Riverlea, located between Worthington and Columbus, west of N. High St. More information and detailed directions are provided here. Tickets are $10. All proceeds will be donated to benefit the work of Simply Living. 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. REGISTER
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
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THE LINK AND PASSWORD TO VIEW THE FILM WILL BE SENT OUT SATURDAY, MARCH 27. THE FILM WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR A 24 -HOUR PERIOD BEFORE THE Q&A, WHICH STARTS PROMPTLY AT 2:00 PM ON SUNDAY MARCH 28.
REGISTER NOW TO RECEIVE THE LINK TO WATCH THE FILM BEFORE SUNDAY!
Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted.
Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.
Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers—this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in a democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.
SEE MORE UPCOMING FILMS IN THE DEMOCRACY SERIES HERE
Invisible Hand (Rights of Nature), Sunday, April 25, 2 pm
The New Corporation – Sunday, August 29, 2 pm
We the People 2.0 – Sunday, October 24, 2 pm
Celebrate Earth Day by watching 2040: Join the Regeneration. Damon Gameau’s inspiring film looks at the effects of climate change over the next 20 years and what technologies that exist today can reverse the effects. 2040 follows Gameau’s imagining of a future for his four-year old daughter Velvet, where climate change has been solved. Described as “an exercise in fact-based dreaming” the film is structured as a letter to his daughter whereby Gameau travels around the world investigating numerous solutions that can contribute towards climate mitigation and imagining what a future would be like where they have been implemented at scale. In choosing what to feature in the film, Gameau restricted it to solutions that are either already available or have a realistic potential to greatly contribute to reversing climate change by the year 2040. The film features interviews with numerous academics, ecological experts and entrepreneurs and will leave you optimistic that we can make this dream a reality.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SIMPLY LIVING’S BE THE CHANGE COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Our brokenness is also the source of our common humanity, the basis for our shared search for comfort, meaning, and healing. Our shared vulnerability and imperfection nurtures and sustains our capacity for compassion.
~ Bryan Stevenson
As my pappy used to say, that ain’t the half of it.. ok, not really, but there are so many cool events this week and in April you will want to discover the other half and lots more. Be the Change!
NEWS + RESOURCES
FOR LIVING LOCAL
Our ancestry stretches back through the life forms and into the stars, back into the beginnings of the primeval fireball. This universe is a single multiform energetic unfolding of matter, mind, intelligence and life. ~ Brian Swimme
Just over two months into the new year, 2021 has already seen a flurry of public banking activity. Sixteen new bills to form publicly owned banks or facilitate their formation were introduced in eight U.S. states in January and February. Two bills for a state-owned bank were introduced in New Mexico, two in Massachusetts, two in New York, one each in Oregon and Hawaii, and Washington state’s Public Bank Bill was reintroduced as a “substitution.” Bills for city-owned banks were introduced in Philadelphia and San Francisco, and bills facilitating the formation of public banks or for a feasibility study were introduced in New York, Oregon (three bills), and Hawaii.
In addition, California is expected to introduce a bill for a state-owned bank later this year, and New Jersey is moving forward with a strong commitment from its governor to implement one. At the federal level, three bills for public banking were also introduced last year: the National Infrastructure Bank Bill (HR 6422), a new Postal Banking Act (S 4614), and the Public Banking Act (HR 8721).
As Oscar Perry Abello wrote in February, “2021 could be public banking’s watershed moment. … Legislators are starting to see public banks as a powerful potential tool to ensure a recovery that is more equitable than the last time.” Read the full story
Writers’ Block Poetry Night
March 31 @ 8:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Events Sponsored by Kafe Kerouac $5
Zoom open mic poetry. Info posted on the FB group right before we start.
The most irreverent poetry show around, Writers’ Block brings you special shows, features, and poetry slams. https://www.facebook.com/wbpoetry
LIVE LOCAL, BUILD COMMUNITY #SIMPLYLIVING
In This Issue…
- Over 105 free or cheap events this weekend in Columbus
- Unlimited ideas for Spring Break in Columbus
- The Drive in Concert Series at Westland Mall
- Caverns, animals, and adventure at Olentangy Indian Caverns
- Free Easter Bunny pictures at Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops
- Easter Bunny at The Mall Tuttle at Crossing Mall
- Easter Bunny Pictures, Easter Egg Hunts, and Easter in Columbus
- Military families and Veterans get free admission to National Parks
- Easter brunch and dining out for Easter in Columbus
- Columbus Metro Parks Easter Eggstravaganza
- Sign up for Kids Bowl Free this Spring and Summer
- Find a Friday Fish Fry for Lent in Columbus, plus other dining options
- Easter Basket Filler Ideas for all ages
- Sign up with Columbus on the Cheap on Facebook HERE
Punk Rock, Cocktails, MNCHS & More!
ENJOY EXPLORING ART
Continues this weekend: Monty Python’s Spamalot.
ProMusica’s WinterFest Concerts continue.
Movies are playing at the South Drive-In.
The Rambling House streams The Knot Brothers.
Enjoy an afternoon of Schubert.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!
Saturday, March 27, 2021, 1:00 PM. BAmazon Worker Solidarity Rally: Columbus, Ohio. Join us in showing solidarity with workers in Bessemer, Alabama, who are organizing to form a union. They are up against a massive anti-union campaign being pushed by Amazon. Let’s go all out to support winning a union in Alabama, and to laying the groundwork for unionizing Amazon workplaces everywhere! Location: 2114 N High St, Amazon Hub Locker. Columbus Socialist Alternative. Facebook.
Sunday, March 28, 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.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 1:30 – 2:30 PM. Media Training with FCNL. Do You Know How to Write a Letter to the Editor? Join CMEP’s Director of Communications and Tim McHugh from Friends Committee on National Legislation for a media training where you’ll learn tips for getting your letter to the editor or oped published in your local paper. An LTE amplifies your voice, moving others to act. They can reward a member of Congress or raise objections. Either way, officials take notice when mentioned in their local paper. Learn The Simple Tips To Getting Published with Tim McHugh from FCNL. Tim McHugh leads organizational efforts to communicate about issues, victories, priorities, and updates through all available news channels – specifically the major media outlets. He is responsible for providing FCNL staff with opportunities to convey our message – in print and through the airways – to the public and throughout the country. He keeps FCNL issues and staff on the collective radars of reporters and journalists nationwide. Lastly, he runs FCNL several media-focused social media channels. Tim joined FCNL in the spring of 2018. He has been working in Washington on environmental policy-based communications and issue advocacy for over 15 years. $25suggested donation. Register Now.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 1:00 – 2:30 PM. Cultural Resistance: Standing Up to Nuclear Power Through Protest and the Arts. The Goethe-Institut Washington, DC, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Washington, DC and Beyond Nuclear will present four events during 2021, in a year that marks 10 years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and 35 years since the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The series will showcase different examples of both mass protest and deeply personal resistance. This series explores how the performing and visual arts, including film, music, theatre, fashion and painting — along with protest and resistance — can make a powerful statement of opposition to nuclear power and propel action against climate change. The opening event — Defiance on Film — features the directors and protagonists from two new documentary films: 33 Days of Utopia (2020, Germany) and The Beekeeper (2020, United Kingdom). An online discussion-style event will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, March 30, at 1pm Eastern US time, with pre-screenings of both films available free to those who register. More information and registration here.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 3:00 – 4:00 PM. Restorative Justice Book Club. Join us for a book club that explores the power & promise of restorative 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 from a restorative justice perspective. “Emergent Strategy” and “We Will Not Cancel Us,” by adrienne maree brown. MARCH 30th: “Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement,” by Ejeris Dixon & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. APRIL 27th: “Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair,” by Sarah Schulman. MAY 25th: “The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities,” by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Facebook.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 9:00 PM. Central Ohio Grassroots for Nina Turner Fundraiser. Nina Turner is not taking corporate money. This is a people powered campaign. Many volunteers from Central Ohio are putting together and hosting a fundraiser for Ohio District 11 candidate Nina Turner. Guest speakers and special talent are being arranged and will be announced as soon as the itinerary is completed. This will be an exciting Zoom event. Stay tuned for upcoming details. Facebook.
March 31, 2021, 7:00 0 8:00 PM. Claiming Space: Stories We Carry. A dynamic storytelling showcase featuring stories of complexity, freedom, loss, ambition, & staying alive in the era of mass incarceration. Healing Broken Circles presents an evening of stories from artists and thinkers directly affected by the era of mass incarceration. This event is a culmination of a months-long collaboration between Healing Broken Circles, The Returning Artists Guild and award-winning storyteller Kevin Cordi, who has encouraged each of us to lean into and live through each other’s truths. Register here.
Thursday, April 1, 2021, 3:00 PM. The New Climate War: A Conversation with Dr. Michael E. Mann. Please join Environmental Defense Fund’s Eric Pooley and acclaimed scientist, researcher and author Dr. Michael E. Mann to discuss his important new book, The New Climate War. We’ll be talking about the most important ways to make rapid progress in the fight against climate change, and what has and hasn’t changed in the ten years since Eric’s book, The Climate War, was published. Writing that book led Eric Pooley to leave journalism and work on climate full-time. What impact has writing The New Climate War had on Dr. Mann? We’ll find out. We invite you to read Dr. Mann’s book before the April 1 event, and to submit your questions in advance or live during the Q&A portion of the program. To purchase The New Climate War, please click here. Register for the webinar here.
Thursday, April 1, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 PM. People for a Progressive Ohio: Power Hour. Join progressives from across Ohio for an hour of speed networking! Hang out, meet 10 new friends, and enjoy a beverage from the comfort of your own home. The People for a Progressive Ohio Networking Series provides a gathering space for progressive minded organizers, activists, volunteers, staffers, and doers from across the state. This series is a joint effort by America Votes, Ohio Voice, Working Families Party, Columbus Stand Up, and several other groups and leaders. We welcome all who are interested in learning more about Ohio politics and movement work and the folks who are making it happen. Sign up here.
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