Cathy Cowan Becker to Present on Community Solar at Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit
Simply Living’s Director is leading a panel on “Creative Solutions to Community Solar in Ohio.” The panel will take place today Friday, May 14, at 3 p.m. Haven’t registered? There is an Economic Inclusion option: pay what you can (min. $5).
Archetypal Astrology 101 with Chuck Lynd
+ the Myers-Briggs PersonalityTest
Curious about astrology? Wondering how “archetypes” could affect your personality? Many people know about the Myers Briggs Test, but did you know it was based on Jungian archetypes? (Introvert/Extrovert/ Feeling/Thinking, et al) How might it be relevant today? Get answers and have some fun as we deconstruct the ancient archetypes of the Zodiac, with a nod to Carl Jung (who did a chart for each one of his patients). Bring your curiosity and your birth date and we’ll explore the symbolic language of the Zodiac. Take a free Myers Briggs test here. The $10 class fee is donated to support the work of Simply Living. Details and sign up here.
Upcoming Simply Events in June and Beyond
MEET SIMPLY LIVING
What’s the backstory?
and the new directions?
We’re revising our popular gathering to learn/reflect on our past and explore new initiatives and possibilities.
Tentative Date: Wednesday, June 23 @ 5:30
Location TBD: Zoom and/or CoHatch office
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SIMPLY LIVING’S BE THE CHANGE COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Environmental injustice looks like many different things – it can be seen in the negative health impacts that many communities of color are facing who live near fossil fuel infrastructure and it can be felt by fishing communities who can no longer sustain their livelihoods due to pollution. Today we’ll talk to guests who are tackling them in their own ways – through science and policy and through public-facing activism. More here.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. ~ Carl Jung
The events listed above are a fraction of those listed just this week. There are many more!
Browse now. Select the Monthly View to find events quickly.
HINT: Search using keywords like FOOD, FARM, SUSTAINABLE, YOGA, MEDITATION, MUSIC, SUMMIT, ETC.
NEWS + RESOURCES
FOR LIVING LOCAL
1. People support what they create.
2. People act responsibly when they care
3. Conversation is the way human beings have always thought
4. To change the conversation, change who is in it
5. Expect leaders to come from anywhere
6. Focusing on what is working gives us energy and creativity
7. The wisdom resides within us
8. Everything is a failure in the middle
9. Humans can handle anything as long as we’re together
10. Generosity, forgiveness and love
Click to see Meg’s short videos on each of the 10 principles.
GreenSpot Community Backyards (item in the Clintonville Farmers Market blog post)
It’s that time of year again! Dust off the garden spade and shovel, and figure out what downspout to connect a rain barrel to. GreenSpot Community Backyards can help. You can be eligible for a $50 rebate on a rain barrel, compost bin, or native trees. There are also up to $25 rebates on native flowers. Simply take an online quiz or virtual course to get the rebate. Click here to learn more.
“Gardening for Butterflies”
Instructor: Margaret Harriman
Date: Sat. May 15th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm Location: South Community Garden
Learn about specific host plants for caterpillars and nectar source plants for the adults. Butterfly gardens do not need to be large but do need to be colorful, sunny, and sheltered from strong winds!
Margaret Harriman and her husband Jeff, are co-coordinators of both Bexley Community Gardens since 2018. Margaret graduated from OSU and has been a Bexley resident since 1980.
“Eco-Friend or Eco Foe: How to Create an Eco-Paradise in Suburbia”
Instructor: Tisa WattsDate: Weds. May 19th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
What makes a garden “eco-friendly” or “eco-hostile”? How can we become better hosts to backyard wildlife – what do our garden guests need? Let’s talk about how to provide nutritious food and access to water, a variety of habitat options, which garden practices may endanger wildlife, and how to create safe and welcoming place for wildlife to visit.
“Sane leadership is the unshakeable faith in people’s capacity to be generous, creative and kind. It is the commitment to create the conditions for these capacities to blossom, protected from the external environment. It is the deep knowing that, even in the most dire circumstances, more becomes possible as people engage together with compassion and discernment, self-determining their way forward.” ~ Meg Wheatley
Join us in June for our virtual Foundations of Compassionate Nonviolent Communication Training
This four-week, online foundations training is perfect for people new to Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) or refreshing their practice with the basics.
Plan to meet from 3-5pm every Sunday starting on June 6.
LIVE LOCAL, BUILD COMMUNITY #SIMPLYLIVING
In This Issue…
- 2021 Memorial Day events around Columbus
- Virtual Stonewall Columbus Pride March replaces festival for 2021
- Live music and food trucks at Bexley 4th Fridays
- Visit rescued animals at Open Barn Days at Sunrise Sanctuary
- Free admission to Columbus Zoo: Military Family Free Days 2021
- Nearly 145 free or cheap events this weekend in Columbus
- Plan ahead: Free Fishing Days in Ohio and other states
- Free Crocs for Healthcare Workers for 5 days in 2021
- Cool off at Free Splash Pads in Columbus in 2021
- The Farm at Walnut Creek open for Drive-thru or Wagon Rides
- Sign up for Kids Bowl Free this Spring and Summer
- Taste of Greece brings Greek favorites in May for carryout
Village Valuables, Clippers, Live Music & More!
Shopping and Pups
ENJOY EXPLORING ART
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO
Voting for your favorite non-profit for Philanthropitch ends Friday.
Go to Food Truck Fridays at the Columbus Urban League.
Grove City has a Food Truck Festival.
The Clippers take on the Omaha Storm Chasers all weekend.
The Taco Fest Grab-N-Go is also this weekend.
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. #KeepIt100 Teach-In. As the Biden Administration observes its 100th day in office, Black-led organizations are coming together to demand our elected leaders use their power to protect our democracy and our rights. MomsRising and The Frontline are hosting the #KeepIt100 Teach-in to equip attendees to take action over the next 100 days in the fight to protect the vote, our right to protest, and against police violence. Keep It 100 isn’t just a call to action, it’s a demand for accountability. We can acknowledge progress while pushing for more – our very survival depends on it. Over the next 100 days, we will organize and mobilize our movements to ensure businesses step up and speak up, and that Congress answers to the people by passing the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Acts. We demand the freedom to vote so we can have the freedom to live. More information and registration here.
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 8:00 PM. Nicaragua Against Empire. Nicaragua Against Empire highlights resistance by the people and revolutionary government of Nicaragua against Western imperialism, including sanctions and regime change efforts. It is dedicated to uplifting the voices of Nicaraguan people rarely heard in mainstream media, including workers, peasants, women and Afro-Indigenous communities. The footage from this documentary was collected during the “Yes to Sovereignty! No to Sanctions!” Delegation (March 2021), coordinated by the Friends of the ATC and Sanctions Kill Coalition. Following the screening, there will be panel discussion about the documentary and delegation. Join the premiere live on the YouTube and Facebook channels of Friends of the ATC (@friendsatc, YouTube link, Facebook link) and Sanctions Kill Coalition (@sanctionskill, Facebook link). The event will be bi-lingual in English and Spanish.
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 12:30 PM. Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons. A nuclear exchange between the US and Russia would incinerate hundreds of millions of people immediately, and lead to a Nuclear Winter which would slaughter an estimated 7 billion of the Earth’s 7.7 billion people, mostly through starvation. Building back civilization would require over 1,000 years [Daniel Ellsberg talk, 12/13/2020]. A U.S. nuclear first-strike against China would result in a similar catastrophe. Confirmed Speakers include William Perry, Tom Collina, Kennette Benedict, Elaine Scarry, Ira Helfand, Zia Mian, Joe Cirincione, Joseph Gerson. Special greeting from Sen. Ed Markey. Cosponsors: Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security (CPDCS); Massachusetts Peace Action; Council for a Livable World; CodePINK; Chicago Area Peace Action; NY Peace Action; Maine Peace Action; Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Greater Boston Physicians. More information and registration here.
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 7:00 PM. What is Antisemitism? A Jewish Voice for Peace Detroit initiated webinar to untangle a web of definitions and misunderstandings surrounding and fighting antisemitism. The two leading definitions of antisemitism now vying to win support are the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition and the more recent Jerusalem Declaration, signed by over 200 leading intellectuals and scholars. Both definitions purport to explain what antisemitism is and what it is not, with each coming to very different conclusions about how antisemitism relates to Zionism and criticism of Israeli governmental policies. Adoption of either could extensively impact political debate, freedom of speech and First Amendment rights in the U.S. Rabbi Jeffrey Falick of the Birmingham Temple will be the moderator. Panelists will be Rene Lichtman, Ph.D, Holocaust survivor, who will speak on behalf of the IHRA. Rene helped to start the Hidden Children and Child Survivors of Michigan and is a founding member of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust. Professor Derek Penslar, the William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History at Harvard University, will speak on behalf of the Jerusalem Declaration, of which he is a signatory; Barbara Harvey, a labor law and civil rights attorney and member of the Free Palestine Committee of the National Lawyers Guild’s International Committee will address First Amendment issues with respect to both definitions; and Huwaida Arraf, a Palestinian attorney and activist, will speak to the impact of this debate on her community. Register here.
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 11:00 AM. Ban Killer Drones Webinar. Drone Proliferation, Border Surveillance and The Persecution Of Drone Whistle Blower Daniel Hale.Panel discussion with Chris Cole, Maya Evans, William Neuheisel, and webinar moderator Leah Bolger. Register here.
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 1:00 PM. Voice from the Holy Land Online Film Salon. Voices from the Holy Land, in conjunction with Richmonders for Peace in Israel-Palestine and the Arab American Association of Central Virginia, invites you to our thirteenth monthly Online Film Salon. Participants will discuss the award winning documentary “MAYOR.” Mayor Musa Hadid, the subject of the film will participate from Ramallah, Palestine in a panel discussion along with filmmaker David Osit. Also participating will be Mayor Diana Broderson of Muscatine, Iowa, a Sister City to Ramallah. Deya’ Leonard Dresner, founder and Executive Director of the Leonard Education Organization will moderate the Q&A discussion.
Please watch the film at your convenience and then join us for the online discussion. Register here for the Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon here. Once you register, you will get a confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting and a link with to watch the film. (Save this confirmation letter as the meeting link is unique to your email and you must have this to participate.) Watch the film at your convenience before the event. Then join us with your thoughts and questions for our speakers at the Q&A Discussion on May 16th. About “MAYOR” = MAYOR follows Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office. His immediate goals: repave the sidewalks, attract more tourism, and plan the city’s Christmas celebrations. His ultimate mission: to end the occupation of Palestine. MAYOR offers a portrait of dignity amidst the madness and absurdity of endless occupation while posing a question: How do you run a city when you don’t have a country? [89 minutes].
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 1:30 PM. Solidarity: Ohio United Against Hate. Ohio coming together to stand in SOLIDARITY against hate, hate crimes, racism, and violence in our community. We are UNITED, and will have Asian American, Black, Jewish, Latino, LGBTQ, Muslim, Women, and more speakers. We will finish our rally by writing positive messages on the sidewalk with chalk. Parking available in nearby garages. Please wear your masks, bring your signs, and observe 6 feet social distancing guidelines. Location: Bicentennial Park Scioto Mile, Columbus. Facebook.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 7:00 PM. UCS Conversation: The Future of Our Democracy. As the cornerstone of our democracy, the ability for every eligible voter to freely participate in elections should be uncontroversial. But our country’s history of voter suppression and efforts happening now to restrict voting—particularly in Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities—demonstrates the fragility of our system. Meaningful science-based reforms are possible, and they require action from a broad coalition that understands how mobilization, data, and political will can work together to create a truly representative government. The Union of Concerned Scientists invites you to a conversation with experts in democracy reform and community organizing as they discuss the critical steps needed to ensure a thriving democracy accessible to all. Register here.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12:00 PM. Conversations with the Nation: Anti-Imperialism in the 21st Century. What does it mean to be Anti-Imperialist in the 21st century? Is internationalism—once the standard for the global left—still a viable idea in today’s multipolar world? And, if so, how can it best be achieved? What would a progressive US foreign policy look like? And what lessons can be learned from Afghanistan? Iraq? Zimbabwe? Syria? Libya? Myanmar? Is intervention by the US ever justified–and if so, under what conditions? Or is a policy of non-engagement the better course? This group of deeply informed experts on US foreign policy, the Middle East and the global left will discuss and debate fundamental questions of global equity, self-determination, international human rights and empire. Cost: $10.00. More information and registration here.
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 8:00 PM. ACLU Systemic Equality Action Series. H.R. 40. Trump may be gone, but America’s legacy of racism is still with us. Racism is ingrained in the fabric of this country, and has been enforced through policies, practices, and attitudes that harm Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Register here.
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