Be the Change Weekly Community Update September 10, 2021

Join us for 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

Simply Living Relaunches Sustainable U
See Our Fall 2021 Catalog

During Fall 2021 we will offer two discussion courses through, formerly Northwest Earth Institute, a course through Local Futures, and three original online skills courses taught by our members.

You can find one-time speaker events, films, tours, and more on our Events Calendar. Events organized by Simply Living are at the top with the hashtag #Simply-Living. A long list of community events organized by other groups are below that.

Are you interested in facilitating a course for SLSU? Reach out to Chuck Lynd at or Cathy Cowan Becker at  

Fall 2021 Course Catalog Titles

Voluntary Simplicity – Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Five sessions weekly starting September 29, 2021

Seeing Systems – Sundays 7-8:30 p.m.
Six sessions weekly starting September 26, 2021

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

Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. You can go through it at your own pace.

Introduction to Solar PV – This is an online course.
You can go through it at your own pace.

Residential Solar Installation and Design – This is an online course. You can go through it at your own pace.

Browse Fall 2021 Course Descriptions Now

We will meet at the Whetstone Library in Clintonville, 3903 N. High St., Columbus 43214.

Author Talk with Paul Robinson:
Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?
Wednesday, September 22, 5:30 – 7 pm

Join author Paul Robinson at the Whetstone Library Meeting room for our Fall Simply Living Book Club discussion. Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?, explores the science, psychology, and the morality of climate change. The event is free to all. Donations are appreciated and support the work of Simply Living. REGISTER

Simply Living is a member of Community Shares of Mid Ohio’s coalition of local nonprofits who benefit from workplace giving campaigns.
Here are the dates for four upcoming public-sector employer campaigns:
State of Ohio Combined Charitable Campaign, August 25 – October 8
Franklin County Combined Charitable Campaign, September 7 – October 29
Ohio State Univeristy Bucks for Charity, September 16 – November 5
City of Columbus Combined Charitable Campaign, October 4 – Nov 12
Use code 19052 or our organization’s name to give directly to Simply Living.
Your donations support our mission to promote sustainability, environmental awareness and our local economy through educational outreach and partnerships. If you have any questions, please reach out to Cathy Cowan Becker at or Chuck Lynd at

“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”
~ African Proverb


Fri Sep 10th – Sun 12th (EDT)
(Between S. Monroe Ave.and 18th Street) Smaller venue this year.
Still expect your favorite things like Art Cars, Kid’s Activities, Yummy Food, Great Music Lineup,
Community Vendors and Wonderful Drum Circles.

“A sustainable human community is designed such that its ways of life, technologies, and social institutions honor, support, and cooperate with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life.”
~ Fritjof Capra

Grassroot Ohio streams all their broadcasts on 92.7/98.3 FM & streams @ Details and FB here.

Did you miss last week’s program? Listen to it on Soundcloud here.

Friday, September 10, 6-9PM September Gallery Night: Warmth
Wild Goose Creative is excited to collaborate with Open Door Studios, a creative space for a diverse group of working artists. Warmth is a collection of pieces created by the artists and staff of Open Door Studios. Location: 188 McDowell St 43215 in Franklinton. Get your Columbus Makes Art Passport stamped from 6-9pm! Register here.

Fri Sep 10th 9 – 11 pm Free Worldwide Screening of “Fahrenheit 9/11” Michael Moore’s film offers a version of the 9/11 tragedy that probes more deeply and tells a story you won’t hear on the mainstream media. Get all the details on our calendar here.

Saturday, September 11 from 7:00-8:00PM EST
Join Zoom Meeting
“War, Propaganda and Resistance” on the 20th anniversary of 9/11
Bowling Green Professor Oliver Boyd-Barrett on the situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East
Sandy Bolzenius on 20 years a veteran and more! Q & A included.

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

Sun Sep 12th 12:00pm – 3:00pm (EDT) FLOW Milkweed Mania Fundraiser!
Get all the details and how to order on our calendar here.

Electric Vehicles:
The Promise for Health and Equity
Presented jointly with Reuters
Live stream on FacebookYouTube, and The Forum site,
Monday, September 13, 2021, 10am-11am ET
There is no registration required to watch the event online.
Details and background on our calendar here.

Tue Sep 14th 7:15am – 9:30am (EDT)
Join OSU for Resilient through Fire – EPN’s first hybrid Breakfast Event, featuring both in-person and live streaming opportunities – on Tues, Sept 14 at Ohio State’s 4-H Center!
Fire has the power to transform natural and human communities suddenly and overwhelming. It is an elemental feature of the living landscape. Advanced restoration programs utilize fire to enhance biodiversity, reduce invasive species, and improve overall ecosystem resiliency. Get the full agenda and registration links on our calendar here.

Wisdom for Life and Heart Mind Institute are partnering to bring you SummitPalooza, featuring 36 of the most powerful sessions from some of this year’s premier Summits. Spend six days with an extraordinary group of 40 wisdom-holders and transformational teachers during this unprecedented event. Learn about mindfulness, compassion, healing trauma, building resilience, and much more. Register now for FREE. More info and list of speakers is available on our calendar here.

“Mystics understand the roots of the Tao but not its branches;
scientists understand its branches but not its roots.
Science does not need mysticism and mysticism does not need science; but man needs both.” ~ Fritjof Capra

FLOW invites you to come and listen to Brian Will speak to the the danger of toxic driveway sealants. Brian is an organizer of Sustainable Grandview, a grassroots, community- based citizens alliance in Grandview Heights dedicated to pursuing a cleaner and more environmentally friendly city. He has been on the board of trustees of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) since 2016 where he leads the Solid Waste Plan committee. He is employed at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center where he works in medical education and is a leader on the med center’s green team. From a sustainability perspective, Brian’s primary interest is advocating for the protection of wildlife and natural habitat, especially native trees and plants, waterways and prairies. To this end, he volunteers with Friends of Lower Olentangy Watershed, the Grange Audubon Center, Green Columbus, Citizens Climate Lobby, and the Sycamore Land Trust.

Tue Sep 14th 6:00pm (EDT)
Preventing Environmental Injustice
Please join us for Mini Medical School. REGISTER

“The more complex the network is, the more complex its pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be.” ~ Fritjof Capra

Wed Sep 15th 11:00am – 12:30pm (EDT)
Learn about innovative policies and approaches to reducing food waste in the U.S., Europe, and the UK. Details and registration link on our calendar here.

Wed Sep 15th 1:00pm – 2:00pm (EDT)
Investment strategies to get us to the NEXT Economy.
Details and registration link on our calendar here.

LOCAL: A Story of Hope film launch on Wed Sep 15th 7:30pm – 9:30pm
The new short film LOCAL: A Story of Hope gives us a powerful lens for coming together and advocating for systemic changes that benefit people and planet.
Don’t miss this inspiring short 8 minute film. Get your free tickets here.

Find many more events posted on our Community Calendar.
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Topics in this edition include:
GreeenSpotLight Awards and Recognition
MyGreenSpot on MyColumbus app
Your GreenSpot eDashboard
Columbus Climate Action Plan-update
Your climate stories wanted
Sump pumps for Clintonville area 1
Sustainable Steps, Green Columbus tree giveaway
Litter cleanup on the reservoir
Paint disposal for contractors
Sustainable Columbus social media

MyColumbus app image--city skyline
MyGreenSpot on MyColumbus app
Now logging into your account is easier than ever! When you download the MyColumbus app you can go to the meu and scroll to the “GreenSpot” section. Click “Update my Progress” and sign into your account. You can even stay signed in so you can log your actions when out and about around Columbus! If you have any questions, contact
Download the app today! 

Sustainable Steps logo--steps of with different colors on them.
Sustainable Steps, Green Columbus tree giveaway
GreenSpot and Sustainable Steps are teaming up with Green Columbus and Blueprint Columbus to give away trees! The giveaway will take place Saturday, October 2nd in Linden. If you are interested in being notified when registration is open, email with “tree” in the subject line.
Lots more info at

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity,
stability and beauty of the biotic community.
It is wrong when it tends otherwise. ~ Aldo Leopold

Mort is shown here with his Tree of Heaven, the September Tree of the Month

Know your trees! Learn about the Tree of the Month from Mort Schmidt, special to Simply Living. Mort says the Tree of Heaven is “a bad seed (pardon the expression) but you’re someone who’s drawn to exotic beauties who are known troublemakers, Ailanthus altissima is the tree for you.”
Tree of heaven is native to China, and due to its hardiness, and in the eyes of many, it’s exotic beauty, it’s been naturalized worldwide. Like all invasive plants and animals, tree of heaven is perfectly well behaved in its native habitat. But while some species wither and die when they’re transplanted away from home, others go wild in the absence of competition and adversaries. Learn more about the origins and characteristics of our tree of the month, and see more pictures, here.

Confused about the Federal Debt? Watch this brilliant TED Talk for answers!
Government deficits have gotten a bad rap, says economist Stephanie Kelton. In this groundbreaking talk, she makes the case to stop looking at government spending as a path towards frightening piles of debt, but rather as a financial contribution to the things that matter — like health care, education, infrastructure and beyond. “We have the resources we need to begin repairing our broken systems,” Kelton says. “But we have to believe it’s possible.”

“The basic pattern of life is a network. Whenever you see life,
you see networks. The whole planet, what we can term ‘Gaia’
is a network of processes involving feedback tubes.
Humans are part of the larger whole, Gaia.” ~ Fritjof Capra


Find diversity in Northland!
Check out this recent article in the Columbus Dispatch about the evolution of this large neighborhood and the new
census demographics on New Americans!
“There are literally no vacancies along Morse Road today,” Remy said. “I live here. I see it every day. Whether it’s through retail, shopping or eating, you can take a trip around the world to any place you want to go just along Morse Road.”
~ Councilman Emmanuel Remy in the Dispatch article

You can experience the wonderful diversity in Northland at the Unity Festival.
Come to the North YMCA at 1640 Sandalwood Pl. Free tickets are available on Eventbrite. More info and pictures on Facebook. Enjoy music, crafts, food trucks, and vendors! Sponsored by Elevate Northland and community partners.

Get all the details here.

Their work in central Ohio continues the work of Richard Louv’s classic book: Last Child in the Woods.

Green Hotels: How Do I Identify
Sustainable Travel Lodging?

A hotel that takes measures to reduce its environmental footprint helps reduce your travel footprint – but how do you identify such hotels?
These certification programs can help. more…

5 Traditions That Are Terrible for the Environment
(and What You Can Do Instead)

Some of our long-time traditions are harmful to our planet.
Could it be time to re-evaluate these cherished practices
and consider some more sustainable options? more…

Tips for Saving Energy with Your Mobile Phone

Although a cell phone is relatively efficient, its energy use can add up. These energy-saving tips also help you conserve the battery life of your phone.

Recycling Search  More Articles  Recycling Guides

Did you learn something new today?
Please Support Earth911 database updates so we can help others recycle!

Enjoy 2+ minutes of quotes from Jeremy Rifkin on YouTube

Starburst Media helps businesses create effective websites. Based in Columbus, they serve clients worldwide. More here.

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 is practiced by Simply Living’s newest member.
Check out Wes Williams and the landscaping services he offers:

Mega Weekend
Festivals, Festivals, & Festivals!

Have a good weekend! Photo by Katie E from Pexels

Here’s a rundown of fun things to do this weekend. CU film critics Hope Madden & George Wolf are making a movie! Here’s how you can help. Pick up your Columbus Makes Art Passport and get on your way to getting prizes! Enjoy your weekend!

Music and Food Festivals

934 Fest is this weekend!
Hot Times Community Arts & Music Festival is rolling into Olde Towne East at a new location on Douglass.
There’s a Hot Air Balloon event in nearby Champaign County.
Columbus Oktoberfest is happening all weekend at the State Fairgrounds.
Check out the Columbus Egyptian Festival.
934 Fest is this weekend!
Learn beekeeping and more at Lithopolis Honeyfest.
The Columbus Barrel and Bottle Fest is happening.
Hot Licks Blues Festival is happening in Granville.

Fun Things To Do

OSU takes on Oregon on Saturday, Sept 11. Go Bucks!
Go to the Comedy Compound.Friendship Flea is back at Franklinton Fridays.
Swap some records at Secret Studio and hear some comedy at 400 Square.
HEBDO has the full band at Natalie’s. Spacebar is celebrating 7 years!
OSU takes on Oregon in the first home game of the season.
Shop the Punk Rock Pawn Shop at 934 Fest.
Shop the Moonlight Market on Saturday with their biggest event of the season! Plus get your Columbus Makes Art Passport stickered!
The famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be at the All Horse Parade at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.


Joey Monsoon’s latest works will be shown at Lindsay Gallery. An Artist Reception is Sunday.

What does the future hold for Columbus Black artists?
Watch Noises Off at Short North Stage.
Brian Reaume has a show at Secret Studio.
Watch The Mummy at Grandview Theater.
PBJ & Jazz is in the Topiary Park.
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Queen Tina Burner has a comedy show at District West.
The Harrison West Jazz Stage welcomes new Basics Brass Band.
Explore cartoonist Patrick McDonnell’s show at Urban Arts Space.
See Joey Monsoon’s latest works at Lindsay Gallery.
Check out a skateboard art show on Gay Street on Sunday.


The Clippers play Gwinnett Stripers this weekend.
Explore the Dispatch Fall Home & Garden Show.
You can still shop Farmers Markets.
Gianni Keys plays a show at Forum.
Watch a professional wrestlers competition.
It’s a Dog Lovers Paradise in Old Worthington.

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“In the end, the aggressors always destroy themselves, making way for others who know how to cooperate and get along.
Life is much less a competitive struggle for survival than
a triumph of cooperation and creativity.” ~ Fritjof Capra

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, September 10, 2021, 11:00 AM.  9/11 at 20: Reflecting on the Attack and 20 Years of the Post-9/11 Era.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. This also marks two decades of the tumultuous “Post-9/11 Era,” and the end of 20 years of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. The Mershon Center invites the Ohio State community and public to join us online for an all-day event reflecting on the 9/11 attacks and the many profound ways they continue to shape our world. The first panel of speakers will include personal recollections of Sept. 11. Contributors include people who were serving in Congress, the military, the CIA, presiding as a federal judge, living in New York and Washington, D.C., and attending grade school here in Ohio. Other sessions will address cultural, strategic, and political implications; prevention of and recovery from violence by those affected by 9/11 and its consequences; and 9/11’s enduring legal legacy.  Register here

Friday, September 10, 2021, 3:00 – 7:00 PM.  Hilltop Youth Empowerment Center Grand Opening.  Please join My Project USA at the joyous occasion of the Grand Opening of our new Hilltop Youth Empowerment Center and the Mid-Ohio Collective Market.  Location: 3275 Sullivant Ave., Columbus 43204.   More information about the center and registration here

Friday, September 10, 2021, 5:00 PM.  Twenty Years After 9/11: Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire.  Join Deepa Kumar, Noura Erakat, Naomi Klein, Jasbir Puar, and Keenaga-Yamahtta Taylor to discuss the ways racist ideas have been stoked since 9/11, and what we can do to oppose them. More information and registration here

Friday, September 10, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM.  Honk and Wave for Our Revolution. Join us at the pedestrian bridge overlooking route 315 (near Whetstone Park) as we wave to the folks on their way home for the weekend. bring signs and a smile and a wave!  Location:  4261 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214. 

Friday, September 10, 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, September 11, 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. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Listen. Lead. Share. Environmental Justice Dialogues in Conjunction with The Ohio Climate Justice Fund.  Columbus Stand Up! is hosting a series of environmental justice conversations in order to hear the community’s needs and challenges around living healthy and safe lives. We’ll highlight the range of benefits that environmental justice and clean energy will produce, including quality jobs, equity, and economic opportunity. Please join us for free food, drinks, and important conversation about environmental justice in your own neighborhood.  Location:  Southfield – Marion Franklin Recreation Center, 2801 Lockbourne Road.  September 25, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Mt. Vernon, Venture Suite, 780 Mt. Vernon, and October 2, 1:00 -3:00 PM, Linden Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, 2223 Cleveland Ave.  Register here

Saturday, September 11, 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.

Saturday, September 11, 2021, 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Never Forget: 9/11 & the 20 year War on Terror.  The world changed on September 11th, 2001. The tragic deaths of almost 3,000 people and the destruction of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City had a deep effect on the American people. 9/11 fundamentally altered the culture of the United States and its relationship with the rest of the world. The violence of that day was not confined, it spread throughout the world as America lashed out both at home and abroad. The almost 3,000 deaths of September 11th became hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of deaths from wars the US launched in retaliation. Tens of millions lost their homes. Join us, on Saturday September 11th, as we reflect on the lessons of 9/11 and the lessons of the 20 year Global War on Terror.  We’ll hear testimonials from: Medea Benjamin, Danny Sjursen, Assal Rad, Kathy Kelly, David Swanson, Matthew Hoh, Kevin Danaher and more!  In the name of freedom, and of vengeance, the United States invaded and occupied Afghanistan. We stayed for 20 years. With lies of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ a majority of the country was convinced to invade and occupy Iraq, the worst foreign policy decision of the modern era. The Executive Branch was given sweeping authority to make war across borders and without limits. The conflict in the Middle East expanded under both Republican and Democratic Presidents, leading to US wars in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and more. Trillions of dollars were spent. Millions of lives were lost. We created the greatest migration and refugee crisis since World War II.  After the events of September 11th 2001, “Never Forget” became a common expression in the United States. Unfortunately it was not only used to remember and honor the dead. It was also used as a rallying cry to war. 20 years after 9/11 we are still living in the age of the ‘War on Terror.’ We must never forget the lessons of 9/11 or the lessons of the Global War on Terror, lest we risk repeating the pain, death, and tragedy of the past 20 years.  Register for this Massachusetts Peace Action Webinar here

Sunday, September 12, 2021, 7:00 PM.  North American Solidarity Activists Speak Out on US SANCTIONS ON AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA Sanctions Kill Coalition Webinar. Instead of reversing Trump’s unilateral coercive measures, Biden has extended them.  Hear: Sara Flounder, Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture, Omowale Clay, and Margaret Flowers.  Also a major report on US unilateral sanctions will be launched. You can see a preview of the sanctions report here:  Register here

Sunday, September 12, 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, September 12, 2021, 3:00 PM.  Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: “Valentino’s Ghost: Why We Hate Arabs.” “Valentino’s Ghost: Why We Hate Arabs” exposes the ways in which America’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media’s portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. The film lays bare the truths behind taboo subjects that are conspicuously avoided, or merely treated as sound bites, by the mainstream American media: “Why do they hate us?” “Why do we hate them?”  What were the events that led to the 9/11 attacks? What are the politics behind the U.S.-Israeli relationship?  Why is there a robust debate about these subjects in Europe, the Arab World and in Israel itself, but not in the United States? “Valentino’s Ghost: Why We Hate Arabs” provides a fresh inquiry which challenges the media’s daily barrage of rhetoric and misinformation about our complex and vital relationship with this part of the world. NOTE: Watch this 2019 film (1 hr 24 min) on your own, BEFORE THE EVENT. The panelists are the award-winning writer/director Michael Singh and Dr. Waleed Mahdi, assistant professor of US-Arab cultural politics at the University of Oklahoma and author of “Arab Americans in Film: From Hollywood and Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-Representation” (Syracuse University Press, 2020). The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Rosemarie Esber, author, historian and Fulbright Scholar to Saudi Arabia.  More information and registration here

Sunday, September 12, 2021. 03:00 PM.  Nicaragua Advances, Despite Attacks from Left and Right. In the run-up to Nicaragua’s November elections, prominent left-wing figures and others are criticizing Daniel Ortega’s government. Our September speakers will carefully examine claims of the critics. John Perry asks what these detractors are calling for, and how this squares with what Nicaraguans want and need. Becca Mohally Renk will discuss attacks on Nicaragua’s universal health care and its Covid response. Register for this Alliance for Global Justice webinar here

Sunday, September 12, 2021, 7:00 PM. North American Solidarity Activists Speak Out on US SANCTIONS ON AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA.  Instead of reversing Trump’s unilateral coercive measures, Biden has extended them.  Hear: Ajamu Baraka (Black Alliance for Peace and UNAC Administrative Committee member), Omowale Clay (December 12th Movement), Sara Flounders (International Action Center and UNAC Administrative Committee member), and Margaret Flowers, (Popular Resistance and UNAC Administrative Committee). Also, a major report on US unilateral sanctions will be launched.  Register here

Monday, September 13, 2021, 08:00 PM.  Ohio Poor People’s Movement Central Regional Meeting.  Register here

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 1:00 PM.  Environmental Law and Policy Center Webinar: Climate Change and the Great Lakes with Dan Egan Please join us for a discussion with Dan Egan, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel journalist, and the author of “Death and Life of the Great Lakes”. Dan is currently a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences, and has covered the Great Lakes since 2003. Dan will discuss the impact climate change has on the Great Lakes and the ways in which we can restore them for the next generation. ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner will moderate.  Register here

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 7:00 PM. From 9/11 to Today: What Have We Learned ? From Afghanistan to Guantanamo.  Following the attacks on 9/11 the Bush Administration opted for a “war on terrorism,” which has tragically continued until now. This important forum will draw on personal experiences to consider some overlooked consequences of that choice and implications for the present. Guest Speakers: Danny Sjursen is a retired US Army Major from Staten Island, who has served combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and who has become a leading critic of the “forever wars.” Nancy Hollander is a distinguished criminal defense attorney, who has represented prisoners in Guantanamo and other politically persecuted individuals, including Chelsea Manning. Discussion: Where do we go from here?  Register here

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  An Honest Education:  Talking About Race, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom.  Conversations about race, equity, and inclusion are not new to K-12 classrooms. From studying MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech to the analysis of works by poet Maya Angelou, these discussions have been necessary components in lessons on history, literature, and art for decades. Yet, in response to sudden outrage over Critical Race Theory, the Ohio state legislature has introduced two bills that ban “divisive concepts” – a broad definition that leaves much to interpretation and has put many routine classroom conversations in jeopardy. What will be at stake if these conversations are prohibited in schools? Why are honest conversations about race, equity, and inclusion important in K-12 education? Join the Cleveland City Club for a virtual conversation with local voices at the heart of the matter: John Adams, Department Chair for History, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay High School; Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers; Owen Ganor, Student at Rocky River High School; and Sarah Rintamaki, a parent of two children in the Westlake City Schools.  Register here

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 12:00 PM. Ohio Environmental Council Training.  Advocacy 101: How a Bill Becomes a Law in Ohio.  Turning a bill into a law can be a complicated process. If you’re not a pro, understanding what’s happening with legislation at the Statehouse can feel overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! Join us for Advocacy 101 where we’ll dive into the lawmaking process here in Ohio. We’ll share the basics on following legislation at the Statehouse, so you can feel empowered to get involved on the issues that are important to you. Register here

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 5:30 PM. Clintonville Area Progressives.  We have reserved the open air shelter #1 at Whetstone for our September meeting. Our plan is to have a picnic with hot dogs, chips, and water provided. We are not asking you to provide food to share given the current situation with COVID. This event is in lieu of for our usual June Brunch. We have not been able to have this event since 2019 and look forward to a chance to get together. We will invite other clubs in central Ohio to join us to increase our impact on the local election.  We hope to have local office holders and candidates for local offices join us.  We ask that you RSVP to so we can be sure to have enough hot dogs, chips, and water for all of us…and so we don’t have to warehouse a lot of food.  Join us for fellowship and information…The best of worlds!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 7:00 PM.  Divest from War, Invest in Peace. The Real Costs & Lost Opportunities of War.  Part 2 of a 4 part series. The tragic end of the Afghanistan war provides ample evidence of the futility and wastes of war. Continuing to pour billions into military solutions instead of real human development and planetary health must be challenged. These four programs offer alternatives and actions we can take to redirect our commonwealth for the health and prosperity of people and the planet.With Lindsay Koshgarian, Program Director of the National Priorities Project of the Institute for Policy StudiesThe National Priorities Project considers itself the “people’s guide to the federal budget.” Lindsay Koshgarian, NPP Program Director, will join us to share new research on the costs of national security since the 9/11 attacks. The figures are sure to grab attention and should help us assess the wisdom of pursuing endless war. Zoom link and more information here.

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The latest salvo from Kalle Lasn, publisher of Adbusters. Kalle called Occupy Wall Street on September 17, 2011 so 10 years to the day he is calling for OWS 2.0.
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