Be the Change Community Update April 1, 2022
What's In This Issue:

Simply Living news and events:
> First Friday at noon today - no Fooling!
> Simply Living's 20+ EcoChallenge Team kicks off TODAY - join us in doing our individual part to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
> Santiago Rising is the first film in our new Community Empowerment series. Be sure to register ASAP to watch the film on Sat Apr 2 and join Q&A with director 2 pm Sunday
> Postponed - Debra Knapke's presentation on Climate Resilient Gardening
> Save the Date! Mike Hogan will present on urban food and farming May 10 at 7 pm
> Good News! Simply Living Interns are Coming!

Sustainability news and events:
> Carolyn Harding talks with Esther Flores and Molly Cruz work to address sex trafficking on Grassroot Ohio Radio
> Paris anyone? How about a livestream tour of the Louvre...
> Music! New Bill Cohen "Time and Memory" Concert at UU church in Clintonville
> Charles Sealy at Java Central + April Live Music Calendar
> Learn about Green Banks and Public Banks
> Native Plants take on Green Infrastructure - 3 sessions from Wild Ones
> Architect on Climate Action and Inequality (at Mershon Event)
> Mas Bagua at Dance Party organized by Frank Tennyson
> Learn about Container Gardening
> Cbus Metro Club luncheon on changing demographics in central Ohio
> Global Resilience Summit - Free with 3 days remaining
> Free Intro to Compassionate Communications
> Getaway to Highland Nature Sanctuary and hiking in Rocky Gorge
> New Regeneration Nation magazine from US Transition Network
> Plastic-Less Calendar from Sierra Club
> Drawdown Lift report on Climate & Poverty Connections
> Podcasts: Bioneers on Indigenous Rising, Wonk out on Carbon Footprint
> Stop The Money Pipeline from with infographics
> Community Calendars, Quotes, and lots more on the Simply Living Calendar here

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Simply Living Events
April First Friday: SWACO Business Programs
Fri April 1 @ 12-1 pm

Simply Living's First Fridays series highlights sustainability initiatives in the city of Columbus and surrounding region that you may want to know more about. Each month our speakers will discuss the initiatives they are working on to make Columbus more sustainable and equitable.

Join us in April as we speak with Sheila Davis, business program manager at SWACO. Sheila will talk about how businesses can start a recycling program and about sustainability-minded customers. We will also hear about Simply Living's exciting new team for the Earth Month EcoChallenge!

This online event will feature two short presentations followed by Q and A. Register here to get the Zoom link:
Join the Simply Living
Earth Month EcoChallenge
April 1 - 30, 2022

Through this monthlong event, Simply Living team members will participate in a nationwide challenge to put the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into action. The SDGs are a commitment to achieving sustainable development across three dimensions — environmental, social and economic — in an inclusive and integrated way.

This year's Earth Month EcoChallenge transforms the 17 SDGs into 5 categories of daily and one-time actions an individual can make. Categories include:
  • Basic needs and security
  • Health and equity
  • Education and livelihood
  • Economy and communities
  • Climate and ecosystems

Under each category you can sign up to do any of a dozen actions, or you can come up with your own action commitment. Each action has real and measurable impacts on sustainability and equity. The more actions our team members do, the more points we earn in a friendly competition with other teams around the country.

Register to join the Simply Living Earth Month EcoChallenge team here. We will send you an invitation to sign up on the EcoChallenge website, join our team, and start committing to action with a real impact on sustainability and equity.

Empowering Community Film Festival
Hosted by Ohio Community Rights Network and Simply Living
Zoom Discussion: Sunday, April 3 @ 2 pm ET
More information and Registration link HERE.
NOTE: You will be sent a link to watch the film 24 hours before the 2 pm Sunday Q&A with director Nick MacWilliam, Chilean expert Juliet Lynd, and activists working to empower communities in Columbus and Ohio
FREE. Donations appreciated.

Why watch this film about Santiago, Chile? Because this documentary is a harbinger of the future! Communities around the world are waking up to the failure of neoliberal economics. In Chile, citizens fed up with income inequality, corporate greed, privatizing the commons for profit, and government austerity policies flooded the streets and demanded change. When communities are empowered, big changes can happen. A new progressive president was elected and a new constitution will be voted on this year.

Santiago Rising (directed by Nick MacWilliam, 2021) takes place on the streets of Chile’s capital city in late 2019 as massive protests over economic inequality engulf the country.
Read more: Santiago Rising's about page Read a short review of the film here.
Director, Nick MacWilliam
Expert on Chile, Dr. Juliet Lynd
Simply Living News
Simply Living is reviewing new films for screening in local theaters. Dates TBD

What is the science behind consciousness? Six brilliant researchers from around the world—a brain scientist, a plant behaviorist, a healer, a philosophy professor, a psychedelics scientist, and a Buddhist monk—take you on a mind-blowing quest to investigate this seemingly unsolvable mystery. More info here.
This documentary offers an immersive experience of North America's Coastal Temperate Rainforest where trees can live to be thousands of years old. Last of the Ancient Rainforest tells the story of this forest and how some people are compelled by their emotional connection with these trees to put themselves on the line to protect them from industrial logging.
Earth Month Events +
Simply Living volunteers will be exhibiting at the Green Bexley Fair and the Green Columbus Earth Day celebrations on Saturday, April 23. We will be at the White Castle Earth Day Fair on Wednesday, April 27 at their new headquarters. And we'll be at the Green on the Green event in Worthington on Saturday, May 7. These events will be lots of fun and a chance to see you in person! Volunteers are welcome! Drop us an email to

We're excited to host Mike Hogan and learn about urban farming and the developing food systems in central Ohio. Mike will share a slide presentation and entertain our questions.
Mike contributes to Edible Columbus and the Columbus Dispatch. He is part of OSU Extension in the City and shares his knowledge of Food and Agriculture throughout Ohio.

We are planning now to assign interns to new and ongoing projects.
> Simply Living has received a grant from the Columbus Foundation to support an intern to work on a Directory of Local and Sustainable Businesses
> Our Sustainable Living and Garden Tour will benefit from Interns (date coming soon)
> We will be working with Sustainable Columbus on a new Solarize campaign
> Meetups will benefit from Interns organizing film screenings, field trips to urban farms, nature hikes, potlucks in the park, and more.
> Research and assistance with our Community Calendar, sustainability resources, and outreach to our members and businesses.
Look for a Meet and Greet event with our new Interns this summer!
Community Events
Noetic Leadership:
Consciousness in Action for Front-Line Leaders
April 1 @ 2 - 3:15 pm
Hosted by IONS featuring Claire Lachance

Please register even if you can’t attend live and you’ll receive a link to the recording.
HOST: Claire Lachance serves as the CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, leading a team of world-renowned scientists and experiential program professionals. Prior to joining IONS in 2016, Claire was founder and president of Inspiration Quest Inc. where she led the delivery of comprehensive management consulting services to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, foundations, public agencies, and social entrepreneurs. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA magna cum laude in Economics from Tufts University.

With a deep passion for values-driven strategy, organizational sustainability, and servant leadership, Claire is a self-proclaimed spiritual explorer fascinated by how the mystical manifests in cultures and organizations around the world. Claire is leading the development of the Noetic Leadership Model for Professional and Organizational Success combining leading-edge business practices with valuable learnings from science and ancient wisdom traditions.
 GrassRoot Ohio Radio - 1DivineLine2Health with Esther Flores and Molly Cruz
 Every Friday 5 pm on 94.1 FM and streaming @, Repeats on Sundays at 2 pm on 92.7/98.3 FM and streams @

Conversations with everyday people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, with folks on the front lines.

Details on Facebook and more background info on the speakers here. This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show.
Listen to Podcast archives here.
Carolyn Harding with Esther Flores and Molly Cruz, on the front-lines of human trafficking in Columbus, Ohio.

Esther Flores founded 1DivineLine2Health, a 501c3 public charity, gathering medical supplies for local and international clinics.
In Columbus she operates two safe houses that serve survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and addiction. 

Molly Cruz is a certified peer supporter and a survivor using her lived experience to help other women in crisis. 
Worthington Tree Nursery Event
Sat Apr 2 @ 9am - 1pm 
Sponsored by Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)

Worthington Tree Nursery Maintenance and Preparation. Come and help us harvest trees and prepare the ground for new trees. All supplies will be provided.
The Louvre - Paris: International Highlights Livestream Tour
Sat Apr 2 @ 10 - 11:30am 
Tickets 0 - $5
Join us for an online/virtual tour of the Louvre in Paris, France, considered by many to be the world's greatest art museum. Our livestream program will be a review of several noteworthy highlights from the museum's amazing collection, including of course Winged Victory Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, plus many more.

This program will focus on the international / non-French highlights in the collection. On a later date we'll focus on the French highlights.
This is a livestream program and it will not be recorded.
Merci! More info and background on the Louvre on the SL Calendar here.
Time and Memory:
A New Thoughtful Concert with Bill Cohen and Friends
Saturday April 2 @ 7 pm
First UU Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd 43214

The mysterious intertwining of time and memory. That’s the theme of Bill Cohen’s all-new concert, taking place in-person at the First Unitarian Church of Columbus. He’ll sing songs from the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s that remind us of time’s unique qualities. Songs made famous by a wide variety of performers: John Denver, the Beatles, Bing Crosby, Carly Simon, Kenny Rogers, the Judds, the Byrds, Bob Seger, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, and others.

Beautiful vocal harmonies and instrumental backup will be added by veteran Columbus musicians Joanne Blum and Joe Lambert.

We’ll also hear inspiring sayings about time and memory, and we’ll have fun trying to answer trivia questions about songs that focus on memories and the fleeting nature of time.

Admission to the concert is free. If you appreciate the music, the message, and the inspiration, we’ll welcome donations and we’ll channel them to a worthwhile cause – The Alzheimers Association of Central Ohio.

Please bring a Covid mask with you to the concert, in case church rules still require masking on April 2. Questions? Call Bill at (614) 263-3851.
Sunday, April 3rd from 3-5 pm. Get Feisty! Ready to costume? Leave it to "Stay in the Present Tense" Frank Tennyson to organize this spring dance party. Location: Perspective Spirit, 2447 W Mound St, Cbus 43204.
Architect Kimberly Dowdell on Climate Action and Social Equity
Wednesday April 6 @ 6 pm

A licensed architect and principal in the Chicago studio of leading global design firm HOK, Kimberly Dowdell is also a writer and frequent speaker on architecture, diversity, sustainability, and the future of cities. Dowdell cofounded the SEED Network in 2005 and has been a LEED accredited professional since 2007. As former president of the National Organization of Minority Architects, she worked to increase opportunities for women and people of color in the building professions and more than doubled the organization’s membership. Her overarching mission is to improve people’s lives, by design.
This lecture is made possible by the DeeDee and Herb Glimcher Program Fund,
Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Knowlton School.
Intro to Green Banks and Public Banks Webinar
Wednesday, April 6 @ 2-3pm

This webinar will provide an introduction to both green and public banks in the United States. No previous knowledge about finance is required. Come learn about the basics of both types of financing and how they can help fund clean energy and climate work that benefits low-income and BIPOC communities.

The webinar will include presentations from:

Register for the webinar here!
Changing Demographics are Creating a New Central Ohio
Wed April 6 @ 12-1pm
The Boat House, 679 W Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215 map

Long regarded as one of the most statistically average cities in America – including in terms of its population growth – Columbus, Ohio has stepped on the accelerator in the last decade. The city’s growth continues to gain steam: in the last ten years, 90% of Ohio’s entire population growth occurred in Columbus and its suburbs. From 2010 to 2020, Columbus saw the largest population growth in its history, with a growth rate of 15.1%, higher than Houston (9.7%), Phoenix (11.2%), or even Nashville (14.7%).
On average, Franklin County gains 37 residents a day; every year, Columbus adds the equivalent in population of a new Bexley. There aren’t just more people in Columbus, either – there are more people plus greater diversity..

CMC will unpack Columbus’ dramatic population growth and its growing diversity over the last decade – along with its implications and opportunities for businesses and organizations – with the help of Michael Wilkos, Senior Vice President of Community Impact with The United Way of Central Ohio, who will share lessons learned through extensive research based on the 2020 census, and host Autumn Glover, Senior Director, Community Health Partnerships, OhioHealth.

JOIN US IN THE ROOM for this discussion on April 6, in person audience seating is available. Please make reservations by Tuesday, April 5. We cannot accommodate walk ins. You can also still join us on the CMC YouTube Channel to view and participate in the community conversation during this livestream event. 
Bronzeville Agricademy Presents: Container Gardening
Thurs April 7 @ 6:30 pm

The Bronzeville Agricademy is a free, creative format of online classroom instruction and mentoring to promote urban food growing and a plant-based diet. We meet online weekly, February 24 to April 28, 2022, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
CLICK HERE to register for the Bronzeville Agricademy via Zoom.

Upcoming Course topics & Schedule:
Community Garden Site Visit – Public Gardens: An Open Vegetable Garden attached to a Performance Space l April 14, 6:30 pm
Urban Garden Best Practices and Your Stories | April 21/Earth Day, 6:30 pm11.
Panel Discussion on the Present & Future of BIPOC Farming | April 28, 6:30 pm
Join us in April for "Wild Ones Presents
Green Infrastructure" a 3-part webinar series with Eric Fuselier

Green Infrastructure Webinar Series:
* Native Plants for Improving Stormwater - Apr 7, 7 pm
* Native Plants for Outdoor Air Quality - Apr 14, 7pm
* Native Plants for Soil Contamination - Apr 21, 7pm

Each topic in this Green Infrastructure series will go more in depth on how phytoremediation (using plants to clean up soil, air, and water containing hazardous contaminants) works and cover a wider range of contaminants and native plant species.
This series is a follow-up to Eric’s presentation in December, 2021 "Native Plants, Phytoremediation & Green Infrastructure"

About the Speaker
Wild Ones National Board Member Eric Fuselier is an Environmental Scientist at Olsson where he conducts environmental impact studies and works with civil engineers and landscape architects to minimize the environmental impact from the infrastructure projects they design. Eric chartered the Ozark Chapter in 2020, where he also serves as chapter president.
This webinar series is free and open to the public.
Recordings of the webinars in this series will be available to the public on Wild Ones website and YouTube channel soon after the event.
**A link to access each webinar in the series will be emailed to registrants leading up to each event.**
Intro to NVC:
Speak Peace with Compassionate Communications
First Thursdays
Thursday April 7 @ 7 - 8:30pm Currently on Zoom

What is Compassionate Communication? Come find out! 

Join us for this FREE and engaging personal practice of Compassionate-Nonviolent Communication (NVC), the Language of the Heart, led by local Compassionate Communication facilitators. Open to both beginners and experienced practitioners.
NVC (Non Violent Communication) was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D., an American Psychologist, and is based on Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.'s principles of nonviolence - our natural state of compassion.
If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Global Resilience Summit
Tue Mar 29 - Sun Apr 3 

Our friends at Heart Mind Institute have created a free, online, six-day Summit to help all of us deepen and sustain our individual and collective resilience so that we can meet the immense challenges we face with wisdom, compassion and skillful means.

We are living in very uncertain times with a worsening climate emergency, an increasingly divisive and polarized cultural and political landscape, famines and population displacements around the world, and now a war and refugee crisis in eastern Europe.

Resilience is critical to the future of humanity on our planet.

Join 35+ presenters including Otto Scharmer, Rhonda Magee, Ken Wilber, Lara Boyd, Dr. Dan Siegel, Diane Musho Hamilton, Stephen Porges, Barbara Fredrickson, Rick Hanson, Thema Bryant, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Andrea Pennington, Christopher Germer, and many more.
Learn how to:
  • Deepen and sustain your well-being & resilience
  • Heal trauma and build nurturing & healing relationships
  • Co-create healthy, resilient local communities
  • Take action for climate resilience and sustainable living
  • Envision more resilient social structures and systems
  • Live more consciously in true relationship with the Earth
The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought.
~ Mahatma Gandhi 
Sustainability News and Resources
The Incomparable Rocky Fork Gorge at The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is the Arc of Appalachia’s oldest and largest preserve. The heart of the 3100-acre preserve is the breathtakingly beautiful Rocky Fork Gorge, a 100-foot high steep-walled dolomite canyon renowned for its stunning rock formations, ancient white cedars, grottoes, springs, and stone arches. The Highlands Nature Sanctuary is known for not only its geological beauty but its wealth of botanical diversity and its spectacular spring wildflower displays – some of the best in all of Eastern United States.

If you go, enjoy 16 miles of hiking trails, early spring wildflowers, the Appalachian Forest Museum, and lodging that you will find impeccably designed with beautiful views of nature.
Celebrating the Womxn & Femmes
that Make Our Movements Move 

In honor of Spring, our ReGeneration Nation campaign, and all of the amazing people who are actively working to build more regenerative and just communities - we present ReGeneration Nation magazine!

Every quarter we will be offering an inside look at Transition US as well as uplifting the amazing visions, voices within the greater regenerative communities movement. This quarter we are acknowledging the work of the amazing womxn and femmes who help to build, nurture, innovate, and keep us connected in this work.

Project Drawdown Climate Poverty Connections
Climate change and poverty — two of today’s biggest global challenges — are closely connected. A new landmark report from Drawdown Lift, Climate–Poverty Connections: Opportunities for synergistic solutions at the intersection of planetary and human well-being, shows how climate solutions can also generate benefits for human well-being.

The report introduces the Drawdown Lift Human Well-Being Index, used to analyze 28 Project Drawdown climate solutions that provide evidence-based direct and indirect human well-being co-benefits and ripple effects across five climate solutions groups — Improving Agriculture and Agroforestry, Protecting and Restoring Ecosystems, Adopting Clean Cooking, Providing Clean Electricity, and Fostering Equality.

Read the full report here
Every year our coalition partners release the Banking on Climate Chaos report ― the world’s most comprehensive study into banks’ financing of the fossil fuel industry.

The worst offenders are all US banks. JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America are the four largest funders of fossil fuels in the world ― and together they account for over one-quarter of all fossil fuel financing. This is especially despicable as they have all pledged to align their business models with the Paris Agreement.
Indie Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 30 @ 10am-5pm

Special events, guests, prizes, DJs, positive vibes 10am till 5pm!!!
Common Greens: Inside the Market April 2

The Clintonville Farmers Market will reopen back on High Street for its 20th season at 9 am on Saturday, April 30. We hope you'll join us and the 52 wonderful Ohio farmers and food producers that have agreed to share their bounty and creativity with us. BluesSwing is set to provide entertainment and Ajumama will be our featured food truck for the day. Opening day will feature 16 new-to-High St producers, who we'll be introducing you to over the course of the next few weeks. And good news: Baer Wheels will offer free bike parking and The Compost Exchange will be back at market accepting buckets!

In Other News...

Read the full Common Greens Newsletter here.
Obsessive-Compulsive's Guide to Cutting Your Carbon Footprint
Growthbusters Podcast: Wonky Numbers Behind Your Footprint

We NEED to be obsessed with shrinking our footprint, and Lloyd Alter did the research, the spreadsheet, and the book to help us all do our part. Our newest podcast episode continues the conversation we began in our last episode with Lloyd Alter, author of Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle: Why Individual Climate Action Matters More than Ever.

Lloyd shares what matters most from what he learned while shrinking his annual carbon footprint to meet the carbon budget allowed to meet 1.5°C goals. In this episode, co-host Stephanie makes a shocking confession about her 2019 lifestyle and carbon footprint. And Lloyd raised quite a stir with this tweet: “I was shocked when I e-biked past the gas station, the price is twice as high as when I last filled the car two years ago.”

Indigenous Rising:
From Alcatraz to Standing Rock
With Julian Brave NoiseCat, Dr. LaNada War Jack,
and Clayton Thomas-Müller
New Podcast from the Bioneers
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. From the historic Indigenous occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969 to the fossil fuel fights throughout Canada and the U.S. today, Indigenous resistance illuminates an activism founded in a spiritual connection with the web of life and the human community.

Investing in
Climate Literacy
To overcome climate change, we must understand the causes and potential solutions. That's why advocates universal climate and environmental education. Global climate literacy, combined with civic education, offers citizens tools for building a greener future. more...
10 Relief Remedies Using Essential Oils

Many people find relief from minor ailments through the use of essential oils. Learn how four versatile oils can provide relief from ailments ranging from anxiety to athlete's foot.  more...
Raising Chickens:
Free Kindle Copy of New Guide
Are you interested in backyard poultry? Download your free copy of Chris Lesley's new common-sense guide, "Raising Chickens," on Amazon Kindle. Offer ends March 27, 2022. more...
It's Time to Rethink How Much Toilet Paper We Use
We use more toilet paper per person in the United States than residents of any other country. And unfortunately, our toilet paper has a big negative environmental impact. Can we learn to use less TP  or adopt more sustainable options? more...
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Community Calendars
Martial Arts Movies, Vintage, Best of the Worst Cocktail Competition Highlight the Weekend

Have a great weekend! Have you tried the new Starlight Coca-Cola? Photo by Edward Eyer from Pexels.

Here’s a rundown of things to do this weekend. Not quite as nice out as last weekend, but you can still find fun things to do. Only one more week to order a Brew Box from the Columbus Coffee Festival! Enjoy your weekend!

Fun Night Out
Felly plays A&R Music Bar.Aries Spears will be at the Funny Bone.
There’s a futuristic photoshoot and dance party at The Forum.
There’s a Brew Festival happening at COSI but you need your ticket in advance.
Hippo Campus plays at Kemba LIVE!
There’s a Downtown Disco at The Bluestone.
Skully’s has Made In Ohio hip-hop night.

Enjoy Exploring Art
Celebrate martial arts with weekly movies at The Drexel – first up is Police Story.
Franklinton Fridays is happening and there are art show openings at Wild GooseThe Vanderelli Room, and Secret Studio.
Find out what else is going on that night at 400 Square.
ProMusica presents Winds and Piano music.
Beautiful – the Carole King Musical is in town for the weekend.
OYO Dance celebrates the old story of Hansel & Gretel.
The Lance Johnson show Post No Ills has its last special event.
Available Light Theatre presents White Rabbit, Red Rabbit for one night only!

What else can you do this weekend?
Three Bites Bakery opens their doors on Saturday.
Buy a piano.
Explore Blooms & Butterflies for a warm indoor escape.
Shop the Ohio Vintage Fest.
Learn to design, build, and plan a raised garden bed.
Take a walk in the wetlands.
Shop the sale on sale all weekend at Small Talk.
It’s the last winter market at Henmick Farms.
Book a flight for a vacation.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!
Awareness is the Greatest Catalyst for Change.
~ Madhvi Chittoor, Age 10
Connie Hammond's Newsletter
Peace and Social Justice Events

We select a few of the many events listed in this newsletter. To subscribe to the Central Ohio Peace Network and see the full list of upcoming events, contact

Saturday, April 2, 2022, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Ready to Run. Campaign Training for Women. This new date will optimize attendance and enrich the experience for everyone attending in-person or virtually. Networking is the cornerstone of this event. Attendees will participate in interactive and engaging experiences in-person and through a dynamic virtual conference platform. $50 to attend in-person ($25 for students) $25 to attend virtual ($10 for students). Professional Development, OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs.  More information and registration here

Sunday, April 3, 2022, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Public Plenary: Winona LaDuke AFDC Corporation 2022. Native American land rights activist, environmentalist, economist, politician, and author Winona LaDuke will deliver the keynote session of this year’s AFSC Corporation Meeting. As the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice with Indigenous communities.  Register here

Sunday, April 3, 2023, 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Redbird Books to Prisoners. We collect, pack, and send books to Ohio prisoners every 1st and 3rd Sunday. Location: Thirdhand Bike Coop, 979 East 5th Ave, Columbus. Please wear a mask, and please don't park in front of the building.

Monday, April 4, 2022, 7:00 PM. Guided by the light of or North Star, above and within. AFSC’s Healing Justice Network invites you to learn about the healing-focused vision of our North Star. Led by Lewis Webb, Jr. and Mary Zerkel, the workshop will explore restorative justice, police and prison abolition, and an end to the carceral system. Join us as we journey to a just, peaceful, and sustainable world free of violence, inequality, and oppression. Our 90-minutes together will include reflection, interactive engagement, and strategies to take back to local meetings and communities.  Register here

Monday, April 4, 2022, 6:30 PM. Demonstration for Affordable Housing Set-asides in Columbus. Do we have to beg for this? Bring cardboard and paper cups. This is the second of three actions coordinated by the B.R.E.A.D. organization to raise awareness of the shortage of affordable housing for people with low income. The current required set-asides for housing developers do not serve people with income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. People with lower income are just left out of the equation, and most often can't afford rent without assistance. Location: Columbus City Hall, 90 W. Broad St., Columbus 43215. 

Monday, April 4, 2022, 7:15 PM. Breaking the Silence (2022). April 4, 2022, is the 54th anniversary of Rev. Dr. King’s assassination, and the 55th anniversary of his historic A Time to Break Silence speech delivered at Riverside Church in New York City. This speech went beyond civil rights to condemn militarism, racism, and extreme materialism, enforced by a culture of violence, as the source of the ills that plague U.S. society and stands as one of Rev. Dr. King’s greatest accomplishments. Our national webinar will include a pre-recorded reading of the speech and a live panel discussion with well-known activists hosted by a broad coalition of civil and human rights, peace, and justice organizations. By holding national and local readings, with discussions and actions relevant to the issues of today, we evoke Rev. Dr. King’s prophetic lessons, ground ourselves in these timeless truths, and keep his words alive by using them to guide our thoughts and actions in our work for justice today. Please join us.  Register here

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 8:00 - 9:00 PM. Ukraine: Prospects for Peace and Preventing Escalation. As Russia’s assault on Ukraine takes a huge civilian toll, peace activists in the United States are calling on the Biden administration to articulate compromises the U.S. and NATO will support to end this crisis.  Our guests will discuss options for peace that include neutrality for Ukraine, humanitarian aid for refugees, an international security agreement, status of the secessionist regions in the Donbas, Russian reparations for Ukraine and an off-ramp for lifting sanctions on Russia. How do we reach a peace settlement before further escalation? The stakes are high for all of us. Featured Guests: Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute. Joseph Gerson is president of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, vice-president of the International Peace Bureau, and a board member of MAPA. CodePink and Massachusetts Peace Action. More information and registration here

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 7:00 PM. Extractives and forced displacement: A case study of Laguna Larga.  Between the borders of Mexico and Guatemala is a place called Laguna Larga. Its current residents are forcibly displaced due to greed, violence, and environmental injustice. In this workshop, we will use this community’s example to learn about the harm caused by intersections of environmental devastation, criminalization of environmental activism, and unfettered capitalism. Join AFSC staff for a presentation and discussion about these interlocking issues. AFSC.  Register here

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Columbus Metropolitan Library presents: Speak Up/Speak Out, Conversations about RaceThe discussion will focus on the book, So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo, moderated by Dr. Anthony Wilson, Columbus Metro Libraries Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer.  More information here

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 12:00 PM. Restricted space in climate justice activism. The rights and freedoms of those addressing climate change are shrinking. The challenges and risks facing those supporting and advancing climate justice are linked to the gap between civil society organizations and government policies on climate. This workshop will present an analysis and suggest actions to support climate justice activists as they face a limited space.  Register here

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 8:00 PM. Medea Benjamin Reports on her Afghanistan Trip. Join Wisconsin Peace Action, Chicago Area Peace Action, CODEPINK, and Massachusetts Peace Action to learn more about Medea Benjamin’s trip to Afghanistan in March 2022. The most important thing we can do for Afghan women and girls right now is to call on the Biden Administration and key members of Congress to unfreeze the Afghan funds to pay teachers and healthcare workers. This money could come from the $9.4 billion of Afghan funds frozen in U.S. banks or from the World Bank reconstruction fund. The U.S. should use its leverage to get the World Bank funds released. The Afghan people, especially the women, should not be denied access to education or life-saving care. If these basic needs are not funded urgently, millions of Afghans will continue to suffer and there will be a huge wave of desperate refugees. Madea Benjamin: founder of CodePink: Women for Peace, will lead a women’s delegation to Afghanistan to find the truth of what’s happening in Afghanistan. Afghan lives are in the balance. Let’s not abandon them.  Register here

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Capital Punishment: An interfaith conversation and co-victim perspectivesJoin the #NoDeathPenaltyOH coalition for Capital Punishment: An interfaith conversation and co-victim perspectives. This virtual event will include a panel of families of murder victims speaking to an interfaith audience about the harm created by the death penalty. Hosted by Congregation Beth Tikvah and Columbus Mennonite Church, this event will be broadcast statewide. Speakers will include: Jonathan Mann of Columbus, who lost his father to murder, Jane Mitchell of Columbus, who lost her brother to murder, Rukiye Abdul-Mutakallim of Cincinnati, who lost her son to murder, LaShawn Ajamu of Cleveland, who lost her brother to murder, and Lynette Grace of Barberton was stabbed and lost her best friend to murder.  Register here
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