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Monday, February 11, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  Support CCBOR at City Council Meeting. Please come and show your support on Monday, as we present to city council asking them to place our community bill of rights ordinance on the May 2019 city voting ballot.  Since the state of Ohio refused to place our Columbus city ordinance on the November 2018 ballot, two Ohio supreme court cases have supported a similar city measure to be placed on the Toledo ballot.  This has resulted in the reversal of a Lucas County Board of Elections decision that kept the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) off the Toledo ballot in November 2018, and it will now appear on a special election ballot scheduled for February 26th, 2019. The Lake Erie Bill of Rights will give Toledo city residents power to enforce their right, to protect their source of public water that originates from Lake Erie.  The Columbus Community Bill of Rights will allow residents to enforce our protection of our city's precious water, soil, and air resources from the risk of harmful contamination resulting from oil & gas extraction activities, most probably from transport and disposal of liquid and solid frack waste within, or in the vicinity of, our resources. It is absolutely imperative that Columbus create this protection for our city now, as Ohio is posturing within this decade to become one of the world's prominent plastics feed stock sources through fracking of the Utica shale play. Since Ohio legislators and regulators effectively deregulate the industry, most of the increasingly immense radioactive waste stream from fracking in PA, WV, and OH, will end up being transported to Ohio's landfills and injection wells, as well as becoming part of our roads and possibly even building materials.  Columbus lives with 13 oil & gas waste injection wells with several more permits pending, within our public water source's watershed north of the city. A landfill within city limits along Alum Creek has been permitted by Ohio EPA to accept radioactive shale drill cuttings for disposal. Location:  City of Columbus, 90 W. Broad St., Columbus.  Facebook.  


Monday, February 11, 2019, 7:00 PM.  Central Ohioans for Peace Meeting.  Screening of Human Flow (2017/140 minutes).  Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.  Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?  Location:  Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus.  For information about COFP, visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/centralohioansforpeace/Home