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On December 6th, HB 440, the Ohio Health Security Act, was introduced to the Ohio House by Representatives Teresa Fedor and Bernadine Kennedy Kent.  

Today we received the notice of the first hearing of this bill, the Sponsor’s Hearing, on Wednesday, January 24th at 10:00 am.  The hearing will take place in the Statehouse in Room 116.  

The hearing will be conducted by the Insurance committee.  The members of the committee are:   Thomas Brinkman (R), Chair, Michael Henne (R), Vice Chair, John Boccieri (D), Michael Ashford (D), Kristin Boggs (D), Andrew Brenner (R), Bill Dean (R), Anne Gonzales (R), Glenn Holmes (D), Larry Householder (R), Stephen Huffman (R), Sarah LaTourette (R), Wes Rutherford (R).

We need to have as many people as possible show up for this hearing.  We need to fill the room and spill out into the hallway.   The members of the committee need to know that we are serious and that we can show up in large numbers.  As Representative Fedor said to us,

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House JointResolution 5 (HJR 5), introduced in fall 2017 in both houses of the Ohio General Assembly, would dramatically change the already-difficult process to amend the Ohio Constitution and is stealthily making its way through the Ohio General Assembly.

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On January 17, former U.S. Congressman and former Mayor of Cleveland, Dennis Kucinich (D) announced his candidacy for governor of Ohio. He outlined a campaign strategy entitled "Power to We The People." He noted that he is "not owned by anybody and not beholden to 'wealthy interest groups.''' 

The former presidential candidate has a 30-point agenda that will rebuild Ohio's infrastructure, bolster the public school system, dismantle "the prison-industrial complex," and promote clean air, water and energy in the state.

See video of his speech:

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Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
Come on out to our first meeting of the year! We will be going over plans for the #BlackPride4's weeklong trial (which starts February 5) and discussing proposals for Community Pride.  The library and room are wheelchair accessible. Please message us if you need any accommodations such as an interpreter or childcare.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Parsons Branch, meeting room 3, 1113 Parsons Avenue, Columbus 43206.  
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Drug-Induced Iatrogenic Disorders - The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US and Britain


By Gary G. Kohls, MD


Definition of an “iatrogenic” disorder: A disorderinadvertently induced by a health caregiver because of a surgical, medical, drug or vaccine treatment or by a diagnostic procedure.



In last week’s column I wrote that iatrogenic disorders (a doctor-, drug-, vaccine-, surgery- or other medical treatment-caused disorder) were the third leading cause of death in the US. That revelation may have ruffled the feathers of some readers, particularly if they were employed in the medical professions, so I am enlarging on that statement in this week’s column.


In 2000, a commentary article was written by Dr Barbara Stanfield, MD, MPH. It was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA, July 26, 2000—Vol 284, No. 4).


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Wednesday, January 17
Kucinich4Ohio: Announcement
Ground floor, Ohio Statehouse, Broad and High Streets
Come show your support for Dennis Kucinich as he announces his run for Governor of Ohio.
Meet on the Ground Floor of the Statehouse, Thomas Worthington Center, at 2:45. We will have signs to hold.

Dreamers of Columbus Art Display
Third Way Cafe, 3058 W. Broad St.
Columbus artists Olga Pavlovska, Sahar Fadaian, and Leticia Wiggins are previewing their new work that showcases portraits and stories of local Dreamers.
Also know as DACA recipients, Dreamers are the sons and daughters of undocumented immigrants in America who have grown up going to school with us, graduating college with us, and now work with us, but don't have citizenship.
Their fate is currently being debated in Washington, D.C. and will most likely be decided January 19th. Please come to show your support for these brave individuals and learn how you can get more involved.
This event is free to the public. Locally Roasted Coffee is available for a $2 cover charge.

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Tuesday, Jan 16, 7-9pm
Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave.
Over the past few months we have witnessed two things: 1) the cruelty of the Trump administration’s efforts to deport immigrant families and 2) how those immigrant families are leading our movement by resisting Trump’s deportation agenda. 

While many localities, like Columbus, Ohio, have made proclamations that no local resources will be used to enforce federal immigration law, the reality is that ICE continues to terrorize and separate families like Edith Espinal’s. 

On October 10, 2017, Edith, a mother of three, was ordered to leave the country. She courageously made the decision to fight her deportation by entering sanctuary. Edith’s case is one of a handful of other cases where immigrant families have taken up sanctuary across the country. 

We invite you to join us to hear from Edith and others living in Sanctuary who are leading the sanctuary movement. 

The conversation will include: 
- Testimony from families in sanctuary about what it means to enter sanctuary and how does it impact the families and their communities.

When an intelligence agency arranges to disseminated fake news it is called “disinformation” and it is a subset of what is referred to as covert action, basically secret operations run in a foreign country to influence opinion or to disrupt the functioning of a government or group that is considered to be hostile.

The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin, has become a big star in national media by routinely denouncing Russia as a dire threat to American democracy. The senior senator from Maryland personifies the highly dangerous opportunism that has set in among leading Democrats on the subject of Russia.


Chelsea Manning confirmed on Sunday that she is challenging Senator Cardin’s re-election effort in the Democratic primary this June. Her campaign has real potential to raise key issues. One of them revolves around the kind of bellicose rhetoric that heightens the dangers of conflict between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.



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