People smiling with fists in the air and a sign that says Socialism and one that says Abolish ICE

Thursday, July 12, 7pm
St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 30 W. Woodruff
July 5-8, the Columbus ISO helped organize a nearly 50 person contingent to go to the Socialism Conference in Chicago. At this meeting, we will discuss the lessons on the Conference and how we can apply those lessons long-term to the building of revolutionary organization and social movements in Columbus. We will also discuss some of the developments in the fight against deportation locally and nationally and how we intend to orient towards it.

Lots of smiling white people male and female leaning toward each other all wearing blue T-shirts in a city council chambers

The third time was a charm for the Columbus Community Bill of Rights initiative which is confirmed to be on the Columbus ballot this November. The following is what one of their tireless activists said before Columbus City Council on Monday, July 9 after their signatures were validated.

Columbus City Council Speech
By William Lyons 

Good evening members of Columbus City Council, my name is Bill Lyons and I am a member of a group of concerned citizens called Columbus Community Bill of Rights. We appreciate it that most of you have met with us several times over the past couple of years.

A light squared grid in the foreground and two oddly shaped geometric blocks behind it

Rob Collier, a composer/performer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is doing a tour and will be playing at It Looks Like its Open, 13 E. Tulane on Saturday, July 14, 7:30-10:30pm. He is touring with Ben Aguilar (from Louisville, Ky) and performing a new composition called Music in Transparent Layers. They will record every performance on the tour and play the recordings at each subsequent show as we add a new layer live. Thus, each performance is a unique stage in the development of the piece. The music is ambient/minimal/experimental.

MUSIC IN TRANSPARENT LAYERS is a new composition by ROB COLLIER. Multi-timbral motives, pseudo-ambient textures, process-driven harmony. Performed in duet with BEN AGUILAR.

NOISTERIA EMISSION - Experimental electronic from Dayton, OH

HABITEUR - Coaxing beauty from ugliness, Habiteur works with machinery, junk, repurposed electronics, tapes, and various objects.

Young black woman with short ringlets and with a kind of sad expression

At first glance, there is not much in common between the 19-year-old single mother living in the Kibera slum of Kenya pictured here and the Ohio State students pictured below. More than 7,800 miles separate them, they’ve never met and they lead very different lives, but one issue connects them.

Mercy is a patient at her local Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) clinic, which no longer receives federal aid from the U.S. because of Trump’s Global Gag Rule. Mercy depends on the health care and family planning services FHOK provides to give her daughter the best possible life, and these Ohio State students are fighting to make sure those services stay available to Mercy. They volunteer their time and efforts to resist and organize against this dangerous policy.  

Book cover with the words Nuts and Bolts the ACORN fundamentals of organizing by Wade Rathke

Let’s be honest.

There are many reasons that people decide to build an organization. Anger is one. A rage at injustice or an action by the government coupled with a recognition that your one voice, even yelling, will neither be heard nor will it create change, is often enough. Sometimes it is a mutual agreement between friends or like-minded individuals to all stand together and dive into the deep end of the pool and see if an issue can be attacked, a campaign created, or maybe an organization formed. Sometimes it is neighbors or fellow workers aggravated about a persistent issue or grievance that forces collective action. Sometimes it starts, as it usually did with ACORN, with someone knocking on your door. There can be all manner of triggers that begin organizations and without care, there can be as many that stunt its development or suffocate its future from birth.

Issues, grievances, inequities, and injustices are all reasons to build campaigns, but for an organization to live and win it has to have structure. It is important to be humble to the task, even while hopeful of the future.

Book cover that's red white and blue with a black and white photo of Robert Kennedy as a young man in a suit walking through a crowd on both sides of a street and the book title at top and the words From Power to Protest After JFK

After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, nobody other than his widow, Jacqueline, suffered worse than his brother, Robert, the attorney general. For Robert, his relationship with his brother was everything; he scarcely existed outside of it Pain was seared into his face and was palpable; within a few weeks after the murder, he seemed to have aged years. The death of President Kennedy and the end of all they hoped to accomplish so unsettled RFK that family and friends feared for his well being. In the end, it was his wife, Ethel, who brought him around. A very devout Catholic, she was certain that the president had gone straight to Heaven and they would be together again for all eternity.

Front half of a side view of a rhino with a big horn

One way to start your vegan journey is to eat like a vegan one day a week. That way you get a chance to taste some delicious meat-free dishes without the stress of going vegan cold turkey, to turn a phrase. As you slowly move away from animal products in your diet, you’ll discover you may find you don’t need meat, dairy, and eggs to satisfy your hunger.

Contrary to many people’s belief that eating meat makes you strong and powerful, think about the mammals who are vegan every day of the week. The top ten vegan animals, as listed by “Vegan Souls” are:








Some whales



Geoengineering, according to the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, is defined as "the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract anthropogenic (man-made or corporate-caused)climate change" and divides methods into two types: carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere, and solar radiation management aimed at reducing heat coming in (from the sun)or reflecting more of it out.



I write this week’s Duty to Warn column the day after the biannual (July 7-8, 2018). Sunday evening, over 8 hours after the last the last plane touched down, a heavy thunderstorm partially cleansed the area of some of the toxic aviation fuel residue that contaminated the air, soil and water in the area. The weather during the previous 72 hours however, was perfect, with clear blue skies and 80 degree temps that have persisted now for nearly 4 days. Today, Monday, July 9, the skies continue to be deep blue and clear with actual cumulous clouds.


While the world watched and waited with bated breath for the outcome of the substantial global effort – involving over 100 cave divers from various countries, 1,000 members of the Thai Army and 10,000 others in various roles – to rescue a team of 12 young football players and their coach, who were trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand for 17 days, 850,000 children were killed by human adults in other parts of the world, many of them simply starved to death in Yemen or other parts of Africa, Asia and Central/South America.


Trivia Pursuit Question of the Review: What great film director tried to adapt Theodore Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy” in the early 1930s?


One of the best things that theater and film can do is take us long and ago and far away to experience actual historical events and figures. An excellent case in point is William Manus’ WWII-era set Their Finest Hour: Churchill and Murrow, which co-stars Michael Karm as the Prime Minister, Tyler Cook as the CBS broadcaster and Chantelle Albers as Pamela Churchill Harriman. This drama, which brings alive the Battle of Britain and real life personages, is on the boards in L.A. at the Brickhouse Theatre through July 22.



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