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Saturday, Dec. 23, 8pm-12pm
Brothers Drake Meadery, 26 E. 5th Ave.
Brother's Drake is hosting a Holiday Boogiedown Fundraiser for the SSCM Food Pantry in Merion Village. All proceeds from the $5 cover will go straight to helping to feed Columbus' south side. The Beers & The Klatt Bros. Bandwill be opening for The Kimble Project for an "eve of eve" you're sure not to forget!
 

The unfortunate Donald Trump Administration decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel serves no visible American interest, in spite of what some of the always-loyal-to-Israel punditry has been suggesting. Israel is already moving to exploit the situation in its usual fashion. Immediately after the announcement was made, Israeli Ambassador in Washington Ron Dermer suggested that the decision on Jerusalem could now be extended to include other disputed areas, most particularly Syria’s Golan Heights that were occupied in 1967. And the decision on Jerusalem itself will quite likely prove elastic as the Israeli government has already prepared legislation to incorporate large chunks of settlements into the city limits, far beyond the historic boundaries.

Al Franken the serial groper. Al Franken the scapegoat.

History proceeds clumsily. Innocent people — or “innocently guilty” people, like the junior senator from Minnesota — often get unfairly hung out to dry. Should he have to resign? As far as I can tell, his alleged sexual wrongdoings over the years consist of three butt grabs, several uninvited kisses, a breast grope and a waist squeeze.

There may be more, of course, and they add up to something beyond what could be called innocent mistakes or misunderstandings. An adolescent sense of entitlement seems to be at work here, but . . . this is the moral standard of a Congress open for purchase by corporate lobbyists? Who among us (Roy? Donald?) hasn’t committed transgressions worse than the above? And shouldn’t a person’s positive achievements be factored into the severity of his punishment, at least when no permanent damage has occurred?

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The COWC has a bold vision for 2018 that includes: placing immigrant workers in good jobs, stopping deportations, advancing a wage theft ordinance, and much more. If you share our vision for social justice in Columbus, we would love for you to join one of our three working groups.

·         The Immigrant Justice Committee (IJC) advances immigrant rights values, and is involved in providing trainings, creating deportation defense campaigns, and supporting coalition building throughout Ohio.

·         The Worker Justice Committee (WJC) advances worker rights values, and is involved in building a relationship with the labor movement, processing wage theft cases, connecting immigrants and non-unionized workers to fair jobs, and more.

·         The Governance and Development Committee (GDC) provides responsible and transparent internal governance, manages online and offline media, membership management, the budget, and more. The GDC is a great way to get involved if you are a creative professional (web design, etc.), or need the flexibility of volunteering from home on small, online tasks.

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The tax bill advertised by Republicans as a Christmas gift to the American people is in fact a gift to the Global Corporate CEOs and other such executives on incentive compensation plans.  The most favored of this group are the executives of the Military Industrial Complex (MIC) with Lockheed Martin at the top.  Their gifts – to transition from multi-millionaires to billionaires.

The earlier 10% increase in military spending specially benefited MIC executives and their Carlyle Group directors.  The cut in the corporate income tax rate will probably increase their compensation at a generous multiple of the percentage which that cut represents to the increase in corporate net income and rate of return on equity.

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Thursday, December 21, 6pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Broad St.
This annual event held on the shortest day of the year and sponsored by The Columbus Coalition for the Homeless honors the homeless men and women of our community who have passed away this year. There will be a reading of the names, choral performances, and guest speakers.

Taylor Dunne and Eric Stewart’s forthcoming documentary “Off country” examines the devastating, still-lingering effects of atomic bomb testing on the communities around the White Sands missile range in New Mexico, the Nevada Test Site and the Rocky Flats Plant in Colorado, where plutonium triggers were manufactured until its 1992 shutdown (the latter facility was studied in the galling 1982 documentary “Dark Circle,” which probed into the various deadly illnesses and deformities plaguing nearby residents whose complaints had been shunned by authorities). Everyone knows about the horrors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in August 1945. Far less discussed are the 40,000 Hispanic and Native American peoples who lived within eight miles of the White Sands site, an area that officials believed no one lived in, and where those very bombs were tested, a month earlier.

Movie critics are already hailing “The Post,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. Millions of people will see the film in early winter. But the real-life political story of Graham and her newspaper is not a narrative that’s headed to the multiplexes.

 

“The Post” comes 20 years after Graham’s autobiography Personal History appeared and won enormous praise. Read as a memoir, the book is a poignant account of Graham’s long quest to overcome sexism, learn the newspaper business and gain self-esteem. Read as media history, however, it is deceptive.

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