Activism, yay! Ohio’s December Event Round-Up

December 1

Poetry for the People : She Speaks Takes to the Streets – Planning Meeting
When? 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where? Arts Collinwood, 15605 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland, OH
What? Please plan to come and participate in our Poetry for the People planning meeting to discuss our first day of action – December 10th – to correspond with Human Rights Day. We would like to brainstorm ideas on how to engage our community and bring about meaningful change and interaction through poetic activism. Bring your ideas and energy and be ready to draft ways to empower women and girls to speak out in their communities using poetry and performance.
RSVP? On Facebook

Northeast Ohio Worlds AIDS Day
When? 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where? City Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland, OH
What? ‎World AIDS day is observed each year on December 1st. It is an opportunity to unite the HIV/AIDS community, to raise awareness, to honor those we have lost, and to resolve to keep up the fight. Join The Aids Taskforce at 6:00pm Candlelight march to Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. 6:30pm Cleveland City lights go dark in honor of World AIDS Day. 6:35pm Program and reception at the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.
RSVP? None, just come on down!

December 2

YSUnity and OHLA Information Table for World AIDS Day
When? 9:00am – 3:00pm
Where? Kilcawley Center, 117 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH
What? We’ll be there from 9am-3pm to distribute educational information and raise awareness about HIV and AIDS—which is still a major problem faced by millions of people around the world. Stop by, say “hi,” grab a red ribbon, educate yourself, and sign a petition supporting the improvement of healthcare access around the world as a part of the effort to stop AIDS now! The theme this year is to get to ZERO: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths. Each of us can help achieve this by taking a few seconds to learn about HIV/AIDS and what we can do to help get to zero.
RSVP? On Facebook

Work it for Women
When? 10:00pm – 1:00am
Where? The ‘Sco / Oberlin College, basement of Wilder Hall, 135 W. Lorain St. Oberlin, OH
What? Work it for Women is an abortion access fundraiser sponsored by Students United for Reproductive Freedoms. All proceeds will go to Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland, OH to help low-income women afford abortion related care. Featuring: DJ Becca Bloch; Leave Me Alone, Mom at 10:30; OSteel at 12:00. $4-10 at the door with free pizza and beer.
RSVP? On Facebook

December 3

Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice Holiday Festival and Bazaar
When? 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where? Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2592 West 14th Street, Cleveland, OH
What? This gathering of local peace and justice organizations will feature artwork by local artists as well as books, cards, and calendars for sale. Other goodies will include a bake sale, soups, and sandwiches. What a great way to get all of your holiday shopping done! Remember to stop by the ACLU of Ohio table and say hello!
RSVP? None, just come on down!

December 6

Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow
When? 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where? New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St, Youngstown, OH
What? Youngstown State University Community Diversity Program Series 2011-2012 is proud to host author Michelle Alexander, who brings her new book and thought-provoking discussion to Youngstown. The book, The New Jim Crow, has received national acclaim as the author discusses how, in an era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination and social contempt. Yet, she points out, it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you are labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination – employment and housing discrimination,denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity—are suddenly legal. Contact YSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at 330-941-3370 for more information.
RSVP? On Facebook

Cuyahoga County Council to take up Domestic Partner Benefits
When? 6:00pm
Where? Council Chambers, 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH
What? Now is the time to make your voices heard by attending the meeting and letting the council know why you support Domestic Partner Benefits! Whether or not you can attend the meeting can and write TODAY to show your support. Ask them to pass ordinance 02011-0042. (Thanks to the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats for this information!)
RSVP? None, just come on down!

December 8

Its Time to “Can” Nan (Baker)! A Fundraiser to Support Job Training
When? 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where? Ohio City Burrito, 1844 W.25th, Cleveland, OH
What? This is the first fundraiser of the Committee to “Can” Nan Baker (R, Westlake). We are a group of concerned citizens from the 16th Ohio House District who want our representative to focus on creating jobs, not destroying things like collective bargaining rights for workers. Stop by for a burrito or taco and support a small business that fought against Issue 2. OC Burrito owner Jeff Pizzuli is an East Cleveland firefighter, and his sister and general manager, Michelle, has worked in the nonprofit world and as a teacher. As your “price of admission” and to send a message to Rep. Baker, please bring one, unexpired canned good to the event. The cans we collect will go to a District foodbank.
RSVP? On Facebook

GCC Assembly to support Cleveland Students and Families
When? 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where? Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, 8712 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland, OH
What? GCC congregations will gather 850 strong to stand with Cleveland students and parents against the latest round of budget cuts that would eliminate early childhood education, transportation for high school students, summer school, and athletics. We will elevate the voices of students and parents whose lives will be upended by these devastating cuts, call on all sides to reach an agreement that restores funding for these essential programs, and point towards the future where GCC will work to solve long-term funding problems for our schools.
RSVP? On Facebook

December 10

International Human Rights Day No Cuts! Rally and March
When? 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Where? Public Square, Cleveland, OH
What? Come celebrate International Human Rights Day and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which declares “social security” and “security in the event of sickness” as basic human rights! Join us! Rally! March! Celebrate and Protect Human Rights: Labor’s Rights, Students’ Rights, Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, and the rights of all oppressed and victimized groups in our society!
RSVP? On Facebook

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