Election Up for DebateHear the socialist perspective on the presidential elections. The International Socialist Organization hosts a public discussion to ask, "How do we beat the Bush agenda?" and "Is John Kerry the answer?" The program is at 7 p.m. Thursday in 368 McMicken Hall at the University of Cincinnati. For more information, call 513-541-3175 or email [email protected]Cream, Sugar and CommunityLocal peace and justice organizations are invited to take their coffee with a shot of collaboration by joining 20 other groups for breakfast from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Mockbee, 2260 Central Parkway. After an informal breakfast and brief introductions, participants will discuss ways to collaborate, the timing and structure of more regular meetings and any other topics activists care to advance. RSVP by Oct. 5 to Saad Ghosn of SOS Art: [email protected].Dine for FreedomCongressman Walter Fauntroy, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, is the guest speaker when the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP hosts its 49th annual Freedom Fund Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Networking is followed by dinner at 7 p.m. sharp.
For more information call 513-281-1900.War on Human RightsWilliam Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA, speaks at 11 a.m. Sunday at Receptions in Erlanger, Ky., as part of "Celebration 2004," a Unitarian Universalist event. Schulz just returned from the first officially sanctioned human rights mission to Darfur, Sudan; he'll also speak about the global impact on rights of the current "war on terror" and about his latest book, Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights. Contact 513-961-1994 or [email protected] for details.Lights, Camera, ActivismIn the four weeks before the election, Kaldi's Coffeehouse and Bookstore on Main Street offers free showing of politically minded films at 8 p.m. Mondays. This Monday catch Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. On Oct. 18 meet Karl Rove, the brain behind the Bush, in Bush's Brain. On Oct. 25, Liberty Bound shows a "U.S. citizen's journey of discovery into the lies, oppression and corruption that have invaded her country since 9/11." Finally, on the eve of the election, watch Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry.Slavery Isn't Eradicated YetA report released Sept. 23 counted at least 10,000 people working as forced laborers in the United States, while an estimated 27 million slaves are forced to work in agriculture, mining and prostitution worldwide, according to Free the Slaves, a nonprofit organization. Jolene Smith, executive director of Free the Slaves, will speak on "Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy," at 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at Miami University's Hall Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public. Living With GlobalizationTwo of the four evening gatherings comprising the School of Living at St. Xavier Church remain. The programs start at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 and Oct. 27 with light supper, followed by a prayer service and presentation and discussion on the theme of globalization. RSVP for the supper by calling 513-721-4045. Dead Man LivingShujaa Graham, a former death row inmate, speaks out against the death penalty at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 before a showing of The Ghosts of Attica in the UC Tangeman University Center Theater. The film chronicles the Attica prison uprising.Rock the VoteRock the Vote has a free festival from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the main branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The festival includes live music, panel discussion, films and a meet-up at noon with State Sen. Mark Mallory. For more details, contact [email protected] or 513-369-6971 or visit CincinnatiLibrary.org.Other People's ChildrenThe focus is on education and juvenile justice when the Isaac M. Wise Political Advocacy Committee, the American Jewish Committee and other community sponsors convene a panel to discuss " Why Other People's Children Matter: Election 2004" from 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Wise Center in Amberley Village. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call Wise Temple at 513-793-2556. Protect the ElectionYou, too, can help defend democracy Nov. 2 by becoming an Election Protection Volunteer. The Election Protection Coalition has designated Ohio a state at high risk for voting rights violations and is seeking volunteers in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo and Youngstown. For more information and training, visit www.workingforchange.com/vote.Sound Off for KerryA stellar lineup of local musicians rocks Southgate House Oct. 23 in support of John Kerry. Door open at 7 p.m.; at 8 p.m. Over-the-Rhine kicks off a night of three stages, 21 bands and short movies. Suggested donation is $10, minimum is $5. All proceeds go to "Republicans for Kerry." For more information contact Laura Chenault at [email protected] or 513-861-1858.Karma for the VoteA vigil for the electoral transformation of the country takes place at Lone Star Pavilion in Clifton from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday and again on Oct. 23. The vigil starts with a potluck picnic at 5:30 p.m., followed by meditation and non-verbal prayer through music, dance and drama. From 8-8:30 p.m. participants will line Clifton Avenue with signs and banners as a public statement of their commitment to reversing America's course in the upcoming election. The New Jerusalem Community seeks co-sponsors for the event; contact Anne at 513-591-2942 or [email protected].Policing the PoliceWendell France, the new head of the City of Cincinnati's Civilian Complaint Authority, is the guest speaker for the annual Justice Watch Dinner, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 23 at St. Joseph Church in the West End. France led the investigation into the death of Nathaniel Jones while in police custody; the CCA found evidence that police used excessive force. NAFTA and the Disappeared Women in MexicoThe International Caravan for Justice stops by UC at 3 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Tangeman University Center Atrium. The caravan is traveling the country to fight for justice for women in Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico, where almost 400 young women have been murdered in the last decade. Half of them worked in maquiladoras opened in Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement. See www.mexicosolidarity.org/juarezcaravans.html for more information.Lobby Your Neighbors for KerryCincinnati Labor Council AFL-CIO is gearing up for an election year battle to deliver Ohio to Sen. John Kerry. Volunteers are needed for the annual Get Out the Vote Ward Walk, a neighborhood canvassing operation in support of labor-endorsed candidates. The walk takes place October 29-31, the weekend before the election. Sign up by calling 513-421-1846.