Two Families, Two Fronts, One Vote
The "Films to See Before You Vote Tour" wraps up at the University of Cincinnati's Tangeman Center Great Hall with Hijacking Catastrophe at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The film examines how the neo-con agenda has influenced the Bush administration, diverted attention from Afghanistan and led us into war with Iraq. At 8:45 p.m. Craig Unger discusses his book House of Bush, House of Saud, a critical and factual analysis of the longstanding and complicated relationship between the two families and their impact on foreign policy.
Living with Globalization
The School of Living at St. Xavier Church meets at 6 p.m. Wed. for a light supper followed by a prayer service and discussion of globalization of the economy. RSVP for the supper by calling 513-721-4045.
No Mandate Left Funded
The International Socialist Organization wants to know what's behind the attack on public education, whose costs soar while teachers' salaries and benefits plummet.
Is Bush's "No Child Left Behind" scam benefiting anybody? Why does John Kerry continue to support it? A free public forum examines the problems facing students and teachers alike at 7 p.m. Thursday in McMicken Hall, room 116, at UC. Free child care is available. Contact [email protected] or 513-541-3175 for more information.
Ex-Offenders in Business
The Rev. Damon Lynch III's City of Hope project hosts "Back on the Block," a business expo for ex-offenders who own, operate or want to start their own businesses. Attorney, ex-felon and ex-drug addict A. Scott Washington is the opening keynote speaker; grant applications, networking, presentations, information, free admission and breakfast and lunch sweeten the deal. The program is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday at New Prospect Baptist Church. For more information, call 513-362-2713.
Hang Those Chads
Many of Florida's election problems last time round were the result of ill-prepared poll workers. Help them out and try to avert a new disaster by acting as a poll monitor on Tuesday. The Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and the Ohio Voter Protection Coalition host a poll monitor training class from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 3458 Reading Road. Volunteers learn how to respond to questions about the voting process on Election Day; the most technical and complex snafus will be referred to hotlines or attorneys. For more information, contact Terence Cook at 513-487-6534.
Dead for Democracy
The Cincinnati League of Pissed Off Voters and X-Ray magazine host two nights of films, music, spoken word artists and DJs in what's billed as a "Halloween Party and Postmodern Fun House." Festivities run 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mockbee on Central Parkway. Admission is $5, but only half that if your costume resembles your favorite political figure, hero, revolutionary, tyrant, dictator or other cog in the political machine.
Religious Fundamentalism At Home and Abroad
Since Sept. 11, 2001, there's been a lot of talk about religious fundamentalism and extremism, but less talk about how religious fundamentalism is a global phenomenon that crosses national, ethnic, socio-economic and religious boundaries — and it's on the rise right here in the United States, as well as abroad. That's why some of the world's leading experts on the subject of religious fundamentalism will gather at Xavier University from 1-7 p.m. Sunday to engage in dialogue with each other and the audience. The event, which takes place at the Schiff Family Conference Center in the Cintas Center, is free and open to the public. Contact Debora Del Valle at 513-745-3925 for more information.
Get Paid to Play
Voting Is Power (VIP) is looking to pay energetic and motivated individuals $75 for a day of canvassing for VIP's Get Out the Vote Program on Tuesday. Canvassers must be able to walk and talk long and well, as their role is to encourage the community to vote by going door-to-door with election materials and information. The shift lasts 12:30-8 p.m. VIP asks aspiring canvassers — neat appearances only, please — to attend a 45-minute training session; times and dates to be announced. Leave a message at 513-621-3217 or [email protected].
Lights, Camera, Activism
Next Monday before the election, Kaldi's Coffeehouse and Bookstore in Over-the-Rhine offers its final free showing in a series of politically minded films. Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry starts at 8 p.m.
Lobby Your Neighbors for Kerry
Cincinnati Labor Council AFL-CIO is gearing up for the annual Get Out the Vote Ward Walk, a neighborhood canvassing operation in support of labor-endorsed candidates. The walk takes place Friday through Sunday. Sign up by calling 513-421-1846.