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Protect the Election You, 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 r

Protect the Election

You, 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.

Party for Parity

Citizens to Restore Fairness host a "Repeal Article 12" party from 4-9 p.m. Sunday at 2160 Elysian Place, Clifton Heights. Rotating bands include Wojo. A $25 minimum donation is suggested. Find directions at www.nvecreative.com/map.

Stay Up for the Fallen Towers

The third annual vigil for Sept. 11 starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the Clifton Avenue Mosque and at 9:30 p.m. moves to Clifton United Methodist Church.

The vigil continues overnight, with prayers beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. An Interfaith Peace Walk departs from the mosque at 10 a.m. and ends at the University of Cincinnati's Main Street. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Media, Yourself and You

The 2004 Independent Media Expo and 9.11 Illustrated take place Saturday and Sunday at The Mockbee. The Expo brings public and mass media together to increase media literacy, encourage citizen participation in media and promote independent press. 9.11 Illustrated is an art, media and music event that will also screen more than a dozen 9/11-related films. Email [email protected]indynet.org or call Steve Novotni at 513-841-9729 for more information or to get involved. See also www.indynet.org.

Karma for the Vote

A 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 Oct. 2 and 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].

History on the Plate

EarthSave Cincinnati has a vegan picnic from 2-6 p.m. at Imago Earth Center in Price Hill. The Miami Valley 1700 - 1865 Re-enactors Company will present a program on the mixing of cultures indigenous to the Miami Valley. Admission is free. Take a vegan dish to share and musical instruments to jam. For more information call: 513-929-2500 or visit www.cincinnati.earthsave.org.

Remember the Prisoners

Staughton Lynd presents Lucasville, his book on the 1993 prisoner riots at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 19 at St. John's Unitarian Church, 320 Resor Ave., Clifton. Lynd, a movement historian, labor lawyer and longtime activist, has extensively documented miscarriages of justice in the trials of four men sentenced to die for the aggravated murder of Officer Robert Vallandingham during the uprising.

Dare to Open Wide

Eyes Wide Open, a multimedia journey through words, images and sounds of the Iraq War, comes to Xavier University Sept. 20-22. For more information or to volunteer, contact the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center at 513-579-8547. See also http://eyes.peacechicago.org.

Arts Community Backs Repeal

Members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra present "Serenade for Harmony and Inclusion" at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Isaac M. Wise Temple, downtown. Victoria Morgan, artistic director of Cincinnati Ballet, and Nicholas Muni, artistic director of Cincinnati Opera, will speak about Article 12 of the city charter. A wine and cheese reception follows the concert. Proceeds from the event go to Citizens to Restore Fairness, the group working to repeal Article 12. Call 513-675-2143 for more information.

Nurture Your Grassroots

The Grassroots Leadership Academy is accepting applications for enrollment into its leadership-training program. The program is designed to teach the tools and techniques to develop better communities. The curriculum includes grant writing, strategic planning, conflict resolution, economic development, building community-based organizations, media relations and understanding government. This eight-week training program, free to any Cincinnati resident, meets at 1634 Central Parkway at 6-9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 21-Nov. 18. For additional information or to apply, contact Margie Wells-Davis at 513-872-0100.

Lobby Your Neighbors for Kerry

Cincinnati 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.

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