Bake Back the White House
Members of the Move On Political Action Committee and the University of Cincinnati Young Democrats host a bake sale fundraiser for presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry at 11 a.m. Friday at UC's Tangeman Center. Trash-show host and former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer will help register voters. Organizers say the bake sale contrasts Kerry's grassroots campaign with President Bush's reliance on large donations from corporations and lobbyists. Brownies: $1. Cookies: $2. Re-defeating Bush: Priceless.
Medicare Road Show Coming Soon
People are still trying to understand the implications of recent changes in Medicare. Families USA presents the Medicare Road Show at 10 a.m. Friday at the Madisonville Recreation Center. Bill Vaughan, director of government affairs for Families USA, and Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken will provide information about the benefits and weaknesses of the new legislation.
For reservations, contact the WIN Senior Action Coalition at 513-541-4109.
Cincinnati NOW and Planned Parenthood have reserved buses to take activists to a national pro-choice rally Sunday in Washington, D.C. The buses leave Saturday evening and return Monday morning. The ride will cost $20 for students and $50 for non-students. Call 513-721-7635 ext. 425 to sign up.
Smitherman Gets Dirty
Councilman Christopher Smitherman leads a litter clean up effort from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Meet at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Reading Road. Beverages, lunch, gloves and garbage bags will be provided. For more information, call Smitherman at 513-352-3464.
Taking Back the Night
The 15th annual Take Back the Night March and Candlelight Vigil starts at 7 p.m. April 29 at Bicentennial Commons in Sawyer Point. The march, designed to raise awareness about sexual and physical assault, ends in a ceremony at the Millennium Peace Bell in Newport. For more information, call the Rape Crisis and Abuse Center of Hamilton County at 513-977-5541.
The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Cincinnati hosts its annual volunteer recognition meeting at 6 p.m. May 18 at the St. Michael Center in Lower Price Hill. Georgine Getty, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition is the keynote speaker. A light dinner is included. Call Ann at 513-471-1100 for reservations.
Action in the Name of McCrackin
Activists often cling to Amos 5:24: "But let justice run down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream." The late Rev. Maurice McCrackin used to say, "It is up to us to work out the irrigation system." In an effort to keep his legacy of activism alive, St. Joseph Catholic Church opens its doors June 11-13 for Rev. Maurice McCrackin Unity Day: A Citywide Activist Organizing Conference. For more information, call the church at 513-381-4526.