Kucinich Uses Imagination
Presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland) addresses issues of peace, health care and the environment at 7 p.m. Feb. 18. The new location is the University of Cincinnati's Event Pavilion. The event, called "Imagine America," also features farm labor organizer Baldemar Velasquez and health expert Christine Horner. A former mayor of Cleveland, Kucinich is an advocate of ending the U.S. occupation of Iraq and a supporter of national health care. For more information, call 513-471-1919 or visit www.imagineamerica.info.
Military Families Speak Out
Joe Plummer of Military Families Speak Out addresses the occupation of Iraq at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the University of Cincinnati's McMicken Hall, room 127. The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, the International Socialist Organization, the UC Anti-War Committee and the Coalition sponsor the event for Peace in Iraq. Call 513-241-7899 for more information.
Rally for Public Workers
The American Federation of Government Employees sponsors a rally at 4 p.m. March 3 on Fountain Square for public sector workers. Signs and banners are welcome. Speakers will address the link between preserving good government and defending public workers.
Write for Justice
The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center hosts a write-a-thon benefit program Feb. 20 at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center in Over-the-Rhine. The center asks volunteers to write elected officials or to sponsor a writer at a per-letter or flat rate. Stamp donors are also needed. Call 513-579-8547 for more information.
Fight AIDS With Prayer and Action
The Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS 2004 spurs several events surrounding the week of March 7-13. A "Work Locally and Impact Globally" forum at noon March 2 t Greater New Hope Baptist Church features ministers and doctors who are knowledgeable about AIDS. Red Ribbon Sunday is March 7. A clergy community dinner at 6 p.m. March 11 at Jordan's Crossing features entertainment for those infected with HIV or AIDS. A "Healing through the Arts" youth extravaganza is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 13 at St. Joseph Church.
Medical Care for Everybody
The Single Payer Action Network Cincinnati, which advocates health care for all Ohioans, meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Geier Room of Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in Clifton. For more information, contact 513-281-3331 or [email protected] or visit www.spanohio.org.
Prohibited Plant Potluck
EarthSave Cincinnati sponsors a panel discussion on the theme, "Hemp, Cannabis or Marijuana: Will the real plant please stand up?" The panel will discuss the prohibited plant and its uses for food, medicine and industry. The program is at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Unitarian Church. Take a vegetarian dish to share. For more information, call 513-929-2500.
Getting There Is Half the Problem
Still ticked off about the defeat of the light rail levy in 2002? Then get involved in the next attempt at moving the city forward. The Eastern Corridor Study — a cooperative effort of Hamilton and Clermont counties, the city of Cincinnati, the OKI Regional Council of Governments and the Ohio Department of Transportation — seeks input for its updated bus, rail and highway transportation plan. The final public workshop takes place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Eastgate Mall. For more information, visit www.easterncorridor.org.
So Many Republicans, So Few Tomatoes
Loudmouth talk-show host Bill Cunningham moderates the Hamilton County Commissioner West Side Republican Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Nathanael Greene Lodge. Four West Side Republican clubs have invited the seven Republican candidates running for two Hamilton County Commission seats. Two media panelists will ask questions. CityBeat wasn't invited, but encourages right-thinking persons to attend and sneer. Rotten tomatoes will not be provided. Go to www.greengop.com for more information.
Rosa Parks' Lawyer Discusses Civil Rights
Attorney Fred Gray, who defended Rosa Parks and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, speaks about civil rights at the Fourth Annual Heart-to-Heart Racial Justice Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Montgomery Inn Banquet Center. The event, sponsored by the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Bar Association, costs $40 a person or $20 for students. To register, call 513-699-1401.
Muslim Leader Speaks at Xavier
Imam Mohammed, former leader of the American Society of Muslims and son of former Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, presents a lecture titled "Leadership in the African-American Religious Community" at 2 p.m. Sunday. The program is at the Cintas Center at Xavier University. For more information, call Marie Giblin at 513-745-2021 or visit www.Xavier.edu/Cintas.
Anti-Semitism and Gibson's Film
Mel Gibson's forthcoming film, The Passion of Christ, has some people concerned about the movie's ramifications for Christian-Jewish relations. Hebrew Union College Professor Michael Cook speaks about the film's potential effects in light of anti-Semitism around the world. Sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, the lecture is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Congregation Beth Adam in Loveland. For more information, go to www.bethadam.org/news_current.
Young Dems Launch Portune Campaign
Todd Portune is the first Democrat to hold a seat on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners in more than 30 years. The Hamilton County Young Democrats want to make sure he maintains that title. They host Portune's campaign kickoff at 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Vernon Manor Hotel. Admission is free.