In celebration of the successes that have marked the growth of fair trade movements, Rohs Street Café hosts World Fair Trade Day Fest from noon- midnight May 13. The program features live music all day, speakers from Oxfam America and other fair trade agencies and Fair Trade goods from Ten Thousand Villages and Rohs Street Café. World Fair Trade Day has been celebrated in Europe for many years. This year's theme centers around the role of Fair Trade organizations ranging from producers and Fair Trade companies to resellers. Admission is free. Rohs Street Café on Rohs Street just off the corner of W McMillan Street. For more information about Rohs Street Café's commitment to the principles of Fair Trade coffee, visit www.rohsstreetcafe.com. For more information concerning World Fair Trade Day around the globe, visit www.wftday.org.
Save the Voting Rights Act
The Voting Rights Act (VRA), initially passed in 1965, was one of President Johnson's major legacies. He pushed the legislation at the urging of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders. Although voting rights are guaranteed to all citizens under the Constitution, enforcement of those rights comes through the VRA. Thus, it is imperative that the provisions of the law set to expire in August 2007 be renewed by Congress. (For history and more detail, visit www.votingrights.org). U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Westwood) is in a key position as chair of the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee on the Constitution. So now is the time to let Congressman Chabot know how important it is to have the VRA reauthorized. To contact Chabot, call 513-684-2723.
Turn Ohio Blue
Starting in early June the Hamilton County Democratic Party will be conducting voter contact every day. The party will be running phone banks and canvasses from June to November to engage Democrats, identify supporters, persuade voters and get out the vote. To sign up, contact James Wolf at email@example.com or 513-505-0565.
Decoding the DaVinci Code
Women Writing for (a) Change presents a discussion on the theme, "Why the DaVinci Code Phenom?" Founder Mary Pierce Brosmer will facilitate conversation and writing about the divine feminine and what its repression -- and re-emergence -- means for culture and the planet. Bring a dish to share and writing materials. Men are welcome. Potluck dinner is at 5:30 p.m., the program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 19. Admission is free but reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call 513-272-1171.
Understanding Displacement and Poverty
Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems and the Graduate College of Union Institute & University will hold a symposium addressing the issues of poverty and displacement, beginning with a reception at 7:30 p.m. May 6 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), Mayerson Hall, 3101 Clifton Avenue.
The symposium resumes from 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM. May 7. The "Symposium on Poverty, Welfare, and Religion: Poverty and Displacement" examines the historical complexities of displacement and poverty focusing on religious thought and practice and the implications of war, natural disasters, and migration. For fees and additional information, call 513-221-487-3067 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reform Health Care
The Citizens' Health Care Working Group hosts a discussion from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 29 at Cinergy Center, 525 Elm St. This is one of 35 community meetings being held by the Citizens' Health Care Working Group to get input from citizens about how to make health care work for all Americans. Recommendations will go to President bush and Congress. Participants will engage in small-group discussions of about 10 people led by a facilitator and will vote anonymously using electronic keypads on key themes that arise from across the small group discussions. Admission is free. Free parking, continental breakfast, lunch and beverages will be provided free. For more information about the Citizens' Health Care Working Group, visit www.citizenshealthcare.gov.
Defend Reproductive Freedom
Freedom of Choice Ohio, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio are looking for help in lobbying state legislators. The groups want lawmakers to know that real sex education saves lives and that decisions about preventing or continuing a pregnancy should be a private, family matter. Choice: Putting Prevention First Lobby Day will be May 10 in Columbus. The day includes advocacy training, meetings with legislators and more. To participate, visit http://www.ppao.org/.
S.O.S. Art, an exhibition of sociopolitical expression for peace and justice, runs through May 7 at the Mockbee, 2260 Central Pkwy., Brighton. In addition to visual art, the program includes films, discussions, music and poetry readings. Admission is free. For a complete schedule, write email@example.com.
Cincinnati Goes Global
Learn about U.S. foreign policy and discuss global issues at Clifton United Methodist Church's "Great Decisions" series. The program is 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through June 14. Discussion topics include UN reform, the United States and Iran, energy resources, Brazil, human rights in an age of terrorism, China and India, Turkey and pandemics and national security. The deadline for registration is April 12. Only interested in participating in a specific topic? Call a week in advance of the topic to request discussion literature. There's a $15 fee for a copy of Great Decisions. For more information, call Chris Gutjahr at 513-541-0540.
Caucus Honors Women of Achievement
City Councilwoman Laketa Cole, YWCA Executive Director Charlene Ventura and Community Activist Mary Levin will be honored by the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus at their 21st annual Women of Achievement Awards. The program is from 5:30-7 p.m. May 18 at Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the door or ordered by sending a check to CWPC-PAC, c/o Barbara Myers, 2392 Dana Ave., Cincinnati 45208.
Concentration Camp Poetry
The Xavier Players present I Never Saw Another Butterfly, poetry written by children in the Nazi concentration camp Terezin, at 7 p.m. May 11 at the Krohn Conservatory. For more information, call 513-745-3939.
Holocaust and the Children
The theme of the 6th Annual Holocaust Awareness Weeks, from the end of March through May, is "The Holocaust & the Children." The observance, sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, includes an art and writing contest, a lecture series, dramatic performances and exhibits throughout Greater Cincinnati. For details, visit www.holocaustandhumanity.org or call 513-487-3055.
Kids Peace Camp 2006
A free day camp for kids ages 6-12 meets throughout Greater Cincinnati during June and July. The schedule is 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 19-30, Peaslee Neighborhood Center; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 10-21, Walnut Hills Christian Church; and July 24-Aug. 4, Northside, details to be announced. For more information, call 513-579-8547 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids Ecology Camp
Ecology Camp is an opportunity for boys and girls ages 8-12 to spend the morning outdoors learning about sensory awareness, animal habitat, plants, insects and Earth Care Partners. The program is from 9 a.m.-noon July 31-Aug. 4. Kids need to arrive with a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant. Registration and a $50 fee is required one week prior to the event. Call 812-933-0661 or e-mail email@example.com.
Spanish Bilingual Coffee Hours
Share some caffeine with Spanish speakers at the Bilingual Coffee Hour at the Price Hill Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. every other Monday. Spanish speakers practice their English, and the English speakers practice their Spanish. The head librarian speaks both, and she facilitates. Call Price Hill Will for more information at 513-251-3800.
Raise your spirits while you raise your glass every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at The Comet, 4579 Hamilton Avenue. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. There isn't a policy-wonk requirement top attend, just a desire to learn from your peers, trade jokes, vent frustrations and or hang out where it's not taboo to talk liberal politics. For more information, contact Chris Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org
Women in Black
Protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq from 5-6 p.m. Mondays on the grassy island at Vine Street and Central Parkway. Show your support for peace by wearing black or dark-colored clothes. For more information, call the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center at 513-579-8547.