The U.S. House of Representatives might vote as early as next week on the 2006 Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment, which would prevent the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration from federally prosecuting state-authorized medical cannabis patients and their caregivers. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws urges citizens to contact their representatives and tell them to support this amendment. Last year 161 members of Congress voted in favor of Hinchey-Rohrabacher, but passage needs 57 more votes. For more information, visit http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=8836426&type=CO.
Ride for Morning Glory
The Miami Group Sierra Club hosts the annual Morning Glory Ride on August 6 at Sawyer Point, downtown. As many as 2,000 riders are expected to participate in the ride, known as the largest bike ride in the Greater Cincinnati area. Columbia Parkway will be closed during the early morning hours to accommodate the event. All bike riders, from advanced cyclists to families to biking enthusiasts, are welcome to participate. The 26-mile athletic course begins at 5 a.m. and the 10-mile leisure course starts at 6 a.m. Both loops begin and end at Sawyer Point and can be done by anyone with a bicycle. The cost is $35 for adults and $20 for ages 14 and under. Riders receive Morning Glory Ride T-shirts and gourmet breakfast on the river from 6--9 a.m. Participants may register online at www.morninggloryride.org or at Sawyer Point the day of the ride.
The Quarterly Get-Together Brunch for Peace and Justice Groups is from 10 a.m.-noon July 8 at Peaslee Neighborhood Center.
Abdul Bilal will give a presentation on the theme, "Violence among African American males: Its causes and what can be done to address it and resolve it." A discussion will follow, and a potluck brunch begins at noon. For more information, contact Saad Ghosn at Saad.Ghosn@uc.edu
Support for Darfur
Nick Clooney speaks at a prayer service for the people of Darfur, Sudan at 7:30 p.m. July 19 at Mother of God Church in Covington, Ky. For more information, contact email@example.com. Clooney, a newspaper columnist, recently returned from a visit to the region.
Kids Experience the Environment
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 meets July 31-Aug. 4 and Aug. 9-12. Come with water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant. A fee of $50 is due one week prior to the event. Call 812-933-0661 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Holds Community Meetings
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory has been holding a series of town-hall-style Neighbor-to-Mayor Community Forums, designed to give citizens an opportunity to share their concerns, hopes and ideas on important issues facing the city. The next topic will be health care, in a meeting at 5 p.m. June 29 at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.