The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on H.R. 9, the "Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006." A small group of Southern lawmakers want to gut the act and make it easier to discriminate against minority voters. These crucial sections of the Voting Rights Act will expire in 2007 unless Congress reauthorizes them. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio urges citizens to contact their representatives and urge them to vote for H.R. 9 as is and to oppose any amendments that would weaken it. For more information, visit http://action.aclu.org/site/VoteCenter?page=voteList.
The Best of S.O.S. Art
A retrospective of S.O.S. Art, an annual art show and event of sociopolitical expression for peace and justice since 2003, is on exhibit at the University Galleries, 628 Sycamore St.
The show includes 2D and 3D artworks on peace and justice by 50 Greater Cincinnati artists. "S.O.S. Art Retrospective: Selections, 2003-2005" runs through Sept. 8. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-4p.m. Saturdays.
Glory in the Morning
The Miami Group Sierra Club hosts the annual Morning Glory Ride on Aug. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Clooney, a newspaper columnist, recently returned from a visit to the region.
Turn Ohio Blue
The Hamilton County Democratic Party is conducting voter contact every day through Nov. 7 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.