On Aug. 31the Bring Them Home Tour launched three buses from Crawford, Texas, each carrying military and Gold Star families as well as veterans of the Iraq War and previous wars. The buses are traveling different routes across the country before converging in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 21 for the United for Peace and Justice Mobilization (visit www.unitedforpeace.org). The tour stops in Cincinnati for a press conference at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, followed at 7 p.m. by "Bring Them Home Now Tour Speaks Out" at the Catholic Center at St. Monica St. George, 328 W. McMillan St., behind Hughes High School. To offer housing that night or find out more about other local events, call Kristen at 513-579-8547. For more information about the tour, visit www.bringthemhomenowtour.org.
Women Versus Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart is facing the largest gender discrimination lawsuit in history. Micki Earwood, one of the plaintiffs in the class-action suit affecting more than two million female Wal-Mart employees, speaks to the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Organization For Women (NOW) at 7 p.m. Monday at the Walnut Hills Christian Church, 1438 East McMillan St. Joining her are Rick Fromberg, senior regional organizer for Wal-Mart Watch in Washington, D.C., and Debbie Borts, a local representative from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Admission is free. For more information, contact Kathy Helmbock at 513-871-2874.
Drink Even More Liberally
This week the informal Democratic drinking club called "Drinking Liberally," which usually meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, adds an extra meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Bella Luna to take liberal advantage of half-priced bottles of wine. Organizers say the idea is to spawn some healthy debate, provoke new thought and, most important, make new connections. For more information, call Cheryl Crowe at 513-321-2940.
Eat Well, Save the Earth
EarthSave Cincinnati presents a two-part program on healthy, environmentally friendly foods Sept. 18 at Imago Earth Center, 700 Enright Avenue in Price Hill.
An "Edible Wild Foods Walk" begins at 2 p.m., followed by "Local Earth-Friendly Business Fair" from 3-6 p.m. Attend to sell something, promote something or network. Vendors must apply at 513-591-3003 and provide their own tables. But leave all animal products at home. Visitors can take a vegan or vegetarian dish to share or buy grub from vendors, but bring your own utensils, plates, cups and musical instruments to jam ("softly"). For more information, call 513-929-2500 or visit http://cincinnati.earthsave.org.
Amos Project Mayoral Debate
The top two vote getters in the Sept. 13 nonpartisan mayoral primary will face off in a debate 7-9 p.m. Sept. 22 at Our Lord Christ the King Parish Center in Mt. Lookout. Candidates will address neighborhood safety, the collaborative agreement on police reform, transportation, the shortage of affordable housing and working with county commissioners. Admission is free. The debate is sponsored by the Amos Project and moderated by 12 Newsmakers (WKRC) host Dan Hurley. For more information, contact Sue Morrissey at 513-871-6273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone in or allied to the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LBGT) community and looking to adopt or foster a child in Ohio shouldn't miss the workshop "A Family for Every Child" taking place 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave. The workshop, presented by the Greater Cincinnati Log Cabin Republicans, Lesbian/Gay Community Center of Greater Cleveland and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network of Cincinnati, is free, including lunch. To pre-register e-mail your name, address and phone number to CincyLGBTAdoptionWKSP@yahoo.com. Though pre-registration isn't required, it's encouraged to make sure there are enough materials and lunches.
CityBeat Mayoral Debate
CityBeat and four other local media outlets have teamed up to gang up on the two mayoral candidates who make it to the Nov. 8. A one-hour debate takes place Nov. 1 in front of a live studio audience and broadcasts live on both CET (Channel 48) and WVXU (91.7 FM). Panelists from CityBeat, The Cincinnati Business Courier, The Cincinnati Herald and WVXU will question candidates while audience members equipped with touchpad polling provide instant reactions to the candidates' exchanges. Prior to the debate, the public is encouraged to identify key issues and help the media panel draft questions through a special edition of the Courier's PULSE online survey. More debate details will be announced on www.cincinnatimayor.com.
Fundraiser for Project Connect
Project Connect, an educational program serving homeless children, holds its eighth annual fundraiser from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 18 at the Drees Pavilion at Devou Park in Covington. The program features tunes from Savvy, dinner-by-the-bite, a silent auction and a raffle. Project Connect serves homeless children in Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties, providing tutoring, transportation to and from school, academic and educational enrichment programs and social services. For more information about the benefit, call Ann Gibson at 513-236-7398. For more information about Project Connect, to volunteer or make a donation, call 513-363-1060.
Wear Black, Demand Peace
Ever since the Bush regime launched its unprovoked invasion of Iraq more than two years ago, the Women in Black have maintained a vigil calling for peace. Participants -- men and children are welcome, too -- are encouraged to wear black or dark clothes. The weekly peace protest is from 5-6 p.m. Mondays on the grassy island at the corner of Vine Street and Central Parkway.
Ride for Change
Join Critical Mass, a bicycle ride beginning at Fountain Square at 6 p.m. the last Friday of each month. It might seem like just a pleasant bicycle ride, but participants are actually helping to spread the word about a healthful, non-polluting means of transportation that helps combat traffic congestion. For more information about the Critical Mass movement, which is active in hundreds of cities across the United States, visit http://www.criticalmassrides.info/index.html.