The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center is organizing a rally at 4 p.m. Jan. 22 to symbolically put the war in Iraq on trial. The rally is at Laurel Park, 500 Ezzard Charles Drive. Expect creative street theatre, banner drops, music, short speeches and testimony from Iraq Vets against the War. For more information, call 513-579-8547.
March to Stop the War
The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) has chartered a bus for people who want to join the Jan. 27 peace march in Washington, D.C. Organized by United for Peace and Justice, the march aims to deliver a resounding message to the new Congress: No half-measures that will only prolong the bloodshed; it's time to bring an immediate end to the war. For more information about the protest, visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment must be made by Jan. 20 to IJPC, 215 E. 14th St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.
Life in Occupied Palestine
What is the experience of everyday life in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel? How do people live, work and create a community? What are the possibilities for the future? What might we do to improve the situation? "Life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Gaza and the West Bank -- A Conversation" is a program from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 24 at Rohs Street Cafe, 245 West McMillan St. Panelists include Susan Einbinder, a professor at Hebrew Union College; Michelle Goldman, an Israeli journalist and writer; Kareem Khozaim, an Egyptian-American; and Zeinab Schwen, a Palestinian-American.
Admission is free.
Build a New World
Xavier University's second annual Vision of Hope speaker series is based on the theme, "Five Pillars of a New World Building," explored in a video by Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., director of Peace and Justice Programs at XU. Each session meets from 7-9 p.m. The topics are "Democratic World Order," Jan. 22, in the Schiff Family Conference Center at the Cintas Center; "Human Rights," Feb. 11 in the Schiff Family Conference Center; and "Nonviolence," March 19, in a location to be announced. Admission is free.
Women Voters' Luncheon
The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area hosts the Susan B. Anthony Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Phoenix restaurant downtown. The luncheon features Hamilton County Coroner Dr. O'dell Owens and Peter Yarrow of the group Peter, Paul and Mary. Tickets are $35. For reservations, call 513-281-8683.
Ask Strickland to Stop the Killing
Only recently sworn in, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland already faces three scheduled executions: Kenneth Biros on Jan. 23, James Filiaggi on Feb. 13 and Christopher Newton on Feb. 27. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio urges citizens to contact Strickland and ask him to conduct a thorough study of the troubled death penalty and to suspend executions until the study is complete. Write Strickland at http://www.governor.ohio.gov/ConstituentAffairs/tabid/101/Default.aspx.
Celebrate Reproductive Freedom
The Cincinnati Chapter of the National Organization for Women hosts Toast to Roe at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Universal Grill downtown. If you can't stay for dinner, join them for a toast, meet local activists and have some interesting dialogue.
Food's Future Starts Film Series
The Seven Hills School, in conjunction with Cincinnati Earth Institute, presents its Spring 2007 community film series, "One World: Building A Sustainable Future," focusing on global awareness and environmental sustainability. Each film provides an opportunity for members of the school and Greater Cincinnati communities to discuss global challenges and some of the ways human ingenuity can work with the natural world to meet them. The films will be shown monthly, January through May, at no charge in Founders Hall on the Hillsdale Campus, 5400 Red Bank Road. The films begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 271-9027. The film on Jan. 24 is The Future of Food, an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store.