EarthSave Cincinnati presents "An Evening Of Gratitude" at 4:30 p.m. May 20 at Clifton United Methodist Church. The program includes a cooking presentation by Mark Stroud of Gratitude Restaurant; and demonstrations of yoga, tai chi and belly dancing by instructors from Gratitude Motion Studio; and a potluck dinner. Take a vegan dish to share, a plate and a utensil. For more information, call 513-929-2500 or visit cincinnati.earthsave.org.
Religion and Poverty
The Hebrew Union College-University of Cincinnati Center for the Study of Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems and Union Institute & University Graduate College hold their third annual symposium on poverty, welfare and religion on May 19 and 20. The program begins at 7 p.m. May 19 with an introductory discussion followed by a welcome reception at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Mayerson Hall, 3101 Clifton Ave. The symposium resumes from noon-6:30 p.m. May 20. The program is free but reservations are required. For additional information, contact 513-221-487-3067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fair Play Fest
Rohs Street Café and University Christian Church host the Fair Play Fest May 10-12. The program raises funds for the coffee farmers of Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala. The celebration includes concerts by more than 14 bands, coffee tasting, kids' activities and seminars on the importance of Fair Trade and seeking trade justice. For tickets or more information, visit rohsstreetcafe.com.
The University of Cincinnati Department of Women's Studies and the Women's Center present "Who Calls the Shots? Contraceptive Technology and the Women's Health Movement." This presentation will cover the medical, political and feminist debates surrounding the regulation of the injectable contraceptive Depo Provera. The program is from noon-1 p.m. May 9 at UC's MainStreet Cinema.
Reclaim Mothers Day
In 1870 Julia Ward Howe, best known as the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," called for women to oppose war and declared a Mother's Day for Peace.
This year Greater Cincinnati mothers and others are reclaiming Mothers Day weekend for peace. On May 11 Women Writing for (a) Change hold a discussion on the topic, "Who Stole Mothers Day?" The program is from 7-9 p.m. at 6906 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash. For more information, call 513-272-1171. At 2 p.m. May 12 mothers will gather at Mirror Lake in Eden Park for a peace witness. At 2:45 p.m. participants will engage in a peace walk to the Cincinnati Art Museum. At 3 p.m., in the museum's Fath Auditorium, the Mother's Day for Peace Concert features Paulette Meier with friends Jamie Fota, and Susan Babey. Admission is free, and children are welcome. For more information, call Kristen Barker at 513-579-8547.
Stand with Women
Inspired by "The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering," on Mothers Day women across Greater Cincinnati will participate in "Standing Women: Women for an End to All Violence." At 1 p.m. at various parks women will read the original Mother's Day Proclamation in unison, then stand together in silence for five minutes before turning to one another and discuss three questions. Participants are urged to take bells to ring. For more information, contact Jane Masters at 513-561-9701 or email@example.com.
Marx is Still Revolutionary
Paul D'Amato, managing editor of the International
Socialist Review and author of The Meaning of Marxism, speaks at 7 p.m. May 10 in Room 500 of Swift Hall at the University of Cincinnati. D'Amato's topic is "The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx." Admission is free.
Jam for Justice
Change is a student group at McNicholas High School that aims to raise awareness about social justice issues. This year the group is focusing on the tragedies afflicting Uganda and the genocide in Sudan. From 7 p.m.-midnight May 11 Change presents Jam For Justice. Performers include The Manhattan Project, The Insurgents, The Corporate Limit, Justin Lavely, Dustin Bingamin, Wade, Jim, & Thomas and Landen Falls. Tickets are $5, and proceeds will benefit Dollars for Darfur and Catholic Relief Services.
A coalition of national and statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender (LGBT) and civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and Equality Ohio, are working together to compile stories of LGBT discrimination. The goal of sharing stories is to help us convince lawmakers that discrimination is real and that we need to pass laws that protect the rights of LGBT people. To participate, visit http://www.acluohio.org/issues/LGBT/ENDA.htm.
Learn What Cops Learn
The Cincinnati Police Department is offering an eight-week Citizens Police Academy from June 6 through Aug. 1. The class meets from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Cincinnati Police Academy, 800 Evans St. in Lower Price Hill. Topics include laws of arrest, criminal investigation, gangs, the Mental Health Response Team, traffic contacts and use of force. Citizens will also have an opportunity to join Citizens on Patrol. For more information or an application, contact Monica Ervin at 513-357-7554. The application deadline is May 25.
The Mayor Will See You Now
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory meets twice a month with anyone who has an issue or problem to discuss with him. "Mayors Night In" is from 5-7 p.m. in the mayor's office at City Hall. Every citizen who attends has a five-minute individual meeting to talk about anything they wish. Meetings are assigned in the order that individuals sign in, with sign-ins beginning at 4:30 pm. The next sessions are May 22 and June 5 and 19.
Documentary Series Seeks 'One World'
The Seven Hills School, in conjunction with Cincinnati Earth Institute, presents the final installment in its Spring 2007 community film series, "One World: Building A Sustainable Future." At 7 p.m. May 23 the film is The Next Industrial Revolution. Admission is free. The program is in Founders Hall, 5400 Red Bank Road. For more information, call 271-9027.