Help young men and women learn the truth about the war in Iraq so they can resist the temptation to enlist in the U.S. military. The Before You Enlist Campaign meets from 6-7 p.m. July 18 at the Peaslee Neighborhood Center, 214 E. 14th St. in Over-the-Rhine. For more information, call 513-579-8547.
The Over-the-Rhine Community Festival is from noon-6 p.m. Aug. 4 at Washington Park. Designed by social service agencies and churches, the festival is a fun event for children and families. For more information, call Cassandra Barham at 513-381-4242.
Air Quality Hearing
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) holds a public hearing at 2:30 p.m. July 23 to receive comments on its plan to bring the Cincinnati area into compliance with the federal air quality standard for ozone. The draft plan, recently submitted to the U.S. EPA, includes requirements for cleaner paints and architectural coatings, portable gas cans and consumer products and lower emissions from coal-burning power plants. For more information, visit epa.state.oh.us/dapc/.
The hearing will be at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, 720 Pete Rose Way.
Butler County, whose sheriff has made a mission of targeting undocumented workers, will soon have its own chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens. To join, contact Claudia Aviles at email@example.com or 513-785-7396.
Document LGBT Discrimination
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.
Free Peace Camp for Kids
Peace Camp is a two-week free day camp where students ages 6-12 participate in activities focused on conflict management, diversity appreciation, cooperation and effective communication. The program is sponsored by the Center for Peace Education and the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC). Peace Camp meets from 9 a.m.-noon July 9-20 at McKie Recreation Center in Northside and July 23-Aug. 3 at New Thought Unity Center in Clifton.
Stand for Peace
The Women in Black have been steadfast in demonstrating against the war in Iraq since it started in 2003. Participants gather with signs in the traffic island at Vine Street and Central Parkways from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays. All peacemakers are welcome, including men and people not dressed in black.
Diversity Shines Bright