The 16th Annual Take Back the Night March and Candlelight Vigil, held to acknowledge the trauma of sexual violence, is April 29. The program begins at 5 p.m. at TUC Great Hall at the University of Cincinnati. Maggie Hadleigh-West, a filmmaker on sexual violence, will speak. Buses will transport participants from the University of Cincinnati to Sawyer Point. A pre-march gathering assembles at 6:30 p.m. at Sawyer Point, followed by a march across the Taylor Southgate Bridge to the Millennium Peace Bell in Newport,
Ky. The program there features keynote speaker Susan Bordo, a writer on contemporary culture and a humanities professor at the University of Kentucky. In addition, survivors of violence will speak about their experiences.
Women and War
The discussion "Women and War" addresses the role of war in the rise of reported rapes and domestic violence in the United States, rapes left unreported abroad, sexism in the military and why war has a disproportionately destructive effect on women. The program, which features Peggy Hannah, author of Patriotism, Peace and Vietnam, is at 7 p.m. Thursday in room 250 of McMicken Hall at the University of Cincinnati. Admission is free. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 859-801-2870.
Who is My Neighbor?
A Fair Housing Forum takes place at the First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St., from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
Topics include Cincinnati's segregated living patterns, Section 8, housing for the elderly and people with disabilities, the role of faith-based organizations and the enforcement of fair housing laws. Sheryll Cashin, Georgetown Law School professor and author of The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class are Undermining the American Dream, is the keynote speaker. Pre-registration is required for the free forum; an optional box lunch is available for $10. E-mail email@example.com for more information or to register.
Politics and Pitchers
Drinking Liberally, an informal, inclusive weekly Democratic drinking club, meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. You don't have to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club; just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics. After roaming the first Tuesday of every month, the group regularly settles back into The Comet in Northside. For more information, contact Chris Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPAN the Chasm of Health Care Inequality
The Cincinnati chapter of the Single-Payer Action Network (SPAN) invites labor activists, health care professionals, community groups and all people interested in dealing with the health care crisis to a meeting at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in Clifton. Learn about the progress of an initiative ballot campaign for a health care system that guarantees all Ohioans access to comprehensive and quality medical services. For more information, contact Bob Park at 513-281-3331 or email@example.com.
Slaughter in Sudan
A panel of experts on Sudan and human rights seeks to address the current crisis in Darfur, Sudan from historical, humanitarian and political perspectives, as well as suggesting ways people can make a difference. "Slaughter in SUDAN: Why We Should Care" is moderated by Scott Aiken, host of the weekly radio program World Front. The free program is from 7:30-9 p.m. May 2 at Wise Center, 8329 Ridge Road in Amberley Village. For more information, contact Wise Temple at firstname.lastname@example.org or the American Jewish Committee at 513-621-4020.
Gather to Strengthen Communities
National People's Action gathers in Washington, D.C. April 22-24. The 33-year-old multi-racial/ethnic, intergenerational and non-partisan coalition gathers hundreds of local community organizations that volunteer their time to make communities safer, healthier and more environmentally stable. In the past few years National People's Action has addressed predatory lending, community reinvestment, housing, Immigrants rights, family farm Issues, job training and employment, youth issues, education and neighborhood safety. For more information, visit www.npa-us.org .