A rally for Libraries Make a Difference Day takes place from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday on Fountain Square. Voice your opposition to more reductions in library funding, hear about how the library has changed lives and enjoy murals by school children, live music and information booths. For more information call 513-369-6035 or visit http://friends.cincinnatilibrary.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 interested in dealing with the health care crisis to a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take Back the Night
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 Tangeman University Center's Great Hall at the University of Cincinnati. Maggie Hadleigh-West, a filmmaker on sexual violence, will speak.
Buses will transport participants from UC to Sawyer Point. A pre-march gathering assembles there at 6:30 p.m., 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.
Bayh Addresses Democrats
U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) is the keynote speaker May 5 for the Butler County Democratic Party's annual Truman-Kennedy-Holcomb Dinner. The dinner used to be called the Truman-Kennedy Dinner, but after the 2000 death of John Holcomb Sr., the corrupt Butler County Prosecutor, his name was added. The dinner will be at the Hamiltonian Hotel in Hamilton. A social hour and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:15 PM. Tickets are $50. For tickets, call 513-896-5201.
Beer and Justice
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 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. this weekend. 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 .