The latest treaty in the so-called "free trade" -- that is, anti-worker -- movement is the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on CAFTA next week. Susan Knight, national field organizer for the Sierra Club, says about 18 undecided votes remain in the House. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center is operating a phone bank in a final push to stop CAFTA. Volunteers will enjoy free pizza -- and a chance to help stop unfair trade deals. The Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center is at 215 East 14th St. For more information, call 579-8547.
Get Mixed Up With Candidates
The Urbanists and YP Cincy are throwing a candidates mixer from 6-8 p.m. July 13 at McFadden's downtown. Candidates for Cincinnati City Council and mayor will attend. Don't miss the opportunity to corner your favorite or least favorite politician for a one-on-one chat. For more information, call Jeffrey Stec at 513-762-7194.
Health Care for Everybody
The Single-Payer Action Network, which advocates a single-payer health insurance system providing full and comprehensive coverage to all Ohioans, meets at 7:30 p.m. July 13 at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in Clifton. On the agenda: a discussion of the status of a petition drive to put insurance reform on the ballot and plans to spread the word at state and county fairs.
For more information, call Bob Park at 513-237-5235.
Young Professionals and the Next Mayor
Cincinnati's mayoral candidates square off about issues affecting young professionals in a Town Hall Forum at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 in WCET studios, 1223 Central Parkway. The first 250 people to register for the free event will have live, in-studio access, while the rest can watch from an adjoining room. A reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. precedes the forum, which is organized by young professionals groups LEGACY and Give Back Cincinnati. For more information or to register, visit www.givebackcincinnati.org.
Wear Black, Demand Peace
Ever since the Bush regime launched its unprovoked invasion of Iraq more than two years ago, the Women in Black have maintained a vigil calling for peace. Participants -- men and children are welcome, too -- are encouraged to wear black or dark clothes. The weekly peace protest is from 5-6 p.m. Mondays on the grassy island at the corner of Vine Street and Central Parkway.
Beer Improves Most Politics
Drinking Liberally, an informal, an inclusive 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 info, contact Chris Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride for Change
Join Critical Mass, a bicycle ride beginning at Fountain Square at 6 p.m. the last Friday of each month. It might seem like just a pleasant bicycle ride, but participants are actually helping to spread the word about a healthful, non-polluting means of transportation that helps combat traffic congestion. For more information about the Critical Mass movement, which is active in hundreds of cities across the United States, visit criticalmassrides.info/index.html.
United for Peace and Justice, the largest antiwar coalition in the United States, seeks candidates for summer internship positions in New York City doing organizing, outreach, research and more. No money but lots of training and responsibility. For more information, visit www.unitedforpeace.org.