It’s springtime and activism is breaking out all over! Since several events are taking place this week, we decided to consolidate them into one post. Here’s the chronological lowdown on how you can participate in raising your voice and learning from others:
- Tuesday, April 18, noon – 12:45 p.m. Resist Trump Tuesday Rally. Indivisible Columbus District 3 is gathering outside U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s office in Columbus on tax day, asking, where are President Trump’s returns? Citizens have a right to know if the president is subject to conflicts of interest affecting his foreign policy decisions, violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause, or crafting tax policy for his self-benefit. The group invites you to join them in calling on Senator Portman to publicly tell the president to release his returns and support legislation requiring the same of any president. The rally will take place in front of the building housing Senator Portman’s office, 37 W. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
- Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 16-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement, will be speaking at Kenyon College’s Rosse Hall, in Gambier, Ohio. He is the youth director of Earth Guardians, an organization of young leaders and activists from around the world working to protect the Earth and generations to come. In 2013, President Obama gave Xiuhtezcatl the United States Community Service Award. He has spoken at the United Nations and is one of the plaintiffs suing the government for failing to address issues of climate change. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Vogue, CNN, MSNBC, HBO and more. The event is hosted by Indigenous Nations at Kenyon and ECO at Kenyon.
- Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. March for Science—Columbus, Ohio. Join nearly 2,000 concerned citizens, starting at the Ohio Statehouse’s West Lawn for a rally celebrating “science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” With marches across the country, the event unites “as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.” While the route is still to be determined, you can check details and RSVP at the Columbus March for Science Facebook page.
- Saturday, April 22, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. March for Science—Mount Vernon, Ohio. Don’t have time to make the drive to Columbus? No worries! You can join the folks from Gibbs Watch to rally behind science. Bring your own sign for science: Science=Jobs, Science=Environment, Science=Health, Science Is International. The event takes place on the Public Square and will be this week’s Signs on the Square theme.
- Sunday, April 23, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Meet Ken Harbaugh, a potential progressive contender for our 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives seat, currently held by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R). Harbaugh has been touring the district, talking with citizens about his vision and listening to our concerns. Harbaugh has extensive military and public service experience. A former Navy pilot, he earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and later taught at the university as a guest fellow. He is president of Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization that has trained over 45,000 veterans to deploy in emergency response teams around the world. The talk will take place at the Daily Grind Cafe in New Philadelphia, Ohio. For more details and to RSVP, visit the Forever Forward Ohio page on Facebook.