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Subject Free Press Offers Monthly Cyber-Salon
Date April 16, 2020 6:53 PM
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** Did you miss
The Free Press
Second Saturday Cyber-Salon ?
If so, here's a run-down of what happened and how you can be involved next time!
The Free Press Second Saturday Cyber-Salon was held April 11 from 7-9pm via Zoom and was a great success. Our country is in danger, and we need to know how to resist. The COVID crisis has temporarily hurt our ability to organize and demonstrate, although there are other outlets for activism during this time.

The Free Press’s Bob Fitrakis and Suzanne Patzer led the program. The featured speaker was Esther Flores, a great advocate for the poor and voiceless on the West Side of Columbus, where the Hilltop is the center of the poverty and desperation. Local activist Torin Jacobs spoke about using some previously collected money on Mutual Aid support including the donation of grocery gift cards for community people in need.

John Brakey and Lori Grace of TrustVote spoke about how we can ensure accurate elections in the age of COVID 219. Bennie Smith, Shelby County Tennessee Board of Elections Commissioner and Ericka, election activist and educator also from Shelby County Tennessee, spoke about the election problems in their state. Steve Dodge, Columbus’ “one-man band” topped off the evening with music from his basement.

You can view the recording of the Salon on our
Free Press Network YouTube ([link removed]) channel:

The usual Free Press Second Saturday Salons were attended by 20 to 40 of us on a regular basis when it was held in person at the Free Press office, but many people could not attend because of the distance from home. 37 or so people attended our first Cyber-Salon.

We are asking everyone reading this to reach out to like-minded people throughout the country and the world who may want to join the next Second Saturday Cyber-Salon via Zoom on May 9^th.

When the time comes, find the link on the
Free Press Facebook ([link removed]) page:

Our speakers noted some important causes, events and websites, listed here:
Columbus Free Press website ([link removed]) ([link removed])

TrustVote ([link removed])
If anyone who thinks they need a Plan B in case the Nov election is canceled or stolen, write Gary Krane (mailto:[email protected])
Dems asking for 4 Billion ([link removed]) in election assistance – article
Kill Chain movie – The CyberWar on America’s Elections ([link removed])

Central Ohio activism:
Rent strike ([link removed]) – Ohio site
Central Ohio Mutual Aid ([link removed])
Esther Flores’ ([link removed]) group 1DivineLine2Health ([link removed]) (in need of cash donations and non-perishable food)

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 AM, Move to Amend Ohio Network 8th Annual (VIRTUAL) Gathering: Building a Real Democracy Movement in Ohio. Keynote Presentation: “The Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival” by Rev. Donna Moore. Hear from Move to Amend National Director Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap on national MTA successes and 2020 plans and connect with other Ohioans to build a community for fundamental change to end corporate rule, get big money out of politics and work in solidarity with others to create justice! Join Zoom Meeting: [link removed] ([link removed]) . Meeting ID: 916 318 8040, Call in #: 646-558-8656, ID 9163188040#. Register at [link removed]
([link removed]) , Once you register you’ll receive a password. More information on Facebook ([link removed]) .

Rally for Morgan Harper ([link removed]) – April 18, 3-4pm
Medicare for All Ohio roundtable ([link removed]) – April 23, 7-8pm
Single-Payer Action Network virtual conference ([link removed]) – April 25, 10am

Simply Living newsletter ([link removed])

Steve Dodge is "The Phlatt Rascal" One-Man Band.
New on-line performance schedule! 7pm every:
Facebook Live ([link removed]) .
(All-natural ingredients in real time).

John Prine: House of Strombo ([link removed])

Hope to see you at the next one!
Pete Johnson
President, Columbus Institute for contemporary Journalism

Contact: 614-253-2571
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