January Social Justice Calendar 

January social justice events include opportunities for supporting local peace efforts, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King, recycling christmas trees and e-scrap, plus a whole lot more!!!

Tree-cycling

Through Jan. 31

Indy Parks & Recreation is offering seven drop-off locations in Marion County for residents to recycle Christmas trees through Jan. 31. Remove all ornaments, lights and tree stands (no artificial trees!) before dropping your tree off at one of these locations during regular park hours: Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave.; ?Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair St.; ?Garfield Park, 2450 S. Shelby St.; ?Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road; ?Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive; ?Perry Park, 451 E. Stop 11 Road; and ?Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st St.? For more information, visit www.indyparks.org or call 317-327-PARK.

E-cycling

Sunday, Jan. 10

Get rid of all those old electronics the safe and eco-friendly way! Take them to the approved e-scrap locations from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Drop off any old electronics (including but not limited to cell phones, televisions no larger then 27 inches and old computer equipment) to the following locations: Broad Ripple Park, 1550 Broad Ripple Ave.; ?Ellenberger Park, 301 E. St. Clair St.;? Garfield Park, 2345 Pagoda Drive; ?and Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road. Volunteers will be on hand to help you unload your recyclables.

Emergence at the IMA

Sunday, Jan. 10

Part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's "Emergence: A Screen Zenith Film Series," this month's feature is the award-winning Romanian feature 4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days). Directed by Cristian Mungiu, the film is set at the end of the Communist regime in Romania, where a young student helps her friend and roommate get an abortion; a risky endeavor, as contraception and abortion were both illegal. The young women are faced with the tenuous consequences of the abortion, but ultimately, this is a story about the loyalty of friendship in a world without choice.

The film was the winner of the 2007 Film of the Year award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and received honors from the Toronto Film Festival. It screens at 2:30 p.m. in the new Tobais Theater at the IMA, 4000 N. Michigan Road. Tickets are $4 for members and $8 for non-members and are available online at https://tickets.imamuseum.org/ or at the door.

Honoring Dr. King and his legacy

Monday, Jan. 19

The Indiana History Center

Participants will learn more about King's legacy and the important role youth play in our nation's future at the Indiana Historical Society's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Performers in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre include Asante Children's Theatre, Kenyetta Dance Company, Tasha Jones and the Write Me Project, and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. The Martin Luther King Community Center will present their annual "Living the Legacy" award in the afternoon.

Admission is free, and light refreshments will be available for sale. For more information, call 317-232-1882 or 800-447-1830. Information is also available at www.indianahistory.org.

Freedom rings at the Walker

The Indianapolis Urban League and the Madame Walker Theatre Center present their annual celebration of the life of Dr. King with a Freedom Walk and lunchtime event. Experience representational democracy at its finest during the fourth annual "Freedom Walk On The Avenue" at noon.

The processional will leave from the front doors of the Indianapolis Urban League, down the walkway on Indiana Avenue to the Madame Walker Theatre, where a free event will feature local artists singing songs of courage, community leaders sharing words of wisdom and dance ensembles presenting dances of praise beginning at 12:15 p.m. For more information, visit the Madame Walker Theatre Center Web site, www.walkertheatre.com.

40th Annual IUPUI MLK Dinner

The 40th Annual IUPUI King Dinner features political activist and Black Entertainment Television host, producer and commentator Jeff Johnson as the keynote speaker. The theme for the 2009 King Dinner celebration is "Acknowledging Our Past to Promote Our Future."

Jeff Johnson, a Washington-based award-winning journalist, has served as national youth director for the NAACP and vice president for the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. His new BET talk show, The Truth with Jeff Johnson, premieres this month.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Cosmopolitan Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis?. Individual tickets are $25 for IUPUI students; $50 for IUPUI faculty, staff and alumni; and $60 for community guests. Tickets are available in the IUPUI Campus Center, Office of Campus & Community Life, 420 University Blvd. For additional information, call 317-274-3931; or contact Nicole Oglesby at noglesby@iupui.edu or Lendora Andres at lnandrew@iupui.edu.

Whole Foods teams with Peace Center

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Whole Foods Markets will team up with the Peace Learning Center to raise funds for Peace Schools and donate 5 percent of each store's one-day net sales to the Peace Learning Center. The monies raised will go to Peace Learning Center's community outreach efforts that benefit entire school communities - students, teachers and parents - in conflict resolution, character education and community service projects. Throughout the day, representatives of Peace Learning Center will be on hand to answer questions about the programs that will benefit from the Whole Foods donations. Both Whole Foods Market stores in the metro area are participating: 1300 E. 86th St. in Nora and 14598 Clay Terrace Blvd. in Carmel.

Conservation Day at the Statehouse

Tuesday, Jan. 27

At least 30 conservation organizations will gather from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for the 2009 Conservation Day at the Statehouse to meet with members of the Indiana General Assembly and state officials regarding Indiana's environment. The morning information session, 8:30-11 a.m., will be in the Indiana Government Center South, Room B. The legislative reception will be 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Indiana Statehouse North Atrium. Coordinated by the Indiana Conservation Alliance, the idea is to get as many eco-conscious Hoosiers in the Statehouse to convey concerns about Indiana's water, air and natural resource conservation and preservation. The event is free. To register, visit the Nature Conservancy of Indiana www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/state.

Green Congregation Workshop

Sunday, Jan. 31

Second Presbyterian Church will host a workshop for congregations interested in adding green programs or ministries to their particular communities of faith. The Green Congregations Workshop offers new and established groups practical advice on how to turn an environmental awareness into an established part of the daily life and activities of faith communities. The workshop will be held from 12:30-4 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St.; the event is free and open to the public. It's sponsored by a group of congregational Green Teams and Creation Care ministries of various faiths. To register, contact Brady Hansel at bhansel@hec.org.

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