March Social Justice Calendar 

An evening with Ocean Robbins

JourneysFire International presents "An Evening with Ocean Robbins" tonight, March 4, at the Unitarian Universalist Church (615 W. 43rd St.). 2008 recipient of the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an individual under 35, Robbins brings his message of creativity and commitment as an antidote to apathy from 7-8:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 ($5 for students). For more info, visit

'Waltz with Bashir'

Also this evening, Landmark Theatres at Keystone at the Crossing hosts a screening and discussion of the 2008 Israeli animated documentary film Waltz with Bashir. Written and directed by Ari Folman, the Academy Award-nominated film documents the attempts of Folman, a 1982 Lebanon War veteran, to recover his lost memories of the events revolving around the Sabra and Shatila massacre. The film begins at 7 p.m. The discussion that follows will feature panelists Pierre Atlas, assistant professor and director of Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies at Marian College; John Clark, senior fellow at Sagamore Institute for Policy Research; Bill Foley, adjunct professor at Marian College and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for a series of photographs he captured during the Israeli-Lebanese War; and Siobhan McEvoy-Levy, associate professor and director of Peace Studies at Butler University.

International Women's Day

Celebrate International Women's Day Thursday, March 5 at the IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium. An opening reception with international hors d'oeuvres and desserts will begin at 6:30 p.m. Featured performers, beginning at 7 p.m., will include fiction writer Amy Locklin, poet Allyson Horton (winner of Showtime at the Apollo), Judy Hanna and her group of belly dancers and performance poet Tiffany Kyser with her band. At 8:20 p.m., the multicultural, multilingual open mic will begin, led by Davinia Yalimaiwai. Directions and parking info can be found at The event is free and open to the public.

Food Security Summit

Earth Charter Indiana and Slow Food Indianapolis invite you to attend a Food Security Summit Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m. at Earth House, 237 N. East St. in downtown Indianapolis. Join others who are already working to ensure that Indianapolis has diverse, sustainable, healthy, bio-diverse local food production and distribution resources available to all members of our community. Organizers hope to have representation from all areas of our local sustainable food system: home growers, community garden experts, local farmers, food distributors like farmers' markets and food stores, restaurateurs, the Food Bank, etc. as well as the general public. ?For more information, contact ?Laura Salyer at Earth Charter,

Peter Singer at IUPUI

IUPUI will host Peter Singer, author of the new book The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty. Singer will speak March 10 at the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450, at 7:30 p.m. Named by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Singer will explore ethical arguments and case studies of charitable giving to assert that current responses to world poverty are insufficient and ethically indefensible. Singer is best known for his book Animal Liberation, widely regarded as the touchstone of the animal ethics and rights movement. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Safe drug recycling

Rather than taking personal or environmental risks with unwanted medications, consider recycling them in a non-toxic manner. Marsh Pharmacies will accept the unwanted pharmaceuticals from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. Items that will be accepted include prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and nutritional supplements, veterinary medications and sharps or needles. The following items will not be accepted: controlled or hazardous substances, mixed medications or medications in alternate containers, medical or household chemicals and business waste. Additional information about pharmaceutical and household hazardous waste disposal can be found on IDEM's Recycling Web site at

'Our Daily Bread'

Austrian documentary filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter lifts the veil on modern industrial food production with his film Our Daily Bread, screening at the Indianapolis Museum of Art Tobias Theater Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. In a series of visually stunning, continuously tracking, wide-screen images that seem right out of a science-fiction movie, Our Daily Bread offers a wide-screen tableau of a feast that isn't always easy to digest. A pure, meticulous film experience that invites viewers to form their own ideas about food in today's world. ?Co-presented by the Hoosier Environmental Council. ?Purchase tickets at, by calling 317-955-2339 or at the door. Adults $9, members $5, students with ID $7, youth 12 and under $5.

Voices for peace

The Indianapolis Women's Chorus and the Indianapolis Men's Chorus present "Voices for Peace," a powerful performance that invites us to overcome our differences and recognize our common humanity. Members of the two choruses unite for the fourth time in 14 years to raise their voices for unity and peace among all peoples. ?The concert takes place Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m.? at the Ransburg Auditorium, located on the campus of the University of Indianapolis (1400 E. Hanna Ave.). Tickets are available for purchase at the box office prior to the performance. Single tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors (age 60 and above) and $5 for children ages 2-12. For information or to purchase tickets, go to

Marian Wright Edelman

Butler's "Celebration of Diversity" Series concludes on Monday, March 23, with speaker Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. ?Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families. Edelman began her career in the mid 1960s when, as the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar, she directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, Miss. In l968, she moved to Washington, D.C., as counsel for the Poor People's Campaign that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began organizing before his death. ?The event takes place at Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University (4600 Sunset Ave.), beginning at 7:30 p.m. ?Admission is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available at the Clowes box office or by calling 317-940-6444.

Taxpayer rally

Hoosiers for Fair Taxation will join several other grass-roots activist groups in holding a taxpayer rally at the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday, March 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The rally, which is called "Revolt at the Statehouse," will focus chiefly on issues relating to corporate welfare, Indiana style "pay to play" politics, property tax reform and the need for transparency and ethics reform, according to organizers. Melyssa Donaghy of Hoosiers for Fair Taxation, says the rally will include the need for an ethics reform. "Part of this rally will include a call for transparency, that the average person needs to be able to know what is going on in government," Donaghy said. "The conflicts of interest many of these politicians have need to be exposed and ended. We should not have our elected officials using their positions to make themselves and their friends richer." For more information, go to

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