October Social Justice Calendar



Indy Artists Peace Project Benefit

First Mennonite Church, 6 p.m.

4601 Knollton Road.

Founded in 2002 by Jeff Matheus & Michelle Gussow, the Indy Artists’ Peace Project is a community of Indiana-based creative artists who have dedicated themselves to the work of peace, nonviolence and social justice. This fundraising benefit for the group includes guest artists The Griot Drummers, interactive theater group the A.C.T. Out Ensemble, and singer-songwriters Thomas Floyd and Sam Carpenter. Free admission. For more info go to www.iapp.org.


4th Annual Hairball

Robert Irsay Charity Pavilion, 3 p.m.

1303 W. 116th St.

Animal advocates are asking Indianapolis pet lovers to cough up some cash at the 4th annual Hair Ball—a charity event benefiting Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, Inc.  Silent & live auctions accompanied by good food and live music. Advance sale tickets are $15 each ($20 day of event). Go to www.indyhairball.org for more information.

OCTOBER 4 and 5

ICAN Pet Portraits Fundraiser

1801 N. Meridian St.

Local photographer Ed Stewart is moving his studio from the Stutz to the headquarters of the Indiana Canine Assistance Network for one weekend, offering animal lovers a great way to help fund ICAN, the non-profit that trains service (assistant) dogs and places them with individuals living with disabilities. For $50, pet owners will get two 5x7 photos of their pets and have the option to order novelty items (holiday cards w/ their pet in them, key chain, ornaments, photo packages) and all profits go directly to ICAN. For more information go to www.icandog.org.


Voter Registration Deadline

Monday, October 6 is the statewide voter registration deadline for the Nov. 4 election. Registration forms for Marion County residents must be hand-delivered or mailed to the Voter Registration office located at 200 E. Washington St., Room W-131. Forms cannot be faxed or completed over the phone. Residents can download a form at www.indy.gov/voter or call (317) 327-VOTE to request one. Voters can also confirm their registration and determine their ward, precinct and polling place location by using the county’s on-line polling place locator found at www.indygov.org/election08.


Nonviolent Strategies

for Sustainable Peace  

Public discussion with Johan Galtung

Indiana War Memorial, 7 p.m.

Meridian and Michigan Streets

As part of the Indianapolis International Interfaith Initiative fall conference, renowned academic, author, and peace activist Johan Galtung speaks on “Nonviolent Strategies for Sustainable Peace.” Considered by many as the founder of peace studies and peace journalism,  Galtung is prolific and eclectic in his approach to conflict, reconciliation and peace education.   For more information go www.internationalinterfaith.org. For more on this event, read Yevgeny Baburin’s  Nonviolent Alternatives to War at www.nuvo.net/news.



IUPUI Campus Center, 6 p.m.

420 University Blvd.

LUNAFEST is a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues  through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, sexuality, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers. A reception and silent art auction begins at 6 p.m. and the screening of the films begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are  $20 ($5 for students). For more information contact Kathy Grove at the IUPUI Office for Women ksgrove@iupui.edu or go to http://ofw.iupui.edu.


“Why Politics?”

IUPUI Campus, 1 p.m.

IT Building

West and Michigan Streets

“Why Politics?” will provide an opportunity for young adults (14-22) to become familiar with and volunteer for the party or candidate of their choice; come learn about the political and philosophical perspectives from representatives of the major parties, and meet citizens involved as party activists, party officials, or candidates. For more information contact campus Republicans at summers8@iupui.edu and campus Democrats at wgrout@iupui.edu. “Why Politics?” is sponsored by the Marion County Green Party, Black & Latino Policy Institute, Democratic Education Consortium, Indianapolis Peace & Justice Center, the Student Alliance for Education, and the Hip-Hop Congress, Indianapolis Chapter.


Climate change summit

Butler University, 9:30 a.m.

Atherton Union

One of five Indiana Climate Change Summits to be held concurrently around the state, the workshop offers intensive educational opportunities for people to learn about the local impacts of climate change and to hone skills for effective action. The focus is on the current and long-range impacts of climate change in Indiana. The public is invited; a $15 registration fee. Indiana Earth Summits are organized and sponsored by Earth Charter Indiana, Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter, Citizens Action Coalition, Hoosier Environmental Council and the Cool Earth Relay.  For more information and to register, visit http://www.earthcharterindiana.org/ and follow the events link.


18th Annual AIDS Walk and Ride

University Park, 11:00 a.m.

Meridian and Vermont Streets

The AIDS Walk & Ride is an annual event that supports services and programs serving the more than 10,000 Hoosiers with HIV/AIDS.  Individual participants and teams solicit pledges from family, friends, co-workers, employers and others to provide funds for those who need assistance with emergency shelter, utilities, food, medicine, and other daily living needs. For more on the event, including registration information, go to www.indianaaidswalk.org or contact Jason Grisell, Indiana AIDS Fund, at jason@thfgi.org.


Calling for an end to cluster bombs

Earth House Cafe, 7 p.m.

237 N. East St.

A 17-year old Afghani boy who lost both legs to a cluster bomb, the father of a five-year-old boy killed by a cluster bomb in south Lebanon, and the mother of a U.S. Marine who died in Iraq while cleaning up U.S. dropped cluster bombs come to Indianapolis on a tour organized by the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs to build public support for Senate legislation that would effectively ban the U.S. from using and exporting these weapons. The speakers and their local supporters hope to encourage Senator Lugar to support efforts to end the use of these weapons. For more information about the event contact Charlie Wiles at cwiles@peacelearningcenter.org. For more on the efforts to ban cluster bombs, go to www.banclusterbombs.org.


Internship application deadline

Indiana Senate Republicans

Indiana Senate Republicans are seeking college interns for the 2009 legislative session. Internships begin with an orientation at the end of December and last the duration of the spring academic semester. A $700 bi-weekly stipend is provided to assist with living expenses. Scholarships are also awarded. Applications are due by October 15. For more information call intern coordinators toll-free at 800-382-9467 or go to www.in.gov/senate_republicans.

October 26

Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East

7th Annual Fall Conference

St. Luke’s UMC, 1:30 p.m.

100 W. 86th St.

“Making  your voice heard in Washington on Holy Land Peace” is the theme of the 7th annual Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East conference.  The all day event is highlighted by keynote speaker Warren Clark, retired U.S. Ambassador and current Executive Director of “Churches for Middle East Peace.” Admission is free, public is invited and welcome. For more information contact Greg Foote at gregorypfoote@sbcglobal.net.


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