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Comboni Events Calendar
The following listings are provided by the North American Province of the Comboni Missionaries.
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DECEMBER

INTERNATIONAL

  • December 1, 2017: World AIDS Day shines a light on this once deadly disease and provides updates as to how it stands today. Click here for the U.N. page in English; In Spanish; In French. Read Get on the Fast Track, The Life-Cycle Approach to AIDS, here (in several languages). Can you make a call to your Senators asking them to take time on the floor to speak in support of funding AIDS-fighting programs like PEPFAR and the Global Fund? Call 1-888-521-4930 to be connected. Learn more.
  • December 4-5, 2017: 24 Hours of Reality: Be the Voice of Reality. The Climate Reality Project is bringing the world together for one full day to tell the stories of citizens taking action to end the climate crisis. Hosted by former Vice President Al Gore and featuring an all-star cast of celebrities, business visionaries, thought leaders, and scientists, Be the Voice of Reality will travel the globe for 24 straight hours with inspiring stories, real conversations, and rousing musical performances. We'll witness the climate crisis unfolding on every continent and highlight the activists fighting for solutions everywhere from city streets to City Hall, showing how we can all find our voice and all make a difference.  Sign up, here.
  • December 2, 2017: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. Some of the facts and figures about modern slavery include: (1) An estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 in forced labor and 15.4 million in forced marriage; (2) There are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world; (3) 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children; (4) Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labor, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million people in forced labor imposed by state authorities; (5) Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labor, accounting for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58% in other sectors. Learn more.
  • December 5, 2017: International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development: Volunteers Act FIRST. Everywhere provides a unique opportunity for volunteers and organizations "to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector." Learn more.
  • December 5, 2017: World Soil Day calls awareness to the "pressing issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health." Learn more.
  • December 9, 2017: International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as defined in the Convention, and to commemorate and honor its victims. Learn more.
  • December 10, 2017: Human Rights Day: Let's stand up for equality, justice and human dignity hits a milestone this year as it's the start of a year-long campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document "proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status." It is more vital than ever these days and it's the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages! Click here.
  • December 18, 2017: International Migrants Day is the day "to call on the international community to act on the global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration as an important contribution to building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all." There's a link where you can share your own migrant story. Learn more.
  • December 20, 2017: International Human Solidarity Day is a day to celebrate our unity in diversity; to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements; to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity; to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication; and a day of action to encourage new initiatives for poverty eradication. Learn more.

NATIONAL

  • December 4, 2017: Talks@Pulitzer Conversation: Journalist Helen Epstein takes place at Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting from 5:30-7:30 pm. The address is 1779 Massachustts Ave., NW, Suite 615, Washington, D.C. 20036. Epstein will speak about her recently published book, Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror. Joining her this evening is Lawrence Kiwanuka Nsereko who grew up in Uganda. He is an editor, journalist, democracy activist, former child soldier, and the inspiration for "One Fine Mess." RSVP, here.
  • December 26, 2017: National PBS Broadcast: The Sultan and the Saint will be showing at 8 pm Eastern in many cities. It is a true story of Muslim-Christian peacemaking. Check pbs.org for more information!

GREATER CINCINNATI AREA

  • December 5, 2017: IJPC's Immigration Learning Community Meeting. Knowledge is power. Learn the facts and the history of our immigration system. This meeting will focus on how climate change and natural disasters drive migration. The location is the Intercommunity Justice & Peace Center, 215 E. 14th Street (45202) at 6:30 pm. Let us know you're coming! Email samantha@IJPCcincinnati.org, or call (513) 579-8547.
  • December 5, 2017: Dinner/Dialogues: Latin America Trending Towards Beijing, Washington, or its Southern Star. presented by Cynthia Watson, Ph.D., Professor of Strategy at the National War College. A reception begins at 5:30 pm in the Schiff Conference Center of the Cintas Center at Xavier University. Dinner takes place at 6:15 pm, followed by the presentation and discussion from 7-8:30 pm. According to Dr. Watson, "Latin America is much in the news because a number of leaders are under scrutiny for corruption, the Chinese are involved in a manner they have never been historically, and the United States is absorbed in issues elsewhere. The region is showing some evidence of achieving the conditions the U.S. has long hoped for: absorbing the rule of law, calling its international relationships to adhere to standards and trying to create a genuinely Latin American path towards sustained development." Please join us! The event is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Leadership Council, Xavier University's Center for Dialogue and the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs CouncilReserve dinner at www.fplcohio.org; $30 for members (of the sponsoring groups), and $40 for non-members, or if not using PayPal, RSVP to Cynthia Cummins at fplcohio@gmail.com; (513) 745-3922 and pay at the door. You will need a temporary parking permit that will be emailed if you didn't receive it with the invite.
  • December 7, 2017: AMOS Quarterly Leadership Assembly for Criminal Justice from 1-3 pm or 6:30-8:30 pm at Tryed Stone New Beginning Church at 5550 Reading Road in Cincinnati. We will continue to learn how to build and reinforce strong justice teams in our congregations. Find out more and RSVP to Elizabeth at ehopkins@ohorganizing.org.
  • December 9, 2017: Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories, a feature documentary that explores how racial categories were created in the United States an their lasting consequences. The film follows sociologist Joan Ferrante's efforts to find unique ways of mourning the biological, family, romantic, and other bonds severed by this legally imposed system. It will be shown in Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center on Freedom Way downtown in the Harriet Tubman Theater at 3 pm. Free with general admission.
  • December 10, 2017: Opening Reception of the Traditional Nativity Display at the Comboni Mission Center, Cincinnati, 1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255, from 4-9 pm. Come visit our time-honored tradition now in its 70th year! Plus a chance to visit our cultural museum, see a display of nativities from around the world, and enjoy entertainment, the market and boutique, and refreshments. The exhibit and all activities from from December 15-30. Call about special Christmas Eve showings. Visit www.ComboniMissionaries.org.

JANUARY 2018
Happy New Year!

INTERNATIONAL

  • January 1, 2018: World Day of Peace. Read the Pope's message for this day that kicks off the new year. The day is dedicate to "migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace."  Read it here.