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Stop the Jail Expansion!

stop the jail expansion

STOP BUILDING NEW CAGES, WE WANT SCHOOL AND LIVING WAGES

Prison Abolition Workshop

Thursday 2/13 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
GIAC, 301. W. Court Street (Downtown Ithaca)

The move to close prisons in New York has come alongside the push to expand county jails across the state. Within this statewide shift, Tompkins has been one of few counties actively resisting their local jail expansion.

In our attempt to understand what exactly is going on in our state, we will work with Jack Norton, a geographer who studies prison closures in Upstate New York. Learning about the history and geography of mass incarceration in New York will help us better understand our current struggle. Join us in work-shopping abolitionist organizing in Ithaca as we brainstorm messaging for our campaign to stop the Tompkins County Jail expansion, effective tactics, and next steps.

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Help design the MLK Freedom Walkway

Community Design Session for the

MLK Freedom Walkway South Loop Artwork

Where: Southside Community Center
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 3:00 to 5:00
Why: We need your vision!

Local artist, Annemarie Zwack, has been commissioned to design a visually integrated collection of public art pieces that will serve as the backbone of the Southside Loop of the MLK Freedom Walkway: a physical trail celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King, in the context of Ithaca’s African American history. The walkway traces local events and people whose efforts mirror the national struggle for civil rights and social justice. Two loops of the walkway are ultimately planned, the first, the South Loop, will be located on the block of Cleveland Avenue between South Plain and South Corn Streets.

Come share your vision for this community asset! The concepts contributed by the community in this brainstorming session will inform the final design of the project.

Need more information? E-mail Annemarie at zwack@zwackart.com

“We need to talk about Facebook”

Ithaca Freeskool class tonight:

Freeskool class on Tuesday, February 4th 6:00-8:00pm at TC Worker’s Center, 115 E. MLK st.
We Need to Talk About Facebook, do we not? Do you remember that science fiction distopia?… The one where social life is consolidated into an electronic data cloud owned by a powerful, military contracted corporation? For crying out loud, this sounds familiar! This discussion-based workshop gives Facebook a hard look and explores alternative platforms for community and sense of place.

Celebrate Kwanzaa in Ithaca

This just in:

The Southside Community Center will hold a Kwanzaa celebration on Thursday, December 26th from 4 PM to 6 PM. Come and bring your family and celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa. Southside is located at 305 South Plain Street between Clinton and Green streets.

Click here to visit Southside online.

Please pass this on. Thank you!

It’s a Riot Puppet Theater presents… A Winter Solstice Extravaganza!

This just in – go see this amazing show, it’s beautiful and it’s full of animals! (Animal puppets, that is.)

Please help spread the word…

It’s a Riot Puppet Theater presents… A Winter Solstice Extravaganza!

You’re cordially invited to a spectacular life sized puppet performance! On the longest night, we celebrate the depth of wintery transformation, the turning of the seasons, and the new year as the sun begins it’s return. So gather up your warm bundles, your friends and families, your companions and comrades! It’s a Riot brings you an outdoor show you’ll never forget!

Two Shows!!!! 5:00 & 6:00pm with an ongoing reception at Standard Art Supply.

Admission is absolutely free, although donations of cookies, pies, cakes, and funding are appreciated 🙂

Saturday, December 21st, 5pm & 6pm

Behind Standard Art Supply
308 E. Seneca St.
Ithaca, New York

Contact : itsariot at riseup.net for more information

Sponsored by the Durland Alternatives Library, www.alternativeslibrary.org/

Please note I have no control over the ads that may appear on the bottom of this post. Sorry.

Nominees sought for MLK Peacemaker Award

The Community Dispute Resolution Center and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center are seeking nominations for the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award.

The award is given to an individual or organization who works non-violently for change, who brings people together to resolve differences or promote social justice, and whose work benefits the Tompkins County community.

Nominations should consist of a letter of one or two pages on why the nominee should win the award and be sent to CDRC, 120 Martin Luther King Jr. St., Ithaca, NY 14850, or emailed to cdrc@cdrc.org by Dec. 16.

The award will be presented at the MLK Community Breakfast at 9 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School gymnasium.

Link: Nominees sought for MLK Peacemaker Award (Ithaca Journal)

Help reduce predation by cats – adopt a baby feral!

browncoat-adoption-event
You can help minimize damage on local ecosystems by feral cats, by helping to reduce feral cat populations. A great way to do that is to adopt socialized feral babies and to attempt to feed them more responsibly than they can feed themselves. All three of our cats were once ferals (from Brooklyn), and they’re now very happy housecats.

To adopt a new kitty friend right here in Ithaca, go to Browncoat Cat Rescue’s Adoption Event at Ithaca Grain and Pet Supply at 1011 W Seneca, Ithaca, NY on Saturday, September 28 starting at 10:00am:

28 Cats and Kittens available for adoption on September 28th! Come and meet the kitties, and learn about fostering/adopting. Homemade goodies will be provided!

Click here to learn more about Browncoat Cat Rescue and click here to share and RSVP to the adoption event listing on Facebook.

Stand against racism in Ithaca

From the The Shawn Greenwood Working Group:

Thank you to everyone who came out for last Tuesday’s community conversation at the A.M.E. Zion Church. We were able to put Mayor Myrick’s proposed replacement of Gino Bush as a commissioner on the Community Police Board (CPB) into the larger context of systemic racism. Common Council will vote on this issue on Wednesday, June 5, and we need your help.

This conversation can’t stop here.

Show Up! Speak Out!

Wednesday, June 5th, 6pm, Common Council Meeting

City Hall, 108 E. Green Street

Please come at 6pm and fill out a card to have your voice heard in the public comment.
Continue reading Stand against racism in Ithaca

Will you stand up for animals in this year’s Ithaca Festival Parade?

Just saw this on Facebook:

Please join Finger Lakes Animal Rights on Wednesday May 29th, to march in the Ithaca Festival 2013 Parade, themed “Where the Heart Is”. We’ll be walking resources — carrying signs displaying titles of books, podcasts, films, etc. related to making the world a better place through veganism. Anyone is welcome to join in. A great opportunity to show our community that it’s a win-win situation to Wear a Heart for ALL animals.

Finger Lakes Animal Rights parade banner
Finger Lakes Animal Rights parade banner

More info and ongoing updates: www.veganedu.org/parade/

Contact & RSVP: fingerlakesanimalrights@gmail.com

If you’re not vegan yet, I bet this movie will convince you

Or maybe not, who knows! But this movie does seem to be very convincing to a lot of people. See if it works for you, maybe!

Community screening SATURDAY in Ithaca:

DOVE (Demonstrating Our Values Through Eating) & Club Veg Film Series
FORKS OVER KNIVES: Join the Conversation That’s Changing the Way America Eats

Saturday, April 13th, 7 – 9 PM

At the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca ANNEX Building, 208 East Buffalo Street, 2nd floor, Ithaca

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

“A film that can save your life” ~ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“I Loved it and I need all of you to see it” ~ Dr. Oz, The Dr. Oz Show

“Great movie” ~ Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist

“Convincing, radical, and politically volatile” ~ John Anderson, Variety

Who: Open to the public, childcare available
Cost: FREE (optional desserts and popcorn available for sale)
Reservations: Reservations for childcare REQUIRED by Wednesday April 10th.
Reservations for attending helpful for setup purposes. Reserve by emailing clubveg@gmail.com. For more information call 272-1126 before 10 PM
Make sure to include your name, number in your party, if you want to reserve childcare (and how many children and what ages).

DOVE & Club Veg planning meeting precedes the movie starting at 5:30. If you would like to get involved with DOVE (Demonstrating Our Values through Eating) an Action Team of the Unitarian Social Justice Council OR Club Veg as a volunteer, come to a meeting for volunteers. Delicious vegan dinner available for $10/each. Reservations required if you would like to order a dinner. See reservation information above.