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- Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War, October 14 at 6 pm (Via Fingerlakes Unschoolers Network)
- Green Party PARTY: Meet Howie Hawkins! / Fiesta del Partido Verde: ¡Conoce a Howie Hawkins! Wednesday, October 15th 4:30 – 9pm (Via MRC Talking Circle Alumni)
- Advanced Compost Class Series, Three Wednesday evenings: October 15, 22 and 29, from 6-8pm (Via Fingerlakes Unschoolers Network)
- Round two Talking Circle on Race and Racism:
“…specifically for white allies who have experienced a round one Talking Circle who want to deepen and expand their learning and experience, identify strategies for action, and support each other as we move towards interrupting or eliminating racism and other forms of oppression. The purpose for this Talking Circle is to use this time together to move us all to thoughtful, effective, and sustained action against institutionalized racism in whatever spheres we can influence, resulting in continual individual and institutional transformation. The round two Talking Circle for white allies will be held on Wednesdays starting on October 15th, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM ending on November 19th, 2014. Space is limited to 14 people. To register, call Fabina B. Colon at 272-2292 extension 191, or email email@example.com.”
- The Listening Workshop, Saturday, October 18 at 9:00am – 1:00pm – This free event is transforming and soooo useful. Everyone should go! (Via Share Tompkins)
- Bike Tour of Ithaca’s Murals, Sunday, October 19 at 1:00pm
- Community potluck dinner at St james AME, 116 Cleveland Av., Sunday, Oct 12 (response to the recent event involving the IPD and two teens):
a follow-up to the work that we have already put into getting to know one another, the projects that some of you have already been working on to build community and end racism & random police violence, and to figure out other ways to continue building community, connections and TALK much more with one another.
• Brainstorming & planning: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
• Potluck dinner: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
• Bring a dish or beverage to share.
• Free & open to the public.
- Roots of Injustice/Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples, Nov 3, 2014, 7:30 pm (Via MRC Talking Circle Alumni)
- The Third Annual Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute will take place November 7-9.
Ongoing programs & events
- Ithaca Trans* Group: Meetings are held every other Sunday afternoon from 5 p.m.—7 p.m. at the Cornell LGBT Resource Center.
- Free food every day in Ithaca! (Via Share Tompkins)
- Tompkins County Rising (Facebook group)
- The Village at Ithaca’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP) seeking advocates and families:
“The Village at Ithaca’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP) supports families who have children in the Ithaca City School District (ICSD). Families are matched with a trained local community member (a Family Advocate) who provides long-term, one-on-one support to the family, directing them to local resources and services that will support them in becoming more effective advocates for their children.”
Petitions and Public Letters
Some folks I know are having some interesting events, coming up soon(ish) in Ithaca. Check these out and please share the links! Thanks.
- Oct 11: Browncoat Cat Rescue Adoption Event
- Oct 23: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret screening, Promoted by Cornell Vegan Society and Thank Tank Creative
- Dec. 11: DCI’s Annual Gala and Dinner in Celebration of International Human Rights Day
First Peoples’ Festival 10-4 + Screening @ Cinemapolis 9-29 of Documentary of Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row
Monday, September 29, 6:30pm
A documentary at Cinemapolis:
“Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row”
by Gwendolyn Cates with discussion after
with Daygot Leeyos, Andy Mager & Donna Silversmith
$10 suggested (no one turned away)
With sponsorship by Ithaca Catholic Workers and Sara Pines
FIRST PEOPLES’ FESTIVAL
A CELEBRATION OF INDIGENOUS CULTURE
Saturday, October 4
10 am – 5:30 pm
Dewitt Park, Ithaca
11 am – Traditional Opening by Cayugas
Welcome by Mayor Svante Myrick & Dan Hill, Cayuga Nation
- Kontiwennenhawi – Akwesasne Women Singers
*Perry Ground, Traditional Stories
- Dan Hill, Cayuga, Flute
- Crow Weaver Band
- Emilio Benites, Peruvian, Zamponas
- Craig Luther, Diné, Flute
Amazing Pete’s balloon creations, storytelling, face painting, Home Depot building projects, corn husk doll making with Marcy & Bernadette Kane, Seneca Nation
Arts & Crafts: beadwork, paintings, clothing, lacrosse sticks, flutes, jewelry, silent auction
Food Vendors: corn soup, fry bread, tacos, vegan/vegetarian options
For more info contact: Audrey J Cooper 607.272.2292 www.multicultural-resource.org
FaceBook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/548501661944910/
Coordinated by: The Multicultural Resource Center.
Cosponsors: Cornell University, CU American Indian Program, Ithaca College Center for the Study of Race Culture & Ethnicity, IC Event Services, TC Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cayuga Medical Center, Home Depot, Downtown Ithaca Alliance in partnership with Apple Harvest Festival. Funded in part by the Tompkins County Tourism Program.
I feel so, so honored to have been able to help local theatre group Civic Ensemble develop their new graphic identity and website.
And now, I’m really excited to tell you all about their upcoming, long-awaited community-based play, Safety: A Play about Community-Police Relations.
These folks are seriously awesome and I’m so happy to be in any way able to contribute to their impact here in the community. Check out this show and I think you’ll see what I mean.
Civic Ensemble presents 2nd Annual Community-Based play:
Safety: A Play About Community-Police Relations
Touring Ithaca September 19-28th
All performances are “Pay What You Can” At The Door
Coming up in Ithaca: This sounds like a lot of fun! So psyched about these new murals.
Latin@ Heritage Month Kick-Off Party!
Ithaca Has Latin Roots!
When: Monday, September 15th, from 6PM to 10PM
Where: Lot 10, 106 S Cayuga Street
Cost: FREE and Open to the Public!!!!
Join us as we kick off Latin@ Heritage Month in style!
A Moment of Silence (2002) by Emmanuel Ortiz*Before I begin this poem, I’d like to ask you to join me in a moment of silence in honor of those who died in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001.I would also like to ask you to offer up a moment of silence for all of those who have been harassed, imprisoned, disappeared, tortured, raped, or killed in retaliation for those strikes, for the victims in Afghanistan, Iraq, in the U.S., and throughout the world.And if I could just add one more thing…A full day of silence… for the tens of thousands of Palestinians who have died at the hands of U.S.-backed Israeli forces over decades of occupation.Six months of silence… for the million and-a-half Iraqi people, mostly children, who have died of malnourishment or starvation as a resultof a 12-year U.S. embargo against the country.…And now, the drums of war beat again.Before I begin this poem, two months of silence… for the Blacks under Apartheid in South Africa, where “homeland security” made them aliens in their own countryNine months of silence… for the dead in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where death rained down and peeled back every layer of concrete, steel, earth and skin, and the survivors went on as if alive.A year of silence… for the millions of dead in Viet Nam—a people, not a war—for those who know a thing or two about the scent of burning fuel, their relatives bones buried in it, their babies born of it.Two months of silence… for the decades of dead in Colombia, whose names, like the corpses they once represented, have piled up and slipped off our tongues.Before I begin this poem,Seven days of silence… for El SalvadorA day of silence… for NicaraguaFive days of silence… for the GuatemaltecosNone of whom ever knew a moment of peace in their living years.45 seconds of silence… for the 45 dead at Acteal, Chiapas…1,933 miles of silence… for every desperate bodyThat burns in the desert sunDrowned in swollen rivers at the pearly gates to the Empire’s underbelly,A gaping wound sutured shut by razor wire and corrugated steel.25 years of silence… for the millions of Africans who found their graves far deeper in the ocean than any building could poke into the sky.For those who were strung and swung from the heights of sycamore treesIn the south… the north… the east… the west…There will be no dna testing or dental records to identify their remains.100 years of silence… for the hundreds of millions of indigenous peopleFrom this half of right here,Whose land and lives were stolen,In postcard-perfect plots like Pine Ridge, Wounded Knee, Sand Creek, Fallen Timbers, or the Trail of TearsNames now reduced to innocuous magnetic poetry on the refrigerator of our consciousness…From somewhere within the pillars of powerYou open your mouths to invoke a moment of our silenceAnd we are all left speechless,Our tongues snatched from our mouths,Our eyes stapled shut.A moment of silence,And the poets are laid to rest,The drums disintegrate into dust.Before I begin this poem,You want a moment of silence…You mourn now as if the world will never be the sameAnd the rest of us hope to hell it won’t be.Not like it always has been.…Because this is not a 9-1-1 poemThis is a 9/10 poem,It is a 9/9 poem,A 9/8 poem,A 9/7 poem…This is a 1492 poem.This is a poem about what causes poems like this to be written.And if this is a 9/11 poem, thenThis is a September 11th 1973 poem for Chile.This is a September 12th 1977 poem for Steven Biko in South Africa.This is a September 13th 1971 poem for the brothers at Attica Prison, New York.This is a September 14th 1992 poem for the people of Somalia.This is a poem for every date that falls to the ground amidst the ashes of amnesia.This is a poem for the 110 stories that were never told,The 110 stories that history uprooted from its textbooksThe 110 stories that that cnn, bbc, The New York Times, and Newsweek ignored.This is a poem for interrupting this program.This is not a peace poem,Not a poem for forgiveness.This is a justice poem,A poem for never forgetting.This is a poem to remind usThat all that glittersMight just be broken glass.And still you want a moment of silence for the dead?We could give you lifetimes of empty:The unmarked graves,The lost languages,The uprooted trees and histories,The dead stares on the faces of nameless children…Before I start this poem we could be silent foreverOr just long enough to hunger,For the dust to bury usAnd you would still ask usFor more of our silence.So if you want a moment of silenceThen stop the oil pumpsTurn off the engines, the televisionsSink the cruise shipsCrash the stock marketsUnplug the marquee lightsDelete the e-mails and instant messagesDerail the trains, ground the planes.If you want a moment of silence, put a brick through the windowof Taco BellAnd pay the workers for wages lost.Tear down the liquor stores,The townhouses, the White Houses, the jailhouses, the Penthousesand the Playboys.If you want a moment of silence,Then take itOn Super Bowl Sunday,The Fourth of July,During Dayton’s 13 hour sale,The next time your white guilt fills the room where my beautiful brown people have gathered.You want a moment of silenceThen take itNow,Before this poem begins.Here, in the echo of my voice,In the pause between goosesteps of the second hand,In the space between bodies in embrace,Here is your silence.Take it.Take it all.But don’t cut in line.Let your silence begin at the beginning of crime.And we,Tonight,We will keep right on singingFor our dead.*Emmanuel Ortiz is a third-generation Chicano/Puerto Rican/Irish-American community organizer and spoken word poet. He is the author of a chapbook of poems, The Word Is a Machete (self-published, 2003), and coeditor of Under What Bandera?: Anti-War Ofrendas from Minnesota y Califas (Calaca Press, 2004). He is a founding member of Palabristas: Latin@ Word Slingers, a collective of Latin@ poets in Minnesota. Emmanuel has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Oakland, California; and the Arizona/Mexico border. He currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the “buckle of the Bible Belt,” with his two dogs, Nogi and Cuca. In his spare time, he enjoys guacamole, soccer, and naps.
Via a local mailing list:
We remember Keith Shumway
Fatally shot by Ithaca Police on Aug. 26th 2011.
Join community and family as we gather this Tuesday, August 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the site of shooting, corner of Martin Luther King and Corn.
Light candles, share memories of Keith, bring your stories.
Join us as we say no more killing or intimidation by police of young black men or anyone in our community.