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Awesome links from awesome people. Please sign these petitions, read these articles, Like these pages, and help broadcast them all! Send me more on Twitter @arievergreen.


PolicingTroy – Join the Opposition to Police Violence in Troy, NY: “There is a significant grassroots movement to affect real changes in the structure and community relations of the police department in Troy. However, accountability will not come without public pressure. A petition may seem futile or petty, but it represents an important component of national and international awareness. People are watching to see if government will come down on the right side of history. Signing is important, but so is spreading the word and encouraging your networks to sign on as well.” (Sign the petition)


Manhattan Neighborhood Network video interview with Anna Mwalagho: “Born and raised in Kenya, East Africa, Anna Mwalagho began performing professionally at the tender age of 8. She is a true remarkable renaissance woman, an internationally recognized actress, poet, dancer, singer/songwriter and storyteller. She has won numerous national awards in her native Kenya, where she performed on stage as well as on television and radio with the Kenya broadcasting corporation. Internationally recognized as the Queen of spoken Afro beat also Mama Africa.” (Via David McReynolds / Edge Left)

More:

  • Talk of the Town- WVBR 93.5 FM: “Tune into WVBR 93.5 FM every Saturday 5-6pm to hear Juliana Garcia and her guest discuss various social, political and cultural issues within our society” (Podcasts)
  • shalefield justiceShalefield Justice Spring Break: “a week-long camp that aims to bring together members of extraction communities, students, environmentalists and concerned residents who are interested in learning more about shale gas hydraulic fracturing and its infrastructure, as well as other forms of extreme energy extraction”
  • Please donate to Riseup because they are awesome: “Riseup works tirelessly to create grassroots technology alternatives that address the communication needs of people and organizations working for social change. When you get a service from a corporation that doesn’t charge you, chances are that the money comes from extensive surveillance. Riseup, on the other hand, relies on donations by users like you who believe in supporting democratic alternatives.”
  • Save the Date: The World of Skills Steering Committee is pleased to announce that World of Skills, the annual job fair in Ithaca, NY, is Thursday, April 24, 2013, 9:00 – Noon, at The Hotel Ithaca (formerly The Holiday Inn), 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca. For information call the Finger Lakes Independence Center, 272-2433 and ask for Larry Roberts. Please help spread the word!
  • Food Pantries, Hot Meals, and other Programs Served by Friendship Donations Network in Tompkins and nearby counties: “FDN provides produce, breads, desserts, dairy, deli, and groceries (if available) to the programs listed…” (Via Share Tompkins)
  • Bilal Tamimi being attacked by an Israeli soldier at a protest in Nabi Saleh in May 2013. © Tamimi Press

    Bilal Tamimi being attacked by an Israeli soldier at a protest in Nabi Saleh in May 2013. © Tamimi Press

    Amnesty International report: ‘Trigger-happy’ Israeli army and police use reckless force in the West Bank: “Israeli forces have displayed a callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children, in the occupied West Bank over the past three years with near total impunity, said Amnesty International in a report published today.” (Via David McReynolds / Edge Left)

  • Food For Change: “a feature-length documentary film focusing on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. The movie tells the story of the cooperative movement in the U.S. through interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by the filmmaker and social historians. This is the first film to examine the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems” (Via Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) Talking Circle on Race and Racism Alumni Group)
  • NSA robots are ‘collecting’ your data, too, and they’re getting away with it: “Yahoo webcam users are the latest victims of agency eavesdropping – and whether it’s done by human or algorithm, it’s still eavesdropping” (Via Anarchaithacans)

Awesome events coming up in Ithaca

If you liked these links you may like these too! More events and workshops, these ones all in Ithaca:

Links: Native landscaping, listening, governments, fracking

Lesbians Who Tech Summit in SF

Castro Theater and Castro Street at dusk. San Francisco, California, USAFEB. 27 – MAR. 2 // CASTRO STREET THEATER // SAN FRANCISCO

Lesbians Who Tech Summit
BRINGING TOGETHER QUEER WOMEN IN TECH AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM

This is one of those moments when I wish Ithaca was on the west coast.

EDIT: There are $40 video tickets! “We’re going to be showing the entire Summit online a few short weeks after the Summit, on a password protected site. Your admission includes one pass to the online version of the Summit. It will feel like you were actually there!”

Also, this Social Good Pitches panel on Friday, February 28 at 11:30am sounds amazing:

Five Social Good Organizations share how they’re using to technology to change the world for women, the LGBT community & people of color. Moderator: Courtney Cuff, CEO, Gill Foundation

  • AllOut, Andre Banks, Executive Director
  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, J Bob Alotta, Executive Director
  • CODE2040, Laura Weidman Powers, Executive Director
  • Chicana Latina Foundation, Olga Talamante, Executive Director
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights, Kate Kendell, Executive Director

(Via)

Hear from Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance Activists, March 5-6 in Ithaca

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This just in from Dorothy Cotton Institute:

Irene Nasser and Fadi Quran, two Palestinian nonviolent resistance activists that our delegation met with when we visited the West Bank are coming to the US for a DCI sponsored Speaking Tour.
They will be speaking at several events in Ithaca:

Wednesday, March 5th

7-9pm, Ithaca College – Klingenstein Lounge

Thursday, March 6th

12-1:30-GIAC [please RSVP to this event; here’s a flier]

7-9pm – Cornell University – Kaufmann Auditorium

“It is not a black problem. It is a white problem. This is an American problem. It is a societal problem.”


More at Colorlines

Take action:

Real men cook

The Ithaca Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is partnering with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) to host a culinary challenge, “Real Men Cook!” on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 5pm-7pm at the GIAC gymnasium located at 301 West Court Street (entrance), Ithaca, NY.

This event showcases the culinary talents of volunteer chefs, who prepare and serve their signature dishes for attendees to enjoy. All money collected from ticket sales goes to the scholarship fund and community service projects.

Come out and vote for the best chef in each category. Vegetarian and Vegan samples will be available!

To purchase tickets, email Schelley Nunn at snunn at twcny.rr.com or Malinda B. Smith at malindab.smith at gmail.com.

Calling all crew

Why is everybody so quiet? by Ari Evergreen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Why is everybody so quiet? by Ari Evergreen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

we think we’re the smartest species on the planet
and yet we’re the only species that has to pay to live

what does an animal need to live?
food, water, shelter
every other species can meet its needs for free.
we have to pay for all of our needs.
to pay for things we have to allow someone to exploit our labor – that is, to make a profit off of it.

the problem here is capitalism
instead of humans joining together to ask ourselves,
what are our needs and how can we best meet them?
we are stuck playing a game, capitalism

the point of capitalism is not to meet people’s needs
it’s to generate profit
so the primary goal of industrialized, capitalist society hasn’t been to meet people’s needs,
but rather, to make money.
the result is that some people (the ones with the most money) make more money,
while others make so little money they can barely afford their needs
and many more just don’t get their needs met at all.

by way of example let’s pretend some folks are shipwrecked on a tiny island
there are two builders who could make shelter
there’s someone who knows how to make sandals and raincoats
there’s someone who knows how to find and prepare food
there’s someone who knows how to make fire
there’s someone who knows how to collect and store rainwater for drinking
there’s someone who knows how to keep people healthy

logically it would make sense for everyone to work together to meet their needs
each would contribute and each would benefit

but imagine that someone on the island says,
i own all the land, and you all have to pay rent to me to live on it

imagine that the doctor says,
you have to pay me for the care i give you

imagine that the person who makes fire says,
i’ll only make fire if you pay me

imagine the two builders each have insufficient tools
but they keep their tools to themselves, rather than pooling them together, because they’re competing
they save up the best materials to try to attract the business of the doctor and the landowner
they can only offer sub-par houses to the rest of the people
but the people will take what they can get

now no one’s needs are met.
or rather, they’re only met if people are making a profit.

there’s no money on an island, so they’d have to come up with some other way to pay
humans are creative, and can be cruel
we make each other pay in all sorts of ways when we don’t have money, don’t we?
maybe they’d make each other pay with their bodies, as so many men have made women and other men pay with their bodies
or maybe they’d make each other “work off” their debt
maybe the landowner would end up with a big, fancy house while others sleep on the beach
maybe the doctor would have all the best food
maybe the person who makes fire would sometimes withhold their power, just to make others realize how needed he is, so he could raise his prices

imagine someone on the island doesn’t have any special skills or tools
do they get to live in a house?
do they get sandals, or healthcare, or food, or water?
what do they have to do to be allowed near the fire?

could it be better to just give and take
for each to give their gifts freely to others
and to expect to receive others’ gifts in return,
regardless of their contribution?

then the people’s needs would be met
they might even have free time
maybe they could join together to build a lookout tower, or keep a signal fire
maybe they’d use their free time teaching each other everything they know
maybe they’d use it dancing and singing
or maybe they’d learn how to climb trees and harvest coconuts
maybe they’d have a good time on the island

we’re not on an island
we’ve got a whole world
we’ve got so many skills
and so many resources
but so many of our needs are not met

it might be hard to imagine changing our ways
but it’s hard to live in this way
so maybe it would be worth it to do the hard work of imagining
and maybe we could learn how to meet all of our needs
instead of just making some people richer and richer.

Buckminster Fuller saw this
he said our planet is our spaceship.
Marshall McLuhan pointed out,
“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”

our ship looks pretty dysfunctional
we’re pretty much destroying it and its ability to sustain us
and how is our crew doing?
is it okay with us that some crew members can have everything they could ever desire, even the lives and bodies of other crew members?
is it okay with us that so many crew members’ needs are not met?
is it okay that so many crew members are treated as expendable?
if this was a ship, what would we do?
would we have a mutiny?
would we call a crew meeting and change up what we’re doing?
would we just say, “this is the way things are”?
would we just continue to allow some folks to destroy the lives of other folks?

i think we need a crew meeting
i think we need to ask big questions
and look for big answers
or our spaceship won’t continue to function
and our crew will be unable to live, let alone work for the common good

if we’re truly such a smart species,
we need to ask ourselves,
what are our needs?
what is the most equitable and efficient and healthy and joyous way for us to meet them?