Education

Uplifting and learning from the First Black Republic

IBW-haiti-photoI just read the report from Institute of the Black World’s Haiti Support Project Visit (January 15-19, 2014) and wow is it full of good stories and information. Check it out to learn about the past, present, and future of the world’s First Black Republic. There are lots of great photos and videos.

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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.

RSVP on Facebook

See Speciesism: The Movie on Thursday in Ithaca

speciesism the movie

Speciesism: The Movie takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure across the country, to expose the biggest secrets about modern factory farms, and to ask the biggest questions about the belief that our species is more important than the rest. You’ll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.

See it at 7pm on Thursday in Ithaca!

Jewish Voice for Peace Event Feb. 16th

Anti-Semitism? Academic Freedom? Apartheid? Human Rights? Double Standard?

Let’s talk about it!

Jewish Voice for Peace invites you to a public discussion of the Academic Boycott of Israel with Cornell Professor and American Studies Association member Eric Cheyfitz.

When: Sunday, February 16th, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Second Floor Annex, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, Corner of Aurora and Buffalo Streets, Ithaca, NY.
Why: Because all of our voices matter!

Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by Ithaca Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, Ithaca Catholic Worker, Dorothy Cotton Institute, Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine, and Social Action Committee of First Unitarian Society of Ithaca.

Do you know enough about soil?

My friends at Sustainable Tompkins are co-hosting a soil carbon workshop, Thursday, February 6 to Sunday, February 9:

Peter is part of a movement to use systems thinking to help us “manage wholes” and find the right scale of intervention to solve problems.

We’ve all been involved in the many tasks of making our community more sustainable and resilient in the face of escalating change. Everything we are all doing in green building, energy efficiency, resource conservation, and renewables is an essential part of taking responsibility for our shared future.

But we don’t often talk about the dirt under our feet, and affirm its primary role in helping to regulate atmospheric carbon and slow climate disruption. Yet, a mass effort to move carbon from the air and into the soil is needed to decelerate the rate of planetary warming.

More info and video here.

“The Rhetoric of Criminality: Mass Incarceration and the Marginalization of People of Color

Students for Justice in Palestine, Cornell Black Student’s United, and Movemiento Estudiantil Chicano/Chicana Aztlan present:

The Rhetoric of Criminality: Mass Incarceration and the Marginalization of People of Color.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
6:00-8:00 pm
Uris Hall G01
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the GPSAFC

As of 2013, there are approximately 2 million prisoners in the US today, constituting nearly a quarter of the worldwide prison population. Of these 2 million, a disconcerting proportion of inmates are minorities and persons of color. Why is it that one in three African American men in their twenties are incarcerated on any given day? How has the war on terror affected Arab and Muslim communities in the US? Have the new immigration laws led to an upswing in incarcerated immigrants? This student-run teach-in will not only address all these questions, but will also explore how the US government, private corporations and the justice system perpetuate and benefit from the mass incarceration of people of color.

RSVP on Facebook.

“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.

See Forks Over Knives at Cornell, with Dr T. Colin Campbell

From my friends at Independent Science News:

Upcoming Film Event, this Thursday:

Forks Over Knives Screening at Kaufmann Auditorium (G64 Goldwin-Smith Hall) Cornell University

In the presence of Dr. T. Colin Campbell (Jacob Gould Schurman Prof. Emeritus, Cornell)
Time: Thursday 6th February 7pm

Dr. Campbell is the author of two New York Times Bestselling books: The China Study (2005) and Whole (2013).

Forks over Knives follows the stories of Campbell’s research and Esselstyn’s patients who were diagnosed with a wide range of ailments including cancer, diabetes and heart disease who miraculously recovered simply by switching to a plant-based, whole food diet. “A film that can save your life” – Roger Ebert

This event is organised by the students of Cornell’s Food and Agriculture Critical Thinking (FACT) club and Independent Science News.

Please share this information. The movie is free and open to the public.