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Help girls surf the crimson wave

Days For Girls Sewing Event, May 16-17th at All Saints Church in Lansing: Help make cloth pads for young women to use when they’re menstruating.

What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school, DAYS without income, DAYS without leaving the house? Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find…but still miss up to 2 months of school every year. Worse, girls are often exploited in exchange for hygiene. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world. The poverty cycle can be broken when girls stay in school.

Can’t sew? No problem! “Non-sewers can help cut and iron or donate toward the 100% cotton and flannel fabrics that we will use.”

Download the poster here.

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May Day in NYC

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Left Labor Project urges you to MAKE THURSDAY A MAY DAY TO REMEMBER

MAY 1, 2014, 5:00 pm, NEW YORK CITY HALL!

Join the NYC Central Labor Council, DC37, 1199, UFT, NYSNA, SEIU 32BJ, and many other union locals along with Domestic Workers United, Taxi Workers Alliance, Make the Road NY,  NY Immigration Coalition, NY Communities for Change, US Labor Against the War NYC, and MANY OTHER LOCAL MOVERS AND SHAKERS!

(See attached flyer for longer list of endorsers)

MAY DAY 2014 demands LABOR RIGHTS, IMMIGRANT RIGHTS, JOBS FOR ALL!

This will be the broadest May Day rally in decades, with the participation of the majority of the city’s unions, and advocates for fair contracts, peace, justice, equality and human rights.

Take 4,5,6 to Brooklyn Bridge, R to City Hall, 2,3 to Park Place, A,C,J to Chambers or Fulton, E, PATH to World Trade.

Look for our Left Labor Party contingent on Broadway and join us!

( Download the flyer here )

Happy May Day,
Larry Moskowitz, Left Labor Project

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Wednesday, 4/30, from 8-10 a.m. Kim Bobo of Interfaith Worker Justice Speaks in Ithaca: Working and Still Poor: What’s Going on in America and What We Can Do About It

From Tompkins County Workers’ Center:

Labor-Religion Coalition of the Finger Lakes & Catholic Charities
16th Religious Leaders’ Breakfast Briefing
“WORKING and STILL POOR: What’s Going on in America and What We Can Do about It” featuring KIM BOBO of Interfaith Worker Justice
Wednesday, APRIL 30, 2014, breakfast beginning at 8am
TEMPLE BETH EL, 402 No. Tioga St, Ithaca

PLEASE RSVP if you can make this event

Kim Bobo is the author of Wage Theft in America and co-author of Organizing for Social Change. She is also the Founder/Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice (iwj.org), a national labor rights organization supported by many national labor unions and faith-affiliated organizations. Her work has greatly raised awareness of the prevalence of wage theft in America, particularly among low income workers. Bobo has also been working closely with the TCWC and Just Economics in Asheville, NC, to take our Living Wage Employer Certification Program nationally. The TCWC is also an affiliate of Interfaith Worker Justice’s Workers’ Center Network.

Bobo will also be appearing in the afternoon at SUNY Cortland on April 30th and Binghamton on May 1st (see details on Binghamton visit at http://www.cnylabor.org/index.cfm?action=article&articleID=d9afec95-28ca-4ac1-9687-fd6e7647879e

2014 NY State Animal Rights Lobby Day

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The sponsoring organizations for this event are:
LOHV-NY – The League of Humane Voters of New York
FOA – Friends of Animals
IDA – In Defense of Animals

On lobby day we will have an orientation and organize into lobbying teams in the Terrace Lounge (street level) of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Albany from 10:45 am to 12:00 noon.

We will then lobby from 12:30 to 3:30.

There will be a bus from New York City to Albany and back ($20 roundtrip)

There is no charge for registration
Please Register Now to Attend

After you register for the event you will be given an opportunity to buy a bus ticket on-line or by mail and be given directions to the Legislative Office Building (LOB) by car or public transportation.

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From Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir: “Buzz with our HoneyBeeLujah campaign. We will conduct media-genic ‘bee-swarmings’ in and around the property of Monsanto, Bayer, Cargill, and Archer Daniels Midland. We will perform inside big big box stores where bee-killing chemicals are sold to domestic gardeners from the shelf. The Bee-stinger-singers will follow the EXECUTIVES OF THE ABOMINABLE MONOCULTURE – into their lobbies, the parking lots and restaurants. The workers in these hedge funds and chemical companies must be gently exposed to the truth about their pesticide poisons.” Photo credits: John Quilty, Bees by Savitri D with Stop Shopping Choir volunteers, David Yap (tenor), Laura Newman (soprano and soloist) and Dragonfly (soprano and soloist). More info

  • “On April 18th the film 1971 directed by Johanna Hamilton, and produced by former Arts Engine team members, Katy Chevigny and Marilyn Ness, will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.”(More)
  • “Sustainable Tompkins is launching The People’s Salon: Conversations that Matter to Your Future with a shared public inquiry into the climate dilemma. ‘The Climate, the Market, and the Commons’ will be the theme for a series of conversation salons held on Thursday evenings, 7-9 pm, on April 17, May 8, June 5, and June 19 at the Sustainability Center, 111 N. Albany St., Ithaca.” (More)
  • “The moral agency of the Black church must never abandon its claim on an apology and reparations for the protracted crimes against African humanity, during and as a result of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade.” (More)

From Astraea: “Watch our new video to find out how Astraea’s new global campaign Fueling the Frontlines will bolster grassroots movements for LGBTQI rights and justice. Astraea Executive Director J. Bob Alotta and grantee partner Jabulani C. Pereira, co-founder of Iranti-Org, will tell you about how we are working together towards a world that is safe for LGBTQI people around the globe.”

Help needed for Ithaca-based Queer Conference

To the Ithaca community,

We are a committee of Cornell students interested in planning an Ithaca-based regional queer conference for the next academic year. We are making an open call for anyone in the larger Ithaca community to become involved with the planning and implementation of this conference. There are many ways you can get involved! If you’re interested, please fill out this survey (http://goo.gl/uIykV9) by March 30th at 11:59pm (if this message reaches you after that date, please fill it out anyways! We want to hear from you!). After we receive responses, we will schedule an open planning meeting during the second weekend of April. The easiest way to help, however, is to forward this message along. We hope you can help us spread the word that way!

The conference is expected to be hosted at the Cornell campus and run from a chosen Friday night until the following Sunday evening. It will include activists, speakers and performers from the local, regional and larger communities, and it will be open to all, regardless of sex, gender, sexuality, age, class, (dis)ability status, citizenship or any other aspect. Some of the goals of the conference are:

– To include, welcome and represent all forms of queerness. By queerness we understand all kinds of divergences from norms around sex, gender, sexuality, intimacy, pleasure, love, relationships, family and kinship.

– To create a safe space for queer people in the area to meet each other and share their knowledge and experiences.

– To address intersecting and hierarchical forms of oppression as they play out within and without the queer community.

– To create an environment conducive to critical examination of ourselves, our communities and the larger society.

Once again, please let us know if you would like to be involved. This is an intersectional and inclusive conference, and we think it is necessary to represent as many diverse backgrounds and perspectives as possible, so we can together create a safe and long-awaited space in our region that caters to the needs of the queer community at large.

For any questions, e-mail ithacaqueer@gmail.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Bailey Dineen
Betrearon Getachew Tezera
Justin Kondrat
Nathan Gelb-Dyller
Sam Naimi
Stephanie Hobbs
Xiana García Freire

Save the date for the International Day of Peace: September 21, 2014

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From Wikipedia:

The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.

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