Ithaca News

Visit Ecovillage tonight

Ecovillage Interviews and community Q and A around Sustainment and Social Justice at SONG Common House sitting room, Ecovillage, Ithaca, NY

Thursday 14th, 7 to 9pm with Tendai Chitewere:
Tendai will give an overview of her PHD dissertation on EVI from 2006 called: “Constructing A Green Lifestyle Consumption and Environmentalism in an Ecovillage”. 
[Todd Ayoung] will followup with some questions to Tendai and we are hoping to get a discussion going with Ecovillagers about how Ecovillage at Ithaca has moved on since Tendai’s dissertation study in 2006.
The other two interviews and Q and A will be a framed by Tendai Chitewere talk:
Saturday 16th, 1 to 3 pm with Krishna Ramanujan

Sunday 17th, 1 to 3 pm with Florian Charvolin of August.

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Every vote counts, Ithaca

ITHACA CITY JUDGE CANDIDATES DEBATE
Tuesday, August 26 @ 5:30 pm
GIAC, 301 W. Court Street, Ithaca

Three Candidates: Rick Wallace vs. Kristine Shaw vs. Seth Peacock

City Judges make decisions that
impact the lives of individuals & families.
We need a justice system that is just & equal for all.
YOUR OPINION MATTERS!  YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

Sponsored by:
ACTION (Activists Committed To Interupting Oppression Now), Community Leaders Of Color, Multicultural Resource Center, Ithaca Asian American Association, and Latino Civic Association.

Rock the vote for the Democratic Primary: Tuesday, September 9

Feed Your Heart

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Thanks to Ithaca Health Alliance for bringing our company, Shirari Industries, in on their 2014 tote bag design project! The bags are being distributed with free veggies in them at Congo Square Market.

We donated our services (some vector, layout, and coloring work) to put more of the budget toward printing. Thanks to the folks at Standard Art Supply & Souvenir, who donated 55 of the bags they printed! Here’s to a healthy Ithaca for all.

“Feed Your Heart” at Congo Square Market
Tomorrow, Friday, August 15th
from 4pm – 8pm at the park next to Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St, Ithaca

Market is open every Friday from 4-8pm til September.

Enjoy FREE music, health services & heart-healthy veggies from the market’s Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Stand (grown by Youth Farm Project)!
* Conscious hip hop with Irie Member
* Free introductory acupuncture with Anthony Fazio, L.Ac. (6-8pm)
* Heart health info from Phoebe Brown of Cayuga Medical Center
* Talk with your local herbalists and farmers!

On the 15th it will be “Senior Night” featuring a spoken word performance by Dubian Ade and Motown and Oldies with DJ Moe!

Ithaca Health Alliance’s Community Health Education Program is working with Congo Square Market to promote and celebrate a healthier future for our community and generations to come. We’ll highlight medical and holistic care that is helpful for your heart health!

Here Anthony Fazio shares the Chinese medical perspective: The Heart expresses consciousness, joy, and sadness; all contribute to its good health. For a healthy heart, Chinese Medicine promotes exercise, good diet, rest and proper life practices (meditation, massage, acupuncture). Those with heart conditions can benefit from acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Preventive healthcare such as acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are far easier, less costly, and less invasive. All types of medicine can be of assistance; a multi-level approach is optimal. Anthony is a local acupuncturist at Peaceful Spirit Acupuncture, teaches Tai-Chi classes at Sunrise Yoga Center and volunteers on the Board of Directors and as an acupuncture provider volunteer at Ithaca Health Alliance’s Free Clinic.

Congo Square Market Mission:
* to build a stronger self-reliant local community,
* to develop Southside’s economic base,
* and to encourage community & personal health. www.facebook.com/CongoSquareIthaca

Ithaca Health Alliance Education Tents are made possible in part by Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund. Partners & Contributors: Cayuga Medical Center: Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, Congo Square Market, Ithaca Health Alliance: Community Health Education & Ithaca Free Clinic, Shirari Industries, Southside Community Center, Standard Art Supply & Souvenir, Whole Community Project, Youth Farm Project & community donors.

See some art

Gallery Night is August 1
First Saturday on the Art Trail is August 2
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At the CAP ArtSpace 
Gallery Night:
Friday August 1, 5pm to 8pm 

Kaleb Hunkele and Nathan Lewis
You Can Get There From Here
 
Kaleb Hunkele and Nathan Lewis of Standard Art Supply & Souvenir and Ulysses Bunker Press, present new work: You Can Get There From Here. Hunkele & Lewis’ collaboration across modes of production meets here in a series of work on paper that takes up common tropes like education, travel, domesticity, military service, agriculture, and business only to challenge and recharge them with new meaning. Each piece in the series is a large-scale screen print on handmade paper.
 
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Hilary Gifford in her Trumansburg studio, demonstrating painting silk
 
First Saturday on the Art Trail

Saturday, August 2, 10am-3pm 

Four artists will open their studios to the public.

 

No fee. Just go visit! 

Click here for a list of participating artists.

You can also get a flyer and learn more out each artist ArtTrail.com

For a full list of Gallery Night locations: GalleryNightIthaca.com

We hope you can visit! Gallery hours are Mon – Sat, 10am to 6pm and Sun, noon to 5pm.  The Gallery is located on the main floor of Center Ithaca on the Ithaca Commons. (171 E. State / Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.) Look for the “VISITOR CENTER” signs.

Tompkins County Artists: Get a grant

This just in from Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County:

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New SOS Grant Due August 11
Robin Schwartz, Program Director

The Community Arts Partnership has a new grant program.
SOS Tompkins (Strategic Opportunity Stipend) is 
designed to support opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact an artist’s professional career. Artists can apply for costs associated with these opportunities, such as travel costs, performance expenses, exhibition costs, and the like. SOS is not for the creation of work without a career building opportunity attached…

Download the guidelines and application at ArtsPartner.org.

Deadline is Monday, August 11, 2014 for opportunities from August 2014 through August 2015.  

While you are there, please also take a look at our

2015 Grants for Arts Programs (due October 6, 2014)

2014 Artist in Community Grant (due October 14, 2014)

2015 Arts Education Grant (due November 13, 2014)

Ithaca: Give Cornell Cooperative Extension feedback on a new DIY waste-reduction workshop

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County is seeking volunteers to participate in an interview to evaluate material for a new workshop focused on Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects that help save energy. The goal of the material is to prioritize and explain the most effective actions people can take to reduce energy waste in their living-spaces. The interviews will take approximately 45 minutes and be recorded. The purpose is to obtain feedback on the interest-levels and comprehensibility of the topics and presentation format. The final outcome of the project is to implement these workshops in homes across Tompkins County. We would like to schedule interviews in the next few weeks, and we are available to meet at a time and location most convenient for you.

Please contact Kevin at kmp235@cornell.edu, thanks in advance!

Via Share Tompkins

Yes to Grandmas, No to Drones

From the Syracuse Peace Council: Drone Resister Sentenced to One Year in Prison Base’s Order of Protection Begs Judgement:

On July 10, grandmother of three, Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to one year in prison for being found guilty of violating an order of protection. A packed courtroom of over 100 supporters was stunned as she was led away, and vowed to continue the resistance.

These orders of protection, typically used in domestic violence situations or to protect a victim or witness to a crime, have been issued to people participating in nonviolent resistance actions at Hancock Air Base since late 2012. The base, near Syracuse NY, pilots unmanned Reaper drones over Afghanistan, and trains drone pilots, sensor operators and maintenance technicians. The orders had been issued to “protect” Colonel Earl Evans, Hancock’s mission support commander, who wanted to keep protesters “out of his driveway.”

Mary Anne began her sentencing statement with, “Your honor, a series of judicial perversions brings me here before you tonight.” She concluded that the “final perversion is the reversal of who is the real victim here: the commander of a military base whose drones kill innocent people halfway around the world, or those innocent people themselves who are the real ones in need of protection from the terror of US drone attacks?”

The orders of protection are being challenged on many legal grounds.

Mary Anne had been issued a temporary order in 2012. The next year, she photographed a nonviolent witness at the base, not participating herself because she did not want to violate the order. The irony is that those who actually participated in the action were acquitted, while Mary Anne was charged with violating the order.

Even though the pre-sentencing report recommended no jail time, Judge Gideon sentenced Mary Anne to the maximum of a year in prison. As he imposed his sentence, the judge referred to his previous Hancock decision. He had stated then and insinuated now, “This has got to stop.”

In addition, Mary Anne was fined $1000 plus a $205 court surcharge and a $50 fee to have her DNA collected.

Her verdict is being appealed.

How you can help

  1. Send letters of support to Mary Anne Grady Flores c/o Onodaga County Department of Correction, PO Box 143, Jamesville, NY 13078.
  2. Mary Anne’s lawyer is appealing this case and financial support would be gladly accepted. Make checks out to Ithaca Catholic Worker (with Mary Anne’s name in the memo) and send them to 133 Sheffield Road, Ithaca, New York 14850.
  3. Help spread this Democracy Now link around: Grandmother Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison After Protest at U.S. Drone Base — and ask your local media to cover this situation. Write something yourself if you can.

These suggestions are amended from a Facebook post by Ellen Grady. She can be reached at demottgrady6 at gmail dot com for more information on upcoming trials and related support efforts.

Free Food in Tompkins County

Food pantries, hot meals, farm-fresh local vegetables, and other healthy sustenance is very available in Tompkins County – never let yourself or your family (or your neighbors) go without!

If you don’t know it already (or if you know people who might need this information…) please check out Friendship Donations Network. Here is a listing of pantries and meals and pick-up points, with eligibility information.

For more info on local surpluses and resources, connect with Shira and I via Share Tompkins. We have an active email list and Facebook Group where folks in the community can help get out the word about sharing / mutual aid opportunities, and free housing and food and so on.

If you’d rather give than get at the moment, you could click here to contribute to Friendship Donations Network or here to support Greenstar Community Projects. You can also help to get out the word about FDN’s new Food Hubs, front porches where you can pick up fresh produce. I’m pretty sure there’s a food donation box at Greenstar, though I’m not sure which group is running it. If anyone has good info about food donations and hunger reduction efforts, please leave a comment – thanks!

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If you can’t contribute, please consider passing these links on. These are all such awesome folks, and they need support!

Chart Tompkins County’s future

Sorry to be posting this a bit late!

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PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR
TOMPKINS COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

How can we make Tompkins County a place where:

  • Economic prosperity is accessible to all?
  • Natural features and working rural landscapes are preserved and enhanced?
  • The entire community is prepared for the economic, environmental, and social impacts of climate change?
  • The built environment promotes safety and daily physical activity?

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