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)

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Wealth breeds creepiness.

Help feed rescued cats and kittens!

Help make a universal emergency survival “go bag” happen.

Humans, just so you know, earth rhinos are the only rhinos. #extinction

“Shoot” with a camera, not a harpoon.

See, this is why I think fundamentalism is a form of child abuse.

When I read articles about animal rights by non-vegans I’m like, dude, this is an awesome effort and all, but there are lots of books written about this that would be helpful background here. (Sorry y’all, but seriously!)

If you care about the future of the world you should not be eating cows, to be clear.

Another ethical grey area: Duck cuddling

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Image description: On a suburban street, a burly man in sunglasses and a trucker cap tenderly cuddles a white duck in his arms, talking to him or her and scratching his/her tummy. The duck is relaxed and cozy-looking. Three more ducks walk around behind them, among chain link fencing and an orange construction fence.

This is one of those things that I see as a vegan and wonder if it could be done ethically. The story behind the image is that this guy is a veteran living in Ohio who keeps ducks for therapy. According to this short Gawker post and the AP article it links to, this “keeping” apparently consists of caring for them, watching them, and spending time with them. It doesn’t say anything about taking their eggs or feathers, or eating their bodies, or breeding or selling them. Maybe some of that is involved; maybe the particulars of this situation are in some way exploitative. My guess is that these animals weren’t rescued from a factory farm, for example.

But what I’m seeing here is the potential for a very sweet and symbiotic way for veterans and other humans to take a lot of solace in the company of animals who need homes. If sanctuary animals in need of adoption were paired with humans who need their company, that seems like a smart, benign, and even beneficial relationship. Could the concept of “therapy animal” be expanded to become an explicitly mutual, respectful relationship intended to benefit both parties?

Read the article and tell me what you think about this subject.

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Huffington Post reports, “Mass Shooting Analysis Finds Strong Domestic Violence Connection.” I am not surprised.

If you’re in Ithaca, there are weekly protests against drone warfare, and in support of peace activist Mary Anne Grady. Every Saturday. Peace is possible, but only if we work to make it happen.

Iggy Azalea continues to be popular despite her obvious cooptation, following in the footsteps of Adele and Amy Winehouse (not to mention Elvis Presley et al). Hmmm.

This Jezebel article from a couple of weeks back about a men’s rights conference is pretty sad but also useful information, I guess.

This article about human cognitive evolution is fun.

Doing feminist sci fi research? Get a Le Guin Fellowship.

Here are portraits of search-and-rescue dogs working on 9/11. Note that these dogs had no choice in whether to participate, and no way of knowing the hazards involved. Their health has been just as affected as the health of human rescuers on that day. (In fact, I heard all of them are dead. Correct me if I’m wrong.)

Kesiena says It’s Time for White Feminists to Stop Talking About Solidarity and Start Acting (Autostraddle):

I recently wrote a Facebook status explaining how sick and tired I am of asking white people to stop wearing bindis and fashioning their hair into the mess that they have the audacity to call dreadlocks. Predictably, it didn’t end well. I explained that I can’t abide the blatant and flagrant cultural appropriation of symbols that are dear to people of colour. It’s simply not fair that people of colour’s own cultural markers mark them out as ‘backwards’, ‘unclean’ or ‘unprofessional.’ Meanwhile white people don the same things and are lauded for their (stolen) creativity and uniqueness. White women who have sat by my side in feminist meetings, who I was once proud to call my sisters, rushed to shout me down and accuse me of stirring hatred and racism and it then dissolved into personal attacks on my character. The thing that really struck me was their repeated affirmations that they cared deeply about tackling racism and wanted to work together to end it. Well to them I say: listen the hell up when a woman of colour calls you out!

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Also: Responses to Jack Halberstam’s “You are Triggering Me”:

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The last article is also good advice for dogs, cats, goldfish, or any small helpless living beings of any species, really.

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

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Here are some links. Catching up.

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.