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Ithaca: Citizenship Education Program

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The Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI) is offering the Citizenship Education Program over 3 Sundays: Sept. 21, 28, and Oct.5, at beautiful La Tourelle Inn on Rt. 96B South Hill.

Please read the flyer and share this with anyone you know who wants to

  • develop their ability to take direct action nonviolently,

  • communicate effectively and build support for the issues they care about,

  • get beyond internal, interpersonal and institutional stumbling blocks for positive change,

  • exercise their rights, use their power and make a difference in this world.

Linktown

Here are some links. Catching up.

New Talking Circles on Race and Racism in Ithaca

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Ithaca’s Multicultural Resource Center is having a new round of Talking Circles on Race and Racism and I can’t recommend them highly enough! I am so grateful to all of the organizers and participants of this amazing program. I know it helped me to open my eyes (again and again and again…)

The Listening Workshop June 28

I’ve been to this. It’s awesome.

Put a space between stimulus and response
come to the:

THE LISTENING WORKSHOP

Saturday June 28th
Time: 9:00 AM –1:00 PM
Cost: FREE
Location: Ithaca Community Childcare Center (IC3) 579 Warren Road Ithaca,NY 14850
Directions: Turn East off Rt 13 onto Warren Road. Go .4 mile to IC3. It is on the left,just past the light (between Cayuga Medical Center and BOCES)

Please Bring your own beverage or snacks

Please be 10 minutes early. We will be starting promptly at 9:00am.

Please register by emailing your name and the number of people attending tothelisteningworkshop@gmail.com
For those that choose to attend please read on:

Here is our promise: You will walk away from Saturday’s workshop with a life altering skill that if practiced and applied, will shorten the time between conflict and resolution,build intimacy and enhance performance and productivity in all areas of your life. Yes we know that is a bold promise. Please note where it says: “if practiced and applied,” this skill is very simple and it is not easy.

Please be 10-15 minutes early so you have plenty of time to get a chair,sign-in, get a name tag. We are going to start promptly at 9,so we can be done promptly at 1!

During the coming weeks :
Take note of the things in your life that you are dealing with, or you really care about and the typical conversations in your life and how they normally go.

Postable intersectional social response graphics

I don’t know what else to call these? They’re very specific, what can I say. I made them to post on Pinterest and Twitter. I suppose they’re a little passive aggressive, but I’m not as confrontational as I used to be back in my Flickr heyday, and I like the idea of these perhaps being reusable and less direct than having on-the-spot dialogues. I don’t like making folks feel attacked or making them feel obliged to engage in dialogue. But I don’t mind if they see something I post.

This one is for Pinterest. I admit it, I like tipis. But they are not cool. Consider this a PSA. #cultural appropriation #racism

This one is for Pinterest. I admit it, I like tipis. They’re beautiful. But they are not something white people should use decoratively. Tents are fine, tipis, not fine. Consider this a PSA. #cultural appropriation #racism #interior design

This one is also for Pinterest. I never want to call anyone on these things, and I can't hide or block particular images (I think?). I guess I just wish folks cared more about whether interior designs include corpses. #fur #skin #rug #hide #leather #head #hunting #throw #sheepskin #lambskin

This one is also for Pinterest. I never want to call anyone on these things, and I can’t hide or block particular images (I think?). I guess I just wish folks cared more about whether interior designs include corpses. #fur #skin #rug #hide #leather #throw #sheepskin #wool #sheep #animal #lambskin #vegan #violence #ethics

Dudes, please. Just do this. I shouldn't have to say it. #mansplaining #sexism #patriarchy #privilege #communication #microaggressions #equality #feminism

Dudes, please. Just do this. I shouldn’t have to say it. #mansplaining #sexism #patriarchy #privilege #communication #microaggressions #equality #feminism

I’m going to go post these on Pinterest right now, and will probably continue to do so whenever I’m feeling annoyed by photos of tipis and sheepskins, and whenever I’m getting particularly tired of the #mansplaining.

(I love everyone, by the way. I live by Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s words, “We should regard those who point out our faults as if they were pointing out treasure” and work hard at rooting out and working against my own racist cultural appropriation, my own whitesplaining, and my own oppression of animals of many species, including sweatshop workers and other humans. So call this a cultural critique, not a personal one. Please know that I’m taking issue here with actions and not people, and that I critique my own actions even more critically. These graphics are offered in a spirit of good humor and arty experimentation, as a public way to work out a frustration with something happening in a public forum. Peace and love!)

I have more of these planned, I think. Let me know if you have any intersectional gripes you want drawn / written, or make your own and tell me about them. If you know of other art like this I’d love to hear about it.

And please tell me what you think of these. I’m deciding if I want to be at all negative; I’d been trying so hard to be positive for a while that I was lacking in honesty, but I’m still very much up in the air about it. Thanks for your opinions and ideas!

Humans, you are bigger and stronger than cats.

The headlines read, with a snicker, 22-Pound Cat Takes Family Hostage; Family Calls 911 For Help. The cat, it turns out, is in a family with a new 7-month-old baby. Lux scratched the baby and was kicked. He began hissing and growling and cornered the family including the dog in a bedroom for a short period before presumably making friends again. In this comment thread, someone says, “Don’t kick cats!” and a lot of people are all like, “Why not? He scratched the baby!”

facepalm

My thoughts:

  1. This story is not funny, it’s sad.
  2. Humanity’s amusement about this story says a lot about our collective lack of compassion for beings of other species.
  3. Cats and dogs and children all depend on us and all love us. We don’t have to place them in some kind of hierarchy of importance.
  4. Cats get jealous. They are often very disrupted by the arrival of children. Since we first made a commitment to the cat, we should continue to honor that commitment.
  5. Cats scratch when they’re threatened or upset. Kicking them doesn’t make them feel any less threatened or upset.
  6. Kicking those who are less powerful than you are does nothing but show how cruel and ignorant you are, and sets a terrible example for children.
  7. Next time maybe try apologizing to the cat, protecting him from the baby, and NOT KICKING ANYONE.

As an aside, because I happen to be jumping through the hoops needed to become the second adoptive parent of my own baby son: I can’t believe that people are allowed to just go buy cats and make babies, when adopting them is so difficult (and is done with so much positive intention). Our species will take a great leap forward the day we realize that caring for children and non-human animals is a great privilege as well as a right.

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.