Ithaca: There’s no place like home

diagram of human leg bones

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We went to the Washington, D.C. / Baltimore, Maryland area to visit family and attend our dear nephew Eli’s Bar Mitzvah. While rollerskating at the after-party Shira broke her leg! It’s the fibula, the non-weight-bearing bone, but still. OW.

Here are a few links and such I want to share, that I found in my in-box when I got home. Thank you so much to everyone who posts these sorts of things, and to those who run lists, and to those who forward things. I appreciate it and I hope those who are reading do, too! Here we go…

Ithaca Events

  • Nov 10-22: Leaf Swap: Get leaves or give leaves, for composting
  • Nov 22: The Twenty-First Annual Conference on Depression: Technology and Mental Health
  • Nov 28: Black Friday Action at Wal-Mart, 10 – Noon
  • Dec 4: Syracuse Hearing: Public Hearing in Syracuse on the New York Health Bill and Universal, Single Payer Health Care, 10am
  • Dec 4 & Dec 11: Tompkins County Public Library will present “Cuentos en Español,” a Spanish-language storytime for toddlers and their caregivers, 4-5pm in the Library’s Thaler/Howell Programming Room
  • Dec 4: A discussion with Helen Helfer, an anti-racism activist, at Ecovillage in the SoNG (second neighborhood) Common House, 6.50 – 8pm. (Via Talking Circles on Race and Racism)

    Author of the book “Footprints on the Land,” Helen will be discussing a section of her book called “Teaching American History to Our Youth.” She’ll focus on the history of racism and what’s missing in the story our country tells.  She will bring copies, as well as two or three other sources addressing this issue. She looks forward to an open and stimulating discussion!

    Helen just moved to Brooktondale six weeks ago.  Her book “Footprints on the Land” is a cross-section of our country: 52 first-person accounts by contemporary Americans on race and racism in the United States.  The storytellers are black, white, Native American, Filipino, Chinese and Latino, and range in age from 19 to 82.

    She has been an anti-racist activist since the 1960s as a member of People for Human Rights in Philadelphia. The group was formed by white men who addressed institutional racism and white privilege. She continues to facilitate workshops on these topics, and has included them in her Sociology classes.

  •  Dec 6: 2014 Ithaca Alternative Gift Fair
  • Dec 9: From Scarcity to Abundance: Developing All the Diverse Leaders Your Organization Needs, 9am – 1pm. Led by Margo Hittleman and Phoebe Brown, Natural Leaders Initiative. Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins, 615 Willow Ave. Fee: $75 (non-profits); $100 (businesses and for-profit organizations). A limited number of scholarships are available for those who can not attend without one. The fee includes healthy snacks to tide you over until lunch-time. Registration: To register, or for more information, email or call 272-2292, x 167. Mail a check made out to “CCE-Tompkins/NLI” to 615 Willow Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850. To pay by credit card, call 272-2292.
  • Dec 10: “A Diversity of Perspectives” panel discussion, Borg Warner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library, 5.30-7.30pm. Panelists include Fabina Benites Colon.  Program Educator, Multicultural Resource Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Amy Kuo Somchanhmavong.  Associate Director, Service Learning, Public Service Center, Cornell University; Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo.  Professor of Political Science, Wells College; Luca Maurer.  Founding Director, The Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Education, Outreach, and Services, Ithaca College; and Sofia Villenas. Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Latina/o Studies Program at Cornell University. (Wawaweewa!)
  • Dec 13: Screening of Class Dismissed: A film about learning outside of the classroom at Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Room, 2pm; organized by unschoolers Karen James & family (via Fingerlakes Unschoolers Network)
  • Dec 14: Holiday Artists Market
  • Jan 5: Deadline for “What Would MLK Say?” Poster Contest

NYC Events (via Edge Left /David McReynolds)

  • Dec 4 – 21: Bread & Puppet Theater: “Captain Boycott” [recommended for ages 13 & up], along with “The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus” [recommended for everyone]. Theater for the New City (Johnson Theater), 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th St.), New York City. For advance tickets, visit or call 212-254-1109.
  • Dec 9: New Politics Forum: Slamming the Brakes on Ecological Collapse and Transitioning to a Sustainable World, 7pm, YaYa Network – 224 West 29th St, 14th floor (between 8th and 9th Aves., Manhattan)
  • Dec 13: War Resisters League‘s 2nd Annual Ralph DiGia Award Ceremony Honoring Ruth Benn, 638 E. Sixth Street, NYC, 7PM

Other Ithaca announcements:

  • “It’s not too early to think about snow!  With winter weather coming upon us, the Tompkins County Office for the Aging is updating its listing of snow shovelers.  Deep snow and icy sidewalks are dangerous for everyone but especially for senior citizens.  Many seniors are not able to remove the snow from their sidewalks without assistance.  If you are interested in assisting seniors by shoveling or plowing, on either a paid or volunteer basis, please call the Tompkins County Office for the Aging at 274-5482.  If your name was listed last year, and would like to be listed again, please notify us.”
  • Join a winter CSA to save money on your grocery bill and support local farmers!

Folks whose links I’ve posted: Is this sort of reposting useful to you? And folks to whom these links are new: Are these announcements of interest? Is this kind of post useful or not? Feedback is very appreciated! Thanks for reading / commenting.


More Ithaca Awesomeness

Upcoming events

Ongoing programs & events

Petitions and Public Letters

First Peoples’ Festival 10-4 + Screening @ Cinemapolis 9-29 of Documentary of Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row

Monday, September 29, 6:30pm

A documentary at Cinemapolis:

“Guswenta: Renewing the Two Row”

by Gwendolyn Cates with discussion after

with Daygot Leeyos, Andy Mager & Donna Silversmith

$10 suggested (no one turned away)

With sponsorship by Ithaca Catholic Workers and Sara Pines






   Saturday, October 4                           

10 am – 5:30 pm

     Dewitt Park, Ithaca



11 am – Traditional Opening by Cayugas

Welcome by Mayor Svante Myrick & Dan Hill, Cayuga Nation



  • Kontiwennenhawi – Akwesasne Women Singers

*Perry Ground, Traditional Stories

  • Dan Hill, Cayuga, Flute
  • Crow Weaver Band
  • Emilio Benites, Peruvian, Zamponas
  • Craig Luther, Diné, Flute

Children’s activities:

Amazing Pete’s balloon creations, storytelling, face painting, Home Depot building projects, corn husk doll making with Marcy & Bernadette Kane, Seneca Nation

Arts & Crafts:  beadwork, paintings, clothing, lacrosse sticks, flutes, jewelry, silent auction

Food Vendors:  corn soup, fry bread, tacos, vegan/vegetarian options
For more info contact: Audrey J Cooper   607.272.2292
FaceBook event page:
Coordinated by: The Multicultural Resource Center.
Cosponsors: Cornell University, CU American Indian Program,  Ithaca College Center for the Study of Race Culture & Ethnicity, IC Event Services, TC Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cayuga Medical Center, Home Depot, Downtown Ithaca Alliance in partnership with Apple Harvest Festival. Funded in part by the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

Safety: A Play about Community-Police Relations by @CivicEnsemble #Twithaca

civic engagementI feel so, so honored to have been able to help local theatre group Civic Ensemble develop their new graphic identity and website.

And now, I’m really excited to tell you all about their upcoming, long-awaited community-based play, Safety: A Play about Community-Police Relations.

These folks are seriously awesome and I’m so happy to be in any way able to contribute to their impact here in the community. Check out this show and I think you’ll see what I mean.

Civic Ensemble presents 2nd Annual Community-Based play:

Safety: A Play About Community-Police Relations

Touring Ithaca September 19-28th

All performances are “Pay What You Can” At The Door 

Quick links from awesome people

Here are some of the very cool things that have landed in my in-box in the past few days. Had to share!

  • Reverend Billy Vs. Robobees: ‘This is a film by Stop Shopping Choir member and Ethiopian-American activist Theodros Tamirat. In it, Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir marched bee-pollinated food into the Micro Robotic Lab at Harvard University. The lead researcher in this project has received public accolades and money from Navy, Air Force and the notorious drone designers DARPA. His scientists are designing a HoneyBee robot that would artificially pollinate the factory farms of the future, while its possible military uses stop at the word “Surveillance.”‘ Help finance the Third HoneyBeeLujah RoboBee Exorcism here.
  • Astraea Foundation is seeking donations. Help support their excellent work for queer folks here.
  • Video: “Why Are We Stuck in Climate Denial?”
    “This salon-style event was hosted by Gay Nicholson of Sustainable Tompkins. To begin the discussion, Nancy Menning (Philosophy and Religious Studies) of Ithaca College, and Dave Wolfe (Horticulture) and Lauren Chambliss (Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future) of Cornell University provided some insight into the complex and often subtle explanations for denial, and approaches for moving beyond denial to address important questions regarding solutions.” Other talks: May 8: Can business and technology save us? May 29: Will government intervene? June 19: Is it up to the citizenry? Click more info on the video for details on upcoming events.
  • Queer Women Who Tech Summit New York JUNE 19-22 // NYU LAW SCHOOL // NEW YORK “The Lesbians Who Tech Summit is the only event focused on increasing visibility and tech participation in two historically underrepresented communities: women and LGBTQ. The Summit brings together hundreds of queer women in tech (and the people who love them), for the most unique technology conference ever. We’ll highlight incredible queer women who are the next generation of technical leaders, and the people who have paved the way.”
  • Information Session: NY State of Health Marketplace: “Come and learn about how the Affordable Care Act affects you, your family and your community please come to this information session on Thursday, June 26 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at GIAC… Refreshments will be served.”
  • The New Black is airing on PBS’ Independent Lens, and is up for an Audience Award. Click here to vote! “Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this documentary takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables to look at how the African American community grapples with the gay rights issue.” Click here to view a TED Talk by the director, Yoruba Richen.

Hm, that was a lot of stuff! Sorry for the long post. Hope these sorts of posts are of interest to folks; let me know what you think!

Juneteenth coming up in Ithaca


Southside Community Center will conduct its annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 21st from 11am to 6pm. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the legal emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States. Not only is it a celebration of remembrance of the rich history of African Americans in this country, but also a celebration of our achievements in the continued struggle against oppression. This year’s theme is Ujamaa: Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship. The festival will include games for children, a bounce house, face painting, live music, food, arts and crafts, and workshops on financial literacy, starting a business with no money down, designing sneakers, and protecting intellectual property. More

Get Out the Vote poster contest


please spread the word…
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act…
ACTION (Activists Committed to Interrupting Oppression Now)
is proud to announce our 1st annual
GET OUT THE VOTE Poster Contest
(Deadline: June 16, 2014)
Winning submissions will be displayed throughout our community
to encourage people to register & vote.


Yoga Event to Benefit Ithaca Health Alliance, 6/21 9:30am

Join the Finger Lakes Yoga Alliance and yoga teachers from around the region in the annual 108 Sun Salutations event to welcome the Summer Solstice and support the Ithaca Health Alliance.

Students will be guided through the sun salutes by certified yoga teachers. The Sun Salutes will be followed by some cooling counter poses, and a long Sivasana (corpse pose).  Kids activities will organized during the Sun Salutes by Anna from Anna’s Movement Arts.


May Day in NYC

may day 2014

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)


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

Quick links from awesome folks

Save the Date


Things to Read or Watch or Listen to