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Upcoming in Ithaca

Some folks I know are having some interesting events, coming up soon(ish) in Ithaca. Check these out and please share the links! Thanks.

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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.

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!

I may not have money but I have HTML

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

Leadership Circle Emerging for PPSFL Action

Have you heard about PPSFL Action yet? This new 501(c)(4) organization will support PPSFL by educating and advocating to our elected representatives. Leslie Danks Burke, Board Chair of PPSFL Action, says, “PPSFL is building in an incredible way. At the same time, there are active forces at work to dismantle what we are building.”

PPSFL Action is building a Leadership Circle to support this important work. The group includes community leaders — professionals, activists, philanthropists, elected officials, and scholars — who are dedicated to publicly standing with Planned Parenthood and make a pledge of $1,000 over two years.

Funds raised will help build grassroots support for PPSFL, and let our elected officials know that our community supports Planned Parenthood politically. Contributions to PPSFL Action are not tax-deductible; they fund our effective, citizen-based advocacy and lobbying efforts. To find out more about our Leadership Circle and PPSFL Action, please contact Alicia Kenaley at alicia.kenaley@ppsfl.org.

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Real men cook

The Ithaca Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is partnering with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) to host a culinary challenge, “Real Men Cook!” on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 5pm-7pm at the GIAC gymnasium located at 301 West Court Street (entrance), Ithaca, NY.

This event showcases the culinary talents of volunteer chefs, who prepare and serve their signature dishes for attendees to enjoy. All money collected from ticket sales goes to the scholarship fund and community service projects.

Come out and vote for the best chef in each category. Vegetarian and Vegan samples will be available!

To purchase tickets, email Schelley Nunn at snunn at twcny.rr.com or Malinda B. Smith at malindab.smith at gmail.com.