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Coming up in November: Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration

Canandaigua Treaty Commemoration: November 11, 2014

The Canandaigua Treaty brought about peace between the Six Nations (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora) and the U.S., and was negotiated and signed by sachems representing the Grand Council of the Six Nations and Colonel Timothy Pickering, the official agent of George Washington.  It also recognized the sovereignty of the Six Nations to govern and set laws as individual nations.  This yearly commemoration is a time of rededication of the agreement, helping to ensure that the “chain of friendship” and agreements between nations remain current and vibrant.

This event is organized by the Friends of Ganondagan and is made possible by the collaboration of Canandaigua City School District, City of Canandaigua, and the Friends of Ganondagan; and sponsored by the Haudenosaunee Peace & Trade Committee, Mohawk Nation Council, Tonawanda Seneca Nation, and the Tuscarora Nation of Indians, and Seneca Nation of Indians.

Schedule

COMMEMORATION OF THE CANANDAIGUA TREATY OF 1794

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Canandaigua, New York

1:30 pm:  Parade from W. Gibson Street to Ontario County Courthouse, 27 N. Main Street

2:00 pm:  Commemoration Ceremony; front lawn of Ontario County Courthouse

Activities at the Canandaigua Primary School, 96 W. Gibson Street:

4:30 pm:  Potluck Dinner; Cafeteria(bring a squash dish or pie to share)

6:00 pm:  Keynote speaker (TBA) Auditorium

All activities are free and open to the public. A Native American Arts and Crafts sale will take place from 10:30 am – 6:00 pm at the School.

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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

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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2014 NY State Animal Rights Lobby Day

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The sponsoring organizations for this event are:
LOHV-NY – The League of Humane Voters of New York
FOA – Friends of Animals
IDA – In Defense of Animals

On lobby day we will have an orientation and organize into lobbying teams in the Terrace Lounge (street level) of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Albany from 10:45 am to 12:00 noon.

We will then lobby from 12:30 to 3:30.

There will be a bus from New York City to Albany and back ($20 roundtrip)

There is no charge for registration
Please Register Now to Attend

After you register for the event you will be given an opportunity to buy a bus ticket on-line or by mail and be given directions to the Legislative Office Building (LOB) by car or public transportation.

Form, norm, and regimen in Putin’s Russia

Members of the punk group Pussy Riot, including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in the blue balaclava and Maria Alekhina in the pink balaclava, are attacked by Cossack militia in Sochi, Russia. Photograph: Morry Gash/AP (Via)

Members of the punk group Pussy Riot, including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in the blue balaclava and Maria Alekhina in the pink balaclava, are attacked by Cossack militia in Sochi, Russia. Photograph: Morry Gash/AP (Via)

“Russia Is Repeating 1968″ A Pussy Riot founder on the occupation of Crimea—and the silence in Moscow (Maria Alyokhina, for New Republic):

Troops are marching through the streets of Crimea today, on Forgiveness Sunday, as the patriarch declares “I hope Ukraine will not resist.” Police forces stand on Manezhnaya Square in downtown Moscow, ready to grab and arrest those who have declared no to war. Detention units are taking out Bolotnaya prisoners for their daily hour-long walk in the prison yard: These people are locked up for having taken to the streets two years ago to demand fair elections. Troops, police, prison guards—they are all following the command, the command to crush resistance. The old prison tactic to set citizens against other citizens, giving one group a mandate to use physical and legal force against the other: This is also the tactic of Vladimir Putin.

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Vegetables are good for you

  • A Washington Post food critic has come out as a vegetarian (not vegan, mind you, heavens no!), with lots of excuses and worries, making me aware of how biased food writers apparently are toward animal products. I’d been ignoring them for so long I hadn’t thought much about it. How weird, that a food critic should be so afraid to openly reduce the suffering that he or she is causing. It’s a good thing. You don’t have to be ashamed to eat fewer dead things.
  • Avoiding chemicals is hard, but eating a lot of relatively unprocessed vegetables is probably a smart move.
  • Processed Meat Raises Risk Of Dying From Cancer And Heart Disease, Study Finds, recalling earlier studies finding the same conclusion
  • The Partnership for a Healthier America, Let’s Move!, and USDA’s MyPlate came together to offer “healthy” recipes to folks on Pinterest. Disappointingly, they focus mostly on meat and put vegetarian food last. Because who needs science!
  • Check Happy Cow to find good vegan food near you – you can search by ZIP code or town. It’s really useful for roadtrips, too. (They recently redesigned their site, so check it out if you haven’t been there in a while!)

Show your love for our community on Valentines Day – stand up for deer!

A Valentine’s Day message from Cayuga Deer:

Let’s stand together on Valentines Day to show our commitment to this community, and our love for the peaceful culture that has defined Ithaca for so many generations. Please join us tonight.

Monday, Feb. 14 at 7 PM, Village Hall, 836 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca. (Map)

Click here for more info on why the deer-culling plan is not an effective way to ease human-deer conflict in Cayuga Heights.

Tell your deer-loving friends!
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