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Feed Your Heart

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Thanks to Ithaca Health Alliance for bringing our company, Shirari Industries, in on their 2014 tote bag design project! The bags are being distributed with free veggies in them at Congo Square Market.

We donated our services (some vector, layout, and coloring work) to put more of the budget toward printing. Thanks to the folks at Standard Art Supply & Souvenir, who donated 55 of the bags they printed! Here’s to a healthy Ithaca for all.

“Feed Your Heart” at Congo Square Market
Tomorrow, Friday, August 15th
from 4pm – 8pm at the park next to Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St, Ithaca

Market is open every Friday from 4-8pm til September.

Enjoy FREE music, health services & heart-healthy veggies from the market’s Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Stand (grown by Youth Farm Project)!
* Conscious hip hop with Irie Member
* Free introductory acupuncture with Anthony Fazio, L.Ac. (6-8pm)
* Heart health info from Phoebe Brown of Cayuga Medical Center
* Talk with your local herbalists and farmers!

On the 15th it will be “Senior Night” featuring a spoken word performance by Dubian Ade and Motown and Oldies with DJ Moe!

Ithaca Health Alliance’s Community Health Education Program is working with Congo Square Market to promote and celebrate a healthier future for our community and generations to come. We’ll highlight medical and holistic care that is helpful for your heart health!

Here Anthony Fazio shares the Chinese medical perspective: The Heart expresses consciousness, joy, and sadness; all contribute to its good health. For a healthy heart, Chinese Medicine promotes exercise, good diet, rest and proper life practices (meditation, massage, acupuncture). Those with heart conditions can benefit from acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Preventive healthcare such as acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are far easier, less costly, and less invasive. All types of medicine can be of assistance; a multi-level approach is optimal. Anthony is a local acupuncturist at Peaceful Spirit Acupuncture, teaches Tai-Chi classes at Sunrise Yoga Center and volunteers on the Board of Directors and as an acupuncture provider volunteer at Ithaca Health Alliance’s Free Clinic.

Congo Square Market Mission:
* to build a stronger self-reliant local community,
* to develop Southside’s economic base,
* and to encourage community & personal health. www.facebook.com/CongoSquareIthaca

Ithaca Health Alliance Education Tents are made possible in part by Tompkins Charitable Gift Fund. Partners & Contributors: Cayuga Medical Center: Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, Congo Square Market, Ithaca Health Alliance: Community Health Education & Ithaca Free Clinic, Shirari Industries, Southside Community Center, Standard Art Supply & Souvenir, Whole Community Project, Youth Farm Project & community donors.

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

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!

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.

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Help girls surf the crimson wave

Days For Girls Sewing Event, May 16-17th at All Saints Church in Lansing: Help make cloth pads for young women to use when they’re menstruating.

What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school, DAYS without income, DAYS without leaving the house? Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find…but still miss up to 2 months of school every year. Worse, girls are often exploited in exchange for hygiene. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world. The poverty cycle can be broken when girls stay in school.

Can’t sew? No problem! “Non-sewers can help cut and iron or donate toward the 100% cotton and flannel fabrics that we will use.”

Download the poster here.