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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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Also: Responses to Jack Halberstam’s “You are Triggering Me”:

June 26: Understanding Human Rights workshop

This highly interactive and inspiring workshop gives an overview of a human rights framework and helps participants think freshly about our obligations and responsibilities as citizens as well as the obligations of our institutions and organizations. Participants will leave with new ideas and hopefully, new inspiration for yourself, your organization, and our community as a whole for both promoting, exercising and protecting the human rights of everyone.

Workshop details:
Date: June 26, 2014
Time-9am-1pm
Location-Unitarian Church Parlor
Cost: $50.00 (limited number of scholarships are available)
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May Day in NYC

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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)

MAY DAY 2014 demands LABOR RIGHTS, IMMIGRANT RIGHTS, JOBS FOR ALL!

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

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Hear from Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance Activists, March 5-6 in Ithaca

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This just in from Dorothy Cotton Institute:

Irene Nasser and Fadi Quran, two Palestinian nonviolent resistance activists that our delegation met with when we visited the West Bank are coming to the US for a DCI sponsored Speaking Tour.
They will be speaking at several events in Ithaca:

Wednesday, March 5th

7-9pm, Ithaca College – Klingenstein Lounge

Thursday, March 6th

12-1:30-GIAC [please RSVP to this event; here’s a flier]

7-9pm – Cornell University – Kaufmann Auditorium

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.

Humble Teacher Shocks Community By Leaving $8.4 Million To Charity

Awesomeness:

A retired teacher who worked with special-needs kids, the late Margaret Southern drove a 1980s Cadillac, lived in a modest home and had just one indulgence in life: taking her friends out to eat from time to time.

So when the Greenville, S.C., community learned that the humble resident, who died at age 94 in 2012, had left $8.4 million to the Community Foundation of Greenville, a group that provides grants to targeted programs, they were pretty shocked to say the least, Greenville S.C. News reported…

It’s the largest gift the Community Foundation of Greenville has ever received in its 56-year history and Southern requested that the money be spent on the causes she cared about most — children’s education, special needs programs and the humane treatment of animals, the organization said on its website.

Half of the funds will be given to the Greenville Humane Society, a no-kill adoption center, and the rest will be distributed among a number of other organizations.

The Greenville Humane Society was particularly grateful for the gift since it hasn’t been able to keep up with public demand since it opened a new facility, Director Kim Pitman told the Greenville Journal.

Pitman just regrets not having had the opportunity to meet Southern.

“She strikes me as a kind of person I would like,” Pitman told Greenville S.C. News, “doesn’t put on airs, smart, loves her animals.”

People, not Profits (or Prisons)

Do you agree that Tompkins County should invest in schools, social services, infrastructure, and other things that help people, instead of in locking people up in prisons? Then please make your voice heard! Sign this petition asking the 2014 Tompkins County Legislators to pass a resolution agreeing to a 1-year moratorium on Tompkins-County jail expansion decision-making. Please pass this on. Thank you!