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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 
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Linkerbell: The Playing God Edition

Here are some stories about humans playing God. (Note that you could replace the word “God” with the word “Evolution” and/or “Nature” and you get the same effect from these articles, if you’re an atheist.)

See also (unrelated links!):

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Huffington Post reports, “Mass Shooting Analysis Finds Strong Domestic Violence Connection.” I am not surprised.

If you’re in Ithaca, there are weekly protests against drone warfare, and in support of peace activist Mary Anne Grady. Every Saturday. Peace is possible, but only if we work to make it happen.

Iggy Azalea continues to be popular despite her obvious cooptation, following in the footsteps of Adele and Amy Winehouse (not to mention Elvis Presley et al). Hmmm.

This Jezebel article from a couple of weeks back about a men’s rights conference is pretty sad but also useful information, I guess.

This article about human cognitive evolution is fun.

Doing feminist sci fi research? Get a Le Guin Fellowship.

Here are portraits of search-and-rescue dogs working on 9/11. Note that these dogs had no choice in whether to participate, and no way of knowing the hazards involved. Their health has been just as affected as the health of human rescuers on that day. (In fact, I heard all of them are dead. Correct me if I’m wrong.)

Kesiena says It’s Time for White Feminists to Stop Talking About Solidarity and Start Acting (Autostraddle):

I recently wrote a Facebook status explaining how sick and tired I am of asking white people to stop wearing bindis and fashioning their hair into the mess that they have the audacity to call dreadlocks. Predictably, it didn’t end well. I explained that I can’t abide the blatant and flagrant cultural appropriation of symbols that are dear to people of colour. It’s simply not fair that people of colour’s own cultural markers mark them out as ‘backwards’, ‘unclean’ or ‘unprofessional.’ Meanwhile white people don the same things and are lauded for their (stolen) creativity and uniqueness. White women who have sat by my side in feminist meetings, who I was once proud to call my sisters, rushed to shout me down and accuse me of stirring hatred and racism and it then dissolved into personal attacks on my character. The thing that really struck me was their repeated affirmations that they cared deeply about tackling racism and wanted to work together to end it. Well to them I say: listen the hell up when a woman of colour calls you out!

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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.

New Talking Circles on Race and Racism in Ithaca

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Ithaca’s Multicultural Resource Center is having a new round of Talking Circles on Race and Racism and I can’t recommend them highly enough! I am so grateful to all of the organizers and participants of this amazing program. I know it helped me to open my eyes (again and again and again…)