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Huge Crowds for Welcoming Cities Resolution

February 8, 2017 by pegjohnston

Councilman Conrad Taylor introduced a “Welcoming Cities” Resolution to Binghamton's City Council and a huge crowd (The Press estimated 100) came out to support the resolution.  It is a statement of welcome and support for the immigrants and refugees who live in our community. People were urged by Citizens Action and other groups to contact their council members and the Mayor. Mary Kaminsky introduced a similar resolution to the County Legislature.

Taylor was accused of "grandstanding" by other Council members and several members said that the resolution needed revising. The resolution was tabled to work on the wording that Council member Dani Cronce (D) and others objected to. Only one person spoke out against the resolution. City Council next meets Feb. 21.

Video at Pressconnects.com

Ten Dollars to Hate

February 8, 2017 by pegjohnston

The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan

by Patricia Bernstein

Ten Dollars to Hate tells the story of the massive Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s—by far the most “successful” incarnation since its inception in the ashes of the Civil War—and the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully convict and jail Klan members. Dan Moody, a twenty-nine-year-old Texas district attorney, demonstrated that Klansmen could be punished for taking the law into their own hands—in this case, for the vicious flogging of a young World War I veteran.

The 1920s Klan numbered in the millions and infiltrated politics and law enforcement across the United States, not just in the Deep South. Several states elected Klan-sponsored governors and US senators. Klansmen engaged in extreme violence against whites as well as blacks, promoted outrageous bigotry against various ethnic groups, and boycotted non-Klan businesses.

A few courageous public officials tried to make Klansmen pay for their crimes, notably after Klan assaults in California and Texas and two torture-murders in Louisiana. All failed until September 1923 when Dan Moody convicted and won significant prison time for five Klansmen in a tense courtroom in Georgetown, Texas. Moody became a national sensation overnight and went on to become the youngest governor of Texas at the age of 33.

The Georgetown cases were the beginning of the end for this iteration of the Klan. Two years later, the head of the Klan in Indiana was convicted of murdering a young woman.  Membership dwindled almost as quickly as it had grown, but the Klan’s poisonous influence lingered through the decades that followed.  Ten Dollars to Hate explores this pivotal—and brutal—chapter in the history of America.PATRICIA BERNSTEIN is the author of The First Waco Horror: The Lynching of Jesse Washington and the Rise of the NAACP and the president of Bernstein and Associates, a public relations firm in Houston. She has published articles in Texas Monthly, Smithsonian, and Cosmopolitan.

What Readers Are Saying:

"This book is an important examination of a dark episode in American history. It tells the story of how select individuals had the courage to stand up and oppose popular extremism from a diminutive mother home alone with her children to a brave lawyer, who used the legal system against those acting outside the law.  It reminds all of us to stand up for our convictions." — Fred Zeidman, chairman emeritus of the board of the US Holocaust Museum
 
“The Second Ku Klux Klan needed stopping, and the brave, successful prosecution by Dan Moody was flawless. The heart-stopping narrative by Patricia Bernstein is a winner.”—Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
 
“A chilling story of how the KKK was on the march across the US and how Dan Moody, a Texas district attorney, fought the Klan, the most violent political organization in our history, brought them to justice, and broke their stranglehold on Texas’ power structure.  Patricia Bernstein’s dramatic book presents Dan Moody, Texas’ youngest governor, as a textbook study in political courage, demonstrating how eternal vigilance is still our safeguard against today’s threats from neo-Nazi and other 'white supremacy’ movements!”— Mark White, former governor of Texas
 
“Patricia Bernstein’s account of the Klan of a hundred years ago is a clarion call for vigilance today against all forms of bigotry that victimize those who are not considered 100% American because of their race, nationality, language, or religion.  The book deserves a large readership, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the history of the Klan and their pernicious bigotry.  It is also a valuable source for the many who have forgotten the disastrous influence of the Klan on American society and the fear and brutality it caused its many victims.”— Joseph A. Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston.

RESISTANCE MOVEMENT MEETING: Updated!

January 29, 2017 by imc-editor

We have already made a difference.  Some of our elected representatives are getting nervous and they are not sure that they should repeal the Affordable Care Act and not sure they should defund Planned Parenthood.

WE HAVE MADE THEM NERVOUS AND INTEND TO GO ON MAKING THEM NERVOUS ON ALL OUR ISSUES.  You must keep calling Washington – call on a regular basis – Michael Moore has asked us to make it part of our daily routine – get up, brush teeth, CALL CONGRESS – call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121.  Pick an issue-a-day and tell them: do not cut heath care or safety net programs, do not deport people, do not support building a wall, do not privatize our infrastructure, do not accept a gag rule on the EPA, do not support the destruction of our environment etc.  

THEN ATTEND THE NEXT RESISTANCE MOVEMENT MEETING ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 6:30 AT THE UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 42 CHENANGO ST., BINGHAMTON.  Break out groups and committees will be meeting directly after the general meeting.

Citizen Action & Coalition Events (as of Jan. 27)

Citizen Action Southern Tier  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CitizenActionSouthernTier/

 ALERT – Call your elected representatives on a regular basis – make it a daily routine by calling the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Saturday, February 18 – 10:30- 2:00 – Civic Action Boot Camp – how to effectively communicate with your elected officials.  At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. For information, call Alice Caroompas, 607-343-5637.

Sunday, February 26 – 3:00-5:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton.  You are invited to attend a new monthly series of facilitated conversations of peoples across different faiths sponsored by the The Children of Abraham of the Southern Tier - a group of clergy and laypeople of the Abrahamic (i.e, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Unitarian) faiths committed to building mutual trust and respect across the Abrahamic religious traditions through interfaith conversation and education Please register in advance using this http://evite.me/EmTSw29UH5

Tuesday, February 28 – 5:30-8:00 –Media Training – how to be more effective in getting your message out. Training at Citizen Action.  For information, call Brittany Santos 607-723-0110.

Every Saturday in February – February 4, 11, 18, 25 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Self Defense Training at the University Downtown Center, 67 Washington St., room 102 - $10.00 per session/$40.00 total. 

Resistance Movement Southern Tier– Join Us

General Meeting - the First Wednesday of each month at the First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton

Coordinating Committee meeting (open) Second Wednesday of each month at Citizen Action

Committee Meetings – each committee meets right after the general meeting on the first Wednesday of each month plus at other times.

Wednesday, March 1 – 5:30 -6:30 – Rally and March prior to General Meeting.  Gather in front of the Holiday Inn 2 Hawley St., Binghamton.  The Republicans will be holding their annual Lincoln Day Dinner and rumored invited guests include state committee leaders and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

Wednesday, March 1 – 6:30 – 7:30 – Resistance Movement General Meeting – updates on issues and planning future actions.  First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton. Committees meet right after at 7:30 – Artist/Bling, Communications/Social Media, Data/Office, Education, Events and Rallies, Outreach.  For information call Mary Clark at 607-723-0110.

Wednesday, March 8 – 6:00-8:00 – Coordinating committee meeting at Citizen Action. For information call Mary Clark at 607-723-0110.

Action/Bling committee meets next on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00 at Citizen Action. For information, Zach Wilson - 607-644-4588

Communications/Social Media committee meets next on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00 at Citizen Action. For information, Olivia Consol - 607-237-5930

Data/Office committee meets as needed.  For information, Chris Burger - 607-692-3442.

Actions and Events

Saturday, February 18 – 10:30- 2:00 – Civic Action Boot Camp – how to effectively communicate with your elected officials.  At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. For information, call Alice Caroompas, 607-343-5637.

Tuesday, February 21 – 6:00 - 8:00 – Community Forum on Health Care – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney is invited.  Southern Tier Independence Center, 135 E. Frederick St., Binghamton. For information call Mary Clark 607-723-0110.

Wednesday, February 22 –- 6:30- 8:00 – Training on How to Run an Effective Meeting, at Citizen Action.  For information, call Mary Clark at 607-723-0110.

Sunday, February 26 – 3:00-5:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton.  Conversations of peoples across different faiths sponsored by The Children of Abraham of the Southern Tier - a group of clergy and laypeople of the Abrahamic (i.e., Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Unitarian) faiths committed to building mutual trust and respect. Please register in advance using this http://evite.me/EmTSw29UH5

Tuesday, February 28 – 5:30-8:00 –Media Training – how to be more effective in getting out your message. Training at Citizen Action.  For information, call Brittany Santos 607-723-0110.

Every Saturday in February – February 4, 11, 18, 25 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Self Defense Training at the University Downtown Center, 67 Washington St., room 102 - $10.00 per session/$40.00 total. 

Every Monday–February 6,13,20, 27 – 4:00-5:00 - Veterans For Peace and Peace Action hold a Silent Peace Vigil from 4:00 to 5:00 in front of the Federal Building at 15 Henry St. in downtown Binghamton. This weekly protest activity is open to all who wish to participate. Feel free to bring your own protest signs, or VFP has some signs available for your use during the vigil. For information contact Dario Schiappa at Dario.schiappa@aol.com  or 607-722-9377.

Wednesday, March 1 – 6:30 – Resistance Movement General Meeting at First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton.  For information call Mary Clark 607-723-0110.

Tuesday, March 7 – Rally and Lobby Day in Albany on Raise the Age, stop incarcerating children with the adult population.  Van leaving Citizen Action at 7:30, expected time of return early evening.  Must register in advance by calling Mary Clark at 607-723-0110.

Saturday, March 11 - 1:00 - 3:00 – “Renewable Energy for Everyone” – Local Forum on Community Solar and the Climate and Community Protection Act.  We must act now to be sure that everyone has access as we move forward.  Location to be determined.  For information call Amber Johnson 607-723-0110.

Wednesday, March 15 – 5:30-8:00 at Citizen Action. Anti-Racism Training. For information, call Korin Kirk at 607-624-6779

Sunday, March 26 – 3:00-5:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton.  Conversations of peoples across different faiths sponsored by The Children of Abraham of the Southern Tier - a group of clergy and laypeople of the Abrahamic (i.e., Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Unitarian) faiths committed to building mutual trust and respect. Please register in advance using this http://evite.me/EmTSw29UH5

Every Monday–March 6,13,20, 27 – 4:00-5:00 - Veterans For Peace and Peace Action hold a Silent Peace Vigil from 4:00 to 5:00 in front of the Federal Building at 15 Henry St. in downtown Binghamton. This weekly protest activity is open to all who wish to participate. Feel free to bring your own protest signs, or VFP has some signs available for your use during the vigil. For information contact Dario Schiappa at Dario.schiappa@aol.com  or 607-722-9377

Tuesday, April 4 – Albany - Health Care is a Right Lobby Day and Rally.  In support of the NY Health Act (single payer).  Vans will leave in the morning from Citizen Action and return early evening (details to come).  For information contact info@nyhcampaign.org

Saturday, April 22 – Bus trip to Washington for the March for Science. Details to come.

Saturday April 29 -  Sister March in Binghamton in support of the March for Science and the People’s Climate March. Details to come.

 

 

3,000 + at Women's March on Binghamton

January 22, 2017 by imc-editor

 

"This is What Democracy Looks Like" was one of the chants at Binghamton's iteration of the international Women's March and it was 3000 strong with a great diversity of people attending. Donna Lupardo our State Assembly rep and Jason Garner, our new County Exec, both urged women to run for office on every level of government, especially, as Lupardo pointed out, "2017 is the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in New York State." The March was organized by Citizen Action, BC Democratic Women, and the NAACP, among others.

Popular signs were "Make America Kind Again," "Make America Think Again," "Love Trumps Hate," "Hands Off!" indicating an anti-Trump feeling--and worry about the future. Others: "Black Live Matter More Than White Feelings," "Love is Love," and "Protect Your Sisters not just your Cis-ters." Several people expressed concern about the loss of insurance coverage when the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

CNN, the NY Times and other media outlets have declared that the March was the largest ever demonstration in one day. Jeremy Pressman U of Connecticut and Erica Chenoweth of U of Denver are keeping track of attendance figures worldwide. Although it is a work in progress they estimate 3.3 -4.6 million people attended in 642 locations. (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xa0iLqYKz8x9Yc_rfhtmSOJQ2EGgeUVj...)

Encouraged by the tremendous numbers of people resisting the Trump agenda, the true test will come in strategically mobilizing people to vote and organize. Locally, Claudia Tenney, newly elected Congress person and arch conservative is likely to be a special target for activists. Nationally, Michael Moore and other have called for "100 Days of Resistance." A publication called Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda is gaining attention among organizers. It deconstructs the success of the Tea Party and sets out a plan to do the same for the progressive movement. It was (and continues to be) written by volunteers who have Congressional experience and have watched the far right hijack the Obama agenda. For a copy and updates to the guide go to www.IndivisibleGuide.com. OR Download below

 

#womens march Saturday at noon

January 18, 2017 by pegjohnston

March on Washington, we mean, BINGHAMTON~ Sat Jan 21 noon at Martin Luther King Promenade marching to the Courthouse with a party afterwards at Atomic Tom's on State ST.

download flyer.

NEWS FLASH: Two of the Three buses secured by the Women's March Binghamton chapter were canceled summarily by the bus company. Organizers were trying to get alternate vehicles and create car pools. Some will undoubtably join the binghamton march.

 

Pantsuit Nation and other organizing

January 13, 2017 by pegjohnston

UPDATE: Local March on Saturday, Jan. 21 at noon gathers at Martin Luther King Promenade.

Activists have been busy the week before the Inauguration and the protests surrounding it. A chapter of the national group Pantsuit Nation met at the Lost Dog Cafe Thursday Jan 12th to a lively crowd. On the same evening local #womensmarch organizers had a well attended poster making session. And the Dept of Public Art sponsored two sign making workshops Jan 8th and another on the 15th. In addition to the #womensmarch, there is another protest march on the day of the Inaugural Jan. 20th. They will gather in front of Union Station and walk toward the White House and a "Freedom Festival" at McPherson Square. There is a bus from Rochester for $60 with some scholarships 585 436-6458. Four buses from this area are going to the Women's March. The Aphrodite Access Fund, an abortion fund at the office of Dr. Amy Cousins office, is giving marchers "goody bags" with water and a snack with literature from the Abortion Conversation Project; the national activist group Shout Your Abortion is helping with the bags. (download handout below)

Citizen Action continues to have organizing meetings on Wed. evenings with several committees working on several issues. For more information, visit their website.

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Winners Announced in Photo Competition

January 3, 2017 by pegjohnston

6th BOB JOHNSTON MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW AND COMPETITION

SPONSORED BY Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club  January 6 – 28, 2017

The exhibit received 105 entries, which have been judged by Chuck Haupt, a former photographer at the Press and Sun-Bulletin and a member of the Cooperative Gallery.  “The response from area photographers has been outstanding,” commented Haupt, “and the quality of the photos is excellent.”

The winners are as follows: Best of Show “Clyde” by Peter Mason; Judge’s Choice Color: “Liberty Hosta” by Thomas LaBarbera and “Harbored” by Sandra Kirker;  Judge’s Choice Black and White: “Turbulence” by Mary Lou Shapinas and “Another Dimension” by Paula Friedman.

Honorable Mentions: “II” by JM Hogan; “Gone Fishing” by Mary Lou Shapinas ; “Flatlined” by Jessica Fridrich; “Snow on My Nose” by Grant LaBarr; “Under the Bridge” by Andrew Thayer; “Circles” by Lesli Van Zandbergen; “Summer Moonrise” by Kirk Van Zandbergen; “Ballooning” by Mike Ricciardi; “Preserved in a Puddle” by Dan Harendza; “Defying the Odds” by Jessica Fridrich; “Asylum” by Greg Chianis; “Lion” by Scott Anderson.

To see some of the winners follow this link: https://spark.adobe.com/page/JM40Wqr9B9PRf/

The Competition is named for Bob Johnston, a lifelong photographer and a gallery member who died in 2010. “Bob Johnston was an ‘Ansell Adams’ kind of photographer who worked mostly in black and white film and favored both urban and natural landscapes,” said Bill Gorman, also a photographer and member of the Cooperative Gallery. Bob Johnston defined a good photo this way: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”

The Cooperative Gallery, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walk, located at 213 State Street in Binghamton, is open on Frist Friday 3- 9 pm and regularly Fridays from 3-6 and Saturdays from 12- 4 pm. Find us on Facebook at Cooperative Gallery 213 and sign up for our weekly e-newsletter on our website at  www.cooperativegallery.com or on our Facebook page.

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