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Join the Resistance Movement (the latest from Citizen Action)

March 18, 2017 by Wanda Mead Campbell

Citizen Action & Coalition Events (as of March 18)

or see Citizen Action Southern Tier Facebook -  (new or changed in green)

Resistance Movement Southern Tier– Join Us

General Meeting - the First Wednesday of each month at 6:30 at the First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton.

Coordinating Committee meeting (open) Second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 at Citizen Action. 

Committee Meetings – each committee meets right after the general meeting on the first Wednesday of each month plus at other times (see end of list for details). 

The Biggest Lie

March 17, 2017 by imc-editor

The biggest lie : we elected Christians.

"When i was hungry, you canceled my food stamps
When i was thirsty, you diverted lead & coal into my water
When i was sick, you tripled my insurance rates
When i was naked, you raped me & blamed me because i was naked.
When i was in prison, you enslaved me to corporations
When i was a stranger with brown skin you deported me
From the lonely you took away social programs
From the elderly, you took away meals & medicine
From the workers, you took away legal protections
From the young, you took away school funding
From the victims, you took away shelter
Instead of diversity, you encourage intolerance
Instead of caring, you encourage isolation
Instead of equity, you encourage military excess
When the 1% has ground us into the dust, taken all of our money, and let us die for lack of insurance - who will they feed upon?

The Pi Day Storm! (event re-scheduled)

March 14, 2017 by pegjohnston

BCAC’s Pi Day (as in 3.14) Celebration is now the Post Pi Day Celebration
Scheduled for Thursday, March 16th 4-8 p.m. at the Water Street Brewing Co.

Because of the Pi Day Blizzard, the Broome County Arts Council will be hosting a Post Pi Day Celebration on Thursday, March 16th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Water Street Brewing Co, 168 Water Street, Binghamton.  Festivities will include “Pie, Art and Brew” in addition to selling “Keep the Arts Thriving” t-shirts. Enjoy mathematical sculptures by Binghamton University Math Professor Alex Feingold and paintings by Jeanne Osenbaugh.

The entire community is invited to celebrate the arts in Broome County and the impact of arts on innovation with artists, arts organizations, donors and patrons of the arts, including the newly named recipients of United Cultural Foundation grants.

A SUNY Broome Community College student, Shawna Stevenson, did an internship with the BCAC, researching how arts are integrated in innovation in Broome County.

BCAC incorporated that blend of technology and the arts, known as STEAM, into their Pi Day and United Cultural Fund Celebration.  Several of the project recipients of the 2017 United Cultural Fund awards are technical and non-traditional projects incorporating the arts and science.

$.50 for every pint purchased will go back to support the ARTS in Broome County.

Solar and Energy Efficiency Grants Available

March 12, 2017 by pegjohnston

Catching the Sun: On Campus and Beyond

NYSERDA and Green Jobs are raising awareness of energy efficiency grants of up to $4000 and $8000 for 2-4 family homes. For more information attend the following session or call 723-0110 oe email
WEDNESDAY MARCH 29, 7-9PM, LH 014., the Sun will be rising on Binghamton University.
There will be a brief forum on the future of solar energy on Binghamton University Campus, and the role and future of solar energy across the country. The panel will be hosted by Councilman Conrad Taylor, along with members of IDEAS club and Southern Tier Solar Works.

Promptly after the discussion, we will be showing the documentary 'Catching the Sun'. The film follows an unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur as they race to lead the clean energy future of the United States.
7:00-7:30pm - Discussion on BU Solar
7:30-8:45pm - Movie Showing
8:45-9:00pm - Brief Discussion

Claudia Tenney Comes to Town - Finally

February 24, 2017 by pegjohnston

Citizen Action's Resistance Movement To Greet Claudia Tenney


Join Citizen Action's Resistance Movement To Greet Claudia Tenney
Claudia Tenney Will be at Her Office “Open House”
This Monday Morning – March 13th At 9:00 AM
Metro Center 45 Court St Binghamton  
Bring Your Signs

WE MUST TELL Claudia Tenney To Vote No on Repealing the Affordable Care Act taking away Health Care to Millions to give Billions to the Wealthy and the Insurance companies. Call 844-898-1199

General Meeting - the First Wednesday of each month at 6:30 at the First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton.

Huge Crowds for Welcoming Cities Resolution

February 9, 2017 by pegjohnston


UPDATE: Binghamton City Council unanimously passed the "Welcoming Resolution" after 200 people attended the Council Meeting the week before. Councilman Conrad Taylor had 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 met Feb. 21 and approved the resolution.

Video at

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.

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