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Saturday, January 28th

Wednesday, February 1st

Wednesday, February 8th

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6th BOB JOHNSTON MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW AND COMPETITION

November 28, 2016 by pegjohnston

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

            The Cooperative Gallery 213 and t he Two Rivers Photography Club are sponsoring the 6th Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition January 6-28th, 2017. “This Photo Competition attracts the best photography this area has to offer,” according to Bill Gorman of the Cooperative Gallery. AS of New Year's Eve, 103 photos had been submitted. “We are very excited to welcome Chuck Haupt, a professional photographer, formerly with the Press and Sun Bulletin and gallery member, as this year’s judge.” On the Third Thursday, January 19th at 7 pm, Haupt will offer constructive critiques on photographs; any photographer may bring a photo for review at no cost.

            All photographers are eligible to enter up to three photos in any format in this open themed show. There will be cash prizes for Best of Show, two Judge’s Choice each in Black and White and Color, and ten Honorable Mentions will also be awarded.

            A reception for the photographers, friends, and the public will take place January 6th at the First Friday Art Walk from 6-9, with gallery hours starting at 3 pm that day. The Exhibit will be open Fridays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 12-4 pm and by appointment until January 28th. Prizes and cash awards for the winners will be announced at First Friday, January 1st at 6:30 pm at a reception for the artists and the public.

            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. 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 Two Rivers Photography Club has monthly meetings, skill building sessions, and competitions throughout the year. 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 a weekly e-newsletter on our website at  www.cooperativegallery.com or on Facebook.

Post Election Fear

November 20, 2016 by pegjohnston

A number of constituencies have reported an increase in the number of people fearful about the outcome of the election of Donald Trump. Muslims have reported incidents of harassment of women wearing hijabs. The Gay Help Line reports increased calls from people fearful and experiencing harassment. Immigrants who came to the US as children are fearful that they will be deported to countries that they have no memory of. Gay couples with children are inquiring about second parent adoption in case gay marriage is overturned. Fears about the loss of affordable insurance are rampant.

Locally, Citizen Action had 100 people at their first meeting and is scheduling several meetings to create an infrastructure that will create a rapid response to the incidents that are sure to come with a Trump presidency. The next meeting is Wednesday December 7 at 6:00 pm at First Pres Church 42 Chenango St. Binghamton.

Nationally, a "Million Women March" will be held Jan 21st in Washington DC and in several other cities. For more information see https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_lsTTIlJff6anpUaUdoYWUwVU0/view.

The Bridge received notice that a chapter of the Pink Pistols is opening locally. It is part of  a national organization that teaches those "who feel vulnerable how to legally and safely defend themselves and their loved ones with a handgun." They also offer unarmed self defense classes for women, LGBTQ and others who are interested. More info:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1811022989138138/

Gov. Cuomo also made this statement:

"Hate crimes have spiked across the country and this state has not been spared. This week, fliers glorifying the KKK were found distributed on cars in Suffolk County. Last week in Allegany County, a softball field dugout was defaced with the words “Make America White Again,” accompanied by a spray-painted swastika. These are just a few examples. My administration has launched a number of investigations into hate crimes targeting minorities and immigrants. and immigrants." He announced a new hotline: "Residents who have experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or discrimination are encouraged to call our toll-free hotline at (888) 392-3644 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. If you want to report a crime or fear for your safety, call 911 immediately."

 

Stay strong and keep involved!

 

New VINES garden, Front St.

November 16, 2016 by pegjohnston

VINES and First Ward Action Council partner to build new garden on Front Street
New garden location is 250 Front Street Binghamton, within the Binghamton Gateway Homes community

VINES and First Ward Action Council are partnering to build a community garden in the Binghamton Gateway Homes Community, at 250 Front Street.  Volunteers came together November 19th to construct raised bed gardens and fill them with soil and compost.  A community garden is developed and managed by community members to provide space for people to grow their own food.  The Front Street Community Garden will have 20 raised garden beds available 2017 growing season for a $20 rental fee. Priority for garden plot sign-ups will go to those living on Front St and the surrounding side streets.

Anyone interested in renting a bed at the garden or in helping to build the garden is encouraged to come to the Saturday workday. To sign-up to volunteer please call/text us at 607-205-8108 or email us at info@vinesgardens.org or rsvp on facebook. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Photo: Some of the dozens of volunteers that helped construct the garden.

 

UNITE AGAINST HATE & INEQUALITY

November 11, 2016 by pegjohnston

After the Election and Beyond: Join us at this planning meeting  WE NEED YOU!

UPDATE:

Our Pledge to Resist

Murals for Free

November 6, 2016 by pegjohnston

Photo: Mural by Nathan Reese

The Dept of Public Art is offering 4 X 8' and 2 X 4' mural panels to people or businesses who want to display them. Last year 30 panels were painted at Mural Fest 2015 and most of them have been placed on boarded up buildings as a way to improve the appearance in blighted neighborhoods.  Eleven of them, on a food theme, were placed on a building on Chenango St. which is now being renovated into a Deli and Pizza Shop, so these are now available. Seven panels have been placed in community gardens--Liberty St. Garden, Roosevelt School Garden and Laurel Garden.

At the 2016 Mural Fest at Cheri Lindsey Park, another 16 panels were painted, most of them in a smaller format for ease in transport and placement. The panels are available for posting in Binghamton or any other area in Broome County. To request a panel contact DPA at binghamtonbridge@gmail.com. Photos of available panels can be viewed at http://binghamtonbridge.org/image  the image gallery on this site, and choose dept of public art in the pull down menu.

 

Free Access to Vote Smart now until election day

October 18, 2016 by imc-editor

Free unimpeded access to all Vote Smart data now through Election Day.
 Vote Smart  votesmart.org

Vote Smart is a bipartisan database of every federal candidate for office--every position, every speech, every vote. Not only that it has several tools to help you make the best choice that matches up with your concerns. For instance, if the environment or reproductive rights are important to you, choose that filter and see who is worth your vote.

For a short time, Vote Smart had to charge to use the database which was created by hundreds of hours of volunteer time.
Pro Access, the system that limited access to those using Vote Smart data for professional purposes is being suspended. The over 20,000 professional users who had their access limited will no longer be impeded from using this incredible source of facts on thousands of candidates.
 
Thanks to Vote Smart member gifts, the access codes assigned to almost 20,000 users will no longer be needed.
 
Vote Smart everyone!

BingChex: Debbie Preston's 5 Lies

October 16, 2016 by imc-editor

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