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RESISTANCE MOVEMENT MEETING: Updated!

January 29, 2017 by imc-editor

 Join us to Protest  The Trump Agenda:
  at the NYS Republican's Statewide Fundraiser Dinner in Binghamton
Weds March 1st  at 5:30 PM
Holiday Inn Arena- 2-8 Hawley St Binghamton

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.

Stay involved, stay connected, sign up for our weekly e-news. We'll try to keep you up on all the events. (Please let us know what going on in your progressive organizing.)

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.

What’s Up?! Updated

December 11, 2016 by pegjohnston

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS DOWNLOAD BELOW!

Update: SOLIDARITY Women’s - Human Rights March in Binghamton - Saturday, January 21 – March in Binghamton in support of the Women’s March on Washington and to protest the Trump Agenda.  Location County Courthouse in Binghamton, Gather 12 noon Martin Luther King Statue – March to Court House for Speakers – Followed Music & Refreshments at Atomic Toms on State St.

Since the election local organizers have been busy and at Citizen Action over 100 people attended an organizing meeting and offering a pledge to resist the Trump agenda. The Women's March on Washington January 21st has a Binghamton organizer and have secured 5 buses and are organizing other activities.  Check out their event page on Facebook The Dept of Public Art will sponsor a sign making workshop January 8th at 2 pm at the Cooperative Gallery. The March Binghamton organizers have scheduled a sign making session on Thurs. Jan 12th 5-7:30pm in the Violet Room of the Lost Dog Cafe. They have also commissioned a white scarf for the delegation, #womensmarch Memorial Scarves. The Binghamton Bridge will be a resource for keeping the community connected--please let us know of any events--binghamtonbridge@gmail.com.

Here is the latest from Citizen Action:

A bus to Washington to join the Women’s March on Washington The bus trip will be leaving from the Citizen Action office at 5AM and then leaving DC at around 6PM or whenever the rally is done. Expected time of arrival back in Binghamton is midnight. We'll have two stops, one in the morning for breakfast and one on the way home for dinner, and we'll be bringing bagged lunches, water, snacks, etc. so we can stay at the march for the long hall and not have to wander out for food.  To sign up and pay the $70:00 fee call Citizen Action at 723-0110.

Can you join me? Click here for details and to RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/events/march-on-washington?source=email&

Tuesday, January 10 7:00 A.M. - bus trip to Albany leaving from Citizen Action to call on Cuomo and the NYS Legislature to Unite New York around Progressive Change, Protect NY against the Trump Agenda, Support Public Education, Sustainable Clean Environment.  Deposit (to be returned after trip) of $5.00 to reserve seat on bus.  Expected time of return is early evening.  For information, call Citizen Action at 607-723-0110 or Larry Parham at 607-743-5877.

Wednesday, January 11 at about 7:30 AM – car pooling to Albany for HCFANY’s (Health Care for All New York) annual winter meeting in Albany at SEIU building, 155 Washington Ave., Albany.  Expected time of return early evening.  Meeting begins at 11:00 and runs until 3:30, lunch provided (offering accepted). 

We will discuss HCFANY's plan for achieving quality, affordable health coverage for all New Yorkers in 2017.  For information, call Citizen Action at 607-723-0110.

Wednesday, January 18 – 5:00 - Anti Racism Training at Citizen Action from 5 pm to 8:30 pm – maximum of 25 people, to sign up call Citizen Action at 607-723-0110.

Saturday, January 21 5:00 A.M. - bus to Washington to join the Million Women’s March.

The bus trip will be leaving from the Citizen Action office at 5AM and then leaving DC to come home around 6PM or whenever the rally is done. We'll have two stops, one in the morning for breakfast and one on the way home for dinner, and we'll be bringing bagged lunches, water, snacks, etc. so we can stay at the march for the long hall and not have to wander out for food.

Saturday, January 21 – Binghamton rally in support of the Million Women’s March and to protest the Trump Agenda.  Location County Courthouse in Binghamton, details to come.

Wed/Thurs January 25 or 26 -  7:30 - RAP’s (Renew the American Promise) semiannual meeting in Albany.  Car pooling from Citizen Action, leaving about 7:30 and returning early evening.  Statewide organizing meeting, organizing to stop the attacks on our Social Safety Net and the Trump Agenda.  Details to come.

Thursday, January 26 – 6:00 to 9:00 pm - How to Organize – basic organizing skills.  For information, call Citizen Action at 607-723-0110.

Every Saturday in February (4 in total) – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Self Defense Training place TBA - $10.00per session/$40.00 total.  Details to come.

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Fund Essential Menstrual Hygiene-- Will Binghamton be First?

December 4, 2016 by pegjohnston

The Women and Gender Studies Activism class at Binghamton University is announcing to the media that we will be having an open, public speak out in support of Fund Essential Menstruation legislation on December 7th at city hall at 6:30pm during the scheduled city council meeting.. We have written a proposed legislation titled Fund Essential Menstruation (FEM) Hygiene Act 2016. See their Facebook Page for more info.

Our mission statement is as follows: One of the most difficult things about being homeless is being a person who menstruates. There is no single “rulebook” guiding homeless people to the resources they need. Not every person has the privilege of reaching into their purse and grabbing a sanitary napkin. Without access to these sanitary items, they are susceptible to a range of health challenges including, but not limited to, yeast and bacterial infections and toxic shock syndrome.
Therefore, we are proposing legislation entitled, Fund Essential Menstruation (FEM) Hygiene Products Act 2016, requiring the city of Binghamton to provide feminine menstrual products in all city owned public facilities. Menstrual hygiene products should be included alongside the other sanitary items currently provided by the city of Binghamton in its public facilities.

If Binghamton City Council passes this legislation, we will be one of the first cities in the country to provide sanitary items for free.

 

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