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Families Belong Together Rally

June 19, 2018 by pegjohnston

#FamiliesBelongTogether National Rally: Binghamton  Saturday June 30th.

Federal Building Binghamton, NY 13901

Saturday, June 30 at 11 AM - 12 PM

See Citizen Action's Facebook Page for more info  https://www.facebook.com/events/2222062434680792/

 

Porchfest Returns

June 17, 2018 by pegjohnston

Binghamton Porchfest is, "A free celebration of community, music, and togetherness, Porchfest is the grassroots collaborative effort of hundreds of individual musicians and dozens of resident hosts of the West Side neighborhood of Binghamton (specifically the including and directly surrounding the historic Abel Bennett Tract) who get together on the last Sunday of every August to boogie down with their neighbors to the sounds of over 100 musical acts, presented on the front porches, stoops, and lawns of volunteering homes and businesses. Based on a grassroots, decentralized festival model created by residents of Ithaca, NY in 2007—which has since led to over 100 similar independently operated festivals across the US and Canada.

—Binghamton Porchfest turns stoops into stages, yards into venues, neighbors into promoters, and the West Side into a gigantic celebration of community togetherness. Kind of like a giant block party, but with more blocks, more bands, and less mac salad sitting in the heat. Dozens of residents offer up the use of their front porches to hundreds of different musicians who perform over the course of seven hours to thousands of attendees who spend their afternoon meandering the neighborhood by foot, bike, jazzy scooter, or unicycle. While it’s happening, the neighborhood is welcome to make of it what they will: in past years, we’ve seen people offer lemonade stands, garage sales, impromptu break dance showcases, and magic shows, just to name a few. Sky’s the limit!"

Claudia Tenney—Her Record

June 17, 2018 by pegjohnston

Voted to repeal some of the Dodd-Frank Act, that was put in place after the economic collapse during President GW Bush.  It demanded that large banks separate their investment side from the protected banking side.  It was put in place to keep banks from making crazy bets on stocks and bonds, putting the bank at risk, while being protected by taxpayers.
Voted to allow “expansion of private care for veterans” which means moving towards the dismantling of the V.A., which is loved by the vets, and they deserve better than any money saving options.
Voted to table articles of impeachment against the President.  President Trump is out of control in so many ways, but she voted “with him” more than 97% of the time.
Voted for the “tax reform” which was a big giveaway to big businesses, but not to normal humans. 
The middle class now pays more tax than ever while millionaires (like her), and corporations, pay less. 
Voted against abortion rights (against abortion after 20 weeks), in an attempt to violate doctor/patient privacy, and a woman’s LEGAL right to abortion. 
Voted against ozone standards (air pollution) in favor of big business and not our environment.
Voted to allow employers to give time off rather than pay overtime to employees.
Voted to repeal a law that stopped internet companies from selling or sharing private data like individual internet searches, for profit. 
Voted to remove anti-trust law from insurance companies, so that companies can do more of what they want to customers, and to lessen protections for people like us. 
Voted to repeal environmental protection of streams from coal mining companies, putting the profits in front of sensible water and land protections previously in place. 
Voted to repeal the standing rules to let James Mattis become Secretary of Defense, even though he had not met the requirements, putting the desires of our president in front of long standing rules to protect us all from any conflicts of interest.
Voted to allow veterans deemed mentally incompetent to keep their guns unless a judge’s written order is obtained. 
Voted to repeal Obama-care, and push tens of millions of Americans out of health care.
Voted to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides health care to many Americans who would not get it anywhere else.  Federal money does not pay for abortions, but she voted to destroy Planned Parenthood because they do also provide legal abortion services as well, to some of their clients. 
Voted (as a NY State Senator) to NOT raise the minimum wage for NY employees. 

When President Trump said that those not standing and clapping for him during his State of the Union speech were “un-American”.Americans do have freedom of speech, but Claudia Tenney said:

“I would say it was un-American, and they don't love our country.”  
            

When Claudia Tenney was discussing the shooting at Parkland in Florida, where 17 students and teachers died, she said that most mass shooters in America were “Democrats”, she was asked follow up questions and said:

            “Obviously, there’s a lot of politics in it. And it’s interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats, but we don’t want to, the media doesn’t talk about that either.”

Her claim about Democrats is totally unsubstantiated, which means she made it up because she thought it might sound good to her audience.When pressed on TV about this she said: 

“It is fake news! I answered your question every which way, it is fake news!”

Followed up with…

There is apparently never any time to talk about sensible gun control measures with Ms. Tenney.She has an “A” rating from the NRA, and she seems completely opposed to all steps on controlling access to assault rifles, or universal background checks, that most Americans seem to think is necessary.

As a candidate, Claudia Tenney has accepted $46,529.00 from the National Rifle Association for her bids to be elected.Do you think that she listens to “us” - or to the NRA? How much did you contribute to her, and does she take your calls? Americans want sensible gun laws, not more of the same, nor one more mindless “thoughts and prayers” comment.

Finally, Claudia Tenney does not have any real town hall meetings with her constituents.She’s afraid to be called out for her outrageous voting.Her few live events require RSVP’s which have been called (rightly) as fake town hall events since she invites only her supporters.This March she had a “telephone town hall” meeting, but that too was an invite only event.That way she gets only her supporters, not the general public, to tell her that she was wrong on many of the issues.

Compiled by Charlie Arbuiso

VINES FARMSHARES Available

June 12, 2018 by pegjohnston

Get a weekly box of fresh vegetables from your local farmer with VINES Farm Share!

We offer lots of FLEXIBILITY with:

Choice to pay twice a month, monthly or the whole season at once
10 distribution locations throughout Binghamton, Johnson City, Endicott & Whitney Point
4 local farms to choose from
Different size shares
Offering biweekly shares to pick up every other week
Ability to notify us of your vacations so you won't miss out! (though at least 1 week notice is a must!! ????)

2018 Phoenix Awards

June 7, 2018 by pegjohnston

This year's Honorees are Amelia LoDolce, Alexis Pleus and Cecily O'Neil. 

 The event is next Wednesday, June 13th @ 6:00 - 8:30 pm at Endwell Greens Golf Club Event Center, Endwell.
You can purchase tickets and/or sponsorship online here:
Tickets :https://secure.everyaction.com/Qx0eVXtu1k-9Fpgu5a7T4Q2
Sponsor: https://secure.everyaction.com/ZWw5JGNBhkSpSDmItp9zwg2

ALEXIS PLEUS (Truthpharm)
 The Founder of Truth Pharm, Alexis Pleus, works selflessly as an advocate for change surrounding the tragic epidemic of opiate addiction.  As a mother who lost her son to addiction, Alexis knows intimately the painful turmoil of this plague.  Alexis harnessed her anguish and turned it into Truth Pharm, an organization whose mission is to reduce the stigma of addiction, advocate for policy change, as well as helping individuals navigate avenues for treatment.  Alexis and Truth Pharm are in the business of saving lives and she works tirelessly to lead us in a more compassionate direction to combat this rampant epidemic.
 
AMELIA LoDOLCE (vines)
 Amelia LoDolce sees a task that needs to be done and does it. Amelia grew up on her family farm, went on to work in Washington, DC on sustainable agricultural issues. She returned to Binghamton as the Sustainable Development Planner for the city. Amelia is passionate about creating access to healthy food for her community and protecting our environment. Her energy, leadersip and spirit led her to establish the successful organization VINES. She continues to stay true to her principles that further ecological, social and economic values of her community and region.  All this because her college friends didn’t know where their food came from.
 
CECILY O’NEIL
 Cecily O’Neil has devoted her life to social justice.  Cecily’s passion and
values are depicted by the many ways she gives of herself and time. We
often see awards go to the people who are bravely out-front leading the
charge. Cecily O’Neil exemplifies the quiet heroine rarely seen – in
 the background working tirelessly to accomplish whatever task is given
her. She, and others like her, are the bedrock of all movements for justice.
Cecily is a retired special education teacher and a dedicated volunteer at
the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Citizen Action, Peace Action, and
Veterans for Peace. Wherever there is a need, she answers the call without
acclaim or reward.

Memorial Day and Everywhere is War

May 27, 2018 by imc-editor

As we begin Memorial Day weekend, I share an article I wrote at this time in 2014. Sadly, the US is lashing out more aggressively than four years ago and the world is an even more dangerous place as a result. As we relax and enjoy the long weekend, let's double down on our efforts for peace and justice. --Andy Piascik
 
            Summer approaches and the stench of war is all around. Or, as the great Bob Marley put it, Everywhere is War. Start with the commemorations over a five-week span of Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day, all presented varyingly as celebrations of our war dead, symbols of our greatness, the freedoms we love so dearly and seek to export to every corner of the world and, perhaps most important, the unquestioned rightness of our cause.
            In reality, the celebrations are of imperialist war, with the talk about the hallowed dead just so much cover for the murderous nature of US foreign policy. Celebrating the dead – note that the dead celebrated are just the American dead, not any of the millions killed by US aggression or client states – is a no-lose proposition designed to render anyone who asks the wrong questions a traitor or a terrorist. The notion that the US regularly commits war crimes and that polished, well-educated men like John Kennedy and Barack Obama are war criminals is unthinkable; war criminals look like Osama bin-Laden and Saddam Hussein and those other nasty people far away, over there.
World War One Centennial
            It’s also the summer of the centennial of the start of what in its time was known as the Great War, the greatest blood-letting in history except for that of the Second Great War barely two decades later. Of one thing we can be sure and that is that the lessons drawn from mainstream discussions of World War One will be all the wrong ones. Worse, the spectacle of the intelligentsia waxing eloquent about the horrors of war while unflinchingly cheering on the warmakers in Washington will be accepted by one and all of their kind as perfectly reasonable – as beyond discussion, in fact.
            In recent weeks, meanwhile, mainstream commentators have been shocked to discover that things in Iraq are not alright, in fact are worse than at any time since the second US blitzkrieg in 2003. Gee, who knew. Who knew that an invasion predicated on a lie of weapons of mass destruction, designed to secure control of massive oil supplies, would go wrong? The political class and intelligentsia didn’t, or at least they pretended they didn’t, but millions around the world who demonstrated against the invasion in the weeks before it was launched certainly did. And one of the points those demonstrators underscored was that a US invasion would fuel sectarian divisions and violence, precisely as has happened. Al-Qaeda, which did not exist in Iraq prior to the invasion, now flourishes while a new group, the Islamist State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), rampages through the country.
            The response of many elites in the US, naturally, is for more war. Calls from certain factions for a third US invasion are growing louder and, true to his preference for violence over diplomacy, Obama has sent a strike force to Iraq. Whether the people of the United States can come together as we did last summer when we rose up and prevented Obama from attacking Syria remains to be seen. We must at least try.
Disgraceful Treatment of Veterans
            Also on the war front is the Veterans Affairs’ disgraceful neglect of ex-soldiers in need of medical care. For years, political elites have been slashing benefits for veterans while increasing spending on weapons and cutting taxes for the Super Rich. That the problem came to a head with a Democrat in the White House is simply an accident of timing, and it is especially outrageous that the most enthusiastic cheerleaders of the illegal Bush-Cheney invasions, as well as reductions to the VA’s budgets and the tax cuts for 1%, now pretend that they care about soldiers.
            Equally farcical is the commencement of yet another round of hearings on the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. Such hearings would certainly be valuable if everything related to US actions in Libya since the launch of the 2011 assault were up for review, but there is virtually no chance of that happening. The deaths of tens of thousands of Libyans in yet one more illegal military strike, as well as the resulting chaos and violence in that country, is of no concern to those who long for the good old days of Bush-Cheney and are interested only in scoring political points.  
Bowe Bergdhal
            Then there is the saga of the much-vilified Bowe Bergdhal, a heroic young man who came to see the criminal nature of the US invasion of Afghanistan. The refusal of working class youth to fight for Empire is the ruling class’s biggest nightmare and the attacks on Bergdahl, like the show trial that convicted Chelsea Manning, show how far they will go to punish those in uniform who dare challenge their objectives. A hidden aspect of the movement that ended US carnage in Southeast Asia is that it was the widespread opposition of soldiers, both as embodied by organizations like Vietnam Veterans Against the War as well as active duty resisters, that decisively turned the tide.
            So alarming was this development that two massive disinformation campaigns were immediately launched: the myth of the hostility of the anti-war movement for returning soldiers that sought to drive a wedge between active duty and homefront resistance (see, for example, Jerry Lembcke’s outstanding book The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Vietnam); and the completely fraudulent MIA blitz (expertly exposed by Bruce Franklin in MIA, or Mythmaking in America) concocted by the Nixon Administration to shift attention away from the death and destruction wrought by the US to the plight of nonexistent prisoners of war.
            Because preventing any similar development of resistance among soldiers is central to imperial objectives, discussion has largely avoided what Bergdahl actually said about his service in Afghanistan, including his telling declaration in a 2009 e-mail to his parents, as quoted by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!: “The future is too good to waste on lies and life is way too short to care for the damnation of others as well as to spend it helping fools with their ideas that are wrong. I've seen their ideas, I'm ashamed to even be American. The horror of the self righteous arrogance that they thrive in.” Rather than joining in the Bowe Bergdhal lynch mob, US soldiers everywhere, not to mention those with loved ones in the military, would do well to heed his words and experience.
The Supreme International Crime
            Lastly, the same standard that applies to the war crimes of others applies to the US. As articulated by Robert H. Jackson, chief US prosecutor at Nuremberg, a war of aggression such as committed by the US against Afghanistan and Iraq “is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing only from all other crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.” In such a circumstance, what Bergdahl did was proper and, it could be argued, obligatory for anyone party to war crimes. So amidst the flag waving and speechifying that glorifies imperialism, we should support him and prisoners of conscience like Chelsea Manning. We should demand that all services veterans require be provided, that US bases around the world be closed, that soldiers be returned home and that the US cease its campaign of endless aggression. And as enticing as the military may seem in such desperate economic times, we should counsel young people to stay away no matter how bleak the alternatives may be.     
           Andy Piascik is an award-winning author whose novel In Motion was recently published by Sunshine Publishing. 

Local Church Celebrates 10,000 Dresses Made

May 13, 2018 by imc-editor

Event Location: Whitney Point United Methodist Church, Whitney Point NY  Sunday, May 20, 2018 1:30pm

For the past 8 years the ‘Sew ‘n Sews’ have been meeting weekly at the Whitney Point United Methodist Church to sew dresses. They use pillowcases, sheets, and other donated fabric along with elastic and lace, to assemble dress kits which then get sewn together into dresses of all sizes. Every few months a volunteer takes several boxes full of completed dresses to Angels of Mercy in Rochester, NY where they get labels and are shipped out across the globe as part of the Dress A Girl Around The World program.

On Sunday, May 20th the church will be celebrate the completion of the Sew ‘n Sews’ 10,000th dress! There will be speakers from Angels of Mercy and Dress A Girl as well as a short video presentation showcasing some of the happy girls who have received dresses.

“We’ve never bought any fabric,” lead Sew ‘n Sew, Jean Ellis says. “Every time we got low another donation would come in.” Rev. Turnpenny says this is not just a celebration of 10,000 dress but 10,000 children being given dignity and protection. It’s also a celebration of the incredible community support we’ve received through countless donations of fabric and thousands of hours of sewing!

About: Dress a Girl Around the World is a Campaign under Hope 4 Women International (a 501c3 organization) bringing dignity to women around the world since 2006. For more information go to dressagirlaroundtheworld.com

Angels of Mercy is a Christ-centered organization (501c3) dedicated to helping women in need locally, across the nation and around the world. For more information go to angelsofmercyny.org.

The Whitney Point United Methodist Church has been an active part of the community since the 1800’s and prioritizes supporting children and feeding the hungry. For more information go to whitneypointumc.org.

 

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