Ukrainian anti-fascists are calling on people around the world to mark May 2 as a day of commemoration of those who were killed in the trade union building in Odessa.
On May 2, 2014 there was a bloody massacre in Odessa where, though data is incomplete, at least 48 people were killed. Some of them were burned alive in the House of Trade Unions. The organizers of the massacre were radical Ukrainian nationalists and fascists who support the regime established in the Kiev after the coup in February 2014. Their opponents were the participants of the Antimaydan movement opposed to Ukrainian fascism. They belonged to different political tendencies, but opposition to Ukrainian fascism united them. It was they who were the main victims of the massacre on the May 2. Fleeing from the crowd of aggressive and armed fascists which greatly outnumbered them, the Antimaydan activists tried to take refuge in the House of Trade Unions located near their camp. They were largely without weapons, as they consistently preferred peaceful forms of protest. The enemy attacked the House of Trade Unions with Molotov cocktails, igniting a fire that caused many of those inside the building to flee outside. There, angry Ukrainian fascists beat and killed them. Others who observed this remained inside until they either burned to death, suffocated or jumped out of windows to their deaths. Others who remained inside were hunted down and murdered in cold blood. Local fire service deliberately did not go to the assistance of the desperate people and when it finally arrived, the fascists did not let the fire trucks or firefighters approach the burning building.
The ruling government of Ukraine is doing everything to hide and distort the truth about this crime. The official list of dead people has not been published yet. The results of forensic examination of the causes of deaths are classified and were not disclosed until recently. None of the perpetrators of the massacre has been arrested; the state prosecutor's office deliberately ignores numerous videos proving their guilt. Instead, people who tried to defend the House of Trade Unions have been arrested and put on trial. Though the investigation found no evidence of their guilt, the court refuses to set them free. Official propaganda since the day of tragedy has spread lies like “the House of Trade Unions was not protected by people from Odessa but by citizens of Transnistria and Russian saboteurs”, calls these people terrorists and separatists even though the leaders of the Odessa’s "Antimaydan" never called for the separation of the Odessa region from Ukraine. But various supporters of this Kiev regime replicate this lie all over the world.
The Odessa tragedy is just one act in the civil war the Kiev fascists launched last spring against its own people that. This is not the only event of its kind. The atrocities of the fascists on May 9, 2014 in Mariupol, massive bloodshed in the Donbass, sadistic treatment of war prisoners, deliberate destruction of vital facilities in the Donbass, the recent excesses of Ukrainian soldiers in Konstantinovka (Kostyantynivka) - all of them are the links of the same chain. This is a manifestation of the bloody totalitarian nature of the regime in Kiev, established in the heart of Europe with the blessing of western political leaders. But the Odessa massacre became a symbol of these atrocities. In Odessa, the Kiev regime's political opponents asserted their own rights without weapons, by peaceful means and they were ruthlessly suppressed with astonishing cruelty and cynicism. The task of all progressive forces of the world is to demonstrate their condemnation and rejection of such methods.
The Kiev regime wants to forcibly impose on the entire population of Ukraine its system of values which totally rejects the Soviet period in the history of Ukraine. It is based on the traditions of Ukrainian integral nationalism, which is the local Ukrainian variant of fascist ideology. These ideas of integral nationalism inspired such figures as Stepan Bandera. For a significant part of Ukrainian society, such attitudes are unacceptable. That is why opposition appeared. Despite all the repression, people have been fighting against the reactionaries and actively looking for an alternative. But the forces of resistance in Ukraine are split, and some of them are not guided by consistently democratic principles. Some of them receive help from Russian nationalists and therefore think that the alternative to Ukrainian fascism is Russian nationalism. But this is wrong and a dead end road. Therefore, the solidarity of international left forces with the liberation struggle against the Kiev regime will help the people of see they have friends and strengthen the democratic tendencies in the camp of resistance.
Finally, solidarity of leftist and internationalist forces is important not only for Ukraine. Now we see the rise of right-wing reactionary movements around the world. In many European countries, neo-fascists are growing in popularity, the youth are joining their parties, and they are gaining more and more votes. Totalitarianism has intensified everywhere and gone on the offensive. The civil war in Ukraine is just one of many episodes of offensive of international reaction forces. But this episode is very revealing. Ukraine is a European country and it in this European country that for the first time in the 21st century that fascists have entered a government while fascist paramilitaries have received legal status in the army and other state authorities. We can resist this attack on our principles and values together, combining our efforts all round the world.
Therefore, we propose to make May 2 a day of international solidarity in defense of democracy and internationalism in Ukraine. To this end, we urge the leftist forces around the world to hold in early May actions of solidarity with the liberation struggle of the working masses of Ukraine. This can be a picket, a march, a meeting, a round table and any other action which would be considered appropriate by activists not indifferent to the problems of Ukraine. From our side, our initiative group will contribute to the dissemination of information about these actions in the media.
Mural Fest 2015 Artists to Paint Murals for Binghamton
Mural Fest 2015 will involve more than 31 artists, seven bands, a second stage with acoustic acts and open mic, a sculpture garden,vendors, and community organizations tabling. The public art festival will take place on Sunday April 26, 2015 12-6 pm on the Riverwalk, by RiverRead Books, down to the MLK Promenade. “This is a family friendly event with music, kids’ activities, entertainment, and most importantly, a lot of different kinds of art,” according to Kady Perry, an organizer of the event for re-Bold Binghamton and the Dept. of Public Art. (DPA) There is an Artist Meet & Greet Pre-Party show at The Cyber Cafe West the night before, April 25th from 7pm-midnight.
The musical line up is: The Falconers 12pm-12:45pm ?If Madrid 1pm-1:45pm? The Somerton Suitcase 2pm-2:45pm? Teddy Midnight 3pm-3:45pm? A Social State 4pm-4:45pm? Riverside Confession 5pm-5:45pm? Mobday 6pm-6:45pm
Artists with the Dept of Public Art are painting eleven 4’ X 8’ panels on a food theme for a boarded up building on Chenango Street. “We chose the food theme because the Northside of Binghamton is a food desert, lacking a grocery or other outlet for fresh food,” commented Peg Johnston. Other artists will paint original designs on panels to be used in conjunction with the Dept of Public Art’s new project to place art on boarded up properties. Other projects at Mural Fest will include painting a car and other objects, mosaics, spray painting demonstrations, and tabling by artists and arts organizations.
Local artists will be joined by guest public artists, including Damien Mitchell, world traveling street artist from Australia; Nic 707 Last of the First generation graffiti writers from the Bronx; Indigo Arts Collective from Brooklyn, NY; stencil artist Teran Studio of Newburgh; Kat Beavers, Sculptor; and chalk artists Eric Maruscak and Alexis Pleus.
Several area businesses are sponsoring the mural fest and a mural will be painted on a cut out of a hot air balloon with the name of the sponsors. So far, the sponsors include Belknap Lumber, Kovarik Hardware, Cooperative Gallery, Orion Beauty, Lost Dog, Galaxy Brewing, Zona Grill, Water St. Brewing, Burger Mondays, The Shop, Cavanaugh’s, and others. The Belmar is providing food for artists and volunteers are encouraged to bring food for the artists and performers.
The Fest is being supported by Broome County, the City of Binghamton, and Gorgeous Washington Street Assn. It is sponsored by reBold Binghamton, a BU student group and the Dept of Public Art, a volunteer organization that is responsible for several public art projects, including the “Birthplace of Virtual Reality” murals in the Water St. Parking Ramp. The Movable Murals on boarded up properties is a new project to “take art into neighborhoods with abandoned buildings,” according to Peg Johnston of the DPA. “As these buildings are re-purposed we can move the mural panels to other locations where property owners request them.” It is supported by grants from the Chenango Co Arts Council and the Hoyt Foundation. *
A complete list of artists: Bruce Greig, Jesse Martinez, RB Artistry, Tom Bomb, Rakesh Maharaj, Jesse Ryan, Derek Lindow, and students from BCC’s Art 230. Also, Kareemah Johnson, David Francisco, Danielle White, Mandy Wright, Angela Cook, Amara Kopakova, Lindsay Baker, Hakim Griffin, Danielle White, Diane Lia, MaryRose Griffin, Shawna Stevenson, Judy Salton, Katherine Scott, Julie Slattery, Kim Lato, Grace Weber, Will Dwiggins, Megan Smey, Byel Gould. Sculpture by: Lyman Bothwell, Rebecca Austin, and mosaics by Emily Jablon.
*The Broome, Chenango & Otsego Decentralization (DEC) Program is administered by the Chenango Arts Council, and is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Additional support for Broome County provided by the Stewart W. & Willma C. Hoyt Foundation.
Friday, April 17, the UUCB Social Justice Committee and the Greater Binghamton Labor-Religion Coalition hosted a forum about current wage theft affecting assembly line workers, university adjunct faculty and teaching assistants and fast food workers. Mandatory overtime (or be fired), changing job/tenure requirements, high temperatures, and diluted wages cause hunger, stress and even physical disability.
Reynolds (Aluminum) has 45 Pactiv subsidiaries in 16 US states (Canandaigua and Plattsburg, NY) that produce the food packaging products and utensils used by Binghamton University/Sodexho, Starbucks, etc. Workers at the Kearney, NJ plant who attempted to form a union at Pactiv were intimidated, fired, and one so disabled she needed metal rods in her back before Pactiv closed the plant to end their democratic rights.
Rank Group/Wells Fargo, the parent company of Reynolds, is a worldwide packaging(Hefty bags) empire under its billionaire owner Graeme Hart, New Zealand’s richest man, $7.3B. Hart has a new yacht built at Kleven Verft in the community of Ulstein in Norway. The yard specializes in off-shore vessels and the 107-meter long yacht is constructed to sail under rough conditions, equipped with helicopter deck, hangar and accommodation for 60 persons, useful at his 2009 bought company called Knight Services (Fiji). The seller of the company, Pacific Islands Partnership (PIP), markets 99-year leases on Fijian islands.
Locally, as reported by several BU students, they have attempted to meet with President H. Stenger to no avail; his Administrative Chief of Staff, Terrence Kane, former State regional director of economic development, barely gave the activists lip service nor listened to their petition to divest from such companies/products.
To learn more: www.aintiawoman.org, www.Pactiv.com, www.boycottreynolds.org/petition, http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Pactiv/reviews
www.nmass.org (national mobilization against sweatshops);
Is your street littered with winter time detritus, flyaway re-cycling, and other stuff not to be dwelled on? If you live on the near Westside it is. At least 3 or 4 groups of neighborhood residents are talking about taking to the streets with brooms and bags to clean up. Speaking of brooms, one group focusing on Walnut and Seminary Streets are collecting brooms:
"If you have an extra broom in your basement or garage, please donate it to a community clean up effort. The brooms will be used to sweep sidewalks and curbs on whole blocks of the west side, then given to everyone who wants to keep the front of their home or business clean. Drop off those brooms at the American Legion parking lot, 76 Main Street on Sunday, April 19, 10 AM - 12 noon."
Another group is adding recycling tips to a door hanger in the neighborhood, encouraging residents to clean up their properties and join in. A DRAFT of the door hanger flyer is attached. ALL DETAILS ARE NOT FINAL; Check this space for more details or email us at binghamtonbridge@gmail and we will pass on what info we have.
The Tate in London is in.
So are the Harvard Art Museums.
Ditto, the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
And the Cooperative Gallery and Orazio Salati Gallery in Binghamton NY.
These and 173 galleries around the world are celebrating Slow Art Day on April 11, 2015. “Slow Art Day is the global all-volunteer event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art,” according to the website SlowArtDay.com. “Slow Art Day was created as a grassroots movement to empower museum visitors to change their museum experience. Unlike the standard 8-second view, Slow Art Day participants are asked to spend 10-15 minutes looking at several specific pieces of art.”
The event is at Cooperative Gallery 213 on State Street and Orazio Salati Studio & Gallery at 204 State Street located across from each other in Binghamton’s Downtown Arts District. The program will begin in each gallery at 1pm on Saturday April 11th and will feature the work of Exhibiting Artist Members at Cooperative Gallery and the work of Orazio Salati and Provincetown MA artist Jerome Greene at Salati’s gallery. Participants will enjoy a brief introduction to the program by Judy Salton (Cooperative Gallery) and Orazio Salati. They will switch galleries midway through the event and follow-up with an open discussion over refreshments at the Cooperative Gallery.
“Our Slow Art event will allow the participants to view the pieces with very little input from us but we hope to have a lively discussion afterward,” comments Judy Salton, organizer of the event. The event starts at 1 pm and the discussion, with refreshments, will follow at 3 pm. It is free and open to the public.
Contact Information: to RSVP: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=pjztkndab&oeidk=a07...
Contact: Judy Salton or Orazio Salati
Phone: 607 584-4715 (Salton) or 772-6725 (Salati)
THE DEPT. OF PUBLIC ART IS PARTICIPATING IN MURAL FEST 2015 BY PAINTING AT LEAST 8 PANELS OF 4 X 8 PLYWOOD WITH MURALS ON THE THEME OF FOOD. THESE PANELS WILL BE PLACED ON ONE OF THE PROPERTIES COOPERATING WITH OUR “BLIGHT IS OUR CANVAS” PROJECT, 511 CHENANGO ST. ARTISTS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR DESIGN BY APRIL 14TH AT THE DPA MEETING 7 PM AT COOPERATIVE GALLERY 213 STATE ST. OR BY SENDING SKETCHED DESIGN TO BINGHAMTONBRIDGE@GMAIL.COM.
THE FOOD THEME WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE THE NORTHSIDE IS A FOOD DESERT AND IN NEED OF A GROCERY AND SOURCES OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. PRIMED PANELS WILL BE PROVIDED AS WELL AS LATEX PAINT. BRIGHT COLORS ARE ENCOURAGED. PANELS MUST BE PAINTED ON THE DAY OF MURAL FEST SUNDAY, APRIL 26TH 12-5 (RAIN OR SHINE) ON THE MLK PROMENADE. THE DESIGN OF THE FINISHED ASSEMBLED MURAL WILL BE SIMILAR TO THIS SEGMENTED MURAL IN FLORIDA (see attached flyer)
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE DEPT OF PUBLIC ART, A VOLUNTEER GROUP PROMOTING PUBLIC ART AT BINGHAMTONBRIDGE@GMAIL.COM.
Southern Tier Solar Works (STSW), a program of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC), is launching Solarize Southern Tier East (SSTE), to bring solar energy to our area. SSTE offers homeowners and small businesses a path to energy savings that are fixed, predictable, and long-term.
The SSTE campaign will serve Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties, and will partner with three competitively-selected, installer partners—Astrum Solar, ETM Solar/TAITEM Engineering, and Renovus Energy—with the goal of doubling existing residential solar in the five counties. The SSTE 2015 campaign is a limited-time initiative designed to incentivize “going solar” with the help of a streamlined site-assessment process and group discounts. Online enrollment will run thru June 10th. Early enrollment and contracting is rewarded through higher State incentives and earlier installations. Registration and all program information will be available at: www.southerntiersolarworks.org.
The public will have 10 weeks to enroll during this campaign. The more people who sign up, the lower their cost becomes. Installations will begin this summer, with most completed before winter of 2015. Financing is available through NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green New York program and through select banks and credit unions.
Two program launch events and more than 30 community meetings, brown bag lunches, and solar home tours across the five-county region – all free and open to the public – will give participants opportunities to learn what it takes to go solar.
Solarize programs jump-start regional solar markets, lower price volatility and bring energy independence to our communities. By increasing our energy efficiency and our use of renewable energy sources, New York can become a national leader in the clean energy economy. Solar power is the most plentiful, free, and constant source of energy on our planet.
Don’t be left out! Be a part of an energy future that will benefit our entire society—from local job growth, to lower energy costs, to the improved health and well-being of our communities. Come to a Solarize Community Meeting this spring!
Wednesday, April 15th: Vestal Public Library
320 Vestal Parkway East, VESTAL, NY 7:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, April 18th: Owego-Apalachin
10 am - 2 pm
Registration information available by calling 607-342-3159
Monday, April 20th: Broome County Public Library
185 Court Street, BINGHAMTON, NY 6:00-8:00 pm
Southern Tier Earth Fest - Exhibition
Saturday, April 25th: SUNY Broome Community College
907 Upper Front Street, BINGHAMTON, NY 10 am–4 pm
Wednesday, April 29th: Spencer Town Hall
79 E Tioga Street, SPENCER, NY 7:00-9:00 pm
and other locations and time, please call