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Call for Entries: Environmental Photo

April 25, 2017 by pegjohnston

Call for Entries: Joyce K.L. Smith Environmental Photography Competition
Deadline: May 26th
 
The Broome County Environmental Management Council (EMC) invites amateur photographers to submit photographs for the 2017 Joyce K.L. Smith Environmental Photography Competition, By Friday May 26th.  Rules and entry forms can be found at www.gobroomecounty.com/emc.  Entrants may submit up to three photographs in three categories.
 
This marks the 17th year of this long-running competition and exhibit to raise awareness about the beauty of Broome County’s natural environment. A panel of professionals will give awards for the Best-in-Show, Best Themed Photograph, Best Submission from a High School Student and one winner and several honorable mentions from each category. Winning photos will be printed and mounted for exhibit at the Broome County Arts Council Gallery (81 State Street, 5th Floor, Binghamton) for the month of July, with an opening reception during First Friday on July 7th starting at 6pm.
 
Any questions can be directed to blucas@co.broome.ny.us or 607-778-2375 (M-F 8am-4pm).
www.gobroomecounty.com/emc
www.facebook.com/broomeemc
 
Photo credit
Laurie-Ann Platt, Conklin, NY
First Place - Natural Landscape, 2010
"White birches at Dorchester Park"

Two Local Republican Politicians Charged

April 17, 2017 by pegjohnston

Tax Day Rally

April 16, 2017 by pegjohnston

About 200 people attended the Tax Day Rally. It was one of hundreds across the country and in Washington DC, protesting the Republican/Trump plans for a budget and tax policy. Protesters also demanded that President Trump reveal his taxes, especially because of his foreign investments and entanglements. Citizen Action schedule of events in next story below. May 6th is the next Indivisible meeting at Endicott Library. See FB page for more details.

Photo by Patti Schwartz, from Indivisible Binghamton Facebook page.

Another Resistance Resource: Stay Woke!

April 6, 2017 by pegjohnston

https://www.ourstates.org/#pressure

The Resistance is everywhere! and there are more and more digital tools to help!  The latest is an interactive map that highlights actions in the states on six different issue areas from voting rights to reproductive rights. Other tools include text to fax and 5calls.org which nudges your friends to call their representatives. see more here. 

These do not replace phone calls and visits to Congresspeople, but help people organize and access information and resources.

Local groups include Citizen Action's Join the Resistance and Indivisible Binghamton. Get involved!  It beats dispair!

Vote Smart Opens National “Facts Matter” Research Center

April 6, 2017 by pegjohnston

Des Moines, April 6, 2017 -- Seventeen universities competed and Drake University, located in the center of the nation and in a state that is ground zero every Presidential Election, was selected by Vote Smart for its new Facts Matter Research Center.
 
The center is being designed to grow an unparalleled database of public records on over 100,000 past, present and future politicians, and to forge new interactive systems for handheld devices that defend each citizen’s access to the facts on any issue and on any politician of interest.
 
Vote Smart is hosting an opening celebration on April 10th from 5 pm - 7 pm in their new Des Moines office to commemorate a new partnership with Drake, an outstanding civics learning institution that is providing the offices needed to house 50 of its interns each semester to defend every citizen’s right to know.

To view a short video about the bi partisan Vote Smart project go here: http://votesmart.org/

Join the Resistance Movement (the latest from Citizen Action 4/30)

March 26, 2017 by Wanda Mead Campbell

Photo of poster by Isi Trapper.UPDATED 4/30/17

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).

Actions and Events and Trainings  

Sunday, May 7 – 1:00 -3:00  door to door canvassing to identify people’s concerns and bring more people into the movement.  Meet at Citizen Action at 1:00 for training.  We work in teams.  For information call Mary Clark at 723-0110.

Tuesday, May 9 – Statewide Senior Action Council lobby day in Albany – call Mary Clark at 607-723-0110 if you would like to attend.

Wednesday, May 10 – 6:00- 7:30 - Resistance Movement Coordinating Committee meeting at Citizen Action.  For information call Mary Clark, 607-723-0110.

Saturday, May 13 – noon - Women’s Health March in honor of all women for mother’s day we will march for women’s health from Family Planning to the County Court House. For information call Mary Clark at 607-723-0110.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 25, 26 and 27 – 5:00 - “The Sand Beneath the City” by Abbey Fenbert a revival performance by Amoreena Gabriel Wade -  KNOW Theatre, 74 Carroll St., Binghamton. Hosted by Citizen Action of New York - Southern Tier Chapter

https://www.facebook.com/events/1406627522723552/

Indivisible Binghamton

March 25, 2017 by pegjohnston

The second meeting of Binghamton's Indivisible chapter drew 60-70 people. One of 7000 chapters of Indivisible, founded by former Congressional staffers who have charted a political change strategy, the group focuses on opposing the Trump agenda and retrogressive policies at the national, state and local levels. In Binghamton Tim Mollen moderates the group with many others who take on various responsibilities and organizing tasks such website and social media development, in person meetings, phone calling legislators, writing letters, editorials, etc., and generally holding elected officials accountable. The group is paying particular attention to REp. Claudia Tenney who supports most of the Trump agenda. The group has agitated for a town hall meeting without results so far.

Indivisible Binghamton is organized online with a closed Facebook group; interested people may apply for inclusion and get on the mailing list. They take as their blueprint the Indivisble Guide, accessible here.  The founders of the movement took as their inspiration the success of the Tea Party in winning elections and opposing Obama's agenda. The strategies are the same; the policies and vision of America are completely different. It is a grassroots movement targeting elected representatives with contacts and creating a public presence. The movement is credited with rallying support for immigrants and against the travel ban, and most recently the vote on the Affordable Care repeal, which divided Republicans.

Indivisible Binghamton meets monthly and is promoting a TAX Day rally April 15th at the Broome Co Courthouse.

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