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Public Art and Solar Innovation

May 7, 2017 by imc-editor

The Southern Tier Solar Works sponsored a Workshop Sat. May 6th, featuring the Land Art Generator Initiative. After being inspired by all kinds of beautiful solar possibilities, we discussed ideas for the Victory Factory in JC which is that massive white building in Johnson City. What a productive discussion on renewable energy and public art as placemaking tools in Broome County with community organizers, JC planner, BU engineering professor, artists, and students! We also brainstormed some ideas to re-purpose the factory building into a mixed use renewable energy and art incubator including providing subsidized housing, trainings for local residents looking to jump into the workforce, workshops for the local youth, agriculture, and transforming the vacant lot into a sustainable, accessible, and inclusive public space. For more information, contact http://southerntiersolarworks.org/

Southern Tier Solar Works is a not-for-profit program dedicated to developing the solar industry through education and outreach to create jobs, energy savings, and a healthier climate in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga counties. They can help with residential solar projects and refer people to local solar contractors.

TV greatly exaggerates abortion risks

April 25, 2017 by pegjohnston

Television plot lines greatly exaggerate the medical and psychological risks associated with having an abortion

Risk of complications and mortality is much greater on television than in real life

San Francisco – A new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) that examines television portrayals of the health consequences of abortion finds that major complications are represented much more frequently on TV than in real life.

Among the abortion plot lines studied, 42.5 percent include a complication, intervention, or major health consequence, with five percent resulting in death. In real life, complications, which are usually minor, occur in only 2.1 percent of all abortions. The real morality rate for abortion is incredibly low, at just 0.00073% nationwide.

Researchers from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a reproductive health research organization based at UCSF, identified 80 television plot lines from 2005 to 2016 in which a character obtains an abortion. Their analysis, published in the journal Contraception, finds that abortion complications on TV are often extreme and life-threatening and lead to adverse consequences, including infertility, depression, and death. These plot lines sharply contrast with real life, where such outcomes are extremely rare. This research is part of ANSIRH’s  Abortion Onscreen program, which studies portrayals of abortion in American film and television and their effects on broader social understandings of abortion.

“Fictional television portrayals have the potential to influence understandings of abortion. Our findings show that medical and psychological risks of abortion are greatly exaggerated on TV, which could lead people to believe falsely that it is dangerous for women,” said Gretchen Sisson, Ph.D., a sociologist at UCSF and the publication’s author. “Such misinformation might build support for existing policies that restrict access to abortion and those being considered at the federal level and in many states.”

According to the study, portrayals of dangerous abortions often take place in illegal settings. However, complications from abortion on TV are exaggerated for both illegal and legal abortions compared to real life.

For more information on accessing a copy of the study, “’I was close to death!: abortion medical risk on American television, 2005 – 2016,’” to interview Dr. Sisson, or to learn more about ANSIRH’s Abortion Onscreen program, contact Jason Harless at harless.jason@ucsf.edu or 510-986-8963.

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), based at the University of California, San Francisco, conducts rigorous scientific research on complex issues related to reproductive health in the United States and internationally. ANSIRH provides much-needed evidence into active policy debates and legal battles around reproductive health issues. Please visit www.ansirh.org.

 

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/

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