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Local Pastor Returns from the Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Eve of Renewed Violence

November 20, 2012 by imc-editor

Delegates Have Questions for Obama as New Term Begins

Washington, DC — The Reverend Gary E. Doupe, a resident of Bainbridge, New York, and a retired pastor in the United Methodist Church, has recently returned from a unique delegation to Israel, the West Bank and the occupied Gaza Strip. Rev. Doupe landed in Tel Aviv on October 22 and traveled in Israel and the West Bank before entering the Gaza Strip from Egypt on November 4. The delegation exited Gaza on November 11, just as Israeli warplanes launched a wave of strikes in the impoverished Palestinian enclave.

This new wave of violence has swept across the Gaza Strip in recent days. At least fifteen Palestinians were killed and scores more injured in Israeli military strikes of various degrees between November 8 and November 15. Palestinian militants in Gaza have responded by firing homemade missiles into Southern Israel. Three Israeli civilian casualties were reported in that period, and five soldiers were injured November 8 - 10.

The Interfaith Peace-Builders delegation was co-led by Cindy Corrie, and included the participation of her husband, Craig. Their daughter, Rachel Corrie, was killed in Gaza on March 16, 2003, crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer operating in the Palestinian town of Rafah. The case gained notoriety as the first of several US citizens killed or wounded by occupying Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

“As a result of personal encounter and direct experience I feel more connected with Palestinians

Marche des Artes Supports Art Scholarship

November 18, 2012 by pegjohnston

Cooperative Gallery 213 Marche des Arts Offers Scholarship

Treat yourself to a treasure and at the same time contribute to a treasure for a deserving Binghamton High School student. The Cooperative Gallery 213’s annual Marche des Arts, a fancy name for an artists’ flea market, opens Thursday Nov. 29 and runs through Saturday December 1. This year the Marche, a fund raiser for the gallery, is also raising funds for a scholarship which will be given to a deserving BInghamton HIgh School Senior art student. “The gallery welcomes the opportunity to give back to the community and encourage an art student in a time that seems not to value the pursuit of art as a worthy endeavor,” said Janet Normile, a gallery member and former educator who is heading up the Marche.

The Artists” Flea Market begins with an Opening Gala on Thurs. Nov. 29th at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from gallery members or at the gallery. Only 100 tickets will be sold so that ticket holders will have the opportunity to look through the original art and art objects and purchase their “treasure” before the sale is open to the public on Friday and Saturday.They will also be treated to exquisite food, music and door prizes. “Bargains will be abundant,”said Normile,” everything is priced to sell ”

The Marche will be open to the public from 11-5 on both Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday December 1. “We want to sell everything to raise as much money as we can for the scholarship; so prices on our ‘art treasures’ may be reduced as time goes on,” said Normile.

The Cooperative Gallery 213, a popular stop on the First Friday Art Walks, is located on Artists’Row, 213 State Street, BInghamton NY. For more information go to or call 724 3462. Gallery hours are Friday 3-6 and Saturday 12-4

Obama administration grants DACA relief to more than 50,000 undocumented immigrants

November 17, 2012 by hgdf32332

The Obama administration released updated statistics today that indicated that, as of yesterday, 53,273 undocumented youths have received relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

As of Nov. 15, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had received more than 300,000 requests for deferred action. Most of those applicants are still awaiting the completion of background checks.

The figures the administration released didn't indicate either how many beneficiaries have received work permits under the program or whether any requests for deferred action have been denied.

DACA directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to practice prosecutorial discretion towards those who came to the United States without documents as minor children.

At the rate the agency is processing applications, it appears likely that more than 100,000 requests for deferred action will be granted by the end of the year.

5-Point Guide To The Fiscal Showdown

November 16, 2012 by pegjohnston

Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner, want to scare Americans into accepting yet another extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% and deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. So they've created a "fiscal cliff" boogeyman.

Unfortunately, if you're following the media story, you may believe Republican claims that the world's about to end. But the only thing going off a cliff on December 31 is the ability of Republicans to hold our economy hostage for the sake of the rich (read below to find out why!).

That's why we have to spread the truth, so our friends and family don't fall for the Republican myth about the fiscal cliff. We've put together a 5-point guide on what this fiscal showdown is really all about. Check it out and then share it on Facebook or Twitter, or just forward this email.

5-Point Guide To The Fiscal Showdown

The "Fiscal Cliff" Is A Myth. As Paul Krugman put it, "The looming prospect of spending cuts and tax increases isn't a fiscal crisis. It is, instead, a political crisis brought on by the G.O.P.'s attempt to take the economy hostage."1 Republicans are manufacturing this crisis to pressure Democrats to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and accept painful cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Bush Tax Cuts Finally End December 31. If Congress does nothing, the ax will fall on all the Bush tax cuts on New Year's Eve.

Then, on January 1, the public pressure on John Boehner and House Republicans to extend the middle-class tax cuts (already passed by the Senate and waiting to be signed by President Obama) will become irresistible. So the middle-class tax cut will eventually get renewed, and we'll have $823 billion more revenue from the top 2% to do great things with.

The Sequester. The sequester is another political creation, forced on Democrats by Republicans in exchange for lifting the debt ceiling last year to avoid crashing our economy. It's a set of cuts (50% to a bloated military budget and 50% to important domestic programs) designed to make both Republicans and Democrats hate it so much that they'd never let it happen. And the cuts can be reversed weeks or months into 2013 without causing damage.7

The Big Three. Nothing happens to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits on January 1—unless Republicans force painful cuts to beneficiaries in exchange for tax increases on the wealthy, which are going to happen anyway if Congress does NOTHING.8 So, there's literally no reason benefits cuts should be part of the discussion right now.

We Should Be Talking About Jobs. The real crisis Americans want Congress to fix is getting people back to work. And with just a fraction of that $823 billion from the wealthiest 2%, we could create jobs for more than 20,000 veterans and pay for the 300,000 teachers and 52,000 first responders, which our communities so desperately need.9 That's not to mention jobs from investing in clean energy and our national infrastructure.
Please share this with your friends and family—and talk about it at the dinner table next week. The first step to winning this showdown is making sure we're all armed with the facts.


November 12, 2012 by activ60

Thursday, November 15 – 5:00 – Fair Elections meeting to be held in the Fellowship Hall at First Congregational Church Binghamton. For Information, call Larry Parham at 607-743-5877.

Thursday, November 15 –6:00 - 8:00 – Moving Forward After the Elections at the Fellowship Hall at the Congregational Church, Front and Main Streets in Binghamton. Opportunity for all Progressive Groups to come together to discuss where we go from here. There will be critical issues on the budget deficit on the federal level and critical issues during the special session of the legislature on the state level. Please put this on your calendar. For information, call Mary Clark at 607-723-0110.

24 hours of Climate Reality: dirty weather

November 11, 2012 by pegjohnston

24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report on November 14-15th has exciting, essential programming you won't want to miss.

Let's face it: The weather is different than it used to be. Record heat waves make it a chore to go outside. Floods and rainstorms damage our homes and cities. Crops wilt under severe droughts. Hot, dry weather feeds widespread fires.

This is the extreme weather you see almost every day on the news - or out your window. And because of man-made climate change, we can expect it to happen a lot more often. This is Dirty Weather

We're polluting our atmosphere with Dirty Energy like coal, oil, and gas. The result? The planet heats up. And we expose ourselves to Dirty Weather: Floods, droughts, heat waves, and wildfires.

We'll always have bad weather. But we don't have to live with Dirty Weather. We can make the switch from dirty to clean energy ... and together, we can stop the pollution that's disrupting our climate.

Help us change the world. Watch 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report, a live online broadcast with former Vice President Al Gore, beginning on November 14 at 8 p.m. EST and concluding on November 15 at 8 p.m. EST.

The origins of Independent Media

November 8, 2012 by pegjohnston

From Rochester Independent Media Center:

"We can have a cynical attitude in the face of the media to say nothing can be done about the dollar power that creates itself in images, words, digital communication, and computer systems that invades not just with an invasion of power, but with a way of seeing that world, of how they think the world should look. We could say, well, 'that's the way it is' and do nothing. Or we can simply assume incredulity: we can say that any communication by the media monopolies is a total lie. We
can ignore it and go about our lives. But there is a third option that is neither conformity, nor skepticism, nor distrust: that is to construct a different way—to show the world what is really happening—to have a critical world view and to become interested in the truth if what happens to people who inhabit every corner of this world."

The above words were read aloud in a statement by Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico. And it is with those words that the independent media center movement began to germinate, eventually springing from the ground in Seattle of 1999 during the World Trade Organization summit. The Rochester Indymedia collective, just past our 10th year of operation, felt inspired to critically reflect on what we've produced, how we've produced it, and what we hope the next 10 years will bring. With that spirit of critical engagement, we invite you, our communities, our readership, and the public, to join us for Building Our Media: a critical discussion series on independent media.

Tonight, we will discuss Howard Zinn's Essay: The Use and Abuse of History. (download pdf of article at: Zinn's piece explains his approach to history and why the concept of objectivity in history writing and journalism is problematic.

November 8th, 7-9PM
Flying Squirrel Community Space
285 Clarissa St.
Rochester, NY

The Series:

First Week (Nov. 1):
give out booklets / watch video clips / have discussion

Second week (Nov. 8):
(Howard Zinn) The use and abuse of history

Third Week (Nov. 15):
What is Free Culture? / Free Culture Manifesto / Know Your Meme

Fourth Week (Nov. 29):
(Kyle Harris) Beyond Authenticity: Aesthetic Strategies and Anarchist Media

Fifth Week (Dec. 6):
(Carlos Fernandez) Movements & Militant Media: Communication Technology and Latin American Grassroots Politics

Sixth Week (Dec. 13):
(Jared Ball) Mixtape Manifesto: emancipatory journalism

Seventh Week (Dec. 20):
What's next? / general discussion and/or discussion from participant chosen article

Code Pink in Pakistan: Report from Judy Bello

November 7, 2012 by Amy Fleming



Press release. Please distribute. 11-7-12 Jim Clune 773-0246

Judy Bello of Rochester, a peace and human rights activist with Upstate Drone Action, will be speaking at Binghamton University in Lecture Hall 2 at 6:30 PM on Friday, November 9th. She will be reporting on the unprecedented trip of an American Peace activist delegation led by Code Pink to Pakistan in early October. Judy is one of the resisters who who have been campaigning at Hancock Field in Syracuse, risking, and accepting, arrest repeatedly. Her presentation is cosponsored by Broome County Peace Action, the Muslim Student Association, Veterans for Peace, and St James Peace and Justice Committee.

The event is free and all are invited.
For more information, contact Jim Clune at 607-773-0246.

Judy's short written report follows.

Jim Clune
89 Pine St, Binghamton, NY, 13901
607-773-0246(my cell), 607-752-2802(Ann's cell)
Blog site:

"Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it"
Howard Zinn (1922-2010)


I have just returned from a fascinating 2 week stay in Pakistan with the CodePink Peace Delegation. This groundbreaking delegation was made possible by Medea Benjamin and her staff. I also have much gratitude for Joe Lombardo an Sara Flounders of the United National Antiwar Coalition for organizing our contacts and activities in Karachi and Lahore. It was an incredibly powerful experience, and I hope that in the future there will be more of these delegations to Pakistan and other countries that have fallen prey to the War on Terrorism.

While there, I met with an amazing documentary film maker who works with women's issues in Pakistan; visited the Society that aids victims of Acid Attacks; met with members of the Pakistani Chapter of WILPF; sat in panel discussions with 2 different think thanks, the Institute for Strategic Policy an the Institute of Policy Study; gave a presentations for students of International Relations at the University of Karachi and one for Law students at the National Defense University in Islamabad; met Imran Khan and spent time with the women's auxiliary of his party, the Justice Party of Pakistan; met with the families of victims of drone attacks; met with the families of young men rendered to Bagram without charge - yes, most are still there; traveled to Tank, a town on the border of Waziristan and spent the night in a compound on a large farm which is the residence of 3 brothers and their families; heard the voices of hundreds of men chanting "We want peace! We want peace! . . . ."; spent the day with Aafia Siddiqui's sister Fowzia and her family in Karachi; spent a day with socialist party members in Lahore; met some ordinary Pakistani businessmen in Lahore and some very rich Pakistani businessmen in Karachi; demonstrated against drones. Judy Bello


Press release. Please distribute. 11-7-12 Jim Clune 773-0246

Judy Bello of Rochester, a peace and human rights activist with Upstate Drone Action, will be speaking at Binghamton University in Lecture Hall 2 at 6:30 PM on Friday, November 9th. She will be reporting on the unprecedented trip of an American Peace activist delegation led by Code Pink to Pakistan in early October. Judy is one of the resisters who who have been campaigning at Hancock Field in Syracuse, risking, and accepting, arrest repeatedly. Her presentation is cosponsored by Broome County Peace Action, the Muslim Student Association, Veterans for Peace, and St James Peace and Justice Committee.

Politics, Religion and the Common Good

November 7, 2012 by Amy Fleming

by Amy Fleming

Editor's Note: this article was submitted before the election but due to technical difficulties on this site, we couldn't post til now. Still worth a read!

As Americans, we are faced with critical choices during this upcoming election.

Interestingly we have two Catholics running for Vice-President that have different views of the same Catholic Social Doctrine. These teachings encourage us to ask questions through that lens. Who has the power? How will this affect people who are poor? Who is making the decision? Who can participate? Does it give more advantage to some than others/does it include all? Does this enhance or diminish human dignity, life, and rights? Does it enhance the common good? Does it create divisions?

Two of the tenets from the Catholic teaching of Economic Justice are “The economy exists for the person not the person for the economy” and “A fundamental moral measure of any economy is how the poor and vulnerable are faring.”

What is Wrong with this Picture?

November 1, 2012 by tim wolcott

By Tim Wolcott
“Help us stomp out domestic violence – join Waverly Cares.”
The President of STANYS (Science Teachers Association of New York State), my professional association, rallies us to implement Common Cores (national teaching standards) and SLO’s (Student Learning Objectives), address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math teaching objectives), adhere to RTTT (Race To The Top) standardized testing priorities and prepare for APPR (50+ page teacher evaluations) and the adoption of NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).
What is wrong with this picture? Answer - nothing on the surface – a lot below.

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