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Get the Scoop on Yogurt Businesses and Water Safety Regulations

December 4, 2013 by bingsierra


The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., December 17 at
Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott
The topic is: "Relaxing of NYS Regulations on Dairy Farms – Threats to Our Water So We Can Have More Greek Yogurt," with speaker Erin Riddle.

Recent media attention highlighted Gov. Cuomo’s attempt to change the regulations for CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations), raising the threshold requirement for a permit from 199 animal units to 299. As a result, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter filed a lawsuit challenging NYS’s decision as a violation of the Clean Water Act.

But what are CAFOs, how adequately are they regulated, and what impact do they have on public health, local democracy, local food systems, rural economies, and animals? Riddle will offer some observations in response to these questions and some potential solutions.

Riddle was born on a small dairy farm in Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, NY, and has since lived in several cities across the state. She chairs the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter (SCAC) Farm & Food Committee, serves on the SCAC Executive Committee and the Susquehanna Group Executive Committee. In addition, she is coordinator of the SCAC campaign to pass a mandatory GMO labeling law in NYS. Currently she is finishing up a Ph.D. program at Binghamton University and teaches at Elmira College.

The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Scott Lauffer at:

Peace Studies Conference at Binghamton University Dec. 7

November 29, 2013 by tim wolcott


Dr. Joe Leeson-Schatz, Director of Speech & Debate as well as Lecturer of English & Feminist Evolutionary Theory at Binghamton Universtiy has brought the 25th Annual Central New York Peace Studies Conference to Rooms UUW324 and UUW325 on the B.U. campus from 12PM to 7PM December 7, 2013. The theme of the conference is: Security, Surveillance and U.S. Imperialism.

Moderated presentations by panelists lasting 20 minutes each will be followed by a 30 minute audience Q & A period. Panels include "Peace in Education", "Resistance for Peace" and "Drone Warfare". An Open Round Table for Peace discussion follows the panels.

Awards will be given for:
1. Undergraduate Scholar of the Year
2. Graduate Scholar of the Year
3. Media of the Year
4. Peace Studies Undergraduate Paper/Project of the Year
5. Peace Studies Graduate Project/Dissertation of the Year
6. Peace Studies Faculty Paper/Project of the Year

Tabling begins at noon in Room UUW325. Academic and activist orientations for promoting peace are the focus of the conference. The public is encouraged to attend.

New Dept. of Public Art Video

November 20, 2013 by pegjohnston


Mark Urban, a local videographer who has been documenting the Dept. of Public Art activities has produced a new video of the second air brush school taught by Bruce Greig. Watch it here:

Bruce Greig airbrushing workshop #2 from Markeee on Vimeo.

Anti Fracking

November 18, 2013 by pegjohnston


I am writing with an update on the political situation here in NY, and several important upcoming events.
As most know, we have succeeded in holding off the most powerful industry in the world for over five years now. This is a testament to incredible amounts of hard work and the breadth and depth of our movement. We are now at another really, really critical time with Governor Cuomo's election approaching. He has promised to make an announcement before his campaign ramps up. We need to keep pressure up on him and keep building our movement!
Here are events which are happening before Thanksgiving. Now is the time to get more involved!

Today until December 4- LNG Regs:
Due to our fantastic work and a flood of comments we have succeeding in getting an extended comment period on pathetic regulations which would allow massive facilities that liquify fracked gas to be built. We need to not let up and get friends and family to make comments. Please use Dr. Sandra Steingraber's simple website here to make comments:

Thursday, November 21, 6pm Binghamton University Science Building 1 Room 149- Frackenomics Featuring Dr. Janette Barth:
Dr. Barth has done extensive research on the economics behind fracking, its boom and bust nature, and how the conditions are ripe for a new renewable economy here in New York. Please see attached picture for how to navigate campus.
Co-sponsored by NYPIRG and Vestal Residents for Safe Energy
Facebook Event:

Wednesday, November 20th, 7pm- A Statewide Conference Call to Ban Fracking!
New Yorkers Against Fracking will be holding another statewide call to update in greater depth about the NYS political situation and important mini campaigns we are working on. Come and get inspired by the amazing work going on all around the state!
If you want to get on the call, please dial in as follows:
PHONE NUMBER: 559-726-1200
Facebook Event:

Very important: SAVE THE DATE for State of the State: January 8!
Last year, we had over 2000 people who lined the Concourse in Albany to send a loud and clear message to Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. This day is incredibly significant because it is the only day all year that we know for certain in advance where the Governor will be. We will be running busses from all over the state, including Binghamton, with details to be announced very shortly.

Ongoing- Donate to help fracking victims!
Right now, our friends only 10 miles south of the New York/PA border in Franklin Forks, PA are literally fighting for their lives against fracker WPX, who contaminated their water and is now threatening to remove their tanks. Every dollar you donate goes to help the victims get water delivered.
It takes a huge amount of courage to continue to be vocal against the most powerful industry in the world. Please support our PA friends!!

Really...?! Channeling Outrage about Assault on Reproductive Rights

November 17, 2013 by pegjohnston


A very short video promoting the video competition entitled: "Really...?! Abortion Stigma Busting Video Competiton, deadline Jan. 6, 2014.

Rochester Resident Seals Historic Foreclosure Fight Victory

November 13, 2013 by pegjohnston

In a Precedent Setting Move, Bank of America Deeds Back House Back to Catherine Lennon Without a Mortgage

Rochester, NY - On Friday, November 15, 2013 at 11:30am Take Back the Land Rochester will hold a press conference with Catherine Lennon at 9 Ravenwood, Rochester, NY 14619 to announce and discuss the significance of Ms. Lennon’s historic foreclosure fight victory. Lennon, who was called “the Rosa Parks of the foreclosure crisis,” by former Obama Administration official Van Jones gained national attention when she defended her home from eviction and then committed a daring act of civil disobedience by openly moving back into her foreclosed on Mother’s Day of 2011.

A Man Who Worked Too Hard By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P.

November 13, 2013 by NewEarth

Posted on: Friday, September 20, 2013
A Man Who Worked Too Hard

By Andrew D. Coates, M.D., F.A.C.P.
WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Sept. 20, 2013

Influenza rocked our community hospital for weeks last winter just as the first snowstorms came. Our hospital medicine service was swamped with patients. I was working the night shift.

One emergency physician dramatically recounted how a queue of ambulances had clogged the parking lot. Once all of the emergency department beds, hallway spaces, and waiting room seats were taken, patients waited outside in ambulances. With the usual triage system in gridlock, he had climbed into ambulances one by one to help triage or stabilize patients.

Such are the undignified consequences of a system that encourages hospitals to run themselves like factories or just-in-time warehouses.

One patient’s admission stood out.

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