We have heard the pundits and read the bloggers discuss the reasons for continual low voter turnout. This problem received national attention during the special election held earlier this year in Florida. However, it is not a new phenomenon; especially here in the Binghamton area.
Historically, mid-year election voter turnout is low. However, the so-called mid year elections races are the ones that tend to have a more direct affect on our lives. A senatorial, congressional, gubernatorial, mayoral or village dog control officer race will ultimately touch on more personal topics than a presidential race. It is normally not until after all the votes are tallied that voters; especially those that did not go to the polls, begin to voice their disdain and criticism.
Many political scientists claim that it is based on "voter apathy". I believe it goes far beyond that. It is more of the voter not being fully informed on the importance of voting during these off years. Voter education in this regard it extremely important.
It's the inside story of the documentary Citizen Koch, which was supposed to air on PBS—before executives yanked the film out of fear of upsetting the billionaire Koch brothers. (By the way: It turned out David Koch had donated $23 million to PBS.1)
As you might expect from a couple of documentary producers who helped Michael Moore make Fahrenheit 9/11, the directors of Citizen Koch didn't take this lying down. The story of how it all happened, and what happened next, will inspire you.
Thanks for all you do.
P.S. Don't use iTunes? No problem. You can listen to the podcast on the web, tune in via Stitcher (an Android and iOS app), or subscribe via RSS. Send us email (we read every one!) at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you like the show, be sure to subscribe and post a review on iTunes!
P.P.S. Want to see Citizen Koch when it comes out this June? To find out whether it's showing near you, or organize a screening in your area, head over to CitizenKoch.com.
1. "A Word from Our Sponsor: Public television's attempts to placate David Koch," The New Yorker, May 27, 2013
Filmmaker Tim Chaffee is making a short movie called Death and Cupcakes about five college roommates stumbling through the funeral of their sixth roommate. They are looking for extras to be in the film. Wed- Sun May 21- Sun May 25th. Contact DeathandCupcakesFilm @gmail.com.
Thank you for your continued subscription to the binghamton bridge. the bridge has been a community publication for over 6 years, and has recently begun a revitalization effort to increase awareness of this resource. If you are interested in more detail, please read Peg Johnston's article about these recent efforts to make the binghamton bridge website easier to read, access, and contribute to. (http://binghamtonbridge.org/binghamton-bridge-celebrates-six-years-revit...)
The current list-serv service that is used to send the weekly e-newsletters is no longer technically supported, and it has become increasingly difficult to use the service. With that said, we will be upgrading our list-serv capabilities with Constant Contact. We ask that you confirm your subscription by signing up for the e-newsletter with this form: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=pjztkndab&p=oi&m=110318... or click the link on binghamtonbridge.org under "weekly newsletter and calendar" on the right side of the homepage.
Please note that the IMC-binghamton listservs will no longer be functional. Please update your address book and send announcements to binghamtonbridgeATgmailDOTcom. Or better yet, upload events, articles, and images yourself to the site!
Thank You for Your Continued Interest in Our Community!
**Please Click Here To Donate to The Bridge, made possible by the Center for Gender, Art and Culture (CGAC)**
Any donation helps support these ongoing efforts in providing accessible local community media.
If you have any questions or comments about these updates, please contact us directly at binghamtonbridgeATgmailDOTcom.
Off the Wall Exhibit in July at the Cooperative Gallery
“We challenge you to take your art off the wall,” say the organizers of the “Off the Wall” Exhibit scheduled for July 3-26, 2014 at the Cooperative Gallery. 3-Dimensional artist are encouraged to “step out” a little with the unusual and 2 dimensional artists must create something on the ceiling, the floor, or 90 degrees from the wall. And also included are video artist, sidewalk artists, and performance artists. Contributors to this show must be members of the gallery ($30/year) and must submit their idea for Off the Wall by May 31st to ensure space availability and appropriate scheduling. Form is attached at . For more information call curators MaryRose at 5eight4-4733 or Judy at 5eight4-4715.
Events: Drop off date is June 29th, 2014
Opening Reception July 3rd 5:30- 8 pm
First Friday Art Walk July 4th 3- 9 pm
This is the 4th in a series on the comprehensive plan created by Blueprint Binghamton.
In the last installments we talked about Brownfield Opportunities Areas (BOA's) and the possibility of creating an industrial protection zone for areas along the Brandywine Highway that could be used for freight and as a transportation hub.
Now we want to focus on some smaller, but significant business opportunities. In fact, had we been supporting smaller businesses all along, our economy may well have been stronger.
One idea is to use vacant storefronts as temporary "pop-up" stores and art galleries. (see picture) This is an idea that was pursued by the Downtown Commission, and only one landlord agreed to have a gallery space in his window. It was a beautiful display on Court St. for a year or more, and is now the new home of Chroma, the delicious bakery everyone is talking about. We have plenty of vacant store fronts and until they can be utilized, it makes sense to encourage artists and creative people and improve the appearance of commercial areas.
Another initiative is the Buy Local Campaign. Locally owned businesses recycle 52% of total revenue into the local economy as opposed to large chains which recycle only 15-16%. Local businesses are also responsible for job creation and a more diverse economy. Similarly, the Blueprint applauds the city's 27 point plan to streamline small business entrepreneurship.
Democracy Matters (DM) is a student organization that partners with Citizen Action. They are looking for undergraduates to apply for their paid internship in "On-campus Organizing for Reform." The internship goes from September to May of next year, and involves educating their campus and mobilizing them for reform. If you know undergraduates at any college or university please pass this message on to them and encourage them to apply. (See attached PDF)
Joan D. Mandle, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Democracy Matters
Associate Professor of Sociology, Colgate University
Citizen Action New York, Special Projects
PO Box 157 Hamilton NY 13346
315 82four 4306; 315 725 4two11
(posted from http://www.savethesoutherntier.org/southern-tier-responds-to-rob-astorin...)
On behalf of the Save The Southern Tier network, Isaac Silberman-Gorn released the following statement:
“Did Rob Astorino mean to be in Texas today, or was he just in the Southern Tier on their behalf? Astorino got one thing right in his quick opportunistic trip – fracking in NY would make our Southern Tier the “Dallas of New York” complete with out-of-state workers, Lone Star State oil and gas companies and rampant air pollution. Not even a week ago, the American Lung Association reported that Dallas has the 8th worst air quality in the country. Astorino should stop touting jobs for Texans and the toxic air that comes with fracking.”
“While he seems to have plenty of time on behalf of Texans, Mr. Astorino still has not taken the time to respond to our scientifically-based letter. We hope he will do so.” (letter can be found here: http://www.savethesoutherntier.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/STST-Lette...)
By the Editorial Staff of "The People's Press" (http://thepeoplespress.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/naming-rights-for-the-de...)
County Executive Debbie Preston informed the editorial staff of the People’s Press that the naming rights for the Broome County Department of Social Services building would soon be awarded to a consortium of large corporations doing business in this county. (It was recently announced by Ms. Preston that the naming rights for the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena was awarded to the Maines Corporation in honor of their founding father and veteran, Floyd Maines.)
The businesses given naming rights to the DSS building include Wal-Mart, Mc Donald’s, Burger King, Boscov’s, Kmart, and others that Preston will name at a later date. These companies jumped at the opportunity because they wanted to acknowledge the public financial support given to their employees and their families. This public support, provided by DSS, for the employees comes in the form of financial aid, food stamps, heating fuel assistance and many other programs that allow the workers to live while performing the work assigned by the corporations. Without this public assistance the corporations would have to pay a living wage and report less profit to their owners and stockholders.
BINGHAMTON, NY - Today, the Binghamton City Council Democratic Majority released the following statement expressing their disappointment regarding Mayor Richard David’s recent appointment of Binghamton Lawyer Robert Murphy to be the new Director of Economic Development:
Robert Murphy's track record or lack thereof, with economic development will lead the City of Binghamton toward a path of economic un-development. By appointing a lawyer with no economic development experience, and a Broome County Republican Party insider, it is clear Mayor David would rather play republican favoritism than create jobs and economic development opportunities for the residents of the city.
There is nothing in Mr. Murphy’s resume that qualifies him for the position, which is of key importance to the city. However, of greater concern are chapters in Mr. Murphy’s history in which he actively worked against the best interest of our residents.
In 2008, the City had secured a vendor for the construction of a grocery store in the Binghamton Plaza on the City’s North Side. Mr. Murphy, working as the attorney for the Binghamton plaza owners, stonewalled the project delaying this much-needed resource for North Side residents. Then, during the following Mayoral race, Mr. Murphy played politics with the grocery store once again by announcing a politically convenient agreement to favor the election effort of now Mayor Richard David.
Another troubling episode happened in 2008