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Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition Returns in January 2015

October 1, 2014 by pegjohnston

SPONSORED BY Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club
January 2 – 31st, 2015

The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club are sponsoring the 4th Bob Johnston Photography Show and Competition January 2-31st, 2015. “This is one of our most popular shows at the Cooperative Gallery,” according to Peg Johnston. “It speaks to how many great photographers we have in this area and their desire to share their art.” It is an open themed Photography Show and Competition and all photographic media and all photographers are eligible to enter. Photographs will be judged by a local professional photographer.

The Competition is named for Bob Johnston, a lifelong photographer and a gallery member who died in 2010. “Bob Johnston was an ‘Ansell Adams’ kind of photographer who worked mostly in black and white film and favored both urban and natural landscapes,” said Bill Gorman, also a photographer and member of the Cooperative Gallery. Johnston’s work was also featured in his daughter Peg’s recent “Binghamton: a Photographic Memoir.” This fourth Exhibit is a tribute to his photography. Bob Johnston defined a good photo this way: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”


Each entrant may submit up to 3 photos with an entry fee of $10 each. The open themed show will be judged and cash prizes will be given for Best in Show and two Judge’s Choice photos one each in Color and Black and White. Photos may be sold and the standard 20% commission will be paid to the gallery. All photos must be framed and ready to hang. Two non-adhesive labels must accompany each entry with Title, Name of Photographer, Medium, Price using Arial 14 pt type on a label no larger than 2” X 3” (labels in envelope attached to wire is recommended). In addition, name and complete contact information must be affixed to the back of each photo.

Submissions may be dropped off at the Cooperative Gallery 213 State St. Binghamton NY on Saturday, December 27, 2014 1-3 pm or Sunday, December 28th 6-8 pm. Photos may be picked up Sun. Feb 1st 2-5 pm and Monday Feb 2nd 3-6 pm. Contact or (607) 7757-0499 for more information.

Prizes and cash awards for the winners will be announced at First Friday, January 2nd at 7 pm at a reception for the artists. The Cooperative Gallery 213 is regularly open Fridays 3-9 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm; there may be additional events announced.

Call for Cover Art

September 30, 2014 by pegjohnston

The Binghamton Poetry Project is looking for cover art for its Fall 2014 printed anthology!  The Binghamton Poetry Project conducts poetry workshops  with diverse audiences in a number of different locations. This poetry is collected from those workshops.

Submission guidelines:

 ♦ Art can be in color, but cannot be a solid color page (must be able to fit onto a white background)

♦ Binghamton-related art is encouraged, but not mandatory

♦ Include a brief artist biography in email (100 words or less)

This text will be distributed to the Broome County community as a representation of local artists and their works.

- Deadline: October 31, 2014 - Email submissions as a PDF to binghamtonpoetryproject@gmail.comwith the subject line Artist’s Name: Cover Art Fall 2014

Jack Gilroy to be Sentenced

September 30, 2014 by imc-editor

October 1, 2014, Syracuse, NY. UPDATE

  John “Jack” Gilroy, 79, of Endwell, NY and Upstate Drone Action, was sentenced to three months incarceration,three years probation, and $1000 fine by De Witt (NY) Town Judge Robert Jokl.
  "It's time for our justice system to identify the real criminals...not those who carry the message to stop the killing to the gates of Hancock Air Base," said Gilroy in his sentencing statement.  Gilroy was convicted by a six-person jury on July 15th of trespass and obstructing government administration after a twoday jury trial.
  The trial was based on Gilroy’s participation in a solemn funeral procession and die-in outside Hancock’s main gate. The event symbolized the terrorizing and killing of innocent people by MQ9 Reaper drone missiles and bombs piloted by Hancock’s 174th Attack Wing. Hancock, near Syracuse, is one of many drone bases perpetrating US drone attacks in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.
"I was proud of the way Jack spoke truth to power, stood for nonviolence instead of war, and brought the reality and names of victims of drones into the court," said Fr. Tim Taugher, Gilroy’s long-time friend and pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Binghamton.  "Our courts can't allow the truth to be heard. This is one of many ways our country is trying to squelch truth, debate, dialogue, and discussion of the morality of the use of drones.”

  Immediately upon sentencing  Gilroy, a military veteran and retired high school teacher, was taken in handcuffs to Jamesville Penitentiary  [].

Jack Gilroy, 79, Broome County Peace Action Board member and longtime activist who has Honorable Discharges from both the US Navy and US Army will be sentenced by Judge Robert Jokl on Wednesday, October 1st at 4:30 PM at the DeWitt Court House, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057-8509. 

Gilroy was convicted of trespass and obstructing government administration for his participation in a solemn funeral procession and die-in at Hancock Killer Drone base where missiles and bombs are fired via satellite just sixty miles away from Broome County.  The maximum penalty is one year and 15 days in Jamesville Penitentiary. 

Gandhian waves of nonviolent resisters to drone warfare by the 174th Attack Wing of the Hancock Air Force National Guard has been ongoing for the past five years. His trial was based on his participation in an April 28th 2013 solemn funeral procession and die-in to illustrate the death and destruction of innocent people by drone missiles and bombs fired out of Hancock Air Force Base. Hancock is one of many drone bases around the United States doing assassinations of Muslim suspects in foreign nations. 

Gilroy had an opportunity to plead guilty without penalty but noted that “the guilty are not those who carry the message to stop the killing.”   He and others who have been arrested at the gates of the 174th Attack Wing all have taken oaths of non-violence. Gilroy and many others believe the United States extrajudicial killing of suspects is not only immoral and illegal but has become the premier recruiting tool for terrorists. 

For more information on this issue please call Jack at 754-8105

Argentina Faces US Contempt Hearing

September 26, 2014 by Advocacy

US Federal Judge Thomas Griesa scheduled Argentina to appear for a contempt hearing on Monday, September 29. At issue is Argentina's failure to follow a court order to only continue to pay the 92% of bondholders who restructured after the country's 2001 default if Argentina pays a group of hold-out hedge funds. Argentina organized payment to restructured bondholders via an Argentine bank to avoid paying the hedge funds. The hedge funds, popularly known as "vulture funds," are asking the judge to hold Argentina in contempt and fine the South American country $50,000 per day.

"A contempt ruling probably won't help resolve the situation," said Eric LeCompte, executive director of the religious financial reform organization Jubilee USA. "The case continues to highlight how ineffective US courts are at resolving debt disputes."

At a similar hearing in August, Judge Griesa declined to find Argentina in contempt, noting: "In my judgment, it does not add to the scales of settlement to make a finding of contempt." In September, however, the Argentine Congress approved a debt swap bill to pay the restructured bondholders and circumvent the US court's decision to pay the hold-outs. Judge Griesa has called that bill "illegal." In a brief to the US Appeals Court in 2012, the US government argued Judge Griesa's ruling would harm New York as a center of finance because countries would avoid jurisdictions where predatory behavior is tolerated.

"This predatory behavior hurts investors and countries of all sizes," noted LeCompte. "The precedent in this case will hurt developing countries like Grenada and the Democratic Republic of the Congo."

Monday's contempt hearing comes days after Argentine President Christina Fernández de Kirchner's speech to the United Nations General Assembly about the dangers of predatory behavior. Fernández thanked countries that supported a recent UN resolution to advance an international bankruptcy process. The resolution passed September 9 by a vote of 124-11. A global debt resolution process could potentially prevent holdout litigation and limit defaults.

"In UN votes and IMF meetings, most of the world is saying the status quo is not working," said LeCompte, who serves on UN debt expert groups and attended the Argentine President's UN speech. "World leaders want both the predators to be stopped and defaults to become less likely. Only a bankruptcy process can achieve both."

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people.

Conference on Environment in Binghamton Oct 2-4

September 25, 2014 by pegjohnston

Weather-related disasters associated with climate change have driven regional mitigation plans to address infrastructure and personal property. But what are the grander scale impacts to agriculture, energy and ecosystems? What adaptations must be made to ensure a reliable food supply? Thinking long-term, what practical steps can help convert from conventional energy sources to those that help slow and ultimately reverse emissions that spur climate change? This year’s Conference on the Environment (COE) will explore a series of topics that attempt to answer these complex questions, illustrated with best practices and ways to take action.  Registration $95, includes ticket to Horse Flies concert, $20 Local Tour. Topics covered include our three breakout tracks:

• Local Food Systems: Learn about innovative local food programs in the Southern Tier, discuss new frontiers in urban agriculture, and discuss multidimensional aspects of local food systems.

• Climate Change, Adaptation and Natural Resource Management: Managing natural resources, climate smart communities and local adaptation strategies, and the ecosystem effects of climate change in New York.

• Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: This track features lessons learned from solar energy campaigns across the state, successes and challenges in the Green Jobs, Green New York program, and the remaking of New York’s energy system.

Opening Event: Musical guests the Horse Flies will kick off the 2014 Conference on the Environment. This event is included in your conference registration fee and there will be a cash bar during the event. General admission tickets are also available for $20 ($15 for students). Proceeds beyond cost will benefit BRSC and the Broome Country Environmental management Council.

Dynamic Field Tour: The conference concludes with a tour that includes stops at the Binghamton Urban Farm with a representative from VINES (Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments). As a part of the 19th National Solar Tour, participants will also visit area homes that have been upgraded for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Transportation will be provided by Binghamton University OCCT and sponsored by the Binghamton University Outdoors Club.

Deadline for Registration Sept. 30th!

Support Group Forming for Sexual Assault Survivors

September 25, 2014 by pegjohnston

The Crime Victims Assistance Center is forming a support group for Sexual Assault survivors. For more information  download the flyer or call the Center at 723-3200.

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VINES: Community Meal at United Presbyterian - Volunteers Needed

September 24, 2014 by artisalive

The United Presbyterian Church located at 42 Chenango Street hosts a free community meal every Tuesday that typically serves well over one hundred people. Next Tuesday on September 30th, VINES will be in charge of preparing the next community meal. But we can't do it alone--we need your help! 

We're looking for volunteers to help us in preparing, cooking, and serving the food that evening to many hungry people. If you love to cook, figure out creative dishes and recipes, or just love to see people happy while doing something with a positive impact, come down and be a part of another great effort to help make Binghamton more food secure. 

If you would like to volunteer for the event or are interested in more information, please contact us at (607) 205-8108 or email Cooking a meal for a community is a big responsibility--and we'd love to have your input and support. Hope to see you there!

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