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City of Binghamton to Host Community Visioning Workshop for the First Ward Revitalization Strategy

February 13, 2014 by pegjohnston

 

(BINGHAMTON, NY) The City of Binghamton announced today that they will host a community visioning workshop for the First Ward Revitalization Strategy.

The City of Binghamton invites the community to participate in the project’s first workshop to provide feedback on the vision and future planning efforts for the First Ward Revitalization Strategy. The project includes the area bounded by Route 17 on the north, the Chenango River on the east, Clinton Street on the south, and the Binghamton city boundary (at Market Street) on the west.

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: First Ward Senior Center, 226 Clinton Street

Format: Presentation and interactive workshop

This event will provide an opportunity for the community to learn about and offer feedback on efforts to revitalize the First Ward, support existing businesses, attract new businesses, create jobs and improve the quality of life for residents. Light refreshments will be provided.

About The Project:

The War on (White) Women: Intersection of Race and Sex

February 13, 2014 by pegjohnston

  Stacey Patton has written a very insightful article about the right wing attacks on women's reproductive rights and parallel anti immigration and racist behavior. Give it a read!

The GOP’s war on the most intimate aspects of women’s lives is undoubtedly real, but it is not being applied without discrimination.

Let’s be clear—the primary targets of the right wing’s rhetorical and legislative attacks are, and have always been, white women. The war on white women is really a push for more white babies. And, that push goes hand in hand with amped-up racial profiling, vigilante policing, mass incarceration, school closures, hoarding of resources from communities of color, and blatant disregard for violence directed at African Americans and their children, including the unborn.

More white people are dying than are being born, a trend that is projected to continue. Meanwhile, the birth rates for people of color remain stable or high, primarily for Latinos. The trick for the modern American situation is to prevent people from seeing that the war for more white babies and the war against people of color are related. But the two phenomena are inseparable.
Continue reading at
http://www.forharriet.com/2014/02/whats-really-behind-war-on-white-women...

Electoral Training Seminar - Learn How To Run For Office

February 11, 2014 by Anonymous

Are you tired of the same moneyed interests controlling our local politics? Learn how to be part of the political process, run a grassroots campaign, and win!

The Electoral Training Seminar will begin on March 10, 2014 and will be held at the Citizen Action Office at 477 State Street, Binghamton, NY.

This 8-Week course will meet on Monday Evenings from 6pm to 9pm to discuss grassroots political campaign strategy and skills to run for office locally. The cost is $60 for the whole course, with some scholarships available. The deadline to register is March 1st.

You can view the online application at http://tinyurl.com/plotETS2014. You can like and share the Facebook Event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1472093463002454
If you have any questions, you can e-mail citizenactionPLOT@gmail.com for more information.

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Hancock 17 Drone War Crimes Resisters' Verdict Is In

February 8, 2014 by Anonymous

All found guilty of disorderly conduct but acquitted of trespassing; Order of Protection extended 2 years; Judge decides to send a message

On Friday, February 7, Town of DeWitt Court Judge David Gideon found twelve of the Hancock Drone War Crimes Resisters guilty of disorderly conduct, but acquitted them of trespassing.They had gone to Hancock Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, NY, on Oct. 25, 2012, to bring a Citizens War Crimes Indictment to the base and symbolically block the gates. Their nonviolent action had called for an end to drone warfare.

Hancock 17 Drone War Crimes Resisters

January 31, 2014 by imc-editor

 from imc-Rochester
Hancock 17 Drone War Crimes Resisters to Continue
The first day of the trial of the Hancock 17 Drone War Crime Resisters began Friday, January 3 to a packed courtroom of over 75 supporters.and ended just after midnight early Saturday morning, January 4. The trial continues Monday, January 6 at 5 pm at the Town of Dewitt Court, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY.

The first day included powerful opening statements for the group by Ed Kinane and Clare Grady, which began with a moment of silence for people killed by drone attacks. Ed powerfully stated that the defense was the convergence of two paths - the paths of legalism and of justice and conscience - and that the activists came not to break laws, but to uphold International Law.

Gas Drilling --Myths About Fracking

January 30, 2014 by pegjohnston

NEWS FLASH: The anti-fracking activist barred from 312.5 sq miles of Pennsylvania
Court injunction brought in by oil and gas company makes even supermarkets off-limits for Vera Scroggins

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/29/vera-scroggins-fracki...

1. Myth: Fracking is a 60-year-old, safe, well proven technology
Truth: Yes, fracking is over 60 years old. But using this shorthand obscures the truth that what’s at issue here isn’t really just fracking. It’s the entire process of coaxing gas from shale using ultra-high-volume, slick water fracking with long laterals from clustered, multi-well pads.
Used together, these form a new process, never before deployed in New York, and having been combined only about seven years ago. The significant threats to health, the environment, and climate change come from everything that happens before and after “fracking”. Fracking is
only one of the enabling technologies for shale gas development. Would you ban the internal combustion engine because over 30,000 people were killed in auto accidents in the U.S. last year? No, you would attempt to understand and minimize all the causes of “accidents”.

January and early February Anti-Fracking Events

Date: 
Wed Jan 29 2014 - 10:00 AM
Location: 
Albany, with carpooling from Binghamton

The month of February is looking rather crazy as it stands, with many events happening every week. Now is the time to get more involved if you aren't!

Cost: 
Free

Water Monitoring by the Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club

January 23, 2014 by bingsierra

Concern about the effects of fracking on our water supplies has led the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierrra Club to set up the Water Sentinels program. This program comprises a group of volunteers who regularly collect water samples, usually from streams, and test them for contaminants that signify pollution events. The Susquehanna Group (representing the Susquehanna and Chenango watersheds in New York State) has been particularly active in this effort as our area includes one of the prime areas likely to be affected by fracking. After training by the activist group ALLARM, the Alliance of Aquatic Resource Monitoring based at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, “sentinels” are armed with a meter that reads conductivity and dissolved solid materials, and assigned one or more streams or rivers (sometimes wells, too) to monitor.

The Prospects of Shale Gas in New York State

January 23, 2014 by artisalive

For or against it, how much gas are we talking here?

Join us to listen to talks by Former Executive Vice President of Mobil Oil Corporation, Lou Allstadt, Former IBM Systems Engineer, Jerry Acton, and Retired Geologist, Brian Brock.

Friday, January 31st at 7PM (doors open at 6:30pm)
Room ES2008 in the new Engineering and Science building
ITC Campus
85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal

Question period and refreshments will follow.

Sponsored by Vestal Residents for Safe Energy, League of Women Voters, NYPIRG, Sierra Club Susquehanna Group, NYRAD, Concerned Citizens of Broome County, Residents Against Fracking Tioga, Sanford-Oquaga Area Concerned Citizens

On Wolves and Myth

January 22, 2014 by bingsierra

On February 18, the Susquehanna Chapter of Sierra Club presents: "On Wolves & Myths," a talk by Binghamton University Bioengineering Professor George Catalano. He will discuss the often maligned wolf, possibly the most glorified and vilified creature in the animal kingdom, and the relationship between man and wolf -- from the Middle Ages to modern times and into the future.
The Susquehanna Chapter of the Sierra Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at
Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Julian Shepherd at leeshepherd609@gmail.com or 722-9327.

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