When the SWAT vehicle picked me up, I was most scared of losing was my son. It’s a terrifying thought, a fear that’s universal across parent and gender. The second thing that scared me, was my attraction to one of the presumably male officers. It hadn’t happened a lot in my life, but it had happened. I didn’t really expect to have to share my sexuality as … [Read more...] about Well Armed
August 30, 2021 / Bill Martin / From Just Talk website. “Strip, N-word!” That’s what Broome County correctional officers told Taej’on Vega after dragging the prone and handcuffed Black/Latino teenager across the floor to his cell. It got more brutal quickly, leaving Vega badly bruised and traumatized. Similar stories have for years been … [Read more...] about “I can’t breathe” in the Broome County Jail
The Cooperative Gallery presents art works of two of its artists September 3- 25, 2021: Jean Luongo “Hardware” and Kit Burnham-Ashman’s “Past Reflections.” Both artists are experienced painters and exhibiting members of the gallery. These exhibits, and the member gallery, will be open to the public First Friday 5- 9 pm, other Fridays 5-8 pm, Saturdays 11 am- … [Read more...] about “Hardware” and “Past Reflections” at Cooperative in September
by Kyle Pond Disclaimer: I’d previously been diagnosed as having “bipolar disorder” and had been awake for three days (popping Adderall) when I was picked up in the SWAT vehicle. My motives for sharing are simple: I want to demonstrate resiliency; I want to feel strong; I want to feel like I have grit, and I want to heal by helping other people. … [Read more...] about The Pink Bat Signal and the Last Adderall.
by Kyle Pond When we pick up a book or read an article, often we already know a bit about the person we’re reading. Many of you know me, even if you don’t know who I am. I have a penchant for inserting myself into unusual places- at the right time, and the right place. I have a story to tell, and I need to practice before I’m able tell it in a way that … [Read more...] about Who are you?
Binghamton received the first half of the unprecedented federal recovery award, $23 of $46 million, this summer. According to the 8/16 City Council Work Session Packet, Mayor David has already programmed every penny. And aside from a last-minute, face-saving announcement of $6 million for affordable housing, not a single penny is being allocated to help … [Read more...] about Mayor David Already Exhausts All $23 Million of Recovery Funds On Outrageous, Slap-In-The-Face Priorities Without Any Public Input
A new group named SlumShame has sprung up after the revelations about alleged slumlord Anzaroot. The group is still formulating its mission and strategy and is working on a website (slumshame.com). The Bridge has covered housing issues for several years. To find these articles search the www.binghamtonbridge.org with "housing". To get in contact with … [Read more...] about SlumShame Tackles Housing Issues
The following letter, written by a resident living in the midst of construction for the Bluestone Wind industrial wind turbine project in Sanford, appeared in the August 3rd edition of The Deposit Courier. Ah! Apparently Bluestone (BS) Wind is taking the day off (July 17). The perfect peace and quiet of Farnham Road is so welcome after the weeks of work … [Read more...] about Have We Given Up Our “Quiet”?
P.A.I.N., Truth Pharm, and a coalition of survivors and advocacy groups working in response to the overdose crisis are demonstrating Monday, August 9th at 11am EST outside of The United States Bankruptcy Court, 300 Quarropas St. to call out the United States justice system for allowing the billionaire Sackler Family to walk away unscathed after igniting the … [Read more...] about Truth Pharm Calls Out Sackler Verdict
What follows is a letter from a concerned citizen and neighbor of one of the many properties Isaac Anzaroot owns and has been accused of neglecting. --Bridge eds. June 26, 2021 Binghamton NY I write as a concerned citizen about a large-scale problem with a local landlord, Isaac Anzaroot. I first became interested in this because I live down the street … [Read more...] about Anzaroot Accused of Being Slumlord