At a recent virtual potluck, the VINES staff awarded several community members who have volunteered in various ways. VINES, which stands for Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, was founded in 2007, and has recently reached the goal of 20 community gardens by 2020, transformed several acres downtown into an impressive Urban Farm, and offers farm … [Read more...] about VINES Honors Its Volunteers
The overall impacts from COVID-19 will likely cause significant harm to governmental finances at the local, county, and state levels. Officials at all levels have been warning that the loss of sales tax receipts, casino proceeds, income taxes, and property tax payments could create staggering budget shortfalls. Federal aid, they argue, is the only way to … [Read more...] about Is Binghamton in a Strong Financial Position to Weather this Crisis? Yes. But it’s Not Because of You Know Who.
Glenda Blake, an artist at the Cooperative Gallery 213, died May 12th, 2020. "She contributed a great deal to the gallery," fellow artists recalled. "She dragged us into the world of online scheduling and created a style guide to create consistency and professionalism at the gallery." "I knew her in the early days of the Women's Center where her graphic … [Read more...] about Glenda Blake
Belatedly, we bring you news of Dick Andrus' death on April 5th, 2020. If you are in the progressive community there are many many ways you could have known Dick. I served on his Shade Tree Commission under Mayor Matt Ryan' tenure along with Julian Shephard, a knowledgeable and committed environmental duo. Dick was always a great First Friday visitor to the … [Read more...] about Dick Andrus
https://vinesgardens.org/programs/build-a-garden/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=announcing_our_newest_vines_program_build_a_garden&utm_term=2020-05-07 Read how VINES is helping people who want to grow vegetables in their yards. There are income and other guidelines. … [Read more...] about Build a Garden
New York community activists are rallying today in support of the passage of the HALT solitary bill. They will be outside the Governor’s mansion and across the state, in Buffalo, Long Island, Ithaca, Rochester, and beyond. Here in Broome County we join this effort and ask the legislature to reconvene, pass the HALT bill, and end solitary confinement in our … [Read more...] about Broome Activists Join #HALTsolitary Statewide Rally
An Invitation to join the Binghamton - El Charcón Sister City Project Are you interested in community development? Do you have connections with Central America? Are you a returned Peace Corps Volunteer looking for a way to stay engaged? Would you like to visit a small rural community in El Salvador to discover how the social movement in that country is … [Read more...] about Looking for Core Members
May 4, 2020 by Bill Martin If you had to design a system to spread COVID-19 in Broome County, how would you do it? Follow the sheriff and county officials in three, easy steps. Step One: Local officials have sought to isolate the county, terminating all bus service into and out of Binghamton, closing hotels to visitors, and demanding that any … [Read more...] about How to Spread COVID-19 in Broome County
If you’ve already signed up for a Farm Share this season, thank you! If not, you still have time, and we have some exciting changes to share!! This year we are offering a new 75% discount for members with incomes in the Level 1 income category. With 20 million Americans signing up for Unemployment recently, there’s never been a better time for a deep … [Read more...] about Farm Share Sign Ups Open!
Citizen Action of New York Responds to Governor Cuomo’s Proposed Budget Cuts Albany, NY - In response to Governor Cuomo’s proposed $10 billion in budget cuts, including $8.2 billion in cuts to schools, hospitals and local governments, Stanley Fritz, Political Director of Citizen Action of New York, released the following statement: “Governor Cuomo … [Read more...] about Response to Governor Cuomo’s Proposed Budget Cuts