|Please join outstanding activists and panelists, Nancy Bereano, Martha Ferger, Gabe Shapiro and Nicole LaFave, and come share stories of how you’ve taken action for social justice. Free, open to everyone!
Saturday June 25th, 2016 – 2:00 to 4:30pm
The History Center in Tompkins County
Sharing Our Stories of Action for Social Justice and Transformation
A series presented by The History Center in Tompkins County & The Dorothy Cotton Institute
ITHACA — Join us on Saturday June 25th for the second event in the series “Sharing Our Stories of Action for Social Justice and Transformation.” This series, done in partnership and collaboration with the Dorothy Cotton Institute, will focus on sharing personal narratives and oral histories that highlight individual contributions towards social change across a broad range of issues and social movements. At this event, four panelists will share their work for change and address what they had to overcome and what sustained them. After the panel, all will be invited to meet in small groups to share their personal stories of work for social change. Panelists: Nancy Bereano, Martha Ferger, Gabe Shapiro and Nicole LaFave.
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About the Presenters….
Nancy Bereano has lived in Ithaca as a lesbian for 36 out of her 48 years here. She was the founding editor and publisher of Firebrand Books, a groundbreaking, award-winning, and nationally recognized lesbian and feminist press. Nancy has been an activist for most of her adult life, a troublemaker for all of it, and was instrumental in the passage of LGBT anti-discrimination legislation for the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County. She is a community representative on the City of Ithaca’s Workforce Diversity Committee, a member of ACTION (Activists Committed to Interrupting Oppression Now), and a participant and trained facilitator for Talking Circles on Race and Racism.
Martha Ferger moved to Dryden in 1955 at age 31 with her husband, Dr. John Ferger, and 3 young daughters. She has been active on a wide variety of public issues ever since, ranging from opposition to nuclear weapons testing in the early days to efforts to save Seneca Lake from gas storage more recently. You might have seen her picture (in a film by Earth Justice) being led away in handcuffs from a demonstration at Crestwood, or met her knocking on your door with the petition that helped persuade the Town Board make Dryden the first town in NY State to ban fracking. She has also been among the activists in Ithaca seeking to have cameras placed on all police in an effort to decrease and document abuse towards people of color and LGBTQI residents. Now, at age 92, she hopes to continue activities of this sort for a few more years. There are so many things in the world to worry about!
Gabe Shapiro is a rising third year at Hampshire College, studying energy, climate change and organizing. He works with groups across the Northeast fighting the build-out of fracking infrastructure.
Nicole LaFave is Program Coordinator, Community Service and Leadership Development at the Cornell Public Service Center. She was born and raised in Harlem, New York. At the Center for Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College, Nicole found her passion for race relations in the US and began exploring strategies for denouncing oppressive systems. She decided to stay in Ithaca after graduating from IC because she believe this small city had the power and ambition to cultivate a space where true social change is more than possible but sustainable. She currently sits on the Ithaca City Community Police Review Board, is a co-founder and organizer of Black Lives Matter Ithaca, and is a newly elected member of the Ithaca City School District Board of Education. She holds a BA from Ithaca College in Sociology with a concentration in juvenile criminal studies, and race and ethnic relations. Her studies focused on equity issues, making the classroom and curriculum successful for children with complex needs through project-based learning.
Letter to the Editor of The Ithaca Journal
August 12, 2015
By Tony Del Plato & Gabriel Shapiro
On behalf of Moosewood, Inc. the 19 owners of Moosewood Restaurant unanimously join over 300 businesses and municipalities in the Finger Lakes in opposition to the Crestwood, Inc. plans to store up to 2.10 million barrels (88.20 million gallons) of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in salt caverns along the west shore of Seneca Lake just north of Watkins Glen. We are opposed to plans to turn this region into the northeast US hub for gas distribution. Increased railroad and truck traffic as well as breaks in pipelines would put us all at risk.
Crestwood’s plans or any plans that expand the fossil fuel infrastructure within our state, not only pose enormous risks for our safety, but will be obsolete within 20-40 years as New York transforms its energy profile to 100% renewable sources.
Food, wine, education, tourism and natural beauty drive the economy in the heart of New York state. The Finger Lakes draws people the world over to its vibrant and creative culture which includes farms, parks, the arts, high tech companies, universities and colleges.
Moosewood has been developing a sustainable business for more than 42 years and we, the shareholders are happy to join our neighbors who say yes to a fossil free future. Clean air and water matter. A lifestyle that brings more health and harmony to our lives matters.
Tony Del Plato, Moosewood Restaurant Owner
607 351 6847
Gabriel Shapiro, Moosewood Restaurant Employee
Please check out this informative presentation on alternatives for Building and Heating with the Climate in Mind, from March 17, 2015.
Gay Nicholson’s introduction is about 5 minutes, followed by 5 other segments from others.