Building Bridges Community Forum

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Save the Date!!
May 13, 2014 9am-1pm
Location To Be Announced

You are invited to a half-day Community Forum
sponsored by the Building Bridges Initiative to:

  • get an update on the activities that have been going on in the community that are moving towards the vision we developed together
  • explore “Collective Impact” as a process for achieving big results toward the vision

Much has happened in the community since the first Building Bridges gathering back in November, 2011, but we still have a ways to go.

The lists of activities and possible big results in the attached flyer are only examples of the things we can explore together as we move forward and are not meant to be exhaustive.

Please respond by April 30th to let us know whether or not you can come to the forum (email- tfckirby@aol.com, phone: 277-3401).

You are receiving this invitation because you are an important community leader.

Please note: If you forward this message to someone else you’d like to invite, please emphasize that we do need to get RSVPs so we can plan for food and materials.

On behalf of the Building Bridges Planning Group, we hope you can come.

The “Building Bridges” initiative is a collaborative effort of The Dorothy Cotton Institute, the Whole Community Project, Sustainable Tompkins, CCE Environment Program, CCE Green Jobs Program, Ithaca College Commit to Change Initiative, Groundswell, Natural Leaders Initiative, the Multicultural Resource Center,  Alternatives Federal Credit Union, Center for Transformative Action, Dryden Solutions, GreenStar Community Projects, the Sustainability Center, Get Your Green Back Tompkins, Cayuga Medical Center, Local First Ithaca, and others, to build, support and maintain a local movement in the Tompkins County region to create a “socially just and ecologically sound local economy”

Thanks for the work that you do!

Pete Seeger Dies at 94

A warrior for peace & justice has passed. His music and energy were infectious even if you didn’t care for folk music. For those of us who do love folk music, Pete Seeger was an inspiring example of musicians who turn people onto songs from around the world, speak out for justice, human rights and a clean environment.
Pete Seeger, a longtime champion of American folk music, died Monday. He spearheaded a folk revival in the 1950s and spent a life championing music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change. via Reuters

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/arts/music/pete-seeger-songwriter-and-champion-of-folk-music-dies-at-94.html?hp&_r=0

DCI Gala and Dinner, Tues. Dec. 10

Celebrate International Human Rights Day, with honored guests:

Andrew Young Ambassador Andrew Young

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  • 6:00 Reception & cash bar with jazz and r&b by Fe Nunn and Friends

  • 7:00 Dinner with jazz by Harry & Eric Aceto, Doug Robinson & Chad Lieberman

  • 8:00 Program with Emcee Cal Walker

  • Remarks by Ambassador Young

  • Fellowship of Reconciliation Presentation of  the 2013  Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards to Ms. Cotton and Dr. Harding

  • Spirituals and Freedom Songs by the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers led by Baruch Whitehead

In Ballroom of the Trip Hotel (formerly the Clarion), One Sheraton Drive, Ithaca, NY

$125 per plate. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Dorothy Cotton Institute.

Click here to purchase tickets online or sponsor others’ attendance.

The Dorothy Cotton Institute is a locally based non-profit organization providing workshops on Human Rights Education, the Citizenship Education Program for the 21st Century, and is working to build a global community of human rights leadership.
DCI is a project of the Center for Transformative Action and an organizing member of the Building Bridges initiative.

A Big Thank-You!

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On Saturday, August 24, two big bus-loads of people traveled from Ithaca to the 50th Anniversary Realize the Dream march and rally in Washington, DC. We were among the thousands and thousands of positive, truly kind and powerful people there, and it renews our faith in who the American people really are to connect with so many kindred spirits speaking out for Jobs, Freedom and Justice and the civil and human rights of all people.

The organizers of the trip were Elizabeth Field, Laura Branca, Kirby Edmonds, Audrey Cooper from the Multicultural Resource Center, Marcia Fort, Director of GIAC and Lana Milton from GIAC.We were able to cover 53  free tickets to many of our riders through the generous donations of the following organizations and individuals, to whom we offer our heartfelt thanks:
Greater Ithaca Activities Center
Building Bridges
An anonymous donor (who attended the 1963 March donated 10 seats so that young people could go.)
Moosewood Restaurant
Social Ventures
Center for Transformative Action
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Multicultural Resource Center
Congregation Tikkun V’Or
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton
Lynne Jackier
Ann Martin
Beverly Baker
Joan Swenson
Sue Kittel
Dick Franke and Barbara Chasin
John Suter
Sandy Pollack
Karen Friedeborn

Thank you to all who made this happen!

Shifting to Equity as a Preferred Driver of Economic Development

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Here is a PowerPoint show, Shifting to Equity as a Preferred Driver of Economic Development, created and narrated by Kirby Edmonds. 

NOTE: The audio volume is low, so please turn up your speakers in order to follow along.

This presentation is also available on the left-hand menu, by clicking on the page  “Shifting Structural Barriers to Eliminate Poverty”.

TOMPKINS COUNTY JUDGE CANDIDATES FORUM

Wednesday, August 14 @ 6 pm

GIAC, 301 W. Court Street, Ithaca

“District Attorneys decide who to prosecute.  Judges decide the sentencing. You can decide who looks out fairly and justly for our community!”CLOC candidates poster

Sponsored by: Community Leaders Of Color, Latino Civic Association, Ithaca Asian American Association, and Shawn Greenwood Working Group

GreenStar Community Projects: Feeding Our Future

Hello esteemed community-colleagues. We very much hope you will be able to join the next “Feeding Our Future” conversation on August 15 at GIAC. We’ll hear from leaders of several important food justice initiatives in the community, and share insights, innovations, information and ideas for building a food system that serves EVERYBODY in our community. Please do share this message with others in your organization and neighborhood. Thank you so much!
Joanna G

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Black Farmers and Urban Growers

Please check out Black Farmers and Urban Growers and like them on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/BlackUrbanGrowers . They have one of the greatest logos ever for their conference.

 About

Our mission is to engage people of African descent in critical food and farm-related issues that directly impact our health, communities, and economic security.
Mission

Our mission is to build networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table. Find our more today at http://www.blackfarmersconf.org/ 

Company Overview
The Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference is presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table.
Based in the New York City Metropolitan area, Black Urban Growers’ founding members include representatives from the following grassroots groups, non-profit organizations as well as individuals from our communities:
Grassroots Groups
Brooklyn Rescue Mission – Brooklyn, NY
Community Vision Council – Brooklyn, NY
Garden of Happiness – Bronx, NY
La Familia Verde – Bronx, NY
La Finca Del Sur – Bronx, NY
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, New York Chapter
Taqwa Community Farm – Bronx, NYNon-Profit OrganizationsCitizens Committee for New York City – Manhattan, NY
Green City Force – Brooklyn, NY
GreenThumb – Manhattan, NY
Heritage Radio – Online Radio Network
Isles, Inc. – Trenton, NJ
Just Food – Manhattan, NY
NYFood Museum – Manhattan, NY
Weeksville Heritage Center – Brooklyn, NY
West Harlem Initiative Neighborhood Garden Sustainability (WHINGS) – Manhattan, NY
WhyHunger – Manhattan, NY

Description
In November of 2009, Black Urban Growers began organizing and hosting a series of community events with the purpose of starting a conversation around food: Where does it come from? Who is providing it? Why don’t we see more black farmers at the farmers markets? What is the relationship between our individual health and the health of our communities, and why does it matter?Beginning with a fundraiser event in February of 2010, followed by a Community Forum that April, we’ve been inviting more and more people from our communities to engage in the conversation and together connect the dots between the health of our farmers and our collective health as a community.At the first annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference in November 2010, more than 500 attendees began building a national network that includes producers, consumers, and everyone in between in creating sustainable solutions. This vital project continued at the second annual conference in October 2011.

Reclaim the Dream March on Washington, August 24, 2013

Greetings!

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the famous March on Washington.

On Saturday, August 24, 2013 another historic rally will take place on the National Mall, led by the National Action Network, fifty years after MLK delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. GIAC, Southside Community Center, the Multicultural Resource Center and the Dorothy Cotton Institute are co-organizing a bus so people from our community can attend the march. The bus will leave GIAC at 4:00am sharp. We will spend the day on the National Mall and return that night to GIAC around 1 or 2:00am. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and tickets are $60 per seat. Priority will be given to GIAC and Southside youth and their chaperones, and if there is enough interest we will book two buses. Participants should plan on bringing breakfast and lunch, and dinner will be on your own in DC. More details about the day’s events and what to bring will follow. Please reserve your seat by August 12, 2013. If you need financial assistance, please talk with one of the organizing agencies. To reserve a seat contact Liz Field at 607-280-1960 or lizlovesmusic@gmail.com.

The rally is not just to commemorate the March on Washington, but to give us a chance to address compelling issues of the day, such as the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, and to stand against discriminatory practices such as “Stop and Frisk” in NYC and dangerous laws like the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in Florida and 31 other states that allow murderers like George Zimmerman to walk away free. This March is about Reclaiming the Dream. Read the full press release here: http://nationalactionnetwork.net/press/rev-al-sharpton-martin-luther-king-iii-along-with-labor-leaders-clergy-elected-officials-and-activists-to-march-on-washington-saturday-august-24-2013-for-the-national-action-to-reclaim-the-d/

Among the groups and individuals joining with Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III are: The King Center, A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), NAACP, NAACP LDF, National Council of Negro Women, National Urban League (NUL), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Communities Without Boundaries International, Inc., Service Employees International Union (SEIU), 1199 SEIU, United Federation of Teachers (UFT), United Here, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, American Federation of Government Employees, AFGE, Military Families Speak Out, Fair Vote, United for Peace & Justice, Veterans for Peace, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, National Congress of Black Women (NCBW), , National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW), Black Women’s Health Imperative, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), National Black Justice Coalition, Family Equality Council, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), The Hip Hop Caucus, Operation Hope, Impact Black Youth Vote, Our Time.org.

Read here about additional events planned, some happening on Aug. 28, the actual anniversary of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech.

http://www.nationalmall.org/news/washington-marks-50th-anniversary-martin-luther-kings-iconic-i-have-dream-speech

Summer of Solutions Reading & Discussion Series: July 25, 31, and Aug. 4

Literature and Food Justice

Featuring: Professor Helena Maria Viramontes

Thursday, July 25th

7pm – 9pm

116 Ferris Place

Potluck at 6pm

You’re invited to a reading and discussion this Thursday, July 25th at 7:00pm at 116 Ferris Place with Cornell Professor Helena Maria Viramontes. Viramontes is a professor of English at Cornell University. Her powerful writing is based in politics and is grounded in the sociological reality of working-class Latinas. She is the author of The Moths and Other Stories (1985), Under the Feet of Jesus (1995), and her most recent novel, Their Dogs Came with Them (2007).

Please join us at 6pm at 116 Ferris Place for a potluck before the discussion. The potluck and discussion are open to the public and we encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to attend.

 

The reading and discussion is hosted by the Solutionary Reading and Discussion Series, a project of Summer of Solutions Ithaca focusing on the union of arts and activism, direct education, and recentering environmental struggles around critical analyses of intersectionality. Summer of Solutions Ithaca is an eight week youth-led climate justice program exploring the social roots of the climate crisis and providing our generation with the knowledge and tools needed to weather the oncoming storm.

Summer of Solutions Ithaca is hosting two more major events this summer, and we hope to see you there:

  • Wednesday, July 31st 7pm – 9pm – Reading and Discussion with Professor Jolene Rickard, Chair of the American Indian Program at Cornell University to discuss Indigenous Issues and Visual Analysis.

  • Sunday, August 4th 12pm – 6pm – Anti-Oppression Training with Jenna Peters Golden of the Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA), a national collective of educators striving to strengthen movements for social justice and the solidarity economy.

To find out more about the reading and discussion series, please email Mary Anne Rojas at rojam15@suny.oneonta.edu. For more information about Summer of Solutions Ithaca or to get involved, please email summerofsolutionsithaca@gmail.com.


The Summer of Solutions Ithaca project is led and run by young people, ages 16-23. You can support program leader stipends and help us continue to provide high quality, free climate justice programming in Ithaca. Please consider donating here.