Category Archives: Special Events
Understanding “Ban the Box”: Creating a Fair Chance
Friday, 3/10/17 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Free & Open to All
The forum will bring together panelists from a cross-section of professions, including government, academia, law, and small business to discuss the ramifications of prematurely or illegally considering conviction information, and the role it may play in preventing people with past convictions from receiving a fair chance.
Campus and Community Organizing for Liberation, Then and Now
Saturday, November 5th, 2016 – 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
at The History Center in Gateway Plaza
401 E. State Street * Suite 100 * Ithaca, NY 14850
free and open to All; light refreshments served
This is the third event in the series “Sharing Our Stories of Action for Social Justice and Transformation.” This series is a partnership of The History Center, the Dorothy Cotton Institute, in collaboration with the John Henrik Clarke Africana Library. The focus has been on sharing personal narratives and oral histories that highlight the contributions of individuals in our community who have worked on a range of issues for social justice.
Our third event will address Campus & Community Organizing for Liberation, Then and Now. We will begin with a panel of activists and community leaders who will share their work for racial equity in education, Black Studies, racial justice, and the Movement for Black Lives. After the panel, everyone will have the opportunity to share their stories of taking action. Our panelists will be Kirby Edmonds, Ms. Lucy J. Brown, and Rafael Aponte.
About the Presenters….
Kirby Edmonds is a Cornell graduate, long-time Ithaca resident and community organizer, educator, a partner with TFC Associates and a Senior Fellow and Program Coordinator of the Dorothy Cotton Institute.
Ms. Lucy J. Brown was born and raised in Ithaca, and her outspoken commitment to racial justice and educational equity spans decades. Ms. Brown is the mother of four children who went through the Ithaca City School District. She has served on the district’s Board of Education, as well as on the Board of Public Works. She worked at Cornell University for thirty years, and as one of the few Black employees, she readily gave her support to the student organizers of the 1969 Willard Straight occupation and the movement for Black Studies and racial equity at Cornell. She was a founding member of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services. The Lucy J. Brown Leadership Award was established in her honor by INHS, where she continues to serve on their Board of Directors.
Rafael Aponte has a deep commitment to education, food justice, and sovereignty. Born and raised in the South Bronx, he has over twelve years of experience working as a community activist, advocate, and educator in NYC. In 2012, Rafael relocated to Tompkins County and established Rocky Acres Community Farm in Freeville, NY . The 10-acre farm focuses on education and the sustainable production of local, culturally appropriate vegetables, herbs, meat, and eggs for marginalized communities in and around Ithaca. He is currently the acting director of the Youth Farm Project in Ithaca and a member of the working group for Black Lives Matter Ithaca (BLMI).
Hope to see you there!
phone: 607-273-8284, ext. 5
Sharing Our Work for Social Change: Taking Action
Join us for the first event of a series presented by The History Center in Tompkins County and the Dorothy Cotton Institute titled “Sharing Our Stories of Action for Social Justice and Transformation.”
Series Kick-Off Event:
Sharing Our Work for Social Change: Taking Action
Saturday March 19th, 2:00 – 4:00 at The History Center in Tompkins County
(401 E. State St., Suite 100 — Gateway Plaza)
“Saturday will be the first of a series of community gatherings for sharing our personal narratives, and creating an archive of oral histories so that we can build the knowledge of how people achieve justice and effect change. No story is too short.” – Dorothy Cotton Institute
“Ithaca and Tompkins County have a long history of involvement in social movements and issues.” – The History Center
This series will encourage people in our communities to share their personal stories and oral histories that highlight individual contributions for working for 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, everyone will be invited to meet in small groups to share their work for social change.
Carlos H. Gutierrez, Former Chilean Political Exile & Labor Community Organizer
Jhakeem Haltom, Dean of Student Life, New Roots School
Mary Milne, Fabric Artist & Local Ribbon Coordinator, 1982-85
Joyce Muchan, Former Chair of the Ithaca LGBT Task Force
There will be future events to help community members learn from one another and to highlight that we can all choose to take action. This project will include oral histories will be captured to archive the richness of action and involvement of Tompkins County residents in a variety of social movements.
The History Center in Tompkins County & The Dorothy Cotton Institute,
The John Henrik Clarke Africana Library & Cornell University Public Service Center
The Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County provided support for the series
For more information, contact Kayla Sewell at Community@TheHistoryCenter.net
or call (607) 273-8284 x 227
A Special Screening of Can You Dig This
Moosewood Restaurant is pleased to invite you to a special screening of
Can You Dig This
a documentary about the guerilla gardeners of South LA
at Cinemapolis, Dec. 3rd at 7 pm
Can You Dig This follows an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, where people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Watch the trailer here.
Co-sponsored by GreenStar Community Projects, Groundswell, Building Bridges and Natural Leaders Initiative, we will host a pre-screening reception at 6:30 (with food by Moosewood) plus a talk-back on farming, gardening and food sovereignty with leaders in our community after the show.
African Drumming and Welcoming Southside Community Center’s New Exec. Director at Congo Square Market
Spread the word…
African Drumming & Welcoming Southside Community Center’s New Executive Director at Congo Square Market
This week’s CONGO SQUARE MARKET will feature a special announcement and performances by Rainbow Healing Center Drummers and Dancers, One Heart Community Drummers along with Afro Cuban Percussion by Jhakeem Haltom and Maurice Haltom.
Friday, June 19th from 4 to 8pm
At the park next to Southside Community Center: 305 S. Plain St, Ithaca
Southside Community Center will welcome their new Executive Director, Davi Mozie, at 5pm at the Market. Refreshments will be served!
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/776225662498130
Bring the whole family and support local vendors: El Taino, Gorges Barbeque, Fresh Baked Breads, Unique’s Bow_tique, and Chris D’s Icee!
Next week’s Market will have Harvest Box Deliveries (from Youth Farm Project & Rocky Acres Community Farm)!
To perform, vend or volunteer: Email CongoSquareEntertainment@gmail.com
Donate to the Market to support youth apprentices, start-up vendors and performers: Drop off cash or mail a check payable to “Congo Square” and send to Rob Brown at 521 W. Seneca St, Ithaca, NY 14850.
For weekly updates and performance schedule, visit ‘Congo Square Market, Ithaca’ on Facebook.
Congo Square Market is open every Friday 4-8pm through September 4th. The Market’s mission is to build a stronger self-reliant local community, develop Southside’s economic base, and encourage community & personal health.
ABOUT CONGO SQUARE MARKET
Congo Square is an actual place in New Orleans. This sacred ground was first used by the Houma People and by slaves in the region as a place to enjoy a day of freedom. Africans used it as a place to maintain their true status as free people of Africa. Indigenous peoples and Europeans often joined in the celebration. Music, abolitionist organization, food, and dance were intertwined to enjoy this one-day-a-week festival.
In Ithaca, Congo Square Market (or CSM) is a multicultural community that provides affordable Jamaican, Cuban, Ethiopian, soul food, farm produce, local goods, as well as free healthcare services and entertainment: music, visual art and speakers, and more! Collaborators include Southside Community Center, Rainbow Healing Center, Youth Farm Project, TC Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Whole Community Project- Food Dignity, Rocky Acres Community Farm, Cayuga Medical Center, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, Ithaca Health Alliance/ Free Clinic and individual volunteers who all help put the market together
Huge Success–the Building Bridges Community Forum
On May 13, 202 people attended a Community Forum to learn about Collective Impact processes creating big successes in various communities, and possible “big results” we might want to work on in Tompkins County.
Here is a link to the presentation slides:
Building Bridges Forum CI presentation
Highlights from the feedback include:
96% of you said you learned more about Collective Impact
96% of you said that CI is a direction that we should pursue as a community
97% of you said the time was worthwhile
89% of you said you would do your work differently as a result of the time we spent together.
Once again, a big THANK-YOU to
- GreenStar staff support, use of The Space and coffee, tea, fruit salad, yogurt and pastries
- MRC for the mini-bagels
- GIAC for the cheese, crackers and cookies
- Ithaca Bakery for the pastries
- Moosewood Restaurant for the Brownies and Vegan Chocolate Cake
- CCE staff for stuffing packets
- Park Foundation for supporting this intro to Collective Impact
*If you would like your organization added, please contact Kirby Edmonds at 607/277-3401
DCI Gala and Dinner, Tues. Dec. 10
Celebrate International Human Rights Day, with honored guests:
Ambassador Andrew Young
Ms. Dorothy Cotton
Dr. Vincent Harding
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.