Date   

Verses Versus War tonight

Ruth Yarrow
 

FYI - Ruth

Verses Versus War: A Webinar With the Poets George Elliott Clarke and Gary Geddes.

The timing will be February 24, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in Honolulu, 4:00 p.m. in Los Angeles, 6:00 p.m. in Mexico City, and 7:00 p.m. in New York, which is the same time as February 25, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. midnight in London, 3:00 a.m. in Moscow, 3:30 a.m. in Tehran, 5:30 a.m. in New Dehli, 8:00 a.m. in Beijing, 9:00 a.m. in Tokyo, 11:00 a.m. in Sydney, and 1:00 p.m. in Auckland.

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[Ithaca CW] Tues 2/22 Responding to War Threats on Russia - the Antiwar Movement Comes Together to respond.

Ruth Yarrow
 

In case you would like to attend.  Ruth

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Please Post. Tues 8:30 pm ET Zoom. After the speakers, there will be some discussion.   


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How to Respond to War Threats on Russia

- Understanding U.S. Objectives

- The Role of NATO, a U.S. Commanded Military Alliance

 

TUES. Feb 22 @ 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT / 6:30 pm MT / 5:30 pm PT


Please click here to register for the meeting.

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Please join us for this important meeting and discussion with leaders 

from the antiwar movement including: 

   (in alphabetical order)

  • Leela Anand – ANSWER coalition
  • Joe Jaimison – US Peace Council
  • Ajamu Baraka – Black Alliance for Peace
  • Medea Benjamin – CodePink
  • Sara Flounders – International Action Center
  • Margaret Flowers – Popular Resistance
  • Bruce Gagnon – Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
  • Margaret Kimberley – Black Agenda Report
  • Jeff Mackler – United National Antiwar Coalition   
  • Nancy Price - Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, US
  • Susan Schnall – Veterans For Peace
  • David Swanson – World Beyond War
  • Joe Lombardo will chair. Ajamu Baraka will give an opening statement

Only a few short months after the chaotic US defeat in Afghanistan, the US is pushing a war with Russia, a major nuclear power.  US officials insist that the Russians will invade Ukraine.  Russia has repeatedly denied this.  

In recent days the US and some of their allies have closed their embassies and asked their nationals to leave Ukraine. 


The Ukrainian military has a force of 150,000 troops, that are U.S. trained and armed with modern US weapons, near the Russian border and the independent regions in Donbass.  These independent regions have taken a stand in opposition to the right-wing, coup government in Kiev, since 2014.  The Ukrainian military has started heavy shelling of the independent areas of Donbass, which have returned the fire.


Every U.S. war in our lifetime has been based on false information, repeated relentlessly by the corporate media. There is deep apprehension that the US and the Ukrainian government are preparing a “false flag” incident that could lead to a major conflict. 


The US has tens of thousands of troops in Europe, it is putting troops on high alert and sending more.  They are not only arming the Ukrainian military, but they are expanding NATO bases and sending additional arms and missiles to other NATO countries in the region. 


It is important that the US antiwar movement come together to oppose these dangerous war moves. Please join us on Tuesday.


TUESDAY. Feb 22 at 8:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm CT / 6:30 pm MT / 5:30 pm PT


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What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something.  If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction...And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.  The future is an infinite succession of presents and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."  -- Howard Zinn



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[noon] Funding for Onondaga Nation School

Margaret McCasland
 



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Act Now to Support Indigenous Schools

Time is Short

Reach Out to NYS Legislators for Full Funding

Governor Cathy Hochul included over half the requested $60 million to fund three Indigenous Schools

on Indigenous Territories. Now we need the legislator to include the full request.

Use Our Easy Online Letter Writing Tool

Thanks to the efforts of many hundreds of New Yorkers across the state, Governor Cathy Hochul included a significant increase in funding for three Indigenous schools in her Executive budget. We're seeking your assistance to convince the New York State Legislators to increase the $35.7 million to the full $60 million requested by the schools and Superintendents of these districts.

As part of the historic treaty relationship between the Haudenosaunee and the United States, the US is responsible for providing healthcare and education to Indigenous communities. Unfortunately, these treaties have been repeatedly ignored and broken. This history includes the appalling boarding school era which Indigenous communities survived. Almost every public school building in New York State is owned by the School District in that community, except for three schools on Indigenous Nations – the Onondaga Nation School (Lafayette School District), the Tuscarora Nation School (Niagara Wheatfield School District) and the St. Regis Mohawk School (Salmon River School District).

NYS is responsible for maintaining the buildings which house these three schools. They have been terribly underfunded for decades, leaving them with major facilities problems – crumbling brick walls, poorly functioning heating and cooling systems, dangerously degraded concrete, inadequate security and fire protection and much more. The superintendents of those districts describe them as among “the worst building conditions in NYS.”

New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, approved in January 2018, emphasizes fostering equity in education for all students and ensuring that all students succeed and thrive in school no matter who they are, where they live, where they go to school, or where they come from. It specifically mentions historically disadvantaged students.

Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) is joining with others across NYS in
calling for the New York State Legislature to increase Governor Cathy Hochul's funding to $60 million in the 2022-23 NYS Budget, $20 million for each of these three schools.

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Urgent action on AUMF for VA, NY, MT and VT

Ruth Yarrow
 

Please call Senator Schumer's office 202-224-6542!  More information from FCNL below.  We've worked for two years to repeal the 2002 AUMF and this is our chance to help prevent more wars.  THANKS!  Ruth

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Hello everyone!

 

I hope you are all doing well. Please excuse my lack of personalized outreach to each of your individual teams on this; I just received a time-sensitive request and wanted to reach out as quickly as I could.

 

FCNL heard news today that 2002 AUMF repeal—which we worked so hard for in 2021—is at risk of getting stripped out of the omnibus spending package in the Senate. There are four senators who we believe could tip the scales for 2002 AUMF repeal to pass if they receive calls from constituents tomorrow and the rest of this week: Sen. Kaine, Schumer, Tester and Leahy.

 

I know that many of you are in the middle of planning lobby visits on Yemen, and I realize you might be stretched thin with all the events and actions coming up. But since Rep. Barbara Lee’s staff reached out to us directly, I wanted to pass this along in the hopes that you might be willing to call the Legislative Directors or Chiefs of Staff in these offices, if you have met with them before, or to call the D.C. offices and ask for your senators to prioritize keeping 2002 AUMF repeal in the omnibus package.

 

Thank you for your amazing advocacy, and good luck on your upcoming lobby visits!

 

In friendship,

Sarah

 

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Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance, Meeting Minutes, Oct 26, 2021

Elizabeth Schneider
 

ISA Monthly Meeting

Jan. 25, 2022

Meeting at FCC


We had a delightful celebration of Drucila’s 21st birthday for the first part of the scheduled meeting time: cake, ice cream, some reflections.  Happy Birthday Drucila!  You have enriched our lives.  Drucila also joined us for the meeting, which was in hybrid format (thanks to Anne H. for setting up the Zoom link and facilitating the remote attendance), always quite awkward (please see note at the end about this).


Updates

  • ISA sanctuary support work--feedback, comments, concerns

Things continue to run smoothly with the weekly grocery support.  Linda Yetter noted that the response to her requests for help of any kind, especially rides, has been consistently fantastic.  Bravo to the ISA team!

It might be good to encourage Drucila to accompany shoppers on the weekly outings, just to help with transition.

Drucila noted that she needs help with pretty much everything in terms of learning all the things necessary to thrive once she leaves sanctuary.

  • Drucila's NYC trip and documentation quest--Working Permit and Green Card update

Andy W. accompanied Drucila to NYC last Wednesday (1/19) for her appt. at the Guatemalan consulate to complete the paperwork to renew her passport and other official Guatemalan documents

Last Friday (1/21) Drucila went to the USCIS office in Syracuse to get her biometrics taken as the next step toward getting her working permit.  This could now arrive anytime between 3-10 weeks from now.  The Green Card will be a year longer. 

  • Apartment fixes

The roach problem hasn’t been licked, but an exterminator is now under contract and will continue working on it.

The shower unit had not been set to allow for the full flow of hot water, so genuinely hot showers are now possible

  • Swimming lessons

Both Drucila and Jessie are loving their lessons and will continue in the next session.  Thanks to all who have stepped forward to help with the rides.

Anne H. offered to go with them to the Y on the bus sometime soon.

  • Budget–Andy W. wasn’t able to attend, but Michael summarized the report from the FCC Sanctuary Team meeting last Sunday

    • It cost about $20,000 to support D&J throughout the year (2021 was the first full year)--this includes the roughly $5000 that has been donated by the ISA congregations for the weekly food purchases.  This has made a huge difference in terms of sustaining our budget

    • We are maintaining a balance of about $26k which means we have a good amount of donations and we are basically holding steady - very positive, even with unforeseen expenses like the wisdom teeth, and wrist surgery

    • Helpful for Drucila to see the expenses as she begins to think about needs to cover herself when she moves out

Finances and Possible Changes--Discussion about whether it would be appropriate and perhaps even advisable to shift some ISA-raised funds for supporting sanctuary to a fiduciary outside of FCC


There was a general sense that it is a good idea to have a reservoir of funds outside of FCC’s 501c3 umbrella, both for less restricted use and because we do occasionally receive checks made out to the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance (note: I seem to remember that for our first fundraiser in Dec. 2018 we asked people to make checks out to the Workers Center, so I’m not sure if this move would solve that problem).  


Some possibilities for sponsoring agencies/organizations are:

  • Center for Transformative Action–Herb volunteered to inquire with Open Doors English about how this works for them

  • Tompkins County Worker’s Center, which is the non-profit umbrella for TCIRC–Jackie offered to inquire with them–might be good to connect with Patricia R. or Shannon Gleeson first, to see how this has worked for TCIRC


Transition Team Report


We had a good discussion and having Drucila present was very clarifying about both her hopes and anxieties moving forward.  She wants to stay in Ithaca, but still feels at a bit of a loss about what steps she should be taking now.  We touched on:


  • Jobs: Drucila was uncertain about applying for jobs or even inquiring about them until she had her work permit.  Members of the transition team and the ISA encouraged her to follow up on possibilities and let potential employers know of her continued interest–this was especially true of the Statler job (and we received some clarification that despite Cornell being closed for a couple of weeks during winter break, pay is distributed across the entire year).  


Laurie H. noted that Longview might be a really good option, both for the kinds of jobs that are available and because there is Head Start on site.  She will follow-up on this with Drucila.


ACTION ITEM FOR THE TRANSITION TEAM: keep encouraging Drucila to follow up on this job and others.


  • Housing: This remains the most vexing challenge.  But FCC will be able to provide at least a couple of months of housing after Drucila receives her work permit (possibly more–the Sanctuary Team at FCC is going to clarify what parameters would be acceptable to the church for supporting Drucila when she is no longer technically in need of sanctuary).  Keep asking around–it is still not possible to publicize this need in writing, but we have asked Drucila to ask her lawyer for clarification on that issue.


ACTION ITEM: We all need to continue making inquiries with people who might be able to help, either by offering Drucila and Jessie housing or who are themselves landlords or know landlords who might negotiate a discounted rate for a 1 BR or efficiency apartment.


  • Child Care: Laurie W. will verify, but we were quite sure that Jessie will not be eligible for pre-K until September.  In the meantime, exploring Head Start options is important, since that would be free.


  • Other: The more time people in the ISA can spend with Drucila doing the kinds of things necessary for living on one’s own–shopping, both for groceries and other necessities, developing a budget, visiting agencies that will be able to assist her and Jessie–the more confident she will be when she leaves FCC.  As often as possible making trips with Drucila on the bus is very helpful.  Continuing to learn the bus system, especially what it will be like to navigate with Jessie is going to be a big part of the transition


Michael suggested that Drucila could become a member of Alternative Federal Credit Union, where she would then be eligible for their many personal finance workshops and classes.


Fundraising–we ran out of time to discuss fundraisers at any length but all ISA members are encouraged to develop small scale fundraisers this winter and early spring with hopes for a bigger event in late spring.


If we hold to the usual schedule, our next two meetings will be Tuesday, Feb. 22. and then Mar. 22 (World Water Day).  


Please complete the survey at this link asap.  As I noted, I am happy to continue in the role of coordinator and meeting facilitator should we meet in person.  If the group prefers some other kind of meeting format, I will hand off these roles to whomever would like to take them on.


Support Rotation for the 10 Weeks:


Jan. 30 FCC

Feb. 6 First Baptist

Feb. 13 T v’O

Feb. 20 St. Catherine’s

Feb. 27 FUSIT/LHF

Mar. 6 St. Paul’s/Forest Home

Mar. 13 FCC

Mar. 20 First Baptist

Mar. 27 T v’O

        Apr. 3 St. Catherine’s

        Apr. 10 FUSIT/LHF


No War with Russia Rally today at 10 a.m. at Wegman's/CVS bridge peace triangle

Amala Lane
 

No War with Russia Rally
 
Please Post to Local Groups. Join Ithaca Catholic Workers, CODEPINK, and
allies on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 10-11 am, at the CVS/ Wegman's
bridge, Ithaca, NY, to demand an end to the drumbeat of war with Russia
over Ukraine!
 
This rally will coincide with activities around the country and in Europe
to resist the normalization of war and demand that not a single bullet or
gun be sent to Ukraine! Diplomacy not war! Check Codepink.org for a look at
all the cities rallying with us.
 
Bring pink signs with the following messages:
 
- No War with Russia @CODEPINK #NoWarWithRussia
- NO to war YES to peace! @ CODEPINK #NoWarWithRussia
- Give PEACE a budget! @ CODEPINK #NoWarWithRussia
- Fund HEALTHCARE NOT WARFARE #NoWarWithRussia @ CODEPINK
- Fund CHILDCARE & HOUSING NOT WARFARE #NoWarWithRussia
 
Sign Codepink's petitions to stop war with Russia & learn more here!
<https://www.codepink.org/russia> | Download graphics and posters here!
<https://www.codepink.org/no_war_with_russia_graphics_and_posters>
 
 See you there in PINK! 


Anthropology Colloquium: Kali Rubaii Today is Better than Tomorrow: Textures of War in Iraq

Amala Lane
 

Dear all,  This is from the Institute of Comparative Modernities - spreading the word about a very intriguing approach to fostering peace and non-violence. Read on below. - In peace and fellowship, Amala

 

They wrote: On behalf of the co-organizers at Becker House and the Anthropology Colloquium, we are sharing this announcement for events this evening and on Friday, February 4:

 

 

Although the first event organized by the Becker Cafe was yesterday - the second event is our Anthropology Colloquium FRIDAY.  We hope you can join us. Thank you. (My note - perhaps they recorded this event. If so, you might reach out to them to get a link to view.)

 

Kali Rubaii bio:

I am a cultural anthropologist and an Assistant Professor at Purdue University. I study the materiality of structural violence, especially ecological arrangements between living and nonliving things. My purpose is to sharpen resistance strategies that target the vulnerable nexus between coercive power and the physical world. My most recent project explores the environmental impacts of less-than-lethal counterinsurgency in Iraq. Thanks to an AAUW fellowship, I am spending much of my time in Fallujah and Ramadi this year.

 

Becker Café with Kali Rubaii

Wednesday, Feb 2 at 7:15pm

 

Forensic Compressions: War, Complicity, and Self-Confrontation

Abstract: Strontium is a radioactive heavy metal. It appears everywhere, but especially in the relationship between a boy named Azraq and myself; between the Cold War and the War on Terror; and between the US and Iraq.

Tracing Strontium through these relationships, I ask: What are the responsibilities of tracing connections forged by war? How can we narrate stories of violence that implicate the narrator? How can we love less violently?

In this talk, I suggest that it is necessary to close the gap between assigning responsibility and actually taking, and that self-implication simplifies rather than complicates the ethics of research, writing, and material action.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://cornell.zoom.us/j/96996730725?pwd=bVMzSDZKQi9XZEQ0aUljVHkyR2plQT09

 

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Passcode: cafe

 

Anthropology Colloquium: Kali Rubaii

Today is Better than Tomorrow: Textures of War in Iraq

 Friday, February 4, 3:00 - 4:30pm

 Virtual Event - Register in advance

 

Abstract: What is most violating about military environmental manipulation is not the initial shock of damage, but rather the incapacitation of recovery from that shock. In Iraq, the US military introduced less-than-lethal counterinsurgency tactics to subdue populations not only at gunpoint, but also along the soft contours of bodies; through the frequencies of mass emotion; and through re-arrangement of living and life-giving relations among humans, plants, animals, and molecules. Here, war is visible as an ongoing toxic structure rather than as an event with an aftermath: lives only endure via unworkable, disruptive relations that incapacitate thriving.

During ethnographic fieldwork in 2014 and 2015 with Anbari families in Iraq, I traversed Iraq’s complex landscape with displaced farmers from Anbar, and witnessed the militarized reconfiguration of their homeland through newly-made walls, checkpoints, borders, and time regimes. Through glimpses at daily life amidst ecological and social collapse, this talk foregrounds the theories of Iraqis who are cultivating a politics of ecological repair in the face of bleak prospects.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Carl L. Becker House.   Thank you.


New York Health Act - a great opportunity

Ruth Yarrow
 

Dear Friends,
The New York Health Act would provide quality care to ALL New Yorkers, regardless of income, wealth, or employment status.  Coverage under the NYHA is better than any existing health insurance plan except for coverage for cosmetic procedures. It would reduce the cost for 95% of New Yorkers.  Medical decisions would stay between patients and doctors, rather than with insurance companies.  There would be no networks, so patients would regain choice of doctors and hospitals; this is especially important with referrals to specialists.  It would eliminate paperwork and overhead for the complex, fragmented health insurance system we struggle with now.  It would provide medical providers with predictable income.  It would eliminate ALL financial barriers to healthcare including co-pays and deductibles.  It would cover ALL necessary medical care, including prescriptions, dental, hearing, vision, emergency room, long-term and palliative care, mental health and more.  It would be paid for based on ability to pay, through a progressive payroll-based tax and other taxes, such as capital gains, interest and dividends, and federal funds now received for Medicare, VA, Medicaid, and Family and Child Health.  Everyone's first $25,000 of income would not be taxed.  In short, it would provide quality health care for all of us in this state by eliminating needless administrative expenses and bureaucracy.  You can go to the Rand report at nyshealthfoundation.org and read their assessment, and learn more at www.nyhcampaign.org and from PNHP (Physicians for a National Health program)  https://www.pnhpnymetro.org/new_york_health. You can support the New York Health act by asking your State Senator to sponsor S5474 and your Assembly person to sponsor A6058. Salud!  Ruth


Health Care for all of us -- needs us!

Ruth Yarrow
 

Steps to take TODAY to help get single-payer health care enacted in New York State:

  1. Watch and share out the livestream at 9:00am of the virtual press conference at the Campaign for NY Health Facebook account: www.facebook.com/NYHCampaign
  2. Use the social media toolkit to amplify the press conference message and sign-on letter!
  3. Contact your lawmakers with the action tool to make sure they know New Yorkers statewide need them to pass Coverage 4 All, the End Medical Debt bills and pass the NY Health Act in 2022. Our mental, physical and financial health depend on it! https://p2a.co/RB8FzDk


[ny-renews-coalition] Climate Can’t Wait 2022 Day of Action: TODAY

Ruth Yarrow
 

Phone calls for our planet.  Ruth

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MAKE CALLS TODAY  to support the CLIMATE CAN"T WAIT rally in Albany!!
See below for details.

Irene Weiser
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Brooktondale, NY
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Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me. 


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Hi NY Renews,

The big day is finally here!


In conjunction with Climate Can’t Wait 2022, we are participating in a huge day of action TODAY complete with a press conference, local actions, and a HUGE call in effort. 


To really make this action count, we need a ton of phone calls. Can you make the call using this tool and share it out?


Climate Can’t Wait, and neither will we.


Warmly,

Xaver



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Personal Request - Help Expand Education in Prison

Margaret McCasland
 



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Tuesday, Jan. 25 noon virtual rally - details below - HGT


College opportunity is one of the most impactful activities that can be offered in prison. Restoring access to college financial aid to help low-income people in prison prepare to re-enter society is a moral imperative and a public good. Governor Kathy Hochul has opened the door to repealing the ban on TAP by including it in her proposed budget, but it is all for nothing if it does not make it into the final budget that is negotiated between the Governor's office and legislature.

Please use this tool to tell your elected state leaders: No one should be excluded from an education. https://act.newmode.net/action/college-community-fellowship/restore-tap-funding-people-prison-0

Please join the Jan. 25 noon virtual rally, to support Turning on the Tap, click here then: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi5i6qihk2k


Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Council of Chiefs & Community Press Conference - 3pm - Sunday 1/23

Margaret McCasland
 



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Date: Sat, Jan 22, 2022 at 8:48 PM
Subject: Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Council of Chiefs & Community Press Conference - 3pm - Sunday 1/23
To: CayugaSHARE <cayugashare@...>


Greetings, all,

I hope this message finds you well. I'm writing very last-minute to share the information for a press conference happening tomorrow (Sunday 1/23) at 3pm in Waterloo, at which Sachem Sam George will read a statement on behalf of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Council of Chiefs, and Dylan Seneca will read a statement on behalf of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ citizens living in and around so-called Seneca Falls. Dylan requested help in spreading the word - hence my email. 

Please see attached 'Media Advisory' for more information regarding the press conference.

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook and Instagram; there is also a Zoom link available (click here). Out of an abundance of caution, COVID-wise, it probably doesn't make sense to attend in person -- likely just press & folks doing audio/visual work will be in the room. Some folks may gather outside, and you're welcome to join; but, I can't say for sure. In other words -- probably safest for all involved to tune in from home.

I hope that you are able to 'attend' one way or another, tomorrow. Please feel free to write with any questions. 

Best regards,

Ken Wolkin

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[TC SURJ Leadership Circle] Fwd: Tues. 1/25 Resolution Meeting

Ruth Yarrow
 



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From: Veronica Pillar <veronica.pillar@...>
Date: Thu, Jan 20, 2022 at 9:20 PM
Subject: [TC SURJ Leadership Circle] Fwd: Tues. 1/25 Resolution Meeting
To: Tc Surj Leadership Circle <tc-surj-leadership@...>


Please see below! I hope SURJ will join in to this.

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From: #HalftownMustGo #ReadTheLetter <halftownmustgomedia@...>
Date: Thu, Jan 20, 2022 at 9:12 PM
Subject: Tues. 1/25 Resolution Meeting
To:


Greetings!


Thank you so much for your interest in solidarity with the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ and Council of Chiefs and Clanmothers. In the spirit of the Two Row Wampum Treaty, non-Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ organizers are working toward holding the U.S. government accountable to its ongoing violations of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ self-determination. The movement energy around this work is multifaceted, but right now we wanted to share about one piece of these efforts – a resolution that we hope the City of Ithaca will pass soon.


Grounded in the Two-Row Wampum Renewal Resolution that Ithaca passed in 2013, this resolution would:

  • -- urge the U.S. federal government to heed the removal of Clint Halftown from a representative role, as per Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ governance decisions;
  • -- address the city’s government-to-government relationship with the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ.
  • This resolution has been in the works for months and the process has included many different perspectives. (We are excited to share more in the meeting– see below!)


Before the resolution is introduced in Common Council, we are hoping a broad range of local groups will “sign on” endorsing the resolution, with some joining us in multi-pronged community lobbying/education efforts. The idea is for Common Council to feel the sense of community power behind this resolution so they are inspired to pass it smoothly.


We will be holding an “orientation” meeting on Tues, 1/25 at 7 pm, for those trying to come together in solidarity on this issue. We will cover the context and content of the resolution, as well as what the next steps and asks are for those who want to help make sure this gets passed. And of course there will be time for questions! 


If you cannot personally attend, please invite anyone from your organization who is interested in joining. Please register at this link. (If you’re affiliated with an organization that might sign on, please put the org’s name in the “Last name” slot on registration form.) 


So – you’re invited: 


WHO

–People/orgs desiring to support upcoming resolution passing process 

–Hosted by non-Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ resolution organizers (these efforts are associated with the #HalftownMustGo social media campaign)


WHAT: Info Meeting Covering Background and Next Steps on Community-Powered City of Ithaca Resolution re Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ Governance


WHEN: TUESDAY, Jan. 25, 7 pm (1 hr meeting)


ZOOM REGISTRATION: https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpd-2vrjIvHt3hH2m5EFl6dODgUfKBj4wr



Thank you! 

-Maddie, volunteer on #HalftownMustGo


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Jewish community solidarity gathering

Nancy Riffer
 

Nancy Gabriel has asked me to share this with the Witness Listserv

Please join the Jewish community for a solidarity gathering in response to Colleyville - Fri, Jan 21 @ 3 p.m., Ithaca Commons (see attachment)

-----Original Message-----
From: Rabbi Rachel Safman <rabbi-safman@...>
Sent: Wed, Jan 19, 2022 5:42 pm
Subject: Please join the Jewish community for a solidarity gathering in response to Colleyville - Fri, Jan 21 @ 3 p.m., Ithaca Commons

Dear Friends,
 
I write on behalf of faith leaders from all corners of the Jewish community, first to thank those of you who have reached out to us with messages of support in the wake of the terrifying hostage-taking incident at the synagogue in Colleyville, TX last Saturday.  While I, at least, found myself unable to respond to each of the individuals who wrote me directly, please know that your messages were heard and deeply appreciated.
 
I write you all now to ask that you and your congregants or co-religionists consider joining us at the Bernie Milton pavilion on the Ithaca Commons this Friday, January 21 at 3 p.m. for a public gathering of people of all faith traditions (or none) to express our solidarity in opposition to acts of hatred and antisemitism such as we have just witnessed.  We gather under the banner that united us more than a year ago when our own community experienced a wave of antisemitic activities here in Ithaca: HATE HAS NO HOME HERE.
 
Please circulate the attached flyer advertising this gathering to colleagues and members of your respective communities.  We hope to see you on Friday!
(Note: we are aware of the anticipated cold temperatures and intend to keep to gathering to just 30 mins).
 
In appreciative solidarity and peace,
-- Rabbi Rachel Safman (on behalf of the leadership of the Jewish community of greater Ithaca) 


zoom link for Peace & Social Justice 12:30 today

Margaret McCasland
 


Re: Workshops from Center for the Study of White American Culture

Margaret McCasland
 

NYYM's Sharing Fund has money to help pay for people within NYYM to attend these courses. Contact Robin Alpern for details. I have benefitted from both the "scholarship" and from some of the Center's programs.   --Margaret


On Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 3:01 PM clerk@... <clerk@...> wrote:
Friends,

I wanted to let you know about some upcoming worskshops from the Center for the Study of White American Culture. For those unfamiliar, CSWAC is a project founded by Friends Jeff Hitchcock and Charley Flint (Rahway-Plainfield) whose primary goal is to "raise consciousness about the roles whiteness and white American culture occupy in the racial structure of United States society." Many IMMers have enjoyed workshops offered by the Center in the past.

From their most recent letter:
Our first workshop of the new year, Why Color Matters, begins next Thursday. It offers a deep exploration of what's wrong with colorblindness and support in developing anti-racist color consciousness. You can see other upcoming workshops here and register for them by following the links.

Gina


Workshops from Center for the Study of White American Culture

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Friends,

I wanted to let you know about some upcoming worskshops from the Center for the Study of White American Culture. For those unfamiliar, CSWAC is a project founded by Friends Jeff Hitchcock and Charley Flint (Rahway-Plainfield) whose primary goal is to "raise consciousness about the roles whiteness and white American culture occupy in the racial structure of United States society." Many IMMers have enjoyed workshops offered by the Center in the past.

From their most recent letter:
Our first workshop of the new year, Why Color Matters, begins next Thursday. It offers a deep exploration of what's wrong with colorblindness and support in developing anti-racist color consciousness. You can see other upcoming workshops here and register for them by following the links.

Gina


"Good Trouble" group - how to connect

Ruth Yarrow
 

Dear Friends,  If you are interested in Farmington-Scipio's Good Trouble group focusing on anti-racism, you may contact Michael Tritto at michaeltrittojr@....  Questions?  Email or call me 206-512-0688.  Justice and Peace, Ruth


[coalition] Join NYS Parole Justice Advocacy day virtually Tue Jan 11

Ruth Yarrow
 

An important step toward justice that you can zoom to join.  Ruth

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Date: Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 11:09 AM
Subject: [coalition] Join NYS Parole Justice Advocacy day virtually Tue Jan 11
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Dear friends, 

Happy New Year! 2022 represents new opportunities for us to come together for justice, and we need your help.

On Tuesday, January 11, join us and our partners with the People's Campaign for Parole Justice for our first major advocacy day of the new year. We’re asking EVERYBODY to come, rally, and meet with legislators in support of the Elder Parole and Fair & Timely Parole bills. The advocacy day will be virtual and take place via Zoom. RSVP today!

On the heels of a difficult year, when we learned that a person dies in NY prisons every three days — and when we came so close to passing the Elder Parole and Fair & Timely Parole bills to help end this crisis – we need our biggest showing yet. Can you help bring our loved ones home by joining us on Jan. 11? Can you forward this email to at least ten (10) people and ask them to RSVP too? 

RSVP today at bit.ly/ParoleJusticeJan11 and share this flyer with others.


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Invitation to Isreal/Palestine Event from Tikkun v'Or

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Invitation: Congregation Tikkun v'Or will be hosting a Zoom "Interfaith Dialogue on a Just and sustainable future for Israel/Palestine" featuring Jonathan Kuttab (a co-founder of the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq and co-founder of Nonviolence International. A well-known international human rights attorney, Jonathan practices in the US, Palestine and Israel) https://jonathankuttab.org/  and Yehezkel Landau (a dual Israeli-American citizen, an interfaith educator, author, and consultant working to improve Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations http://landau-interfaith.com/) . The date is Sunday, February 20, beginning at 3pm.

The purpose of this discussion is to offer the community two innovative approaches to imagining a sustainable future in Israel/Palestine, and to allow us all to open our minds to workable possibilities, rather than giving in to hopelessness. Both Yehezkel and Jonathan share the ability to consider the genuine connection both peoples have to the land, and to envision a path to empower all the groups that have been engaged in conflict to have a say in their future destiny.

Initially envisioned as a Congregation Tikkun v'Or event, Yehezkel suggested the idea of reaching out to a variety of congregations (Jewish, Christian and Muslim) to co-sponsor, so that a broad section of our community can participate, and so that a variety of groups can offer modest contributions toward honoraria for the presenters.

Rabbi Shifrah Tobacman and our co-Presidents are supportive of this initiative, and Rabbi Shifrah has asked me to reach out to you initially, so that you're aware of our plan.

I know many Friends share a deep concern about Israel/Palestine, so I am guessing you'll recognize the value of bringing together these two speakers. When you have time to look at their writings on Israel/Palestine below, I imagine you'll agree that they have important perspectives to share.

All best, always, and do be in touch.
Will Fudeman

Yehezkel's article "Can Zionism be Redeemed?" in Tikkun- https://www.tikkun.org/can-zionism-be-redeemed/

Jonathan's new book Beyond the Two State Solution -  not very long, a free download from his website- https://jonathankuttab.org/2020/11/23/beyond-the-two-states-by-jonathan-kuttab/


Update: First Congregational Church and St Johns Episcopal Church are co-sponsoring so far (and several members of the board of the Islamic Association of the Finger Lakes have donated toward our expenses.

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