The “Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative” recently took questions from the public about Police Reform at a County & City Hall meeting via Zoom. County Sheriff Derek Osborne, Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor, Mayor Svante Myrick, and County Administrator Jason Molino joined Dominique Johnson from the Center for Policing Equity for a candid discussion. One key takeaway was that county officials believe that working groups with carefully selected staff could facilitate suggestions for reform from the public, rather than placing the responsibility on the public to figure out the intricacies. Mayor Myrick shared that he plans to first build up alternatives and community organizations, then cut police funding by a 20% – 40% margin once that infrastructure is in place. Missed it? Watch the video on Youtube, or read the full article by the Ithaca Times.
The Bramble Collective is a group of three Ithaca, NY-based herbalists who dreamt of bringing accessible, sustainable medicine to their community. They are a retail store with bulk herbs & spices, medicine-making supplies and locally hand-crafted products. Bramble is also a community space offering herbal health consultations, a lending library, classes and events. They recently created “Tea Club”, which is a monthly seasonal tea mix subscription to improve your wellness. And today is the LAST DAY to sign up! Even as they struggle, these rockstars are offering ***1 free Tea Club membership to our local BIPOC community for every 5 Tea Club memberships purchased*** Let’s help Ithaca’s little herb shop make it through this pandemic, and help others stay healthy during this time!