Citizens Academy is an interactive educational program of FOCUS Greater Syracuse that informs citizens about how local governments are organized and how services are funded and delivered. It is a place to learn about citizen involvement through an integrated approach to economic vitality, social equity and a healthy environment. Anyone can be an activist. But if you’re nervous to get involved because you don’t know the ins and outs of local government – this is the resource for you! Classes will run every Wednesday from September 15, 2021 through November 17, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Apply here by July 31st to be considered for this National Award Winning opportunity!
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County is proud to coordinate sessions of Chicana Motherwork’s 6-week curriculum for Tompkins families. This education plan is for parents seeking to teach their children about historical oppression, social justice, and how to create a socially just world. Current sessions are intended for ages 4-10 but can be modified for all ages. Class sessions will be hosted online only. Register here. Groups of 3-4 families will be engaging in intimate discussions surrounding race, racism, sex, class, gender, and LGBTQ+ issues. Registration is rolling. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
How do you envision the future? What could a Green New Deal do for you? Tonight from 6-7 PM on Zoom, join the new City of Ithaca Sustainability Director Luis Aguirre Torres and his colleagues for a brief information session on a new project, called 1,000 Conversations About Our Future.
The Climate & Community Investment Act and Build Public Renewables Act will make polluters pay, create green jobs, protect ratepayers (YOU!), & help to build a renewable economy. Let’s get them passed this session; Come out tonight (Thursday, June 3rd) at 6:00pm to the Bernie Milton Pavilion (on the Commons) in Ithaca.
On Friday, June 11, 2021, at 7:00pm, Ithaca Asian American Association is holding the Perspectives 360 Film Festival. Keeping with the “Virus has no Nationality” campaign (created in response to recent hate-crimes against Asian-Americans), IAAA encourages you to “be bold and brave in challenging issues of racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, heterosexism, classism, and all -isms.”
.Thank you to Roger Beck of Beck Equipment for being our sponsor of the Home Page of the Sustainable Finger Lakes website, and the sponsor of the Democracy & Justice page on the Sustainability map. Roger is a long-time donor of Sustainable Tompkins, and has been a member of our Board of Directors for the past 6 years. These most recent sponsorships amount to $5,000, but over the course of his relationship with ST, he has donated over $27,000 in total. Roger is a rockstar! Roger’s company, Beck Equipment, services and rents out construction equipment in the Ithaca area. But Beck Equipment is just one part of Roger’s unique journey to Sustainable Tompkins…
The Game Changer Intensive is a donation-based, 8-week training program hosted by the Pachamama Alliance that reveals who we need to be and what we need to do in order to make a difference in the world. Learn more about this program here.
It’s May already! This month, see some democracy-themed art, pick up some free compost, or learn to raise backyard chickens. See the calendar here!
Starting Wednesday, April 21, the Sanctuary for Independent Media presents the North Troy Environmental Justice Film Festival celebrating grassroots activism! From April 21st through May 5th, there will be online screenings and workshops highlighting struggles of people from Cohoes, NY to Arica, Chile!
Join System Change Not Climate Change this Saturday, April 24th at 1:00pm for an in-depth conversation with two leaders of DSA’s Green New Deal and PRO Act Campaign. Learn why they are calling on ecosocialists and climate activists to fight alongside unionists to win major changes to the nation’s labor laws.
Good news! Affordable internet access is a basic utility that must be provided to all residences (for no more than $15 a month). Read more about this development here.
As you may know, the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance (FLTA) is working to secure a National Heritage Area designation for the Finger Lakes. Here’s why it’s important and how you can help.
“A Pig and a Garden: Fannie Lou Hamer, Agricultural Cooperatives and the Black Freedom Movement” – Mon. April 19th
Dr. Monica White is the author of Freedom Farmers, Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement and an associate professor of Environmental Justice at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be delivering a virtual keynote address (via Zoom) at 4:00 pm on Monday, April 19th.
In the face of our four current crises – COVID-19, systemic racism, economic disruption, and the climate emergency – we must begin reaching across silos to address our shared challenges. In this discussion, we’ll explore the forces that cause and contribute to institutional silos and ways to recognize them both within and between our organizations. We’ll also examine some of the skills and tools essential to reaching across silos and begin building mutually beneficial, sustainable partnerships.
Join NY Renews tonight at 7:00pm for a town hall with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris to talk about the THRIVE Agenda and the CCIA. And they’ll be spending most of the time taking questions directly from YOU. New Yorkers need a real recovery NOW, at every level of government! Click here for details and to register.