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.
Will you help get 100 emails to the Public Service Commission (PSC) today? This would help in the efforts to head off a flurry of utility shutoffs slated to start next week. New York’s utility shutoff moratorium ends on March 28, and word is that the utilities are getting ready to start shutoffs on Monday, March 29. It’s important for the PSC to tell the utilities NOT TO DISCONNECT ANYONE.
We will be engaging in over 40 lobby visits, dozens of distributed rallies, a huge kick off call, daily social media actions, a town hall with Senator Schumer himself, and much more. And we’re doing all of this in a single week. Here are two ways you can take action now!
Join the League of Women Voters of Tompkins County (LWVTC) at 7:00 PM TOMORROW (Thursday March 11), for a virtual Candidates’ Debate between Leslie Schill and Veronica Pillar. They are running for the special election taking place on March 23rd, for Tompkins County Legislative District 2.
New York’s Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act (CLCPA) mandates that we get off of fossil fuels and invest in frontline communities — eventually, the fossil fuel industry will be irrelevant. Unsurprisingly, they’re pushing back. NY Renews just released a new report detailing five “false solutions” that the gas industry puts forward to seem “clean” and “green”, but in reality are just as dirty as their fossil fuel counterparts. So what to do?
Women, Climate, and more! Catch a climate-action film, learn about the pros and cons of ranked-choice voting, or build your gardening skills! Click through our March calendar to peruse the many ways to participate in the movement.
On February 16, one of the richest men on earth, Bill Gates, will release his vision of climate solutions in his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster”. Climate change is one of the crises used by Gates and his Foundation to justify urgent, technocratic “solutions” for altering food systems around the world. In response, AGRA Watch aims to amplify the work of social movements organizing in Seattle and around the world for Climate Justice. To counter top-down, billionaire expertise as the means of solving our world’s most pressing issues, panelists will present an alternative approach centered on Food Sovereignty, with communities leading the way to a climate just future.
On February 21st, from 10:30am – 12:00pm, the Tompkins County Age-Friendly Center for Excellence will hold it’s next workshop in a series called, “A Unifying Framework for Post-COVID Recovery.” A new virtual workshop will be held every month from now through May. This month’s event is called: “What is Age-Friendly Anyways? How it benefits Agencies, Residents, Visitors, and Businesses.” Register here!