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Cranberry Coffehouse: Gillette and Mangsen

April 7, 2016 by pegjohnston

On Sat., May 21, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., the Cranberry Coffeehouse ends its 2015-16 season with the fabulous duo of Cindy Mangsen and Steve Gillette.

 A Gillette and Mangsen concert features compelling songs, rich harmony, and a good dose of humor. Steve and Cindy have performed on National Public Radio, across North America and Europe, delighting audiences with traditional music and original songs. Although they come from different musical backgrounds, “their voices and styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos.”

Steve is a country/folk songwriter with Western roots. Some of his best known songs, Darcy Farrow, Bed of Roses, and Back on the Street Again, have been performed by artists Ian & Sylvia, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, and Tammy Wynette.

Cindy is known for compelling interpretations of traditional Anglo-Scottish ballads, thoughtful songs, and a wonderful ear for harmony. She is a keeper of old songs as well as a writer and interpreter of new ones.

The duo has recorded six albums in their 25-year collaboration, as well as solo albums and projects with other artists (Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, Michael Smith).  To hear clips of their music, visit: http://compassrosemusic.com.

The Middle Set--The Cranberry Coffeehouse encourages all musicians, vocalists, story tellers, and dancers to share their talents in the middle set. Middle set performances are limited to 5 minutes. For questions about the Cranberry, visit www.cranberrycoffeehouse.org, call 754-9437 or e-mail cranberrycoffeehouse@yahoo.com. The Coffeehouse takes place at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. Suggested admission of $8. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Handicapped parking in the front of the church. Coffee and refreshments available.

 

 

Providing Welcoming and Affirming Care for Transgender People

February 26, 2016 by pegjohnston

Professional Training Day: Friday, March 18, 2016  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
University Downtown Center
Room 220 A/B
67 Washington St, Binghamton, NY

Join us for an informative session on Providing Welcoming and Affirming Care for Transgender People led by Maureen Kelly from Out for Health, with Victoria Rizzo, BU Department of Social Work.  See more information here.

$12/person includes lunch $40/person includes lunch and 4 Social Work Continuing Education Contact Hours *
Kindly register by March 14. Cancellation Policy:  Full refunds will be granted to those who call the Lesbian and Gay Family Building Project/Pride and Joy Families at 607.777.3717 on or before March 11.

This event is provided in conjunction with the 2016 Pride and Joy Families Weekend Conference, March 18-20, Binghamton, NY.  See more information here.
* Binghamton University - SUNY, Social Work Department SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0143.

We look forward to seeing you!
Registration Deadline:Monday, March 14, 2016 7:00 a.m. (CST)

VINES Community Gardens NOW available

February 23, 2016 by pegjohnston

VINES is now taking applications for community garden plots for the 2016 season. Community gardens are located throughout Binghamton, with different bed sizes and garden features in each. Check out our Community Gardens page on our website to learn more about each garden. Attached is the Community Garden Plot Application. Please submit a complete application to us and we will put you in contact with the site coordinator.
VINES Community Gardens

Laurel Ave. Community Garden (128 Laurel Ave. Binghamton, NY) Westside
Pine Street Community Garden (67 Pine St. Binghamton, NY) Downtown
Corbett Ave. Community Garden (26 Corbett Ave. Binghamton, NY) Southside
Columbus Park Community Garden (26 Columbus Park East. Binghamton, NY) Downtown
Liberty Street Community Garden (79 Liberty St. Binghamton, NY) Northside
Gregory Lane Community Garden (9 Gregory Ln. Binghamton, NY) First Ward 
Mather Street Community Garden (26 Mather St. Binghamton, NY) Westside

Affiliate Gardens

Salvation Army Community Garden (530 State Street, Binghamton, NY) Northside
Phelps Park Community Garden (60 Bevier Street, Binghamton, NY) Northside

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VINES is an organization committed to developing a sustainable and just community food system. We do this by bringing together diverse groups of people, with a focus on youth development, to establish community gardens, urban agriculture and community green spaces. We strive to develop and beautify urban sites and empower community members of all ages and abilities.

For more information:  www.vinesgardens.org

Auditions for for colored girls...

December 31, 2015 by pegjohnston

Mural Fest Attracts 31 Artists, Performers, Vendors, Sponsors

April 19, 2015 by pegjohnston

Mural Fest 2015 will involve 31 artists, several bands, both amplified and acoustic, vendors, and tabling with art. Several illustrious artists from out of town will do demonstrations of mural painting. The Dept of Public Art is painting 11 panels on a food theme for a boarded up building on Chenango Street, and other artists will paint other designs. Several area businesses are sponsoring the mural fest and a cut out of a hot air balloon will bear the name of the sponsors. So far, the sponsors include Belknap Lumber, Kovarik Hardware, Cooperative Gallery, Orion Beauty, Lost Dog, Galaxy Brewing, Zona Grill, Water St. Brewing, Burger Mondays, The Shop. The Belmar is providing food for artists and volunteers are encouraged to bring food for the artists and performers. Mural Fest will take place on Sunday from 12-5 pm on the Riverwalk, by RiverRead Books, down to the MLK Promenade.

The Fest is also being supported by Broome County, the City of Binghamton, and Gorgeous Washington Street Assn.  It is sponsored by reBold Binghamton and the Dept of Public Art (Ctr for Gender, Art, and Culture).

MORAL MONDAY RETURNS TO BINGHAMTON

April 4, 2015 by pegjohnston

The Greater Binghamton Labor/Religion coalition invites our community to join us on Moral Monday, April 6 at 4:30 PM at the Federal Building on Henry Street in Binghamton where we will stand vigil and raise our voice for a fair and just Federal Budget.  

As poverty and inequality continue to grow, faith leaders and people of conscience will come together to call for justice and the common good.  The 2015 Federal budget has proven once again Washington continues to put large corporations, banks and billionaires above the poor and  middle class.*

We stand for the poor and vulnerable, our children and our senior citizens, those who cannot speak for themselves.  We do not stand for tax dodging corporations and overpaid CEO’s who reap the benefits of underpaid workers.  We are acting on our moral imperatives, and demand that our elected officials in Washington and New York create a budget that works for all, not the chosen few.

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For more information visit:  www.nationalpriorities.org

Read the attached Paul Krugman column

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EAGLE RIVER VALLEY – THREE TIMES A CHARM!

March 19, 2015 by pegjohnston

As we begin our third season promoting the Eagle River Valley Cultural and Economic Corridor, comprised of the Communities of Hancock, Deposit and Windsor, NY and their immediate surrounding areas, we would like to share our successes. 

Bill Pesce, owner of Whip Works Art Gallery in Windsor and retired marketing executive was the visionary who introduced the concept of marketing the three towns collectively rather than individually.  With Bill's direction and determination, the Windsor Partnership approached the Partnerships and Chamber of Commerce members in Deposit and Hancock to form an alliance to facilitate such a corridor.  Bill also reached out to the Broome County and Delaware County Departments of Planning and Economic Development, applied for grants and successfully obtained funds to promote the Eagle River Valley Corridor. 

The committee began reaching out to local businesses in the three towns to solicit their participation by offering discounts and free items to attract prospective tourists, retirees and entrepreneurs to the area.  The committee also formed the corridor’s name and after much deliberation chose Eagle River Valley since all three towns have major rivers as one of their important resources and are also fortunate to have one of the largest eagle populations in our nation.  The group developed their mission statement, set up a website, LinkedIn account and Facebook page and have been working diligently at branding the corridor.  A mass mailing went out to targeted recipients the first year and a second targeted postcard mailing went out the following year to a different market. Press releases have been sent to over 200 New York Metro area and Southern Tier newspapers repeatedly. 

Also in the second year, 10,000 flyers describing the corridor and what it has to offer were printed and delivered to four Information booths along major New York highways.  Mailings of an introductory letter and a supply of the same flyers were sent to approximately 200 New York and Pennsylvania hotels, motels, campgrounds and bed & breakfasts within a two hour radius.

Several business participants in the Eagle River Valley Corridor have graciously provided vouchers  for overnight accommodations, meals and recreational activities to be used as prizes for our  free give-away to take place the first day of spring 2015 - the drawing is upon us, but we anticipate another round of give-aways for the following year that will be just as enticing.

We are pleased to be starting this season with a 15,000 full color, two sided insert in the Route 17/86 Spring Summer Travel Guide which will be distributed in early April.  We will also be printing 25,000 tri-fold brochures to again be distributed to Information booths, hotels, motels, campgrounds and bed & breakfast locations.  Thanks once again to Broome County and Delaware County Departments of Planning and Economic Development and the O'Connor Foundation for their commitment to funding our endeavors.  The committee continues to issue bi-monthly press releases and update our LinkedIn and Facebook pages and our website.  We are continuously providing much needed information about our corridor's events, opportunities and commerce.

Please visit our LinkedIn page, our website:  www.eaglerivervalley.org and Like us on Facebook.  If you are a merchant within the corridor and want to share an offer (which is free of charge to you) , please contact us at:  contact@eaglerivervalley.org. 

Nate & Kate at Cranberry Coffeehouse

February 22, 2015 by Anonymous

The Cranberry Coffeehouse, at 7:30 on Sat., March 21, presents the Ithaca-based duo Nate & Kate.
For the past 9 years and through almost 1,000
performances, Nate & Kate have developed their
unique vaudeville-inspired variety folk duo show.
Featuring cello, guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano,
harmony vocals, funny to poignant original songs,
sing-along favorites, and hilariously impressive
musical juggling routines, the duo does its best
to balance entertainment value and artistry.
Nate & Kate have been called Central New
York’s folk superheros. They deliver a completely
unique and dynamic show fit for old, young, and
all in between.
The New York Times said of one of Nate and Kate’s performances: “the rootsy Americana music that
came from their voices and string instruments
(coaxed) the crowd to pop along to homespun
renditions that spanned from the classic "Swing
on a Star" to the Simon and Garfunkel’s golden
"Homeward Bound." Nate even juggled hoops….”
See and hear more at www.nateandkate.com!

The Cranberry Coffeehouse is located at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton (next to Lourdes Hospital). Park behind the church or in front (for handicapped access).

The Coffeehouse runs from 7:30-10 p.m. Snacks and goodies from the Cranberry kitchen, and of course, coffee, will be sold.

The Middle Set is reserved for you! Sing a song, dance a dance, tell a story. Please observe our five minute limit.

Suggested admission is $8.

For more information, visit www.cranberrycoffeehouse.org or call 754-9437.

Bird vs. Humans: A Sierra Club Talk

December 29, 2014 by Anonymous

Julian G. Shepherd, Binghamton University Associate Professor of Biology, will discuss "Bird Life in a Human-Dominated Environment" at the January 20 meeting of the Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club.
Drastic alterations by humans of natural environments all over the Earth have left bird populations with much less natural habitat to occupy. But many bird species are adapting to these new, human-modified environments and, in some cases, thriving. This talk will consider these changes and look at the future for bird populations on Earth.
Shepherd is a member of the Executive Committee of the Susquehanna Group of Sierra Club and of the Binghamton Shade Tree Commission.
At the meeting, Dan Watkins will be presented with the Lynda Spickard Environmental Award. Watkins has led numerous "weed walks" for the Broome County Naturalist's Club. He is recognized for his efforts toward long-term education and promotion of the natural world.
A potluck dinner precedes the program at 6:30. Bring a dish to pass.
The meeting will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave., Endicott. The public is invited, free of charge.

For more information, contact Scott Lauffer at lauffer.scott@gmail.com.

Holiday treat in store for you!

December 24, 2014 by Anonymous

When all the holiday parties are over, the scrumptious goodies eaten, the gifts enjoyed and stowed away, the Xmas tree put out at the curb, the New Year ushered in, and the New Year’s resolutions made, there’s one more holiday treat in store! The annual visit of Quickstep to the Cranberry Coffeehouse.

Quickstep, a.k.a. John Kirk, Trish Miller and Ed Lowman, perform at the Cranberry Coffeehouse on Sat., Jan. 17, 2015, 7:30-10 p.m., at the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, 183 Riverside Dr., Binghamton. Admission is a suggested $8.

John, Trish and Ed entertain with a diverse repertoire of original and traditional music. Leading the way are John and Ed’s fine fiddle selections. John’s warm clear voice, Trish’s clog dancing or banjo playing and Steady Eddie’s singing, yodeling, guitar playing and bass round out the band’s sound. This trio, which has performed at the Cranberry since its inception decades ago, is from Saratoga County, NY, and for many years they’ve played for concerts, dances and workshops.
The group is in the process of recording a new CD with Ed. It will feature old-time music and some songs about living the good life in a rural setting.
Park behind the church or in front (for handicapped access).
The Middle Set is for you! The Cranberry Coffeehouse encourages all musicians, vocalists, storytellers, and dancers to share their talents in the middle set. Middle set performances are limited to 5 minutes.
Contact: email/cranberrycoffeehouse@yahoo.com or phone 607-754-9437 for more information.

United Nations Votes for Process to Create Global Bankruptcy Framework

December 8, 2014 by Advocacy

UN Process Could Limit Default and Stop Predatory Funds

Vote Smart Could Transform Voting Decisions

September 25, 2014 by pegjohnston

 

Citizens have got to know about Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan group of students and volunteers from all over the country who have put together a massive factual database on politicians.

Vote Smart gathers the voting records, biographies, public statements (issue or even key word searchable), issue positions, who gives candidates money, even the ratings done by over 200 competing special interests on every candidate and official. They make it so you don’t need to listen to all the self-serving nonsense of campaigns anymore.

You can get just the facts on Vote Smart's web site (votesmart.org) or even call them on their toll-free Voter’s Research Hotline (1-888-VOTE-SMART) and one of their researchers will look up anything you need to know.

SPEAK UP FOR BC MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC

September 9, 2014 by activ60

Will you join with one of the 10 percent of the 550 people on Save Our Clinic Facebook who
support keeping the BC MH Clinic to write an editorial?

Sharpen those pencils. Your letter is needed.

UN Vote Tuesday Could Create Global Bankruptcy Process, Deter Predatory Funds

September 8, 2014 by Advocacy

The UN General Assembly votes Tuesday at 3pm (EDT) on a resolution that could create a global bankruptcy mechanism. Such a process could protect poor countries from predatory funds and limit future defaults. Jubilee USA's leadership, a group of religious leaders and financial experts sent a letter to United States UN Ambassador Samantha Power urging her to support the resolution.

"There's global consensus to stop predatory behavior," noted Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA's Executive Director who signed the letter. "This resolution is an opportunity to turn consensus into action. A process could begin that allows us to challenge inequality and have real stability." LeCompte serves on UN expert groups developing a sovereign debt resolution process.

The resolution comes in the wake of Argentina's legal dispute with predatory hedge funds and hold-out investors. During the course of that dispute, the International Monetary Fund, US Government, United Nations and World Bank all expressed concern that a legal victory for predatory funds would make debt restructurings more difficult. The UN action also follows a proposal from the International Capital Market Association to alter debt rules to curb predatory behavior.

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

UN Vote Tuesday Could Create Global Bankruptcy Process, Deter Predatory Funds

September 8, 2014 by Advocacy

The UN General Assembly votes Tuesday at 3pm (EDT) on a resolution that could create a global bankruptcy mechanism. Such a process could protect poor countries from predatory funds and limit future defaults. Jubilee USA's leadership, a group of religious leaders and financial experts sent a letter to United States UN Ambassador Samantha Power urging her to support the resolution.

"There's global consensus to stop predatory behavior," noted Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA's Executive Director who signed the letter. "This resolution is an opportunity to turn consensus into action. A process could begin that allows us to challenge inequality and have real stability." LeCompte serves on UN expert groups developing a sovereign debt resolution process.

The resolution comes in the wake of Argentina's legal dispute with predatory hedge funds and hold-out investors. During the course of that dispute, the International Monetary Fund, US Government, United Nations and World Bank all expressed concern that a legal victory for predatory funds would make debt restructurings more difficult. The UN action also follows a proposal from the International Capital Market Association to alter debt rules to curb predatory behavior.

Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations, 400 faith communities and 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee's mission is to build an economy that serves, protects and promotes participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org

UN Treaty Could Enact Global Bankruptcy Process and Stop Predatory Funds Jubilee USA Urges and Prays for US Support

September 4, 2014 by Advocacy

The UN General Assembly votes Tuesday on a convention that could enact a global bankruptcy process and stop predatory hedge funds. Bolivia proposed the resolution that if voted upon is expected to pass by a majority. The executive board officers of Jubilee USA sent United States UN Ambassador Samantha Power a letter urging her to support the resolution. Jubilee's 400 US faith communities are holding the Ambassador in prayer as she prepares to vote.

THE LAST STAND for MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC

August 19, 2014 by activ60

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21, be there at 4:30pm at the Broome County Office Building for
a press conference and stay to STAND UP for mental health services before the vote
at 5 pm, sixth floor. YOU are needed to literally back up over 800 people who signed
petitions and facebook in support.

SHAME on Broome County for not having a public hearing.

Binghamton City Council

June 17, 2014 by activ60

COME SUPPORT A RESOLUTION
WED, 6:30 pm Binghamton City Hall

City Council will vote on a Resolution in Support of
Maintaining the Broome County Mental Health Clinic.
A Freeze on Closure.

YOU and your SIGN are needed.

WANTED: Gardeners not Prisoners

March 17, 2014 by tim wolcott

 
There are more full time prisoners in America than full time farmers according to Bill McKibben in his latest book, Oil and Honey. I want to help change that. The farmer and writer, Masanobu Fukuoka best explains why. “Farming is the cultivation of better human beings.”
‘Better’ to me means being more compassionate, productive and healthy. ‘Better’ to me means not being a financial burden to society. ‘Better’ to me means being more integrated into a community capable of sustaining itself in times of economic and/or environmental crisis.
Following is a proposed community action project designed to address this concern. Specific project decisions will be made by consensus and in compliance with Broome County Corrections Administration requirements.

County Jail Gardening Project

In a time when people with college degrees struggle to get gainful employment, it is obvious how difficult it must be for an applicant with a conviction in their record to get a job. This, in addition to the fact that our nation’s incarceration rate often leads the world, disturbs me a lot. Great human resources are lost as too many unlucky men and women are being both economically and socially disadvantaged by the current system. This project is designed to reduce this waste of human capital by building mutually beneficial relationships between non incarcerated and incarcerated members toward a more resilient community.
Our project’s mission is to build human resources through gardening activities that join incarcerated with non incarcerated community members. Beautification, job training and growing community resilience are the goals of the project.
If you’re a gardener or want to learn how to garden and are interested in social justice community action at the Broome County Corrections Facility, please get back me at 607 797 9126. After preliminary application and I.D. checks are done, a four hour security orientation session (sometime in May or early June) is required. If you want to help build community in a new and sustainable way, this project is for you.

Sierra Club to Honor Augie Mueller -- Lifetime Bicyclist

December 10, 2013 by Anonymous

The Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club Honors Augie Mueller with the Lynda Spickard Environmental Award. January 21, 2014, at Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Ave , Endicott. A potluck dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the award program at 7:30 p.m.
Augie Mueller, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Binghamton University, has been a strong advocate for bicycling in the area for more than 40 years. We will hear some of his personal stories about bicycling and what it has meant to him. He has led the bicycling community in numerous capacities: promoting more bicycling lanes and bicycle safety and providing reconditioned bicycles to youth.
A presentation follows on bicycling opportunities and what improvements have occurred during the last 40 years. The public is invited to join Augie in an evening to celebrate bicycling as a way of life.
For more information, e-mail lauffer.scott@email.comp;

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