NY GMO Labeling Rally & Lobby Day, March 8th!
Join hundreds of citizens from across the state on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, for the NY GMO Labeling Rally & Lobby Day! We’re going to deliver a powerful message to our legislators — Label GMOs NOW! Bus transport is available from Long Island, Manhattan, White Plains, New Paltz, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, and Binghamton! Reserve your seat on a bus to Albany or get there on your own steam! Carpool with friends/family to get to one of the bus pick-up spots. Take a “sick” day from work, because you’re sick and tired of being kept in the dark about what’s in your food!! I know I am. It’s enough already!
It’s going to be great! Please bring colorful signs (no sticks or handles, please)!
- Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, Albany, NY
- 11:00 – 11:30 am: Meet at the Third Floor Terrace in the Legislative Office Building (the “LOB”, 198 State Street, Albany, NY 12210) for orientation and lunch
- 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Rally on the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol
- 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm: Meet with your Assemblymember and Senator
- 3:00 pm / 3:30 pm: Buses depart Alban
- Label GMOs Now!
I want you to fight Nazism without arms.
The great poet and novelist Alice Walker once said that “activism is the rent we pay for living on the planet.” Speaking as a white American male, who is able minded, non-handicapped, heterosexual, English speaking, Christian raised, university educated, and endowed with birthright citizenship, I know exactly what Walker means.
My position on this planet is both a blessing and a burden. I am blessed because I have been granted every conceivable privilege under the sun. I am burdened because my privilege has far too often come at the expense of my fellow brothers and sisters just trying to survive with dignity. For instance, my maleness has silenced women. My whiteness has threatened people of color. My citizenship has justified genocide. My “able” body has contributed to the perception of disability in others. My education has helped to support a global caste system. My English language has drowned out the voices of other dialects and muted the songs of other cultures. My heterosexuality has become a violent norm in the eyes of the LGBQT community; and my religion has been a source of persecution for Jews and Muslims alike.
When I honestly reflect on my life being a blessed burden, it occurs to me that I am what is wrong with the world. I am the one who needs to be reformed. It is my citizenship that is corrupting the health of families and endangering the sacredness of the nation. It is my sexual orientation which is contorting and disfiguring the meaning of love. It is my religion which is rotten with fundamentalism. It is my skin tone which needs purification. And it is my education which is making the human race sick with ignorance.
For these reasons I view my activism as the price I must pay to not only live on the planet but to live with the planet. In other words, if I don’t fight for women, I am against women. If I don’t fight racism, I am a racist. If I don’t fight nationalism, I am a terrorist. If I don’t fight elitism, I am a tyrant. If I don’t fight homophobia, I am a homophobic. If I don’t fight Christian triumphalism, I am a Christ killer. In the esteemed and humane words of Archbishop Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
It’s really simple. I need to be an activist because I can’t afford to waste my life and the gifts that I have been given sitting on the sidelines of social and spiritual conflict. There is actually no sideline to sit on. We are all playing the game. What matters is which side you .
Viewing the contemporary situation in the Middle East, it is important to educate ourselves about the distinction between Islam as a religion and ISIS ideology of violence. Join us for a discussion about the misconceptions of the Islamic faith as it relates to stereotypes, global politics, and peaceful coexistence–
University of Rochester
***This event is free and open to the public
Sunday, February 21 at 2 PM
210 Furman Hall at NYU
(245 Sullivan St â near W. 4th St., Christopher St., Astor Pl and 8th St. stations)
Please join us for this important meeting. There will be reports on local and national activity and a discussion on how best to build UNAC in the New York City area as well as developing and organizational structure for UNAC in the New York City area. Please come with your ideas and thoughts on fighting against the wars at home and abroad.
During this election period, we are seeing candidates trying to show they are the most hawkish. We have seen attacks on Muslims, immigrants and Black and minority communities. It is important that during this period there is a voice for the victims of the wars at home and abroad.
If your organization would like to join the UNAC coalition, please click here: https://www.unacpeace.org/join.html
McGriff Eviction Blockade to Go Forward
On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 9:30am Take Back the Land Rochester will be holding an eviction blockade at 618 Cedarwood Terrace, Rochester, NY 14609. If the Monroe County Sheriff tries to execute the bank eviction some supporters are prepared to risk arrest in order to keep families in their homes and change the for-profit system of mass displacement.
Take Back the Land Rochester is calling on 1) the Monroe County Sheriff, Fannie Mae, and MidFirst Bank to withdraw the evictions of these families and 2) Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration to donate these homes to the Ujamaa Community Land Trust in Rochester and 20% of all their foreclosed homes to nonprofit community controlled institutions across country to ensure affordable and stable neighborhoods.
In response to Call for Unity and Solidarity by STARI, a national Coalition to
Rochester Peace Action and Education Presents
The Award-Winning Film
My Name is Khan
Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Irondequoit Town Library, Rm: Irondequoit Bay
1290 Titus Avenue, Rochester, NY 14617 (Enter from Kings Hwy)
** Free and Open to the Public **
Come and enjoy this delightful film that portrays life from the perspective of the Muslim refugees and immigrants in this country.
My Name is Khan tells the story of immigrant, Rizvan Khan and his family. Rizvan initially thrives in this country, but following 9/11, everything changes. After his family is devastated by a racist attack, Rizvan sets out to tell the President “My name is Khan and I’m not a Terrorist”. The film follows his quest across the US where he meets many different people and has adventures both positive and negative. But throughout his travels, his honesty, generosity and loving heart affect everyone he encounters.
My Name is Khan is a Bollywood production From Dharma Productions and RedChillies Productions starring hugely popular international stars, Shah Rukh Khan, and Kajol Devgan.
My Name is Khan was Bollywood’s response to the anti-immigrant sentiment, dubbed Islamophobia, that arose in the United States after 9/11. Today, exaggerated fears of ISIS and Syrian refugees have once again fueled the ugliness of Islamophobia, with attacks on mosques and vicious political rhetoric.
Due to the devastation caused by wars in the Middle East, Americans are once again allowing insecurity to overcome their compassion and good will. Once again Americans are challenged to open our hearts to strangers. It is good to be reminded of how our world looks to them. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Behind the land
every cell listens