[Imc-binghamton-announce] Weekly Newsletter

Tarik Abdelazim modocpress at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 16 21:37:22 PDT 2005

A loaded, informative newsletter this week, friends.
As usual, please find complete and more readable
version here:


Also, please know that this newsletter is complemented
by an online COMMUNITY CALENDAR to which ANYBODY can
post events or actions. Our website has a calendar
link on the left side of the main page, or feel free
to review it here:


The more readers and contributors, the more effective
our outreach and efforts. So thanks for sharing this
resource with others. 

In Solidarity,

Tarik Abdelazim
Newsletter Editor
Binghamton Indymedia


Our Community News. Brought to you by Binghamton-IMC.


AUGUST 17 - 23

Binghamton's Peace Park, from 7:30 - 8:30 PM. Please
bring a candle, silence, children and friends. Open to
all. Moveon.Org, PDA, and many other organizations are
coordinating this national campaign to express our
solidarity with the courageous actions of Cindy
Sheehan, who has remained outside Bush's ranch in
Crawford to hear Bush's answer to her simple question:
"For what noble cause did my son Casey die in Iraq?
Please read the invite and RSVP here:
          o Indymedia 2005 Video Screening Series
continues, with Rich Media, Poor Democracy and Beyond
Good and Evil: Children, Media, & Violent Times. Both
films are about 35-minutes long, and each presents a
compelling angle as to how media dangerously shapes
our national discussion. Lost Dog Cafe, corner of
Water and Henry Streets. Films begin at 7 PM. Free,
but donations are appreciated. To read the film
summaries, please visit our calendar here:

          o "Bill Huston Presents," 4 - 7 PM, WHRW,
90.5 FM. An eclectic mix of news reporting,
commentary, and talk radio with Bill Huston, Tarik
Abdelazim, Amanda Postula, Vera Scroggins and friends.
Tune in--you never know what you might miss.
          o "Cortland Citizens for Progressive
Reform," will meet at 6:30 PM at the East End
Community Center, 29 Elm St, Cortland. What we can do
to protect and strengthen public TV and radio in
Cortland NY. Speakers: Roxanne Sopchak from WCNY and
Greg Keeler of WSKG. For more information, please
contact Niels Schulz: 607-753-0325.

    * FRIDAY. "Second Annual Vestal Library Film
Festival." View film and video work of local
filmmakers: documentaries, original animation and
short topics. From 7 PM - 11:30 PM. Vestal Public
Library, 320 Vestal Parkway East, Large Meeting Room.
Free, open to all, and refreshments will be available.

    * SUNDAY. Metropolitan Community Church (MCC)
offers "Taking the Bash Out of the Bible," an
eight-week series beginning August 21 that will
explore our relationship with the bible and how it is
used in relationship to and in celebration of lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied lives.
Join us at 9:15 am Sundays at Tabernacle United
Methodist Church, 83 Main Street, Binghamton.

    * MONDAY.
          o "Peace Vigil," from 4:30 -5:30 in front of
the Federal Courthouse, Henry St. Binghamton. Repeats
weekly. Extra signs are available, just bring a warm
body, a strong heart.
          o New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo
(D-Endwell) will hold a public meeting in Vestal to
allow residents to voice their opinions on the plans
to drill for natural gas in nearby state forests.
Vestal Public Library, 320 Vestal Parkway E., Vestal
NY, from 6:30 - 8 PM. Among other concerns, the
Kopernik Observatory in Vestal may have to close if
drilling is permitted in the nearby Tracy Creek State
          o Planning meeting for "Ithaca Eyes Wide
Open Exhibit." Burtt House, 227 Willard Wat, Ithaca,
7:15 PM. For months, many friends of peace and justice
in Ithaca and communities across the upstate area have
been planning the arrival, in Ithaca, of the moving,
solemn exhibit "Eyes Wide Open"
(http://www.afsc.org/eyes/default.htm) on October 6 -
9. Volunteers are needed to help with outreach,
fundraising, and coordinating satellite activities in
surrounding communities. Great way to build solidarity
with regional allies. For more information, please
contact Wilma Brown at 'wilmabny at hotmail.com' or phone
the Burtt House at 607.273.5421.

    * TUESDAY. St Patrick's Four Support Team Meeting.
Again at Christ Epsicopal Church, 6:45 PM. All
interested volunteers are strongly encouraged to
attend this meeting. Over 40 residents of the greater
Binghamton area came to our last meeting, but we need
far more. From small tasks to large tasks, there are
innumerable ways to plug-in and show your support.
When your kids ask about the most important war trial
of our generation, what stories will you share? Be
involved. As Cindy Sheehan encouraged all Americans,
"Quit being on the fence. The opposite of good is not
evil, it's apathy. And we have to get this country off
their butts, and we have to get the choir singing."
Bring a friend, and see you there.

    * TWO-MINUTE ACTION ALERT. Stop the Washington
Post from Sponsoring Military Propaganda. This coming
September 11, The Washington Post will risk its
credibility to co-sponsor the Defense Department's
"America Supports You Freedom Walk" in Washington, DC.
It doesn't seem right for a national newspaper to
co-sponsor an event with a government agency that it
covers. Worse still, this "Freedom Walk" cannot help
but have an impact on public opinion about the Iraq
War. To read more and to sign a letter urging The Post
to rescind its endorsement, please visit

[*EDITOR's NOTE: Two weeks ago, we encouraged readers
to vote in Press and Sun Bulletin's online poll, which
asked what residents thought of the resolution
"Support Our Troops, Bring Them Home Now." In case you
missed the results: 79.1% in favor, 18% opposed,
remainder undecided, with over 300 votes cast. Do not
underestimate the power of a coordinated, informed
local alliance of progressives. This is just the beginning...Peace-tarik]

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