Monday, May 1, 2017

Earl Dotter - At All Costs: Photographs of American Workers


 
A Talk and Exhibition by Earl Dotter

ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse, NY; May 1, 2017

From the Organizers:

Earl Dotter began his photographic career after completing his studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1968 he joined VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and was assigned to the Cumberland Plateau Region of Tennessee. Over time, he was welcomed into the homes of coal mining families. He came to know and respect their culture and struggles — a relationship that continues to this day. After his VISTA assignment concluded, he remained in the area to photograph the rank-and-file movement to reform the United Mine Workers Union, then under the corrupt leadership of Tony Boyle.

In 1972 he was invited to join the staff of the reformers’ newspaper, The Miner’s Voice, and subsequently became the photographer for the campaign to unseat Boyle, called “Miners for Democracy.” When the election effort proved successful, Dotter went to work for the UMWA Journal, where he remained until 1977.

Throughout the 1980′s, Dotter photographed a wide array of occupational subjects. His photography has consistently been given life and texture by shooting not just the work, but the whole worker and his or her life on the job, at home, and in the community. Over the years, his subjects have expanded from an emphasis on occupational health and safety to include environmental hazards to public health. The evolution was only logical, since the adverse conditions which first affect people on the job, as they take the “first hit” from exposure to carcinogens, toxins, and industrial waste, eventually make their way out of the worksite and into the air and water of the surrounding environment.

In the Spring of 1996, he began the tour of his exhibit, THE QUIET SICKNESS: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America. After initial exhibits in Washington, DC and at the main branch of the Cincinnati Public Library, the photography exhibit with over 100 works began a tour of the six New England states, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Occupational Health Program. AIHA Press published the book of the same name as the exhibit in the Spring of 1998.

In 1999 he was appointed without stipend to the Visiting Scholars Program at the HSPH. The exhibit, “APPALACHIAN CHRONICLE, 1969-1999: The Photographs of Earl Dotter,” began its initial showing at The University of Virginia’s Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon in connection with the annual meeting of the Appalachian Studies Association. Subsequently the exhibit has moved to the Appalshop Gallery in Whitesburg, Kentucky and Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Virginia.

Earl Dotter is the recipient of the Josephine Patterson Albright Fellowship in Photography for the year 2000 from The Alicia Patterson Foundation. His fellowship project title is: “COMMERCIAL FISHING, Our Most Perilous Trade.” The grant will provide support to document the hazards faced by commercial fishermen far offshore in the North Atlantic as well as in the hand harvesting fisheries along the New England Coast.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Veganic Workshop with Will Bonsall - Radical, Self-Reliant, Veganic Gardening



Danby, NY; April 29, 2017
 
From Club Veg:

How can we eat and farm better, using natural ecosystems as our model? Join veganic farmer Will Bonsall, author of "Will Bonsall’s Essential Guide to Radical, Self-Reliant Gardening" to learn about innovative techniques for growing vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds with minimal fossil fuel and animal inputs.

Realizing that livestock are not a NET producer of fertility, Bonsall turns directly to the pasture and even more to the forest to provide the materials to build, not merely maintain, his soil’s tilth. By focusing on high levels of long-lasting humus, he avoids the need for imported materials to feed the soil and adjust the pH. Learn how to become eco-efficient by eliminating off-farm inputs like fertilizers, minerals, and animal manures by practicing plant-based agriculture.

Topics will include compost making and using green manures plus several other ways to build soil fertility, intensive planting, improving soil drainage, avoiding pests and disease problems, seeds and seed saving, and more.

Whether you’re looking to minimize outside inputs, become as eco-efficient as possible, or gain a new market of vegans, veganic permaculture can save on expenses and result in new income streams.

Introduction and dedication by Club Veg President Amie Hamlin and Vegetarian and Vegan Association Outreach Director Claire Holzner.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Gathering to Free Issa Amro and Support Palestinian Human Rights Defenders


 
Ithaca, NY; April 22, 2017

From the Organizers:

Listen to eye-witness accounts of human rights abuses in Hebron and updates on Campaign to Free Issa Amro

00:29 Introduction by Beth Harris

9:07 Rabbi Brian Walt, Co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council, will share his experiences in Hebron with Palestinian Youth Against Settlements leader Issa Amro and Israeli Breaking the Silence leader Yehuda Shaul and the reality of apartheid in the West Bank.

22:32 Kirby Edmonds, Senior Fellow and Program Coordinator of the Dorothy Cotton Institute (DCI), will discuss his experience in Hebron, when helping to lead the DCI’s delegation to East Jerusalem and the West Bank with leaders from the U.S. Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, younger civil and human rights leaders, social justice activists, and peace builders. Kirby will share how the oppression in Hebron and the Palestinian grassroots nonviolent resistance movement relate to the US struggles for racial justice and human rights.

30:04 Ariel Gold, CODEPINK Campaign Director and Youth Against Settlements International Advocacy Coordinator, will provide an update on the international campaign to free Issa Amro, who faces 18 charges for his nonviolent struggle for human rights and justice in Hebron. She will share the support for Issa from groups and individuals, such as CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace, Amnesty International, Joint List Knesset members, US State Department officials, and US Congress members. She will provide an eye witness account of Youth Against Settlement's annual “Open Shuhada Street” campaign in Hebron.

55:13 Discussion

Organized by Ithaca Jewish Voice for Peace and Committee for Justice in Palestine

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Invisible Suffering - The Reality of Women's Health & Safety on the Job


 
Binghamton, NY; April 18, 2017

Karen Messing is professor emerita in the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada.  She is a researcher at the CINBIOSE center for environmental and occupational health research, which works closely with unions and community groups to improve population health. 

Karen is the author of over 140 peer-reviewed scientific publications as well as Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It and One-eyed Science: Occupational Health and Working Women.

Sponsors:

Occupational Health Clinical Center of the Southern Tier
Broome Tioga Green Party
Workers Center of the Southern Tier
Be the Change (BCC)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Crucified by Drones


This civil resistance action took place at Hancock Air Base in Syracuse, NY on Good Friday, 4/14/17. It was organized by Upstate Drone Action. The above video is an unedited livestream. (Photo courtesy of Charley Bowman.)

And this is a short edit (8:39):