Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gas Drilling is Unsafe - We MUST do Better


Central United Methodist Church
Endicott, NY; March 17, 2009

A presentation by Barbara Arrindell and Ron Gulla.

Barbara Arrindell is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability. She holds a B.A. in Bioengineering from Columbia University.

Ron Gulla is a farmer living in Hickory, PA.

Statement from the Sierra Club:

Diligence and Caution Needed in Approach to Gas Drilling

We have an obligation to make sure we don’t create another hazardous legacy like the toxic plume in Endicott. Before we rush in too quickly, we need to proceed with diligence and caution on all aspects of the environmental impacts of the drilling to ensure long-term social, economic and environmental health for our region. We applaud the Governor’s recent decisions in directing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to prepare a new Generic Environmental Impact Statement and its implied moratorium, addressing the state’s glaring deficiencies and preparedness for the massive scope of the anticipated drilling. There is still a lot of work to be done to protect the health and safety of our residents, safeguard the rights of our communities and get proper compensation for the intrusion of the gas companies and the extraction of our resources.

Sponsors: Sierra Club Susquehanna Group,
Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC)

Keywords: Marcellus Shale

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sisters in Spirit: The Iroquois Influence on Early American Feminists


A talk by Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner

Onondaga Historical Association
Syracuse, NY; March 8, 2009

A Vision of Social Justice

Jeanne Shenandoah, originally scheduled to participate in this talk, was unable to appear.

From the program compiled by the OHA:

The Onondaga Historical Association will host a collaborative talk between nationally recognized author, lecturer, performance interpreter of women’s rights history, and Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner and Jeanne Shenandoah, a member of the Eel Clan of the Onondaga Nation, and a member of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 2:00PM.

This presentation tells the history of the Iroquois Confederacy, whose practice of gender equality inspired the emerging women's rights movement in upstate New York over 100 years ago.

Imagine that women had the right to choose all political representatives and to remove from office anyone who didn't address the wishes and needs of the people. Haudenosaunee (traditional Iroquois) women have had that responsibility - and more - since long before Christopher Columbus came to these shores. Native American women generally had a pre-contact status, which would be the envy of United States women, even today.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage, the two major theoreticians of the early women's rights movement, had direct knowledge of the Haudenosaunee, writing about the superior social, political, religious and economic status of women in the Iroquois nations. Their work for women's rights, Wagner argues, was inspired by the vision they received from the Haudenosaunee of gender balance and harmony.

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner
is the author of “Sisters in Spirit: The Iroquois Influence on Early American Feminists” for which Jeanne Shenandoah wrote the introduction. There will be a book signing immediately following the discussion.

This event is made possible through the Speakers in the Humanities, a program of the New York Council for the Humanities that creates opportunities for distinguished scholars to present free programs to the general public.

Speaker Biographical Information

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner

Executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York, is a nationally recognized lecturer, author and performance interpreter of woman’s rights history. One of the first women to receive a doctorate in the United States for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz), and a founder of one of the country’s first college women’s studies programs, (CSU Sacramento). Dr. Wagner has taught in women’s studies for thirty-nine years. She currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Honors Program at Syracuse University.

Wagner appeared as a “talking head” in the Ken Burns PBS documentary, “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony” for which she wrote the accompanying faculty guide for PBS. She was also an historian in the PBS special, “One Woman, One Vote” and has been interviewed several times on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Democracy Now.”

The theme of her work has been telling the untold stories. Her monograph, She Who Holds the Sky: Matilda Joslyn Gage, (Sky Carrier Press, 2003), reveals a suffragist written out of history because of her stand against the religious right 100 years ago, while Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists (Native Voices, 2001), documents the influence of native women on early women's rights activists.

Jeanne Shenandoah

A member of Eel Clan of the Onondaga Nation, serves as a representative of the Onondaga Nation in Onondaga Lake Environmental Cleanup, is a member of Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force, founding Vice President of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, and practiced as a homebirth midwife for 28 years.

Shenandoah has focused her work on educating the community about her traditional life as a member of the Eel Clan and bridging between the native and non-native nations and the impact it has had on our community over the past 30 years. In 2002, as a Haudenosaunce woman representing the spiritual tradition of indigenous women, Shenandoah attended The Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Shenandoah has also shared her personal story in Syracuse Stage’s production, Tales from Salt City. In 2005, she received The Harriet Tubman Humanitarian Achievement Award.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Citizen Action Rally and Town Hall Meeting


State Office Building
Binghamton, NY; March 5, 2009

While those responsible for our economic plight are rewarded with tax breaks and bailouts, the working poor and middle class are staring down the barrel of budget cuts, give backs, and higher taxes. A group of citizens gathered at the State Office Building in downtown Binghamton to voice their concerns.

Sponsored by Citizen Action of NY.

Some of the Speakers: Lea Webb, Suzie Link, Carole Kramer, Mary Clark

Organizations: GSEU, PEF, UUP, STIC, CSEA Local 648, NYSUT, SEIU

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lesley Gill: Solidarity and Fragmentation


Anti-Corporate Activism and Transnational Labor Struggles in the United States and Colombia

A talk by Vanderbilt University Professor of Anthropology Lesley Gill
Binghamton University, March 3, 2009

Statement From the Organizers:

Solidarity is a frequently evoked, but rarely analyzed, concept that has been a fundamental component of workers’ movements since 1864, when the founding Congress of the 1st International adopted it as a central principle. The importance of solidarity arises from a need to fight the social fragmentation created by the development of capitalism through the establishment of relationships of trust and mutuality, and to support the struggles of other oppressed peoples, even if they are total strangers. But how do diverse groups build connections and a sense of common purpose, and how do they remain open to new adherents and project a broad appeal? Nowadays, there are numerous theme and site specific forms of solidarity, but no common political project connects them, and structural transformation, anti-imperialism, and revolution have, in many instances, been evacuated from the meaning of solidarity. What does solidarity mean in the current historical moment, especially given the pressures toward fragmentation brought about by neoliberalism? This talk address these questions through an exploration of the rise and decline of a cross-border, cross-class coalition that has waged a campaign against the Coca-Cola Company since 2001.

The union to which Ms. Gill makes repeated reference is Sinaltrainal.

This event is organized by the Binghamton University Graduate Student Organization.

Co-Sponsors: Anthropology Department, the Anthropology Graduate Student Organization, Broome County Peace Action, Binghamton Political Initiative, BU Parents Collective, Experimental Media Organization, Student Action Collective, the Biology Graduate Student Organization, the Chinese Student and Scholar Association, the IWW Binghamton, the Sociology Graduate Student Organization, LACAS, and the Walter Rodney Committee.