Sunday, 20Nov.2016 — Alice Gerard’s 365-day photo challenge

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Dennis Banks and Alice Gerard at the Environmental Cottage of Riverside-Salem UCC/DC, Grand Island, New York, 17May15. (Photo © 2015 Jon Rieley-Goddard)

miki soos logoSunday, November 27, 2016:  Alice Gerard’s 366-day photo project (4-6 p.m. + potluck) at Riverside-Salem, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.  Join us!

 At the end of July 2015, Alice Gerard read a blog that described a project called the “365-day photography project.” The goal is to take at least one picture a day for 365 days.

At the end of the blog was an invitation by the author to do the same project. So, because Alice tends to be a bit impulsive, she decided on the spot that she wanted to do her own 365-day photography project.

A few weeks later, she discovered that, because 2016 is a leap year, the project was actually a 366-day photography project. Alice started and finished the project at Buckhorn Island State Park, a wildlife sanctuary that is Alice’s favorite place in Grand Island.

Alice is looking forward to sharing her year in pictures with you. She is still taking pictures regularly, although not daily.

On Sunday, 20Nov16: Brian Brown Cashdollar on refugees under Trump

miki soos logoPlease join us on Sunday, November 20th, 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) for a presentation by Brian Brown Cashdollar on “Refugees:  Facts, Myths, and Risks under Trump.”

Brian is particularly knowledgeable on the issue.briancashdollarOn

He worked with refugees from Nicaragua and Costa Rica in the 1980’s, with WNYCOSH for 6 years on sweatshop and fair trade issues, and with various organizations (including Journey’s End, VIVE, and the International Institute) as a director and fundraiser working with refugees, asylees, and immigrants. He is now back with WNYCOSH developing and growing the Worker Center and ensuring that outreach includes refugee and immigrant communities.

 

Sunday, 06Nov16 — a book about Kent State deaths by a survivor

miki soos logoTom Grace was one of nine Kent State University students seriously wounded by a fusillade of gunshots from the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, when he joined a student rally after leaving his university classroom. Four other students were killed, two of whom were not even attending the protest rally.
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In the aftermath of the shooting, numerous student leaders were prosecuted and imprisoned.  None of the officers who had issued order for the guardsmen to fire and even themselves joined in the shooting were ever prosecuted for their arguably criminal actions.

More than forty years later Tom Grace authored a temperate, well-considered, and thoroughly researched history of the Kent State struggle.  It is much more than a personal memoir.   A succinct account of how he came to be shot on that day is included in a prologue and in sidebars to the description of the day of the shootings, but this is not why he wrote this history. [From “Talking Union” by Paul Garver.

Thomas M. Grace is adjunct professor of history at Erie Community College. A 1972 graduate of Kent State University, he earned a PhD in history from SUNY Buffalo after many years as a social worker and union representative.

Join us this Sunday, November 6, 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) at RS Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072.

Sunday, 30Oct.06 — the Rev. Judy Chan, Hong Kong Christian Council

miki soos logoRev. Judy Chan serves with the Hong Kong Christian Council, as a Communications Specialist in charge of Ecumenical Broadcasting Ministry and Editor of English Publications.  She will share something of what has been going on in the community and churches related to the political and social changes since 1997, when Hong Kong changed from being a British colony to going back to being a part of China.

“I speak about the economic, political and cultural divides and what the church is doing to bring unity, healing and reconciliation in a polarized situation,” Chan says.  Her ministry in Hong Kong is related to communications, in particular radio ministry and publications; she has a PowerPoint with pictures of her work. She enjoys small group discussions.

Please join us from 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) this Sunday, October 30th, at our Environmental Sanctuary, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072 for this engaging and informative gathering.

 

’13th’ –a documentary of amendments, prisons, and involuntary servitude

miki soos logoThe title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.”

The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

Join us this Sunday, 4-6 p.m. (+ potluck) to view this documentary at our Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

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