ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
April #2 2002

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, ACTIVISM, LOCAL HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, FUN STUFF!

[This is the second of two messages monthly sent to 6,298 Ithaca area residents]

TWELVE READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5), Gimme! Coffee (one pound), Small World Music ($10), Viva Taqueria ($5), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Conkie'sRestaurant ($10), Ben & Jerry's (pint), Maxie's Supper Club ($10), Harvest Deli ($6), ABC Cafe ($10), Sparrow's Wine ($10), or Cafe Strand ($7.50), Mundo Gitano ($10). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW.

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STARTING WAGES IN TOMPKINS COUNTY "As we continue to gather data on poverty-level wage rates here in Tompkins County, I thought I would share some of this information with you. If any of you can add to this information - starting-level wages at other employers-- please share this with me. Thanks." --Carl Feuer
* Oak Hill CNA - $8.15
* Reconstruction Home maintenance - $7.50
* Old Navy - $6.25-6.50
* Super 8 Motel housekeeping - $6.25; front desk - $6.25
* Comfort Inn housekeeping - $6/hour; front desk - $7.25
* Econo Lodge housekeeping - $6
* KMart - $6
* Mister Smoothee's - $6
* P & C - $6
* Byrne Dairy - $5.15

CORNELL GRAD STUDENTS UNIONIZE
"We are the Cornell Association of Student Employees. We are research and teaching assistants organizing a union to establish the power we need to bargain collectively with Cornell University. If you are a Cornell grad student and you are working for the University, this is your union." Their flyer compares working conditions and compensation at NYU, UC System, UM Amherst and Cornell, for wages, health care, workload, hiring policies, grievance procedures, discrimination & sexual harrassment, childcare. Cornell is far behind." 273-0817 caseuaw@hotmail.com

"RKRUGERMONAHAN" is WINNER of gift certificate to Ithaca Bakery. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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FREE MEDIA FOR FREE MINDS
Conference 4/27 from 1- 4 pm for all those involved in alternative media in Ithaca. Newspaper publishers or writers, radio and television producers, email newslist providers, democracy wall advocates, all are welcome." Autumn Leaves upstairs. Kenny 277-6300

http://www.ITHACA.INDYMEDIA.ORG
http://www.COMMONDREAMS.ORG
http://www.ITHACANEWS.ORG
ITHACA UPROAR, circulation 4,000, counters war propaganda. Business card ads (1/8th page) $20. Quarter page ad $35. HOURS 50%. Ads to David Galezo. Next issue's editors: Marlo Cappocio Jim Semp

THE LUMINARY NEWS (Cable TV)
* Ithacans In Palestine: Channel 78: 4/16 7:00pm; 4/18 10:00pm
* Michael Moore at Cornell: Channel 13: 4/17 10:00pm; Channel 78: 4/2210:00pm; 4/25 7:00pm & 10:00pm
* Ithaca City School Board Meeting of 4/9: Channel 78: 4/17 10:00pm; 4/18 7:00pm

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GREENSTAR'S ANNUAL MEETING: 4/25 from 5:30pm-8pm at Women's Community Building. Great feast, reports, lively discussion, keynote speaker Chris Gunn (author of "Reclaiming Capital"). Members may vote for Council members at meeting. Voting continues (by mail and at co-op) til 4/ 30.

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START A FOOD-BASED BUSINESS. WCB Kitchen Workshop teaches basics of starting food-based service & demonstrates commercial kitchen. 4/27 10am- 3pm. $10/person (limit 12 people) 100% HOURS accepted. Featured presentation: Edgar Moss, of Ralph's Hot Sauce. Reservations: 272-1247. Rental of the WCB KITCHEN is $15-20/hr sliding scale.

ITHACA COMMUNITY GARDENS will be renting garden plots on Saturday, 4/20, from 10am- noon. Registration is on site (the Third Street -- Farmer's Market -- turn off of Route 13, then the first left), first come, first served. The yearly plot rental fee is $20 for the first plot (about 10 ft x 20 ft) and $15 for each additional plot worked by the same person, household or organization. In addition to the plot rental fee, gardeners must work 4 hours per plot for the Ithaca Community Gardens. The fee covers the use of tools, water, and some composted manure and wood chips. Ithaca Community gardeners agree to use only organic methods in their plots. Once assigned a plot, a gardener can keep it from year to year, as long as it is kept clean and green. In this way, gardeners can build up their soil from year to year, and plant perennials.

"MIILQUETOAST" is WINNER of gift certificate to Gimme Coffee. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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ITHACA EARTH DAY CELEBRATION 4/21, 12-5 at Dewitt Park. Also at Farmer's Market 4/20 9am-2pm. Music, presentations, workshop, theater, and booths. To reserve booth: 273-2025 M. Burns

CAYUGA BASIN BIOREGIONAL MAP, painted by Camille Doucet, will be presented at the Innovative Environmental Sustainability Workshop 2-3 pm 4/21 in Presbyterian Church basement. Wally Woods, 607-272-1312

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

ITHACANS IN PALESTINE Audrey Stewart & Grace Ritter are witnessing and resisting the invasion of Palestine, sending vivid reports which are presented at http://www.ithacanews.org/palestine.html Audio at http://www.ithaca.indymedia.org

ITHACA TAXPAYERS VOTE FOR EDUCATION, HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT
A Penny Poll at the downtown post office 4/15 gave local taxpayers the chance to vote for how they'd prefer Washington to spend their money. When handed ten pennies each, 357 Ithacans gave 732 pennies to Education; 601 to Health Care; 600 to Environment; 374 to Arts; 308 to Mass Transit; 301 to Housing; 202 to Income Assistance; 190 to Foreign Aid; 157 to National Debt; 107 to Military.
---Mary Loehr, director of National War Tax Resisters' Campaign said, "Fifty cities nationwide conduct this penny poll, and every time people vote for less military spending than the military actually gets."

PEACE VIGIL: declaration 4/12 at Ho Plaza, Cornell Campus...
"We are Arabs and Jews who call for an end to the Israeli occupation of all Palestinian territory.
"WE STAND AGAINST Israel's state violence against the Palestinian people.
"WE STAND AGAINST suicide bombings and acts of violence against Israelis.
"WE STAND WITH Palestinians under siege in their homes.
"WE STAND WITH the Israeli reservist soldiers who refuse to fight beyond the 1967 borders.
"WE CALL UPON ISRAEL to immediately halt violence against the Palestinian people, and to cease building and expanding settlements beyond thepre-1967 borders.
"WE CALL FOR the immediate establishment of an international peacekeeping force in the Occupied territories to protect civilians on both sides of the conflict.
"WE CALL UPON THE U.S. GOVERNMENT to heed the call of the European Union and other responsible international agencies to take concerted international action to ensure these points.
"WE STAND FOR A JUST PEACE between Israel and a sovereign Palestinian state and for the right of both people to live in freedom without fear.
"WE STAND WITH all those of the region who have sustained hope for a peaceful resolution to the crisis and have worked actively to bring this about." Ithaca Peace Network

TRANSPORTATION TO D.C. for the A20 weekend mobilization: Fri-Sun van or a Sat bus.
-- Bus leaves from Green St. side TCPL midnight 4/19, leaves D.C. 4/20 at 5pm. Returns Ithaca by 1am 4/21. Tickets $36 at Greenstar Market, Abc Cafe, Autumn Leaves Used Books.
-- Vans leave 4/19 am, afternoon & pm. Tickets $25. Contact shannon 256-2765. INFO re demo: Marcie Ley - CUSLAR 255-7293, 272-9630,

TOWN MEETING to organize resistance to war, loss of civil liberties, racial profiling, govt theats. To help organize this event: Sundays at Autumn Leaves 3-4pm. Heidi Tremaine

"ENDRES" is WINNER of gift certificate to Small World Music. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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HEALING ARTS FAIR 5/4 from 10:00am- 4:00pm at Women's Community Building. Booths displaying over thirty healing modalities. Admission FREE. Local practitioners also present healing arts workshops & cooking classes. Pre-signup for the workshops/classes required at WCB by 5/1. Workshops $2/ea; cooking classes $5/ea. HOURS accepted. Space limited. Ithaca Integrative Community Wellness Center

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS features Goods/services/events for which fees are charged, when Ithaca HOURS are accepted. Please send notices as direct email, not attached. paglo@lightlink.com

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* April 15, 1910: PUBLIC DRINKING CUPS abolished at the public fountain. Horses and people must drink from different troughs.
* April 16, 1900: BICYCLES outnumber all other vehicles, so merchants put BIKE RACKS in front of their stores.
* April 17, 1817: TOMPKINS COUNTY ESTABLISHED. It is the 50th of 62 NY counties.
* April 18, 1918: Bottles corked and hidden. Local vote favors PROHIBITION by 3-2 margin. Only West End votes "wet."
* April 19, 1901: SWITCHBOARD SERVICE BEGINS, allowing telephone users to call each other without talking to the operator.
* April 20, 1912: Norma Chambers of East Seneca St. returns home after escaping death on the TITANIC. "We knew that we had struck something and we went on deck, but all was quiet, and there was no excitement. We began asking questions, and my husband went to the deck below and found it full of water." They were put intothe second lifeboat lowered.
* April 21, SEIZURE OF WILLARD STRAIGHT HALL by 120 black students. President Perkins addresses 12,000 at Barton Hall on need for "collective wisdom and sensitivity." The Cornell Afro-American Society took its militant stand after discussions with University officials regarding racism at Cornell failed to satisfy them.

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YOUR LETTERS

"Ithaca Community News really works! There was an explosion of interest in my website showing my solar installation (the first NYSEG grid intertie) Web hits went from 10-20/month to over 1,000/month. I spent the next week on the phone and answering emails. NYS pays for 25% of solar systems,plus there's a tax rebate for 1/6 of costs. --Art Weaver
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"You should be ashamed of yourself for endorsing GreenStar Council candidates in ICN. I have lost all respect for you." --Matt
---[REPLY] Media typically endorse candidates. This newsletter offered endorsements for City Council, County Board, District Attorney, U.S. President; it has promoted or criticized federal, state and local policy. GreenStar's elections are likewise significant, since GreenStar is home to Ithaca's progressive community, with capacity to set powerful examples.
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"Thanks for another great issue. I agree completely with your GreenStar endorsements! It's time to get out the vote, and take back our Co-op. That begins with electing our slate of five candidates." --John
---[REPLY] All 12 Council candidates are listed, with their replies to 14 questions, at http://www.ithacanews.org/greenstar.candidates.html Official statements are found at www.greenstar.coop TWO GREENSTAR "SLATES" OFFER WEBSITES:
(Dissin, Harber, Radin, Young, Zwack)
(Abrams, Berg, Fine, Moudry, Olmstead)
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"Could you resend me the issues of the community newsletter containing the letters to the editor and your replies pertaining to [wind power & birds]. Thanks." --Jess
---[REPLY] To search back issues of ICN visit www.ithacanews.org and do a keyword find.
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"I attended MICHAEL MOORE'S SPEECH at Cornell on 4/3/02. The next day, I noticed that the Ithaca Journal only ran a photo with a brief caption. There was absolutely no article. Can you imagine no story in the Ithaca Journal about a well-known speaker who attracted over 2,500 people in Ithaca in one day? So, I sent an email to the Journal newsroom, on one of their comment forms at the Journal website, asking them why there was no article about Michael Moore. Almost a week later, and I have received no reply.
---"Also, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Cornell Daily-Sun about the article they wrote about the Moore appearance, and almost a week later, it has not been published. Strange, eh? --Marc
---[REPLY] "Where's the press?" asked Moore here 4/3, noting that his book "Stupid White Men" had topped the New York Times' bestseller list for seven weeks yet his speeches castigating national policy are not considered newsworthy (see Ithaca Times story). Challenging the notion that college towns like Ithaca are islands of liberalism, he said he's spoken to full houses all over the country: "We have the power! We are the majority." Moore has declined to serve as the Green Party's candidate for NYS Governor this year.
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"JEAN107" is WINNER of gift certificate to Viva Taqueria. Reply by 4/30 to claim.
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"As you know, the city approved the SIX POINT TRAFFIC PLAN in December, days before new Council members were due in office. One week later, continuing the momentum of politically motivated haste, the city awarded a contract for design of the Plain Street bridge. The city also bonded approximately $14 million for just two of the six projects in the Plan. NYS and Ithaca law require that full assessment of a projectě¨s impacts be done before the decision-making processě¨or fundingě¨takes place.
---"Proponents of this Plan have run roughshod over residents in the Southwest of the city. Lauri Dahl, Spencer Street homeowner, found out her house was slated for demolition when she saw its photo in the paper. An elderly Spencer Street renter living on fixed income was told by her Council rep, in response to the renter's concerns,"move." The head of the Planning Department (the agency responsible for the environmental review), in response to Council membersě¨ questions about a possibly segmented environmental review, said in the 12/5 Council meeting, "I don't really understand segmentation either." Later that night, the Plan was nevertheless adopted. There are more such stories.
---"A lawsuit seeking to overturn Common Council's adoption of the Plan and the awarding of the Plain Street bridge design contract is underway. Asked for comment on the suit's allegations, city attorney Norma Schwab told news media "it's a matter of opinion." Not exactly a ringing endorsement of her confidence in the integrity of this Plan's adoption process.
---"We need your help. Without donations, this suit won't be able to continue. This is a grassroots-initiated, citizen-funded suit coming from one of Ithaca's poorest neighborhoods. Area residents are angry and downtrodden and giving what they can, but we need encouragement, especially in the form of money." --Catharine Robertson at 275-9031 or David Gallahan at 277-3359 Donations: The Traffic Group, 101 E. State St., PO Box 202, Ithaca NY 14850.
---[REPLY] The Six-Point Plan is now a Four-Point Plan. There's question as to whether the main N-S route through Southwest Park can be built, since an additional rail crossing may not be permitted. Likewise DOT is not prioritizing widening of the Rte 13 bridge over Six-Mile Creek. Therefore, additional traffic would be squeezed through fewer routes and intersections. More info about the plan is at http://www.ithacahours.com/archive/0105.html
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"I would like to thank you for the continued coverage of the Paraprofessionals fight for a living wage - there has been so much misinformation and half truths floating around town that it is refreshing to see someone that cares enough to carry the truth - We will not give into unfair demands nor give into being ripped off of our retroactive pay since July 1, 2001. Right is Right and Truth is Truth!" --Thank you, Debbie Minnick, IPA President
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"Hi! I am in the midst of writing a hypothetical grant proposal for my International Institutions class. [This] entails educating renters and landlords in the Northside Neighborhood on programs and loans that enable ENERGY EFFICIENCY and home performance upgrades, thus lowering bills and increasing comfort. However when I mentioned this to my class last week, they pointed out that this could cause gentrification in that with these home improvments, landlords could begin to raise their rents and thus push current renters out of the neighborhood. I had never thought of this before. Do you have any suggestions about how to go about educating renters and landlords while trying to avoid rent increases? I'm really not sure how to get around this obstacle." --Beth Fuller
---[REPLY] Landlords are somewhat constrained from raising rents arbitrarily by supply/demand. When insulating, they could gain more profit even while keeping rents stable, which then gives them a competitive advantage. There are state/NYSEG low-interest loans and tax breaks for insulating.
---Gentrification has more been a problem where abandoned houses are extensively renovated and then sold. Programs to enable low-income families to purchase these homes are imperative. I've asked Greg Thomas of Performance Systems Development to comment. He says:
---"Low income weatherization requires that landlords sign agreements to limit rent increases and maintain the same income class of tenants for a couple of years. Not sure what their current agreement looks like. Landlords get significant public money in return. Much more than the loan subsidies. Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star is for owner occupants only so there is no need for a similar agreement. --Gregory Thomas 277-6240
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"Thank everyone at Greenstar for getting gallons of organic no-fat milk. I asked, and you gave. [I have] seen more of the GreenStar debate than I needed. Good to know there is controversy, though. If anyone in particular is working on improving labeling to support true consumer choice, please forward my e-mail to them." Jennifer Gerbasi
---[REPLY] The GreenStar Members' Education Committee has been compiling information on the ingredients behind the labels Contact them via Marlo

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EDITORIAL

Ithacans have long been privileged to read the planet's worst news from safe distances, as millions starve, thirst, battle. We still enjoy here family, friends and community.

Preserving this good life now means rebuilding Ithaca to resolve conflicts with nature and nations. For example, we depend on oil imported from cultures which despise U.S. domination. We depend on automobiles depending on that oil, which damage urban health and world climate. We depend on water which may become scarce because of climatic disturbance. We depend on food hauled from greater distances in a hungrier world. We depend on money from corporate and governmental sources indifferent to our fate.

Frantic shopping, wider highways, suburbanization, wars and denial are not answers to these problems. Ithacans should begin orderly changes to strengthen regional agriculture, fuel & water conservation, transportation alternatives, nonprofit ecological housing, and local capital, to avoid becoming part of the bad news. Fortunately, essential changes will create new jobs, new wealth, genuine security and powerful examples for a world needing good news.

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MUTANTS, PLAYS ABOUT GIRLS 4/26, 27, 28 at State Theatre. An original trilogy by Lisa D'Amour, directed by Katie Pearl . Performances at 7pm & 10pm on 4/26 & 4/27, with one performance 4/28 at 7pm. Tickets $10 general & $8 students: Ticket Center at Clinton House, 116 N. Cayuga St. 273-4497, The Ithaca College Theatre Ticket Office &Willard Straight. Max 100 tickets/performance. HOURS accepted. Raquel Fleit

"LGBTRC" is WINNER of 2 tickets to Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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FREE STUFF FOR EVERYBODY!
"It's almost Student Recycling Project time. Volunteers needed for:
"1- The BIG MEETING...This will be the one meeting for signing up to help with this year's collection and rummage sale. Thursday, 4/25, 7pm at Autumn Leaves Bookstore.
"2- LEAFLETTING -- We're going to start at Cornell Earth Day 4/22, then continue leafletting throughout that week and the next. Then we'll be doing door-to-door flyering the week of 5/6-10th. If you can help, this is a labor-intensive but very important job! Any time of day is fine. Finally, we still need a storage site :( if you know anyone who has a place, or know of any places available please contact. thanks a lot!" --Danny Liefer

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MONEY IN POLITICS DEBATE: "Campaign Finance Reform: Where Do We Go from Here?" 4/17 from 5:00- 6:30 pm Uris Hall Auditorium, Cornell. John Samples of the Cato Institute and John Moyers of www.TomPaine.com will discuss the two respective sides of the issue in a public debate moderated by professor Theodore J. Lowi. Co-hosted by Democracy Matters of Cornell University

JANE GOODALL gives speech "A Service of Hope" 4/17 at 5pm in Sage Chapel at Cornell.

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) first meeting 4/17 Come either 4:30pm or 7:00pm Goldwin Smith 134

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YOGA COMMUNITY "A directory of yoga teachers in and around Tompkins County" has just been published. Distributed free. Anne Kinner Johnson 256-8450

"THE WORLD IS AS YOU DREAM IT" spring workshops in shamanism, 5/11-- Shapeshifting into Health and Well-being. 6/15: Shapeshifting your Dream. Workshops 9:30am-12:30pm. Pat Floyd 272-0897

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BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FOR ADULTS. 4/25 from 7-9 p.m. in Borg Warner Room Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in boom-time America." Register in advance: 272-4557 ext. 255, or via www.tcpl.org. BYOB.

TV TURNOFF WEEK 4/22-28: "By the time average Americans turn 70, according to conservative estimates, they will have spent a total of seven years (24 hours per day watching television. This amounts to over 29 years of 40-hour work weeks, with no vacations, spent in front of the tube. Almost 10 of these years will have been spent watching commercials."

"JBM1" is WINNER of gift certificate to Conkie's Restaurant. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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SENECA WHITE DEER, Inc. recently brought a full house "to show the [Seneca County] legislators how popular our ecotouring and cold war museum ideas truly are" for use of the former Seneca Army Depot. Dennis Money

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WATER BEAR CONCERT at the Unitarian Church 4/28 at 4pm. Mer Boel, Ruth Roland, Hank Roberts and Tim Reppert "We will be doing a selection of our memorable Name Music pieces interspersed with poetry by Ruth Roland, and there will be refreshments available." $8.00 w/maximum $20.00/family. HOURs accepted.

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GALA PUPPETRY FESTIVAL 4/27 11am-4pm Interfaith Center, 7 Calvert St (on the SUNY campus) Cortland, NY, 11am-4pm. Magical Puppet Tree, Open Hand Theater, Magic Garden Puppets, more. Workshops: for all. $5.00 advance, $6.00 at door, children free, HOURS accepted. Anne Plaine

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PLANTS FOR LIFE SALE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING 4/17 from 7:30-9:00 pm at the Women's Community Building. Volunteers with all talents, skills, and interest levels are needed (you don't need to be a gardener) to help organize and run this sale, which benefits the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance. Sale 9/14. 257-9598.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Coordinator, Committee on U.S. - Latin American Relations. CUSLAR is a non-profit seeking to promote human rights and social justice in Latin America & progressive U.S. foreign policy. Requirements: B.A. or equivalent. Knowledge of U.S.-Latin American policy. English/Spanish fluency. Experience in activism and fundraising. Pays $17,500/yr, + health insurance + month vacation. Resume + writing sample detailing why you want to work at CUSLAR & what you consider to be the major issues facing Latin America today + 3 references to: CUSLAR, 316 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca 14853. Deadline 5/1

Cornell Outdoor Education seeks camp cook for 8-day camp for 25 people, 5/29-6/5. Todd 255-8004

"RJB25" is WINNER of gift certificate to Cafe Strand. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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CORNELL SUSTAINABLE SEMINARS
1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY Seminars. Thursdays, 12:20-1:10pm, 118 Ward Center: 4/18: Fuel cells
2. RESPONSE OF US CORPORATIONS to global climate change: 4/19: Gary Guzzy, Washington, DC
3. SOLAR ENERGY applications for Cornell Student Design Team: 4/26
4. "BIOCOMPLEXITY in the Environment: A 21st Century Oddessey" 4/16, 4.30 pm. Dr. Rita Colwell,Director of National Science Foundation. Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall:
5. EARTHDAY EVENTS, 4/22 Lectures, Music etc on campus

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PROTECT PUBLIC PARKLAND: A PARADE AND VIGIL (with an encore trial) 4/18
---"Show your support for the Southwest Natural Area and let the City know you oppose Widewaters' use of the park."
PARADE AT 11AM: Meet across from Widewaters' site adjacent to Buttermilk Falls Plaza. Bring banners, signs,etc. "We will walk to City Hall, about 45-minutes."
PEACEFUL VIGIL AT NOON: Meet outside of City Hall (across from the public library). "Bring signs and banners (there will be extra on hand)." TRIAL AT 1 pm: "Bill Carini and David Werier will be defending their attempt to prevent Widewaters from using the Southwest Natural Area for their development." Trial in City Court (behind the public library parking lot). Nakita Werier

"RRS27" is WINNER of gift certificate to Maxie's Supper Club. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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GREEN PARTY STATE COMMITTEE MEETS IN ITHACA 5/25 to nominate candidate for Governor. To coordinate/offer housing for delegates: Chris

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TAOIST TAI CHI SOCIETY Open House 5/18, from 1- 3 pm on North Tioga St. (behind Fall Creek Cinema). "Taoist Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise practiced for improvement of health, strength, balance, flexibility as well as stress reduction. Taoist Tai Chi is a series of slow gentle movements that are suitable for people of all ages including the elderly. Come watch Taoist Tai Chi demonstrations and enjoy the refreshments also." 277-5491

REIKI LEVEL I CLASSES, Fall Creek Wellness Center, 510 N. Tioga St. "Receive four Reiki Healing Attunements, class manual and text, learn Traditional Reiki. Certification. 5/11 & 12, 1-5 PM. $150. Ithaca Health Fund discount. 2 HOURS accepted. Sandra Mennella Traditional Usui Reiki Master/Teacher 607-387-9224 or 391-7007.

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EARLY ITHACA MONEY: (eBay auction sent by City Councilmember Ed Hershey) Banknotes were originally issued by local banks. Federal currency was first printed in 1862 during the Civil War.

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"MITCH" is WINNER of gift certificate to Harvest Deli. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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CORNELL CONTINUES COMMITMENT TO ANTI-SWEATSHOP GROUPS
Hunter Rawlings said, "At the WRC's founding conference in March 2000, 20 colleges and universities indicated their intention to become members. Today, the WRC's college and university membership has grown to 92. Cornell was among the 17 colleges and universities that participated in the establishment of the FLA, which now has 174 college and university members."
---Henrik N. Dullea, vice president for university relations and Cornell's delegate to the WRC said, "We are pleased to acknowledge the hard work and contributions from the Cornell Students Against Sweatshops, the staff and leadership at the Worker Rights Consortium and the university's administration. Each has put a great deal of time and effort into this. And, while there's still much to be done, the progress that we've seen over the past two years is encouraging."

WRC FLA

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ARTSPACE: 450 sq. ft. studio space for rent in a working metals studio. "There are three others of us , but this is a seperate 2nd floor space and would be suitable for a woodworker, ceramicist, glass worker,etc The rent would be $350 which includes heat and electric. David Mazzarella 539-3379 HOURS accepted.

ARTSPACE: Large studio space to share. Barter /HOURS okay. Linda Blossom also offers classes for tiles, mosaics, etc. Her work seen via nottinghamarts.org (staff to past artists-in-residence). 539-6536

MUNDO GITANO SEEKS HELP: This gift store 320 East State returns 65% of pricetag to artisans here and abroad. Needs poster putter-upers. "Since 9/11, the economy has steadily declined. Anyone willing to volunteer in my store, please come by to give me breaks." --Mina

HAUDENOSAUNEE (IROQUOIS) ART SHOW sculpture and painting 4/14- 5/4 Autumns Leaves Used Bookstore. Meet the artists reception 4/20 noon-3pm Rhoda Streifer 277-7351

" ENJOY BEING CREATIVE." "Paintings of my students ( adults and children" At the airport. Through April 21. Elisabeth Gross-Marks

"CLARKW" is WINNER of gift certificate to ABC Cafe. Reply by 4/30 to claim. "GRIF1DL" is WINNER of gift certificate to Sparrow's Wine (must be 21). Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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WOMEN MIGRANT FARMWORKERS "The Heart of the Household & Identity Survival" 4/20 2pm Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano, Cooperative Extension with Xochitl Palacios (from Baja, CA-works for the "Migrant Ministry" group)

"Daily Life at the King Ferry Migrant Camp" 5/4 2pm -Laurie Konwinski Interpreter at the Cayuga County Farmworker Health Clinic (King Ferry is the closest migrant labor camp to Ithaca).

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Alternatives Federal Credit Union Seeking Nominations:
JEFF FURMAN AWARD FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN BUSINESS to be presented at the Credit Union's Annual Meeting 5/16. "The Furman Award for Social Responsibility is given to honor a local business or person that successfully incorporates social responsibility in their operations." Letters of nomination to: Elizabeth Fattaruso, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, 301 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 or Elizabeth Deadline 4/30

"CLINGMANSDOME" is WINNER of gift certificate for Ben & Jerry's pint. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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FREE MUSIC AT AUTUMN LEAVES CAFE 115 Commons 6:30pm:
* 4/18 Robert Hoyt: environmentalist
* 4/25 Cielle
* 5/2 Tom Covelli
* 5/9 Kristi Martel

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS
April #2 2002

LABOR, ARTS, EVENTS, ACTIVISM, LOCAL HISTORY, YOUR LETTERS, FUN STUFF!

[This is the second of two messages monthly sent to 6,298 Ithaca area residents]

TWELVE READERS OF THIS ISSUE HAVE WON GIFT CERTIFICATES with Ithaca Bakery ($5), Gimme! Coffee (one pound), Small World Music ($10), Viva Taqueria ($5), Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures (2 tickets), Conkie'sRestaurant ($10), Ben & Jerry's (pint), Maxie's Supper Club ($10), Harvest Deli ($6), ABC Cafe ($10), Sparrow's Wine ($10), or Cafe Strand ($7.50), Mundo Gitano ($10). WINNING EMAILS (randomly selected by computer) ARE NOTED BELOW.

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STARTING WAGES IN TOMPKINS COUNTY "As we continue to gather data on poverty-level wage rates here in Tompkins County, I thought I would share some of this information with you. If any of you can add to this information - starting-level wages at other employers-- please share this with me. Thanks." --Carl Feuer
* Oak Hill CNA - $8.15
* Reconstruction Home maintenance - $7.50
* Old Navy - $6.25-6.50
* Super 8 Motel housekeeping - $6.25; front desk - $6.25
* Comfort Inn housekeeping - $6/hour; front desk - $7.25
* Econo Lodge housekeeping - $6
* KMart - $6
* Mister Smoothee's - $6
* P & C - $6
* Byrne Dairy - $5.15

CORNELL GRAD STUDENTS UNIONIZE
"We are the Cornell Association of Student Employees. We are research and teaching assistants organizing a union to establish the power we need to bargain collectively with Cornell University. If you are a Cornell grad student and you are working for the University, this is your union." Their flyer compares working conditions and compensation at NYU, UC System, UM Amherst and Cornell, for wages, health care, workload, hiring policies, grievance procedures, discrimination & sexual harrassment, childcare. Cornell is far behind." 273-0817 caseuaw@hotmail.com

"RKRUGERMONAHAN" is WINNER of gift certificate to Ithaca Bakery. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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FREE MEDIA FOR FREE MINDS
Conference 4/27 from 1- 4 pm for all those involved in alternative media in Ithaca. Newspaper publishers or writers, radio and television producers, email newslist providers, democracy wall advocates, all are welcome." Autumn Leaves upstairs. Kenny 277-6300

http://www.ITHACA.INDYMEDIA.ORG
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http://www.ITHACANEWS.ORG
ITHACA UPROAR, circulation 4,000, counters war propaganda. Business card ads (1/8th page) $20. Quarter page ad $35. HOURS 50%. Ads to David Galezo. Next issue's editors: Marlo Cappocio Jim Semp

THE LUMINARY NEWS (Cable TV)
* Ithacans In Palestine: Channel 78: 4/16 7:00pm; 4/18 10:00pm
* Michael Moore at Cornell: Channel 13: 4/17 10:00pm; Channel 78: 4/2210:00pm; 4/25 7:00pm & 10:00pm
* Ithaca City School Board Meeting of 4/9: Channel 78: 4/17 10:00pm; 4/18 7:00pm

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GREENSTAR'S ANNUAL MEETING: 4/25 from 5:30pm-8pm at Women's Community Building. Great feast, reports, lively discussion, keynote speaker Chris Gunn (author of "Reclaiming Capital"). Members may vote for Council members at meeting. Voting continues (by mail and at co-op) til 4/ 30.

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START A FOOD-BASED BUSINESS. WCB Kitchen Workshop teaches basics of starting food-based service & demonstrates commercial kitchen. 4/27 10am- 3pm. $10/person (limit 12 people) 100% HOURS accepted. Featured presentation: Edgar Moss, of Ralph's Hot Sauce. Reservations: 272-1247. Rental of the WCB KITCHEN is $15-20/hr sliding scale.

ITHACA COMMUNITY GARDENS will be renting garden plots on Saturday, 4/20, from 10am- noon. Registration is on site (the Third Street -- Farmer's Market -- turn off of Route 13, then the first left), first come, first served. The yearly plot rental fee is $20 for the first plot (about 10 ft x 20 ft) and $15 for each additional plot worked by the same person, household or organization. In addition to the plot rental fee, gardeners must work 4 hours per plot for the Ithaca Community Gardens. The fee covers the use of tools, water, and some composted manure and wood chips. Ithaca Community gardeners agree to use only organic methods in their plots. Once assigned a plot, a gardener can keep it from year to year, as long as it is kept clean and green. In this way, gardeners can build up their soil from year to year, and plant perennials.

"MIILQUETOAST" is WINNER of gift certificate to Gimme Coffee. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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ITHACA EARTH DAY CELEBRATION 4/21, 12-5 at Dewitt Park. Also at Farmer's Market 4/20 9am-2pm. Music, presentations, workshop, theater, and booths. To reserve booth: 273-2025 M. Burns

CAYUGA BASIN BIOREGIONAL MAP, painted by Camille Doucet, will be presented at the Innovative Environmental Sustainability Workshop 2-3 pm 4/21 in Presbyterian Church basement. Wally Woods, 607-272-1312

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ITHACA WAR & PEACE REPORT

ITHACANS IN PALESTINE Audrey Stewart & Grace Ritter are witnessing and resisting the invasion of Palestine, sending vivid reports which are presented at http://www.ithacanews.org/palestine.html Audio at http://www.ithaca.indymedia.org

ITHACA TAXPAYERS VOTE FOR EDUCATION, HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT
A Penny Poll at the downtown post office 4/15 gave local taxpayers the chance to vote for how they'd prefer Washington to spend their money. When handed ten pennies each, 357 Ithacans gave 732 pennies to Education; 601 to Health Care; 600 to Environment; 374 to Arts; 308 to Mass Transit; 301 to Housing; 202 to Income Assistance; 190 to Foreign Aid; 157 to National Debt; 107 to Military.
---Mary Loehr, director of National War Tax Resisters' Campaign said, "Fifty cities nationwide conduct this penny poll, and every time people vote for less military spending than the military actually gets."

PEACE VIGIL: declaration 4/12 at Ho Plaza, Cornell Campus...
"We are Arabs and Jews who call for an end to the Israeli occupation of all Palestinian territory.
"WE STAND AGAINST Israel's state violence against the Palestinian people.
"WE STAND AGAINST suicide bombings and acts of violence against Israelis.
"WE STAND WITH Palestinians under siege in their homes.
"WE STAND WITH the Israeli reservist soldiers who refuse to fight beyond the 1967 borders.
"WE CALL UPON ISRAEL to immediately halt violence against the Palestinian people, and to cease building and expanding settlements beyond thepre-1967 borders.
"WE CALL FOR the immediate establishment of an international peacekeeping force in the Occupied territories to protect civilians on both sides of the conflict.
"WE CALL UPON THE U.S. GOVERNMENT to heed the call of the European Union and other responsible international agencies to take concerted international action to ensure these points.
"WE STAND FOR A JUST PEACE between Israel and a sovereign Palestinian state and for the right of both people to live in freedom without fear.
"WE STAND WITH all those of the region who have sustained hope for a peaceful resolution to the crisis and have worked actively to bring this about." Ithaca Peace Network

TRANSPORTATION TO D.C. for the A20 weekend mobilization: Fri-Sun van or a Sat bus.
-- Bus leaves from Green St. side TCPL midnight 4/19, leaves D.C. 4/20 at 5pm. Returns Ithaca by 1am 4/21. Tickets $36 at Greenstar Market, Abc Cafe, Autumn Leaves Used Books.
-- Vans leave 4/19 am, afternoon & pm. Tickets $25. Contact shannon 256-2765. INFO re demo: Marcie Ley - CUSLAR 255-7293, 272-9630,

TOWN MEETING to organize resistance to war, loss of civil liberties, racial profiling, govt theats. To help organize this event: Sundays at Autumn Leaves 3-4pm. Heidi Tremaine

"ENDRES" is WINNER of gift certificate to Small World Music. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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HEALING ARTS FAIR 5/4 from 10:00am- 4:00pm at Women's Community Building. Booths displaying over thirty healing modalities. Admission FREE. Local practitioners also present healing arts workshops & cooking classes. Pre-signup for the workshops/classes required at WCB by 5/1. Workshops $2/ea; cooking classes $5/ea. HOURS accepted. Space limited. Ithaca Integrative Community Wellness Center

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ITHACA COMMUNITY NEWS features Goods/services/events for which fees are charged, when Ithaca HOURS are accepted. Please send notices as direct email, not attached. paglo@lightlink.com

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AMAZING ITHACA HISTORY

* April 15, 1910: PUBLIC DRINKING CUPS abolished at the public fountain. Horses and people must drink from different troughs.
* April 16, 1900: BICYCLES outnumber all other vehicles, so merchants put BIKE RACKS in front of their stores.
* April 17, 1817: TOMPKINS COUNTY ESTABLISHED. It is the 50th of 62 NY counties.
* April 18, 1918: Bottles corked and hidden. Local vote favors PROHIBITION by 3-2 margin. Only West End votes "wet."
* April 19, 1901: SWITCHBOARD SERVICE BEGINS, allowing telephone users to call each other without talking to the operator.
* April 20, 1912: Norma Chambers of East Seneca St. returns home after escaping death on the TITANIC. "We knew that we had struck something and we went on deck, but all was quiet, and there was no excitement. We began asking questions, and my husband went to the deck below and found it full of water." They were put intothe second lifeboat lowered.
* April 21, SEIZURE OF WILLARD STRAIGHT HALL by 120 black students. President Perkins addresses 12,000 at Barton Hall on need for "collective wisdom and sensitivity." The Cornell Afro-American Society took its militant stand after discussions with University officials regarding racism at Cornell failed to satisfy them.

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YOUR LETTERS

"Ithaca Community News really works! There was an explosion of interest in my website showing my solar installation (the first NYSEG grid intertie) Web hits went from 10-20/month to over 1,000/month. I spent the next week on the phone and answering emails. NYS pays for 25% of solar systems,plus there's a tax rebate for 1/6 of costs. --Art Weaver
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"You should be ashamed of yourself for endorsing GreenStar Council candidates in ICN. I have lost all respect for you." --Matt
---[REPLY] Media typically endorse candidates. This newsletter offered endorsements for City Council, County Board, District Attorney, U.S. President; it has promoted or criticized federal, state and local policy. GreenStar's elections are likewise significant, since GreenStar is home to Ithaca's progressive community, with capacity to set powerful examples.
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"Thanks for another great issue. I agree completely with your GreenStar endorsements! It's time to get out the vote, and take back our Co-op. That begins with electing our slate of five candidates." --John
---[REPLY] All 12 Council candidates are listed, with their replies to 14 questions, at http://www.ithacanews.org/greenstar.candidates.html Official statements are found at www.greenstar.coop TWO GREENSTAR "SLATES" OFFER WEBSITES:
(Dissin, Harber, Radin, Young, Zwack)
(Abrams, Berg, Fine, Moudry, Olmstead)
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"Could you resend me the issues of the community newsletter containing the letters to the editor and your replies pertaining to [wind power & birds]. Thanks." --Jess
---[REPLY] To search back issues of ICN visit www.ithacanews.org and do a keyword find.
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"I attended MICHAEL MOORE'S SPEECH at Cornell on 4/3/02. The next day, I noticed that the Ithaca Journal only ran a photo with a brief caption. There was absolutely no article. Can you imagine no story in the Ithaca Journal about a well-known speaker who attracted over 2,500 people in Ithaca in one day? So, I sent an email to the Journal newsroom, on one of their comment forms at the Journal website, asking them why there was no article about Michael Moore. Almost a week later, and I have received no reply.
---"Also, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Cornell Daily-Sun about the article they wrote about the Moore appearance, and almost a week later, it has not been published. Strange, eh? --Marc
---[REPLY] "Where's the press?" asked Moore here 4/3, noting that his book "Stupid White Men" had topped the New York Times' bestseller list for seven weeks yet his speeches castigating national policy are not considered newsworthy (see Ithaca Times story). Challenging the notion that college towns like Ithaca are islands of liberalism, he said he's spoken to full houses all over the country: "We have the power! We are the majority." Moore has declined to serve as the Green Party's candidate for NYS Governor this year.
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"JEAN107" is WINNER of gift certificate to Viva Taqueria. Reply by 4/30 to claim.
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"As you know, the city approved the SIX POINT TRAFFIC PLAN in December, days before new Council members were due in office. One week later, continuing the momentum of politically motivated haste, the city awarded a contract for design of the Plain Street bridge. The city also bonded approximately $14 million for just two of the six projects in the Plan. NYS and Ithaca law require that full assessment of a projectě¨s impacts be done before the decision-making processě¨or fundingě¨takes place.
---"Proponents of this Plan have run roughshod over residents in the Southwest of the city. Lauri Dahl, Spencer Street homeowner, found out her house was slated for demolition when she saw its photo in the paper. An elderly Spencer Street renter living on fixed income was told by her Council rep, in response to the renter's concerns,"move." The head of the Planning Department (the agency responsible for the environmental review), in response to Council membersě¨ questions about a possibly segmented environmental review, said in the 12/5 Council meeting, "I don't really understand segmentation either." Later that night, the Plan was nevertheless adopted. There are more such stories.
---"A lawsuit seeking to overturn Common Council's adoption of the Plan and the awarding of the Plain Street bridge design contract is underway. Asked for comment on the suit's allegations, city attorney Norma Schwab told news media "it's a matter of opinion." Not exactly a ringing endorsement of her confidence in the integrity of this Plan's adoption process.
---"We need your help. Without donations, this suit won't be able to continue. This is a grassroots-initiated, citizen-funded suit coming from one of Ithaca's poorest neighborhoods. Area residents are angry and downtrodden and giving what they can, but we need encouragement, especially in the form of money." --Catharine Robertson at 275-9031 or David Gallahan at 277-3359 Donations: The Traffic Group, 101 E. State St., PO Box 202, Ithaca NY 14850.
---[REPLY] The Six-Point Plan is now a Four-Point Plan. There's question as to whether the main N-S route through Southwest Park can be built, since an additional rail crossing may not be permitted. Likewise DOT is not prioritizing widening of the Rte 13 bridge over Six-Mile Creek. Therefore, additional traffic would be squeezed through fewer routes and intersections. More info about the plan is at http://www.ithacahours.com/archive/0105.html
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"I would like to thank you for the continued coverage of the Paraprofessionals fight for a living wage - there has been so much misinformation and half truths floating around town that it is refreshing to see someone that cares enough to carry the truth - We will not give into unfair demands nor give into being ripped off of our retroactive pay since July 1, 2001. Right is Right and Truth is Truth!" --Thank you, Debbie Minnick, IPA President
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"Hi! I am in the midst of writing a hypothetical grant proposal for my International Institutions class. [This] entails educating renters and landlords in the Northside Neighborhood on programs and loans that enable ENERGY EFFICIENCY and home performance upgrades, thus lowering bills and increasing comfort. However when I mentioned this to my class last week, they pointed out that this could cause gentrification in that with these home improvments, landlords could begin to raise their rents and thus push current renters out of the neighborhood. I had never thought of this before. Do you have any suggestions about how to go about educating renters and landlords while trying to avoid rent increases? I'm really not sure how to get around this obstacle." --Beth Fuller
---[REPLY] Landlords are somewhat constrained from raising rents arbitrarily by supply/demand. When insulating, they could gain more profit even while keeping rents stable, which then gives them a competitive advantage. There are state/NYSEG low-interest loans and tax breaks for insulating.
---Gentrification has more been a problem where abandoned houses are extensively renovated and then sold. Programs to enable low-income families to purchase these homes are imperative. I've asked Greg Thomas of Performance Systems Development to comment. He says:
---"Low income weatherization requires that landlords sign agreements to limit rent increases and maintain the same income class of tenants for a couple of years. Not sure what their current agreement looks like. Landlords get significant public money in return. Much more than the loan subsidies. Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star is for owner occupants only so there is no need for a similar agreement. --Gregory Thomas 277-6240
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"Thank everyone at Greenstar for getting gallons of organic no-fat milk. I asked, and you gave. [I have] seen more of the GreenStar debate than I needed. Good to know there is controversy, though. If anyone in particular is working on improving labeling to support true consumer choice, please forward my e-mail to them." Jennifer Gerbasi
---[REPLY] The GreenStar Members' Education Committee has been compiling information on the ingredients behind the labels Contact them via Marlo

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EDITORIAL

Ithacans have long been privileged to read the planet's worst news from safe distances, as millions starve, thirst, battle. We still enjoy here family, friends and community.

Preserving this good life now means rebuilding Ithaca to resolve conflicts with nature and nations. For example, we depend on oil imported from cultures which despise U.S. domination. We depend on automobiles depending on that oil, which damage urban health and world climate. We depend on water which may become scarce because of climatic disturbance. We depend on food hauled from greater distances in a hungrier world. We depend on money from corporate and governmental sources indifferent to our fate.

Frantic shopping, wider highways, suburbanization, wars and denial are not answers to these problems. Ithacans should begin orderly changes to strengthen regional agriculture, fuel & water conservation, transportation alternatives, nonprofit ecological housing, and local capital, to avoid becoming part of the bad news. Fortunately, essential changes will create new jobs, new wealth, genuine security and powerful examples for a world needing good news.

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MUTANTS, PLAYS ABOUT GIRLS 4/26, 27, 28 at State Theatre. An original trilogy by Lisa D'Amour, directed by Katie Pearl . Performances at 7pm & 10pm on 4/26 & 4/27, with one performance 4/28 at 7pm. Tickets $10 general & $8 students: Ticket Center at Clinton House, 116 N. Cayuga St. 273-4497, The Ithaca College Theatre Ticket Office &Willard Straight. Max 100 tickets/performance. HOURS accepted. Raquel Fleit

"LGBTRC" is WINNER of 2 tickets to Cinemapolis/Fall Creek Pictures. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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FREE STUFF FOR EVERYBODY!
"It's almost Student Recycling Project time. Volunteers needed for:
"1- The BIG MEETING...This will be the one meeting for signing up to help with this year's collection and rummage sale. Thursday, 4/25, 7pm at Autumn Leaves Bookstore.
"2- LEAFLETTING -- We're going to start at Cornell Earth Day 4/22, then continue leafletting throughout that week and the next. Then we'll be doing door-to-door flyering the week of 5/6-10th. If you can help, this is a labor-intensive but very important job! Any time of day is fine. Finally, we still need a storage site :( if you know anyone who has a place, or know of any places available please contact. thanks a lot!" --Danny Liefer

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MONEY IN POLITICS DEBATE: "Campaign Finance Reform: Where Do We Go from Here?" 4/17 from 5:00- 6:30 pm Uris Hall Auditorium, Cornell. John Samples of the Cato Institute and John Moyers of www.TomPaine.com will discuss the two respective sides of the issue in a public debate moderated by professor Theodore J. Lowi. Co-hosted by Democracy Matters of Cornell University

JANE GOODALL gives speech "A Service of Hope" 4/17 at 5pm in Sage Chapel at Cornell.

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) first meeting 4/17 Come either 4:30pm or 7:00pm Goldwin Smith 134

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YOGA COMMUNITY "A directory of yoga teachers in and around Tompkins County" has just been published. Distributed free. Anne Kinner Johnson 256-8450

"THE WORLD IS AS YOU DREAM IT" spring workshops in shamanism, 5/11-- Shapeshifting into Health and Well-being. 6/15: Shapeshifting your Dream. Workshops 9:30am-12:30pm. Pat Floyd 272-0897

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BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP FOR ADULTS. 4/25 from 7-9 p.m. in Borg Warner Room Barbara Ehrenreich's "Nickel and Dimed: on (not) getting by in boom-time America." Register in advance: 272-4557 ext. 255, or via www.tcpl.org. BYOB.

TV TURNOFF WEEK 4/22-28: "By the time average Americans turn 70, according to conservative estimates, they will have spent a total of seven years (24 hours per day watching television. This amounts to over 29 years of 40-hour work weeks, with no vacations, spent in front of the tube. Almost 10 of these years will have been spent watching commercials."

"JBM1" is WINNER of gift certificate to Conkie's Restaurant. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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SENECA WHITE DEER, Inc. recently brought a full house "to show the [Seneca County] legislators how popular our ecotouring and cold war museum ideas truly are" for use of the former Seneca Army Depot. Dennis Money

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WATER BEAR CONCERT at the Unitarian Church 4/28 at 4pm. Mer Boel, Ruth Roland, Hank Roberts and Tim Reppert "We will be doing a selection of our memorable Name Music pieces interspersed with poetry by Ruth Roland, and there will be refreshments available." $8.00 w/maximum $20.00/family. HOURs accepted.

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GALA PUPPETRY FESTIVAL 4/27 11am-4pm Interfaith Center, 7 Calvert St (on the SUNY campus) Cortland, NY, 11am-4pm. Magical Puppet Tree, Open Hand Theater, Magic Garden Puppets, more. Workshops: for all. $5.00 advance, $6.00 at door, children free, HOURS accepted. Anne Plaine

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PLANTS FOR LIFE SALE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING 4/17 from 7:30-9:00 pm at the Women's Community Building. Volunteers with all talents, skills, and interest levels are needed (you don't need to be a gardener) to help organize and run this sale, which benefits the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance. Sale 9/14. 257-9598.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Coordinator, Committee on U.S. - Latin American Relations. CUSLAR is a non-profit seeking to promote human rights and social justice in Latin America & progressive U.S. foreign policy. Requirements: B.A. or equivalent. Knowledge of U.S.-Latin American policy. English/Spanish fluency. Experience in activism and fundraising. Pays $17,500/yr, + health insurance + month vacation. Resume + writing sample detailing why you want to work at CUSLAR & what you consider to be the major issues facing Latin America today + 3 references to: CUSLAR, 316 Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca 14853. Deadline 5/1

Cornell Outdoor Education seeks camp cook for 8-day camp for 25 people, 5/29-6/5. Todd 255-8004

"RJB25" is WINNER of gift certificate to Cafe Strand. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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CORNELL SUSTAINABLE SEMINARS
1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY Seminars. Thursdays, 12:20-1:10pm, 118 Ward Center: 4/18: Fuel cells
2. RESPONSE OF US CORPORATIONS to global climate change: 4/19: Gary Guzzy, Washington, DC
3. SOLAR ENERGY applications for Cornell Student Design Team: 4/26
4. "BIOCOMPLEXITY in the Environment: A 21st Century Oddessey" 4/16, 4.30 pm. Dr. Rita Colwell,Director of National Science Foundation. Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall:
5. EARTHDAY EVENTS, 4/22 Lectures, Music etc on campus

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PROTECT PUBLIC PARKLAND: A PARADE AND VIGIL (with an encore trial) 4/18
---"Show your support for the Southwest Natural Area and let the City know you oppose Widewaters' use of the park."
PARADE AT 11AM: Meet across from Widewaters' site adjacent to Buttermilk Falls Plaza. Bring banners, signs,etc. "We will walk to City Hall, about 45-minutes."
PEACEFUL VIGIL AT NOON: Meet outside of City Hall (across from the public library). "Bring signs and banners (there will be extra on hand)." TRIAL AT 1 pm: "Bill Carini and David Werier will be defending their attempt to prevent Widewaters from using the Southwest Natural Area for their development." Trial in City Court (behind the public library parking lot). Nakita Werier

"RRS27" is WINNER of gift certificate to Maxie's Supper Club. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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GREEN PARTY STATE COMMITTEE MEETS IN ITHACA 5/25 to nominate candidate for Governor. To coordinate/offer housing for delegates: Chris

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TAOIST TAI CHI SOCIETY Open House 5/18, from 1- 3 pm on North Tioga St. (behind Fall Creek Cinema). "Taoist Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise practiced for improvement of health, strength, balance, flexibility as well as stress reduction. Taoist Tai Chi is a series of slow gentle movements that are suitable for people of all ages including the elderly. Come watch Taoist Tai Chi demonstrations and enjoy the refreshments also." 277-5491

REIKI LEVEL I CLASSES, Fall Creek Wellness Center, 510 N. Tioga St. "Receive four Reiki Healing Attunements, class manual and text, learn Traditional Reiki. Certification. 5/11 & 12, 1-5 PM. $150. Ithaca Health Fund discount. 2 HOURS accepted. Sandra Mennella Traditional Usui Reiki Master/Teacher 607-387-9224 or 391-7007.

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EARLY ITHACA MONEY: (eBay auction sent by City Councilmember Ed Hershey) Banknotes were originally issued by local banks. Federal currency was first printed in 1862 during the Civil War.

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"MITCH" is WINNER of gift certificate to Harvest Deli. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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CORNELL CONTINUES COMMITMENT TO ANTI-SWEATSHOP GROUPS
Hunter Rawlings said, "At the WRC's founding conference in March 2000, 20 colleges and universities indicated their intention to become members. Today, the WRC's college and university membership has grown to 92. Cornell was among the 17 colleges and universities that participated in the establishment of the FLA, which now has 174 college and university members."
---Henrik N. Dullea, vice president for university relations and Cornell's delegate to the WRC said, "We are pleased to acknowledge the hard work and contributions from the Cornell Students Against Sweatshops, the staff and leadership at the Worker Rights Consortium and the university's administration. Each has put a great deal of time and effort into this. And, while there's still much to be done, the progress that we've seen over the past two years is encouraging."

WRC FLA

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ARTSPACE: 450 sq. ft. studio space for rent in a working metals studio. "There are three others of us , but this is a seperate 2nd floor space and would be suitable for a woodworker, ceramicist, glass worker,etc The rent would be $350 which includes heat and electric. David Mazzarella 539-3379 HOURS accepted.

ARTSPACE: Large studio space to share. Barter /HOURS okay. Linda Blossom also offers classes for tiles, mosaics, etc. Her work seen via nottinghamarts.org (staff to past artists-in-residence). 539-6536

MUNDO GITANO SEEKS HELP: This gift store 320 East State returns 65% of pricetag to artisans here and abroad. Needs poster putter-upers. "Since 9/11, the economy has steadily declined. Anyone willing to volunteer in my store, please come by to give me breaks." --Mina

HAUDENOSAUNEE (IROQUOIS) ART SHOW sculpture and painting 4/14- 5/4 Autumns Leaves Used Bookstore. Meet the artists reception 4/20 noon-3pm Rhoda Streifer 277-7351

" ENJOY BEING CREATIVE." "Paintings of my students ( adults and children" At the airport. Through April 21. Elisabeth Gross-Marks

"CLARKW" is WINNER of gift certificate to ABC Cafe. Reply by 4/30 to claim. "GRIF1DL" is WINNER of gift certificate to Sparrow's Wine (must be 21). Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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WOMEN MIGRANT FARMWORKERS "The Heart of the Household & Identity Survival" 4/20 2pm Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano, Cooperative Extension with Xochitl Palacios (from Baja, CA-works for the "Migrant Ministry" group)

"Daily Life at the King Ferry Migrant Camp" 5/4 2pm -Laurie Konwinski Interpreter at the Cayuga County Farmworker Health Clinic (King Ferry is the closest migrant labor camp to Ithaca).

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Alternatives Federal Credit Union Seeking Nominations:
JEFF FURMAN AWARD FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN BUSINESS to be presented at the Credit Union's Annual Meeting 5/16. "The Furman Award for Social Responsibility is given to honor a local business or person that successfully incorporates social responsibility in their operations." Letters of nomination to: Elizabeth Fattaruso, Alternatives Federal Credit Union, 301 West State Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 or Elizabeth Deadline 4/30

"CLINGMANSDOME" is WINNER of gift certificate for Ben & Jerry's pint. Reply by 4/30 to claim.

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FREE MUSIC AT AUTUMN LEAVES CAFE 115 Commons 6:30pm:
* 4/18 Robert Hoyt: environmentalist
* 4/25 Cielle
* 5/2 Tom Covelli
* 5/9 Kristi Martel

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EDITOR: paul5glover@yahoo.com

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