Sunday, 02 February 2014 16:00
By Joe Romano,
On Jan. 20, at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration Committee presented their annual luncheon, an event that recognizes the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year's theme was "The Curse of Poverty Has No Justification." Kirby Edmonds, a Dorothy Cotton Institute senior fellow and program coordinator, presented the clear and inspiring keynote address, "How We Can Create a Socially Just Local Economy." Kirby cited specifics about poverty and the lack of opportunity in our community and offered simple ways we can all get involved.
Well-known for his work in the community, Kirby has collaborated for many years with staff, managers, and Council at GreenStar. The luncheon, which continues to be free and open to all, also featured performances by Trece, Cal Walker, and John Simon. GreenStar has always taken an active role in planning the event, as it coincides with our "A Day On, Not a Day Off" drive, which donates all of GreenStar's profits for the day to the planning committee.
This year's luncheon was organized by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Center for Transformative Action, Cornell Public Service Center, SLECA and Cornell Dining, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, GreenStar Cooperative Market, GreenStar Community Projects, Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs, and various community members.
Sunday, 05 January 2014 12:25
Thursday, 02 January 2014 21:43
We have lost one of the world's passionate defenders of the right to food. ... Mandela understood that a hungry man, woman or child could not be truly free.
— General José Graziano da Silva, Director, Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.
By Joe Romano, Marketing Manager
As we enter the new year, many of us at GreenStar have resolutions to keep. Perhaps we wish to be more effective or more efficient people than we have been to date. Perhaps, like many, we have feasted through the holiday season and are ready to lose some weight. While we look forward with resolve to a new year, we are usually moved to do better by the events of the last.
In 2013, as the holiday season unfolded, the world mourned the death of Nelson Mandela. We heard a lot about him, but most tellers shied from the full story, which is an important one.
It's possible that you heard about the death of Nelson Mandela, the revolutionary leader of the UmKhonto we Sizwe, an armed radical wing of the African National Congress, or ANC, which was associated with the South African Communist Party. After pleading guilty to 156 separate acts of public violence and terrorism, Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years of his life. While in prison and after his release he openly aligned himself with Fidel Castro in Cuba, Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, Libya's Muammar Gadhaffi, Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and other dictators.
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5:30 Social engagement, Dinner, Tabling
6:40 President's Report with Committee Updates
6:55 Member Forum Report
7:05 General Manager's Report
7:15 Food Justice Video
7:35 Referendum Presentation, Pro/Con Statements, Q&A
8:10 Thanks and Closing
8:15 Dessert and Clean-up...