On Friday, June 19th, a rally called “Decriminalize, Demilitarize, Decarcerate Tompkins” was held at the Bernie Milton Pavilion in downtown Ithaca. Speakers and artists addressed local injustices within the criminal justice system, including incarceration, the court system, immigrant detention and policing. The rally was held on Juneteenth, which commemorates the June 19th 1865 announcement of…

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The coronavirus crisis has highlighted and exacerbated long-standing, racial and social inequities. Now, the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others have ignited renewed outrage and mobilization against systemic racism, oppression, and police violence. What can we learn from past struggles, and how can we build a strategy for dismantling the systems that…

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Jessica Gosa, Executive Director of Foodnet Meals on Wheels, discusses how her organization is adapting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  She describes how Foodnet is changing its procedures to ensure the safety of its clients and its staff.  Gosa also talks about recent innovations in their operation, such as moving to a rotating schedule and creating…

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Juliana Garcia and Josh Dolan, two of the organizers of the Tompkins COVID-19 Mutual Aid Response Facebook Group, discuss what they and other activists are doing to assist local residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. They describe components of the Facebook Group and encourage folks to join whether they need assistance or would like to provide…

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A large group of stakeholders involved in some aspect of food policy came together on February 26 2020 for a community conversation to kick off the development of a food system plan for Tompkins County. The plan will be informed by all residents and will guide future actions by Tompkins County to improve food security…

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Foodnet Meals on Wheels is a local organization which provides both food and nutrition services to older individuals living in Tompkins County. Their services involve home delivery of hot meals throughout Ithaca, Groton, Trumansburg, and Lansing. Foodnet Executive Director, Jessica Gosa, recently spoke to WRFI News Director Michayla Savitt and News Contributor Pamela Tan on…

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