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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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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Local volunteers are sewing face masks in response to shortages of protective gear for health care providers, people in the service sector and community members from COVID-19. Here we speak with three people in the community who have been organizing these efforts: Carol O’Driscoll, Director of Surgical Services at Cayuga Medical Center, Ithaca Mask Makers…

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Tompkins County and Cayuga Health have opened a new COVID-19 testing center, according to the Ithaca Times. The center is located in portable structures in the parking lot of The Shops at Ithaca Mall. It is replacing the COVID-19 testing center on Craft Road. Anyone can pre-register for testing at www.cayugahealth.org or by calling (607)…

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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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