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Coronavirus Update, November 23, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | November 23, 2020

A press release issued by The Tompkins County Health Department Friday is alerting the public of a potential COVID-19 exposure…

Local nonprofit Rejoice the Vote announces art contest winners

Votes have been cast but the results of the 2020 elections still being challenged. We're ready, though, to congratulate some real winners: the winners of the Rejoice the Vote art contest: Zoriana, Yi Nan, and Charlie Sue. This contest challenged young artists to create work that inspires people, especially young people, and reminds them that their vote is a powerful tool despite efforts at suppression; promotes the movement to lower the legal voting age to sixteen; and highlights youth activists (historical or contemporary) who fought and continue to fight for voting rights, especially for our youngest citizens.

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Here are the latest announcements and opportunities to get involved in WRFI, follow along with us on this journey of serving Ithaca and Watkins Glen with community radio. We love hearing from you! Contact us anytime. 

WRFI Adapts to the Pandemic

By Felix Teitelbaum

On March 15, as the New York response to the coronavirus began to take form, we shut the station to all volunteers and the public. With over 80 active volunteers and countless guests, interns, and community members coming through the station on any given day, the risk was just too high to stay fully open. …

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Radio for the Revolution – Support Your Community Station TODAY

By Felix Teitelbaum

So much has happened since I last wrote to you. But, with so many crises facing our communities and the world, WRFI has strived to rise to the occasion. From bolstering our steadfast commitment to local and independent news, to introducing our new Town Hall Meetings, to producing socially-distanced radio from our DJ living rooms,…

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WRFI Hires Assistant General Manager

By Felix Teitelbaum

Since I was hired in 2014 as WRFI’s first employee, it’s been my honor to serve the station as (more or less) it’s only administrative staff person. We’ve come a long way in that time, but there’s so much more we can become than one part-time employee can realistically manage–especially given the major undertakings before…

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Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp Protest in Washington, D.C.

By WRFI News Staff | January 24, 2014

On Saturday, January 11th, activists gathered in Washington, D.C. in the pouring rain to mark the twelfth anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. WRFI’s Ute Ritz-Deutch was there to record the event; the following are excerpts from that recording. Production assistance provided by John Illingworth.

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January 16th, 2014 – Wadie Said – An Interview with WRFI’s Chantal Thomas

By WRFI News Staff | January 16, 2014

Wadie Said, Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law,  speaks with WRFI’s Chantal Thomas about the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, the government’s failure to close the facility, and the challenges the government faces in repatriating those detainees cleared for release.

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January 13th, 2014 – Sandra Steingraber and Krys Cail – An Interview with WRFI’s Theresa Alt

By WRFI News Staff | January 13, 2014

WRFI’s Theresa Alt talks with Sandra Steingraber and Krys Cail en route to the anti-fracking, pro-renewables rally in Albany last week. The rally was held on the occasion of Governor Cuomo’s 2014 State of the State address.

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WRFI News – January 9th, 2014 – Chrys Gardener, Community Horticulture Educator, CCE Tompkins

By WRFI News Staff | January 9, 2014

WRFI’s Samuel Whitehead speaks with Chrys Gardener, Community Horticulture Educator for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County about the Free Seed Cabinets and Seed Swap 2014.

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Gino Bush on the Tompkins County Jail Expansion, Poverty, Criminality, and Racism in Our Community

By WRFI News Staff | November 19, 2013

WRFI Speaks to Gino Bush about the Tompkins County jail expansion, poverty, criminality, and racism. Opportunities, Alternatives, and Resources (OAR) – http://www.oartompkins.com Stop the Jail Expansion Coalition, Tompkins County – https://www.facebook.com/StopTCJailExpansion Tompkins County Workerss’ Center – http://www.tcworkerscenter.org/

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Local Activists Speak out about the Tompkins County Jail Expansion

By WRFI News Staff | November 15, 2013

Check out this full report on the prison situation in New York state from the Center for Constitutional Rights. http://www.prisonpolicy.org/scans/ImpactsofJailExpansion_NYS.pdf “There has been dramatic growth in the number of people held in local jails in New York State in the last de- cade, with the total capacity of jails in upstate New York and Long…

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