Photos from Utica’s World Refugee Day 2017 Celebration

by Sojourner Staff UTICA – Saturday was the city’s second annual celebration for World Refugee Day. Held at City Hall, the event began with speeches by administrators at the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees and elected officials Joe Griffo (R), of the State Senate, Anthony Brindisi (D), of the State Assembly, and Oneida County legislature. The even also featured a naturalization ceremony of 18 new … Continue reading Photos from Utica’s World Refugee Day 2017 Celebration

25th Annual Civil War Weekend Begins with Screening of ‘Union Bound’

by Smithfield Community Association PETERBORO – On Friday June 9, at 7 PM, the film Union Bound will be introduced by both its director and producer and screened at the Smithfield Community Center at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road in Peterboro. The movie opens the 25th Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend. The weekend is an educational and fund-raising event for the Smithfield Community Association (501c3) in Peterboro. Admission … Continue reading 25th Annual Civil War Weekend Begins with Screening of ‘Union Bound’

Local Family Broken Up by ICE: Father on Path to Deportation

by Sojourner Staff UTICA – A father, soccer coach, and Utica resident Ricky Morgan was separated from his family on June 5th during a routine check-in with ICE and will now be deported to Jamaica. Family members, community members and local activists are struggling to come to terms with this sudden, grim reality. Over the last few months, a broad coalition of organizations, including ICE-Free … Continue reading Local Family Broken Up by ICE: Father on Path to Deportation

Utica to Celebrate World Refugee Day 2017

by Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees UTICA – The Mohaek Valley Resource Center for Refugees and Fidels Care invite the public to join them in celebrating World Refugee Day on Saturday, June 17th at Hanna Park at Utica City Hall from 12 PM until 4 PM. Utica, a city known as “The Town that Loves Refugees”, is an especially appropriate place to commemorate refugees’ … Continue reading Utica to Celebrate World Refugee Day 2017

Upcoming at OCHC: A Journey of 7,611 Miles

by Oneida County History Center UTICA – Bhutan is a multicultural country whose people speak a variety of languages and was a place of relative tranquility until the mid-1980s. The government’s adoption of the ‘One Nation, One People Policy’ displaced more than 100,000 Bhutanese Nepali whose language, culture, and traditions differed from those of the Buddhist ruling elites.  Bhutan effectively started forcing all Lhotshampas out … Continue reading Upcoming at OCHC: A Journey of 7,611 Miles

The Big Conversation Series Kicks Off With Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn

by The Other Side UTICA – Bill Ayers, retired Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar from the University of Illinois at Chicago, founder of Small Schools Workshop, the Center for Youth and Society, and, in the 1960’s in his opposition to US involvement in Vietnam, co-founder of Weather Underground, and his wife and co-activist, Bernardine Dohrn, will be featured speakers at The Other … Continue reading The Big Conversation Series Kicks Off With Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn

Getting a Sense of Class Consciousness

by Justin Thompson I have a confession to make—–Karl Marx still has relevance in 2017. Call me crazy, call me a socialist, call me whatever you want. The United States has an unhealthy obsession with wealth, status, and prestige. Going to school we are told if we graduate high school; we will land a big job. We are then told to go to college and … Continue reading Getting a Sense of Class Consciousness

Brindisi to Sponsor Town Hall on American Health Care Act

Source: nyassembly.gov ROME – Amidst calls to his office concerning healthcare and the limited public forums being offered to discuss it, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi will host a town hall meeting where area residents can pass along their concerns about proposed changes to the health care system. The Town Hall takes place Wednesday, May 17th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 … Continue reading Brindisi to Sponsor Town Hall on American Health Care Act

Upcoming: Akiko Rsuru-Joe Magnarelli Quartet at The Other Side

by Sojourner Staff On Friday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. The Other Side gallery and community space in South Utica presents the Akiko Tsuruga-Joe Magnarelli Quartet. The evening’s performers are as follows: Akiko Tsuruga, Hammond organ Joe Magnarelli, trumpet Mike Dubaniewicz, saxophone Mike Melito drums Tickets are $15, $8 for students To reserve call 315-735-4825 or email kodomenico@verizon.net or stop by at Cafe Domenico, 2011 … Continue reading Upcoming: Akiko Rsuru-Joe Magnarelli Quartet at The Other Side

Sanctuary Cities VS Political Goonery

by Meaghan Curley Arguments against sanctuary cities and their policies to help undocumented immigrants from the leering threat of overzealous ICE agents and their obsequious county jailers are followed: “Well, if the illegals didn’t break the law then they have nurthin’ to fear” “This is America: Either follow the law or kick rocks somewhere else with less freedom” “If an illegal immigrant, or any non-citizen, … Continue reading Sanctuary Cities VS Political Goonery