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

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

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

A DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS RALLY PLANNED IN UTICA MAY 1

by Sojourner Staff UTICA – On Monday, May 1 between 6 and 9 p.m., local citizens will hold a rally in support of immigrant rights and worker justice as part of national May Day actions. It will be held at the DeSales Center, 309 Genesee Street, Utica, across the street from Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute. Parking is available in the lot next to the building. The rally … Continue reading A DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS RALLY PLANNED IN UTICA MAY 1

Local Citizens Plan Silent Counter-demonstration at Tenney’s ‘Deplora-Ball’

Press Release NEW HARTFORD – Representative Claudia Tenney has refused to hold a public Town Hall on the grounds that such an event poses a security risk to her. Nonetheless, Representative Tenney and her supporters will be celebrating President Trump’s first 100 days in office in a New Hartford bar on Friday, April 28th. This event, to be held at Cavallo’s bar and restaurant in … Continue reading Local Citizens Plan Silent Counter-demonstration at Tenney’s ‘Deplora-Ball’

UC Students to March in Response to Campus Racism

by Sojourner Staff UTICA – Several actions are planned today, the final day of classes, on the campus of Utica College to protest racist incidents which have occurred this past semester, including the emergence of more racist graffiti yesterday. The actions are all under the umbrella of a broader event being called Love UC, Hate Racism. There will be a meeting in Duffy Plaza between 3:30 and 3:45 … Continue reading UC Students to March in Response to Campus Racism

Tenney Reverses Course on Town Halls

by Sojourner Staff WASHINGTON D.C. – Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney of New York’s 22nd Congressional District has decided to attend town hall events in the district, reversing a decision, echoed by most Republican lawmakers, to avoid such engagements. According to Town Hall Project, only 19 Republican representatives and senators had planned to meet with constituencies in town hall events as of February 17th. Rep. Tenney, in an … Continue reading Tenney Reverses Course on Town Halls