Browsing: Activism

Ithaca College junior Joe Cruz speaks on being both an activist and an ally: a Mexican-American advocating for the rights of a community that he feels at once connected to and removed from. “I needed to take action.” After hearing of the deportation of Jose Guzman-Lopez last spring, a Mexican immigrant in Ithaca, New York (which had declared itself a sanctuary city), Joe Cruz felt compelled to take immediate action in advocating for the rights of immigrants and Latin Americans in the United States. Being from the border state of Texas, Cruz is all too familiar with deportation incidents, but…

It is the second Monday of October, the banks are closed, no mail has been delivered, Columbus Day is not the holiday the city of Ithaca is celebrating. Instead, it is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. If you need a refresher on the debate behind Christopher Columbus and the controversy surrounding the holiday, watch the video from Comedy Central’s Adam Ruins Everything show below. On Sept. 7 the Ithaca City Common Council unanimously voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of Columbus Day. The change came about due to a growing desire from the community to recognize native peoples’ history in North America. Attendees…

Written by Celisa Calacal It was an unseasonably cold Earth Day on April 22 — a chill came over the Ithaca area, blanketing the small city in temperatures just around the mid-40s and breaking from a week that saw semi-warm temperatures fluctuate little between high-50s and low-60s. But this dip in temperature became a sign of the effects of climate change and an appropriate symbol for the March for Science, an event that brought thousands of people together across the world in support of combating climate change and supporting scientific research and facts grounded in reality. Hundreds gathered on The…

Tucked away in Brooklyn is a colorful mural that celebrates the Latinx experience in and throughout the five boroughs of New York. Behind the mural are the offices of Mixteca, a non-profit organization that helps Mexican and Latin-American immigrants by providing them access to services that give people who have just arrived in the United States, or need help settling, in the resources to do so. These offices have become the headquarters for La Marcha de Mayo, a pro-immigrant protest that seeks to celebrate Latinx culture and diversity and break stereotypes. This march, like many others, came as a reaction…

Podcast: Ithaca Area Hunting and Conservation Meetup Group Podcast Cosmo Genova is an activist himself, as he runs a group called the Ithaca Area Hunting and Conservation Meetup Group, which gets people involved with hunting and fishing and to give them space to learn and congregate. First, Genova contacted an organization called “Get Your GreenBack Tompkins,” which deals with sustainability. Genova said he reached out to them to start a mentorship program and community meetup group. “Part of their idea of sustainability is the idea of people hunting and harvesting their own game and fish,” Genova said. Genova was selected to…