Thursday, April 14, 2005

Binghamton, NY this weekend: Robert McChesney; Empowering Women to Run for Office; Bounce: Fundraiser for Veterans Services Center

If you're in the Binghamton, NY area this weekend, Lily passes on this from Binghampton IMC
(author of the announcements is Binghampton IMC's Tarik M. Abdelazim):

FRIDAY. Book discussion of The Problem with the Media and Rich Media, Poor Democracy, both by Robert McChesney. BCC, Decker 201, 2 PM. With Bill Huston of Binghamton Indymedia.
"Taking Your place at the Table: Empowering Women to Run for Office. South Hills Presbyterian Church in Vestal, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM. This event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Broome & Tioga Counties and the Binghamton/Broome County YWCA. Keynote speakers will be Barbara Paoletti, Deputy Broome County Election Commissioner, and Phyllis Blackman, Tioga County Election Commissioner. Panelists include Suzann Buchta, Broome County Legislator; Sharon Exley, Town of Dickinson Council member; Ursula Hambalek, Vestal School Board; Donna Lupardo, New York Assembly; and Carol Sweeney, Town of Owego Supervisor. A $5 fee covers materials and refreshments (no one will be turned away for inability to pay).
"Bounce: Fundraiser for Veterans Services Center." Oakdale Mall, 9 AM - 9 PM. A basketball can not bounce itself--and neither can a veteran bounce back from tragedy alone. Come out and join the Veteran Services Center (VSC) in this symbolic event to raise awareness as well as funds so that we may continue to help local Veterans live healthier and happier lives. Strong community support is needed to keep the VSC from closing its doors this summer. Please join The VSC, various dignataries, and community members as we will be bouncing a basketball continuously for 12 hours. Here is a great opportunity to show your support for our troops, past and present. For more information, contact VSC: 771.8373 or visit

All our events are worth noting (and there are additional events) but I'd be most tempted by Robert McChesney's discussion. Our Media, Not Theirs (a book McChesney coauthored with John Nichols -- who writes for The Nation) always ends up on my coffee table, if I'm not pulling it off the shelves, someone else is.

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