Butterflies for Justice

Butterflies for Justice was an event on October 25th that invited students and community members to join in a public art project to show support for migrants, immigrants, and refugees.  We decorated paper butterflies to be hung in a populated space on IC campus. For many people around the world, butterflies are a symbol for immigrant rights. This event was in partnership with Ithaca Murals inspired by art by San Francisco artist Patricia Rose and Oakland artist Favianna Rodriguez.

Check out this article and video on the event written by GIULIA VILLANUEVA LÓPEZ

http://www.ithacaweek-ic.com/butterflies-for-justice-a-symbol-of-the-beauty-of-migration/?fbclid=IwAR0ONq52KUUGh-0phPZ536tswaeKgERjyg3Jm73eTxA0I1H8TvTPc8CcS3Q

Hurricane Maria Relief Fundraising for Puerto Rico

Dear Friends and Family,

I run an organization at school called Futures. It’s a social activist group founded in the ideals of empathy, perspective taking and mindfulness all while promoting the idea that the youth has the power to challenge and change our future. Daily, we witness young adults who are passionate about social change and want to make a difference. Our goal is to tap the passions of those people and inspire them to use their voice as a college student to shape our future, as well as create a safe space for dialogue about uncomfortable issues.

This semester I am embarking on a project that also motivates me from a personal perspective. As all of you know, Hurricane Maria absolutely ravaged the island of Puerto Rico. Already plagued by imperialism and financial strain, Puerto Rico had to start from the ground up. Despite no longer being in the news, the island is still in disarray. Schools and hospitals still have no power, many residents have no access to clean water, and because the island is under jurisdiction of the U.S., they have to receive emergency relief funds from the government. Think about this: the U.S. has an imperialistic relationship to Puerto Rico, they have a representative in congress but that representative cannot vote. The 2016 Promesa Act declared that Puerto Rico was not a commonwealth, but merely a piece of land under congress’ possession. Because of this, congress consistently gives Puerto Rico less federal funding than states.

Another startling fact: the state with the lowest median household income is Mississippi, coming in at $40,593. Puerto Rico’s median household income is $18,626.

Puerto Rico still needs help and will for a long time to come. As an organization that wants to give back and support those in need, we are hoping we can count on our friends and family to donate, however little or much, toward this cause and help build back Puerto Rico. Every little bit makes a difference.

We have started a community fund under the Futures brand on The Hispanic Federation website. The Hispanic Federation is the same donation resource used by other prominent New Yorkers such as Lin-Manuel Miranda. Every dollar counts and 100% of the funds will go towards helping the people of Puerto Rico.

Feel free to contact me by email, text or give me a call if you have questions regarding the Futures organization or Puerto Rico itself. My number is 862-485-8820 and my email is cyohannan@ithaca.edu.

The link to the donation page is here:

https://hispanicfederation.org/support/unidos_community?form_id=MTAx

Thank you again for your time and donation. Together, we have the power to make change.

Sincerely,


Calvin Yohannan

Futures E-Board Member

Ithaca College 2019

Guided Meditation Workshop

These meditation seminars were intro experiences to the benefits of mindfulness meditation and how it fits into the student experience today. We talked about the practice of meditation, the context of it in our society now, the science of meditation and then we actually meditated. The intention was the help other students uncover the benefits of having a meditational practice each day, spending time sitting peacefully and paying attention to their body, mind and breath.

by Mike Moritz

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Reviva

The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is just that, we are a movement that believes our country is in a deep moral crisis, and that our system is in need of restructuring. We hope to change the narratives surrounding poverty, and to highlight how the four evils of racism, poverty, the war economy, and ecological devastations are systematically upheld by capitalism. This May, our organization will launch a 40 Days of Action campaign. People from all over the country will be gathering at their state capitals to participate in Non-Violent Moral Direct Action, Political Education, and Arts and Culture events. In the words of the movement's original founder, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "There can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution; that is a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution of weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapon of warfare. Then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world."

PPC website: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/

PPC Ithaca College Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ppcithacacollege/

Link to Ithacan Article: https://theithacan.org/news/poor-peoples-campaign-promotes-activism-at-ithaca-college/

Personal contact: d.rivero2199@gmail.com

Social Media

Instagram: @Daniela Rivero

Twitter: @_DanielaRivero


Southside day of Action

On Saturday, April 22, Southside Community Center held a Community Day of Action where the Ithaca College Futures club was the main bunch of volunteers. This is the first project that the I.C. social activism organization has done and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. About 25 members from Futures helped conduct a trash sweep, mural painting and setting up for the main portion of the day. Futures Club came together in January of this year, dedicated to rallying up students who care, talking to the youth and conquering slactivism (talking about the issues and never actually doing anything about them). At the beginning of the semester the members split up into four groups: Environment, Women’s Rights as Human Rights, Health and Education. A project the Education group wished to conduct was a hands-on activity about recycling, which they promptly did using plastic bottles as pots for plants.

By Kylee Roberts

https://www.kyleeroberts.com/single-post/2017/04/22/IC-Futures-Conducts-First-Action-at-Southside-Community-Center