Economic and Human Rights :

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WESPAC promotes Economic Justice through promoting fair trade year round and helping to organize the annual Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival in White Plains. We also partner with the Wassaic Community Farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) http://wassaiccommunityfarm.com. WESPAC is an active member of the Hudson Valley Fair Economy Coalition that meets monthly at the Union Hall in Port Chester, and we have taken a lead role in promoting a public bank for the State of New York. To get involved, please contact the office at 914.449.6514 or by email at [email protected]

A big thank you to all who attended our community harvest dinner on Monday.  By all accounts, it was a memorable evening as we transition now to the holiday season.  A special thank you to Professor Tracy Basile at Pace University who brought Micmac elder Evan Pritchard with her as well as the students in her Food Revolution class.  We all appreciated Doug’s presentation that expressed a spiritual dimension to our life and work and relationship with the life around us, the plants and the food we eat. harvest dinner final

We announced that the next WESPAC Food Justice Planning Committee meeting will take place on Thursday, December 17th, at 7pm in the WESPAC office.  People may ask – what is food justice?  One definition that we are comfortable with is: Food Justice means communities exercising their right to grow, sell, and eat healthy food. Healthy food is fresh, nutritious, affordable, culturally-appropriate, and grown locally with care for the well-being of the land, workers, and animals. Our collective food justice work can lead to a strong local food system, self-reliant communities, and a healthy environment.

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Fair Trade Festival

FreeSpeech

The Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia invites you to this important conversation:

Thursday, November 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Ethical Culture Society of Westchester
7 Saxon Wood Rd.
White Plains, NY 10605

 

(Ample, free parking available –
bus #60 stops on  nearby Mamaroneck Ave.)

Recent events raise complex questions about how we define freedom of expression and where we consider imposing (more…)

The Past, Present, and Future of Community Planning

For Fair and Affordable Housing
in Westchester

 A WESPAC Foundation / CSEA Roundtable / Planners Network Forum

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Saturday, October 24, 1pm

CSEA Local 860

595 W. Hartsdale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10607 (more…)

Farmworker Justice

 

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Refugees

Refugees: A Call to Action by the Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley Community

As the tides of refugees from war in the Middle East literally wash ashore in Europe, we are witness to human tragedy of unfathomable proportions. In a world where governments wage wars that result in the displacement of tens of millions of people, we as human beings face a responsibility and a real opportunity to do the right thing. We welcome the tired, the poor the hungry and endangered to our country and community.  We cannot be witness and not take action.  All around the country, municipalities and local communities are calling for the United States of America to open wide the doors to the refugees, and are ready to welcome refugee families into their communities.   We in the Westchester, Rockland and Hudson Valley Community join in the call for action to save and welcome refugees as follows: (more…)

We are writing to invite you all to see our new space located on the fourth floor of the Westchester Arts Council building in downtown White Plains
at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue on Monday, July 20th from 1pm to 5pm.

Felice and Yoram Gelman are currently visiting Cuba with Code Pink.  Mindy Gershon and Dave Lippman traveled to Cuba in January with a delegation studying the new wave of non-agricultural cooperatives. They bring a multimedia presentation on the promises and challenges of this movement for Cuban society. As background, they examine the difficulties Cuba faces overall on the economic, political, and cultural fronts.  Tuesday, May 19th at 6pm at the Mapleton Conference Center at Good Counsel located at 52 North Broadway.  Bring a dish to share:

Cuba report back

Womyn in the Movement