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WESPAC connects organizations, people and issues across all divisions, recognizing that we cannot win a better world if we stay divided. WESPAC promotes movement building through regular potlucks that bring people together to share food, knowledge and build relationships. WESPAC has developed a Speakers Bureau that can provide effective speakers on a variety of current social justice issues. WESPAC is an active member of a number of local coalitions including: the Hudson Valley Fair Economy Coalition, the Hudson Valley Community Coalition and the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform.
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We will be joined by Cynthia Williams, a 2015 Beyond the Bars of Justice Fellow at Columbia University, who spent time in a federal facility and who will speak about how arbitrary and dehumanizing the system is, how she coped and how people end up in solitary confinement. She will also speak about the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement and will inspire us to get involved and to effect positive change.
This event is free and open to the public. WESPAC has 10 copies of the book Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement in our office that are available now ahead of the event for people to read and become more familiar with this issue. Please call to arrange pick up. The United Nations has defined solitary confinement as a form of torture. Free will offerings to support Cynthia and this work will be requested. For more information, call 914.449.6514 or email [email protected].
Hi Nada,Thank you for helping to spread the word about Good Food Farmers – we really appreciate it!Please feel free to be in touch with any questions!Many thanks,Hilary————-Good Food Farmers Network is comprised of small-scale and beginning farmers anchored by more experienced growers committed to regenerative agriculture. We work hard to produce and deliver the best quality foods grown with the highest standards of care for the earth and all who inhabit it. We welcome your support and the opportunity to grow food for you!A few Good Food Farmers highlights:
- We are farmer-owned and farmer-led – a farmer cooperative in essence but not quite structured that way yet – all purchases directly support our farms.
- Our commitment to producing and delivering good food is unwavering. All our foods are incredibly fresh, grown and harvested with great care, and produced without pesticides, w
ithout synthetic fertilizers, without genetically modified organisms, and with the highest degree of animal welfare and environmental stewardship.
- You pay by the week (there’s a $45 order minimum to help make sure we’re covering our delivery costs), and you can cancel if needed.
- You can put your delivery on hold anytime, whether you’re going out of town or simply feel overwhelmed by the bounty of the seasons.
- When you sign up, you pick a Farmer’s Choice default bag. Each week, we choose items for the default bags based on what’s looking good in the fields. We announce the items in the Weekly e-Newsletter sent out on Fridays each week. If you do nothing, you will receive the default bag. But, you can also log-in to your online account and completely customize your order if desired. We have 35+ items available each week during the winter months and 65+ items during the main growing season, so there’s lots of flexibility to build a bag that suits you. About half of our members choose to customize, and about half choose to get the default bag, often remarking that they like the mix of seasonal items and don’t want to bother customizing. Either way, it’s up to you! The order deadline for holds and customizing is Sunday nights at 11:59 pm.
- We deliver to Mt. Kisco each week with pickup at the Khader Center available each Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm. We also offer home and office delivery in some parts of lower Westchester from Pelham to White Plains and neighborhoods in between.Thank you for your interest, and we are happy to answer any questions whether technical or simply to learn more about us and all of our farms. Please feel free to be in touch!– Hilary, on behalf of all your Good Food FarmersHilary CorsunDog Wood Farm& GFF Coordinator518-821-4282 farm officec/o Dog Wood Farm, 85 Hartigan Road, Old Chatham, NY 12136Good Food Farmers is farmer-owned and works to support sustainable agriculture and small-scale and beginning farmers by delivering good food into the hands of more people.
“Every now and again a literary work changes the way people think. Abulhawa…has crafted a brilliant first novel about Palestine… [This] intensely beautiful fictionalized history… should be read by both politicians and those interested in contemporary politics.” – Library Journal
“This complex story is beautifully told… The perspective is brutal, yet ultimately not without hope… [Abulhawa] draws us into the nightmare of her heroine’s existence with convincing passion.” – Historical Novels Review
“Illuminating and deeply moving, Abulhawa’s epic resonates with compassion…You can’t ask more of historical fiction.” – Brooklyn Rail
“Abulhawa’s pathos and mastery enables the reader to taste, smell and grasp the chronicles of Palestine as if one is actually there… Lovely and heartrending, this story is a must-read for those who wish to not only understand the catastrophe of the Palestinians with their heads but with their hearts.” – Palestine Chronicle
“Winner of the USA Book News Best Books Award” –
THE PEOPLE’S TOWN HALL-
EMPLOYEE EARNED SICK TIME IN WESTCHESTER NY
Does this sound familiar? You’re in line at a coffee shop waiting for your order and the sever working behind the counter is coughing and wiping a runny nose and you think to yourself “Great, now I’m going to get sick, why doesn’t this person just stay home”. Well, it’s likely, because they are one of the 36% of Westchester workers that don’t have employer paid sick leave.
When so many workers in Westchester don’t have paid sick leave they: come to work sick, send their children to school sick, and ultimately increase the chances of getting us all sick. In 2018, we can change that by supporting a new law proposed by the Westchester County Legislators that provides Employee Earned Sick Time for workers. New York City has already passed such a law and has seen many benefits to workers, employers and the community.
You’re invited to take part in a People’s Town Hall to learn, discuss and comment on the benefits and challenges in passing: Employee Earned sick Time in Westchester NY.
Who: WESPAC & the Community/Labor Coalition for Employee Earned Sick Time
What: The People’s Town Hall – Subject Matter Experts, a Panel made up of Community, Labor, Education, Healthcare & Small Business, Elected Public Servants, & the Community.
Where: Yonkers Riverfront Library
When: Jan 16th Tuesday 2017, 5:30pm – 7:15pm
RSVP- Joe Mayhew cell 914-374-6848 email [email protected]
Supporters for the Westchester County Employee Earned Sick Time Law
Congregation B’nai Yisrael, CWA Local 1103, Encephalitis Global, Inc, Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, Irvington Activists, Local 1 IUEC, Lower Hudson Valley Progressive Action Network, Mamaroneck High School Young Democrats, New York County Democratic Committee, New York State Nurses Assoc, Safe Energy Rights Group, Inc., Sustainable Port Chester Alliance, Transit Workers Union, WESPAC, Westchester for Change, Westchester National Organization for Women, Westchester/Putnam Central Labor Body, Westchester-Putnam Working Families Party
Please let us know if you appreciate the role that WESPAC continues to play in our area and beyond. Now more than ever, we need to keep WESPAC strong as we promote peace and justice for generations to come.
Secure online contributions can be made here: https://wespac.org/donat
Checks made payable to WESPAC can be mailed to: WESPAC, 77 Tarrytown Rd, Ste 2W, White Plains, NY 10607
Forward and onward we march.
Online Tickets Available Here for Purchase: https://tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=2028
Palestinian – what images come to your mind…
A hilarious comic who has been the headliner at shows at both New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and has performed around the country and internationally to sold-out audiences?
Do you think of young boys and girls, dressed in elaborate costumes, swirling in precision as they perform the classic Palestinian folk dance of Dabke?
Or maybe, the beautifully intricate and delicate traditional embroidery that has long graced the clothes of Palestinians and has recently become the inspiration for couture and hip fashion alike?
No, this isn’t what immediately pops into your thoughts. We understand. Unfortunately, the long and rich cultural history of Palestine has long been overshadowed by other images portrayed in the media.
We aim to change that and we need your help!
MADE IN PALESTINE, a one- night event planned for Sunday, Nov. 19th at the Tarrytown Music Hall, will showcase the beautiful and light-hearted side of Palestine.
WESPAC Foundation, a leading force for progressive social change in Westchester since 1974, has long advocated for a just and lasting peace to the Israel/Palestine conflict. We are aware that many Americans know little of the multi-faceted cultural heritage of Palestine – the music, the food, the art and the struggle to have their narrative understood. We will highlight aspects of this rich culture and, we hope, leave you hungry to learn more.
We are so excited that comedian and author Amer Zahr will headline MADE IN PALESTINE. Palestinian American Performance Poet Remi Kenazi and a NJ Palestinian folkloric dabke dance troupe will open the show. Authentic food will be served and fair-trade artisan gifts and products from Palestine will be available for purchase.
We are seeking financial support from the Social Justice and the Arab-Palestinian community and others to underwrite this exciting opportunity. We hope that you will support this event by choosing one of the sponsorship options listed below. I will call you in a few days to discuss this invitation and share more details about the show and how you might like to become involved.
We hope you will join us in what will surely be a fun and entertaining evening with important, long-lasting effects.
MADE IN PALESTINE
6 VIP tickets and listing in program
Sponsor $ 500
4 VIP tickets and listing in program
Friend $ 250
2 VIP tickets and listing in program
Supporter $ 100
Listing in Program
Front inside cover $ 750
Back outside cover $ 750
Back inside cover $ 300
Full-page $ 150
Half-page $ 100
Quarter-page $ 75
Business card $ 50
Name as you would like it to appear in listing:
Please send Black and White Graphic for Ad by November 3rd, 2017
TO: WESPAC Foundation
77 Tarrytown Road, 2W
White Plains, NY 10607