Friday, September 21, 2007

Rochester Poets Free Speech Zone

Thursday night readings, performances & rants
continued without interruption at The House of Hamez
(the former Daily Perks), 389 Gregory St. 281-7367.

The Pure Kona series moved to Mondays at Boulder
Coffee. The Free Speech Zone series is co-hosted by poet Frank Judge & musician Ed Downey. 8-11 pm. Free admission. Stop on by. To join the mailing list, email

Free Speech Week is Oct. 15-21st this year

Women in Black


We stand in solidarity with those
mourning loss of life on both sides
of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict.

Come join us the second and fourth Fridays at 12 Corners
in Brighton
(Winton, Monroe, and Elmwood).
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Friday, September 28
Friday, October 12
Friday, October 26
Friday, November 9

Please bring signs, and bring concerned friends.We invite participants to wear black to show solidarity with those mourning their losses.


Hank Stone
(Elaine Johnson, Convenor of Women in Black, is out of town.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Golisano College Game Day Thursday

Thursday, September 20, 2007
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Bldg. 70 Atrium

Help us celebrate the launch of our brand new BS degree in Game Design & Development!

Challenge your gaming skills with the best!
Tournaments with walk-in registration!
Demos of Golisano student built games!
Other great games to play!
Great prizes!
Lots of fun!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Friends Helping Friends 1st year anniversary

333 Child Street, Rochester

A year after purchasing and opening our thrift store & food cupboard facility... we're still here and celebrating our first year. We'll be barbecuing and having a great blow-out fund raising sale! Come down and pay us a visit.

”Hollywood Al & the Mix” will be performing live music & we'll also be featuring a debut performance from Andrew Stankevich as “Henry the Hobo clown” to be making balloon animals and painting faces.

If you haven't been down to check out the store... please do!

Andrew Stankevich
Friends Helping Friends

Friday, September 14, 2007

Undocumented Immigrants - Saturday 9/15

Saturday Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to noon
at NYSUT Hall, 30 North Union Street

"Undocumented Immigrants: Restrictions, Rights and Reprimands"
A community forum

These questions will be addressed: Should we restrict undocumented immigrant labor? What rights, if any, are due undocumented immigrant workers? What penalties, if any, ought we impose on employers of undocumented immigrant workers?

Presenters: Jim Schmidt, Farmworker Legal Services; Aaron Hilger, Builders’ Exchange; Jim Vandervoort, Laborers Local 435; Gary Pudup, ACLU.

Join us! This program will help you understand important issues which affect us all. These long time union officials and legal experts will also answer your questions.

Labyrinth Walk - International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace - September 21
Interfaith Outdoor Labyrinth Walk
At Christ Church in Rochester, New York
141 East Ave. (Corner of Broadway)

As part of a global movement to seek peace, a local group will be building a labyrinth and will engage in related activities until 4pm. (for more about the international movement, look at )

10:30 a.m. -- Creation and blessing of a labyrinth
Open Labyrinth Walk until 4:00 p.m.
12:15 and 2:30 p.m. -- Group meditation for peace

Sponsored by Life Listening Resources and Project Empower ( and )

Please plan to attend all or part of this event. It is open to all people, all ages.
Questions/comments should be directed to: 256-3384

Friends Helping Friends

Thrift Store/Food Cupboard
333 Child St.
Rochester, NY 14611
date - ongoing

This is an organization that includes a thrift shop, a food pantry and other kinds of assistance and activities for the poor. It's located on Child St. between the 490W exit and Lyell Ave. They also have a bike shop on Hudson -- teaching bike repair and refurbishing/giving away bicycles to residents.

Andrew Stankevich
Friends Helping Friends
(585) 436-5605

Diakonia Leadership Institute

October 10-12, 2007
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
1100 S. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620

Guest Speakers:
Myra Brown, Spiritus Christi Church
Rev. Michael Russell, Jubilee Faith Community Lutheran Church
Valora Starr, Women of the ELCA

Workshops focusing on Program Planning, Community Organizing, Volunteer Recruitment, Telling Your Story, Poverty & Wealth and Many More!

Registration Fee: $25 includes meals, the brand new guidebook to addressing poverty issues from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Lazarus At the Gates), as well as a grantwriting textbook by Andy Robinson. Scholarships are available if the $25 is a barrier.

Contact Loretta Horton, Director for Poverty Ministries Networking
Phone: 1800-638-3522 ext. 2404 or

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sept. 11 - Peace Advocates Vigils

Peace Advocates Vigils - Stand for Peace in a time of War

Bring Them Home Now vigils on the first Thursday and third Wednesday in the morning, and the second Tuesday, in the evening, of each month.

Tuesday, September 11
First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road (4:30 - 6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 19
First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road (7:30 - 9 a.m.);
Park & Culver (7:30 - 8:30 a.m.)
Irondequoit United Church of Christ, 644 Titus - across from the House of Guitars (7:30 - 9 a.m.)

Thursday, October 4
First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road (7:30 - 9 a.m.);
Park & Culver (7:30 - 8:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, October 9
First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road (4:30 - 6:00 p.m.);
Downtown United Presbyterian Church and The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simone Cyrene, Fitzhugh & Broad (4:30 ˆ 6:00 p.m)

Wednesday, October 17
First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton Road (7:30 - 9 a.m.);
Park & Culver (7:30 - 8:30 a.m.)
Irondequoit United Church of Christ, 644 Titus ˆ across from the House of Guitars (7:30 - 9 a.m.)

Come and leave as it fits your schedule. The goal is to bring an awareness of the war into our daily lives, call for our troops to come home and witness for another approach to healing in Iraq.

We encourage the wider community to hold vigils in front of their places of worship, or work, or neighborhood, etc. - so that vigils will be all across the greater Rochester area at the same times each month. Let us know if you will work with us in this effort.

Others have already joined us in scheduling vigils. We welcome friends to stand with us at one of the (above) listed vigils; signs will be provided.

For more information email or call (585) 749-7121

UU PEACE ADVOCATES (Billboard locations listed on this site)

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Syracuse Anti-War Rally



"GET ON THE BUS !!! Join STUDENTS, SOLDIERS, VETERANS, and other ACTIVISTS in Syracuse, for an upstate rally:


Hosted by: Syracuse Peace Council and SEIU 1199
Organized by: Iraq Veterans Against the War ˆ Ft. Drum,
Campus Antiwar Network, and the Upstate NY Antiwar Network (a network of antiwar organizations from 12 Upstate NY cities)

) has buses. Seats cost $20 ($10 for low income or students) Reserve your seat with payment at the Antiwar Crisis Center Storefront, 658 Monroe Avenue, 585-271-2620 or email for more information.

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

first Monday of each month
Silent Vigil (meditation) for peace

The next vigil will be Monday, September 10, from 12 Noon to 1 pm, in front of the Federal Building, 100 State St., Rochester, NY. Please bring your own blanket, cushion and/or chair (and groundcloth or piece of plastic if it is wet). If you can't come for the full hour, please join
us for as long as you can.

This is an opportunity for us to publicly express a non-violent, compassionate, thoughtful alternative to aggression and conflict.

contact: Jay Thompson

Do you like nature photography??

Sierra Club Fall Festival And Fun Raiser -
Saturday, September 29th, 5pm – 9pm -- at Tay House*

Nature Discoveries: Pictures of a Lifetime
Featuring outstanding nature photos from around the world and talk by Peter Debes, naturalist.

Also see an advanced film trailer on Hemlock Lake from an upcoming movie.
Wine & cheese, light supper, desert & coffee, nature show all for only $10.
Have you ever wanted to see the Galapagos, the blue-crowned motmot of Trinidad, Sicily in Spring?

On Saturday, September 29th, Sierra Club will hold our annual fall festival and fund raiser featuring nature photos and a talk by Peter Debes, an outstanding nature photographer, naturalist and lecturer. Peter will not only show his breathtaking pictures shot during his many “Nature Discovery” expeditions to various parts of the world but he will also include educational and environmental commentaries and stories. The annual fall festival on Saturday, September 29th starts with wine, cheese, light supper, desert, coffee and friendly sharing with fellow environmentalists.

At about 6:15pm we will be treated to the first showing of a trailer from a film now in production on Conesus and Hemlock Lakes being shot by Chris Williams, local film maker. Following this Peter Debes will show his photos and give an educational talk. All this is only $10 per ticket or $25 for larger families. Wine, cheese, soft drinks, light supper starting at 5pm. Desert, coffee and shows start about 6:15pm.

Ticket information: Checks can be made out to Sierra Club and sent to PO Box 39516, Rochester, N.Y. 14604 or payment can be made at the door, but RSVP if paying at the door by calling Sierra Club 234-1056 to reserve your supper. -

* Directions to Tay House Lodge at Cobbs Hill Park -From South Winton Road: turn west toward the city at Temple Beth El (corner S. Winton and Hillside Ave.) Continue three blocks to School #1 on Hillside Ave. Tay House is behind the School. Parking available near Tay House. From Culver Road: Take Cobbs Hill Park road (Norris Drive) through Cobbs Hill Park. At the Monroe County Water Authority branch right on to Hillside Ave. and look for School #1. Tay House is behind School #1.

Frank J. Regan - Communications Chairperson and webmaster for the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club

Also, the Rochester Regional Group of the Sierra Club has a new phone voice mailbox. Call 585-234-1056 to leave a message. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Community Celebration

Wednesday, September 19th - 5:30 pm
the Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover St. at Highland Ave.

"We are sharing the room with Ms. Rosa Wims, long-time friend and activist for health care. There isn't much more to say except that this is an opportunity to "listen to the heart" of a woman through her life-story. (She won't tell you her age, but we know from a good sources it's over 80 years.)

Listening and sharing our stories is a tradition and GRCC wants to begin offering these small moments of inspiration and grace."

Join us... cost is $10 and rsvp is requested by 9/14.

Marie Gibson
Greater Rochester Community of Churches
2 Riverside Street, Rochester, NY 14613
(585) 254-2570 Fax: 254-6551
Marie E. Gibson, Administrator

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

more on Take a Stand Days

In addition to the demonstrations at Twelve Corners, there will be activities in September.

Stay tuned... I'll put information up as soon as I get it.

Stand up in September
Corner Ridge & Long Pond, Rochester at 7:00 PM

Village Gazebo, Hilton at 7:00 PM

Labor Day Parade

Get ready for the Labor Day Parade in downtown Rochester!

10am Assembly begins near Sibley Place on East Avenue

This is traditionally a labor/worker and union parade, celebrating the workers who produce what we wear, eat, drive..... and the rights that all workers deserve.

Often, there are additional parade entries. This year, Rochester Against War will also form a contingent. They will hold a sign-making session at the next RAW weekly meeting at noon, Sat. Sept. 1st at the Antiwar Crisis Center Storefront at 658 Monroe Ave (near Oxford)