This & That is published now and then for the Erie area progressive community. Always good to double-check dates and times. Event submissions should have “T&T” in subject line, send to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you don’t want to receive this please reply with “Unsubscribe” in subject line. Also posted to http://occupyerie.net and www.erielead.org
Mar 23 – Community Day of Peace concert Bay Breeze 25 E 10th, Erie. 4PM $5 admission, proceeds benefit Mothers Against Teen Violence. Article in Showcase. Contact Lora 814-838-9649 email@example.com
Mar 23 – Earth Hour 2013 This Saturday, March 23 at 8:30PM, hundreds of millions of people will unite for Earth Hour 2013. It’s an hour of inspiration, where we gather to celebrate what we have done and what we are committed to do in the year ahead for our planet.
Mar 24 – “Choosing Compassionate Consumption” Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Erie. (UUSC Justice Sunday) “Our Principle of “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” is extended to the rights of workers for our food system. What can we do to improve the economic “food chain?” It includes “ethical eating” and goes beyond leaving a “healthy tip.” Rev. Steve will share his message based on the book Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman.
Mar 26 – Light the Way to Justice Vigil Marriage Equality or PA is sponsoring the Light the Way to Justice Vigil at the Federal Courthouse (7th & State) in Erie PA 7pm until 8:30 PM. “This is not a march, a fight or a demonstration – this is a peaceful display of solidarity and a stand for love, not hate. Make signs to hold, bring candles and help show our desire to be equal under the law. This is a grassroots movement.” For more information, click the link on: http://www.me4pa.org. Please join us.
Mar 28 – Global Voices Give Us the Money Bob Geldof, Bono and Bill Gates discuss their anti-poverty efforts. WQLN
Mar 29 – 33rd Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage for Peace 11am. If you wish to drive to Mt. St Benedict, you may go by chartered bus to the Cathedral. The bus leaves the Mount at approximately 10:30 am. The bus will return to the Mount from 6th and State. There is a prayer service at the Mount beginning at 9AM that you may wish to attend before boarding the bus. There will be cars accompanying the Peace Pilgrimage for those who choose to ride for all or any part of the Pilgrimage. Sponsored by Erie Benedictines for Peace (http://www.eriebfp.org/ ) Full details here
Apr 2 – Pittsburgh gets BikeShare system What is bike share and why Pittsburgh? It is a system of shared bicycles available for short-term use by annual or short-term (24-hr) members. The bikes are used for “point-to-point” trips and can lock into any of the 50 solar-powered stations planned throughout the City of Pittsburgh. The 500 bikes are designed to be sturdy, vandal-proof and with safety in mind.
Apr 3 – Bike Erie Coalition meets at Whole Foods Co-op 5:45pm. Open to public.
Apr 3 – Beyond Coal Wed, April 3, 7:30pm – 9:30pm Penn State Erie, The Behrend College Burke Hall, Room 180 (map) Learn about Pennsylvania’s role in global warming and what is being done in the state by the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign to fight against climate change what can be done in northwestern Pennsylvania. “We have made progress by creating incentives for clean renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. And we have put in place a law that requires utility companies to reduce electric consumption, while saving rate-payers money.” Jeff Schmidt, Director of Sierra Club’s Pennsylvania Chapter will talk about ways to influence those in Harrisburg and Washington to make the right decisions that will benefit all of us and future generations. Free and open to the public.
Apr 4 – PSU Behrend Speaker Series: Sapphire, author of “Push” (film adaptation was called Precious), The Kid (2011) Poetry Meditations on the Rainbow: Poetry (1987), American Dreams (1994), Black Wings & Blind Angels: Poems (1999). Part of the Penn State Behrend Erie Sixth Annual Gender Conference Apr 4-5.
Apr 8 – “The Invisible War” 7-9pm –Groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Presented by Passages, Inc. Clarion University 840 Wood Street Clarion, PA More Information: (814) 226-7273
Apr 11 - Kane Smego at Venango Campus of Clarion University, Robert W. Rhoades Center, Oil City P A. 7:30PM. Kane “Novakane” Smego is a nationally-recognized spoken word poet and Artistic Director of Sacrificial Poets whose dynamic workshops explore the power of stories and voice as tools for self-transformation, non-violent resistance, and community engagement. Immediately following the popular revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt in January 2010, Kane recorded the stories of the young people driving these powerful movements, teamed up with two other young poets and a film-maker and created the multimedia project “Poetic Portraits of a Revolution.” 7:30 p.m. Robert W. Rhoades Center”All the events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to Venango College students, their families, and the local communities.”
Apr 12 – 13 – Erie Reader Staged Reading Series: “8” by Dustin Lance Black (PACA – Performing Arts Center & Theater, 1505 State St, Erie, PA 16501) Portrays the legal argument and witness testimony of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial, which led to the overturning of California’s anti-marriage equality Proposition 8. Using actual transcripts from the court case, Black has crafted a heartbreaking and compelling look at this monumental legal case. Free admission – no reservations needed. 8 PM both nights. Contact: Mark Tanenbaum. Phone: (814) 434-0687 Browse to http://www.paca1505.com. For more on “8” click here
Apr 12-14 – SpiritQuest Film Festival Edinboro University campus. Focusing on the human experience, from day to day relationships to matters of life and death, war and peace, science and spirituality
Apr 13 – Thomas Merton 2013 Award Honoring Martin Sheen 5 PM Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall – 4141 Fifth Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Apr 13-22 – Earth Week at SUNY Fredonia
Apr 16-18 Birds and Vines
Apr 17 – Staged reading “8”at Allegheny College, Meadville PA. 7pm @ Arter Hall Little Theater. About the CA court case challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8 that is now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Talkback to follow. Collaboration with Student Experimental Theater. [Ally Week event] email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. For more on “8” click here
Apr 18 – Candidate Forum on LGBT issues Avalon Hotel 10th & State. 7PM Free and open to public.
Apr 20- Presque Isle Cleanup More info at the park office 2nd floor of Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) or at (814)833-7424.
Apr 21 – Wild & Scenic Film Festival Bradford PA
Apr 21 – EarthFest 2013 Cleveland “This year’s theme is “Celebrating Advanced and Renewable Energy.”… Ohio’s largest environmental education event and the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation.
Apr 22 – Earth Day
Apr 22 – PA Deadline to register to vote in primary
Apr 30 – “The Invisible War” 6:00 pm Groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Presented by Crime Victim Center of Erie County, Inc. Co-Presented by Mercyhurst University and Mercyhurst Veterans Association Taylor Little Theater 501 East 38th Street Erie, PA More Information: (814) 455-9414 www.cvcerie.org
May 2 STUCK Tour Cleveland Cedar Lee Theatre Documentary presentation about international adoption from the Both Ends Burning Campaign.
May 3 – STUCK Tour in Pittsburgh Southside Works Cinema
May 18 – Bike Around the Bay Sponsored by Environment Erie. Join hundreds of tri-state bicyclists on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Intermodel Transportation Center on the Bayfront Parkway. Bike 10 Miles – Town Tour, especially designed for families and less experienced riders; 30 Miles – Bay Tour, for casual riders or 50 Miles – Endurance Tour, for seasoned riders. All riders bike along Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie. Cost: Individuals are $20.00, families are $40.00. Group rates available: scouts, churches, youth groups, etc. Support Environment Erie, the non-profit youth environmental education program.
Jun 17-19 – Games for Change Festival NYC. Last year sold out so register early if you plan on attending. You can also watch it online.
Jun 20-23 – Netroots Nation
NEWS & VARIOUS
- On Point: Environmentalism’s Next Generation A new generation of “climate activists” are ready to raise Hell over the Keystone Pipeline and more. We hear from them.
- DEP’s climate denier head Michael Krancur stepping down, going back through the pro-fracking revolving door from whence he came
- Trailer for Wikileaks documentary “We Steal Secrets” out now. Film opens limited 5/24/13 and goes wide in June.
- Paralyzed Iraq Vet Tomas Young Discusses His ‘Last Letter’ to Bush & Cheney, His Decision to Die Iraq War veteran and the main subject of the documentary, Body of War. On April 4, 2004, his fifth day in Iraq, Young’s unit came under fire in Baghdad. Young was left paralyzed, never to walk again. Released from medical care three months later, Young returned home to become an active member in Iraq Veterans Against the War.
SOME ENVIRONMENTAL PAGES AND WEBSITES IN REGION
- GrowWNY “For all things environmental in Western New York – news, events, outdoor places, and much more!” Like here
- Re-ENERGIZE BUFFALO “All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy
*Grow Clean Energy *Cut Pollution *Protect Health *Create Jobs
- Greenworks Buffalo Niagara Community organization dedicated to fostering the growth and development of local green businesses and green business practices. email signup here
- Greener Pittsburgh Directory, Events, Jobs, Products, etc
- “Cool Pittsburgh”