2013 Sister Friends Celebration of Women and Girls!
| January 30, 2013 | 7:01 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed

Save the Date – Sister Friends March 14th

Ninth Annual Sister Friends Event March 14, 2013
Featuring Irma Laquerre, Actress & Indigenous Storyteller
Emerson Suites, Ithaca College
10am – 2:30pm; Tickets $20

Tickets On Sale Beginning February 11th at MRC or GIAC!

Save the date for the Ninth Annual Sister Friends event Thursday, March 14th at Ithaca College in Emerson Suites. The event celebrates women and girls of all ages. This year’s guest artist is Irma Laquerre, actress and Indigenous storyteller.

The event opens at 10am with a Women’s Market featuring local female entrepreneurs and many fine products including jewelry, clothing, body care, and more. At 11:30 am the buffet luncheon begins and the program goes from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. The Women’s Market will remain open until 2:30 pm.

Tickets for the event cost $20 and can be purchased beginning February 11th at two locations:

  •  The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca. 272-2292 ext 135
  •  The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC), 301 W. Court St, Ithaca. 272-3622

You can also reserve your ticket by mailing checks/money order to MRC, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850 with the memo Sister Friends. This event will sell out so purchase your tickets beginning February 11th.

For more information, please contact MRC Director Audrey Cooper at 607-272-2292 ext 135.

This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center; Greater Ithaca Activities Center; City of Ithaca Human Resources Department; Ithaca College; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County; Cornell University; Center for Transformative Action; GreenStar Community Projects; Tompkins County Human Rights Commission; McGraw House; Baker Travel

Moosewood to host Benefit Brunch for Multicultural Resource Center
| January 30, 2013 | 5:41 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed

Sunday February 24, 2013, Moosewood Restaurant is hosting a special benefit brunch for the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC). Two seatings are available at 10:30am and 12:00pm. The cost of the brunch is $18 per seat and includes a frittata or vegan entrée, cup of soup, vegetable side, breads, fruit, and juice, coffee or tea. Over ninety percent of the proceeds will directly support the Multicultural Resource Center.

Moosewood Restaurant is located at 215 N. Cayuga St. in the Dewitt Mall. Reserve your seat now by calling Liz Field at 607-280-1960 or email lizlovesmusic@gmail.com. Seating is limited and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let us know if you would like a vegan entrée. Please pay in advance by mailing a check or money order to MRC, 615 Willow Ave. Ithaca, NY 14850.

***Please do not call Moosewood for reservations.***

In addition to brunch, MRC will be holding a silent auction and raffle with some fabulous prizes including Moosewood cookbooks and gift bags, two weekend passes to Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, a one-night stay at Frog’s Way Bed and Breakfast, massage gift certificates, gift baskets from local businesses and more. If you would like to donate an item or service from your business, please email lizlovesmusic@gmail.com.

MRC is a small, grassroots non-profit organization. Its mission is to create dialogue around diversity issues, particularly racism, in Tompkins County, and to facilitate community leadership on these issues by helping to empower people to embrace our community’s ethnic and cultural diversity.

MRC provides consulting and advocacy services, and coordinates the Talking Circles on Race and Racism program, which has held 55 circles to date, trained 42 facilitators and led circles for 582 participants. MRC also offers film and discussion series’, hosts and coordinates the First Peoples’ Festival in September, and co-hosts many other multicultural events throughout the year.

MRC’s goals are to:
Advocate for social justice and systems change.
Provide educational outreach to increase inclusion in our community.
Build multicultural alliances across cultural differences.
Fo For more information on MRC, please call 607-272-2292 ext — or visit: www.multicultural-resource.org.

The First Peoples’ Festival – Saturday, September 29th, 2012
| August 22, 2012 | 4:59 pm | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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Vincent Chin 30: Standing Up Then and Now
| June 19, 2012 | 3:19 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed

Local organizations mark 30th year of Vincent Chin murder with
nationwide town hall on hate crimes and bullying


On June 23, 2012, join us to participate in a National Program to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s murder. Ithaca will join more than 30 other cities in a Google Hangout Viewing Party of a panel discussion followed by a local conversation about hate crimes.

National Panel Discussion, moderated by Phil Yu (AngryAsianMan.com) and featuring Congresswoman Judy Chu

Local discussion facilitated by Peter Van Do to follow the national panel.

Sponsored by: Multicultural Resource Center, Ithaca Asian American Alliance, Nate Shinagawa for Congress Campaign, Cornell University’s Asian and Asian American Center, and Cornell University’s Asian American Studies Program

The viewing party will take place at Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tompkins County, Room A, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850 on
Saturday, June 23, at 2 pm.  Doors open half an hour in advance.  A
short community discussion will follow the Google Hangout panel. RSVP
is preferred, please contact Chibo Shinagawa at lcs42@cornell.edu or 607-272-
2292 ext 191.

GIAC/MRC Annual Meeting
| May 15, 2012 | 4:48 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed

Please join the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) at their combined Annual Meeting on Thursday May 24, 2012, 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the GIAC gym in Ithaca. We are celebrating GIAC’s 40th anniversary and MRC’s 25th anniversary. In honor of this Mrs. Beverly Livesay, one of the GIAC founding members , will be the guest speaker. Music will be provided by the New Roots Jazz band and the Men of Calvary choir. A light dinner will be served.

MRC will award its Rere Sojourner Hassett Social Justice Awards to a community member who is an advocate for social and racial justice. GIAC will also be giving out their Good Neighbor Awards to deserving recipients.

Refreshments will be available and all are welcome. Suggested donation of $5-$10/person will be greatly appreciated with all proceeds donated to the GIAC Prince Jakim and Dominique basketball camp 2012.