First Peoples Festival

Welcome readers!

Some of you have gotten in touch regarding our calendar of events this year. We realized that we do not have a permanent page for this information but we do have quite a few planned for you, so we thought we would put all of them in a blog post for the time being. Be sure to update your calendars once we announce the dates!

First Peoples’ Festival. We are hosting the 5th annual First Peoples’ Festival downtown in joint efforts with the Downtown Ithaca Alliance in partnership with Apple Harvest Festival. The First Peoples’ Festival features all Indigenous performers, food and craft vendors, as well as educational booths, interactive workshops, and children’s activities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration. In partnership with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) and many other community organizations, The MLK Day of Celebration takes place at GIAC on MLK Day every January. Workshops, children’s activities, music and a free community luncheon all staffed by volunteers makes this a day on, not a day of.

Annual Sister-Friends Luncheon. This yearly event in March celebrates women of all ages, sizes, religions, ethnicities and cultures. There is a Women’s Market, performances by women and girls, and a featured guest speaker.

Movie Nights. MRC occasionally hosts film & discussion series on movies that focus on race, class and other diversity issues.

MLK Community Build. MRC is a partner in this new community initiative to start reading groups and book clubs around Martin Luther King Jr’s last book ‘Where do we go from Here: Chaos or Community?’ Stay tuned for a new web site for the build and a community launch date coming soon!

Spring Fundraising

Welcome back everyone! We hope you’ve had an excellent spring break and we are excited to announce our next event!

This is a fundraising event to help us meet operational costs and pay our rent fees. To celebrate the good weather, we are holding a family picnic event in Stewart Park. The event begins at 11am and will include a number of fun activities. Kids will enjoy the outdoor games and adults can join an outdoor pilates or yoga class by one of our excellent instructors.

Gino’s Deli is once again sponsoring us generously, and you will be able to choose from a large variety of lunch options, including vegetarian and vegan dishes. Freshly squeezed juices will be available on the day and our friend Sam the Ice Cream Man will also be in attendance, should you desire a sweet treat.

The funds we raise on this family day will go towards repairing the roof of our offices, which is somewhat worse for wear following this winter’s powerful storms. The threat of leaks is indeed real! We will also be using the funds to launch our latest city-wide education campaign about hate speech and overcoming it. We hope the campaign will make our citizens more aware of how hurtful their words can be and how victims of this type of speech can combat this upsetting behaviour. We will also continue to offer our support services, thanks to these donations. Please be generous and have fun!

Book Reading Bake Sale

 

Hello readers! We have excellent news for you today. To celebrate black history month, we will be holding a book reading and a bake sale at our premises.

The event will take place on the 15th October and will include readings by celebrated authors who have written some of our favourite books. There will be refreshments kindly donated by Gino’s Deli across the street and all our guests are invited to stay on after the readings for a Q&A session with the authors.

Following this event, guests can stay on to enjoy our after-hours open mic night. Participants can read their own poetry or prose, sing, dance or act. Comedy sketches are also allowed, as long as the content is PG13 rated. Please book your 15-minute slot with our project coordinator at the usual email.

In other news, we would like to thank Wanda Marlow for her generous donation to our library. We urge you to take a look at the new titles available on your next visit. They will certainly interest readers looking for literature on the intersection of race and sexuality, in both the fiction and non-fiction sections.

On a final note – to whoever left a black BYU hoodie at our last event, please get in touch so we can return it to you. Other lost and found items have also been hanging around our offices so if you seem to be missing something, please let us know and we’ll have a rummage for you.