Monthly Archives: June 2014

Memorial Service today for activist Sunithi Bajekal!



Utica lost a committed activist last week. Sunithi Bajekal was a dear friend of many and was active with Occupy Utica, the Mohawk Valley Peace Coalition, and the Mohawk valley Freedom School, among many other organizations. She will be greatly missed.
Please come to Sunithi’s memorial service today. Here are the details:

Sunithi Bajekal – Memorial Service
Saturday, June 21st 5pm
1607 Genesee St, Utica

The Memorial Service will be on June 21 at 5 PM, at the Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL), 1607 Genesee Street, Utica. RCIL occupies the former Temple Beth El.

There will also be a vigil on Hart Street at 3 PM, and then a walking procession to the service at 5 at RCIL.

People are encouraged to bring food for after the service, but kitchen facilities are not available at RCIL, so it should be something that doesn’t have to be warmed.

Rest in Power, Sunithi! As martyred IWW member and labor activist Joe Hill said years ago, “Don’t mourn, organize!” Let us march forward and carry on all the struggles that Sunithi committed her life to.


Mohawk Valley Freedom School Ceremony and Celebration – Juneteenth – Thursday, June 19



There will be a ceremony and celebration to mark the end of the class Social Movements, Social Change this Thursday, June 19 at the Freedom School. The ceremony will be held at 6:00pm followed by dinner. Certificates will be given out to students of the Freedom School. As always, there will be an opportunity for students to share poetry, spoken word, or any thoughts. The event is open to the public and family and friends are encouraged to come. This event also happens to be on Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day and Freedom Day, a holiday that marks the abolition of slavery in Texas and is celebrated nationally by those continuing the in the struggle and fight for freedom.

Please, come and celebrate this Juneteenth with us at the Freedom School




Our fight for higher wages is heating up!

A bus will be picking up local residents on Tuesday, June 17 at 10 a.m. to attend the Albany Rally to raise the minimum wage.  The bus will be stopping at the parking lot at the North Utica Shopping Center (50 Auert Ave, Utica, NY 13502, off Herkimer Road near Berkshire Bank).     There is no charge for the bus.  Lunch will be provided.  Please arrive 15 minutes earlier.

Cities across the country are taking action to raise wages for low-wage workers — with Seattle recently passing a $15/hour minimum wage. And now, thanks to the work of unions, community groups, faith leaders and the Working Families Party, the governor is standing with workers in support of a $10.10/hour statewide minimum wage in NY and the right for localities to raise the wage even higher.

Now is the time to RaiseUpNY! This is our moment — join us at the State Capitol on Tuesday, June 17 to pressure legislators to take action now!]

Rally to RaiseUpNY!

When:  June 17,  Bus Leaves Utica at 10:00 a.m. at the North Utica Shopping Center Parking Lot (50 Auert Ave, Utica, NY 13502, off Herkimer Road, near Berkshire Bank.)  Please arrive 15 minutes earlier.    Bus will be coming back to Utica at about 6 p.m.  Transpiration is available to the North Utica Shopping Center.

Where: Capitol steps in Albany, NY.

What: Rally in  Albany in support of $10.10 minimum wage and the right for cities and counties to raise the wage even higher.

Call John Furman at 725-0974 or send an email to to make a reservation

Who:   Central New York Citizens in Action, Inc, Working Families Party

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The media will be covering the event, and a big crowd will help make sure we get the attention of the state senate to RaiseUpNY now.