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Introducing Ardent Vox

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February 2021 — Local writers and advocates launched a new publication, Ardent Vox, a strong, independent voice for the Mohawk Valley region and beyond.

RAA calls for Pandemic Art Show submissions

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ROME, NY — The Rome Arts Association’s first group exhibit this year at the Cinema Capitol Gallery is a Pandemic Art Show! 

Community Spotlight | Hana Selimovic and the Utica Fridge

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Many speculate that the Great Depression triggered an innate gathering instinct that’s led to the hoarding behaviors we see today, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, in the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, we’re seeing many people joyously giving things away.

A Drop in the Bucket Yields Considerable Power

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Who would have imagined a small green bucket could make such a significant impact.

Call for Submissions: Queer Mohawk Valley

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Welcome to the first post in this new column.  I am Branwen Drew, a trans woman living in the Mohawk Valley. 

AV Book Reviews | Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry

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The same violence that forces people in one country to seek asylum enables another country to fill its detention cells and fill prison contractors’ pockets. It’s a vicious cycle with profit at every step, from detention and deportation to relying on immigrants to accept poorly paid jobs that make bosses rich. ~ Josè Lopez (pseudonym) 

AV Book Reviews | Hood Feminism

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Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women That A Movement Left Behind by Mikki Kendall

Feminism is the work that you do, and the people you do it for who matter more than anything else. ~Mikki Kendall

Ardent Outreach | Oneida County’s Mobility Challenge

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Wheelchair ramps represent one of the most common service gaps that Oneida County residents face.

Wish-cycling | Are you Recycling to Feel Good or Help the Environment?

Oneida and Herkimer counties have a 52% recycling rate, which is an especially impressive effort when compared to the national average of 35%. 

“Our residents really care about recycling! It’s really nice to see that from our community,” exclaimed Samantha Brown, Recycling Coordinator at the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (OHSWA). “We take about 400,000 pounds of recyclables per day, Monday through Friday.” 

Creating Diverse, Healthy and Resilient Ecosystems in the Mohawk Valley

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There are as many definitions of permaculture as there are permaculture designers. For me, permaculture is about creating diverse, healthy, and resilient ecosystems. The term permaculture was coined by a man born in Tasmania, Australia. Bill Mollison worked in the bush, and while there studied carefully how the Indigenous people lived in the forest. Everything they needed was offered by this, the climax succession of their natural landscape. 

Poetry | My City Utica

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My city is its handful of bars with the same 300 customers cycling in and out.

It’s an up-and-coming city

on America’s longest road race

toward outstretched hands of cold Utica Club beer.

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