Local Groups Will Host Film and Q&A About Industrial Siting
Posted by editor1 on August 4, 2012
Finger Lakes Bioneers, Gas Free Seneca and The Finger Lakes Sierra Club Group are co-sponsoring an event to foster learning and communication within the region regarding the challenges of development that has an industrial focus. The 90-minute film entitled My Name is Allegany County will be screened followed by a discussion afterwards with one of the principal figures involved with the recorded events. Admission is $5.00. Some refreshments will be available. This film explores democratic decision-making, environmental policy, legal rights, corporate responsibility, and the challenges of using highly industrial technology in rural locations. The Glen Theater is located at 112 North Franklin Street right in downtown Watkins Glen http://www.theglentheater.com/directions.asp.
The independently produced film is a documentary narrative illustrating the early 1990′s struggles and strategies of a wide array of citizens of western NY’s Allegany County who achieved success at the state level and at the US Supreme Court to prevent nuclear waste from being sited in their communities. Grandparents, merchants, teachers, homemakers, professionals, farmers, and blue collar workers connected over their caring for their rural places and succeeded against significant odds. Richard “Spike” Jones, longtime Allegany County resident and a key member of the 1989-1993 opposition to the State of New York’s ambitions, will be at the screening to discuss the events. He has travelled extensively in the US over the last twenty years to discuss his views and activism.
The film is being shown as part of a regional film series organized by Finger Lakes Bioneers, a program of Sustainable Tompkins. “We’ve been partnering with local groups since last fall,” said Nick Vaczek, the series coordinator, “and we’ve found that people really enjoy watching films on challenging issues and innovative solutions, especially when that’s followed by a chance to discuss how that connects to hometown endeavors.” More details about the film series are at www.wemakeourfuture.org
Residents, community leaders and decision-makers throughout the region are invited to attend.
“Our region faces economic and environmental challenges. The area is being considered for hydrofracking, gas storage and transport, and frack-related industry. We need to be informed, to learn together, and to work together to formulate a vision for the future of the region,” said Yvonne Taylor, co-founder of Gas Free Seneca. “Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the community to engage in a respectful, open dialogue about the various ways in which citizens can work together to protect their community, their health and their future.”