Thursday, May 23, 2019

Springing To Life

NAMI-CV Open Mic


Another open mic evening at Koffee Kat featured a variety of talent.  NAMI-CV (National Alliance on Mental Illness -- Champlain Valley) and the Anti-Stigma Coalition organized the event that was open to all.  To request more information on the next open mic check out or call  (518) 561-2685 during normal business hours.  

Ayhan Poppa Han Ozyesil of the NAMI-CV Impeerium Peer Network 
hosted the open mic.

Stream of consciousness poet punctuated his rap with a flute.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Images From A Demonstration


While the city council met inside demonstrators rallied outside at the city hall entrance Thursday evening to voice their concerns of how the DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative) grant was going to be spent.  One major point: it was impractical to convert the Durkee Street parking lot to have residential housing while displacing parking spaces, trying to recreate those spaces elsewhere.  The demonstrators plan to rally every Thursday evening when the city council is in session.

Protest prep.

Plenty of media coverage: TV, radio and newspapers.

City Councilor Rachelle Armstrong (center) discusses DRI issues
 with rally organizer Christina Nori.

Now accordion to one demonstrator...

Reflective demonstrator.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Demonstrators Vocalize Opposition To Downtown Redevelopment Plan


Demonstrators expressed their displeasure with a lively chant directed at Mayor Colin Read outside City Hall while the mayor was inside coordinating a city council meeting.  The crowd was upset that The Powers That Be were turning a deaf ear to their comments about the DRI (Downtown Revitalization Initiative). Their main concern was most of the money was being set aside to redevelop the Durkee Street parking lot, resulting in the displacement of many convenient parking spots.  If the project goes forward many believe that it will result in a negative impact on downtown businesses, employees, and residents.