National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group's heritage and culture. Hispanic Heritage Week was established by legislation sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal (D-Los Angeles) and first proclaimed President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. All declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively. During HHM, communities celebrate the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans with community festivals, government-sponsored activities and educational activities for students.
September 15-22: House recess (district work period)
September: AAUW: Tune In for Our Panel on How to #StandUptoSexism - Feminist To-Do List: How to Maximize Your Activism. AAUW’s new #StandUptoSexism campaign has sparked lively conversation on social media, in the news, and in communities. AAUW and NYU Washington, DC, are convening a series of panel conversations now through October 2017 to keep this important dialogue going both online and off. Join us online or in person for this discussion series to learn how to fight gender bias in your thoughts, at your workplace, and through your activism. If you can’t make it in person, join us for a livestream of the event!
September 24: Ogdensburg women organize community dialogue on city drug problem - A community forum on drugs in Ogdensburg will be held at the United Methodist Church, 623 Caroline St. “Police can only do so much, and an individual can only do so much,” Judy Gibson said. “It’s going to take the community to solve this problem.” Ms. Gibson said she took her concerns to Ogdensburg United Methodist Church Pastor Donna Fitchette, and after talking, Ms. Fitchette suggested that a grass-roots effort aimed at curbing the rising use of drugs should be launched. The two women then began working out the details of organizing and hosting a community forum that would include addiction experts, police, local officials and ordinary citizens.
September 25: Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day
September 25: Community Conversation on Poverty - the next conversation takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the Canton Library's Basement Meeting Room, Park St., Canton, NY. The meeting focus is on Housing and Homelessness with Matilda Larson, the St. Lawrence County Fair Housing Task Force, and the Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP). All welcome.
September 26: National Voter Registration Day
September 26-27: “Orbital Pacemaker of Climate and Sea Level.” Dr. Antun Husinec of St. Lawrence University will discuss orbitally paced long-term oscillations that are critical for understanding the earth’s climate evolution. Science Café at 7:15 pm on Tuesdays in the Rushton Conference Room at the Best Western University Inn, Canton; repeat at 7:15 pm on Wednesdays at Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. Potsdam.
September 27: AAUW Branch Board meeting at 4:30 pm in Snell Hall, Clarkson. Room TBA. All members are welcome.
September 30: Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton holding a workplace bullying conference as part of its new Social Justice Initiative. The conference, Working Together: Creating Bully-Free Workplaces, will address the problems of harassment and bullying that many people face in their jobs. The conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton. All conference activities are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested. The Canton Unitarian Universalist Church’s Social Justice Initiative is a new program intended to raise awareness about important problems in local communities. See the North Country Matters show that details this event.
October 2: First day of the 2017-2018 U.S. Supreme Court term
October 3: Write the Power NY 21 will be hosting a Democratic Congressional Candidate Forum at 7:00 p.m. at the Canton Senior High School Auditorium. To date, five of the six candidates running for office in 2018 have accepted our invitation, including Don Boyajian, Tedra L. Cobb, Emily Martz, Patrick F Nelson, and Katie Wilson. Save the date and stay tuned for further info.
October 4: 116th Assemblywoman Addie Jenne will be the guest of LWV-St. Lawrence County on Wed., October 4 at 6:30 pm for a discussion of NYS and North Country issues. Join our collaboration partners in the League of Women Voters - SLC to learn more at the Potsdam Town Hall Community Room on Elm Street. We'll have light refreshments and plenty of good conversation. The Town Hall has plenty of on-site parking and is fully handicapped accessible.
October 9-13: Senate recess (state work period)
October 10: Office for the Aging public hearing for discussion of the 2018 St. Lawrence County Annual Implementation Plan for senior services at 1:30 p.m. in the Human Services Building; 2nd Floor Conference room; 80 State Highway 310, Canton. These hearings provide older adults, caregivers, and other beneficiaries an opportunity to comment on proposed program changes and service modifications of Older Americans Act Programs. The Office for the Aging will continue conducting Medicare Q & A Forums after each Public Hearing to answer questions regarding Medicare.
October 11: U.N. International Day of the Girl Child
October 12: Office for the Aging public hearing for discussion of the 2018 St. Lawrence County Annual Implementation Plan for senior services at 10 a.m. in the DeKalb Nutrition Site, Sunrise Valley Apts., Josephine Street, DeKalb Junction. These hearings provide older adults, caregivers, and other beneficiaries an opportunity to comment on proposed program changes and service modifications of Older Americans Act Programs. The Office for the Aging will continue conducting Medicare Q & A Forums after each Public Hearing to answer questions regarding Medicare.
October 13: Deadline to change political party registration for 2018
October 14-22: House recess (district work period)
October 15: 25th Anniversary of the Renewable Energy & Green Building Home Tours from 10 am to 5 pm, in the St. Lawrence Valley sponsored by the Local Living Venture.
October 17-18: “What Did I Miss?” - Prof. Healther Beauchamp, a SUNY Potsdam psychology professor with explore the topics of inattentional blindness and change detection, factors that influence our ability to attend, and the practical applications of the field. Science Café at 7:15 pm on Tuesdays in the Rushton Conference Room at the Best Western University Inn, Canton; repeat at 7:15 pm on Wednesdays at Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. Potsdam.
October 26, 2017: Join an ¡Adelante! Book Discussion Webinar with the Author of A Disability History of the United States at 7:30 p.m. ET. - Register for the webinar.
October 26-27: Journey into Literacy Conference at SUNY Potsdam
October 27-29: Women’s March to reconvene around 2018 after Charlottesville - The goal is to direct its resources and grassroots network toward the 2018 midterm elections. The Women’s Convention, to be held in Detroit, will bring together thousands of the women who organized sister marches across the country on Jan. 21 and have formed 5,000 local groups, or huddles, in 50 states to organize resistance actions over the past several months.
October 30: Community Conversation on Poverty - the next conversation takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, location TBA. The topic will be Employment Rights with featured speaker Blue Carreker who will discuss NYS's Paid Family Leave Act which comes into force January 2018.
Nov. 1 – Dec. 15 (Jan. 30, 2017 in NYS!): Enrollment for the 2018 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) starts on November 1 and ends on December 15. If you need to sign up or change policies, this is the time to do it. The open enrollment period for New York’s State of Health insurance exchange will stretch from Nov. 1 through the end of January, officials said. Because New York runs its own insurance exchange, however, it can set its own deadlines. "Our goal is to ensure that consumers have adequate time to shop for and enroll in the health plan that is best for their family," said State of Health Executive Director, Donna Frescatore. “New York is more committed than ever to ensuring that core protections of the Affordable Care Act remain intact," she added.
November 2: Latinas’ Equal Pay Day
November 4: Women's Suffrage: A Suffrage Centennial Conference from 8 am - 4:30 pm at the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Ave, Albany, sponsored by The Women's Rights and Heritage Committee of the and the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network. Register online.
November 6: 100th Anniversary of Woman Suffrage in New York State
November 7: Election Day
November 7 - 8: “Natural Selection in a Test Tube.” Susan Bailey, Clarkson assistant biology professor, will discuss fast-growing microbes and their evolutionary progress, during an interesting look into experimental evolutionary biology. Science Café at 7:15 pm on Tuesdays in the Rushton Conference Room at the Best Western University Inn, Canton; repeat at 7:15 pm on Wednesdays at Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. Potsdam.
November 11-19: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.
November 13-17: National Education Week
November 17-27: House recess (district work period)
November 20-24: Senate recess (state work period)
November 23: Thanksgiving
November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
November 28: AAUW’s first organizational meeting held in 1881
Nov. 28 - 29: “Triumph of the Micro-Monsters: How Parasites Shape Our Natural World.” Clarkson Biology Prof. Andrew David will describe how beautiful and biologically intriguing parasites are, and present some of his work the creatures in Africa and the Adirondacks. Science Café at 7:15 pm on Tuesdays in the Rushton Conference Room at the Best Western University Inn, Canton; repeat at 7:15 pm on Wednesdays at Jernabi Coffeehouse, 11 Maple St. Potsdam.
December 4-10: Computer Science Education Week
December 10: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) first introduced in U.S. Senate in 1923
December 13: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) first introduced in U.S. House in 1923
December 15: 115th Congress target adjournment
April 20 - 22, 2018: AAUW New York State Convention 2018 - MOVING ONWARD: EMPOWERING WOMEN and the Radisson Hotel in Corning, NY
Contact the Branch Program VP, JoAnn Rogers, for more information about any of these events.