Ithaca City of Asylum

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New film on Ithaca City of Asylum

This short documentary was produced by Maureen Wietecha, ICOA’s spring 2017 intern. It provides an overview of ICOA work and features interviews with Raza Rumi, our current writer in residence, as well as three of our board members, Barbara Adams,…

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Journalist Killings in Sri Lanka Predicated on a Deadly Irony

This article was originally published by Thalif Deen on IPS News as part of special IPS coverage of World Press Freedom Day. It features an interview with our previous writer in residence, Sonali Samarasinghe.  UNITED NATIONS, May 2 2017 (IPS) – The widespread…

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Ithaca City of Asylum to Read at Spring Writes Festival

The public is cordially invited to a reading by five writers who are active on the board of Ithaca City of Asylum. The authors will give short readings from their own poetry and prose as part of the Spring Writes…

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‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ is a testament to courage

This article, written by board member Barbara Adams, was originally published in The Ithaca Times. Read it on Ithaca.com One little-known story of opposition to Nazism is that of a young Polish zookeeper and his wife, who saved the lives…

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First Ithaca-bound refugees to arrive later this month

This article was originally published on Ithaca.com.  Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga has announced the first family to come to Tompkins County through the agency’s refugee resettlement program is scheduled to arrive later this month. “After months of preparation, Catholic Charities…

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CUMEME Benefit Concert

Thank you to everyone who attended the Cornell Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Concert at Cinemapolis on Thursday, February 9th. This event had an outstanding turnout. We sold 99 tickets, and as the theater only sat 87 people, we had to bring…

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Ithaca Times: Ithaca City of Asylum Benefit Concert

 ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 EDITION OF THE ITHACA TIMES. WRITTEN BY LISA LAFFEND.  Freedom of speech is a crucial part of the United States’ foundation.  As citizens, we use and abuse it daily.  “Here in America, we…

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Bring Pakistan’s Missing Bloggers Home

Our resident writer, Raza Rumi, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times on January 20, 2017. Read it below or on the New York Times website  Since Jan. 4, at least five bloggers and activists have disappeared in Pakistan. Perhaps the best…

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Middle Eastern Music Benefit Concert for ICOA

As a benefit for Ithaca City of Asylum, Cornell’s Middle Eastern Music Ensemble will perform a concert of music from Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and Iran at Cinemapolis on Thursday, February 9th at 7pm. Middle Eastern sweets will be served. Tickets…

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Join ICOA at Opera Ithaca’s production of Thumbprint

ICOA is pleased to invite you to attend Opera Ithaca’s production of Thumbprint, a contemporary opera inspired by the experiences of Mukhtar Mai, the first female victim of gang rape to bring her male attackers to justice in Pakistan. ICOA’s…

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